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​Boss Cabins set for best year yet with launch of static welfare cabins

Boss Cabins has launched a range of static welfare units to meet high industry demand, with the aim of becoming the number one market supplier over the next 12 months. 

The introduction of this new range comes on the back of Boss Cabins securing its position as the UK market leader in the design and manufacture of mobile welfare cabins. The business was initially built from selling to small-to-medium sized regional hire companies. Today, they also supply to a range of national hire firms.

Commenting on the launch of Boss Cabins’ static units, managing director Matthew Wordsworth said: “As a business, we’ve quickly shaken up the mobile welfare sector by bringing fresh thinking into what was a stale industry. Now we will offer this same mindset to the static welfare range by providing the marketplace with superior choice.

“The reason that customers select Boss Cabins over other suppliers is because we listen to them and understand their needs. Each and every innovation in our product range meets set criteria; to improve durability, functionality, efficiency and return on investment.”

The cabins’ ‘Eco Ultimate’ electrical system powers an on-demand generator at the flick of a switch, dramatically reducing fuel consumption to approximately 0.56p per day. 

“This is a game-changing innovation for buyers, with improved functionality and efficiency compared with other cabins on offer. We are confident that this is the most environmentally-friendly electrical system in the marketplace,” continued Matthew.

“For instance, some manufacturers use solar panels as a power source. This can be effective in certain settings, but can only be fitted in small quantities on a welfare cabin. This results in a system that can’t keep up with the demands of a construction environment. They simply don’t provide enough electricity to put the kettle, microwave, fan heaters or radiator on. Often, they are installed as a token gesture to tick the box of environmental requirements. 

“The whole idea behind our 'Eco Ultimate’ approach is that it reduces the use of fossil fuels by minimising generator run-time, making it the most energy efficient system on the market,” added Matthew.

Boss Cabins offers clients a full service, starting from the initial build, through to an aftercare service with its in-house parts, accident and repair and refurbishment facility.

“We understand the importance of offering clients exactly what they require, at the best price,” Matthew continued. “Businesses shouldn’t be expected to adapt to the cabins on offer — it’s our place to create a range that meets their requirements. It’s this mindset that allows us to provide innovative solutions for our growing client base across the UK.”

Boss Cabins was launched in 2010 and now employs almost 100 people at its base in Lincolnshire. This announcement comes on the back of a 120-unit order of mobile and static cabins from LOC Hire – a company voted the fastest growing business in the north of Scotland.

In 2016, Boss Cabins was also awarded the 75th fastest growing company in the UK by The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, and are still expanding today.

To find out more about Boss Cabins’ static range of welfare cabins, visit

bosscabins.co.uk/all-cabins/category/static-welfare-cabins/.

Volvo - First time Volvo for Mike Taylor Plant Hire

Mike Taylor Plant Hire of Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross has opted for a Volvo reduced swing ECR58D for the first time.

The new six-tonne machine has been supplied replacing a competitors

 machine of the same size and was chosen following third-party recommendations and a successful demonstration.

“The majority of our work as groundwork contractors is focused on local housing, large estate work and maintaining hill roads,” comments proprietor Mike Taylor. “We wanted to replace an existing machine and were quite drawn to the Volvo ECR58D. Following some sound third-party recommendations, and having evaluated the machine on demonstration, these factors, coupled with a competitive package on the table persuaded us to break with tradition and opt for our first Volvo.”

The Volvo ECR58D is powered by a Volvo 2.6-litre low-emission engine producing 48 hp coupled with a load-sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 6.3 metres and a lift capacity of 660kg at full reach across the carriage. Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to Mike Taylor’s appreciation of the machine. For instance, the ECR58D has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions with operator fatigue reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers. The rubber-mounted cabs reduce whole-body vibration and external noise minimizing the rigors of the job site whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature.

