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Executive Report : Executive news
GAP growth continues
GAP Group has launched its new104-page catalogue, with products ranging from access equipment to surveying equipment. The Top 30 hired items come with a guaranteed availability promise. lain Anderson, Joint Managing Director, adds, “if a customer requires a particular product but cannot find it, we can quickly source the item. All depot managers are empowered to make fast purchasing decisions.”
The catalogue details GAP+, an additional service enabling GAP to team up with five other specialist hire companies to further extend the range of equipment. They comprise Aggreko, Ainscough, Independent Access Supplies, JFM Hire and Advanté. GAP recently opened its 47th depot in Portsmouth. UK Marketing Manager, Graham Steven, states that “GAP is now a truly national company, operating from the Highlands of Scotland to the English Channel.” The company is expanding its web site in the coming months.
TCP carries the load
A TCP Hi-T500 compact tracked dumper, hired from the Rugby depot of Travis Perkins, has helped shift nearly 55m3 of concrete as part of a major refurbishment at Coventry Speedway Stadium. Site Manager Alan Meredith states that “we have a variety of width and height restrictions around the complex and have found the Hi-T500 ideal, particularly as we can only cope with small quantities of material at a time.” TCP (Taylor Construction Plant) is widely known for Terex Amida metal halide lighting towers. At SED this month, it will launch its own design, aimed at the premium end of the market. It features a galvanised T-bar chassis, a hexagonal hydraulic mast system and the ability to operate six 1000watt metal halide lamps.
Belle rolls out a winner
The first Belle twin drum walk-behind roller to be sold in the UK has been delivered to Hire! Freeman of Telford. Supplied by Oswald Record Plant Sales (Central) of Birmingham, the BWR650 joins a fleet of 25 ride-on rollers and was ordered to meet a request for a walk-behind unit required by a local asphalt contractor. MD John Freeman states that “Belle’s machine is easy to transport with the handle raised to the vertical position and it is powered by a quiet, single-cylinder Kubota diesel engine.” Hire! Freeman’s associate company, Traction Equipment Services of Stafford, has also ordered a unit.
JCB Micros mean big business
A Kent plant hirer has expanded its fleet to three JCB Micro excavators and eight mini excavators to increase its versatility. Sidcup-based 1st Hire 2000 hires out equipment for housing and refurbishment work, including extensions and driveways. The company has added the JCB Micros and 8015 mini excavators in a drive towards standardising its product range. 1st Hire 2000’s Pete Mepsted contends that “we have expanded rapidly since forming in January 2000 due to a high quality, personal service. By operating a JCB fleet we benefit from standardisation in terms of spares, servicing and versatile attachments, such as the buckets, which can be used on both models.” He adds that the overriding benefit of the Micro is its width of 700mm, less than a standard 76cm doorway. The machin can travel through garden gates or doorways when access is restricted.
Anti-vandal solutions from Search
Leeds-based hirer William G Search Ltd is making a significant investment in anti-vandal toilets following strong demand from construction firms and housebuilders faced with rising insurance costs. Search has bought several new units this year as part of a £1m investment in the hire fleet. They can be configured to provide different combinations of urinals and WCs and can be supplied with water tanks, allowing operation even where there is no mains supply. “The new units increase our fleet of specialist anti-vandal toilets to more than 50,” states Andrew Collings, Search Plant Hire Divisional Manager. “Insurance excesses are going up so builders are having to pay more on every claim. Our customers find it makes sense to pay a few extra pounds a week for a more secure model.”
On-line success for MCS
Hire software specialist MCS reports that its MCS-hireline service has now been running in excess of 365 days, achieving a 100% ‘up-time’ throughout. Launched in January 2003, MCS-hI (hireline) provides access to the features associated with running a hire software solution, without the implementation procedures or costs. Users purchase an ADSL/broadband connection through MCS, or other providers, to run their system cost-effectively.
Users access their hire system via a secure and encrypted VPN, ensuring protection of data at all times. Hire companies not only save on communication costs, but also eliminate the need for capital outlay and reduce their internal resources for system management, says MCS. Users pay a set-up charge and then a set monthly fee per user. This incorporates software upgrades, the day to day management of the server and housekeeping functions, such as daily backups.
MCS recently appointed Ken Jarratt as Sales Director for its UK operation. He has over 22 years’ experience in IT system sales management, having held several senior directorships with technology organisations. He aims to identify and maximise sales opportunities to accelerate business growth and market share.
Award-winning Hire Supply adds Elite fume extractors
Gary McWilliam, Kevin Lever and Mark Richards of the Hire Supply Company won the Hire Industry Supplier of the Year at HAE’s Awards of Excellence, held during the last weekend in April. Immediately after the Awards, MD Gary McWilliam managed to send EHN this comment. “What a night, my head was hammering like a pneumatic drill. After only three years since the formation of The Hire Supply Company (UK) Ltd our dedication to customer service, product quality and competitive pricing has paid off. So we deserved to party, as did all the other Award winners. The old saying ‘Work hard, play hard’ was definitely our catch phrase for the night.”
The Hire Supply Company has also continued its commitment to the hire industry with the development of a new range of Elite fume extractors. According to Gary, “Intensive market research identified that a principal weakness with existing models was that the slightest knock would result in a visible dent. As well as looking unsightly, our research suggested that, over time, this could distort the shape of the unit, which, in turn, could lead to reduced performance. As a result, many hire companies have been forced to replace fume extractors long before the end of their natural life.”
The new Elite fume extractors are CE-approved and have been manufactured from 1.5mm high grade steel. Three sizes are available to suit a variety of environments. The extractors are named after the blade diameter of each unit, specified in millimetres. The Elite 300 has a static pressure of 343 pa, whilst the Elite 250 and Elite 200 models offer 294 pa and 245 pa respectively. Each unit is available as either 110v or 240v.
Higher Concept integrates with Sage software
Sage has appointed Higher Concept Software as an industry-specific software solution that integrates with Sage products. According to Darren Liddell, Manager of the Sage Developers Programme, “We know that developers can provide the industry-specific expertise that, together with Sage, can fully meet the needs of small businesses. Over 700 software developers throughout the UK and Ireland customise and integrate with Sage software. The growing range of products on offer now includes Syrinx, a specialist package aimed at the tool and plant hire market, developed by Higher Concept Software. The company knows the hire business inside out and Syrinx is a proven solution.”
Katy Williams, Higher Concept’s Sales and Marketing Manager states, “the fact that Syrinx works with Sage is a huge advantage. Many of our customers started with Sage Line 50 and then looked for something to handle hire, so with Syrinx, the process is seamless.”