HIRE Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) are excited to announce the shortlist of finalists for the prestigious 2020 Hire Awards of Excellence, from which the chosen few will be crowned winners in the luxurious surroundings of London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday 4 April.
Stand-up comedian and writer Jo Caulfield will host the much-anticipated event celebrating the amazing achievements of hire and supply companies across the UK’s plant, tool, equipment and event hire industry. Crucial recognition is also given to outstanding individuals who have consistently stood out from the crowd and achieved and set some of the highest standards in the industry.
New for 2020 will be an award shining a torch on budding talent, the Young Apprentice of the Year – either Cole O’Donovan of A-Plant or AFI-Uplift’s Luke Dainty will be the inaugural recipient – while the winners of the Apprentice of the Year, Workshop Manager of the Year and Hire Manager of the Year will all be in contention for Hire Achiever of the Year to be announced at the ceremony on the night.
Keeping a close eye on proceedings will be celebrity host Jo. Famous for her one-woman gigs, she has worked on some of the biggest TV and radio shows in British comedy, including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Just A Minute. Her wonderfully sharp wit is guaranteed to deliver top-notch entertainment at the hire industry showpiece.
The judges had their work cut out choosing the winners against stringent criteria for the 14 hotly contested categories that acknowledge and showcase the very best of the hire industry. Without doubt these awards are the most sought-after accolade within the plant, tool, equipment and event hire sectors.
Graham Arundell, who will be attending his last awards night before standing down as the Chief Executive Officer of HAE and EHA, said: “We’re delighted to have Jo Caulfield as our host, her razor-sharp wit will keep the judges and audience entertained as we prepare for another spectacular event that showcases the very best of the Hire Industry.”
Finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:
Website of the Year – Furniture Hire UK, Inlec UK, MHM Plant
Best Use of New Media – A-Plant, Niftylift, Redpath Tool Hire, Travis Perkins
Best Sustainability & CSR Initiative – A-Plant, Hypertherm Europe BV, Speedy Services
Catalogue of the Year – GAP Group, Hirebase, Travis Perkins
Hire Industry Product of the Year – BISAF for Particulator, GAP Group for AutoHybrid ZERO Welfare Unit, JCB for 19C-1E Mini Excavator, MHM Plant for MGTP 6000 Solar Hybrid Generator, Morris Site Machinery for SMC TL60 Solar, Niftylift for HR17NE, Uni-Prop International for Uni-Prop
Hire Industry Supplier of the Year – Garic Ltd, MCS Rental Software, MHM Plant, Niftylift, Point of Rental Software, Snorkel UK, Trime UK
SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year Turnover up to £10m – Didcot Plant Ltd, Dromad Hire, PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres, Miles Hire, MHM Plant
SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year Turnover over £10m – A-Plant, AFI-Uplift, Vp Brandon Hire Station, GAP Group, Smiths Hire, Travis Perkins
SafeHire Event Hire Company of the Year – Live Events, Plato Catering Hire, Site Event
Young Apprentice of the Year – Cole O’Donovan A-Plant, Luke Dainty AFI-Uplift
Apprentice of the Year – Jacob Skeldon A-Plant, William Gleadall AFI-Uplift, Lynsey Matthews Speedy Services, Thomas Sealeaf Vp Brandon Hire Station
Workshop Manager of the Year – Steven Jones MHM Plant, Guy Barnett AFI-Uplift, David Trigg Allens Catering Equipment & Hire
Hire Manager of the Year – Rachel Savory AFI-Uplift, Rob Thompson GoHire, Barbara Ryman Redpath Tool Hire
Hire Achiever of the Year – To be announced on the night
Tickets are selling fast but limited sponsorship packages and tables are still available.