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WHC CHOOSES JCB
WHC Hire Services has switched to JCB as its site dumper supplier, ordering more than 70 models as part of a £2.25m deal for new equipment from the manufacturer.
Supplied by dealer Gunn JCB, the Tewkesbury-based hirer has ordered over 100 machines in total, including the site dumpers ranging from 1-9 tonnes, as well as 1.5, 5 and 8-tonne compact excavators.
Owner James Clutterbuck said, “We can now source the bulk of our equipment from one dealer. The JCB site dumper range is easy to use, efficient and powerful - everything you would want in a hire machine.”
Established in 1997, WHC Hire Services’ fleet comprises more than 300 items of large and small plant including: mini excavators, tracked excavators, backhoe loaders, dumpers, tracked dumpers, telescopic handlers, rollers, trailers, hydraulic breakers, buckets and attachments.
Along with the testing of its own equipment, the company offers a purpose-built vibration and noise testing service.
Pickerings celebrates half-century
Pickerings, which hires and sells modular buildings and portable accommodation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The company was originally founded as Pickerings Plant to hire equipment to the construction industry, but as demand diversified it gradually disposed of its machinery fleet to concentrate on portable buildings. It changed its name in 2018 to Pickerings Hire and continues to trade as Pickerings, serving a growing customer base.
The business has its head office in Measham, close to the Leicestershire and Derbyshire borders, and operates eleven hire depots nationwide.
Richmond Plant Hire drives forward with LCVT
Richmond Plant Hire, which has depots in Newark and Kirby in Ashfield, reports that it is delighted with the 3.5-tonne Fiat-based low floor vehicle it bought last year from LCVT (Light Commercial Vehicle Technology).
Based on the Fiat Ducato 2.3-litre chassis cab, it has a 3,800mm body with a spring-assisted tailgate to facilitate the loading and delivery of equipment like light plant, bowsers, fencing and dumpers.
Dave Denby, Richmond Plant Hire’s General Manager, said, “We have found it to be a resounding success. The combination of payload and floor height means we can deliver far more equipment on the vehicle than our traditional dropside truck, and our drivers love being able to load more quickly and safely, which is key for us.”
CPA sets 2019 Conference date
The CPA has announced that its 2019 Conference will take place on Thursday, 17 October at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley, near Coventry, with the theme Planting Resilience: Building for the Future.
This venue was last used for the event in 2017, providing indoor and outdoor exhibition space and with an easily accessible Midlands location. Chief Executive Kevin Minton said, “We are in the process of devising a packed programme of keynote speakers and panel members addressing the most relevant issues affecting the construction plant sector in the UK.”
Briggs Equipment buys Balloo Hire Centres
Briggs Equipment, the national distributor in the UK for the Hyster and Yale ranges of forklift trucks and other materials handling equipment, has completed the acquisition of Belfast-based Balloo Hire Centre, which also operates from depots in Bangor, Lisburn, Ballyclare and Glenavy.
Balloo’s fleet totals almost 10,000 units across a product range of more than 650 items, and the business has over 120 employees.
The acquisition sees Balloo become a wholly owned subsidiary of Briggs, continuing to trade under its own name, with all current operational contacts remaining in place.
Peter Jones, Group MD of Briggs Equipment said, “Balloo is one of the largest and fastest growing plant companies in the Northern Irish market and Briggs is committed to investing in and nurturing the business.
Dan McCaffrey, MD of Balloo added, “Our two companies are a great fit for each other and this can only mean good things for our employees and customers as we look to continue a period of strong performance”.
Vp included in CMA ‘cartel’ investigation
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced provisional findings that Vp plc’s excavation support systems business, Groundforce, is one of three construction industry suppliers that have broken competition law.
The Authority has provisionally found that Vp, M.G.F. (Trench Construction Systems) Ltd and Mabey Hire Ltd formed a cartel to reduce competition and keep prices up. This involved sharing confidential information on pricing and commercial strategy and coordinating their commercial activities.
In a Statement of Objections issued on 9 April, the CMA alleges that Vp and M.G.F. operated the cartel for periods totalling nearly two years and Mabey took part for a single period of five months.
Vp states that none of its other businesses are included in the investigation and that it will continue to cooperate fully with the CMA.
The Authority states that its findings are, at this stage, provisional and do not necessarily lead to a decision that the companies have breached competition law. The firms now have the opportunity to consider the detail of the CMA’s provisional findings and respond to it.
