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October 18, 2019

GAP posts record profits

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:40 pm

GAP has announced record annual profits and turnover in the year the Group celebrates a half-century in business.

The company achieved a pre-tax profit of £18.7m in the year to 31 March 2019, an increase from £16.7m in the preceding 12 months, as annual turnover rose by 8.8% to £203m. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation soared to an all-time high, rising from £73.1m to £80.4m. For the first time in the company’s history, net assets have climbed above £100m.

Joint MDs Douglas (pictured right) and Iain Anderson said that GAP has diversified significantly beyond its traditional plant and tool hire offering with the launch of specialist divisions comprising Lifting & TIC (test, inspect and certify), Non-Mechanical, Trenching & Shoring, Survey & Safety, Welfare and Events Services. The new divisions, which often require bespoke solutions, now account for around one-third of turnover and an even-greater proportion of pre-tax profits.

The family business also announced a new operational structure with an eye on succession-planning and to continue its expansion. Four new Managing Director positions sit below the GAP Holdings Board which remains unchanged. Douglas Anderson’s son, Mark, has been appointed MD of the business in Scotland and the North of England, and will be responsible for the profitability of the Plant, Tools, Non-Mechanical Plant, Trenching & Shoring and Welfare divisions.

GAP is actively recruiting for two MD roles tasked with overseeing the Midlands & South West and the South East of England regions respectively.

The company says the restructuring recognises the need to provide greater clarity and focus on its Lifting and Survey & Safety divisions, which are inherently more technical from an operational and sales perspective. Karen Greenshields, who is the daughter of Douglas and Iain Anderson’s sister Maureen Smith, has been appointed as MD of these operations. Mark and Karen will report to Kevin McEwan, who will take on a Group Operations Director role.

October 17, 2019

Earlsmere PAT testers for Vp

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:42 am

Earlsmere, a specialist in the field of identification and tracking of goods and services, has completed the roll-out of more than 400 direct PAT testing systems to Vp Brandon Hire Station and its sister ESS Safeforce, Torrent Trackside and MEP operations.

Consisting of Earlsmere’s Toolminder software, a Megger 450 tester and a label printer, the system automatically locates the asset with all its database information after it has been checked by an RFID scanner or barcode reader. It then downloads the test requirements and the operator is then prompted to perform the necessary procedures.

The printer produces a label to attach to the tested item, together with a test certificate if required. The results are automatically updated on the database. The system can also log information such as asset location.

October 15, 2019

A-Plant goes electric with JCB

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:37 am

A-Plant has invested in a fleet of ten JCB 19C-1E electric mini excavators in a deal worth more than £350,000.

Designed to meet a growing need for low carbon construction equipment, the machine allows contactors to work inside buildings, in emissions and noise-sensitive inner city areas and in tunnels or underground, without having to install exhaust extraction equipment.

Dave Harris, A-Plant’s Business Development Director, said: “Over the past year, we have witnessed significant customer demand for sustainable construction equipment and have made this a key focus of the company’s investment strategy. This year we have invested over £4m in low or zero carbon equipment and are proud to be able to deliver the latest, sustainable options to customers.”

October 14, 2019

Speedy access operation expands

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:09 am

Speedy has been ranked among the largest hirers of powered access equipment in the UK, following a £52m investment programme since November 2017 to establish its nationwide offering.

The business was placed second in the recent Cranes and Access annual league table of the top 30 UK providers.

This follows Speedy’s acquisition of regional powered access firms Prolift, Platform Sales & Hire and Lifterz over the last two years, in addition to investing organically in its own fleet of scissor and boom lifts, which now totals more than 8,200.

Speedy reported a positive outlook in a recent trading update, an update for the period to 30 September 2019, ahead of publishing half year results scheduled to be announced on 13 November. Group revenue, pre disposals, increased by approximately 6% on the prior year, with hire and services revenue growing by around 1% and 13% respectively.

The company states that a number of contract wins and extensions including, CALA Homes and Peel Ports, have been secured in the period and that, consequently, the second half of the year is anticipated to be stronger than the first. The Group expects adjusted profit before tax for the full year to be in line with the Board’s expectations.

October 8, 2019

Asif Latief to become Boels UK MD

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:58 pm

Asif Latief is to join Boels UK on 1 January 2020 as Managing Director. He was previously Marketing Director with A-Plant, having held a number of senior management positions since joining them in 2002.

Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels Rental said: “I am delighted to welcome Asif to the Boels team. We have ambitious plans for our UK business as we reach a pivotal point in our strategy to become a national hirer of choice. His extensive experience coupled with his knowledge of the equipment rental market will be invaluable as we look to accelerate our growth.”

Asif Latief said: “Boels has an excellent reputation across Europe and I am delighted to be able to join them at such an exciting time. Being a family run business, it has a number of values which resonate with me, especially the focus on developing its people to be the best that they can be, delivering a high level of customer experience, and all this supported by a solid investment programme to help the business grow. The aim is to be a leading player in the UK rental market and I look forward to being a part of that journey.”

Asif Latief will take over the responsibilities of Chris Haycocks, who will leave Boels UK at the end of January 2020 together with Scott Mulley. The strategic board of Boels Rental paid tribute to them for their contribution in building Supply UK, which Boels bought in 2017, other UK acquisitions and finally the integration of the Boels UK operation.

EHN aims to catch up with Asif Latief in the new year to learn more about the company’s plans.

October 7, 2019

Police Scotland targets cybercrime

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:28 am

Police Scotland wants to alert hirers that during October its Cyber Harm Prevention Team is raising awareness of ransomware attacks as part of European Cyber Security Month.

Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. It is increasingly used by cyber criminals to exploit money from individuals and businesses.

James Archbold of the Prevention Team says, “Criminals will use various means to deceive members of the public or businesses into downloading software to disable their computer system. The user is then instructed to pay a ransom to have their computer unlocked.

“My first advice is not to pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that you will get access to your data or device, and your device will still be infected. Additionally, if you receive a phone call offering help to clean up your computer, hang up immediately. This is a common tactic used by cyber criminals.

“In some instances, devices can be unlocked by utilising a free, Police and industry backed Europol initiative, No More Ransom, www.nomoreransom.org. Otherwise it is best to run a full scan using your antivirus software and follow any instructions it provides. Alternatively you will have to undertake a factory reset of your device.

“To reduce the likelihood of becoming victim to this sort of crime, make regular backups of important information on your computer. Keep your operating system and software (apps) up to date. Don’t put off applying update. They contain patches that keep your device secure, including protection from ransomware and viruses. Make sure your antivirus product is turned on and up to date. Windows has a built in malware protection tool (Microsoft Defender) which is suitable for this purpose. Avoid downloading unofficial apps.”

Further information is available at https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/keep-secure-online/cybercrime

October 4, 2019

Hirebase adds Altrad Belle dumper

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:13 am

Hirebase has added Altrad Belle’s DX1000HT high tip dumper to its fleet, following a recent visit by senior management to the manufacturer’s factory in Sheen.

The hirer’s MD Adrian Watts and Hire Fleet Manager Leigh Tholet were able to inspect several new Altrad Belle machines and were impressed by the DX1000Ht. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of hire companies and end users in terms of safety, strength, operator comfort and convenience, as well as offering high productivity

Pictured are Bob Williams (extreme right), UK & Eire Sales Manager for Altrad Belle, alongside Adrian Watts, with Leigh Tholet at the controls of the machine.

October 3, 2019

HSC centralises stock products

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:06 am

The Hire Supply Company (HSC) is relocating all stock products held at the HSC MSC (Machinery, Spares and Consumables) facility in Worcestershire to the group’s distribution centre in Nottingham.

MD Gary McWilliam says this will enhance efficiency and provide administrative benefits for customers. While the warehouse facility at Worcester will close, the Sales Office at this location will remain open. All contact details will remain the same.

HSC’s Nottingham head office (pictured) is at 7-10 Eldon Road Trading Estate, Attenborough NG9 6DZ.

September 26, 2019

City Hire adds MHM generators

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:55 am

City Hire has expanded the range of power generation machinery in its fleet following its recent investment in 45kVA sets from MHM Plant.

Caspar Douglass, Marketing Executive with the Southall-based hirer, said, “We currently offer power generators from 3kVA to 20kVA. However, we were receiving a number of enquiries for larger sets.”

MHM’s ‘Ready to Rent’ models incorporate an engine protection shutdown system to guard against low fuel, low oil pressure, high engine temperature and battery charging failure. The sets are also fitted with a three-way fuel valve for easy connection to an external fuel tank for longer operation.

September 24, 2019

Flannery digs deep for charity

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:37 am

Flannery Plant Hire is raising money for the BBC Children in Need charity from the use of two specially branded JCB machines.

