Morris Site Machinery invests in young talent

LEADING manufacturer and distributor Morris Site Machinery has taken on two engineering apprentices as it looks to invest in and develop young talent.

The new apprentices will spend two days a week at its base in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton, gaining on-the-job experience. They will also study at college in Wolverhampton on a three-year course to work towards a Certificate of Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Managing director Allan Binstead said: “We are an established business that looks to the future. We want to give opportunities to young people to help set them on a career path and develop their potential. In Jacob and Sam we have promising candidates who are willing to learn and gain practical skills and experience; we wish them well.”

Jacob Davies, one of the apprentices said: “It’s a great opportunity for both of us. Morris Site Machinery have made us very welcome. We are learning so much already and enjoying the variety of work.”

The business is known for its SMC mobile lighting towers, which it sells worldwide, and for its range of other high-quality site equipment including generators, welders, pumps and pressure washers. It is also investing in its future production capacity with plans to move to a new purpose-built base on the i54 South Staffordshire high-tech business park.

Morris Site Machinery is part of Shrewsbury-based fifth-generation family business group Morris & Company which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz vans ‘hit the nail on the head’ for tools specialist

BRIGHTON Tools & Fixings knows all about premium-quality equipment – which explains why it is now running four new Mercedes-Benz vehicles supplied by local dealer Rossetts Commercials.

Three stylish Citan vans are allocated to Sales Representatives, who visit construction sites and other locations across much of East and West Sussex, and parts of Kent, to promote the company’s comprehensive range of power tools and manual tools, fixings and other site consumables.

The Citan is the smallest van ever to wear a three-pointed star, and offers exemplary comfort, practicality, reliability, and safety. It is also a big winner at the pumps. Packed with clever features, Brighton Tools & Fixings’ Long-bodied 109 CDI variants deliver outstanding economy in the combined cycle of up to 65.7 mpg, and CO2  emissions as low as 112 g/km.

The fourth vehicle, an X-Class pickup, is now the personal transport of managing director Matt Hyde. The imposingly styled four-door, five-seater combines robustness, functionality, strength and off-road performance, with the classical design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety characteristics of a true Mercedes-Benz.

A top-of-the-range X 350 d model, it is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel which delivers a muscular 258 hp and 555 Nm of torque over a wide engine speed range, and is paired with a 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Mr Hyde founded Brighton Tools & Fixings in 1991 with his father Arthur, who retired a decade ago but remains a director. The company, which operates from headquarters on the Centenary Industrial Estate, stocks a large range of power tools by some of the industry’s biggest names, together with laser and routing products, hand tools and consumables.

“The X-Class is exceptionally smooth to drive, with a refined and very well-equipped interior,” confirmed Mr Hyde, who also uses his pickup to visit sites, as well as to attend meetings with customers, and for general support purposes. “The substantial payload allowance of just under a tonne is useful too, as it means I can transport everything I need without having to worry about exceeding the weight limit.

“Our sales representatives are equally pleased with their new Citans. They were in car-derived vans previously, and the Citan represents a definite step-up in terms of prestige, comfort and all-round quality. It’s also a more practical vehicle in which to carry product samples, catalogues, literature, and the like.”

Equally important to Brighton Tools & Fixings is the Mercedes-Benz ServiceCare Plan arranged by Rossetts Commercials. As a truck and van specialist, the Dealer understands the importance of keeping businesses moving, so offers night-time vehicle maintenance and repair support.

Meanwhile, like all new vans sold through the official Mercedes-Benz Dealer network, the operator’s new Citans and X-Class are backed by three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, and came with MobiloVan cover, which includes free, 24-hour emergency roadside assistance.

“The back-up was a key factor behind our decision to switch to Mercedes-Benz,” confirmed Matt Hyde. “The business is going well and has been growing strongly, but we operate in a tough market. As an independent we have to differentiate ourselves from larger competitors by providing a higher level of service. That means our vehicles must be available for work when we need them, not laid up in a workshop.”

Rossetts Commercials took back the company’s three previous vans and its MD’s former pickup in part-exchange against its new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. “Van sales executive Martin Gearing was very attentive, and I was pleasantly surprised by the competitive cost of the package he put together,” recalled Mr Hyde.

