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Previous Posts - October 2020

Q&A: Brett Thompson

Q&A: Brett Thompson

30 October 2020

In the hot seat this week is Brett Thompson, managing director of Alide Hire Services. The company has three depots in Bristol, Bath and Keynsham.

How’s business?

Business ha…

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Safety in the home office

Safety in the home office

30 October 2020

An industry supplier recently received a surprise request for several fire extinguishers from its range of safety products, as part of a larger order of more mainstream hire equipment.

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Loads more from Bobcat

Loads more from Bobcat

29 October 2020

No fewer than 48 products across 12 different machine categories were unveiled by Bobcat last week during a launch event held online owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amongst th…

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Southern Plant motors ahead

Southern Plant motors ahead

28 October 2020

Southern Plant Hire reports brisk business levels. The Henley-on-Thames-based company has also enhanced its delivery fleet and has expansion plans.

“Telehandlers have been very mu…

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Smart saw from Husqvarna

Smart saw from Husqvarna

28 October 2020

Husqvarna Construction Products reports rapid interest from hirers and contractors in its new K 770 Smartguard cut-off saw which has been designed to reduce kickback risks.

The tool has…

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Fast track for busy sites

Fast track for busy sites

27 October 2020

It’s really striking how busy many construction firms are at the moment. To meet demand from utilities and contractors working on large sites such as HS2 projects, GroundGuards has intro…

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HSS seeks £54m cash injection

HSS seeks £54m cash injection

26 October 2020

HSS proposes to raise up to £54m gross by way of a firm placing and open offer.

It has secured commitments from three of its major shareholders to subscribe approximately £4…

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New CPA Conference slot

New CPA Conference slot

26 October 2020

The Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) 2021 Conference will now be held on 14 October at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre near Coventry. Before then it will int…

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Covid forces EHS date change

Covid forces EHS date change

26 October 2020

The uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the Executive Hire Show being re-scheduled from February to 28 and 29 April 2021 at its established venue of the Ricoh Arena in Coven…

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Q&A: Neil Graham

Q&A: Neil Graham

23 October 2020

Continuing this new series, today’s Q&A is with Neil Graham, the managing director of The Hireman, a family business established 35 years ago by his parents, Bruce and Jean. Operatin…

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JCB marks birthday milestone

JCB marks birthday milestone

23 October 2020

Today is JCB’s 75th birthday and as part of the plans to commemorate the milestone, the manufacturer has announced an additional day’s holiday for its employees around t…

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Chippers in demand

Chippers in demand

22 October 2020

GreenMech has seen strong demand for its wood chippers from home owners and contractors working on gardens and landscaped areas.

“We have had one of our best years in terms of orde…

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Lockdown proves no obstacle

Lockdown proves no obstacle

21 October 2020

You might have thought that launching a new tool and equipment hire business literally a few days before the lockdown in March wouldn't be ideal timing – but the team behind the new star…

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Utilities say Y.E.S.

Utilities say Y.E.S.

20 October 2020

Y.E.S. (Your Equipment Solutions) of Falkirk has been busy adding to its fleet to meet demand from utilities contractors.

“There’s a lot of installation work going on relatin…

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In the pink with Penny

In the pink with Penny

19 October 2020

A Geda 300 Z transport platform painted pink is the most recent machine to appear in the Southern Hoist Services fleet.

Called Penny, the machine has been added to coincide with Breast…

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JCB reaches into space

JCB reaches into space

19 October 2020

JCB has ensured that its impending 75th birthday this Friday, 23 October is a landmark - literally.

A huge artwork with the figure 75 has been carved into a Staffordshire stubble field…

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Q&A: Iain Anderson

Q&A: Iain Anderson

16 October 2020

To start off this new Question & Answer series, who better than Iain Anderson, Joint Managing Director of GAP Group, the family-owned national hire business which celebrated its 50th<…

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Generating success

Generating success

15 October 2020

Generators with the distinctive yellow livery of Aberdeen-based Genny Hire have remained highly visible at locations across Scotland as the company has continued to supply customers during the…

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Demon charges forward

Demon charges forward

14 October 2020

It’s impressive how suppliers are continuing to invest in research and development to develop the products of the future.

Amongst them is Demon Pressure Washers which is steadily…

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Franchising the future

Franchising the future

13 October 2020

Wiltshire-based independent Hire Standards has introduced a franchising model to enable entrepreneurs to own and run their own operations and to help the future expansion of the organisation.<…

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Pickerings contract win

Pickerings contract win

12 October 2020

Pickerings has won a multi-million pound government contract to provide temporary facilities for use as Covid-19 test centres.

Over 200 building modules with related products and service…

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Speedy on course

Speedy on course

9 October 2020

Speedy reports that it no longer has staff on furlough and expects that group revenue, prior to disposals, for the six months to September 2020 will be approximately 20% lower than the prior y…

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HSS to close 134 depots

HSS to close 134 depots

8 October 2020

HSS is to close 134 of its depots, more than half its total of 240. It estimates that 300 jobs will be lost.

The business has announced a pre-tax loss of £12.9m in its results for…

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Brisk demand for risk advice

Brisk demand for risk advice

8 October 2020

Tony Pilkington is a busy man. As well as being managing director of TAG Tool Hire in Halifax, he’s providing health and safety risk assessments for businesses that need to ensure they c…

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Bright outlook

Bright outlook

7 October 2020

HSC reports that hirers are busy investing in new equipment to meet anticipated demand as darker, colder conditions approach.

“Local hire companies and multi-depot regional indepen…

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Green ambitions

Green ambitions

6 October 2020

The Prime Minister has set out new plans to ‘Build Back Greener’ from coronavirus by investing in clean wind energy to create jobs and cut carbon emissions.

Speaking at the C…

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Vp trading update

Vp trading update

6 October 2020

In a trading update today, Vp plc reports that group revenues are running at approximately 85% of pre-Covid levels.

It says that the initial positive impact from the re-opening of custom…

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Broadband Rocket booster

Broadband Rocket booster

5 October 2020

Demand for better broadband installations is creating a new hire opportunity.

Many people working from home are struggling with low download speeds as they send attachments, attend Zoom…

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Fresh Green Apples

Fresh Green Apples

2 October 2020

Two industry suppliers are celebrating success in winning Green Apple Environment awards for their eco-friendly products. This comes at a time when the importance of using such equipment has b…

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Eagle swoops on Survey

Eagle swoops on Survey

1 October 2020

Today sees the official launch of Glasgow-based Eagle Plant Hire’s new Survey & Safety activity, introduced to meet customer demand.

The operation is based at Bailleston to th…

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