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Hire Supply wins again
For the second consecutive year, The Hire Supply Company (UK) Ltd won the Hire Supplier of the Year Award at the HAE’s Hire Awards of Excellence, despite the best efforts of the idiot in the white tuxedo to steal the Award from right under their noses.
Unsurprisingly, Hire Supply reports strong business growth. Orders in spring for its range of Barreto equipment increased by more than 50%, with sales to Eire accounting for more than 35% of these sales. The line-up includes rotavators, trenchers and other grounds care machines. “Our equipment is marketed on its high build quality and durability,” contends Gary McWilliam. “Like us, hire companies in Ireland recognise that low prices and poor quality are a false economy.”
Takeuchi minis for pipeline project
Magnor Plant has added 30 Takeuchi mini excavators to its hire fleet for use by contractor Morgan Est on a gas pipeline renewal project in Birmingham. The 1.5 tonne TB016 machines are only 1030mm wide and have a 2375mm digging depth. “The project requires narrow machines that can work within the restricted operating environment that is typically encountered in street works situations,” states Jonathan Hall, Magnor’s Utilities Plant and Transport Operations Manager, who is pictured (left) with Takeuchi Area Sales Manager Tony Tite. The machines were supplied in the hirer’s distinctive livery.
HSS signs Network Rail agreement
HSS Hire has signed a multi-million pound national deal with Network Rail. The exclusive agreement to supply non-rail specific plant hire across the UK to all Network Rail regions is described as the largest contract ever won by the company.
Announcing the three-year contract, with a further two-year option, HSS Chief Executive Paul Nolan said it would be worth up to £3m in the first year. The deal, covering 18 separate contracts for five regions, will require HSS to supply tools and equipment including generators, drills, chainsaws and lighting on long-term hire. Further items will be hired on an ad hoc basis.
Sage sets sights on hire at SED
As a wholly owned subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, Sage (UK) Ltd is a market leader in the provision of business software solutions, including accounts, payroll, e-business and CRM. In the UK, Sage has over 500,000 registered users of its software and related products.
Sage states that it has pursued a consistent strategy of creating brand-leading business management software and its product range offers packages for small businesses through to applications for medium-sized and larger organisations. Sage recently formed a new Mid Market Division with a portfolio that includes Sage MMS, its latest product, based on .NET technology. Sage believes that, for many Line 50 users, MMS represents the natural upgrade path for growing businesses. Sage has a range of industry specific software for finance, manufacturing, distribution, construction (including tool and plant hire), as well as CRM. To this end it has identified a number of Sage Developers and Business Partners who provide the industry specific expertise within these areas.
Sage Developer, Higher Concept, and Sage Business Partner, Orogeny Technology Ltd, will be working together on Higher Concept’s stand at this month’s SED exhibition to show off the benefits of this new MMS package to the hire industry. At SED, Higher Concept will also be demonstrating its Syrinx software system. Higher Concept is one of the leading software suppliers to the industry, and Orogeny Technology Ltd, is a consultancy established earlier this year by Dennis Martin. The Orogeny team has worked in the industry, or with hire industry suppliers, for a combined total of over 70 years. As a Business Partner, Orogeny’s staff have been accredited to implement Sage MMS to hirers.
Darren Liddell, Manager of the Sage Developers Programme, comments, “Higher Concept has a proven track record in providing Sage Line 50 customers with cost effective software solutions for hire management and I’m delighted to hear that Syrinx now integrates with Sage MMS.”
Speedy’s new ‘Guvnor’ takes charge
As has been generally known for some time, Steve Corcoran has taken over from John Brown as Chief Executive of Speedy Hire plc and his appointment was confirmed on 4 April. Steve was previously Speedy Hire’s Chief Operating Officer and has worked for the company for 14 years. John Brown will step down at the AGM in July. Within Speedy, John Brown was always known as The Boss and Steve Corcoran has been named The Guvnor, and is pictured reading the latest issue of EHN, on Speedy’s internally-produced poster, reproduced here with his permission.
Speedy continues to expand, having recently opened new depots in York and Poole. Andy Bishop, Depot Manager at York, contends that the facility “is ideally placed to serve construction companies involved in the regeneration of York and other major areas, including Selby and Harrogate.” Substantial construction growth has also led to the opening of the branch in Poole.
Speedy Hire recently acquired the business and certain assets of The Cabin Company Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Birse Group plc, for a maximum cash consideration of £6.25m. The north west based temporary accommodation hire business hires both to Birse and third-party customers. The acquisition will be integrated into Speedy Space and includes a five-year national agreement for temporary accommodation with Birse.
Ransomes mower wins ‘green’ award
Grounds care equipment manufacturer Ransomes Jacobsen has won an environmental award for its Parkway LPG, the first commercial ride-on mower powered by liquid petroleum gas to be specifically designed for the municipal market. The company was presented with the Industry Market Leadership Award organised by EAST (Environment and Sustainable Transport) in London. The Parkway, which was featured in our sister publication GroundsCare Hire News in April last year, was developed in conjunction with Ford. LPG fuel produces fewer contaminants and offers lower running costs.
HAE appoints new Chairman
At its recent AGM, held during its 2005 Conference and Hire Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner on St George's Day, HAE announced that Terry Douris has been appointed as its Chairman for two years.
Terry is MD of Watford-based audio visual hirer Stage Two Ltd. The company describes itself as "one of the largest hirers of audio visual, sound, lighting and conference equipment in the area."
HAE has also announced that Claire Gains of Skipton Hire Centres has been appointed Vice Chairman.