“For less than I expected we’ve been able to upgrade to better vehicles that can only enhance our image in the eyes of established and prospective customers, and hold out the promise of proper, commercially-focused aftersales support.”

www.brightontools.co.uk

‘Tis the season to be jolly with the KNIPEX advent calendar

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and KNIPEX knows just how to give the festive season even more cheer! The pliers specialist is launching its fantastic advent calendar on 1 December - and there’s a prize to be won every day.

Just follow the KNIPEX Facebook or Instagram page to answer a question every day throughout December. All correct answers will go into a draw and a winner will be selected at random. There will be up to two prizes awarded each day which will include the KNIPEX Twistor16®, KNIPEX CoBolt, KNIPEX Cobra ®, Cable Shears, Diagonal Cutters and many more favourites. And the big prize, to be won on December 24, a KNIPEX Tool Case Big Basic Move, Electric.   

To be in with your chance to win, follow KNIPEX on Facebook and Instagram and answer the questions each day from 1 December.

The KNIPEX advent calendar is ready to make the festive season a very jolly one.

www.knipex.com

GAP’s gold excavator raises money for charity

THIS year marked 50 years of GAP Group, and the hire company has been celebrating this golden anniversary throughout 2019 in a number of ways, including being generously gifted a custom-painted gold excavator by Kubota.

GAP’s gold excavator, named “Goldie”, has played a prominent role in the festivities, initially being revealed for the first time at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow for the company’s annual sales conference, which was especially turned into a 50th anniversary celebration this year. Goldie also joined a team of GAP employees at the 2019 Plantworx showcase event, and now the excavator is being put to use to fundraise for charity. 

Goldie is being hired out to GAP’s customers and, for the first whole year, half of all hire revenue generated from the excavator will be donated to charity. To add to this, Kubota will match the amount donated by GAP each month, doubling the final total. The chosen charity is the Lighthouse Club – the Construction Industry Charity; the only charity that provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families, raising awareness of mental health in the workplace.

GAP is a long-time supporter of the Lighthouse Club, through which GAP promotes the Construction Industry Helpline to all staff. This is a confidential 24/7 helpline which offers assistance to all construction workers and their families seeking support in the UK and Ireland. The charity doesn’t receive any public funding and relies on the generosity of those within the industry to help them continue their important work.

GAP has always placed huge importance on raising funds for various charities for all kinds of causes and continues to do so. The fact that the Lighthouse Club gives such vital support to those so close to home for GAP has helped to establish the close relationship between the organisations and cement the huge amount of support the hire company gives to the charity.

Keep an eye out for GAP’s gold excavator and get in touch with GAP’s Peterborough Plant & Tools depot by phone (01733 555 516) or email ([email protected]) if you want the chance to hire out Goldie and help GAP raise money for a worthy cause.

www.gap-group.co.uk

100% British Made tools from HTL Group at ADIPEC 2019

ONCE again HTL Group is exhibiting at ADIPEC, the premier oil and gas event in Abu Dhabi. Located in the National Exhibition Center from the 11 to the 14 November, the HTL team will be showcasing their 100% British Made, ever-increasing product range of controlled bolting tools and equipment.

Today, the Middle East is where we have seen major investments with some of the world’s largest companies, like the Royal Dutch Shell and BP having important trading relationships in the region. It’s well documented that the Middle East has high levels of oil reserves accounting for 40% of the world's known oil. This makes the area globally dominating in the oil and gas industry.

The UK is one of the most open economies for exporting its goods and services with the Middle East region being one of the most important markets of today, therefore, it’s important for industries in the UK, connected to the oil and gas sector, to engage and network with trading partners.

Acknowledging this importance, HTL Group remains prominent in the industry by showcasing and networking at events regularly, with ADIPEC being an integral part of this activity. Located on the UK Pavilion in Hall 8, the HTL team are back for the third year running, providing live demonstrations of the brand-new asset management software iCalibrate 2.0 and showcasing their OEM range of controlled bolting premium tools. Included with this equipment is the Working at Height Product Range that provides customers with ultimate operator safety, preventing dropped objects, increasing efficiency and durability with tools such as the DSX Hydraulic Torque Wrench.

ADIPEC provides a platform for companies just like HTL Group, offering a chance to engage with other likeminded companies as well as sharing innovative industry knowledge. Most importantly to HTL, it’s gaining potential partnerships within the region and building a customer base that aims to improve their controlled bolting processes with innovatively manufactured torque wrenches and tensioners. 

