Executive Hire News Executive Hire News
Executive Hire News Executive Hire News Executive Hire News
Executive Hire News
Executive Hire News Home About Executive Hire News Executive Hire News Latest industry news Executive Hire News What's new Executive Hire News Events diary Executive Hire News EHN archives Executive Hire News Executive Hire Show Executive Hire News Advertise Executive Hire News Contact us
Executive Hire News
Latest industry news

April 12, 2019

GAP’s Iain Anderson nominated for IoD award

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:21 am

GAP’s Joint MD Iain Anderson has been shortlisted for The Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Award in the Family Business category.

Iain is currently celebrating his 35th year with GAP. With turnover expected to top £200m in 2019, this reflects an increase in work with new clients but also repeat business with satisfied, loyal customers. Iain has played a pivotal role in developing relationships with customers that have stood the test of time.

The Winner, to be selected from a shortlist of four finalists, will be announced at the IoD Scotland Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Glasgow on 23 May.

Ian has already enjoyed Awards success this year, having been presented with the John Jennings Crosshire Award by EHN at the Executive Hire Show in February for his outstanding commitment to our industry.

April 11, 2019

Plantforce to open Compact division

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:29 am

Plantforce Rentals Ltd says it will invest £2.8m in establishing Plantforce Compact, which will offer smaller machinery and tools, scheduled to officially open in June.

A new depot for the operation is being established in Bristol on a 0.6-acre site, together with a fleet which will include micro to 5-tonne cabbed excavators, compact telescopic handlers, trench compactors, hi-tip dumpers and small tools, from suppliers such as Geith, Kobelco, Thwaites, Indespension, Daemo attachments, Ammann and Dieci.

Plantforce says the operation will focus on serving utilities, small and medium ground works contractors and landscapers. An initial five jobs will be created at the new facility, which will also see the provision of two apprenticeship places.

April 9, 2019

Vp included in CMA ‘cartel’ investigation

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:10 pm

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced provisional findings that Vp plc’s excavation support systems business, Groundforce, is one of three construction industry suppliers that have broken competition law.

The Authority has provisionally found that Vp, M.G.F. (Trench Construction Systems) Ltd and Mabey Hire Ltd formed a cartel to reduce competition and keep prices up. This involved sharing confidential information on pricing and commercial strategy and coordinating their commercial activities.

In a Statement of Objections issued earlier today, the CMA alleges that Vp and MGF operated the cartel for periods totalling nearly two years and Mabey took part for a single period of five months.

Vp states that none of its other businesses are included in the investigation and that it will continue to cooperate fully with the CMA.

The Authority states that its findings are, at this stage, provisional and do not necessarily lead to a decision that the companies have breached competition law. The firms now have the opportunity to consider the detail of the CMA’s provisional findings and respond to it.

Vp shares closed down by 14.71% today at 870p.

Nixon expands portable toilet business

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:53 pm

Nixon Hire has acquired the portable toilets and associated contracts from Universal Tanker Solutions (formerly Dial-a-Loo).

MD Graham Nixon said, “We’re delighted that the opportunity to acquire the toilets from Universal Tanker Solutions arose. The turnaround time on this deal has been very short, under two weeks in fact, and at the heart of this project has been minimising any potential disruption for staff and customers. Teams on both sides have worked very hard to make this happen”.

“Having recently completed the purchase of Elliott Loohire, this has been an exciting few months of growth,” he continued. “Since January we have taken on seven new depots and now offer over 17,000 toilets. Our deal with Universal Tanker Solutions will see us further increase our portable toilet offering.”

April 3, 2019

Plantworx looks forward

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:00 am

The organisers of the Plantworx construction machinery exhibition hosted by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association) report that the show will have plenty to interest industry professionals.

The event is taking place at its new home at the East of England Arena in Peterborough from 11-13 June and will benefit from 20% more exhibition space than at its previous location in Leicestershire. It will span more than 140,000 square metres, an area bigger than 20 football pitches.

Rob Oliver, CEA Chief Executive, said, “After Bauma, Plantworx will be the first opportunity to see new products from many of the major OEMs. With the advent of Stage V engine requirements – and more entrants into the electric-powered arena, Plantworx 2019 promises to be the best yet to see new machines”.

“Ground conditions at the East of England venue are first rate for Plantworx which should reduce the need for wellington boots at the show. A lot of the car parking will be on hard standing and we have the option to rotate the grass parking areas to protect both the turf and visitors’ cars.”

“We are not sure what will come first – either Brexit or Plantworx – but we can honestly say that Brexit has not impacted on companies wanting to exhibit at the event. We are expecting 20,000 visitors and we are already ahead of ourselves from previous shows in terms of pre-registration.”

