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

The Hultafors Group acquires Custom LeatherCraft

THE Hultafors Group, which owns Snickers Workwear, has acquired Custom LeatherCraft (CLC).

The leading brand in the USA since 1983, CLC is North America’s premier designer, developer and marketer of ‘work gear’ for professional tradesmen and women. It’s a product range that includes softside tool carriers, nail bags, tool pouches plus personal protective equipment.

Custom LeatherCraft (which is more commonly known as CLC in the USA, and as the Kuny’s Leather brand in Canada) prides itself on developing high quality ‘work gear’ that combines innovative design and functionality as well as great value for money.

Peter Dumigan, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK said: “We are delighted with this acquisition given that the CLC ‘work gear’ range complements the Snickers Workwear, Hellberg Safety, Hultafors Tools, Solid Gear and Toe Guard safety footwear product portfolios perfectly." 

"We will now be able to offer the discerning tradesman and woman an even more extensive range of top quality premium brand products, ideally suited to the work they do on site."

www.goclc.com

Dickies celebrates a passion for the trades

GLOBAL workwear brand Dickies has launched a campaign celebrating the passion and skills of tradespeople who inspire others with their dedication and ingenuity.

Whether it’s the creativity of those who make a living with their hands or the dedication of tradespeople who are always looking for new ways to do what they do best, the initiative includes a series of videos featuring tradespeople from a range of disciplines. This includes a stonemason, carpenter, brewer, sign painter and vehicle painter and explores their work and what they love about it.

“Ever since Dickies was first established in 1922, we’ve been making clothing and footwear to support people who work in a wide variety of trades – creating goods as hard-working as they are,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director for Dickies.

“We know that across the trades we support, there are many people who are really passionate about their jobs and this campaign is a way to celebrate that. The people in our videos have an independent spirit, a strong focus and a love for their work that shines through. They feel privileged to do what they love every day and can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Dickies’ series of videos will be featured on the blog at: www.dickiesworkwear.com/uk/blog/


www.dickiesworkwear.com

MHM Plant are in the City

CITY Hire, the London-based hirer of a wide range of tools and equipment, are expanding their supply of power generation machinery following their recent investment of a line of 45kVA sets from MHM Plant.

Caspar Douglass, City Hire’s Marketing Executive explained: “We currently offer our clients a range of power generators from 3.0kVA to 20.0kVA. However, we were receiving a number of enquiries for larger sets, which prompted this latest investment.”

Caspar continued: “We chose the MHM sets over another leading brand principally because of their excellent service and past experience of MHM going the extra mile whenever there’s an issue.

“The MHM generators are good value for money and we’re pleased to strengthen our generator fleet through MHM."

The MHM ‘Ready to Rent’ 45.0kVA generators have a host of features and benefits that make them ideally suited for use on UK wide construction sites. These include; an engine protection shutdown system for guarding against low fuel, low oil pressure, high engine temperature and battery charge failure. The sets are also fitted with a three-way fuel valve that allows easy connection to an external fuel tank for longer operation. The emergency stop button is a requirement on any UK site and its’ fully bunded base is built to retain all spilt fluids, helping to eliminate the possibility of any ground contamination.

Caspar summed up by saying: “These sets have proven to be easy to maintain and operate. Their robust construction makes them a perfect fit for our hire fleet.”

www.cityhire.co.uk

The Preparation Group's 'How to Use' cards make operation easy

THE Preparation Group has introduced easy-to-read ‘How to Use’ cards onto its range of shotblasters, grinders, planers, scrapers, dust extractors and tools.

The cards have clear, step by step pictorial instructions and include QR codes that, when scanned with a mobile phone or tablet camera, take people directly to a video that shows switching the machine on, changing components and fitting accessories.

The company has spent the last few months producing a series of videos for its youtube channel that aim to simplify using its machines and highlight important Health and Safety features.

Said Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director: ‘The company has recently attained its SafeHire Certification for the third year running and Kate Walshaw, Group Hire Manager, re-elected as an HAE Supply Chain board member. Our marketing and technical personnel have been committed to leading the way in innovation and Health & Safety.

