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Executive Report : Executive news
KDM invests in cabin facilities
KDM Hire has moved its accommodation and storage division, K Cabin, to a four-acre purpose-built facility at Kilcronagh Business Park on the outskirts of Cookstown, close to the company’s headquarters.
The depot provides logistics, storage and maintenance facilities for over 2,000 cabin and toilet products alongside engineering, manufacturing, repair, shot blasting and refurbishment activities.
It includes a 16m-long commercial spray booth, while joinery and engineering departments can undertake the manufacture and modification of cabins and furniture accessories.
K Cabin’s MD Michael Donnelly said, “Considerable effort is taken to ensure our equipment is provided in the highest quality condition. Items can now be repaired, re-manufactured and
re-painted to exacting standards by the experienced team of engineers at this state-of-the-art facility.”
The relocation has, in turn, freed up space at KDM’s head office depot, allowing significant re-development of the six-acre site. Investment is currently ongoing to enhance training facilities, workshops, wash bays and an upgrade to the spares department, which can now store over 15,000 different spares for the hire fleet.
• KDM Hire was a winner in our 2019 Passionate Hirer Awards - see the article here.
Phoenix rises with Snorkel
Phoenix Hire & Sales has expanded its powered access fleet with an order for Snorkel S3219E and S3226E electric scissor lifts. The deal also includes the hirer’s first compact rough terrain scissor, the S3370RT, and its first towable boom lift, the TL37J.
These machines join S3010P and A46JRT models already in the fleet. The machines, which are all manufactured in the UK by Snorkel, were handed over to Phoenix’s Sales, Marketing & IT Director, Jason Derraven, by Snorkel UK’s Scott Holtby. The hirer has six branches throughout South Wales.
JCB skid steers head for Diggerland
A fleet of twenty-four JCB135 skid steers are among the latest attractions in a special driving experience for children at the four Diggerland theme parks in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire.
The deal, said to be worth £650,000, continues a long-standing relationship between the manufacturer and Diggerland, which was launched in 2000 by H.E. Services Chairman, Hugh Edeleanu.
Visitors to the fun parks can also drive JCB’s iconic 3CX backhoe loader, ride in the ‘Groundshuttle’ - a JCB 540-140 telescopic handler with 15 seats - and be elevated to a height of 18m in the larger 540-180 model.
Speedy’s power generation investment
Speedy Hire has announced a £10m investment in new equipment and vehicles for its power generation business. This includes more than 250 generators, over 350 on-site fuel tanks and 15 fuel tankers.
The generators are primarily from Pramac and FG Wilson, and incorporate a broad range of node sizes from 20kVA up to 500kVA. Lisa Blake, Specialist Services Director at Speedy, says the investment will reduce the average age of the hire fleet and ensure that customers benefit from products complying with the latest Stage V engine emissions standards.
All Speedy’s multi-service centres are now equipped with fuel polishers. Project Manager Mark Tomlin said, “Since the installation of our first fuel polisher in Erith, we have experienced a 75% reduction in fuel-related breakdowns.” Once cleaned, the fuel can be delivered in a new fleet of IBC fuel tanks.
Dromad Hire’s charity runner
Dromad Hire’s Sales & Business Development Manager, Pierce Martin, has raised €1,000 for Dublin’s Mater Hospital after being sponsored to run 100 miles in the month of February.
“It is the first time I have done anything like this,” said Pierce, who only took up running seriously this year. He is pictured with Seamus Byrne, MD of the Dundalk-based company, who added, “Funds raised through the Mater Foundation are used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, enhance facilities and to ensure that all patients at the hospital are cared for in a restful, healing and comfortable environment.”
Expansion leads to Nixon Hire appointments
Following a busy start to 2019, Nixon Hire has strengthened its leadership team with a number of senior appointments.
Phil Leahy joins as Commercial Director, having previously held senior roles with Brandon Hire and Speedy Services. Appointed as UK Divisional Manager (Modular Buildings) is Paul Spooner, whose prior experience includes roles at Speedy and Ardent Hire Solutions, while Karen Fitzpatrick has been promoted from Regional Sales Manager to National Accounts Director. Earlier this year, Nixon Hire appointed Michael Robbins to the new role of UK Divisional Manager (Renewables).
Nixon Hire recently bought the Loohire business of modular services specialist, Elliott. MD Graham Nixon told EHN, “This expands our depot network to 22 stretching from Southampton to Inverness, and makes us the largest provider of toilets in the UK, with over 17,000 toilets for hire.”
HAE Awards shortlist announced
The finalists have been announced for the HAE’s Hire Awards of Excellence 2019 to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Saturday, 13 April.
There are 13 Award categories, too many for us to detail here, but they include SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (up to £10m turnover) contested by Dromad Hire,
Inlec UK, Newburn Power Rental and PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres, while the category for hirers with turnover above £10m sees A-Plant, Vp/Brandon Hire Station, GAP, Hirebase and Smiths Equipment Hire competing.