The show now has 356 exhibitors and 121 are brand new to the event.

April 2, 2019

Snorkel strengthens its team

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:53 am

Snorkel UK is strengthening its team with two new customer-facing appointments.

Jon Plaskitt, pictured above right, has joined as Area Sales Manager. Based in Lincolnshire, he will be responsible for managing the access equipment manufacturer’s customer base in the eastern region.

His previous experience includes working for lifting and material handling equipment specialist Greenwoods Hire Ltd., and was most recently Group Sales Manager at Lincolnshire Motors Ltd

Expanding the after-sales team, Neil Brown has been appointed as Service Team Manager, with responsibility for the Snorkel UK field service operations, he will commence his new role on 1 May.

Neil joined Snorkel in 2003, and spent 13 years working within the Snorkel global product support team, before taking on the role of Production Manager – Test/PDI at the manufacturing facility in Tyne & Wear for the past three years.

March 22, 2019

Hinowa solves access challenge

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:39 pm

The compact and lightweight characteristics of a Hinowa boom lift have solved an access challenge for a property maintenance company.

The client required an access platform to paint the window frames of an apartment block in Greenock. However, the machine had to access the rear courtyard via a gateway and passage which was less than 1m.

Specialist hirer Active Access of Bellshill supplied a Hinowa Lightlift 17.75 for the task. Mounted on a crawler chassis, it has a stowed width of 0.79m, making it ideal for accessing hard-to-reach job sites. Its low ground pressure meant it could be deployed safely in the courtyard.

The Active Access fleet includes a number of Hinowa machines, purchased from Access Platform Sales (APS), the authorised UK distributor.

March 21, 2019

Lyte Ladders & Towers Ltd formed

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

The Lyte business states that, following an accelerated sale process, its business assets have been sold to Breal Capital and it is trading as Lyte Ladders and Towers Ltd, which came into effect on 24 January 2019.

As a consequence, Lyte Industries (Wales) Ltd has gone into administration, effective from 24 January.

Breal says it typically invest in UK-headquartered businesses, in the manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, support services and retail sectors. It adds that it is committed to supporting the business and providing stability to help Lyte reach its growth potential.

March 20, 2019

Speedy acquires Lifterz

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:35 am

Speedy has announced that it has acquired the Yorkshire-based powered access specialist, Lifterz Holdings Ltd.

Lifterz has its head office in Ossett, with additional sites in Haydock, Daventry and Bathgate. Managed by Malcolm and Ben Bowers, it has a fleet of approximately 1,300 access platforms and employs around 90 people.

Unaudited revenue for the 12 months ended 31 January 2019 was £15.2m with normalised EBITDA of £3.3m. Gross assets were £17.2m. Cash consideration paid amounted to £9.6m with net debt assumed of £11.9m, which was settled at completion.

Speedy says the acquisition complements its previous powered access acquisitions, creating a comprehensive national presence. Since November 2017, the group has invested over £50m in the powered access market.

In a separate announcement, Speedy also reports that group revenues for the period to 31 March 2019, excluding disposals, are anticipated to be approximately 5.5% ahead of the previous year, with services revenues growing by circa 9%. Equipment utilisation rates have continued to increase in the UK and Ireland and are circa 57% for the year to date.

Adjusted profit before tax for the full year will be ahead of the prior year and in line with the Board’s previous expectations.

March 19, 2019

CPA announces Conference dates

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:59 am

The CPA has announced that its Conference this year will take place on Thursday, 17 October at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley, near Coventry.

Kevin Minton, CPA Chief Executive, said: “We are in the process of devising a packed programme of keynote speakers and panel members addressing the most relevant issues affecting the construction plant sector in the UK. The event forms the principal point of discussion for construction plant issues in the UK, addressing the most important, current and business-critical developments.”

There are a limited number of exhibition spaces available at the event and delegate tickets will eventually be available via the CPA website.

March 14, 2019

Illumin8 gears up

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:18 am

Illumin8 Lights is preparing for a busy summer season with the purchase of more X-Eco LED lighting towers from Trime UK.

The order was placed at the recent Executive Hire Show and has been valued at more than £500,000.

Neil Fenwick, MD of Illumin8 said, “Our order book for the forthcoming season is already filling up, so the need to increase our fleet of safe, bright and sustainable lighting was an overriding priority. The X-Eco LED has become the mainstay of our rental fleet, with many clients asking for this set by name.”

Illumin8’s hire fleet is now made up of over 400 Trime lighting sets.

March 13, 2019

Quick Reach poised for growth

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:04 pm

Quick Reach Powered Access has secured a £4.5m equity investment to facilitate its expansion.

