MSM's new product line-up for Showman's Show

MORRIS Site Machinery is shining a light on its largest range of eco lighting towers at this year’s Showman’s Show, in line with the growing demand for ‘green’ machinery solutions. This year it will also be revealing some exciting new products, perfect for the events sector.

Making their Showman’s Show debut will be the SMC TL60 Solar Trolley, the SMC TL90 Evolve, the SMC SL60 Link and the Hilta Hyperwash. 

The SMC TL60 Solar Trolley is a 100% solar powered, easy deployable unit with zero noise and zero emissions. Designed to be manoeuvred by a single person, the TL60 Solar can fit 30 units onto a Euro Trailer – ideal for reducing the carbon footprint of transport and logistics.

Also new to the events sector, the SMC TL90 Evolve is set to be this year’s stand out model for the 25-year-old SMC brand. The ergonomic machine is easy to service, has a fuel efficient run time of 185 hours and can be fitted with three different lamp head options, including the six LED lamp head, which makes it the brightest lighting tower ever produced by SMC with 217,500 lumens.

Making its very first appearance, the SL60 Link lighting tower with its light weight, compact footprint, can run from either mains, another lighting tower or a generator – in fact a three phase generator can power 24 units.

The Hilta Hyperwash diesel pressure washer, with the latest Stage V engine, completes the new line-up. Its robust roll-cage and four large wheels make it easily manoeuvrable over tough terrain.  It can even be stacked, which allows 52 units in a 40ft container.

The machines feature on a distinctly ‘green’ themed stand, complete with a grass sofa and even a sunshine blimp ensuring show goers across the Newbury Showground can find the best destination for lighting and power.

Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, said: “Our design team are constantly innovating to ensure the MSM range is the best to market, refining and streamlining, creating compact, eco-friendly machines with the customer forefront of mind.

“Reducing environmental impact is on everyone’s agenda and we are proud to be able to stand with our customers to assist in their eco ambition.”

Morris Site Machinery is part of fifth-generation, family owned and run business group Morris & Company, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Morris Site Machinery can be found on Stand 156 Avenue B at the Showman’s Show.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Concern grows at construction issues in the Queen's Speech

NEW legislation regarding the implementation of building safety standards needs to be underpinned by a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies, said the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the Queen’s speech yesterday (Monday 14 October) as part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “The Queen’s announcement that the Government will bring forward new rigorous laws forcing compliance with building safety standards is an important and essential step in improving safety and confidence in our built environment. After the Grenfell fire tragedy it’s essential that we raise the bar in construction.

"However, the Government must go further still and publicly consult on a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies. This would serve to remove from the industry any firm that ignores health and safety procedure and risks safety in and around the built environment. Licensing would also remove rogue traders that bring the image of builders into disrepute, whether they are operating in the private domestic sector or in the supply chain on a large commercial site. We now await further details on this bill and whether it will have the teeth it needs to improve the construction sector.”

Meanwhile, others in the property industry noted with dismay a lock of focus on the sector in the Queen's Speech. Tom Gatzen, the co-founder of leading roomshare platform, ideal flatmate, commented: “It's disappointing to see that the state of the UK property market failed to make the cut for today’s speech. We’ve seen the high cost of property prices and a distinct lack of house-building result in many of us remaining resigned to the UK rental sector, while more and more us are forced to rely on shared accommodation to put a roof over our heads.

"Not only is this putting a huge strain on the rental space, but a lack of affordable and social rental options is also causing an increase in the number of people ending up on the streets. This is a major issue in today’s society and one that should come before education, infrastructure and many of the other areas of focus announced today.”

Marc von Grundherr, director of lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, commented: “It really is quite astonishing that despite the consistent doom and gloom that has surrounded the UK property market for some time now, yet another blind eye has been turned to the issues plaguing our property market. The Government’s monumental failure to build enough homes has resulted in a national housing crisis and this isn’t something we can shy away from and hope it goes away.

"While previous initiatives have stoked the fires of buyer demand and caused an even greater thirst for property, the actual delivery of housing stock to meet this demand has been woeful and perhaps this latest neglect of the issue is the Government admitting defeat?"

www.fmb.org.uk

British Safety Council calls on employers to safeguard their workforce’s mental health

ON the eve of World Mental Health Day, held on 10 October, the British Safety Council is calling on the government and businesses to invest in prevention to tackle mental ill-health at work.

Lawrence Waterman, chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “There is growing awareness of the scale of the mental health crisis. The facts are stark: one in three of us will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. Three out of five people have experienced mental health issues due to work (Business in the Community).

“For years this issue went unrecognised and undetected, and I welcome the fact that government is now taking action - and that more and more companies are developing mental health strategies to support the needs of their workforce.”