The machine’s specification and features have further been enhanced by the addition of a Steelwrist X06 tilt rotator, making the machine a highly versatile piece of equipment. “Besides the smooth control of the machine itself, the addition of the Steelwrist tilt rotator makes the machine extremely versatile and means a lot of the excavation and grading functions can be done from one position,” says Mike. “This combination is the way forward for groundworking contractors such as ourselves.”

With its base in Blairgowrie, Mike Taylor Plant Hire provides both plant hire and groundworking services in and around the Perth and Kinross area.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain.

For further information visit www.volvoce.co.uk

C D McNeill purchases a fourth Volvo EC27C

The new EC27C is the fourth machine in a line to join C D McNeill’s contracting fleet, who took delivery of the first of its kind to be sold in Great Britain some seven years ago and prior to that, a history of operating the Volvo 2.5 tonne EC25s over a period of time. “We recognise the qualities of the Volvo product in terms of reliability, but more importantly, the after sales support that comes as standard from CSM Sales Ltd which is why we’ve decided to replace like with like,” says Grant McNeill.

Joining a mixed fleet of equipment which includes compact excavators up to seven tonnes as well as site dumpers and rollers, the EC27C is powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low-emission, Stage III engine, coupled to a load-sensing hydraulic system for optimum performance and fuel saving. Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance due to the right joystick control lever that features an electronically proportional roller. This allows the operator to accurately adjust hydraulic flow as needed. All hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks. An automatic two-speed travel system engages when operating in high-speed mode, automatically shifting gear from high to low, according to the travel load. Another feature for increased efficiency is the standard auto-idling system that lowers engine speed to idle if a control is not used for five seconds. The engine reverts to the pre-selected speed almost instantly when any control is moved. This system delivers lower fuel consumption, longer engine life and less environmental noise. 

The EC27C features Volvo’s industry-leading comfortable cab for less fatigue and more production. The ergonomically designed cab offers greater leg and foot room, making it one of the most spacious in its category with the machine supplied to C D McNeill featuring an optional high-back seat that includes servo hydraulics levers which are integral to the seat unit, for maximum operator comfort. As a good deal of contracting work involves the removal and replacement of tarmac driveways, paths and car parking areas, CD McNeill has added protective chequer plate to the underside of the dipper arm. “Adding this simple feature saves a lot of damage to the arm when we are loading slabs of broken-up tarmac and helps to keep the machine looking fresh,” explains Grant.  

CSM Sales Ltd is headed up by Managing Director, Calum Shaw, and based at Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness and is SMT GB’s utility dealer for the whole of the north of Scotland.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

The Executive Hire Show 2018 – 93% Sold Out 

The Executive Hire Show 2018 – 93% Sold Out 

The Executive Hire Show event team recently held its annual exhibitor ‘Kick off’ meeting which took place at the Shows’ established home at the Ricoh Arena Coventry – in the heart of the Midlands.  Hosted by Show Director, Craig Donovan, the event was well attended by many of the EHS’s exhibitors both old and new.   

Craig Donovan announced that the Show (7th & 8th February 2018, Ricoh Arena Coventry) was well ahead of schedule in terms of sales than at this point in previous years with an impressive 169 exhibitors already signed up for the 2018 Show.  Mr Donovan said, “We are 93% sold out across all exhibition areas, smashing any previous held record in the history of the Show. So, as you can see the stand sales at the Show are going from strength to strength.” 

Mobilising visitors to the show

The task of mobilising and exciting hirers to leave their depots and travel hundreds of miles to Coventry has always been a challenge, however, this is something that the EHS team have been passionate about since the Show’s conception. 

The EHS team has already begun its 2018 National Visitor Campaign, working for the fifth year in partnership with Hire Supply Co, utilising the expertise of Steve McKenzie, who will be travelling the country visiting Hire Depots to mobilise and excite hirers to attend the 12th annual event. EHS will also be working with Altrad Belle for the 3rd year running.  The Altrad Belle team will also be visiting hire depots country wide to drum up visitor support for the show. 