Sourced from Mercia Fund Managers, it will allow the Manchester-based company to double its fleet of powered access equipment and continue its nationwide growth.

Founded in 2014 by brothers John and David Barton, Quick Reach now has depots in Manchester, Birmingham, Doncaster, East London and Wishaw. Its fleet of over 1,000 machines ranges from large telescopic handlers to smaller scissor lifts. The deal will give Mercia a minority stake in the business.

David Barton, pictured (left) with Mercia’s Jill Williams and John Barton, said: “With further investment in new equipment, and a more extensive distribution infrastructure, we are well positioned for further growth.”

The investment was sourced from Mercia’s EV Growth II fund, which makes investments of up to £5m in established and ambitious SMEs, looking to grow, with a focus on management buy-outs and development capital.

March 12, 2019

Brace of orders for Thwaites

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:56 pm

BCS Group, part of the civil engineering contractor, Barhale, has taken delivery of its tenth Thwaites cabbed dumper.

The machines comprise six 6-tonne swivel tip models and four 9-tonne conventional units with a reinforced cab and an integrated camera system. Pictured at the handover are Danny Reilly (left), Hire Manager of BCS, and Josh Elliott from local dealer, BTE.

Thwaites also recently supplied Essex-based Colmer Plant Hire with a tenth machine for inclusion in its fleet, which includes 6-tonne and 9-tonne models to meet demand from a strong housing and infrastructure market.

March 11, 2019

Himoinsa units for Yorkshire

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:34 pm

Yorkshire Generators, a specialist hirer based in Thirsk, has added a number of Himoinsa machines to its fleet.

Models purchased include two HRFW200 machines, a HRFW250 and a HRFW350 unit, all equipped to a UK professional specification including low noise attenuation pack, synchronisation capability, and improved hire-grade canopy and 1,000-hour service packs.

The machines were delivered within 24 hours from Himoinsa UK’s warehouse in Crewe. Pictured at the handover are, Richard Ogden of Yorkshire Generators, centre, with Himoinsa’s Terry Dudley, left, and Clive Dix.

March 8, 2019

Mecalac welcomes new apprentices

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:34 pm

Coinciding with the National Apprenticeship Week initiative, Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd has welcomed nine new apprentices to its Coventry manufacturing facility, as part of an educational partnership with Derby College.

Each studying towards an NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations, the students have completed their classroom-based period and will now gain practical experience working across departments including Quality and Production.

Alongside supporting personal development and building real-world skills, the 12-month placement will provide hands-on experience and put academic theory into practice.

Gregg Horne, General Manager at Mecalac, said, “The biggest challenge facing the UK construction industry is undoubtedly its skills deficit. Currently, the recruitment of new talent is failing to keep up with the rate of retirement, which is limiting activity and increasing labour costs.

“At Mecalac, we wanted to tackle the issue head-on and, as such, have adopted a joined-up approach to improving skills and knowledge. Through our training initiatives, we target every stage of the education system – from primary schools right up to Universities. The programme even includes training modules for experienced employees to learn new skills and competences.”

March 7, 2019

Morris on the move

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:50 am

Morris Site Machinery has agreed to acquire a flagship site adjacent to Jaguar Land Rover at the i54 technology-based business park close to the M6 in Wolverhampton.

The purpose-built site will eventually provide over 60,000 sq ft of manufacturing and office space for the company, which will relocate from its current site three miles away at Four Ashes.

CEO Chris Morris (pictured) said, “This marks an exciting milestone in our expansion plans for the business, securing such a prime location in terms of profile and geography. With our sales and service hubs and customers across the UK, this sought-after site is an ideal central location offering ease of access to the country’s motorway network.

“It feels particularly apposite investing in i54 as our family-run business, based nearby in Shrewsbury, is this year marking its 150th year of successful trading and investment here in the Midlands.”

EHN’s March issue will include a dedicated article on the latest Morris Site Machinery product developments that were launched at the Executive Hire Show.

March 6, 2019

CPA urges Brexit awareness

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:36 am

With less than four weeks to go before the UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March, the CPA is urging its members and organisations in the construction industry to consider contingency planning, to be aware of potential delays in the supply chain and to assist and guide EU staff accordingly.

Kevin Minton, Chief Executive, said: “The prospect of a no deal Brexit remains real and we urge our members to consider contingency planning and risk assessment around the impact this could potentially have. Companies need to be aware of where they fit in the construction supply chains they operate in, and a no deal Brexit could mean potential delays in work if supplies being imported from the EU are held up by customs checks. This will, in turn, impact on work schedules and project delivery in both the short and medium term.

