Bessey begins new chapter with Rowland Tools

WEST Yorkshire-based Rowland Tools has become the sole UK distributor of Bessey Tools after being acquired by former MD of Gedore UK, Mathew Hydleman.

The move marks a period of expansion for the company as it strengthens and reinforces its reputation for stocking premium-range industry tools and equipment.

Mathew had been MD of Gedore UK (formerly LJ Hydleman) for 22 years, but when, in 2018, the parent company decided to stock only their own manufactured products, he decided to find a new home for the Bessey brand – best known for producing premium quality woodworking clamps, welding clamps and snips.

“We had been building up Bessey for many years at Gedore and it became a very well-known brand in its own right,” explained Mathew. “When Gedore decided it would only be stocking its own ranges, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

“Rowland Tools was a local company to where I was in Skipton and they had the agency of Bondhus Tools - an American brand which I’d known for years as the best in ball-ended and hex keys. So not only did Rowland Tools already deal in premium range tools, it also had accounts open with many of the same customers that I knew from Gedore.

“The result was that, for many existing Bessey customers, the transition from Gedore UK to Rowland Tools was pretty seamless. In many cases it was simply a matter of changing the supplier name on their purchase ledger.”

Many existing Bessey customers also found themselves dealing with familiar faces besides Mathew, as several Gedore UK staff followed him to Rowland Tools, including Sales Director Mike Clegg. “We had a mutual arrangement with Gedore so if any customers ring wanting the other company, they would give out the other’s number. It was all very amicable. The result was that customer was inconvenienced as little as possible.”

Rowland Tools’ has also added FAMAG Wood Boring Tools and SIT Industrial Brushes to its portfolio, to complement its existing ranges.

The Preparation Group is SafeHire certified

KATE Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Group Hire Manager, has been re-elected as an HAE Supply Chain board member, demonstrating that she has clearly made a positive impact.

In the same month, the company renewed its Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) status and for the third year running, proved its commitment to providing quality surface and floor preparation products and services as a HAE member by attaining its SafeHire Certification.

SafeHire is a continual Business Improvement programme that sets and helps to maintain high standards of operation within the hire industry. The SafeHire certificate lasts for three years but is reviewed annually, raising awareness with government and trading standards. It has mutual recognition from PQQ organisations as a pre-requisite to their accreditations and Build UK members.

Kate heads the hire division and has been dedicated to continual improvement in quality and delivery of customer satisfaction, providing competitively priced surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, accessories and solutions -  as is at the core of this certification.

Kate and her team provide a wealth of knowledge to benefit hire customers and are passionate about giving the best possible service and advice.

Tracey Glew, Managing Director, said: "Kate has worked hard over the last few years championing the benefits of HAE membership and the associated standards, with her customers being her number one priority and we are extremely proud of Kate’s continued commitment."

GAP adds Trimble SX10 to its UK hire fleet

GAP SURVEY & Safety Hire, a division of the UK’s largest independent rental company, GAP Hire Solutions, has introduced the Trimble SX10 into their product fleet.

The Trimble SX10 Scanning Total Station redefines the capabilities of everyday survey equipment by allowing users to collect any combination of high-density 3D scan data, enhanced imaging and high-accuracy total station measurements in one revolutionary solution.

The SX10 not only makes the workflow of the user more streamlined but improves safety by scanning road corridors and intersection details such as roadway surfaces, overhead power lines and lane stripping. This is achieved without putting the user in harm’s way and all while minimising the need for road closures.

Jim Burke, GAP’s Survey Division Manager, commented: “Since Trimble launched the SX10 over a year ago we’ve been monitoring industry reaction and listening to what our customers had to say. It is clear that engineers, surveyors and scanning professionals are beginning to see the full potential and benefits of this type of instrument, one which gives full functionality of both a total station and HD scanner. Now with hundreds of SX10’s out in the field, we feel the time is right to add the SX10 to our hire fleet which will save our customers both time and money on particular projects.”

IIP Platinum for Armorgard

ARMORGARD has achieved the Investors in People (IIP) Standard at Platinum level - the highest level that can be achieved by a company - following an in-depth assessment of the organisation earlier this year.

As a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative site storage, manual handling and work units, Armorgard has a focus on developing a sustainable high-performing culture to create products that solve critical security, logistics and health and safety challenges.

The IIP Platinum accreditation is currently held by only 1% of IIP accredited organisations.

Terry Mitchell, Managing Director at Armorgard, said: “This is the highest level of Investors in People, and a remarkable recognition of Armorgard's difference to lead, support and manage its people to achieve meaningful results.

"It is a journey that started 30 years ago, when Armorgard first put a team together to design, manufacture and market products. This journey continues and the specific milestone proves Armorgard's clear commitment to engaging, developing and motivating employees."

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Commenting on the award, Emma Phillips, Armorgard's Head of People & Culture, said: “This is a fantastic achievement as only 1% of audited companies are awarded the Platinum standard. For us to have accomplished this on our first audit represents our commitment to developing our people.”

Armorgard currently has 41 employees at its UK headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire.

Trime helps to grow MHM Plant’s re-hire fleet

THE growth in demand for Trime’s X-ECO LED lighting towers from UK hire firms continues to expand unabated.

