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Executive Hire News › Archives › April/May 2018 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Boels Rental has expanded its UK operation with the recent acquisition of Already Hire, which has five depots serving Greater London. This follows its purchase of Supply UK Hire Shops last year and takes its network to 29 depots throughout the country.
Already Director and owner, Jim McKeogh, will stay on to develop the London region for Boels, while fellow owners Trevor Goodwin and Charles Patience will be retiring. The existing management team and personnel will continue to run the business.
“Our prime objective will be to retain the culture and strengths of this well-established business and build further on this through increased investment and a further widening of its offering,” Boels Rental UK MD, Chris Haycocks, told EHN.
“With five depots across London, we now have a good footprint from which to deliver a comprehensive service in the area. This expansion coincides with a major re-branding programme into the Boels livery across the UK, and marks an important step in our exciting growth plans.” An enlarged Boels depot in Liverpool (pictured left) officially opens in May, and three other flagship relocations are under way.


More support vehicles for Dromad

Dromad Hire of Dundalk has added two more service customised vans to its fleet, bringing its total to five, providing service support as well as a 24-hour emergency callout service.
Sales Manager Pierce Martin said, “The additional vehicles will be dedicated to routine servicing of our hired-out equipment on a weekly basis. These bespoke vans have been modified as mobile workshops, to ensure our engineers are equipped with the best tools for the job.” He is pictured, right, with Mark Lynn from Lynn Motors, the local dealership which supplied the vans.


GAP launches e-commerce

GAP has launched an online store to enable customers to buy fencing, crowd control barriers and ancillary items such as fence blocks and clips from any one of the hirer’s 14 Non-Mechanical depots for delivery throughout the UK.
Joint MD Iain Anderson said, “GAP Sales Solutions allows customers to take advantage of the fact we can source large quantities of non-mechanical plant items, and buy from us directly. We are excited that for the first time, the new sales website will allow the general public and those businesses that do not have an account with GAP, to deal with us.” He added that the site may offer products from the company’s other divisions, such as Lifting, in the future.


George Roberts NW maintains success

Scaffolding and safety equipment specialist, George Roberts NW Ltd, has been awarded its second consecutive Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for outstanding excellence in occupational health and safety performance.
This follows the business’ successful and on-going accreditation to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 quality and safety standards. To achieve this latest Award, the business had to provide evidence of good Health & Safety management systems by answering key performance questions, supported with a concise portfolio of relevant documentation.


Vertikal Days set for Donington Park

The Vertikal Days access and lifting equipment event will take place on 16 and 17 May in a new location, at the Donington Park motor sport complex in Castle Donington, Derbyshire.
The organisers say that it is shaping up to be the biggest to date, with several manufacturers planning new machine launches. Various seminars and workshops will be held over the two days, including My Future My Choice, to inspire young people to work within the engineering and lifting industries.
The venue is located just off the M1 junction 23a northbound, or junction 24 southbound, and can be accessed from the nearby A50 and A42. For details visit www.vertikaldays.net 


More EasyCabins for Nixon Hire

Nixon Hire has increased its fleet of EasyCabin welfare units from AJC Trailers with an order for Ecostatic 22 and 28 models. MD Graham Nixon said the decision to buy them was driven by demand from clients requesting eco-friendly equipment.
The Ecostatic 22 provides facilities for up to 12 people, and incorporates the manufacturer’s Ecosmart system to regulate the power usage of the generator and to reduce fuel consumption. The Ecostatic 28 has additional office space for two persons.
Graham Nixon is pictured, right, with Jav Samsa, MD of AJC Trailers, in front of one of the new Ecostatic 28 models.


Andrews Sykes opens West Sussex depot

Andrews Sykes has opened a new depot in Bolney, West Sussex, to meet a surge in demand in the area. The location has been chosen because of its close proximity to Gatwick Airport, Brighton and surrounding major roads.
The hirer’s full range of equipment will be offered from the facility, including heaters, boilers, air conditioners, chillers, dehumidifiers, fans and pumps. UK Operations Director, David Himsworth said, “This depot provides us with a fantastic opportunity to deliver an enhanced level of service to those based in the immediate vicinity and beyond.”


