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One Stop equals nine
Chorley-based One Stop Hire has opened a new depot in Greenodd, near Ulverston in Cumbria, bringing its total branch network to nine. Situated on the main road leading to Kendal, the location provides good coverage of the southern Lake District. Occupying premises covering 4,000ft2, the new facility will supply the full range of tools and equipment offered by the company.
Recently appointed Commercial Director, James Gabbott, told EHN, “We have been inundated by current clients working further afield and wanting us to supply them in the Cumbria region. And with two big contract wins recently secured, it made total sense to open a
depot in this area.
“We are also re-locating our Blackpool depot into a refurbished 10,000ft2 building this month, which will incorporate a significant
sales operation offering tools, consumables, PPE and workwear.”
MD Steve Hitchen added, “As the construction industry gets busier and our clients expand their geographical coverage outside of our traditional north west area, we are now looking to open further depots in Yorkshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.”
Ben Nevis rocks for charity
Gareth Hayward, MD of Bristol-based Alide Hire Services, and his 17-year-old daughter, Katie, were amongst an intrepid group who climbed Ben Nevis in early September to generate funds for cancer care.
They were raising money for the Love Hope Strength Foundation, which was co-founded by two-times cancer survivor Mike Peters,
the former lead singer with the 1980s band, The Alarm. The organisation stages concerts and other initiatives to help fund care for cancer and leukaemia sufferers.
“We raised over £10,000, and Mike rounded off the event with an acoustic set in the evening for all those who took part,” said Gareth.
HSS makes another acquisition
HSS has announced the acquisition of the Irish division of Mobile Traffic Solutions, described as one of Ireland’s largest providers of traffic management equipment. The business supplies traffic and crowd management solutions, for hire or sale, to major road contractors as well as local authorities and event companies throughout Ireland.
The acquired division will combine with the HSS Irish subsidiary, Laois Hire, ‘to complement capabilities and facilitate rapid expansion.’ This is a third acquisition for HSS in less than a year, following generator hire specialist Abird Power Solutions and the powered access machinery hirer UK Platforms.
Champion’s 1,000th addition
Sheffield-based Champion Hire has added the 1,000th piece of new equipment for its tool and plant fleet so far this year, as part of an order of rammers from Fairport.
Chris Nicholls, Manager of Champion’s Sheffield depot, told EHN, “These rammers, along with other plate compactors, are among our most popular items.”
Sales Executive Andy Mettam added, “It’s great to see our customers getting busier, but that has been putting pressure on demand for equipment like this.”
PASMA to stage National Tower Week
PASMA is to hold its first National Tower Week from 11-15 November. The event will promote safety and best practice, as well as the benefits of using mobile access towers in various applications. The initiative will be delivered locally by member organisations, including A-Plant, Euro Towers, Generation Hire & Sales, GT Access, Hire Station, Kentec Training, Lyte Ladders & Towers, Smiths Equipment Hire and Youngman Group. Events will include demonstrations, workshops, on-site tower health checks and ‘ask the expert’ sessions.
Association MD Peter Bennett, said, “PASMA’s Tower Week will showcase the latest developments in design, assembly and safe practice, and highlight why towers are increasingly chosen in preference to other forms of temporary access.” More details can be found at www.towerweek.pasma.org.uk
Key Hanix appointment
Hanix Europe Ltd has appointed Paul Clarke as UK Sales Manager. He has considerable experience gained from sales roles at other plant manufacturers, having most recently been Southern Area Sales Manager with Takeuchi.
Paul comments, “Having kicked off my career with Hanix almost 20 years ago, I had no hesitation in teaming up with them again, and also with MD Michiro Ito, who I had previously worked with at Takeuchi.”
• More on Hanix next issue in our Compact Plant Market Report.
Nixon Hire opens Warrington depot
Nixon Hire has opened a new depot in Warrington, and created seven new jobs in the process. This follows the re-location of its Liverpool branch, which had specialised in portable toilets, but the new premises will also offer the company’s full range of tools, plant, accommodation and site welfare equipment.
Joint MD Graham Nixon said, "Customer demand has meant that we have been considering larger premises in the north west of England for some time. Our clients were asking for products and services which our small depot in Liverpool was unable to service. Occupying over two acres, the new Warrington facility provides the space we require, as well as offering the opportunity for future growth and expansion." The new operation will be overseen by newly appointed Area Manager, Steve Martin.
Lynch open day proves popular
Lynch Plant Hire held a successful open day near Bridgwater, Somerset, where the Middlesex-based company opened a depot 18 months ago. Sales Director Rob Lynch said, “The event enabled us to spend quality time with our operators and their families, and to meet other contractors in an area where there is a lot of construction activity.”
Operators were able to take part in timed challenges, such as inserting a pin suspended from the dipper arm of a Case mini excavator into vertical tubes in the ground, and placing rubber ducks on top of road cones using a Takeuchi mini. Lynch staff also raised £2,000 on the day for The Lighthouse Club construction charity.
Ray Caulfield granted Freedom of the City of London
Ray Caulfield, one of our industry’s most experienced executives, received a great honour on 30 August when he was granted Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall. Our photo shows Ray (right) receiving his Certificate from the Lord Chamberlain.
Ray has supplied the hire industry for over 40 years and has lived in London throughout this period. He was formerly Managing Director of construction equipment manufacturer Errut Products Ltd, and is now Director of TowerLight UK Ltd. In 1997, he was given an award by the Hirex organisers for attending every exhibition over its first 25 years, having exhibited at 24 of them. Ray has since continued to attend every hire show, which, earlier this year, celebrated 40 shows.
The granting of the Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, having first been presented in 1237. There are a number of privileges traditionally but, now largely symbolic, associated with Freemen, including the right to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge, to carry a naked sword in public, or that, if the City of London Police finds a freeman drunk or incapable, they will bundle him into a taxi and send them home, rather than throw them into a cell.
Ray reports that he is very honoured to accept his Freedom of the City, but that he would not be exercising his right to drive sheep over London Bridge.