Trime complete the acquisition of DOA Srl

TRIME, a company specialising in the design and production of mobile light towers and associated equipment for the construction and event markets, have announced the completion of the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of DOA Srl.

DOA Srl is a well-established company currently active in the marketing of power generation machinery and hydraulic tools. They are based in Novedrate, 30 km north of Milan. The DOA management teams will continue support the company during the integrating phase with Trime in order to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

This latest acquisition is part of Trime’s strategic industrial plan. This programme includes both internal development of the Trime Group whilst pursuing similar opportunities to acquire like-minded companies with complementary product portfolios.

Mr.Andrea Fontanella, President of Trime, who leads the company together with the CEO Mr.Paolo Tacconi said: "We are delighted to welcome DOA to the Trime Group; this acquisition represents a fundamental step in our strategy to grow international markets. From today, customers around the world will be able to benefit from an even broader range of products, in addition to our range of equipment which is currently based around mobile light towers and generators”.

DOA shareholders added, "The transaction with Trime is the natural step for our company to develop a greater range of products and a wider distribution platform especially to the global rental markets".

The Trime Group is headquartered in Cassinetta di Lugagnano, near Milan, Italy. The company manufactures a wide range of sustainable lighting towers for the use on outside events, construction, rail and highway projects. Trime equipment is distributed worldwide through a line of dedicated dealers and distributors.

www.trimeuk.com

Bradfords invests in future local tradespeople

BRADFORDS Building Supplies, the oldest builders’ merchants in the UK and number one builders’ merchant in the South West are providing apprentices from award winning  housing association, Aster Group with tool kits to help them kick start their careers.

Seven apprentices visited Bradfords Blandford branch on 5 December to collect their Stanley Babushka toolboxes which are each worth £1000.

Carpentry and plumbing apprentices, Will Green, Liam Gale, Karl Jackson, James Hodge, Tyler Baker, Alex Sanchez, Billy McNeilly joined Aster in the Autumn of 2019 and are part of the Dorset Response East and West teams.

David Cooke, Partnership Director, Bradfords Building Supplies commented: “As an independent and family owned business with 700 staff and 55,000 customers, we take our commitment to the communities where our 42 branches are based very seriously. Working with organisations like Aster helps Bradfords to deliver on its own social value commitments. We hope the tools, provided by Bradfords will help each apprentice at the start of a rewarding career with Aster.”

Neil Shardlow, Aster head of operations, South said, “Our apprenticeship programme is an important part of our ongoing work to support the next generation of skilled trades to ensure our homes are good quality, well maintained and safe. This year we invested a record £52.5 million into repairing and maintaining our homes across the South and South West of England and this group of young people will help us to continue that delivery into the future. It’s great to see Bradfords working with us to support them.”

Bradfords, who are celebrating their 250th anniversary in 2020, have been providing building materials to developer and ethical landlord, Aster Group, since 2016. Bradford’s Partnership Team was formed to provide, innovative, customer focused solutions to Housing Providers and is an important and growing part of Bradfords business model.

Bradfords is committed to apprenticeships and currently has eight apprentices on its award-winning programme. Six apprentices from previous cohorts have entered full time employment with Bradfords.

www.bradfords.co.uk

Morris Site Machinery shines a light on innovation

ECO-aware Morris Site Machinery will spotlight its green credentials when it unveils an innovative new lighting tower alongside its world-class machinery range at the 2020 Executive Hire Show.

The UK’s number one manufacturer of mobile lighting towers plans to showcase a ground-breaking new hybrid product to meet growing demand from hirers for sustainable and reliable solutions that are better for the environment.

The new prototype will be displayed alongside the most recent addition to the SMC lighting range, the SMC SL60 Link  The six-metre-tall lighting tower can be powered from mains supply, another lighting tower, such as the SMC TL90 Evolve  or from a generator. A single Denyo Eventa 20 (20kVA three-phase generator) can power 24 SMC SL60 Link’s simultaneously using innovative daisy chain capabilities, producing an incredible 2.3 million lumens.

Morris Site Machinery will also be showcasing a new range of welders and generators at the show. The improved SMC Genpac generator range, from 6 to 200kVA, offers a reliable and robust solution for a wide range of power requirements. The SMC Weldpac 400 is the first large scale welder in the SMC range and has an impressive 3x 32A sockets delivering both three-phase and single-phase auxiliary power.

Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, said: “We are very excited to reveal our prototype hybrid model. Our skilled designers are known for their innovation and commitment to help the hire sector to reduce its environmental impact.

“They have designed a very special addition to our range of eco-friendly lighting towers which are super silent and energy efficient. We can’t give away too many details at present, but we are confident it will make a real impact.

“We are committed to supplying the brightest and best machines which deliver value and reliability for customers. We’re looking forward to demonstrating and reinforcing our green forward-thinking approach at the show.”

The company has been exhibiting at the show since the very first Executive Hire Show in 2007. It sees it as a key event to showcase their latest product ranges and provide an opportunity to meet existing and potential customers.

Morris Site Machinery is on Stand F30 at Executive Hire Show, 5 and 6 February, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Pramac-Generac appoints new sales manager

WITH demands for energy increasing and a flourishing construction market in Northern and Southern Ireland, Pramac-Generac UK is growing its customer support into the territory with the appointment of a dedicated sales manager, Gavin Myers.

With over 20 years’ experience working with premium brands including Bosch, Makita and Stihl, Gavin Myers has joined the company to strategically build market share for both the Pramac and Generac portfolios across hire, agriculture, construction, hardware and engineering.

Gavin is focused on driving visibility of the full range of products including portable and industrial power, materials handling and mobile solutions featuring lighting towers, wash racks and dust suppression units, in line with the brands’ global strategy.

The Irish construction market, currently worth €20.8 billion, continues to boom as the government drives and invests in its regional development and infrastructure plans under Project Ireland 2040.

Gavin said: “Ireland is undergoing significant growth and development which presents a prime opportunity for our plant solutions. Having sold to multiple channels in the Irish market, my diverse customer network will be an ideal fit to strategically grow our footprint and help Pramac and Generac develop long term customer relationships in Ireland.”

This latest appointment will ensure that partners and customers can now have access to Pramac and Generac’s robust and hardworking solutions portfolio with direct access to teams and service requirements.

David Oates, managing director at Pramac-Generac UK, said: “We extend a warm welcome to Gavin and we’re very excited about the opportunities this market represents for our full product portfolio.”

www.pramac.com

Screwfix announces roll out of stores across Ireland

SCREWFIX has officially opened in Ireland with the roll out of its first three stores ahead of Christmas, to support its strong online business Screwfix.ie.

Screwfix Sandyford and Swords have opened in Dublin with a Waterford store set to open this month, with more stores planned for next year. As part of Screwfix’s expansion plans, there is the potential for the business to open up to 40 stores over the coming years, creating over 400 employment opportunities in Ireland. The vacancies will be available in a variety of areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisor roles.

Each store will stock 10,000 products, from power tools and work wear to heating and electrical with 24,000 products available to order online and over the phone for delivery and collection from store.

With a heritage of over 40 years in the trade and DIY industry, Screwfix are excited to announce plans for bricks and mortar stores in the Irish market to complement its already successful online business.

On the back of a particularly buoyant period in the Construction industry, Screwfix stores will open every day to provide a vast selection of essentials for tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts. The stores will help busy tradespeople get their jobs done quickly and affordably, with a Click & Collect service allowing customers to order and collect stocked goods in as little as one minute. 

Speaking about the brand’s arrival into Ireland, Screwfix CEO, John Mewett, said: “We’re extremely excited to be launching Screwfix stores in Ireland to help tradespeople get their jobs done quickly, affordably and on time. The creation of bricks and mortar stores in Ireland is a major milestone for us and a direct result of the increasing demand from Irish tradespeople for our fantastic range of products.

"Our Irish customers are already committed to our Screwfix.ie website, but we know the convenience a Screwfix store provides their local town. Screwfix offers fast, high quality customer service and a large product range that allows tradespeople to get what they want, when they need it. We’re excited about the times ahead and look forward to welcoming customers to our new stores.”

Screwfix Ireland is part of Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, with over 1,300 stores in 9 countries in Europe, Russia and Turkey. The company plans to invest in the Irish market to ensure that both its trade and public customers alike receive the fast, efficient counter turnaround times and service the company has built its reputation on.

www.screwfixmedia.com

European cities commit to net zero buildings

ON Wednesday 4 December, leading European cities and companies pledged to slash carbon emissions from their buildings to net zero.

