Executive Hire News › Archives › July 2004 › Executive Report: Executive news
Executive Report : Executive news
HSS acquires A1 Hire
While neither party was prepared to comment as this issue went to press, it is no secret that HSS has acquired Jan and Katie Robinson’s A1 Hire + Sales Ltd. Based in Poole, Dorset, and with outlets in Bournemouth and Wareham, the couple have, since its formation in 1984, built A1 Hire to be one of the most respected independent hirers in the country. EHN understands that Jan Robinson will still be involved in the company for the time being. According to our records, this acquisition is HSS’ first UK purchase for well over a decade and it will be interesting to see where the new management takes the company from here. Hopefully we can catch up with HSS’ and Jan’s progress in the coming months.
Crushing success for Hire Center
Specialising in restoration and conversion work, M.E. Endersby Builders of Willington, near Bedford, frequently has to move large quantities of broken concrete and bricks from site, prior to importing hardcore for new ground floor sub-bases and hard standing areas. The company recently hired a Taylor Construction Plant Hi-C40 tracked crusher from Hire Center’s branch in Bedford, for a farm building conversion project. Several tonnes of rubble were put through the machine for re-use on site.
The crusher is one of ten Hi-C4Os recently purchased by Hire Center. Commenting on the decision to add the machines to its nationwide plant holding, Wolseley UK Brand Director for Hire, David Himsworth said, ‘Our interest was initially stimulated by an enquiry from the Isle of Man, where skip charges have increased four-fold during the last two years. With planned increases in landfill tax, the problems associated with loading skips are set to escalate dramatically.”
Spot On vehicle choice
Maidenhead-based Spot On Loo Hire has take delivery of a specially converted LDV Convoy Chassis Cab vehicle. It has a strengthened platform body equipped with heavy-duty runners, floor bearers, detachable side and rear rails and a short alloy headboard. The vehicle will be used to transport a vacuum pump unit and to deliver Shorelink portable toilets to customers, who are predominantly in the construction industry. Graham Merrington, Spot On Loo Hire’s Managing Director, states that he is very pleased with the vehicle. “It does the job well and we will be looking to extend our fleet in the near future with the LDV range.”
A-Plant launches Lifting & Safety division
A-Plant Tool Hire Shops has established a Lifting & Safety division. The company says it has invested in appropriate equipment as part of a £1m programme for the operation during 2004. Four dedicated Lifting & Safety depots have been opened across the London area and plans are in place for a further eight outlets nationwide by the end of the year. Twelve additional locations have been identified for development by the end of the 2004/05 financial year.
In another development, A-Plant Power Generation/Rentarc in Aberdeen has supplied a range of generators and welding sets for work on an on-shore gas-processing module being built for the Shell-operated Goldeneye project near Peterhead. The equipment has been hired to Interserve Industrial Services and Cooper Heat, two of the contractors working on the £300m project. Twelve generators have been delivered to site, ranging in size from 70-100kVA for pre-heat, stress-relieving and welding operations. The welding equipment includes GenSet 370 mobile diesel welding units.
UK wins Belle Golf Challenge
A team comprising representatives of the UK hire industry narrowly triumphed over their Irish counterparts to win the inaugural Hire Industry Golf Challenge. Styled on the Ryder Cup, the event was organised by the Belle Group and Doyle’s Importers and Distributors, its representative in southern Ireland. Doyle’s has for several years organised a golf day, in which the Sheen-based manufacturer participated, but this year Belle decided to stage a competition between the two countries.
The British team, captained by Belle’s UK & Eire Sales Manager, Bob Williams, comprised Paul Mooney and Tony Grimshaw of A-Plant, Alan Rigby of Charles Wilson Engineers, Andy Evans of CBL, Kevin Latham of Hire-One, Martin Watkins of Power Plant, Mike Cole of Brandon, Trevor Goodwin of Already Hire, Danny Moir and Nigel Thomasson of Multi Equipment Rental, Gary Cooper and Paul Evans of Speedy, Steve Seymour of Builder Center, and Ray Neilsen, Rob Caddy and Mike Hancock of Belle.
The Irish team, captained by Doyle’s Ollie Carey, included Joe White of JW Hire, Eamonn McKenna of Waterford Hire, Kieran Carmody from Kieran Carmody Hire, Eugene Heather and Brian Daly of Sam Hire, Trinity Hire’s Liam Duggan, John McCabe of Chadwicks, Shay Murray of Cabara Tool Hire, Dermot Murphy from A-Z Hire, Francie Walsh of Ardkean Hire, Paddy Clooney from Limerick Plant Hire, Panda Tool Hire’s Dave Walsh, Tony Fogarty of Bolands, Tadgh O’Connor of Tadgh O’Connor Hire, Liam Murphy of Feale Valley Plant Hire, John Stakelum of Stakelum, Cohn Byrne of CB Tool Hire, Gerry Tuohy of Sugarloaf Hire, Adrian Conlon of Dromad Hire, along with Michael Doyle and Mark Carey from Doyle’s.
“Held in Blackpool at the De Vere Heron’s Reach golf course, the tournament was played in a highly competitive spirit, which is indicative of the hire industry,” states Bob Williams. “The Golf Challenge will be an annual event, hosted by each country alternately.”
GAP clinches Kajima deal
GAP Group has secured preferred supplier status with Kajima Direct, a subsidiary of Kajima Construction Europe (UK). For the Project Accordia Cambridge scheme, Kajima Direct is demolishing existing Inland Revenue offices in the city and constructing new purpose-built premises. GAP says it beat off competition from several other national hire companies to clinch a deal supplying small tools alongside dumpers, excavators and compressors.
The Glasgow-based hirer recently secured a number of high profile partnerships with clients, including Interserve Projects in Leicester, and Balfour Beatty on London’s M25 widening project. Over 60% of GAP’s business now comes from national and regional accounts.
Real-time training from MCS
Hire software provider, MCS, has launched ‘real-time’ professional services to help hirers improve training and enhance operational efficiencies. Services encompass web conferencing, e-training and remote support, enabling MCS-rm and MCS-lnsitu customers to take full advantage of the capabilities the internet offers.
Web conferencing connects up to five locations, eliminating travelling and reducing costs for personnel involved in product demonstrations or meetings. E-training offers the ability to train up to six employees on MCS software at any one time. This offers greater flexibility, reduces costs and can increase learning capabilities of staff, since training can be divided into shorter sessions over a longer period.
For MCS-rm software users, remote access/shadowing allows MCS to monitor personnel’s on-screen actions and guide them through necessary procedures or problems they may encounter. This service also enables support staff to resolve technical issues remotely.