A compact telescopic handler and a mini excavator have been finished in a special spotted livery to help the hirer’s fundraising programme this year. The machines’ first task has been supporting volunteers to convert a rundown church hall.

The building, originally built in the early 1800s, has been transformed into accommodation and a support centre for Nightsafe, a charity supporting homeless young people. A television show about the project will air during the Children in Need Appeal week this November.

The two machines are also being offered for hire, with the rental charge being donated to the charity. In addition, Flannery employees are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge later this month and the Thames Bridge Trek in October, and have several bake sales planned to help reach a target of £20,000.

September 23, 2019

HAE Conference line-up finalised

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:00 pm

The HAE has finalised revealed the list of guest speakers at its annual Conference taking place in Loughborough on October 1.

The line-up includes presentations by Dr Léa Cléret, CEO of The Leadership Trust; Frank Elkins, Chief Operating Officer Trade Merchanting with Travis Perkins; Sue Brandrick and Chris Lucas from the Health & Safety Executive; Detective Superintendent Neil Austin from the West Mercia Police; Phil Hemsworth of HSS, Brian Parker from AFI, Hans Fairley of Stihl and HAE’s Jim Maccall and Paul Gaze.

Topics to be covered include leadership development programmes, dumper and digger safety, construction health policy, the country’s economic performance, crime prevention, and mental health policy at work.

Previously announced speakers include Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, founder of the Stemettes social enterprise which promotes careers for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Conference is open to all HAE members but those wishing to attend should register online at www.hireconference.org.uk

September 20, 2019

Thwaites century for Standard

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:59 pm

Standard Plant Hire has added 100 Thwaites dumpers to its fleet, ranging from, front tip to power swivel models across 1-tonne, 3-tonne, 6-tonne and 9-tonne machines.

The deal comes as the Bromley-based independent is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

MD Michael Fleming said, “This deal expands our dumper fleet to 250 machines and our total rental assets to over 1,500. We are a traditional hire business supported by a passionate team of experienced hire people. We stay positive, think big and are looking forward to the next ten years of Standard Plant Hire.”

Michael Fleming is pictured, right, with Paul Mahoney from Thwaites dealer, Lister Wilder.

September 17, 2019

PASMA Conference hits the heights

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:34 am

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association’s (Pasma) annual conference will take place on Thursday, 26 September at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel in Coventry. The free event is open to all with an interest in mobile towers and prefabricated tower scaffolds.

Highlights will include Chris Debrick from Transport for London speaking on how the organisation is working with the Association to improve the way they work at height. Later he will join Paul Ormsby from GES and Barri Millar from the Association for Project Safety for a panel discussion on the challenges of managing work at height, drawing on experience from their own careers, which have involved lighthouses, large-scale events and transport.

Katie Kelleher (a crane operator and owner of KatieCranes.com), Gillian Rutter (Hire Access and Skyward Training) and Gail Hounslea (Ladderstore.com) will take part in a panel discussion on why there’s a lack of women in construction and can be done about it.

Delegates will also see towers used in innovative ways in an outdoor showcase, from simple podiums and mobile access towers, to more complex builds involving cantilevers, bridges and stairs, and, advanced configurations. For more details visit pasma.co.uk/conference

September 13, 2019

Arvill adds Trime X-Ecos

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:46 pm

Arvill Plant & Tool Hire of Airdrie placed an order for six X-Eco lighting towers from Trime (UK) at the Executive Hire Show Scotland event held in Glasgow on 12 September.

MD Arthur Shevill told EHN that the company has offered lighting towers with LED lamp heads for two years and that these are the first Trime machines in the Arvill fleet.

The X-Eco is designed for reduced fuel consumption and low emissions.

Arthur Shevill is pictured, right, with Trime’s Andrew Owen, left, and David Paterson from supplier D&S Plant Services.

September 9, 2019

HAE Conference aims to inspire

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:30 am

Obtaining good market intelligence will be the focus of the HAE Conference on 1 October, being held at Holywell Park in Loughborough, with presentations planned around themes to encourage industry professionals to collaborate, innovate and inspire.

Speakers will include Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, a British computing, mathematics and language prodigy, who was one the youngest to pass two GCSEs in different subjects while in primary school. She went on to establish Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (Stem) careers. Her talk will highlight how technology-related fields offer young women a vehicle for career choice.