Mr Donovan said, “For the 2017 event the teams travelled over 26,000 miles in their efforts to attract relevant hire visitors to the Show. This incredible mileage led us to visit over 700 hire depots throughout the UK & Ireland. 

The teams will start their visits within the next couple of days!  Daniel Pinder and the Belle team will be covering London & South East, the South West and North-East areas. Steve McKenzie from The Hire Supply Company shall be covering the Midlands, North West and Ireland.”

Introducing the Innovation Trail Live!

Back by popular demand is the Innovation Trail, first launched in 2013, as innovation continues to be an integral part of the Show.  Al-Ko, a manufacturer of chassis systems has already confirmed that the company will be sponsoring the trail once again.

The innovation trail concept is simple, ahead of the Show, all exhibitors are given the opportunity to submit details of a new, innovative product that they will be showcasing at the Show, where ten would be selected by a third-party judging panel including independent hirers, and the EHS will highlight these products with a floor tile outside their stands so visitors can actively follow on their visit.

For the 2018 event the EHS team will introduce ‘The Innovation Trail – Live!’ where selected Innovation Trail products which Judges consider to be particularly outstanding will be exhibited on a specially branded stage area in Hall 2.

Executive Hire Show’s Alan Guthrie explained the concept, he said, “Each chosen ‘Innovation Trail – Live!’ suppliers will be given a dedicated 10-minute slot to present and explain their product, and talk to the audience through the products innovative qualities. These individual sessions will take place on the hour from 11am to 3pm during the two days of the Show.

Paul Hutton, a radio, podcast and YouTube channel presenter, has agreed to host “Innovation Trail – Live!” He’ll interview each company’s representative live on the stage.”

Mr Guthrie concluded, “We have decided not to announce an Innovation Trail Winner for 2018, since the products are so varied and often aimed at different hire markets. However, we will ask our special guest Paul Hutton to present each “Innovation Trail –Live!” candidate with a commemorative trophy to mark their achievement.”

Regional Road Shows set to continue

As part of the Show’s visitor campaign the EHS Regional Road Shows initiative, which began over three years ago, will continue. The Road Shows are designed as a ‘taster events’ leading up the main show.  The EHS will be hosting three Road Shows between now and Christmas, covering the London & SE area, the North West and the West & Wales areas -  more details can be found on the EHS website.  Mr Donovan said, “This Road Show initiative together with the personal visits ensure we continue to drive quality hirers to attend the Show in February.”

Visit www.executivehireshow.co.uk.  Put the 7th and 8th February 2018 in your diary – it’s one Show in the 2018 exhibition calendar a hirer can’t afford to miss!

BigChange brings digital transformation to 5000 service engineers across the Equipment Hire sector

BigChange the Mobile Workforce Management technology specialist has won contracts to supply some of the UK’s biggest equipment rental businesses with its three-in-one JobWatch system for over 5000 mobile technicians, engineers and drivers. A hire-specific version of the JobWatch system has been implemented by leading players including A Bird, Elliott Group, HSS Hire, Nixon Hire, John Deere, Morrison Utilities, Komatsu, Haulotte, Garic, A1 Group, Procomm Site Services, Hawk Group and Fourjays.

The turnkey solution from BigChange has introduced a paperless revolution, equipping mobile workers with a Samsung Android tablet that manages receipt of job instruction, electronic proof of collection and delivery, site servicing, timesheets, electronic start-of-day vehicle walkaround checks, driver behaviour scoring promoting safe eco-driving, tachograph interface and Health and Safety procedures. The system is also a rich vehicle tracking system providing real-time location updates.

The system is integrated with leading Hire Management systems including MCSrm and InspHire meaning that planned services, repairs, deliveries and collections are automatically pushed through to JobWatch. On logging on to the app at the start of each day, drivers and technicians are guided to start their timesheet, conduct a walkaround check that meets DVSA requirements (recording, photographing and alerting any vehicle defects) and have instant access to their jobs for the day.

