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Previous Posts - August 2020

Swift-running Hares

Swift-running Hares

28 August 2020

Last year’s trading performance was a record for Hares Hire Services and, while the lockdown obviously impacted on business for a period, the Rainham-based company is once again firing o…

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Star Trek at work

Star Trek at work

27 August 2020

Internal doors on the Starship Enterprise opened and closed without any direct contact. This was one of the special effects that impressed audiences when Star Trek debuted in the UK - seemingl…

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EPS in demand

EPS in demand

26 August 2020

Like so many businesses, Yorkshire-based EPS Hire Centres initially closed its doors when the lockdown was announced and wondered what the future held.

“We locked the gates at our…

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Redpath has it covered

Redpath has it covered

25 August 2020

Far from lowering Alan Redpath’s profile, the need to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of Covid-19 has positively raised it.

Alan is managing director of Redpath Tool Hire…

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A new Space Age?

A new Space Age?

24 August 2020

Everyone needs more space, it seems. But I’m not talking about people’s lofts or wardrobes, or Elon Musk’s rocket company: demand is from construction sites that need additio…

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Site for the new normal

Site for the new normal

24 August 2020

I’m impressed by the new HSC Group (Hire Supply Company) website. It’s been designed so that it meets many of the new ways in which people are now working.

Previously the Gro…

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How many skips?

How many skips?

23 August 2020

In 1932, US president Herbert Hoover said that the most essential factor to economic recovery was the restoration of confidence.

Judging by comments made to me since launching this blog,…

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Positive numbers

Positive numbers

22 August 2020

Readers of the blog tell me they enjoy reading inspiring reports about industry players and positive data about the economy in these challenging times.

So, while I am still committed to…

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Modular methods

Modular methods

21 August 2020

 

My secondary school had 29 classrooms, but numbers 26 to 29 were different from the others. They were called The Huts.

They weren’t part of the main brick building but…

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Bright Skyline

Bright Skyline

20 August 2020

Changing work practices following the Covid-19 outbreak are creating demand for low-level access machinery, according to Skyline Hire of Dunstable.

“When the government announced t…

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Smiths’ social media success

Smiths’ social media success

19 August 2020

Intelligent use of social media and digital marketing is one of the reasons why Smiths Equipment Hire has performed strongly throughout the pandemic.

The award-winning, family-owned inde…

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Signs of improvement

Signs of improvement

18 August 2020

Napoleon may have described England as a nation of shopkeepers, but the pandemic seems to have turned the UK into a realm of home improvers.

A survey of more than 1,300 tradespeople cond…

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Exoskeleton lends a hand

Exoskeleton lends a hand

17 August 2020

Hilti has often highlighted the health and safety benefits that high-productivity equipment can give. The impact of Covid-19 is yet another reason for its adoption.

The manufacturer has…

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No HALT in expansion

No HALT in expansion

14 August 2020

The pandemic hasn’t put a stop to HALT Hire’s progress. Far from it.

The business was founded four years ago in Stockton-on-Tees by Simon Whitfield. It currently has seven em…

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Life on the street

Life on the street

13 August 2020

For years we’ve seen the decline of high street shopping and the rise in online retail, a trend accelerated by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Office of National Statistics states that…

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Crunching numbers

Crunching numbers

12 August 2020

So it’s official. The UK is in recession. But what does that mean?

Data released today by the Office of National Statistics show that we have had two successive quarters of falling…

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Recovery advice

Recovery advice

11 August 2020

The government is investing £20m to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus through two free online training progra…

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Cornish sunshine

Cornish sunshine

10 August 2020

In a sense, the 4 July American national holiday was also ‘independence day’ on this side of the Atlantic as it coincided with the easing of lockdown restrictions in England.

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Great timing for GT Trax

Great timing for GT Trax

7 August 2020

They say that timing is everything and a significant contract for ground protection products came at just the right moment for specialist hirer, GT Trax.

“We had an early indicatio…

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Hird picks up strongly

Hird picks up strongly

6 August 2020

Pressing ahead with expansion plans during the pandemic has paid dividends for Humberside-based Hird.

The company hires and sells pick-and carry-cranes, tracked spider machines and power…

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On course at Kentec

On course at Kentec

5 August 2020

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, schools had to shut and send children home during the lockdown, except for those of essential workers. It was the same for other training establi…

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Covid-19 guidance from HAE

Covid-19 guidance from HAE

4 August 2020

The HAE (Hire Association Europe) has been very busy keeping its members informed and updated about Covid-19.

Carl Bartlett, Director of Certification Services, has worked hard producing…

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Southern Hoists on the up

Southern Hoists on the up

3 August 2020

Southern Hoists is yet another hirer telling me that business has bounced back more strongly than expected.

“When the lockdown was announced in March, we thought it would be virtu…

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