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Mike Hodgson (left), Director, with Area Manager Lee Cavey, Hodgson Tool Hire, Ormskirk and Ainsdale

9 “ The Show

is a cracking event because it’s specifically for the hire industry. We can go in the knowledge that we will speak to

suppliers and do some good deals. We stopped going to SED

because there were too many tyre kickers, and exhibitors didn’t know what sort of visitor they would be talking to. The Executive Hire Show is the only exhibition relevant to all hirers, and everyone in our industry should attend.

The timing of the event is also excellent, at the start of the year, so you can make purchases and plan for the new season. We will be taking a keen interest in all the stands, and we will be looking for some good deals on the day from exhibitors.

” 11 Chris Nicholls, “

Marketing Executive, A-Plant

I go to the Show with several colleagues. There are so many suppliers there that we deal with. We can see them all in one day, in one place. It’s also great to meet people that we speak to regularly on the phone, and to put faces to names.

The exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to see first- hand products that you have heard about, and to really understand them in greater depth, especially if there have been any enhancements or modifications. It’s also a great chance to see what’s new.

” “

Alan and Shirley Prince, Owners, Prince Plant, Bodham, Norfolk

13 We have not been to the Executive Hire Show before - we always went to SED to

see the latest products. However, we are pleased to see that the leading brands we buy will be represented at the Show, which will provide a good opportunity to see them all in one place in 2011. We are a family business and we do not change brands unless we have real

problems with machine reliability or back-up. Our long established non-op plant hire fleet includes Atlas Copco compressors, Bomag vibrating rollers, JCB hydraulic power packs, Kubota micro excavators, Thwaites dumpers and Volvo mini excavators. We have been selectively buying new machines and disposing of older units in order to maintain a modern fleet sized to serve the current requirements of our loyal customers in north Norfolk.


10 Matt Dolan “

(left) with Jem Butler, Directors, Alpine Hire, Warrington

One of the big benefits of going to the Show is that it allows you to put faces to names of people you deal with regularly over the phone. As a result,

you get to know them better and this helps strengthen business relationships. You also get to see the very latest products and ideas. At last year’s Show we bought a long wheelbase Ford Transit vehicle from

Gordons Ford. In fact, we actually purchased the vehicle that was displayed outside the main Ricoh Arena entrance. We had read about it in EHN and the Show enabled us to inspect it closely. It has proved excellent because it is purpose-built for hire, enabling you to safely and securely transport everything from tools and equipment, to gas bottles and fence panels. We are always on the lookout for new products that can open up opportunities. We know our customers and their needs, and when we go to the Show we aim to spot equipment that we know we will be able to make a market for.

” 12 Andy

Earll, MD, Ace Line Plant, Rugeley

“ I have been to

most of the previous Executive Hire

Shows, and on each occasion I have come away having gained something. Last year I bought a

JCB 8018 mini excavator and this year I am considering replacing some other machines in the fleet. I will also be looking at Thwaites site dumpers. We currently offer models up to 1.5 tonne, but as we now operate a 7.5 tonne plant lorry, we can deliver a package of a mini plus an appropriate dumper, and I am considering adding a 3 tonne machine. I would encourage all hirers to go to the Show, because it’s vital to keep abreast of everything that’s happening in our industry, and to see what’s new.


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