The latest firm to invest heavily in the Trime X-ECO LED is the rehire specialists, MHM Plant.

As MHM Plant disposes of it’s now out-of-date VT1 lighting sets, they have begun to replenish and upgrade their rehire fleet with the purchase of 500 X-ECO LED units direct from the Trime Group. Their aim is to have a 100% rehire fleet of Trime lighting towers by 2020.

MHM Plant operates a unique rehire service. This national rehire facility is only available to bone fide rental firms in the UK and Ireland. MHM Plant will not accept rental orders from end-users or any operators outside of the hire industry.

The X-ECO LED has a number of environmental qualities and safety aspects. The set is fitted with the AMOSS safety system, which automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected. The complete unit features an external emergency stop button, a fully bunded fuel tank, four height adjustable stabilisers and site levels for guidance during deployment. The energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 2000 hours without replacement.

“We are delighted that MHM Plant has chosen our X-ECO LED units. This is a significant investment from MHM Plant and demonstrates their commitment in our products,’” commented Paul Hay, Trime UK managing director. “Apart from contributing to MHM’s hire revenues, the X-ECO LED will now be available to UK and Irish hire organisations that prefer to rehire rather than purchase outright. In addition, the environmental and cost saving attributes of the X-ECO LED will be passed directly onto their clients,” added Paul.

With green issues paramount in the hire markets, MHM Plant has made an additional investment in the new Trime X-SOLAR HYBRID and X-POLE lighting towers. The Trime X-SOLAR HYBRID has a light coverage of 2000 sq. m and emits zero noise and zero emissions. The X-POLE is a standalone solar powered light, which is very simple to use, with no separate battery pack required or complicated wiring or settings.

MHM Plant was incorporated in February 2010 and they currently operate from two locations. MHM West is located in South Wales and MHM North in Coatbridge, Scotland. A London depot, MHM South, is currently under development.

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the event, construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

Three years on and Trime UK continue to be a leading light

IT has been a whirlwind three years for one of the UK’s leading suppliers of sustainable lighting towers, on-site cleaning systems and dust suppression products.

Trime UK Limited was incorporated in May 2016 and began trading the following month. Headed by two vastly experienced industry experts, Ray Caulfield and Paul Hay, Trime UK immediately set about designing and developing a range of sophisticated tower lighting products, with environmental considerations at the heart of their plans.

The first product that Trime UK launched was their X-ECO LED. This advanced site lighting tower was immediately embraced by the industry and currently has had sales of over 4000 units in the UK, principally to construction and event hire organisations. These included nationally operating companies and independent owner managed firms.

Over the past three years, Trime UK has brought to the market a complete line of hybrid, battery and solar powered units as they drive towards developing the largest range of sustainable lighting solutions.

In 2017, the X-ECO LED was a finalist in the European Rental Awards in the ‘Rental Product of the Year’ category. Trime UK have been active participants at the annual hire industry showcase exhibition, the Executive Hire Show. The Trime X-BATTERY lighting tower featured in the 2018 Executive Hire Show ‘Innovation Trail’ and Ray Caulfield spoke about the sustainable qualities of the X-BATTERY to an audience of hire industry leaders. The X-BATTERY was also ‘Highly Commended’ at the Hire Association Europe, Hire Awards of Excellence, at the 2019 ceremony.

Trime UK is now considered to be the market leader in the supply of sustainable lighting towers in the UK. This is an achievement that is believed to be unparalleled in such a short time span.

In additional to lighting towers, Trime UK have created a range of wash bays designed for cleaning construction plant and machinery. Entitled the X-SPLASH, these wash bays have a unique water recycling system that saves costs and helps to guard against damage to the environment by alleviating the possibility of contaminates being accidentally discharged. In 2018, the X-SPLASH received the highest honour in the Green Apple Awards for ‘Environmental Best Practice.’

With continual development a watchword at Trime UK, the company has just brought to market two other environmentally biased pieces of equipment. The X-BOOT footwear cleaning system and the X-DUST dust suppression unit are now part of the Trime UK portfolio and already attracting keen interest.

Trime UK are completely in tune with the demands of their clients. Consequently they have set up a comprehensive back-up service with spare parts availability on a next day delivery basis. They have also recognised the importance of proper training and over the past three years they have completed over 100 technical and sales training courses held at their offices and on clients own premises.

Trime UK managing director, Paul Hay said, “It’s been a great three years and we are all very proud of what we have achieved. From a complete standing start to a market leader in just three years has been a tremendous feat and I pay tribute to all my colleagues and our customers for helping to get Trime UK into this unique position.”

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Phil has sights on charity runs for Alzheimer’s

MORRIS Site Machinery’s well-travelled International Business Director, Phil Winnington, will once again pull on his running shoes to clock up the miles for his annual charity challenge.

This year Phil’s 5 a Day will see him run 5k on five consecutive days at different locations across the country in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, Morris & Company’s chosen charity for their 150th anniversary, with friends and colleagues joining in to help raise funds and awareness.