“In such a period of uncertainty, open dialogue and communication are absolutely critical at all levels of projects between contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and clients in order to identify potential delays and issues that might not be immediately obvious. A no deal Brexit might impact on companies in many unexpected ways and only by being open with each other can these issues be identified and overcome,” he continued.

“We cannot ignore the impact leaving the EU may well have on the availability of labour. Companies should take every step to ensure their EU staff are aware of the steps they need to take to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for both themselves and their families.”

Under the current Withdrawal Agreement, EU staff and their family members who have lived in the UK for at least five years, up to and including 31December 2020, are able to apply for UK Settled Status. Under the scheme, if they have been here for less than five years, they can apply for Pre-Settled Status until they meet the full criteria. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The deadline for applicants will be 30 June 2021, or if a deal is not agreed between the UK and EU, 31 December 2020.

CPA says companies should assess how many staff are likely to be affected and check they are aware of what they must do to remain in the UK. The Home Office has set up a website outlining the process EU nationals must take and the qualifying criteria needed to apply for the EU settlement scheme, at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families for further information.

Companies should also make sure EU employees register and receive regular email updates from the Home office at https://gov.smartwebportal.co.uk/homeoffice/public/webform.asp?id=67&id2=627DF7

The Department for Exiting the EU has published a policy paper which sets out how the EU Settlement Scheme would operate in the event of no deal Brexit, providing guidance and information for EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. This can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/762222/Policy_paper_on_citizens__rights_in_the_event_of_a_no_deal_Brexit.pdf

Employees do not have to apply for any of the schemes if they are Irish, they have indefinite leave to enter the UK, or they have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

March 5, 2019

Ashtead results show confidence

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:09 am

In its results for the nine months and third quarter ended 31 January 2019, Ashtead Group has reported revenue up by 19%, rental revenue up 18% and pre-tax profit of £888m (2018: £742m).

A-Plant generated hire-only revenue of £274m, up 5% on the prior year (2018: £262m). This was driven by increased fleet on rent, with yield broadly flat. The company says the rate environment in the UK market remains competitive, and A-Plant’s total revenue increased 2% to £360m (2018: £354m).

Ashtead’s Chief Executive, Geoff Drabble, commented: “We continue to experience strong end markets in North America and are executing well on our strategy of organic growth supplemented by targeted bolt-on acquisitions. We invested £1,290m in capital and a further £491m on bolt-on acquisitions in the period which has added 112 locations and resulted in rental fleet growth of 18%.”

He added, “We expect capital expenditure for the year to be towards the upper end of our previous guidance (c. £1.6bn). Looking forward to 2019/20, we anticipate a similar level of capital expenditure to this year as we execute on our strategic plan through to 2021.

“Our business continues to perform well in supportive end markets. Accordingly, we expect full year results to be in line with our expectations and the Board continues to look to the medium term with confidence.”

February 28, 2019

Hire Standards appoints Business Development Manager

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:59 pm

Hire Standards recently appointed Rick Biddiscombe as its new Business Development Manager. He will be based at the company’s depot in Frome, which is coincidentally where he started his career.

Rick has been in the industry for more than 30 years, having previously been Manager at FHC Hire Centres, which was later sold to Sydenhams Hire Centres, when he became MD of its Hire Division. He most recently worked at YHC Hire Solutions.

Hire Standards, which has its head office in Westbury, was formed in 2007 by Matthew Rowe, who is pictured (right) with Rick Biddiscombe at the recent Executive Hire Show. He started the company after having worked with Rick at FHC Hire centres for 11 years. Hire Standards now has 14 staff, acquired a third depot in Shaftesbury last year, and has plans for further growth.

February 25, 2019

Drone Zone for Plantworx

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:35 pm

Recognising that the use of drones in construction has grown dramatically in recent years, the Plantworx exhibition will include a Drone Zone for demonstrations of how flying cameras or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) can store accurate measurement data, video and images for project monitoring.

At the event, which will take place from 11-13 June at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, visitors can expect to see a wide range of drones with many capabilities. The Topcon Falcon 8 Survey UAV (pictured) will be one of the models being demonstrated.

The Zone will occupy over 2,300 sq m of stand and flying space, situated in an indoor area at Plantworx.

The biannual exhibution focuses on plant, tools, equipment and services for the construction industry, with working demonstrations.

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »
Executive Hire News

Latest industry news archives

Executive Hire News
 Site map
Executive Hire News
Hemming Group Ltd take data protection very seriously. For further information please see our Privacy policy. 
Executive Hire News
Executive Hire News
Executive Hire News
Executive Hire News Executive Hire News