Mr Waterman went on to say: “We must continue to make progress, not least in how people see mental health and their role in dealing with it. Given the average person now spends a third of their adult life at work, we all have a part to play in safeguarding physical and mental health at work.

“Just as with physical health and safety, prevention is the best cure and the wisest investment. Changes that reduce stress, encourage early intervention and remove the mental health stigma deliver significant long-term benefits.”

The British Safety Council, which has been delivering mental health awareness training since 2017, has developed new courses to increase understanding of factors which play a key role in employee health and wellbeing, including sleep, nutrition and exercise. These modules, available from November 2019, include training options for those with limited time.

Demand for the courses has come from the British Safety Council’s members and students who have already undertaken mental health training and want to foster a culture in their own organisations that positively promotes employee wellbeing and mental health.

Working in partnership with the mental health charity Mates in Mind, the British Safety Council delivers several mental health training courses. These help people start and manage difficult conversations about mental health.

They include:

Start the Conversation – a 45-minute session that aims to get employees thinking about mental health and talking about it.

Manage the Conversation – a three-hour workshop for line managers to give them the skills and confidence to have conversations about mental health.

Mental Health First Aid – a two-day course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

There are also online resources: including Start the Conversation, which aims to get employees thinking about mental health and talking about it, Resilience, developed with elite sports professionals for building physical and emotional resilience, and Stress Awareness training for employees and managers.

www.britsafe.org

MHM Plant are ‘Highly Commended’ at the Green Supplier and Innovation Awards 2019

MHM PLANT, a leading supplier of solar-hybrid-generators for outside events, is celebrating being bestowed with ‘highly commended’ status in the Green Supplier and Innovation Awards 2019.

Although MHM just missed out on the top prize, the judges commented on “the positive sustainable changes that you are making with your business, products and services”.

The judge also commented that the quantity and quality of entries made it extremely difficult to shortlist just three companies so being commended is an achievement in itself.

As MHM received their award, Mat Llewellyn, MHM managing director said, “We have a team of designers and engineers that are working tirelessly to create a range of lighting sets and power generators that reduce and eventually eliminate the use of fossil fuels. We were delighted to have our efforts formally recognised. We are all looking forward to being at the show, where visitors can view our machinery first-hand. A warm welcome is guaranteed.”

The Green Supplier and Innovation Awards were coordinated by the organisers of the 2019 Showman’s Show set to be held on 16 and 17 October at the Newbury Showground. The Showman's Show is the UK's original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the festival, outdoor and special event industry.

MHM will be showcasing a wide range of innovative and ‘eco-friendly’ lighting and power generation machinery, including a solar powered tower light and two generators that are powered from non‐fossil initiated fuels.

MHM supplies their range of equipment throughout the UK and Ireland via its’ three depot network. The MHM Plant head office is based in Port Talbot, South Wales. The company offers three options: To purchase brand new or quality used and, exclusively for bone fide hire companies, MHM provides an extensive rehire service throughout the UK and Ireland.

www.mhmplant.com

Six of the best! Scotland’s Arvill Ltd takes up Trime’s X-ECO LED lighting towers

ARVILL Ltd, the Airdrie-based plant and tool hire firm, has ordered an initial six X-ECO LED lighting towers manufactured by the leading supplier of engine and hybrid powered LED site lighting, Trime UK.

The order was finalised between Arthur Shevill, Arvill’s managing director and Trime UK’s sales manager, Andrew Owen at the Executive Hire Show Roadshow held in Glasgow.

This is the first order from Arvill Ltd for the X-ECO LED sets.

Commenting on this order, Arthur said: “We were impressed with robust design of X-ECO LED and Andrew put up a strong case for its comparatively low whole life costs. Also, Trime having an experienced repair and maintenance support service based locally, helped to push us in the direction of the Trime sets.

“We are looking forward to integrating them into our hire fleet ready for when the clocks turn back and demand for site lighting increases.”

The X-ECO LED has a number of environmental qualities and safety aspects. The set is fitted with the AMOSS safety system, which automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected. The complete unit features an external emergency stop button, a fully bunded fuel tank, four height adjustable stabilisers and site levels for guidance during deployment. The energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 50,000 hours without replacement.

Established in 1985 by Arthur Shevill, Arvill Plant and Tool Hire is a family business and one of Scotland’s largest independent hire companies. Based in central Scotland they are ideally situated to service works throughout the country. With around 4,000 items in their hire fleet they provide a comprehensive service to local authorities, national rail contracts, large construction projects, small builders and DIY enthusiasts.