For further information, visit HTL on Stand 8432, Hall 8 at ADIPEC or contact us before the event to arrange a meeting.

www.htlgroup.com/contact

 

Morris Property to develop prime i54 site for sister business

LEADING Midlands contractor Morris Property has been commissioned to build the new manufacturing plant for sister company Morris Site Machinery after planners gave the go-ahead for the £6million investment at i54.

Work starts on 11 November to deliver more than 60,000 sq ft of manufacturing and office space at the flagship site next to Jaguar Land Rover on the i54 South Staffordshire high-tech business park.

When the 12 months building programme is complete, it will enable Morris Site Machinery to relocate from its existing base at Four Ashes, Wolverhampton, three miles away to its own purpose-built base.

New images released show a distinctive building designed by DPS Architects to help the business to expand at this prime central location with well-connected communications links. The growing site machinery business is renowned for its SMC mobile lighting towers which it sells worldwide and for its range

of other high-quality site equipment including generators, welders, pumps and pressure washers.

James West, Chief Operating Officer for Morris Property, said: “We have a track record of building quality schemes at major Midlands business parks. We are proud to be awarded this contract for a project that will make a significant difference to a sister business and which will add to our parent company portfolio.”

Chris Morris, CEO of Morris Site Machinery, said: “This exciting development is in good hands and represents an important step in our ambitions to build a flagship premises which can grow with us. We’ll be able to retain our skilled workforce by remaining local and have plans to also create new jobs.”

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Harman Banger, speaking on behalf of the i54 South Staffordshire Partnership, said: “Our joint investment at i54 has secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and has brought thousands of jobs to the area, with half of employees living within a ten-mile radius.

“We are delighted work has started this month on the new Morris Site Machinery development, which illustrates that demand from potential investors in a number of sectors for more accommodation is high, and the western extension of i54 will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

Morris Property and Morris Site Machinery are part of Shrewsbury-based fifth-generation family business group Morris & Company which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

The property construction arm works in property investment and management, new build residential and commercial developments as well as restoration schemes.  The site machinery business made the 2018 Sunday Times International Track 200 for Export in both 2018 and 2019 which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Hirebase's “Two-wheel challenge” raises over £17k for cancer research

ALMOST 50 people from Hirebase and Buildbase branches covered more than 1,000 miles for the companies’ chosen charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

The Hirebase “Two-wheel challenge” allowed teams of staff to choose any two-wheeled vehicle to complete 17 stages between Hirebase’s mostly northerly branch in Shetland to its most southerly in Exmouth.

By the time the final stage was completed, the intrepid fundraisers had raised £17,595 for CRUK’s work with prostate cancer.

Among the most notable performances of the challenge was Falkirk’s Buildbase manager, Steven Clark, cycling a 94 mile-stage alone.

Rick Bauer, sales and commercial director at Hirebase, said: “On the final stage of the challenge, we even paid a visit to the Cancer Research shop in Exmouth and there was quite a welcome party.

“Whether the weather was beautiful or raining, windy and cold, the teams were determined to complete the challenge and add to the money already raised for our charity.”

www.hirebase.uk

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

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

Morris Site Machinery makes key appointment

LEADING manufacturer and distributor Morris Site Machinery has appointed Keith Godfrey to the new role of Key Accounts Manager to strengthen links with customers throughout the UK.

Focusing on large, multiple national hire companies and other key customers, he will promote its range of innovative equipment from lighting towers to generators, welders, pumps and pressure washers to show how it can benefit their businesses.

Keith, said: “I’m excited about the challenge and pleased to join a long established family company with a deserved reputation for quality products and customer service. I’m looking forward to getting to know existing customers, developing new ones and building on contacts I have made in the industry.”

Before joining Morris Site Machinery Keith held a similar role with professional cleaning equipment company Karcher UK Ltd, running accounts in the hire and industry sectors.

Keith said: “From my base in Oxford, I will travel around the UK to keep customers up to date on the range of equipment we offer that is built to perform and designed to meet their business needs.

“We are a trusted supplier to major national and independent hire companies, along with rail, events and welding industries and are committed to giving 360 degree support and service. My role underlines the importance we place on delivering the best for our customers.”

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 the hire industry across a range of sectors. 

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

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