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PSE and HSE working together
In partnership with HSE, Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE), an association for the portable toilet industry, has produced a new leaflet that will shortly be issued to all construction and building companies in the UK. It lays down guidelines for the construction industry, and provides a guide to the recommendations and regulations relating to the provision of toilets and washing facilities on construction sites.
The leaflet provides contractors with a list of what to look for from a toilet provider, and a list of reference documents and sources of information which may assist in the decision-making process. It has been produced by PSE to help raise still further the standard of portable toilets used on construction sites in the UK.
GroundsCare Hire News monitors key developments
The Spring 05 issue of GroundsCare Hire News, our dedicated publication serving this dynamic market and which is mailed with this issue of EHN, reports on the continuing growth in this specialised aspect of hire. It features local and national hirers that are winning more business and enabling grounds care professionals and landscapers to achieve
‘Best Value’ solutions. The latest machinery appropriate for this market is evaluated, and the implications of forthcoming Regulations concerning Work at Height and Hand Arm Vibration are discussed.
Traction puts JCB Minis to work
Traction Equipment (Stafford) Ltd, which was the subject of the Profile in our February/March issue, became the first hirer to add JCB’s Mini CX compact backhoe loader to its fleet. Founder and Managing Director, Tim Bloomer (seated), recently took delivery of two machines from John Noon, Groundcare Products Manager with local dealer Gunn JCB.
“The machines went on hire almost immediately,” states Tim Bloomer’s son, Matt, who is also a Director of the business. “One was hired by a land drainage specialist working on an MOD site, and the other went to a local landscape contractor. The Mini CXs are a great supplement to our compact plant fleet. They appeal to a wide cross-section including building contractors working on sites with limited access, local authorities and landscapers working on soft ground.”
Matt Bloomer adds that our Profile aroused positive comments. “Several hirers rang us to say that they could identify with Traction Equipment’s story of growing from small beginnings by following market trends closely and spotting emerging niche markets.”
Demon cleans up
Demon International Ltd used the recent Cleaning Show to launch a range of automatic pressure washers. Their principal feature is that no circuit board or pressure switch is used to control the motor. A mechanical device operates on a rod, which switches the motor on and off.
The Demon range has expanded over the past 20 years and now has 28 production models. They are designed to be simple to operate and repair, and to withstand the abuse that hire machines take on a daily basis.
Demon also makes accessories to complement the range and recently introduced the Rotowash, a rotary floor-cleaning tool. It features a Swiss-made rotor, which spins at higher speeds thanks to two rotary bearings and a ceramic thrust disc, and can be operated with hot water. Its hexagonal shape gives a parallel side to enable cleaning up to the edge of an obstruction. With no over-spray and almost silent operation, Demon states that the Rotowash can clean public areas without eliminating public access.
Speedy buys Lloyds British
Speedy has continued the expansion of its specialist businesses with the acquisition of the hire division of Lloyds British Testing. The £3.1m deal comprises the vendor’s entire lifting and tool and equipment hire business, but it excludes Lloyds’ powered access fleet. The purchase adds another six depots to take Speedy Lifting to a total of 35 across the UK; Finance Director Neil O’Brien indicated that the company’s target is 50.
The deal enhances Speedy Lifting’s premier position in the provision of lifting and materials handling equipment. The acquired fleet of standard lifting equipment, which has an approximate net book value of £2.8m, generated a turnover of £4.2m and operating profits of £300,000 last year. Speedy Chief Executive John Brown comments, “the acquisition provides Speedy with access to new customers and accelerates the Group’s expansion into non-construction markets.”
Vinnie Jones gets Brute Tough for Bosch
The latest role for Vinnie Jones is to star in the launch of Brute Tough, a new range of cordless power tools from Bosch that are said to give heavy duty quality with a powerful, but manageable, 18V output. Vinnie Jones appears on dealer point-of-sale material and you can also catch him demonstrating the Brute Tough range in a mini video on www.boschpowertools.co.uk.
Kestrel sells hoist hire business
Bristol-based Kestrel Access has sold its mast climber goods hoist business to Hoist Hire Services. The friendly transaction was negotiated by Kestrel’s Sales Director, Tony Ireland, who stated that the deal would enable Kestrel to concentrate its efforts on its core personnel lift hire business. Hoist Hire’s Jerry Douce said the purchase of Kestrel’s goods hoist division would strengthen the company’s position as an important provider of mast climber goods hoists in and around Bristol.
Birchwood on the move
Birchwood Products is moving to a self-contained 15-acre site designed to house its expanding operation. Called Birch Park, the new facility is based in Nottingham on the A610, just off junction 26 of the M1. The new site has 55,000ft2 of warehousing, office and showroom space. An additional 60,000ft2 building is planned for completion in late 2006, taking the total capacity to a massive 115,000ft2.
Birchwood’s Managing Director, Anthony Smith explains that “the need for the move has arisen following exceptional year-on-year growth of nearly 40%, fuelled primarily by our leading brands such as Van Vault, Defender Power & Light, Rhino and Garden Master. The phenomenal success of the recently launched Scruffs safety footwear and work wear brand certainly accelerated our need for larger premises. Birch Park will provide us with increased warehousing space and well equipped offices, as well as giving us the scope for future developments that
will be required as the company continues to grow.”