Helsinki, Finland and Valladolid, Spain have signed the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, alongside property sector leaders BuroHappold, Carbon Credentials, Deerns, Grimshaw Architects, Grosvenor Group, Newsec Finland and Ylva.

By signing the Commitment, the cities and companies pledge to reach net zero emissions for their own buildings by 2030, and cities pledge that all buildings in their cities will meet the target by 2050. Several signatories including Helsinki have announced their intention to get there even faster, with buildings playing a central role in the city’s goal to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2035, one of the world’s most ambitious city climate targets.

Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki, said: “Climate change is the most crucial challenge of our time and buildings are at the heart of the fight against it. The City of Helsinki is committed to taking very ambitious measures in its building stock to reduce heat consumption and increase the use of renewable energy. About 45 percent of Helsinki's emission reduction potential is related to buildings, so for us it’s the natural place to take climate action.”

Óscar Puente Santiago, Mayor of Valladolid, said: “The climate challenge is huge and Valladolid has demonstrated its ambition to improve citizens’ lives by improving our buildings. We are working on innovative energy efficiency projects in public and private buildings, retrofitting our buildings and using solar energy. Becoming the first city in Spain to sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment is a great opportunity to demonstrate what must be done.”

Valladolid has committed to releasing an ambitious new law next year to drive district heating and renewable energy in new buildings, and energy improvements in some 3,000 homes per year between 2020 and 2050. Net zero carbon will also become a precondition for buildings rented by the City Council from 2030.

Helsinki and Valladolid join 26 other leading cities across the world that have already signed the Commitment. This signal of increasing ambition from European cities gives an early boost to the ‘European Green Deal’; the upcoming European Union’s flagship strategy to establish the first-climate-neutral continent.

The commitments were unveiled today at a Brussels summit hosted by the BUILD UPON2 project. Bruno Sauer, CEO of GBC España the project coordinator, said: “As the COP25 climate negotiations open in Madrid this week, the partners of the BUILD UPON2 project are calling on public and private sector leaders to commit to decarbonising their building stock, and work with us to develop ambitious strategies to renovate and regenerate our buildings.”

Private sector leaders are also stepping up to the challenge. Ylva, a major property owner in the Helsinki area is committing to net zero carbon in operations across all its buildings by 2025. Like the City of Helsinki, the company is also starting to tackle embodied carbon, a climate issue for construction that is on the rise.

Antti Kerppola, CEO, Ylva  said: “It’s our role to support Helsinki’s climate neutral city goals, and by joining the commitment we want to demonstrate that you can change the game if you set out an ambitious target and plan. Through this action we hope to inspire the 30,000 strong student community owners that our business interacts with every day.”

They are joined by Newsec Finland, a full service real estate business solutions provider for investors and building owners managing €15 billion in assets in Finland. Under the Commitment, all their occupied offices will be net zero carbon by 2030.

Grosvenor Group, one of the world's largest privately owned international property companies, has also signed the commitment. On top of taking property it directly manages - including some historic listed buildings - to net zero by 2030, the company is committed to work towards all buildings across its portfolio, directly and indirectly-managed, to be embodied and operational net zero carbon by 2050.

Grimshaw Architects is an architectural firm based in London, will achieve net zero carbon in their studios across the UK, Australia, Dubai and North America before 2030. They are also committed to designing net zero carbon buildings by 2030, and will work with the construction value chain to support this objective.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Deerns is an independent engineering firm which operates worldwide, committed to achieving zero operational carbon emissions in its own offices by 2025, and educating and influencing industry to make net zero carbon mainstream by delivering future-ready, carbon neutral designs.

BuroHappold Engineering, a UK based integrated engineering consultancy operating in 23 locations worldwide, is committing to net zero carbon in their own business operations by 2021, along with a pioneering target related to their design projects: all new build projects will be net zero carbon in operation by 2030, and all projects by 2050. Buro Happold also spearhead the recently launched ‘Engineers Declare’, a campaign calling on UK industry collaboration to drive rapidly towards zero carbon buildings.

Carbon Credentials is a professional services organisation that works with major corporations and real estate owners to reduce energy usage and manage sustainability impacts. In addition to reducing their own impacts, Carbon Credentials commits to enabling the transition to a zero carbon economy, and in 2019 impacted emissions reductions in excess of 40,000 tCO2e through work with clients.

