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

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Hire Standards has brought its depot network in south-west England to three, following the acquisition of the name and assets of Whitebridge Hire Services Ltd in Semley, near Shaftesbury in Dorset. This follows soon after the opening of Hire Standards’ depot in Frome in May, complementing the company’s headquarters in Westbury, Wiltshire.
“The opening of our Frome facility created a lot of comment and feedback, and I heard that Whitebridge Hire Services’ owner, Pat Kenyon, was considering retirement,” said MD Matt Rowe.
“We had a conversation and we completed the deal on 20 August. The location is excellent for us because our three depots now cover a sizeable region in a convenient triangle, giving us a bigger catchment area. Whitebridge Hire Services has a good local reputation and we will retain the name for the time being. Like our other depots, it is situated on a trading estate. 
“As EHN reported in the July/August issue when we opened in Frome, we placed a considerable order with JCB at the Executive Hire Show for mini excavators, compact dumpers, rollers and powered access machinery. We are still taking delivery of the equipment, so some of these new products are now going directly to Whitebridge to boost its fleet.
“The market is very positive at the moment and we are still moving forward with plans for further growth. We are exploring a number of options and we might open even more depots in 2019.”


Arvill adds apprentices

Arvill Plant & Tool Hire of Airdrie has recruited two young local people as apprentice mechanics. Euan Wilson, 16, and Andrew Peden, 17, left school this summer and wanted a career that developed their interest in machinery.
Euan approached Arvill through his father, who is one of the company’s customers. Having developed an interest in mechanics and motorbikes doing casual work for a local garage, he is now busy in the hirer’s workshops. Andrew had undertaken volunteer work with a local waste management firm and contacted Arvill directly. He is building on his operating experience and getting involved in Health & Safety management.
Both are participating in a CITB programme and undergoing a 3-year Modern Apprenticeship course with block release attachments at
the National Construction College in Glasgow.
Amy Monaghan, Arvill’s Administrative Director, said, “Good apprentices are hard to find, and I’m very impressed with the eagerness to learn that both Euan and Andrew are showing. I can see them having a long and successful career within our growing Arvill family.”


New Brendon machine for SHC

Skipton Hire Centres (SHC) has taken delivery of a Brendon 50KPE-VT Mobile pressure washer. The company, which has depots in Skipton, Ilkley, Ripon, and Northallerton, has offered the manufacturer’s machines in its hire fleet for more than ten years.
SHC’s MD Neil Bravery is pictured, right, receiving the unit from Brendon’s Stuart Haskins, who told EHN that another recent buyer of the machine is HOS Hire of Neath. The company is using it to clean concrete formwork that it supplies.


Brandon trucks move Forward

Two new Isuzu Forward N75.150 rigid trucks with twin-compartment tanker bodies have gone into service with Brandon Hire as it upgrades its toilet servicing vehicle fleet. They are now working out of the hirer’s depots in Cardiff and Sowton, near Exeter, providing support services
for events operations.
The vehicles have separate 650-gallon and 150-gallon compartments respectively for waste and fresh water delivery, and replace two existing Isuzu models.
Brandon, which was acquired last year by Vp, says that the new Euro VI trucks will give better fuel economy and performance, and they have been fitted with upgraded pumps for greater efficiency.


Iveco vehicles are the 1st Choice

1st Choice Tool & Plant Hire of Greenford has replaced its entire delivery vehicle fleet with 12 Iveco Daily light commercial models, comprising two 3.5-tonne panel vans plus eight 3.5-tonne and two 7.2-tonne chassis cabs.
MD Rob Cox said, “We need a rugged vehicle that can handle our day-to-day work, especially as we transport diggers, dumpers and
3-tonne excavators.”
All 12 models have been supplied with a five-year repair and maintenance contract, and each is estimated to clock up 35,000 miles a year serving customers in London and the south-east of England.


Alide makes a Splash

Alide Hire has bought two X-Splash wash bays from Trime UK for its depots in Bristol and Bath.
The product is an ecological cleaning system for plant and machinery, designed to prevent soil pollution and contamination of drains from oil, grease and similar substances. It has a modular drainage base with a micro-switch in the rear solids collection tank set to activate the drainage pump when the water reaches a pre-set level.
The unit incorporates separation tanks for oil, water and solids, and an anti-slip ramp facilitates loading plant on to and away from the wash bay work area.


Showman’s Show goes greener

The organiser of the Showman’s Show, to be held at Newbury Showground on 17 and 18 October, has previously announced several environmentally friendly initiatives for the event, including a car sharing scheme for visitors and exhibitors, and encouraging those attending to bring re-usable water bottles to reduce plastic waste.
Changes have also been made to the Show’s Green Supplier and Innovation Award, which will see three shortlisted exhibitors deliver a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentation to a panel of sustainability experts, in front of an audience of event organisers. For more details visit www.showmans-directory.co.uk


Boels buys Artisan Hire

As we first reported on our website (www.executivehirenews.co.uk), Boels Rental has acquired Swindon-based Artisan Hire Centres and its sister company SAS (Survey & Safety Equipment Hire and Sales).
Artisan and SAS operate from nine depots across the south-west of England. These latest Boels additions follow the acquisition of Supply UK Hire Shops in 2017 and Already Hire earlier this year, bringing its UK branch network to 38.
Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels Rental, said, “Artisan and SAS are both well-established and very successful in the south-west of England. Their acquisition can only benefit the growth strategy that Boels has for Great Britain. Although our ultimate aim is to achieve national coverage, we will focus primarily on local and regional businesses for the time being.”
Artisan’s Chris Comer added, “Boels is a major player in the rental market, and we will have the opportunity to accelerate our growth under its wing.”


New Thwaites model in demand

Thwaites has added a new 4.5-tonne hydrostatic power swivel dumper to the range available through its UK & Ireland network, and one of the first has been sold to the Ovenden Group by distributor, Lister Wilder.
Paul Rodwell, the manufacturer’s Distributor Manager (South), said, “The 4.5-tonner has long been very popular overseas. It is easy to operate, efficient and incredibly effective on site. Here in the UK, the ‘norm’ is to move from a 3-tonner straight to a 6-tonne machine.”
Ovenden Group MD, Tristan Ovenden added, “The machine will be hired out to contractors across the South East, down to the Kent coast, by our compact plant hire division Boss Plant Hire Ltd, based in Canterbury. We saw a real opportunity to provide a model that could give more power and performance than a typical 3-tonner, yet not have the physical size of a 6-tonne model.”
Tristan Ovenden is pictured, centre, receiving the machine from Lister Wilder Sales Manager Paul Mahoney, left, and Thwaites’ Paul Rodwell.

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