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Executive Hire News › Archives › March 2018 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Mr Plant Hire wins with Xenith Heights

Mr Plant Hire’s name was drawn out of the hat in a competition to win a luxury hamper on Xenith Heights’ stand at the Executive Hire Show.
Xenith Heights’ Ian McIntyre was quick off the mark to present the prize to Tony Crawford and Ele Ioannou at the Enfield premises of the company, which placed an order during their visit for 100 Aresta safety harness kits finished in its corporate colours and logo.
Ian McIntyre also told EHN that Xenith Heights was delighted by the number of visitors they met on their stand in Hall 2, and that all companies who placed orders there will receive a small gift as an extra token of appreciation.


HSC’s keys to success

Hire Supply Co (HSC) congratulated two lucky winners in an ‘unlock the box to win’ competition held on its stand at the Show. Entrants drew a key from many contained in a large glass bowl, but only a limited number would actually open the secure cabinet containing a prize of a new iPhone X, valued at approximately £1,000.
The two successful entrants were Neil Compton from Artisan Hire and Martin Allen of Hirebase. HSC MD Gary McWilliam told EHN that the competition was closely supervised, adding, “We had a lot of visitors having a go at the game and so I was getting a bit worried that we might have to give more phones away.”


Obart fit for a Lord

As you will read in our report on page 11, Lord Hire Centres was a Winner of a Passionate Hirer Award, presented during the Show.
Lord’s General Manager, Carl Bartlett told EHN it was particularly fitting to receive the Award from sponsor, Matthew Hill of Obart Pumps. “For a number of years, Matthew has used one of our old pumps on his stand as evidence of their longevity and the revenue raised whilst in our hire fleet, to promote the profit that can be generated from submersible pump hire. I understand that this unit is still pictured in the Obart catalogue today, showing the word ‘Lord’ where it was engraved into the casing below our plant identity number, and with an extract of the revenue figures for the pump from our computer system.”


Snorkel adds spiders

During the Show, Snorkel UK announced that it has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for Ruthmann Bluelift spider lifts. Bluelift was founded in Italy in 2004, and in 2016 became Ruthmann Italia Srl., a division of the German Ruthmann Group which manufactures truck-mounted aerial lifts.
Snorkel UK will also provide spare parts and technical support for the lifts, through its existing nationwide network of service engineers. MD Andrew Fishburn said, “Ruthmann Bluelift is well-known for its lightweight, compact and high-performance lithium battery-powered and hybrid machines, which is a key advantage as the UK market increasingly focuses on zero emission equipment.”


Stuart Energy prepares for launch

The Show provided the perfect opportunity for the senior management of a new generator hire business to check out the latest equipment.
Pictured, from left, are Directors Lee, Mark and Fred Stuart, with Sales Manager Tony Quinn and Operations Manager Chris Lynch, who are establishing Stuart Energy. Fred Stuart was one of the original founders of Mather & Stuart in Wigan, which was sold to A-Plant two years ago.
The Show enabled them to look at the latest machines from HGI (Harrington Generators International) in the 30kVA to 100kVA power class. Lee Stuart said the new business will be based in the north west of England and that it plans to start operations with a fleet of 160 machines, rising to 300 next year.


Concord wins Hire Network Award

The Barking depot of Concord Lifting Equipment was announced as the Winner of the 2018 Hire Network Award, which is given to recognise excellent service at an individual depot. Hire Network Manager, Kevin Sherwood, presenting the trophy to Concord’s Hire & Sales Manager, Bill Graves, said, “We deal with many hirers throughout the country and we know which ones regularly provide great service, with all paperwork and processes managed efficiently, and all personnel showing consistent dedication.”
Concord’s Barking depot has established a reputation for excellent service, having also won this Award in 2005 and being a runner-up
in 2015. 


More Kubotas for Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson Engineers has invested in a further 89 Kubota mini excavators to meet increasing demand. The order comprised various models, including KX61-4s, KX027-4s, K008-3s, KX016-4s and KX019-4s, in weights spanning 0.8 to 2.7 tonnes.


Smiths opens in Leeds

Blackpool-based Smiths Equipment Hire has opened its 12th depot with a new facility in Leeds, its first in Yorkshire. The location is situated on a trading estate in Gildersome, just off junction 27 of the M62.
The Leeds depot will offer a wide range of tools and equipment, powered access machinery and specialist lifting products. Key personnel include Depot Manager Andy Bishop, Business Development Manager Luke Hobson, Sales Hire Controller Simon Freer, Service Engineer Brian Beckett, and Driver Chris Gilbert.
Besides two locations in Blackpool, Smiths’ other depots are in Blackburn, Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Cleveleys, Kirkham, St Anne’s and Warrington.


Vp’s Brandon acquisition cleared by CMA

As we went to press, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it has concluded its investigation and has cleared the completed acquisition by Vp of Brandon Hire Group Holdings.
Vp originally announced the deal on 8 November, as we reported in our November/December issue. We commented then that Vp believed this was an excellent acquisition, dovetailing with its Hire Station tool hire business. As Brandon operates from 143 locations and Hire Station has 58 outlets, this will significantly increase Vp’s presence in the market.


Fourth location for upbeat BTE 

BTE Plant Sales has opened its fourth location in Droitwich. The machinery distributor has also just reported record sales of over £56m for the 2017/2018 financial year. The new facility complements existing depots in Leyland, Leeds and the Head Office in Markfield, Leicestershire.
Chairman Ben Elliot, who founded BTE 28 years ago, was in upbeat mood at the opening of the new facility, quoting statistics that construction output is forecast to grow in 2018 and that the government has set a housebuilding target of 300,000 homes each year over the medium term.


Hird chooses battery power

Powered access and lifting equipment hirer, Hird, has added a battery-powered Hinowa tracked boom to its fleet. The company is replacing a 23.12 model diesel machine, purchased in 2013, with a Lightlift 26.14 Lithium unit.
Jason Hellwig, Northern Access Manager, said: “We know this machine is popular with facilities maintenance contractors in particular, because it can pass easily through double doorways and has very low ground pressure. Clients also express a preference for a battery model, rather than a mains-powered boom, as the Hinowa Lithium does not have any trailing cables.”
Hird has several Hinowa machines in its fleet, all purchased from Access Platform Sales (APS), the official UK distributor.


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