For Ylva, Newsec, Grosvenor, Grimshaw Architects, Deerns and BuroHappold, joining the Commitment is a pathway to becoming members of EP100 – a global corporate leadership initiative for energy-smart companies, delivered by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy. It brings together energy-smart companies committed to using energy more productively, to lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and accelerate a clean economy. The Commitment’s inclusion of energy efficiency as an essential component to a net zero carbon strategy supports the improvement of energy productivity.

www.worldgbc.org/build-upon

Morris Site Machinery’s new man in the North

AN experienced sales executive with an engineering background has joined leading manufacturer and distributor Morris Site Machinery.

Adrian Poole has been appointed Sales Executive for the North to sell its range of quality equipment from lighting towers to generators, welders, pumps and pressure washers, to hire companies and end users.

Based at his home in Littleborough, near Rochdale, Adrian will cover a patch from Cheshire to the Scottish borders. He said: “I started out as an engineer and have spent 25 years in sales. I wanted a new challenge where I would feel at home and could use all my experience. Joining this long- established family company is a really good fit and everything I thought it would be.”

Formerly Regional Sales Manager for Kidde Fire Systems, Adrian has sold fire protection systems for high value assets and has also worked with UK fire and rescue services, training firefighters in the use of fire pumps.

Adrian added: "I’m looking forward to renewing relationships with former contacts, meeting existing customers and building new business with the great products we have to offer.”

Morris Site Machinery is part of a fifth-generation family business group. It manufactures and supplies world leading site machinery brands and products to serve a range of sectors.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Executive Hire Show 2020 is over 90% sold

OVER 150 exhibitors, including 15 new companies, have committed to the 2020 Executive Hire Show, which is taking place at the Ricoh Arena Coventry from 5-6 February. This will be the 14th annual EHS and to date the event is over 90% sold, with only a handful of stands remaining for sale.

This year’s event attracted 1,872 relevant hire industry visitors, which was up on last year’s figures - more importantly for exhibitors, 86% of the hire industry visitors were from independent operations, re-confirming the pivotal role of local and regional hirers in the on-going success of the show. This also demonstrates the show’s continued ability to attract relevant, quality hire executives.

There also looks set to be plenty of new machines and products on display for visitors. Early indications of the product launches planned for the show suggest that suppliers are working to help improve efficiency, safety, and productivity for hirers. With Brexit still looming the 2020 event will enable hirers to explore new revenue opportunities, do deals and build a positive future.

Newcomers making their show débuts

This year the show is set to welcome 15 new exhibitors, which include Pop Up Products, Northwest Radio Communications, Globestock Safety Equipment, AJ Power and Milwaukee. The Executive Hire Show organisers spoke to a few of the new exhibitors and asked why they have chosen to exhibit at the show for the first time in its 14-year history.

Pop Up Products is an independent British company providing low-level access equipment. Ben Sly, national account manager at Pop Up Products said: “The Hire Show is a fantastic platform for us to be able to showcase our brand and range of products to engage with new and existing customers to improve their access product offering.

“Over the last few years it has been a tough industry and we believe that the corner has been turned. With this in mind, we are looking to invest in new innovative products along with improving our current range, so customer input is essential for this. Along with customers ‘hopefully’ placing orders during the event!”

Access platform specialist, Cumberland Platforms is also new to the event. Anna Ramsden frmo Cumberland Platforms Ltd said: “We have chosen to exhibit at The Executive Hire Show as we are looking to target the Hire and rental market with a full range of innovations. These include very compact, fully electric access equipment up to 7t van mounted equipment. CPL feels that The Hire Show is a great place to not only meet potential new customers but to also demonstrate some of the range we can offer.”

Rouse Services LLC is a leader in market intelligence for construction equipment. Rouse says that it delivers the most accurate information in the rental, construction, transportation, and material handling industries, enabling its customers to make better-informed business decisions.

To book last-minute stand at the show, contact sales manager Lee Westney at [email protected] or Tierney Elliot at [email protected]

The Executive Hire Show 2020 is taking place at its established home at the Ricoh Arena Coventry on 5th and 6th February. 

www.executivehireshow.co.uk

Snap election a 'major setback' for tool theft petition

AFTER attracting 32,000 signatures in just four weeks, the government has shut down an official petition to combat the shocking rise in tool theft.

The petition launched by Simply Business, the UK’s leading provider of small business insurance to over half a million SMEs, called for greater fines for those convicted of tool theft and tighter regulations on the selling of second-hand tools. 

