Smiths does a treble
4 January 2021
In my blog post on New Year’s Day, I highlighted the fact that a number of hirers have exciting growth plans for 2021, which is really positive news.
One of these companies is Smiths Equipment Hire, which has three new depots in the pipeline to bring its total to 16 throughout the north-west of England.
The new locations will be at Morecambe, serving the Lancaster area, Burnley and a second presence in Manchester.
As forecast in a previous post back in August, Smiths reported record turnover and profits for 2020. The Blackpool-based business regards these significant depots openings as a fitting extension of its 50th anniversary celebrations last year, which were somewhat muted because of the pandemic.
Joint managing directors David and Thomas Smith said: "As every business has done, we’ve faced challenges in the last 12 months but the lockdown has seen a marked increase in orders via our website from people who now have more time to carry out DIY projects and home or garden improvements."
Last year, Smiths introduced a National Managed Hire service to enable existing customers working beyond their normal areas to re-hire equipment from selected partners.
I understand that there could well be further positive announcements from Smiths later in the year.