In the back-office, the system is enabling planners to respond faster to customer needs, intelligently allocating work orders based on real-time engineer availability, skills, live location and parts stock levels. This is significantly increasing productivity, minimising customer wait time and driving first time fix and ensures this can be achieved at the most competitive cost. The JobWatch system is saving Hire operators across Modular Buildings, Portaloos, Construction & Forestry, Plant & Equipment, Lifts, Platforms and Power Generators hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper annually and has significantly improved back-office administration. Engineers and drivers receive their work orders instantly on the JobWatch mobile app with paper job-cards and service repair worksheets replaced by equipment-specific electronic workflows that guide technicians at every step including risk assessments and method statements. Engineers no longer need to return paperwork to the back-office, saving a huge volume of previously manual back-office processing.

The workflow also effectively manages damages and chargeable items; photos captured at the point of delivery or collection are automatically relayed to the back office, allowing them to instantly raise an invoice for chargeable work. Photos are time, date and location watermarked, providing robust proof of condition.

Graham Wood, Group Logistics Manager at Nixon Hire commented: “With the support of JobWatch, every one of our fitters has boosted their productivity by around 20 percent.  This allows us to further absorb company growth and efficiently deploy the current resources we have before we look at recruiting additional resources. We get to where we need to be, when we need to be there, and we do what we say we are going to. This is also improving our customer service levels – evidenced by an increase in On Time Arrivals by more than 10 percent and a rise in First Attempt Job Completions by more than 5 percent.”

The JobWatch system is also providing a detailed work and maintenance history for all rental assets, giving management visibility of productivity and utilisation across their operation as well as a real-world view of how long jobs are taking. This ensures they are able to more intelligently schedule and deploy resources to meet actual requirements. A detailed picture of costs is reported down to the resource level, taking into account travel time, fuel, parts and resource costs. For portable loos, the technology is even automating waste transfer notes.

BigChange users benefit from 24/7 on-demand RoadCrew customer service for all back-office users and drivers including remote support and management of all tablets.

For more information visit www.bigchangeapps.com

Hire Sector Vital Enabler for the Infrastructure Investment Announced by Chancellor

The Hire Association welcomes the additional capital investment in national infrastructure announced by the Chancellor. Hire companies are key enablers of construction, homebuilding and infrastructure works.

Clearly, economic uncertainty and weakening consumer demand, plus growing inflationary pressures are impacting on growth expectations and confidence.

Prioritising infrastructure will help to unlock the potential for building new homes, improve connectivity and address congestion pinch points.

Hire employers were surprised at the lack of mention regarding the Apprenticeship Levy - a highly significant new business tax due to start next April. Many of the details remain unclear.

Graham Arundell, Managing Director, HAE EHA said; “The Chancellor's analysis is very much to invest as a buffer against the uncertain times ahead as we approach exiting the EU. At the same time, the hire sector will be a vital component in realising this investment on the ground, whether building new homes, modernising roads and railways, and widening next generation digital connectivity.”

HSS Hire picks up highest industry accolade at the 2016 Recruitment Business Awards

HSS Hire Group (“HSS Hire”), one of the UK’s leading providers of tools, equipment and related services, has won the coveted “Best Employer Brand” award at this year’s Recruitment Business Awards ceremony which took place in Manchester on 22nd September 2016.

HSS Hire was awarded first place in this prestigious category for the company’s work in creating a powerful employer brand that not only communicates their commitment to investing in their people and their working environment, but also reinforces the valuable role they play in customers’ lives.

The new brand consists of a number of creative ideas, message platforms and visual executions that focus on the concept of ‘Make it’. HSS were praised for successfully applying the brand throughout the business, including a new website where it has helped increase the number of people searching for jobs by 47% and the number of people applying by 30%. The new employer brand also appears across a number of social media channels, in all online and offline recruitment material, and has gone on to develop a life of its own with HSS employees even making branded birthday cakes.