Now, the digital broker has expressed its disappointment that the snap election is obstructing efforts to review and tackle the staggering increase in tool theft. 

It was growing at an average of 1,000 signatures a day and at one stage was the fastest growing Government petition in the whole UK, at a time when British politics has been dominated by the Brexit debate.

However, Parliament’s decision to call a General Election on Thursday, 12 December has seen purdah swing into action, thus pausing Simply Business’ efforts to reach the goal of 100,000 signatures which would see the issue debated in the House of Commons. The sudden dissolution of Parliament meant that all live petitions were suspended not to be reopened so a number of burgeoning campaigns had their growing momentum immediately stopped.

Simply Business’ campaign aimed to highlight the growing tool theft epidemic, which is destroying the livelihoods of tradespeople up and down the country. One in three (37%) tradespeople have had their tools stolen, costing victims over £3,000 on average, and leaving the vast majority unable to work. A staggering 84% of tradespeople also don’t believe the government is doing enough to prevent tool theft.

With all of the data suggesting the problem’s only getting worse – tool theft related insurance claims have increased 54% in the last two years alone – there’s little sign of the issue going away. 

Just seven days prior to the petition being taken down, the Government’s formal response to the petition reaching 10,000 signatures was to state it “has no plans to amend existing legislation” and “The Theft Act 1968 includes robust measures for dealing with crimes of theft and handling stolen goods, including tool theft.” 

Numerous petitions have been launched to combat tool theft in the last 10 years, each ending with close to 30,000 signatures and marked by a political response which wouldn’t commit to any action. Simply Business’ petition was designed to build a coalition of stakeholders who would come together to try and end the scourge of tool theft that blights British tradespeople once and fall.

An alarming 84% of tradespeople also don’t believe the government is doing enough to prevent tool theft. Just under two thirds (60%) surveyed believe there needs to be greater sentences for thieves, while more than half (55%) believe there should be greater fines for those convicted and half of tradespeople believe there should be greater funding for police.  

Bea Montoya, chief operating officer at Simply Business, commented: “The success of the stamp out tool theft petition within its first month reflects the significance of this widespread issue. With the frequency and cost of the crime on a continual rise, clearly there is a need to act. 84% of tradespeople feel the Government isn’t doing enough on this issue and at Simply Business we empathise with tradespeople.

“We’ve reached a stage in 2019 where a van is broken into every 23 minutes in the UK, with 1 in 3 tradespeople having had their tools stolen. For our customers in the trade, it’s far more than an inconvenience, the effects are devastating. Stolen tools removes their ability to earn a living.

“For the Government to state it has no plans to amend, or even review, 50-year-old legislation is a missed opportunity to find a solution to this growing crisis. How bad will things have to get before the Government acts?

“As we enter winter - the worst times of the year for tool theft - and with the upcoming general election, tradespeople simply cannot afford for this issue to once again slip down the political agenda. In the meantime, we will keep highlighting the facts related to this crime and continue sharing tips to prevent becoming a victim of tool theft, which is the least that our nation’s tradespeople deserve.”

www.simplybusiness.co.uk

Suppliers enjoy Meet the Buyer Day with Wilko

THE British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held another of its Meet The Buyer retail networking days with home and hardware retailer, Wilko and welcomed 55 suppliers to West Retford Hall in Nottinghamshire for over 100 appointments with members of the buying team.

Categories represented on the day included home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning and household, seasonal and craft. The event focussed on potential suppliers who could offer a wide variety of products as well as drop ship capabilities in the garden sector. 

Wilko, which now has over 400, mostly high street stores in the UK, positions itself as providing simple solutions to help families get their day-to-day lives sorted as quickly, easily and affordably as possible. 

Commenting on the day, BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones said, “The event was a great success with the Wilko team kept busy all day. We also had very good feedback from both BHETA members and non-members who reported on some very positive meetings.”

Neil Fairhurst of Wilko added, “This was a very productive format from our point of view, enabling us to engage with a large quantity of potential suppliers in a short space of time.”

Supplier companies participating in the event were allocated a 20-minute appointment time to present credentials and cover the features and benefits of the products they were offering, including cost price proposals.

More details of BHETA’s events programme, including other retailer networking opportunities can be found on the BHETA website

www.bheta.co.uk

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