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Lynch brothers take on the triple crown of physical challenges!

Every year Merrill, Rob and Darren Lynch, of Lynch Plant Hire, challenge themselves to a ‘brothers Lighthouse Day’ to raise money for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, the charity that provides financial and welfare support to those who are suffering long term injury or illness within the construction sector.

And it seems that each year, the challenges are getting more and more physical and the training regimes more gruelling.

Last year the three brothers conquered the Yorkshire three peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and   Ingleborough raising over £3,000 for the Lighthouse Club charity.

The previous year saw them complete a 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge. Billed as the world’s most difficult obstacle race, they made it to the finishing post looking very muddy in just 3 hours and 25 minutes raising £5,000.

But this year sees the trio take to the capital for the ultimate physical challenge when they compete in the London marathon on 22nd April this year. 

Training is well underway and the competitive streak is already beginning to show, even though Merrill Lynch admitted at the Lighthouse Christmas annual lunch, “that he was a ‘little bit’ behind in training compared to his brothers”.

Merrill added, “Training for a marathon requires a lot of time, dedication and mind over matter. But as brothers, we motivate each other to keep going, especially knowing that we are raising money for such a great cause. As a company and as individuals we have been long term supporters of the Lighthouse Club Charity and it is an amazing feeling to support our construction colleagues through difficult times. We enjoy the challenges and each year they seem to get more and more ambitious, but I think we’ll get the marathon completed before we think about next year!”

As well as raising vital funds for those in need in the construction industry, Merrill, Rob and Darren dedicate their achievements to their late mother Celia Lynch who was a Director of Lynch Plant for 30 years.

Gravesend employee celebrates 15-year milestone

An employee from Gravesend groundwork and materials supplier Rudridge has celebrated 15 years at the company.

Yard sales assistant Chris Yates, who joined the business in 2003, was presented with the company’s long service award and certificate by Regional Director Clive Summerfield.

Chris said:

“I can honestly say I have enjoyed every moment of working at Rudridge. We have quite a few members of staff who have completed 10 to 15 years’ service and beyond, which is testament to what a great place this is to work. I am looking forward to being here for plenty more years to come.”

Clive praised Chris for his dedication and hard work. He said:  

“Chris is outside in all weathers helping customers, and always has a smile on his face. He is a perfect example of the dedication and commitment of our team, which always strives to deliver the very best service.”

Branch Manager, Craig Lyons, also marks his five-year anniversary at the company and commented:

“We want to thank Chris for his loyalty and positivity. I’m equally pleased to be celebrating five years with Rudridge, working with an incredible group of people. Our team is the key to the success of the branch, so taking the opportunity to celebrate each individual achievement is very important to us.”

CEA will partner again with Primary and Secondary Engineer

The CEA (Construction Equipment Association) has for a second year teamed up with educational organisation Primary Engineer to work with primary and secondary schools in the Leicestershire area.  The catchment area has been widened this year to include schools in Coventry - the schools will work on exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) vehicle and fluid power engineering projects.

The first event CEA and Primary Engineer collaborated on was held at last year’s Plantworx exhibition and it was a resounding success! Local schools worked on their projects throughout the year following training sessions with the Primary Engineer teams.  The school children, along with their teachers, then brought their projects along to Plantworx for the ‘Celebration Event’ where their vehicles and fluid power models were scrutinized by judges.

Judges included engineers from Caterpillar, JCB and Perkins, who volunteered for the role, and from other sponsor companies including AMI, Bomag, BSP Foundations, GKD, Gomaco, Datatag, Marubeni Komatsu, Nylacast, Point of Rental and TriMark.  

The CEA and Plantworx team had very positive feedback from the schools involved and many said that if this event was run each year – it would automatically be added to the school curriculum. This initiative forms part of the CEA Skills Council programme - all part of the drive to engage young people in STEM projects as a means of inspiring careers in the sector. 

JCB’s Apprentice Programme Advisor, Chris Morris, attended the 2017 celebration event at Plantworx he said, “The JCB Engineering Talent Programme would like to thank Plantworx, the CEA and Primary Engineer for inviting us along to the Primary and Secondary Engineering Award. 

The day was thoroughly enjoyable, and it was great to see the young budding engineers in action. We brought along the Apprentice Built Loadall which was manufactured and built entirely by 68 JCB engineering apprentices at our World Headquarters in Staffordshire. This made such an impact with the students and the advice given by our apprentices will hopefully help inspire them into a career in engineering. Some of the thought and hard work that went into the projects was fantastic and it was great to see the smiles on each of the student’s face during the trials.” 

