News for Tool, Equipment and Plant Hire/Rental Professionals

Previous Posts - July 2020

Solar flair from AJC

Solar flair from AJC

31 July 2020

According to AJC EasyCabin, people are really warming to the concept of eco-friendly site welfare equipment. Literally. 

The company is one of the many manufacturers that have conti…

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Top performance at Clements

Top performance at Clements

30 July 2020

Back in 1974 a first class stamp was 6p, the average house cost £9,927 and a pint of lager was a princely 20p. Also that year, Paul Dixon joined Coventry-based Clements Plant & Acces…

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Think of a letter...

Think of a letter...

29 July 2020

Although economists generally focus on figures, they currently seem preoccupied with letters. They’re trying to forecast the shape of the recovery.

As mentioned before on this blog…

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AKFS races ahead

AKFS races ahead

29 July 2020

There might have been talk of declining vehicle sales in the wake of the pandemic, but try telling that to the conversion specialist AKFS. They really are motoring.

I have already report…

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HSE workplace guidance

HSE workplace guidance

28 July 2020

 

The Health and Safety Executive has produced additional guidance on social distancing in the workplace.

The organisation states that social distancing should form part of a…

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Preparing to Surface

Preparing to Surface

27 July 2020

A paradox emerged for some people following the lockdown. Homeowners and builders wanted to hire equipment for tasks in the home and around the garden, but many had to eventually postpone the…

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Elvington bounces back

Elvington bounces back

24 July 2020

Business levels have bounced back strongly for Elvington Plant Hire since reopening after the lockdown. In fact, the company has broken records.

“We shut down for four weeks when t…

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Vp sees upward trend

Vp sees upward trend

24 July 2020

There was positive news yesterday from Vp Chairman Jeremy Pilkington during the annual general meeting of the company, whose businesses include Brandon Hire Station.

Speaking at the eve…

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Phenomenal Phoenix

Phenomenal Phoenix

23 July 2020

General trading conditions might be challenging and the economic future unpredictable, but I continue to talk to hirers who are bucking the trend.

Gary Derraven, Chairman of Phoenix Hire…

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Eagle is flying

Eagle is flying

22 July 2020

Scotland’s emergence from lockdown has been more cautious than south of the border. Construction activity restarted in planned phases to ensure physical distancing could be maintained, b…

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Illumin8 keeps shining

Illumin8 keeps shining

21 July 2020

Careful management choices and commercial flexibility have helped Illumin8 Lights adapt to the changed trading environment in the wake of the pandemic.

The Essex-based specialist hirer o…

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Even heroes have limits

Even heroes have limits

20 July 2020

In normal times, many people’s thoughts would now be turning to summer holidays, the opportunity to see new sights (like the one pictured), or the chance to pursue their interests. …

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Makita maintains power

Makita maintains power

17 July 2020

By preparing a careful marketing campaign during the lockdown period, Makita UK has successfully launched a new cordless tools range.

The XGT 40V Max line-up is designed to optimise powe…

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Snooze at Nixon hotels

Snooze at Nixon hotels

15 July 2020

Nixon Hire has just introduced a new concept enabling site contractors to offer hotel accommodation for workers while maintaining social distancing requirements.

Called the Snoozepod Ho…

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What’s in the bag?

What’s in the bag?

15 July 2020

It’s a time-honoured fixture in the marketing world: the goody bag.

Reps calling on customers or prospects would flourish a business card and a complimentary pack of branded items…

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Honey for the bees

Honey for the bees

14 July 2020

Let’s start with a bit of history, but I’ll be brief. Honest.

In 1714, a philosopher called Bernard Mandeville published ‘The Fable of the Bees: or, Private Vices, Publ…

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Recovery advice available

Recovery advice available

13 July 2020

The UK government is supporting The Recovery Advice for Business scheme which gives small firms access to free, one-to-one advice from an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pa…

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MBW’s ripe harvest

MBW’s ripe harvest

10 July 2020

Food production was recognised as an essential service and farmers have continued working throughout the pandemic. Some have been undertaking improvement projects, in turn creating demand for…

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ViC Group cleans up

ViC Group cleans up

9 July 2020

A family-owned hire business based in Lincoln has successfully introduced a range of self-contained hand washing stations to meet demand from construction sites and other facilities.

ViC…

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Has tool hire come full circle?

Has tool hire come full circle?

8 July 2020

During lockdown, people spent days on end in the same surroundings, venturing out just briefly for essential supplies or exercise.

But instead of staring with frustration at the same fo…

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MCS sees positive Signs

MCS sees positive Signs

7 July 2020

Businesses have been exploring new ways of working to minimise or eliminate direct contact between people to control the spread of the virus.

As a result, MCS Global reports accelerated…

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Husqvarna’s hot summer

Husqvarna’s hot summer

6 July 2020

Husqvarna Construction Products has bounced back strongly since lockdown restrictions were eased. While it would be premature to make anything but tentative comments about future demand trajec…

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One Stop’s quick restart

One Stop’s quick restart

3 July 2020

Many businesses will agree with Steve Hitchen’s description of the first half of the year as something of a rollercoaster ride.

“We started the year in buoyant mood,”…

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Déjà vu for MHM

Déjà vu for MHM

2 July 2020

MHM Plant was founded in 2010 following the financial crisis that had begun two years before. I can’t help feeling there is a sense of déjà vu now that we are all impacted…

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Sell, sell, sell

Sell, sell, sell

1 July 2020

One of the pieces I published to launch this blog four weeks ago was about MD Tool Hire & Sales, the Warrington-based business started by Matt Dolan in January. It’s gone from streng…

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Positive outlook from Boels

Positive outlook from Boels

1 July 2020

Environmental and economic factors could enable hire companies throughout Europe to recover from the downturn more quickly than many other sectors, according to Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels Rent…

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