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Previous Posts - July 2021

Speedy adds defibrillators

Speedy adds defibrillators

29 July 2021

As part of its ESG (environmental, social and governance) programme, Speedy is installing 170 automated external defibrillators at operational locations throughout the UK. 

The init…

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A lot of concrete for EPS

A lot of concrete for EPS

28 July 2021

Given the constant risk of plant theft and break-ins, security is something that all hirers must take very seriously. It’s certainly a priority for EPS Hire Centres at its depot in Mytho…

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Plant sales surge

Plant sales surge

27 July 2021

UK construction equipment sales were more than 70% above 2020 levels in the first half of this year. And the figure might well have been larger if there weren’t the supply difficulties c…

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Prop Pal gains support

Prop Pal gains support

27 July 2021

Builder Stephen Cheshire devised the Prop Pal six years ago to facilitate work on home extensions and other projects where structures had to be supported for walls to be removed. 

S…

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Hirers lead, others follow

Hirers lead, others follow

26 July 2021

I was interested to hear this morning that Marks & Spencer plans to launch same-day and possibly half-day clothing deliveries.

A report in The Times says that the retailer intends to…

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Q&A: Simon and Beverley Luscombe

Q&A: Simon and Beverley Luscombe

23 July 2021

Simon and Beverley Luscombe are directors of Luscombe Plant & Tool Hire, the busy independent hire business which they founded 20 years ago in the southern Lake District town of Ulverston.…

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Larger Makita centre opens

Larger Makita centre opens

22 July 2021

Bolstering its backup and support operation, Makita UK has relocated its factory service centre in Milton Keynes to larger premises. 

Previously based at the company’s headqua…

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Upbeat Speedy update

Upbeat Speedy update

21 July 2021

Speedy has today given a positive update on its performance during the first quarter of its current financial year.

The company says it has continued to win new customers and take market…

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Theft thwarted

Theft thwarted

21 July 2021

Equipment is in great demand – but sadly not just from people with good intentions. 

Thieves realise there’s a ready market for tools and plant as a result of the disrup…

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One Stop Hire buys Lord

One Stop Hire buys Lord

19 July 2021

The company was only mentioned on the blog last week as they celebrated their 50th anniversary, but it was announced today that Lord Hire Centres has been acquired by One Stop Hire Ltd.

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The price of freedom

The price of freedom

19 July 2021

It’s an important day today in the story of the pandemic – the reason why this website came into being, after all, to monitor its impact on the hire industry. 

As report…

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Charging for deliveries?

Charging for deliveries?

16 July 2021

I was talking the other day with a hirer whose depots are all within the boundary of a new local Low Emission Zone and is facing higher transport costs as a result.

“It really shou…

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Q&A: Mark Alexander

Q&A: Mark Alexander

16 July 2021

Mark Alexander is a co-director of KMA Tool Hire & Sales in Mold, Flintshire, which he founded with his wife Kerry in 2017. The company offers a wide range of equipment alongside other ser…

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Ladder safety guidance

Ladder safety guidance

15 July 2021

Two new guidance documents on the safe use of ladders and stepladders have been published by the Ladder Association. 

The organisation’s revised Code of Practice and new Safe…

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Slower bounce-back

Slower bounce-back

14 July 2021

Introduced as an emergency measure, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has doubtless provided financial help to many firms impacted by the pandemic. But paradoxically, i…

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Bobcat user scoops mini

Bobcat user scoops mini

14 July 2021

Derby-based Bobcat dealer, Butler Reynolds Ltd, has announced the winner of its charity raffle for a Bobcat E10z mini excavator.

The prize goes to Chris O'Hara of Trent Bridge Constructi…

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Hares adds first minis

Hares adds first minis

13 July 2021

Hares Hire Services has added mini excavators to its fleet for the first time, having just taken delivery of two JCB 1-tonne machines. 

Daren Hare, managing director of the Rainham-…

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Half century at Lords

Half century at Lords

12 July 2021

On 15 June, Lord Hire Centres celebrated the remarkable achievement of its 50th anniversary.

Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the company is a highly respected name in tool and equipment hi…

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Hireman flies England flag

Hireman flies England flag

9 July 2021

The England football team has done the nation proud by reaching this Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, and one hirer that certainly got behind the side - and helped customers to do so, is The Hi…

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Q&A: Nigel Potter

Q&A: Nigel Potter

9 July 2021

Nigel Potter is managing director of NPH Hire ‘N’ Sales Ltd in Bristol which specialises in compact plant of up to three tonnes. He’s certainly busy at the moment. And he lov…

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Merchant group adds hire

Merchant group adds hire

8 July 2021

Reflecting the building boom and the demand for equipment to get jobs done, the Independent Builders Merchant Group is introducing a hire activity at selected outlets. 

IBMG compris…

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Building breaks records

Building breaks records

7 July 2021

Once again, monthly data on construction output confirms the reports from many hirers on the blog about increasing business levels and supply chain challenges. 

Statistics from cons…

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Living with coronavirus

Living with coronavirus

6 July 2021

Sixteen months after the initial lockdown announcement, the Prime Minister said yesterday that Covid-19 restrictions are set to end in England on Monday, 19 July, subject to a final data revie…

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Growth in Cornwall

Growth in Cornwall

5 July 2021

South West Hire & Sales has opened a new depot in Launceston, bringing its total network to six locations across Devon and Cornwall. 

“The new premises are just off the ma…

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Home building hots up

Home building hots up

2 July 2021

First, the good news. Hirers frequently tell me that the main factor behind the strong demand for equipment is house building activity in their localities, and this is borne out by data just r…

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Q&A: Pat McCluskey

Q&A: Pat McCluskey

2 July 2021

Pat McCluskey is managing director of the independent hirer, Hireline, which currently has its main depot near Dalkeith, just east of Edinburgh, with a second in Linlithgow to the west. It off…

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HSC reaches 20

HSC reaches 20

2 July 2021

As The Beatles famously put it in the song Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, it was 20 years ago today... 

Exactly two decades ago, The Hire Supply Company (HSC) open…

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ACE tackles plant theft

ACE tackles plant theft

1 July 2021

A new specialist police unit has been established to help combat the theft of construction plant and agricultural machinery. 

The Agricultural and Construction Equipment (ACE) initi…

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