Mr Morris concluded, “As we know, the UK is heavily short of engineers and Primary Engineer is doing a fantastic job in helping to promote engineering through school engagement, by setting tasks and importantly, making it enjoyable. It was an excellent achievement by all. Keep up the good work!”

About Primary Engineer and The Universe of Engineering.

Primary Engineer has been working with teachers to address the fundamental issue of a lack of engineers and the wider perception of engineering since 2005. It is a not-for-profit organisation instigated through seed-corn funding from the then Department of Trade and Industry. It has grown over the last decade to deliver teacher training to over 1000 teachers annually, bringing the programme, in the classroom, to over 33 000 new pupils, establishing itself as part of the curriculum in thousands of schools across the UK.

The research demonstrates that primary teachers find STEM subjects more difficult to teach, this lack of skills increases the disengagement of pupils with these subjects from a very early age.  Primary Engineer has addressed this issue by providing teachers with practical skills and academic knowledge to subtly apply and embed the theoretical into the practical, effectively ‘STEM by Stealth’. The impact on the teaching professionals and their pupils which has been reported anecdotally in numerous schools, Ofsted reports and evaluations from Engineering UK’s Tomorrows’ Engineers programme which funded some of Primary Engineers engagement with schools have also demonstrated significant impact on learning outcomes and experiences.

Over the last decade Primary Engineer has responded to the demand led by teachers and local companies expanding the programme from the first Primary Engineer training days delivered to primary teachers to a comprehensive suite of training and whole class activities.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for this years’ CEA and Primary Engineer project and the CEA would be delighted if CEA Members and associated companies would like to be involved.  Sponsorship is just £750.00 to support teacher training and materials.

All sponsor companies will be invited to be part of the judging panel at the ‘Celebration Event’, which will be held at the end of the 2018 academic year the WMG (Warwickshire Manufacturing Group) at the University of Warwick in Coventry.

DART Tool Group - New Regional Sales Manager

DART Tool Group - New Regional Sales Manager 

A very welcome addition to the DART Team is a new Regional Sales Manager for the South East region. Adie Walker has been in the industry for more than twenty years with a varied and rich background across numerous roles.

Adie worked in Harrison & Clough many years ago as a Regional Sales Manager then after a few years moved on to Milwaukee Power Tools, which provided him great exposure to the power tools industry and confirmed his ongoing love for ‘big boys toys’ as he calls them!

However, Adie says on his new position in DART ‘I love being this side of the industry - selling in to the merchant trade. It’s a real awakening for me to come back to it now – it’s where my passion lies. To be out on the road, selling products I love, for a company with such a great ethos is a fantastic opportunity’

When asked what attracted him to DART he says ‘I had followed the DART brand for the last ten years and could see they were a company that were going in the right direction – they are constantly moving forward and it’s obvious that they are always innovating. The new DART brand particularly caught my eye’

Adie certainly has plenty of energy and describes himself as optimistic, enthusiastic and happy.  His plan for his new role is to hit the ground running, with plans to visit the customers in his area as soon as possible – especially dormant accounts, as he sees immense potential in the region.

For any enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

The 12th annual Executive Hire Show – the UK rental event of the year.

The Executive Hire Show has become a hub for the hire industry and year on year the show increases in size and visitors to the event can always guarantee plenty of brand new products on display.

The 12th annual Executive Hire Show is taking place on 7th and 8th February 2018 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, UK. The team has reported that the show to-date is 99% sold out and many exhibitors have increased their stand size to accommodate more products – a sure sign that the Hire industry remains buoyant despite the uncertainty of what Brexit will bring.

New products are at the heart of the Executive Hire Show and it’s the place where visitors get to see new potential profits earners and take advantage of show only deals! There’s also the innovation trail where the most innovative products at the show are highlighted.

For the 2018 event visitors can expect to see “The Innovation Trail – Live!” where selected Innovation Trail products, which are considered to be particularly outstanding, will be exhibited on a specially branded stage area in Hall 2.

Each of the chosen “Innovation Trail – Live!” suppliers are given a dedicated 10-minute slot to present and explain their product to present and explain their product and to talk to the audience through the products innovative qualities. Paul Hutton, a radio, podcast and YouTube channel presenter, will be hosting “Innovation Trail – Live!” He’ll interview each company’s representative live on stage.

The EHS has become a magnet for hire industry professionals and each year its support grows as the biggest name suppliers to the UK hire industry commit to exhibit – the Show may only be a two-day event, but its reach and its influence continue throughout the hire industry throughout the year. With the onset of large –scale projects such as HS2 – the demand for rental equipment is predicted to be at a record high.

