News for Tool, Equipment and Plant Hire/Rental Professionals

Previous Posts - April 2021

Q&A: Tim Garland

Q&A: Tim Garland

30 April 2021

Tim Garland is managing director of Elvington Plant Hire near York. He recently became its owner after the retirement of his parents, who founded the business. His approach is very much hands-…

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HSS posts loss

HSS posts loss

30 April 2021

HSS has announced a pre-tax loss of £23.6m in its results for the year ended 26 December 2020. This compares against a £5.8m loss the previous year.

Total revenue declined 17…

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Already fully booked

Already fully booked

29 April 2021

The success of a holiday property established by a hirer during the lockdownas an additional venture  is more evidence of the strong bounce back as people seek a return to normality.…

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Busy with broadband

Busy with broadband

28 April 2021

Whenever hirers tell me they are busy, which is frequently, I’ve been asking them what’s driving it. Some of the reasons given are the resurgent house building market and on-going…

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Plant sales surge

Plant sales surge

28 April 2021

No-one could have predicted this a year ago when the country was in the grip of the first lockdown. 

Figures released by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association) show that retai…

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Impressive Traction

Impressive Traction

27 April 2021

While the furlough scheme has offered a lifeline for many businesses, Traction Equipment (Stafford) has shown great resilience during the pandemic. While it has obviously had to be flexible at…

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Hilti goes greener

Hilti goes greener

27 April 2021

Hilti is renowned for its bright red livery but it is also now highlighting the colour green. That’s because the Hilti Group has published its new sustainability report setting out ambit…

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Speedy boosts access fleet

Speedy boosts access fleet

26 April 2021

Speedy has bought 130 new electric lifting machines for its Powered Access business as part of a multi-million-pound fleet expansion plan. 

The hirer has bought 90 scissor lifts and…

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GAP's green mini trial

GAP's green mini trial

26 April 2021

A JCB battery powered mini excavator supplied by GAP to the contractor Colas Ltd is providing environmental benefits on major improvement works at the A46 Stoneleigh Junction in Warwickshire b…

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Q&A: Dr Sean Boyle

Q&A: Dr Sean Boyle

23 April 2021

Dr Sean Boyle switched from running a hire business to studying for a PhD in Psychology and now runs The Test Company in Naas, near Dublin, helping people discover, develop and manage their mo…

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Electric Avenue

Electric Avenue

23 April 2021

Will this be a new hire opportunity?

We’re being encouraged to swap diesel and petrol cars for greener alternatives like electric vehicles, but finding where to charge them can be…

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PASMA training surge

PASMA training surge

22 April 2021

It’s an ill wind, as they say.

PASMA (the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) says that its training courses have been proving popular throu…

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EMY scores with Bobcat

EMY scores with Bobcat

22 April 2021

Wrexham-based EMY Plant Hire has added more than 20 new Bobcat machines to its fleet. The business was established last year by joint directors Emily Roberts and Andrew Dickens to serve custom…

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The right rate

The right rate

21 April 2021

A blog post last Wednesday discussed the rising demand for equipment and, in some instances, the lack of supply that is placing upward pressure on prices. It asked why, if costs are likely to…

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Even more Power

Even more Power

20 April 2021

The ongoing need for reliable electricity on work sites continues to drive demand for generators, and a further indication is that Stuart Power has re-located its West Midlands depot to consid…

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Eco-friendly flywheel

Eco-friendly flywheel

20 April 2021

Major contractor Kier is trialling innovative technology supplied by Sunbelt Rentals at a project in Knowsley as a potential way of reducing the energy required to power a static crane.

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Spot-on welding

Spot-on welding

19 April 2021

Diesel welder generators from Shindaiwa are being used on a district heating system installation in Bristol designed to reduce carbon emissions.

The company has supplied a number of its…

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Busy Smiths buys Kubotas

Busy Smiths buys Kubotas

19 April 2021

Astute forward ordering and careful management have enabled Smiths Equipment Hire to take delivery of 35 more Kubota mini excavators at a time when demand for plant is rocketing.

The com…

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Q&A: Simon Tomblin

Q&A: Simon Tomblin

16 April 2021

Simon Tomblin is managing director of the award-winning independent Rocket Rentals of Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, which hires an extensive variety of plant and equipment and opened a dedica…

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On Time with MCS

On Time with MCS

16 April 2021

Increasingly, mobile technology and apps aren’t only for use on the move or in remote locations. They can also offer a more efficient way of working.

