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5 Executive News Our coverage includes ArcGen Hilta buys SMC, Obart offers extended warranties, Speedy opens Edinburgh Supercentre, Hilti creates new Hub General Manager role, Ammann’s Show success continues, multi-coloured Belle, TowerLight UK established, AWS welcomes The Princess Royal, Artisan digs deeper, and Pop-Up appoints Leach Lewis.


12 The Wright way Alan Guthrie visits Wright Hire, a busy independent in the north of England with plans for expansion.


15 Powerful portfolio We assess several new product launches from Honda (UK).


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3 Executive Hire Forum If, as is widely speculated, Brandon is up for sale again, we discuss who would, and more importantly, who wouldn’t, be interested in acquiring it.


11 City News


Catherine Stratton assesses the recent results announced by Ashtead and Vp.


36 Crosshire


Rather than cutting rates, our correspondent suggests hirers would do better to explore new markets and initiatives to win customers’ loyalty.


MARKET REPORT GARDEN & GROUNDS CARE


23 “Looking for flexibility” Grounds care equipment hirers are being pro-active in ensuring customers achieve efficiency and value. Alan Guthrie reports.


27 Flourishing independent Hiring gardening and landscaping equipment has always been at the heart of long-established Duxford Hire & Supply’s success.


29 Latest products We consider new launches from manufacturers and suppliers such as Bobcat, Digbits, Camon, GreenMech, Kawasaki, JCB, Husqvarna, Makita, Briggs & Stratton, Hayter, Doosan and Stihl, including machines to be unveiled at IOG Saltex in September.


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JULY/AUGUST 2010


17 Hillhead hits the heights EHN reports on new equipment with hire potential shown at the successful mining and quarrying event.


20 Vertikal angles Vertikal Days in Haydock provided an ideal showcase for the latest in lifting and access equipment.


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THE PASSIONATE VOICE OF THE HIRE INDUSTRY Editor


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