This year more than 180 companies have committed to the event amongst these more than 25 exhibitors are new to the 2018 show. New exhibitors include Astrak, Rentaload, Cautrac, AEM Spain, Scott Brothers, Southwire, Pladdet BV, Epiroc UK & Ireland, Contractors Plant Hire.

The 2018 exhibitor list is looking like a who’s who in the plant hire supply chain – with many of the ‘blue chip’ suppliers in the hire sector taking stands. These include A & Y Equipment, AL-KO Kober, Avant Techno UK, Bomag, Boss Cabins, C.Scope, Doosan, Ecovolve, GenQuip, Greenmech, HAE, Husqvarna, Ifor Williams, JCB Sales, Kubota, Leica, Mace Industries, Makita, Manitou, Niftyhill, Obart Pumps, Pramac UK, Ridge Tools, Shindaiwa, Thwaites, Topcon, Wilkinson Star, Yokota, Zenith and many more.

Many exhibitors offer ‘show only deals’, which makes the show an even better prospect for the visitors. 

Mackays of Cambridge have won the highly prestigious nationwide 'Real Deals' window competition for the second year running.

Mackays of Cambridge have won the highly prestigious nationwide 'Real Deals' window competition for the second year running.

Simon Bicknell The Marketing Director for Toolbank sponsors of the competition said: -

“Mackays created the best shop window displays amongst 2,000 retailers and merchants throughout UK & Ireland as judged by the marketing director of Real Deals for You and a team of industry experts”

Neil Mackay Joint Managing Director of Mackays of Cambridge said: -

We are thrilled to have our 'Real Deals' window display judged as the winner for the second year running.  The competition attracts fierce competition from all around the nation, so to win a second time is totally amazing." He added "We already have advanced plans in place to try and secure the 'Hat Trick' of wins next year."

Dickie Mackay, Mackays world famous mannequin sadly remained 'dumb' about the winning window.

To view the full Window Display please click on the following link - 


FMB wins public affairs award

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has won the ‘In-House Team of the Year’ at the Public Affairs Awards 2017 for its lobbying on behalf of small building firms.

The Public Affairs Awards recognise excellence in the field of public affairs and the announcement was made at a high-profile ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel in London on the evening of Thursday 14th December 2017. The FMB was shortlisted in two categories – ‘Trade body campaign of the year’ and ‘In-house team of the year’.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Effective public affairs isn’t about ministerial meetings or busy parliamentary receptions, it’s about securing results. The FMB prides itself on providing small local building firms with a strong voice and ensuring that their views are heard by policy makers. Over the past year, we have been particularly effective in terms of increasing the quality of construction apprenticeships in order to make vocational education more attractive and meaningful. We have also made huge strides in our aim to remove barriers to small house builders so that they can be empowered to build our way out of the housing crisis. To have these accomplishments recognised through the Public Affairs Awards is fantastic and will only serve to bolster the FMB as we continue to bang the drum for Britain’s Master Builders.”


Knowledge is power, and power is money. In support of its customers, Carl Kammerling International has improved its innovative web-based product training tool, Productwise, to help counter staff increase their knowledge of Carl Kammerling’s products and sell the ranges more effectively.

This free and easy to use on-line resource, available at, offers a round-the-clock, one-stop shop of information for staff to access at a time convenient to them, fitting in and around peak trading times. Users can dip in and out for specific queries or dedicate time to learning in detail about the C.K tools, C.K Magma, Kasp and Avit ranges under the Carl Kammerling umbrella.

Productwise features a range of modules from handsaws and padlocks to screwdrivers and tool storage, all of which provide in-depth details of the ranges, including the history and development, product features and benefits and details of the various products within each range.

At the end of each module users can choose to undertake a short assessment to help consolidate what they have learnt.

Recent improvements to the site see the addition of new modules focusing on Carl Kammerling’s latest innovative product releases, including the technologically advanced C.K MightyRods PRO, the C.K dextroVDE Slimline Screwdrivers and the C.K Magma Test Equipment Case.

Productwise now also features handy ‘how-to’ videos to visually guide users through the key features, benefits and application of a series of popular products.

Created to support customers with simple and effective training, Productwise will help to increase product knowledge and improve confidence amongst staff to ultimately encourage additional sales.

