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TRIME’S WIN-WIN GAP DEAL
During the Executive Hire Show, Trime UK and GAP gave details
of their successful efforts to help Hewden customers following Hewden’s collapse, which we reported in our January/February issue.
Following Hewden’s demise, many suppliers were financially compromised over tools and equipment that were supplied to it on unsecured credit terms. GAP MD Iain Anderson became aware that Trime UK had supplied a fleet of lighting towers to Hewden and contacted Trime CEO, Ray Caulfield, to clarify the status of the equipment. He confirmed that payment for the goods had not been settled and the Administrators had indicated it was very unlikely that any payment would be made against these machines.
Iain Anderson, with the co-operation of the Administrators, reached an agreement for GAP to take over ownership of the 130 X-Eco lighting towers and to continue the hire contracts with end users at sites from the north of Scotland right down to Devon.
Ray Caulfield said, “I would like to thank Iain
and GAP’s managers for their help in completing this deal in such a business-like manner. It is a three-way ‘win-win’ position. GAP has new clients with on-going hires, we have returned to a stable financial position,
and end users secured continued supply with minimum disruption.”
Also at the Show, Trime confirmed Dungannon-based Glendun Plant Sales Ltd as its Northern Ireland distributor. Sales Director Dermot Cunnie said he visited the Show to seek out a manufacturer of lighting towers to add to Glendun’s product portfolio, and placed an initial order for 14 X-Eco lighting towers.
In addition, Trime has appointed Mark Taylor as Sales Manager.
He has previously held sales positions with Morris Site Machinery and Hewden. Other recently confirmed appointments include Norman Pipe as Operations Manager and Wayne Brennan as Technical Manager.
Spending spree for YHC
YHC Hire Solutions did
a staggering amount of business over the two days
of the Show. Seven of its team attended, including Directors Andrew and Ashley Parker, and Jim Patch. “We went with an agenda to obtain special Show-only deals, and made a total investment approaching £900,000,” said Andrew. “From Niftylift we bought four 120TPE and two N170TDET trailer-mounted booms, all to be delivered in our corporate purple livery. We also concluded a deal with partner CBL Plant Sales on the Thwaites stand for four 6-tonne standard tip, two 6-tonne swivel tip and six 9-tonne standard tip Thwaites dumpers, adding to 20 machines in these weight classes that we received in January.
“Other business included an order with Boss Cabins for eight Comfort Space seven-man mobile welfare units and two Big Space 12-man models, and we also bought equipment from Altrad Belle, Husqvarna, Rothenberger, Red Band, SPE
and Hire Supply Co.”
Hares Hire expands Trelawny fleet
Having added Trelawny TFP200 floor planers to its fleet last year, Hares Hire made contact with the manufacturer at the Show to order additional surface preparation machines. These included more TFP200s together with TFS230 floor strippers, TCG250 grinders and a long-reach pneumatic scraper.
Trelawny’s Glenn Chapman delivered the new equipment soon after the Show to MD Daren Hare at the company’s depot in Rainham, Essex, together with Gary Cutts of distributor, Yokota UK.
Speedy’s fast Altrad Belle order
Altrad Belle received a £500,000 order from Speedy as a direct result of attending the Show. The hirer’s Supply Chain Director, Andy Connor, and Danny Riley, Head of Supply Chain (Direct), visited the manufacturer’s stand to confirm that the company would be raising capex orders the next day for a variety of equipment including compaction plates, trench rammers, hydraulic power packs and breakers, along with concreting products.
The following week , the equipment - finished in the hirer’s red livery - was delivered by Altrad Belle’s UK & Eire Sales Manager, Bob Williams,
to Danny Riley, who told EHN, “This investment comes at a really exciting time as Speedy recently updated the market with news of increased double-digit year-on-year revenue, reduced overheads and decreased net debt.”
Hilti’s rapid response
Hilti is now guaranteeing that equipment sent to it for repair will be serviced and returned to the customer within three
business days from collection, or the work will be free.
The manufacturer’s Tool Service programme starts following the no-cost period on its tools, which runs for up to two years and includes labour costs, parts, collection and transport.
The initiative comes into effect when the tool is collected, which can be arranged over the phone or via Hilti’s website.
The product is then taken to the company’s service centre in Glasgow. Future repair costs are capped for the lifetime of
the tool once the product comes out of its no-cost period.
More Snorkels for Dromad
Dromad Hire of Dundalk placed an order at the Show for 15 additional S3010E compact scissor lifts from Snorkel UK. MD Seamus Byrne, left, confirmed the deal with Snorkel’s Andrew Fishburn on the company’s stand.
The S3010E has a 5m working height and can lift one person plus tools with a maximum capacity of 227kg. “We are delighted to be able to offer a self-propelled, compact and lightweight machine
to our customers,” said Seamus Byrne. “We have been running Snorkels in our fleet now for some time,
so the brand
is already proven to us.”
Toga wins Hire Network Award
Toga Hire Centres’ Bow depot was announced as the Winner of the Hire Network Award during the Show. The annual trophy is presented to an individual outlet to recognise outstanding levels of service.
The Award was accepted by Toga’s Stuart Gould from The Hire Network’s Kevin Sherwood, who told EHN, “We deal with hundreds of hire companies throughout the country and we appreciate the excellent service they provide. The Award takes into account the quality of management
at the depot, the efficiency of hire controllers, drivers and other personnel,
the resolution of on-site issues that may arise, and the way in which invoices and other paperwork are handled.”
The Runners-up were STS Access based near Reading, and the Birmingham depot of Hireforce.
• Show Prize Draw Winner
Mark Moody of Hire Station’s name was first out of the hat in our prize draw for hire visitors who completed and returned our Show questionnaire.
A cheque for £500 is on its way.