CPA survey shows hire challenges

The CPA has completed a research project examining the supply and demand of plant operatives in the construction industry. The study engaged CPA members UK-wide, as well as training providers and contractors.
The report sought to gain clarity over the number of plant operators in UK construction and to challenge the published figure of around 40,000 as detailed in CITB’s Construction Skills Network Forecast. The CPA study indicates a total UK plant operator workforce of approximately 289,000.
CPA Director Kevin Minton said, “The findings mean that the numerical importance of plant operators as an occupational group matches their importance on site. Instead of being low in the rankings of occupation by volume, we now have the evidence to show that plant operation as an occupation is one of the top five in construction.”
The study also indicated that recruitment is a key challenge for plant hirers. Around 40% of respondents said recruitment is ‘very difficult’ or ‘fairly difficult’ and 28% had hard-to-fill vacancies in the last year.


D & S Plant Services makes a Splash

D & S Plant Services, which hires and supplies construction equipment from its base in Dalmarnock, near Glasgow, has installed a new X-Splash wash bay from Trime (UK). It is designed as an ecological cleaning system for plant and machinery, helping to prevent soil pollution and contamination of drains from oil, grease and other chemical contaminants, and uses recycled water.
“We needed an environmentally sound cleaning system for our new depot,” explained D & S owner, Dave Pattison. “Originally, we thought the only option was to install a permanent tank, which invariably involves ground excavation. However, the X-Splash means this onerous work is completely avoided. It was up and operating in just a few hours and we are delighted with its performance.”


Show generates YHC order for MHM

Exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show led to a significant order for MHM Plant from Yeovil-based YHC Hire Solutions. The hirer’s Operations Director, Jim Patch, said, “We always attend the Show with the intent to make purchases for our hire fleet. There are often Show ‘exclusives’ and it gives us the opportunity to meet suppliers face-to-face. We placed a sizeable order with MHM Plant for a line of their generators and, in particular, their larger ‘rental spec’ sets for our burgeoning event hire division.”
The new additions include 20kVA, 35kVA and 45kVA super-silenced, multi-voltage machines incorporating an MHM-Gen engine protection system with automatic shutdown. YHC also purchased a number of 3kVA petrol generators at the Show for general construction use.
MHM’s MD Mat Llewellyn said the Show was one of the company’s most successful exhibitions to date, leading to orders worth approximately £100,000.


HSC strengthens sales team

HSC (Hire Supply Co) has appointed Steve Watkinson and Joe Cornwall as Area Sales Managers covering the Midlands and South East of England respectively. Steve will be based at HSC’s head office in Nottingham, while Joe will work from the company’s new London premises in Staples Corner.
HSC also recently appointed Robert Thomson as Area Sales Manager for Scotland and the north of England, and all three have extensive experience selling into the tool hire industry.
Steve McKenzie, Group Sales Manager, told EHN “We are thrilled to have Steve, Joe and Robert on board. The experience they bring will be invaluable to HSC. Our strategy to achieve our 2023 mission - to be the market-leader in our industry - has always been to hire the best people out there and the appointment of Robert, Steve and Joe is testament to that.”


Mark Stuart awarded MBE

Mark Stuart, Commercial Director of the recently established generator hire business, Stuart Energy, was recently awarded an MBE for services to industry and philanthropy.
Mark was previously a Director of Wigan-based Mather & Stuart, which was sold to A-Plant two years ago.


Hirers get attached to Boxball-Hitch

The Boxball-Hitch is a new product that can be fitted to any item of plant or equipment without tools, to facilitate towing. Inventor Alan Whitby told EHN it addresses problems faced by potential hirers who want to collect machinery or trailers but their vehicle only has the usual ball lug, which is not suitable for an eyelet connection.
The user selects the top-hat bush most suited to the internal diameter of the eyelet and insert inverted, adding spacer shims as required to ensure a snug fit within the box jaw, and connects it with the drawbar pin. The hitch is aligned with the drawbar and then two side thumb screws are tightened to lock the hitch into place, with the drawbar being extended with a ball hitch connector. It can then be attached to the ball lug of the towing vehicle.
The device is already to be found in the hire and sales fleets of Scanlans Plant Hire and P.E.T. Hire, both based in Crewe. They report that it is helping customers who want to collect an item of plant, but do not have the correct towing arrangement. For details visit www.boxball-hitch.com


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