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the rail, off-shore, event, construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

www.arvillplantandtoolhire.co.uk

A-Plant opens state-of-the-art Manchester hub

THE UK’s leading plant, tool and equipment hire company has opened its biggest service centre to date in Chadderton, Manchester.

The state-of-the-art Manchester hub is situated in prime position in the North of England at J21 Business Park next to the M60. 

The flagship centre employs over 100 people and is home to the company’s specialist divisions which serves construction, utilities, infrastructure rail and FM industries across the North. 

The new hub also provides 60,000 sq.ft workshops and 18,000 sq.ft welfare, office and training facilities.

Andy Wright, Chief Operating Officer at A-Plant said: “The investment in our new Manchester hub will support our on-going growth whilst further enhancing the service that we offer to our customers across the North. Our new depot will allow us to serve our customers faster, and with multiple divisions housed in one hub we can also support our Manchester and North West trades more efficiently.

“No other hire company has the breadth and depth of products that we do and we are confident that our Manchester hub will provide us with the opportunity for continued growth whilst affirming our position as market leaders.”

Operating from the new hub are; A-Plant, A-Plant Rail, A-Plant Powered Access, Tool Hire Express, Astra Attachment Solutions, FLG Services and PSS Hire.

www.aplant.com

ERA appoints new customer support manager

ERA, the UK’s leading home security specialist, has appointed Sumier Foster-Shah as Customer Support Manager for Smartware.

Heading up a six-strong team of smartware experts, Sumier, who has over 20 years’ experience in delivering excellent customer service with high profile organisations such as Centrica, O2, Vodaphone, Talk Talk and Argos, provides exceptional aftercare to ERA’s smartware customers.

Sumier said: "The goal for my team is to deal with any smartware queries quickly and efficiently to a very high standard and to ensure that our customers are happy. Communication is the key for us, so we like to develop good working relationships with our customers.

"My role also encompasses delivering our Smartware Installer Training Programme, that ERA has developed specifically for locksmiths and other trades people who want to feel more confident with their own customers when installing our innovative smartware products."

Will Butler, Group Marketing & Innovation Director said: "Along with a passion for excellent customer service, Sumier brings a wealth of practical experience and dedication to the role. I am confident that, with Sumier’s contribution, our customers will greatly benefit from the work of the Smartware Support Team and in fact, we are already seeing some very positive reviews from installer’s via feedback, who feel supported by ERA if they have any issues or difficult questions from their own customers."

www.eraeverywhere.com

UK Construction Week unveils its latest surprises

WITH the final touches to next week’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) show now in place, the organisers are issuing a final reminder for visitor registrations.

Billed as construction’s largest industry event, the organisers are expecting more than 30,000 people at the show next week, from Tuesday to Thursday at the NEC in Birmingham.

Among the latest speakers to be confirmed, Lord Digby Jones, a cross bench peer in the House of Lords, former head of the CBI, developer, and lover of construction will be wading into the Brexit debate on day one, on Wednesday 9 October. He will be part of the session on ‘Brexit boom or bust? Industry Economic Forecast 2020’ on the main stage in Hall 12.

Also, on day two, the new construction minister Nadhim Zahawi MP is also set to make his first industry appearance. Advanced booking is being advised for both these events.

This year’s UKCW also promises some big numbers, including more than 300 expert speakers,150 hours of free CPD, a celebration of 98 industry role models, 500 exhibitors and new product launches, and more than 30 major new innovations on display in the Innovation Zone, from brick laying robots to crane simulators, from quieter and more efficient heat technologies to new software.

As part of a major focus on MMC (modern methods of construction), there are also full-scale builds at the show, a SIPS panel home, a factory-finished modular bathroom pod for the high-end hotel sector, ground breaking systems like Project Etopia, and offsite solutions for the education sector.

Nathan Garnett, event director at UKCW said: “UKCW opens in just a few days with a greater diversity of features than ever before, including innovation zones with over 50 brand new products from well-known brands and start-ups, a Wellbeing Information Zone, cycling and sporting challenges, an electric vehicle arcade, awards and construction summits, all on top of the trade show and major seminar programme you would expect.

“With Brexit drawing closer by the day, we also have packed the show full of practical advice on how to adapt and take the opportunities around over the coming months. It is well worth  a day of your time to see what you can learn from the event. It’s a place where business gets done, new contacts are made and the networking is fantastic. If you have yet to RSVP, it’s time to get your skates on.”

The usual printed show guide is being switched for an environmentally friendly app as part of UKCW‘s sustainability push. To help reduce single-use plastic, free water fountains will be installed around the show and 3,000 reusable bottles will be made available to visitors. And to offset the carbon footprint of the show, UKCW is planting 2,500 trees.

