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EXECUTIVE NEWS


HAT-TRICK FOR WHC


WHC Hire Services, which has its headquarters in Tewkesbury, has fulfilled its aim of achieving a hat-trick of depots in the Gloucester/Worcester region. Its third location was officially opened recently by former CBI Director General, Lord Digby Jones. Previously known as Cotswold


Tool & Plant Hire, the depot was purchased early last year following the owner’s retirement. It has since been refurbished and additional equipment has been added to the fleet. A separate PAT testing room has been installed and the showroom area has been expanded.


Record-breaking Fairfax performance


Fairfax Plant Hire has announced a record start to 2018, with 230 machines booked out in the first week. Hire Director Matthew Love said, “We completed the move to our new four-acre site in Selby in December, and our team pulled out all the stops to keep up with demand when sites started to open on Tuesday, 2 January. Between our Selby and Leeds depots, we delivered over 100 excavators and nearly 70 dumpers, with the balance made up of telescopic handlers and rollers, by Monday, 8 January. This is a substantial increase on 2017 and reflects the growth in our customer base.”


MD James Clutterbuck (pictured below, right, with Lord Digby Jones)


said the acquisition is the culmination of a three-year growth plan for WHC, whose Tewkesbury depot won the Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Award in 2013 in the Large Hire ‘Super Centre’ category for most impressive new outlet. Lord Digby Jones, who worked as Minister for State for UK Trade


and Investment from 2007-2008, originally opened the company’s second depot in Tewkesbury in 2012 and returned to cut the ribbon for the latest branch. “This business made a big impression on me five years ago and so I am thrilled to be back to celebrate the next stage of this company’s development,” he said. WHC, which opened its first depot in Worcester, celebrated its 20th


anniversary last year. The Chipping Norton facility’s team is headed by Operations Manager, Paul Collins, who has worked his way up through the ranks after starting his career at the Tewkesbury depot.


Project’s Nifty additions


Guernsey-based Project Hire & Sale has bought two new HR21 booms from Niftylift. Operations Director Matt Thoumine told EHN, “We have been choosing Niftylift as a powered access supplier since 2004. The big attraction is having a UK-based manufacturer that understands the demands of the UK market, with machines built to stand the rigours of our climate, especially in our ‘offshore’ location. We had no hesitation in choosing Niftylift for our new machines. “This, along with the excellent technical support we receive, made it an


easy decision.” Other recent additions to the Project fleet include Flex dry-wall sanders, Stihl petrol cut-off saws and Bomag plate compactors.


Hire Network Award shortlist finalised Development Director Mark Love added, “It is an excellent start


to the New Year and puts us well on the way to our target of growing the business substantially this year. We have already identified some of the additional plant we will be ordering.”


The West Thurrock depot of Generation Hire & Sale, which specialises in scaffolding and access equipment, and 727 Toolhire of Great Dunmow, complete the line-up of three companies shortlisted for the Hire Network Award. They Concord Lifting Equipment’s Barking location, which was nominated at the end of last year. The Winner of the Award, which recognises consistent excellent service at individual depot level, will be announced at the Executive Hire Show.


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