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Redpath on the rise

13 January 2021

Redpath on the rise

Redpath Tool Hire continues to expand, having added a significant new product line to its fleet and the business has plans for more depots to complement its location at Duns in the Scottish Borders.

The company bought 100 portable toilets in September to meet local demand from construction sites and factories needing to implement Covid-19 control measures, and they are proving very popular.

“Many premises are adding, say, two of our toilets with hot-wash facilities for lorry drivers and other visitors to use so that they don’t need to enter their main buildings. This minimises the risk of transmission,” founder Alan Redpath tells me.

“Many of these customers have not hired from us before, giving us a platform to build on for supplying other equipment.”

The Fleet model toilets were supplied by PolyJohn and have the WC at right angles to the door for optimum legroom.

The cubicles are red, not just because the colour features in Redpath Tool Hire’s logo, but also in order to stand out like pillar boxes or the phone kiosks of yesteryear.

A dedicated vacuum service truck has been added to empty the toilets and the effluent is discharged into a septic tank that has been built at the Duns yard. This is emptied regularly by a third party contractor.

Redpath Tool Hire plans to have another 100 toilets in its fleet by Easter and if this new aspect of the business grows as anticipated, a second depot might be opened in Aberdeen. The city is seen as one with considerable potential, and the new site would initially offer toilets, with tool and equipment hire being added later.

There are similar plans to open a depot in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Alan Redpath, who also runs a waste recycling business, tells me he has identified other business opportunities to meet local demand, which are currently being kept under wraps. 

This again shows how, if you keep your ear to the ground and listen to your customers, new ideas for growth will often present themselves.

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