UKCW is one event with many sections, including Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only). Single registration gives free access to all areas of the show. Pre-booking is also strongly recommended for the extensive seminars and CPD programme.

Last minute tickets are still available via the website www.ukconstructionweek.com

CEA announce new recruit to the CESAR network team

THE Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced the appointment of Clive Harris as a consultant to help deliver the new specialist police unit to combat construction and agricultural equipment crime.

He was formerly the Agricultural Vehicle Specialist for leading insurers NFU Mutual and an insurer representative on the CESAR Review Committee which supervised the work of the successful official plant marking and registration scheme, CESAR.

CEA Chief Executive, Rob Oliver welcomed the appointment; “We have worked with Clive for some years over which time he has been the source of excellent advice and support on plant theft and insurer issues. The opportunity for him to join “Team CEA” was too good to miss. He will help manage the relationship between the insurance sector, the police and other stakeholders in relation to the CESAR programme.

"This comes at an important time in the run-up to the creation of a new police resource to build on the work of the old PANIU organisation which suspended operations earlier this year.”     

Stephen Howarth, AEA Economist also commented on Clive’s new role: “Clive has an unparalleled knowledge and experience of the issues around security and theft of machinery and of the partnership between the industry and the police to minimise the risks. I can’t think of a better person to take on this role, which should ensure that the new police unit will make an effective contribution to reducing the impact of rural crime.”

Clive Harris added: “I am delighted at having been given the opportunity to continue working with the CEA, AEA and all CESAR stakeholders to make a positive contribution.

"We live in a world of constant change and the suspension of PANIU was disappointing. However, I am confident that the current work going on behind the scenes will create a very strong successor to challenge plant, construction and qgricultural vehicle theft, taking it to the next level through stronger alliances.”

Keith Dolbear, Chair of the CEA’s CESAR Review Committee confirmed, “Whilst the details concerning the formation of a new dedicated police unit are being worked through, the industry can continue to call on the expertise of the CESAR team. This includes the 24/7 “hotline” and the continuing links with police forces up and down the country. Support for the CESAR scheme and its growing number of applications has never been stronger."

www.thecea.org.uk

GAP Event Services celebrating at The Showman’s Show 2019

GAP Hire Solutions, the UK’s largest independent equipment rental company, has been commemorating its 50th anniversary throughout the year, and the company’s award-winning Events Services team are continuing the celebration at this year’s Showman’s Show 2019.

Not only are GAP’s Events team celebrating the Group’s 50th birthday, but 2019 also marks five years since the Event Services division was formed and officially launched at 2014’s edition of the show.

The Showman’s Show 2019 is being held at Newbury Showground in Berkshire on 16 and 17 October and GAP’s Events Services team will be at Stand 180 on Avenue C. The annual event is a complete exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the outdoor, festival and special events industries, attracting an average of 4,500 visitors. This will give GAP’s specialist team the opportunity to showcase their product and service offering and reach key players and markets.

GAP’s Event division offers full installation services and 24/7 access to specialist project management resources for event organisers across the UK. From February 2019 to the end of August 2019 the team supplied to and supported 310 events, with 144 of them taking place in the month of August alone. There are numerous and various types of events GAP’s team can and have supplied for including marathons and other sporting events, concerts and festivals.

GAP was awarded the contract to supply all fencing and barriers for the European Championships in Glasgow 2018. Read their case study on the event here.

This year GAP’s stand will have an emphasis on introducing their newest product, front of stage barriers; a heavy duty, temporary barrier system ideal for high-level crowd control. The cost-effective system has most recently been hired from GAP by productions such as Cotton Clouds Festival in Greater Manchester and Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire for the British Moto GP as pictured below.

GAP is constantly releasing and updating new products and services meaning the Events team will showcase a broad range of equipment available for hire including fencing, barriers, ground protection, two-way radios, toilets, plant, tower lights and GPS & GNSS systems.

Daimon Dunhue, Head of GAP’s Events division, commented: “We are very excited to be celebrating the Event division’s fifth birthday as well as GAP’s 50th anniversary at The Showman’s Show next month. We have been inundated with work since our launch as customers trust the GAP name and know that we have the backing of our other divisions and the experience and expertise to deliver to their exact event specifications.

“Our ever-growing team is continuing to go from strength to strength, especially after our SafeHire Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year accolade at the Hire Awards of Excellence in April 2019.”

GAP’s specialist Events team will be available for any questions or enquiries at Stand 180, Avenue C on both the 16 and 17 October so come along and celebrate with GAP Event Services and find out what the team can do for all your event needs.

Register for your free ticket here.

www.gap-group.co.uk

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