The Recruitment Business Awards are now in their 14th year, and have become one of the most important events for the recruitment industry. Each year, the awards, which attract a large number of entries, aim to seek out the very best that Britain has to offer in the recruitment sector. Winners are judged by a panel of independent industry experts, and were presented with their awards in a glitzy ceremony in Manchester’s Mercure Hotel.

Lisa Crawford, Head of HR at HSS Hire said “we’re delighted that our hard work and the creative approach we developed with our partners at Chatter have both been recognised with this award. HSS Hire is already one of the country’s best known and most recognisable brands, and this award confirms that our employer brand is also one of the UK’s best, too.”

“Not only is it helping us stand out visually in today’s busy recruitment market, it has been instrumental in helping us vastly improve both the quantity and quality of the new people we’ve hired – and the signs are that it will continue doing this long into the future.”

For further information, please contact:

Benjamin Walker – 07715678740 – [email protected]

HOW TO BEAT THE BAD WEATHER - By Northgate Vehicle Hire

Jonathan Pearce, head of marketing at Northgate Vehicle Hire looks at how to avoid the pitfalls of tumultous weather

Any business that operates in a sector involving outdoor work will be fully aware of how the weather can scupper even the best laid plans.

In sectors such as landscaping, a sustained downpour can heavily delay the start of a project, while in construction roofwork can be impossible if heavy rain or high winds tighten their grip.

It is estimated that bad weather causes problems for around 37 per cent of small to medium-sized businesses, but this figure is magnified significantly when the business’s core operation involves outdoor activity.

The result is a number of headaches, from unmet customer expectations, to lost time and money, to a change in the requirements of the job, which may need to be completed within a shorter timeframe and with greater manpower.

Major headache

All of these considerations can combine to keep fleet managers awake at night and prove an overall drain on resources, which is why it is important to have as many contingencies in place as possible to deal with the unexpected.

One of our customers, landscaping company Redlough Landscapes, frequently encounters the problems associated with working outdoors, including seasonal weather changes.

Even in the spring and summer months, bouts of bad weather can scupper plans, and result in some projects being taken on and started at short notice.

Not only can this result in the need to strategically locate staff, but it can also require certain vehicles to be acquired or upgraded at short notice, which would be a major cost burden for an organisation with an owned fleet.

Moving to Northgate’s flexible rental solution enables businesses to increase their fleet size in as little as four working hours thanks to a nationwide network of branches, while the option to add additional equipment to vehicles for a transparent cost helps to meet customer demands.

Northgate has provided Redlough with a variety of vehicles to meet the differing needs of its business, including tippers, 4x4s and vans of all sizes, enabling the company to operate a diverse and highly mobile fleet.

Since teaming up with Northgate, Redlough Landscapes has been able to budget for associated costs far easier and has also benefitted from Northgate’s service, maintenance and repair (SMR) package, which enables work to be carried out at a wholly owned and warranty approved workshop and minimises downtime. 

In an industry where time is money, Redlough has saved €30,000 on SMR alone and seen the average age of its 30-strong fleet cut from seven to three years, meaning fewer repair bills, increased reliability and improved efficiency.

Exceeding expectations

Customer service is becoming a number one priority for many businesses, and reducing costs across the fleet means that organisations can allocate the money elsewhere in the business and focus on customer delivery.

The added flexibility and transparency included in Northgate’s rental package, combined with a reduction in initial outlay for new vehicles, means businesses know exactly how much the fleet will cost, and can ensure a smooth and efficient operation for customers.

This knowledge helps to create overall peace of mind, as fleet and project managers know that an essential component of the business is being taken care of.

Sadly, there is no way of controlling the weather, but by having systems in place to deal with bad weather and help to maintain operations – or restart them at short notice – businesses can help to minimise downtime caused by rain, snow or high winds and focus on the next task.

Contact us to find out about flexible and long-term van rental and leasing today.

