Show generates YHC order for MHM

Exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show led to a significant order for MHM Plant from Yeovil-based YHC Hire Solutions. The hirer’s Operations Director, Jim Patch, said, “We always attend

the Show with the intent to make purchases for our hire fleet. There are often Show ‘exclusives’ and it gives us the opportunity to meet suppliers face-to-face. We placed a sizeable order with MHM Plant for a line of their generators and, in particular, their larger ‘rental spec’ sets for our burgeoning event hire division.”

The new additions include

20kVA, 35kVA and 45kVA super-silenced, multi-voltage machines incorporating an MHM-Gen engine protection system with automatic shutdown. YHC also purchased a number of 3kVA petrol generators at the Show for general construction use. MHM’s MD Mat Llewellyn said the Show was one of the company’s

most successful exhibitions to date, leading to orders worth approximately £100,000.

HSC strengthens sales team

HSC (Hire Supply Co) has appointed Steve Watkinson and Joe Cornwall as Area Sales Managers covering the Midlands and South East of England respectively. Steve will be based at HSC’s head office in Nottingham, while Joe will work from the company’s new London premises in Staples Corner. HSC also recently appointed Robert Thomson as Area Sales Manager for Scotland and the

north of England, and all three have extensive experience selling into the tool hire industry. Steve McKenzie, Group Sales Manager, told EHN “We are thrilled to have Steve, Joe and

Robert on board. The experience they bring will be invaluable to HSC. Our strategy to achieve our 2023 mission - to be the market-leader in our industry - has always been to hire the best people out there and the appointment of Robert, Steve and Joe (pictured from left to right) is testament to that.”

Mark Stuart awarded MBE

Mark Stuart, Commercial Director of the recently established generator hire business, Stuart Energy, was recently awarded an MBE for services to industry and philanthropy. Mark was previously a Director of Wigan-

based Mather & Stuart, which was sold to A-Plant two years ago.

Hirers get attached to Boxball-Hitch

The Boxball-Hitch is a new product that can be fitted to any item of plant or equipment without tools, to facilitate towing. Inventor Alan Whitby told EHN it addresses problems faced by potential hirers who want to collect machinery or trailers but their vehicle only has

the usual ball lug, which is not suitable for an eyelet connection. The user selects the top-hat bush most suited to the internal

diameter of the eyelet and insert inverted, adding spacer shims as required to ensure a snug fit within the box jaw, and connects it with the drawbar pin. The hitch is aligned with the drawbar and then two side thumb screws are tightened to lock the hitch into place, with the drawbar being extended with a ball hitch connector. It can then be attached to the ball lug of the towing vehicle. The device is already to be found in the hire and sales fleets of

Scanlans Plant Hire and P.E.T. Hire, both based in Crewe. They report that it is helping customers who want to collect an item of plant, but do not have the correct towing arrangement. For details visit


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