STAHLWILLE's technical expertise means they will always be 'torque' of the town

STAHLWILLE is a traditional German company of the ‘mittelstand’ – the UK equivalent of a medium-sized business.

It is a family business since its establishment by Eduard Wille in 1862 in Wuppertal. Today the management of the company is independent, but the advisory committee represents the Wille family, writes Peter Brett.

BGF backs Plantforce with £4.7m investment for growth

PLANTFORCE, the largest provider of heavy equipment rentals in the South West, has received a £4.7m growth capital investment from Business Growth Fund (BGF) to further scale its operations.

The company – whose clients include Kier, Costain, Balfour Beatty, and BAM construction groups – will use the funding to support its growth plans in expansion, acquisition and geographical locations.

Great British Bake Off finalist uses Triton tools to create cakes

THE Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr has returned to the kitchen for his latest culinary creation, but ditched the traditional utensils in favour of power tools.

To mark the return of the popular television programme, North London-based Richard made gingerbread in the shape of tools and a tool box, but left his whisk and spatula in the cupboard.

Night of Lights proves a towering success at RAF Museum Cosford

A SPECTACULAR light show set to music at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford celebrated Morris Site Machinery’s position as a leading manufacturer of lighting towers in dramatic style.

As Storm Ali threatened to put a stop to the event by blowing a local electricity pylon down, another of the reliable brands supplied by Morris Site Machinery was on hand to help.

The Denyo Eventa20 ensured that not even inclement weather could stop the event and was ready to silently power the dramatic lighting and music display.

The new Falcon and Apollo from Solid Gear: high tech safety boots for the winter

Incorporating some of the most advanced technical features in safety boot design.

With a focus on comfort and S3 safety, Solid Gear’s Falcon and Apollo boots are probably the most robust boots you can get for the winter months.

With durable uppers these heavy-duty boots will keep your feet dry and insulated so you can work comfortably in the roughest conditions on site.

What’s more, the new oil- and slip resistant Vibram soles deliver outstanding grip on snow and ice – even at low temperatures.

How to protect your construction business

IN ANY business, the protection of your assets is as important as achieving adequate profits, drumming up trade and increasing your capabilities.

It is no different in construction, where projects require good planning, foresight and cash flow measures in order to be completed on schedule. This article takes a sweeping overview of a construction business and points out the weak spots you might want to consider bolstering to avoid disastrous disruption to your business.

The Preparation Group awarded Hire Industry Trusted Supplier status

THE Preparation Group, specialists in surface preparation, removal and finishing, has achieved ‘Hire Industry Trusted Supplier’ status or HITS, the hallmark of quality, competence and safety across the UK hire industry.

It is currently one of only two companies to be both HITS accredited for supply to the Plant Hire Sector and be SafeHire certified, for customers hiring equipment direct.

Two in one: Hand Grinder also becomes a Hand Chaser

THE Preparation Group offers a single phase 110 volt 9’’ Hand Grinder and 5’’ Hand Grinder that with the addition of its steel cutting shield and cutting blades, turns them into heavy duty, portable and compact Hand Chasers.

For small shallow cutting or chasing projects The Preparation Group, a leading expert in preparing, removing and finishing surfaces, provides tools ideal for projects such as chasing into walls and creating expansion joints in concrete and flooring systems to allow for substrate movement.

Tips for setting up as a tradesperson

LIFE as a tradesperson grants a good amount of freedom, varied and enjoyable work, and the ability to hone important and sought-after practical skills.

It is truly a job for life, and that is why so many people take on apprenticeships after their time at school, which fast-tracks individuals towards a fulfilling career working a trade.

If you have just emerged from your apprenticeship and are eager to set up your self-employed career as a tradesman, you will find the following tips invaluable to get you off your feet.

Gear

PCDs are the answer for floor adhesive removal

THE Preparation Group has developed a solution for removing old, problematic floor adhesives and other sticky substances in the form of PCDs, polycrystalline diamonds that attach to a hand grinder or walk-behind grinding machine.

The Group is a leading expert in preparing, polishing and cleaning surfaces. So, to move away from traditional grinding methods, which have a tendency to generate surface heat the company's PCDs are designed to scrape rather than grind to efficiently ‘lift’ the material.

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