The Hire Industry Product of the Year section has entries from Genair UK, Makita UK, MHM Plant, Morris Site Machinery, Niftylift, Site Equip and Trime, while the Award for SafeHire Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year will go to either GAP, Live or Plato Catering Hire.
The Apprentice of the Year Award will be received by either Bradley Atkins of AFI-Uplift, Jack Salter of GAP or Leonie Morris of MHM Plant, while the title of Hire Manager of the Year is between Louise Costello of AFI Group, Craig Young from GAP, Bethan Jones of MHM Plant, or Kieran Brown of Newburn Power Rental.
Pictured are last year’s happy winners. For details of this April’s event, visit www.hae.org.uk
inspHire appoints Sales Director
inspHire has appointed Martin Bestwick as Sales Director; having previously been General Manager. This follows the software company’s acquisition last year by Kerridge Commercial Systems.
Martin has been with inspHire for 17 years and has worked in various departments, starting on the helpdesk before becoming Head of Professional Services. He was subsequently appointed as Head of International Sales before being made General Manager, with responsibility for inspHire’s sales and marketing teams.
Kendrick Hire summer reunion
As readers with long memories will know, Kendrick Hire was one of the leading tool hire companies throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. In September 1994, its 41 depots were acquired by Speedy, which greatly accelerated the latter’s expansion.
Twenty-five years on, founder David Kendrick (who also turns 70 this year) is inviting all ex-Kendrick Hire employees to a grand reunion set for lunchtime on Sunday, 14 July at Churchill College, Cambridge. All former personnel are welcome, irrespective of their position or length of tenure within the company. To find out more and to register, visit www.kendrickhire.co.uk
Business rates relief comes with a warning
Concerns are being raised that a new Business Rates Relief Scheme being introduced in April 2019 could give fraudsters a chance to approach hire companies offering services that are simply not needed.
The 2018 Autumn Budget announced a scheme which will reduce the rates payable by retailers, including tool hire and sales outlets, with premises having a rateable value under £51,000, according to Ian Sloan of chartered surveyors, Bankier Sloan. The new relief will be 33% off the basic rates payable for the next two years.
“Some businesses, particularly in the South of England, will be above this threshold. However, there should be no need to make an application; local councils have been instructed by central government to give this relief automatically, even if a business has more than one outlet,” Ian Sloan told EHN. “There is no limit on the number of premises you can receive this relief on, providing each has a rateable value of under £51,000.
“Free advice will be available from the business rates department of your local council. Tool hirers, be they freeholders or tenants, should not sign any contract with a third party asking them to claim on their behalf, as this relief will come automatically.”
Ian Sloan can be contacted on 01295 688384.
New HQ for HSC
The Hire Supply Company’s (HSC) head office in Nottinghamshire has relocated to significantly larger premises, having operated from its former Long Eaton facility for 16 years MD Gary McWilliam told EHN, “Whilst operating in Long Eaton, we leased another unit and had off-site pallet storage to hold the vast range of products we offer. The new premises, situated less than three miles away, allow all this to come under one roof, improving logistics and bringing efficiencies.
“All products, including non-seasonal items, will now be stored under one roof in the 31,000ft2 building. Having the complete range in one place will help maintain our next working-day delivery promise, and improve overall stock management,” he continued.
The new address is 7-10 Eldon Road Trading Estate, Attenborough, Nottingham NG9 6DZ, with other contact details remaining the same, including the 0115 946 1988 telephone number. Facilities include a sales office, trade counter, showroom and a boardroom for meetings and training.
Toga wins Hire Network Award
The Park Royal depot of Toga Hire Centres was announced at the Executive Hire Show as the Winner of the 2019 Hire Network Award, which is given to recognise excellent service at an individual depot.
Hire Network Manager, Kevin Sherwood presented the trophy to Toga Depot Manager, Lee Ebdon, and said, “We deal with many hirers throughout the country and we know which depots regularly provide great service, with dedicated drivers, correct paperwork and reliable backup.”
Lee Ebdon told EHN that the Park Royal depot, which was opened three years ago, serves customers mainly within the M25, but occasionally the company delivers as far afield as Birmingham and into the West Country.
TBS Hire expands with Volvo minis
TBS Hire of Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds, has added more Volvo mini excavators to its fleet as part of an expansion programme.
Two years ago, TBS was rejuvenated when husband-and-wife team, Trevor and Emma Jackson, bought the business. Initial purchases included a Volvo EC15D mini which has since been joined by another 1.5-tonne machine, a larger EC18D and, most recently, two reduced swing ECR50Ds.
“We came into the business with some background experience as I’m also involved in the family’s landscaping activity,” explained Trevor Jackson. “After one year of trading we recognised the need for some additional expertise, so we recruited Luke Driver as our full-time Plant Manager.”