Charles Whitfield, New Product Development Manager, Carl Kammerling International, commented: “The Productwise website is a fast, free and convenient way of delivering full product training to our customers. This on-line resource is a valuable and cost effective means of reaching everyone at times to suit them.

“By providing details of our products, their application, features and benefits as an on-line reference tool, we hope to increase product knowledge amongst counter staff and encourage additional sales for our customers.

“Productwise is as an innovation in service that differentiates us from our competitors and truly reflects Carl Kammerling International’s growing position in the market place and the company’s forward thinking attitude to innovation. By evolving the way in which we provide details of our ranges, along with the on-going development of our offering, we are highlighting our continuous commitment to the support of our customers.”

For more information call Carl Kammerling International on 01758 704704 or visit

Wiha takes home German Brand Award 2018 & Focus Open Silver Award 2017

The Wiha magazine bit holder LiftUp 26one® has now garnered four design awards. In October 2017, both the German Brand Award 2018 and the Focus Open Silver 2017 went to the Black Forest hand tool manufacturer for this product innovation. Combining 26 different screw fastening types in a single tool, it conveniently provides the user with thirteen easy-to-remove double bits in its handle and bit holder. Its design offers a variety of advantages for users in trade and industry: this multitool not only helps users to save space and lighten loads when transporting tools, but also saves considerable time otherwise spent changing or searching for tools. Bits can be selected, removed and returned at the press of a button, bringing a true benefit in terms of increased efficiency and ergonomics. This Wiha innovation had already won the if DESIGN Award 2017 and red dot Award 2017 early this year.

The German Design Award is one of the world's most respected design competitions and imposes exacting standards when it comes to selecting award winners. Only those products and communication design services which clearly stand out from rivals due to their design quality are invited to enter the competition during the comprehensive nomination process. All jury members are renowned experts in their fields. The award ceremony will take place in February 2018.

Presented by the jury at the Design Center Baden Württemberg, the Focus Open Silver 2017 award provides an equally valid confirmation of product quality. The expert jury evaluates all the international entries based on criteria such as design quality, appeal, functionality, innovation content, ergonomics, interface design, usability and sustainability. "We regard this award and the declared aim of this competition – highlighting tendencies in design and uncovering totally new solutions – as a very clear recognition of our design and development work," says a pleased Ronny Lindskog, Marketing and Sales Director at Wiha Werkzeuge GmbH.


Health and well-being are among the key themes for A-Plant’s Safety Week 2017

Britain’s biggest plant, tool and equipment hire company is holding its annual Safety Week from November 20th-24th with a series of briefings, digital presentations and activities for A-Plant’s 3,600 colleagues located across the UK.

The five-day awareness campaign also features advice and expertise on how to prevent injuries in plant, tool and equipment repair and maintenance processes as well as the importance of driving safely.

From eating the right foods and exercising to getting a good night’s sleep and ensuring time for rest and relaxation, a mini guide entitled, ‘Your A-Plant Journey to Health and Well-Being’ has been produced to raise awareness about the importance of good mental and physical health.

There’s also advice and best practice guidance for colleagues working in repair and maintenance processes – which accounts for half of the workforce.

Hard-hitting information about the impact of driving when distracted by mobile phones, sat navs and music is also featured during the week alongside great driving safety tips everyone can all use in their personal life.

The themes complement A-Plant’s on-going Work Safe Home Safe campaign, which encourages teams to take personal responsibility for the way they work.

Douglas McLuckie, A-Plant's Director of Risk Management, said: “A-Plant’s commitment to health and safety extends to all parts of the business.

“This year’s Safety Week focuses on key themes that are extremely relevant to today’s workplace, in particular how good mental and physical health is fundamental for a happy life and a thriving work-life balance.

“Other important themes this year are about preventing injury among the teams carrying out the maintenance of our 200,000 items of plant, tools and equipment as well as asking everyone, including those responsible for our fleet of 2,300 commercial vehicles, to take responsibility for driving safely.

“A-Plant already has an excellent track record for its health and safety performance from a wide range of industry bodies and we are committed to continually setting new standards not only for our employees and our partners, but also to the industries in which we operate.”

More than 10 years ago A-Plant was among the first company of its kind to be SafeHire accredited and today it continues to meet the rigorous inspection standards set by Hire Association Europe (HAE) and Event Hire Association (EHA).

The company was named Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of The Year at the Hire Awards of Excellence 2017 organised by the HAE.

A-Plant has successfully retained its Whole Fleet Accreditation status under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS Gold) which drives best practice across the fleet industry.

This year, A-Plant has also received its sixth consecutive Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award at the Health and Safety Awards 2017.


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