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Executive Hire News › Archives › January/February 2009 › Executive Report: Executive News

Executive Report : Executive News

ALREADY EXPANDING

A management buy in, buy out at Already Hire has reunited a team that first worked successfully together more than a decade ago, and has provided the platform to open a 12,000ft2 depot in Dartford, joining existing branches at Slough, Heathrow and Tower Bridge.

Established in 2000 by Trevor Goodwin, Richard Melville, and Charlie Patience - all of whom had previously worked for Eveready Equipment Hire before its sale to Jewson - the business has grown to become a £5m turnover operation.

The deal, handled by accountants MorleyandScott and funded by Allied Irish Bank, has introduced Jim McKeogh to the Board, who joins from Caterpillar Rental in Ireland. It has also delivered a structured retirement exit strategy for Richard Melville. Jim McKeogh said, “I am delighted to be working with such a great team again and we are really excited that the first phase of our expansion plan has already come to fruition with the Dartford opening.”

Already’s client base includes large construction groups such as Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall, PJ Carey and CCS Group, and the hirer has supplied contractors working in connection with London Heathrow Terminal 5, the 2012 Olympics, and City of London projects. Pictured, from left, are Charlie Patience, Jim McKeogh, Trevor Goodwin and MorleyandScott’s John Foundling.
• Nine years after its foundation, we have finally managed to put a date in the diary to visit the Already team and we will publish the resultant article in a future issue.

Mark 1 shortlisted for Award

The Southend branch of Mark 1 Hire has been nominated as the third shortlisted candidate for The Hire Network Award, which is given in recognition of an individual depot’s high levels of service and performance.

“We have dealt with Mark 1 since we first established the Hire Network,” Managing Director Barry Dean told EHN. “The Southend branch always gives an efficient and accurate service and can be totally relied upon.” The other two finalists are the Epsom depot of Fairview Lifting Gear Services, and Hirelink of the West Midlands. The winner will be announced at the Executive Hire Show, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena on 11 and 12 February.

Red Band meets Christmas challenge

Outstanding customer service from Red Band UK helped Cwmbran-based Phoenix Hire & Sales meet an urgent order for equipment needed over the Christmas period. “It was 9am on Christmas Eve and one of our biggest customers rang explaining that the ICS Blount 680 concrete chainsaw we had previously discussed had now become a priority for a job on 29 December,” says Phoenix’s Gary Derraven. “ We called Red Band, but their offices were already shut for Christmas, so we sent them an e-mail. Soon afterwards, Red Band MD Andy Cairns rang back. He had picked up our e-mail on his Blackberry.

“Andy almost immediately got hold of his local Sales Rep, Steve Portlock, who lives in Weston-Super-Mare and had a saw in his demo stock. Steve jumped into his car and brought the tool to us.

“The next problem was the chain: we needed a premium one to cut thick re-bar. Andy went back into his office and sent one first class. The last challenge was paying, as Phoenix had not dealt with Red Band before. However, Andy remembered me from my Kingfisher Hire & Sales days and opened an account on the spot.”
• Read about Phoenix’s formation in our article on page 25.

HSS develops training initiative

HSS has developed a new initiative with City Gateway, a Tower Hamlets charity that trains members of the London borough’s disadvantaged community. The two organisations have developed a free training course for young people to improve their customer service and professional skills, whilst also training some specifically in construction.

HSS Training will deliver elements of a new customer service programme at City Gateway’s East End training centre. The four-week course is then followed by a placement in one of the hirer’s 43 London branches.

HSS CEO Chris Davies (pictured left, with Eddie Stride, CEO for City Gateway) officially launched the initiative by helping at a project to refurbish City Gateway’s facilities at The Montefiore Training Centre, Whitechapel.

Herts Equipment lights up in Braintree

Herts Equipment Rental has extended its operation with the opening of a specialist traffic management depot in Braintree, Essex. This now gives Herts Equipment four outlets – its Watford Head Office, which offers plant and tools and traffic management, another traffic management outlet in Redhill, Surrey and an on-site traffic management facility in Pinewood Studios serving the film and television industry.

According to Director Chris Winfield, “our customers asked to expand into Essex and this the new location in Braintree enables us to significantly increase our service area, to encompass all of Essex and a large part of the East Anglia. We have an ideal location close to the M11/A120 and have stocked the depot with a significant number of Pike Signals battery operated traffic light sets, as well traffic-specific Transit vehicles. Our depot is managed by Ian Bennett, who has vast experience in the traffic management industry. We have also invested a number of experienced service fitters, who are available, on a rotational basis, 24/7.”

Herts Equipment is also about to relocate its Redhill depot to a larger more modern facility at Gatwick. “The traffic management branch at Redhill is absolutely flying and we need more space to meet demand. The location and superior infrastructure at Gatwick will allow us to operate far more efficiently and improve the service to our clients. We expect to be settled into Gatwick by early March.” Herts Equipment has also recruited another experienced traffic management professional, Karl Yallop, as Depot Manager.

Established a year ago, Herts Equipment’s facility in Pinewood Studios “is highly successful and, with a physical presence on site, we have provided traffic management solutions on location work for many Hollywood films.”

Aggreko powers presidential inauguration

Aggreko was the principal supplier of temporary power and temperature control equipment to support ceremonies related to the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States in Washington DC on 20 January.

The hirer installed equipment to provide 45 megawatts of power - enough to power 450,000 homes - as well as 25 megawatts of heating, 35 miles of cable and 500 electrical distribution panels. This was in order to support broadcasting, security and VIP logistics along the Parade Route, as well as the ceremonies around the Lincoln Memorial.

Aggreko was also responsible for providing temporary power for several key events during the 2008 Presidential campaign, including the Democratic election night rally in Chicago, all three Presidential debates and the Democratic and Republican Party conventions.

Record year for PASMA

PASMA reports that it trained more than 50,000 delegates in the safe use of mobile access towers last year. 2008 also saw the introduction of the Association’s low-level access training course and the launch of new tower inspection guidance, as well as a move to dedicated premises for the organisation in Glasgow city centre.

PASMA (the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) says it also saw a marked shift towards the use of towers in industry segments other than construction, particularly in cleaning, facilities management and factory maintenance.

 

     
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