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Andy Parker (centre) of YHC Hire Services with his team pictured on the Hire Supply Co stand described the Show as:

excellent. We

arrived at 10am on the Wednesday and were surprised to find that it was 5pm and we hadn’t allowed nearly enough time to get around. The day went so quickly and we didn’t get a chance to get to half the stands we planned to visit. We went with a shopping list that we were prepared to

invest in and bought electrical equipment on the Hire Supply stand, floats and poker heads from Fairport, Belle plates, JCB hydraulic breakers, GreenMech chippers and Red Band tile, masonry and floor saws. For our new Survey Solutions division, we bought laser levels and cable detection equipment from Leica and, following our visit to Parker’s stand, we will be fitting out four of our branches with its Graft clothing merchandising units and racking.

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Thomas (second from right) and David Smith (left) of Smiths Equipment Hire are regular Show visitors. Having invested heavily in the opening of their new Manchester depot last year, they had no real intention of buying again at this year’s Show.

The Show is always a good opportunity to meet people and we had a number of productive meetings with suppliers and we expect to do business with several of them as the year progresses. However, as we were walking around, we were attracted to a couple of products that we run that had been improved and re-launched at the Show. A good example is the Arbortech AS170 brick and mortar saw. A local brickworks contractor wanted us to buy another unit for his use, but we were reluctant to do so because both the saws in our fleet had burnt out because they had been abused. We spotted the unit on the Addex Trading stand and were pleased that the company admitted to the failings of the older model and showed us the better and more powerful version. We bought the saw and our customer is happy, so the visit was definitely worth our while.

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Adrian Watts of Hirebase, pictured left on the Leach Lewis stand, had come to the Show to do business and was not disappointed.

Quite simply, the Show was fantastic. In fact, I think it was the best hire industry exhibition I have ever attended. There was a real buzz everywhere you went in the hall. We placed orders worth more than £1m. We bought 30 TB016 and 20 TB228 mini excavators from Takeuchi, and Leach Lewis had a special Show deal on 1.5 tonne Thwaites dumpers and we bought ten, along with some Kubota KX008-3 minis and Bomag rollers. We also purchased 60 compaction plates from Fairport. The Show is a great chance for hirers to gain from special deals, and we took the opportunity to sit down with our main suppliers and finalise our purchasing programme for 2011. I’ve already told two of our major suppliers, who weren’t exhibiting, that they simply have to be at the Show in 2012.

EHN spotted Award-winning (see page 25) Kentec Tool Hire’s Steve Booker and Lee Batson (centre) on the Youngman stand.

We purchased Youngman’s Boss AGR tower, which we have been considering for some time. Earlier advanced guardrail systems from some other suppliers were awkward to erect, and end users want products that are easy to use. We will initially use the tower for the training courses that we run, with a view to rolling it out through the hire fleet as interest grows. We also caught up with the latest developments from our software supplier,

MCS, PASMA’s latest initiatives, and we looked at workwear and safety gear from Parker and Tacklestore. There was a lot to see at the Show and the atmosphere was upbeat. And winning the Award was the icing on the cake.

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