This is the thinking behind a…

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CPA to tackle carbon

CPA to tackle carbon

15 April 2021

Challenges facing the plant industry in embracing net zero carbon strategies and adopting digitalisation will be the theme of the CPA’s 2021 Conference to be held at the Heart of England…

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Digging Scotland

Digging Scotland

15 April 2021

Why are so many hirers currently so busy? In many cases it’s because they’re prepared to act quickly to explore new markets and invest to meet customer needs, and that’s cert…

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Toilets that Indicate

Toilets that Indicate

15 April 2021

Portable toilets might not initially seem like the most exciting products but specialist hirer Site Equip has shown that they can be no less innovative.

Director Amy Gilbert tells me th…

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JCB takes the Stage

JCB takes the Stage

14 April 2021

At a press launch yesterday, JCB announced new machines designed to enable users to meet the Stage V emissions regulations, and a clear message was that construction plant with clean-burning d…

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Making demands

Making demands

14 April 2021

The blog has highlighted just how busy many hirers are at the moment, conveying a mood in stark contrast to the situation a year ago when the nation was in lockdown.

However, I had inte…

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Ahern Ireland addition

Ahern Ireland addition

14 April 2021

Ahern Ireland, the official distributor for Snorkel aerial work platforms and Ruthmann Bluelift tracked spider lifts in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, has expanded its customer…

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Clements adds training

Clements adds training

13 April 2021

Clements Plant & Tool Hire has expanded its operation by acquiring Leicestershire-based access platform IPAF training provider, Oakbarn Training.

This will enable the company to bri…

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Seddons plays its part

Seddons plays its part

13 April 2021

Many businesses have reaped the benefits of embracing online ordering and one of these is Seddons Plant & Engineers.

Marketing manager Justin Smith tells me that the company’s…

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Power of eighty

Power of eighty

12 April 2021

It’s been fascinating to watch the growth of battery technology over the years in terms of power and performance, and Makita has increased its range with its first 80V machines which cle…

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CLM meets Hoist demand

CLM meets Hoist demand

12 April 2021

The current strength of construction activity is borne out by the levels of business at specialist hirer Hoist Hire Services Ltd, which has just added five more Maber transport platform hoists…

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Q&A: Iain Cooksley

Q&A: Iain Cooksley

9 April 2021

Iain Cooksley is Sales, Marketing & Operations Director with the Aylesbury-based Energy Group, which expanded its operation over the last year and now offers generator hire and sales, haul…

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Green and not heard

Green and not heard

9 April 2021

Whilst the reduction in carbon emissions is obviously the main reason why hirers and end users are increasingly choosing battery powered equipment, there are other benefits such as quieter ope…

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Rising prices?

Rising prices?

8 April 2021

It’s a case of déjà vu with the statistics for March released earlier today concerning the UK construction industry.

Data in the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI…

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What’s the charge?

What’s the charge?

8 April 2021

Here's a riddle for you: when is an electric car like a mobile phone? Read on.

On a recent trip from his Sheffield home to the factory in Neath, Genquip Groundhog’s sales and marke…

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Vp’s upbeat outlook

Vp’s upbeat outlook

7 April 2021

Vp is another hire business whose performance has not been impacted anything like as severely as might have been imagined when the first lockdown was announced a year ago.

Also signific…

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HSS sells Laois Hire

HSS sells Laois Hire

7 April 2021

HSS has announced the sale of Laois Hire Services Ltd to Briggs Equipment Ireland Ltd for a cash consideration of €11.2m (£9.6m).

Laois, which concentrates on small plant incl…

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Sunbelt emissions on a plate

Sunbelt emissions on a plate

7 April 2021

With carbon emissions rising higher on the agenda, Sunbelt Rentals UK is adopting a system to rapidly indicate the compliant nature of its latest equipment meeting the Stage V regulations.…

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Business on the up

Business on the up

6 April 2021

I’ve been struck by the number of hirers telling me recently how busy they are supplying access machinery, which is traditionally a very competitive market.

Companies like Rainham…

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Perfect workplace

Perfect workplace

6 April 2021

I was chatting the other day with Matt Rowe, the founder of the independent Hire Standards in Westbury. He is trying to make the business as environmentally friendly as possible, implementing…

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More tests available

More tests available

5 April 2021

The Government has announced that everyone in England will be able to access free, rapid coronavirus testing twice a week from 9 April.

The blog has already discussed how such testing ha…

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Green lights for Speedy

Green lights for Speedy

1 April 2021

As part of an ambitious programme to introduce more eco-friendly products, Speedy has added new battery powered portable lighting towers to its fleet to help contractors reduce on-site emissio…

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“Everyone is busy”

“Everyone is busy”

1 April 2021

I’ve spoken with a number of hirers recently who want to gear up in readiness for increasing business levels as the lockdown restrictions ease, but they are finding some machines in shor…

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