Taking up the theme of collaboration with no gender barriers is Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director with the CITB will focus on how hire can be an ‘enabling industry’ for construction and how programmes such as the new Mentor Leadership Programme for women can have an impact.

An overview of the UK construction industry and the country’s economic performance will be given by Tom Hall, Chief Economist with Barbour-ABI and AMA Research.

HAE Commercial Manager Paul Gaze and Scott Ball from HireTrain will give details on measures the industry is taking to encourage a constant learning environment for new starters. Other topics are expected to be covered, such as dust control, crime prevention and mental health.

The Conference is open to all Association members but people wishing to attend need to register online at www.website hireconference.org.uk

August 29, 2019

Trime’s dynamic duo heads for Glasgow

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:16 pm

Ray Caulfield and Andrew Owen from Trime UK will be packing their overnight bags and heading to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, for the Executive Hire Road Show on Thursday, 12 September. The duo will introduce visitors to the company’s latest eco-friendly lighting towers.

To help reduce a site’s carbon footprint and to lower emissions, Trime has developed a line-up of battery, hybrid and solar powered lighting sets. They have also produced calculations to demonstrate how hirers can help managers at events and construction sites to lower their carbon output.

Ray Caulfield, Trime Group CEO, told EHN, “We are both looking forward to meeting up with colleagues old and new. The informal atmosphere of the Executive Hire Road Shows gives us a great opportunity to explain the advantages of Trime equipment and how buying directly from a manufacturer is beneficial to a hire company.”

Trime UK recently supplied Aberdeen-based Genny Hire with ten X-Eco LED lighting towers, pictured, fitted with Chalwyn valves and spark arresters for safe use on oil rigs.

Hirers can register to attend the Executive Hire Show Scotland at www.executivehireshow.co.uk/roadshows

August 23, 2019

Morris gets set for lighting tour

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:18 am

Morris Site Machinery are taking bookings for its annual Towers on Tour initiative, a nationwide roadshow enabling hirers to see the company’s latest lighting products in readiness for the autumn.

Keith Miles, pictured, and other members of the Morris sales team, will showcase the firm’s growing SMC lighting tower line-up by giving practical demonstrations during personalised visits to customers.

The latest models include the TL90 Evolve, which can be fitted with a standard four LED head, the Halo lamp head for illumination without glare, or a six-LED head for maximum light output.

To book a Towers on Tour visit, contact the team on 01902 790824 or go to www.morrismachinery.co.uk

August 19, 2019

CEA evaluates Cesar emissions scheme

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:25 am

The CEA (Construction Equipment Association) says its new Cesar Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) initiative to help site managers identify the engine emissions stage compliance of individual machines in environmentally sensitive areas, has generated much feedback following its preview at the Plantworx exhibition.

These comments are now being evaluated with a view to a full rollout later this year.

Fixed alongside the standard Cesar triangle identification badge, the new version is designed to provide an immediate visual check on compliance backed up by a QR code which can be scanned.

It is being developed to meet demand for an easy and reliable way to confirm the emissions category of construction equipment used within Low Emission Zones and ‘green’ construction sites.

August 13, 2019

inspHire targets Australasia

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:20 pm

inspHire has appointed Nigel Swavley as Australasian Sales Manager. This follows the company’s acquisition of the reseller, Elev8 Australia, and part of its growth plans for the region.

With over 25 years’ experience within the IT and hire industries, Nigel Swavley previously worked with Coates Hire, in addition to eight years with inspHire, as a Senior Project Manager at Elev8 Australia. He describes the potential in the Australasian market as “enormous”.

August 5, 2019

GAP adds Trimble total stations

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:08 am

GAP’s Survey & Safety Hire division has introduced the Trimble SX10 total station into its fleet.

The machine is designed to enable users to collect any combination of high-density 3D scan data, enhanced imaging and high-accuracy measurements in one unit.

As well as increasing efficiency, the SX10 can also improve safety by scanning road corridors and intersection details such as roadway surfaces, overhead power lines and lane stripping, without putting the user in harm’s way and minimising the need for road closures.

Jim Burke, GAP’s Survey Division Manager, commented: “Since Trimble launched the SX10 over a year ago we’ve been monitoring industry reaction and listening to what our customers had to say. It is clear that engineers, surveyors and scanning professionals are beginning to see the full potential and benefits of this type of instrument.”

Pictured from left are GAP’s Carl Procter and Steve Kipling, during a product training session with a Trimble specialist.

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