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4 Executive News Keep up with the latest developments, including Boels adds Already, more support vehicles for Dromad, GAP launches e-commerce, D & S Plant Services makes a Splash, HSC strengthens sales team, and Show generates YHC order for MHM.


12 Linacre looks forward Linacre Hire of St. Helens is broadening its operation. Alan Guthrie reports.


15 Meeting megatrends Atlas Copco is focusing on challenges posed by a changing world environment.


16 Electric avenue An electric mini excavator was one of the new machines that whetted Nick Johnson’s appetite at JCB’s recent product launch.


21 Powerful performers Didcot Plant continues to expand to meet growing local demand. Alan Guthrie reports.


26 Stars of digital marketing Matthew Julier discovers how PPC Stars helps hirers use the power of the Internet.


29 Supporting role EHN reports on a new adjustable prop developed for the hire industry.


APRIL/MAY 2018


31 Quick Impact Alan Guthrie visits a new tool and equipment hirer that has opened in Leeds.


32 HITs from HAE An online assessment is now part of HAE’s supplier membership process.


35 Social responsibility Adam Bernstein suggests the use of social media needs careful management.


37 Entry-level Engcon Braving snow and ice, Nick Johnson tests a new tiltrotator system.


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3 Executive Hire Forum Busy hirers are grasping new opportunities and embracing additional challenges.


11 Market Watch EHN’s financial analyst, Nick Spoliar, assesses the outlook for our industry in Q2.


48 Spirit of Crosshire Rental Rate Roy encounters the Blue-Rinsed Dragon.


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38 Positive steps We report on the impact of the new standard for podiums, as well as the continuing demand for low-level access solutions.


40 Opportunities within reach Alan Guthrie visits Snorkel’s impressive Tyneside factory and discovers why more hirers are adding the manufacturer’s access machinery.


43 Latest products


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