News for Tool, Equipment and Plant Hire/Rental Professionals

Previous Posts - June 2021

A people industry

A people industry

16 June 2021

A hirer recently told me how they picked up a welcome but unexpected order. 

“Someone contacted us having been let down by another hirer,” they said. “They’d…

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Sunbelt shows agility

Sunbelt shows agility

15 June 2021

In its results announced today for the fourth quarter ended 30 April 2021, Sunbelt Rentals’ parent Ashtead Group has continued its strong performance despite the pandemic. 

Gr…

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Boom or bubble?

Boom or bubble?

15 June 2021

I’d wager that a fair number of hirers would report the same experience as Pat McCluskey. 

Pat is managing director of the busy independent, Hireline Plant & Tool Hire, wh…

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Speedy building boost

Speedy building boost

14 June 2021

I’ve posted a number of stories referring to the house building boom and that is just one reason why Speedy believes its new regional service centre in Reading will be kept busy. 

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Q&A: Andrew Fishburn

Q&A: Andrew Fishburn

11 June 2021

Andrew Fishburn is VP Strategic Accounts EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) with Snorkel Europe in Washington, Tyne & Wear, and MD of the group’s distributor Ahern Ireland. He has e…

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Electric travel plans

Electric travel plans

11 June 2021

It’s been some time since my last update on the progress that Pete Beach is making with his new electric vehicle. The occasional series has aroused much interest as he is a high-mileage…

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HALT on a roll

HALT on a roll

10 June 2021

Business continues to be strong for HALT Hire based in Stockton-on-Tees. 

Demand is such that managing director Simon Whitfield tells me, “I’ve never known anything like…

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Treble for Dorset Hire

Treble for Dorset Hire

9 June 2021

When I checked, I was amazed to see that it is almost exactly a year ago – shortly after launching the blog in June – that I spoke to Luke George about how busy his company was des…

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Introducing Site-Eco!

Introducing Site-Eco!

8 June 2021

The need to protect the planet from global warming has been described as the defining issue of our generation. What will this mean for the hire industry? 

The UK will set ambitious…

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Vp looks forward

Vp looks forward

8 June 2021

Vp’s final results announced today for the year ended 31 March 2021 show the group emerging positively from the pandemic and anticipating strong growth in key markets. 

Profit…

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Kelsey’s fair Exchange

Kelsey’s fair Exchange

8 June 2021

Kelsey Plant Hire of Horsham has been acquired by the FTH Hire Group, bringing to seven the Farnborough-based company’s depot network. 

The deal was handled by The Hire Exchan…

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Busy builders, surging prices

Busy builders, surging prices

7 June 2021

Statistics for the month of May show that the UK construction sector remains on its resurgent path, with the strongest output growth since September 2014. 

Data from UK construction…

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Murphy’s green lights

Murphy’s green lights

7 June 2021

Murphy Plant, the in-house equipment provider for the infrastructure company J. Murphy & Sons Ltd, has added significantly to the number of Trime lighting towers in its fleet.

The op…

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Q&A: Jason Fielden

Q&A: Jason Fielden

4 June 2021

Jason Fielden is a director of EPS Hire Centres in Yorkshire. It has depots in Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd, the latter having re-located to a bigger site two years ago, which they have larg…

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Demonstrating resilience

Demonstrating resilience

4 June 2021

One of the early posts on the blog last July was about how Makita UK had proactively prepared an on-line marketing campaign to launch its 40V Max range of cordless tools during the first lockd…

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Speedy access additions

Speedy access additions

3 June 2021

Speedy has added 100 new boom and scissor lifts to its UK fleet as part of its powered access investment strategy. 

The £3m investment in Skyjack equipment comprises articulat…

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GAP protects mental health

GAP protects mental health

2 June 2021

Much has been discussed about the impact of lockdowns and the pandemic on people’s mental health, particularly the possible long-term effects. Now GAP Group has launched what it claims t…

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A year like no other

A year like no other

2 June 2021

Exactly a year ago today, and ten weeks after the first lockdown began, I launched this site to provide a historic record of the hire industry during the pandemic and the ways in which compani…

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HS2 bid opportunities

HS2 bid opportunities

1 June 2021

HS2 Ltd is to hold weekly webinars to tell British businesses about more than 400,000 contract opportunities that the high speed railway project will create. 

‘Work with us We…

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Flat-pack convenience

Flat-pack convenience

1 June 2021

Demand from construction businesses and event organisers for equipment to lower their carbon footprint has led to the portable toilet supplier Site Equip to add an innovative product line.&nbs…

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