The first run, on 22 July, is a route around Morris Site Machinery’s Four Ashes base in Wolverhampton. Day two sees a park run near the Shrewsbury head office of parent group Morris & Company. The next one at its SMC production facility in Gosberton, Lincolnshire, running round a track of light towers.

The run on day four starts from the offices of the Hire Association Europe (HAE) in Birmingham with the final run, on 26 July, quite literally a home run in Congleton, Cheshire.

Phil, a member of the HAE Supply Chain Board, said: “HAE are generously supporting me again with sponsorship and members will join me running the course around the Birmingham Business Park in Solihull.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my colleagues from the various divisions of Morris taking part along with Hirers, Suppliers, and Associates all joining together for a cause that affects so many families and communities. It is the third year I have taken on the challenge and the support I receive certainly spurs me on to run and raise more each year.”

Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today. It is the chosen charity of Morris & Company which understands the ongoing need as its Morris Care division runs six nursing homes.

To support Phil and donate to Alzheimer’s Society, go to

Morris Site Machinery supplies a range of top-class equipment to hire companies and end users working in sectors from construction to mining, rail, events, film and TV.

Rock Fall's new Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager puts her best foot forward

ROCK Fall UK Ltd, specialist safety footwear manufacturer, has strengthened its management team with the addition of a new role, Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager.

Rock Fall’s senior management team are delighted to welcome Carol Harris who joins Rock Fall with a wealth of industry experience.

Speaking about the appointment, Richard Noon, Director said: “Carol joins us at an exciting time, we have witnessed several record-breaking years in terms of growth and 2019 is going to be another outstanding year for Rock Fall.  Carol’s previous roles with several blue-chip retailers in the UK and her experience in setting up Quality Assurance and Compliance systems for several household names gives Rock Fall a fantastic advantage and promotes confidence for our distributors when supplying top quality footwear to the end user. We are proud to have been ahead in adopting the recently updated PPE regulations and are very eager to excel in this area.”

Rock Fall has heavily invested in a new warehouse expansion programme and by the end of 2019 will see a significant increase in pallet capacity, broadening support for their distributors with an ever-expanding stockholding. This exhilarating new phase will create 10 new positions within the company and is bucking the current trend of other manufacturers who are reducing staff levels. Moving forward, 2020 will see Rock Fall’s brand-new testing facility which will be furnished with state-of- the- art testing equipment, so that products can be tested internally to ensure they perform well beyond the Standards and will conquer the challenges faced by today’s wearers.

Rock Fall is the largest British brand of Safety Footwear and has a network of over 450 Authorised Distribution Partners across the UK and globally.  Key international markets such as Qatar, Australia and China have seen their Rest of the World sales double.

In addition to membership with several industry professional bodies which include Satra and the BSIF, Rock Fall work with SA8000 accredited factories.

Ethical business and sustainability are high on the agenda at Rock Fall, they recently published their key measures for CSR which they talk about as leaving a footprint they can be proud of. The key measures include Product Design, Business Investment, Commercial Success and Investing in People. Find out more at

The company sources innovative materials from around the globe and works with world leading component manufacturers including 3M, Sympatex®, Boa® and FORCE10®. These are used to design their Industry Defining Safety Footwear Range which has been developed to help their customers grow their business. Supplying exclusively via Authorised Distribution Partners, Rock Fall pro-actively work with major end-users and industry associations to improve Workplace Safety.

The company has been recognised at several product innovation awards in recent years including the Professional Clothing Awards, Cast Metals Federation Awards and Insider Media Made in the Midlands Awards.

More award glory for Rock Fall at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019

HELD at the Montcalm Marble Arch in London, on the evening of the 19th June 2019 the 10th Annual Professional Clothing Awards held a very special ceremony to recognise the best of the Professional Clothing, Workwear and Safety Industry.

A blockbuster evening saw a record number of entries across a number of categories. A celebration of industry recognition for the next generation of clothing and footwear designers from Universities across the UK, as well as special acknowledgement for a graduate engineer from Balfour Beatty that has campaigned for womens fitting PPE.

For a third straight year, Rock Fall were recognised in the category for Best Innovation in Footwear, having won the award in 2017 and 2018 they were delighted to be highly commended for their new fully Conductive trainer, the RF002 Zinc.

Developed in conjunction with several aerospace and defence contractors, and gaining significant momentum prior to the 2019 launch, the Zinc is the first conductive trainer of its kind in Europe.

It features a next generation fully conductive sole unit which conforms throughout wear without the need for metal studs unlike existing products already on the marketplace from other manufacturers.

Certified for sale worldwide, meeting the following standards – European footwear, Australian/New Zealand footwear, American standards.

Conductive PPE, including the Zinc trainer is worn in environments that have potentially explosive atmospheres. The principal markets for conductive PPE are as follows:

Nuclear, Aerospace, Defence, Advanced Manufacturing, Chemical, Petrochemical Oil and Gas

Speaking about the awards Richard Noon, Director, reflected on the evening and said:

"This event gets bigger and better every year and the calibre of entries this year was unbelievable. We see more and more new faces every year and our chosen categories get more competitive. We think it's a sign of industry confidence that competitors and customers can come together and celebrate the growth and innovation of the sector."


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