 

Welsh Welders Win Hat-Trick

  • Coleg Cambria, from North Wales have been crowned winners of the Weld Off 2016 for the third time
  • Hosted by Morris Site Machinery and partners Speedy Services the welders aged between 16-26 years took part in a live welding competition which was themed on ‘God Save the Queen’, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Students from Coleg Cambria have been crowned the best young welders in Britain for the third time at the sensational final of the national live welding competition, Weld Off 2016.

Four Coleg Cambria students from the North East Wales college took the top spot and prizes worth more than £3,000. Matthew Hughes, Gareth Phillips, Owen Fitzgibbon and Thomas Lavender wowed judges with their breath-taking replica of the Queen’s Royal Carriage, complete with gilded crown, ornate royal detailing and even a piece of red carpet inside which the Queen herself has stepped on.  

Morris Site Machinery, supplier of ArcGen Welding equipment and in association with Speedy, hosted the competition which required four finalist teams of students between the ages of 16- 26 years old from across the UK, to showcase their welding prowess. The competition comprised a Q&A round, a skills section and a creative test which challenged contestants to create an inspiring exhibition piece based on the theme of ‘God Save the Queen’.

The live competition hosted at Speedy’s National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, now in its third year, attracted some of the most talented welding students and apprentices from across the nation.

National business broadcaster, Steph McGovern, winner of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ at just 19 years old, attended the competition as special guest, assisted the judges and provided moral support for all the contestants throughout the day.  

The national judging panel was made-up of welding specialists from across the industry including  Michael Scarrott from awarding association for industry qualifications, EAL, who was head judge; Richard Denholm, Sales Director and Welding Specialist from Morris Site Machinery, along with Mick Link from Speedy.

Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This has been an outstanding year for the Weld-Off and it was a truly competitive atmosphere! Every year the bar is raised and we have been astounded by the level of creativity, quality and interpretation of the theme which celebrates Her Majesty at 90.

“British manufacturing is seeing a renaissance and we wanted a theme which would compliment this.  Our competition attracts and uncovers a wealth of talent and skills we have in the UK. This is something we wanted to champion and encourage more young people into engineering to ensure that Britain’s skills base and manufacturing heritage are retained as best as possible.

“Coleg Cambria continue to set the standard every year and we would like to congratulate them on their performance and achieving a hat-trick. We would also like to thank all the teams who entered and especially those who competed to make this year’s competition the best yet.”

The highly commended runners-up included apprentices from City of Wolverhampton College, who created a robust interpretation of London’s famous Tower Bridge; students from Training 2000 in Lancashire, who also took cues from the Royal Family and welded a Royal Carriage and the team from New College Durham who produced an afternoon tea setting complete with French Fancie cakes fit for the Queen and any garden party.

Jane Nugent, Marketing Director of Speedy Services, the UK’s leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company, said: “We were delighted to host the competition at our National Distribution Centre. Everyone was very impressed with the calibre and creativity of work.  The contestants’ work ethic, skill and passion really shone through and all 16 are a real credit to young people in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

New PSE Code of Practice introduced

A new code of practice on electrical testing has been developed to ensure that hirers of portable and temporary welfare units meet their safety responsibilities.

The new document has been introduced by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) the trade association representing the interests of members involved in the hire and rental of on-site welfare units r portable companies, in partnership with electrical safety testing specialist Seaward.

In keeping with the main type of electrical hire equipment and facilities available from PSE members, the new guide pays particular attention to the safety needs associated with hot wash units, welfare units and luxury trailer units.

The Code of Practice provides an overview of the safety measures required for hire units that incorporate electrical accessories and appliances, along with the procedures for inspection, testing and maintenance during both pre and post hire periods.

As well as detailing the sort of testing that should typically be carried out, the document also includes advice on the role of in house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment.

To help dutyholders carry out the regular inspection and testing of portable welfare units Seaward has put together dedicated PSE test packages, comprising all the appropriate test instrumentation and accessories needed to carry out electrical testing safely and efficiently.

Details of the new Code of Practice for electrical safety testing of PS units are available from the PSE via www.pse-org.uk or from www.seaward.co.uk

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