Vertikal Days revs up
Vertikal Days, the specialist lifting and access equipment event, returns to Castle Donington this year and promises a number of innovative product launches. The two-day Show will take place on 15 and 16 May at Donington Park, the famous British motorsport venue.
The venue is next door to East Midlands Airport and close to Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. The site is located just off the M1 junction 23a northbound, or junction 24 southbound, and can be accessed from the nearby A50 and A42 roads. All catering and refreshments are included at the popular event. For more details and to register visit www.vertikaldays.net
Morris meets event demand
Morris Site Machinery reports an increase in orders for its Denyo Eventa and Renta generators as preparations step up ahead of the busy events season.
Models in demand include the ‘ultra silent’ Eventa 60, a 60kVA diesel machine which has a quoted noise level of 59dB(A) at 7m and offers 17 hours of uninterrupted operation, and the Renta 20 super-silent 20kVA diesel unit with a noise level of 60dB(A) at 7m and provides 16 hours of constant running.
UK Sales Director Richard Denholm said, “We understand our customers’ need for reliable, economical generators that don’t compromise on power but keep noise to a minimum.”
Queen’s Award double for Niftylift
Niftylift has been named as a winner of both the Queen’s Award for Enterprise - Innovation and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise - International Trade. The company has its head office in Milton Keynes, with an additional production facility in Barnsley and regional sales and service centres worldwide.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise - Innovation recognises companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products and has been given to Niftylift for of its HR28 Hybrid 4x4 work platform.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise - International Trade is given for consistent growth in overseas sales over a six-year period and recognises Niftylift’s outstanding achievement in export sales, with an average increase over that time of 132%.
Roger Bowden, Niftylift’s Chairman and Founder, said, “These Awards help to illustrate how our dedication to design and innovation, together with our attention to detail and strong customer focus, have allowed us to compete so successfully in this global marketplace.”
MD John Keely added, “We are proud to be a British manufacturing success story and this recognition will help to promote the importance of the UK manufacturing industry around the world.” Niftylift also received two Queen's Awards in 2013.
HAE announces business restructuring
Hire Association Europe Ltd’s Main Board has announced a major restructuring of its business operation to streamline its activities.
Membership and Certification Services will become separate divisions within HAE from June, a move designed to benefit members by targeting resources more effectively, says Graham Arundell, who will step down as MD to take up a part-time role as CEO to oversee implementation of the new set-up and achieve UKAS accredited status.
Rupert Douglas-Jones is promoted to Executive Director Member Services, responsible for management, personnel and running the Trade Association division, while, to head up SafeHire Certification Services, Carl Bartlett, who was previously General Manager with Lord Hire Centres and has significant auditing knowledge and 30 years of industry experience, will become Executive Director from 1 June. SafeHire and other HAE certification schemes will be split from Membership Services, which will focus on programmes for recruitment, training and career development.
HAE states it will also develop the SafeHire process and income through collaboration with other trade bodies and schemes.
The eventual aim is to achieve UKAS accreditation within 18 months, offering a number of ISO certifications to members and non-members alike.
• HAE’s Hire Awards of Excellence 2019 were presented in London on 13 April. Notable winners included Smiths Equipment Hire and PSM Plant & Tool Hire in the categories for SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year with turnover of, respectively, above and below £10m; GAP as SafeHire Event Hire Company of the Year; Leonie Morris of MHM Plant as Apprentice of the Year; and Makita’s DHR400ZKU cordless SDS-MAX rotary demolition hammer was named Product of the Year. For details of the other winners, see our Latest Industry News pages at www.executivehirenews.co.uk
Having just re-read your report on break-ins throughout the North West of England (EHN, January/February 2019), we at Northern Tool Hire have never been broken into and have been trading for 25 years. Our secret is simple: put yourselves in the shoes of the burglars, physically walk round your depot and ask, "Where would I break in?”
We have had an internal cage for years, internal bars on windows and doors, but the most successful deterrent is a ram-raid type bar at the bottom of every shutter. This stops thieves from ram-raiding as well as the most common type of forced entry, namely fixing a hook and chain on the bottom of the shutter, fixing it to their car and driving forward. It works, it’s simple.
When these lowlifes come weighing up our premises. they know it's not worth it and, unfortunately, move on to easier prey. We also have confinement measures, meaning that every room, office and showroom is fitted with good mortice locks, so that if they did manage to get in, only minimum stock is available. These people want to be in and out within five minutes, and doing all the above stops them in their tracks.
MD, Northern Tool Hire Ltd,