"The launch of our ‘How to’ initiative for The Preparation Group’s 110v equipment in the hire market has been a huge success and we have now rolled it out to all of our three-phase machines. As part of our commitment to provide quality surface and floor preparation products, we will continue to address key issues to ensure user confidence in a clean, safe operation and the health and safety of others where operations are being conducted.’

The full range of videos can be found on The Preparation Group’s youtube channel.

Below is an example video for the 265 Shotblaster.


www.thepreparationgroup.com

Illumin8 Lights power ahead with Trime’s hybrid lighting towers

SITE lighting specialists, Illumin8 Lights are making preparations to meet the increasing demand for more sustainable methods of lighting construction sites and rail projects.

To help satisfy these requirements Illumin8 has purchased a fleet of X-HYBRID LED lighting towers from Trime UK Limited.

Neil Fenwick, founder and managing director of Illumin8 said, “We are always seeking out the best sustainable and cost-effective solutions for our clients. The Trime X-HYBRID has a number of environmentally slanted features which brings benefits to our clients in terms of carbon emission reductions and lowering of fuel costs.”

“We have one of the newest and largest fleet of lighting towers which is perfectly equipped to supply construction sites, outside events, highway and rail projects. We believe that we are now one of the leading rental lighting suppliers across a broad range of industry,” added Neil.

As the name suggests, the Trime X-HYBRID lighting units are powered through an individually designed hybrid power supply system. This comprises of a series of rechargeable batteries backed-up by a small diesel engine. The combined system provides for extensive fuel savings and a corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions, making them ideally suited for night working and in urban environments.

In hybrid mode the X-HYBRID has an uninterrupted running time of up to 18 hours. The batteries are recharged in around eight to nine hours and diesel consumption can be as little as 0.17 litres per hour.

Illumin8’s hire fleet, which numbers over four hundred sets, consists entirely of Trime manufactured lighting towers.

Illumin8 Limited was founded in 2015; the company provides a bespoke service hiring mobile tower lights to both the event, rail and industrial markets. The Illumin8 management team combine over 40 years’ experience within the lighting industry. The company is based in Essex and a new northern depot is currently under development.

Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

www.illumin8lights.co.uk

Dormole invests in a new HR & Payroll system and powers ahead with growth plans

DORMOLE, one of the UK and Ireland’s fastest growing SMEs, is laying the foundations for future growth by undertaking a major overhaul of its HR and payroll processes in partnership with industry experts, MHR.

The family-owned Dormole group of companies which includes Toolbank, Forgefix, Faithfull, Olympia, Biz, Tucks O’Brien and Tucks Fasteners & Fixings, has invested in a single integrated HR, payroll and time & attendance system as part of a project to centralise its processes and embrace new digital ways of working to replace outdated systems.

The system will bring together MHR’s leading cloud-based HR and payroll solution iTrent with a time & attendance solution from workforce management specialists HFX, enabling the company to automate many repetitive tasks and simplify the management of its 1100 employees located across multiple sites.

The new system will enable Dormole to gain total transparency of its people and perform all tasks from a single source, which will reduce administration time and drive cost savings.

Seamless integration with HFX Time & Attendance enables employee data to be shared and flow directly between the two systems without the need for manual data entry, accelerating the payroll process and improving its accuracy.

Wendy Milne Bennett, group HR director at Dormole said: “Dormole remains a privately-owned and managed business committed to providing a first class, efficient and friendly service for our customers and suppliers delivered by our team who all work in a rewarding, secure and enjoyable environment.

 “As a result of our success and recent growth we have inherited multiple legacy payroll systems, and it was becoming increasingly clear to support our future growth plans we needed to consolidate all of our HR and payroll needs onto a single system and increase our digital functionality.

“iTrent’s functionality and proven integration with a market leading time and attendance solution will enable us to manage all of our payrolls in-house while automating the entire process which will reduce the number of potential errors associated with data duplication and manual entry.”

Anton Roe, CEO at MHR commented: “We are delighted to support a successful and ambitious family company as it looks to bring its people processes right up to date to support its future growth.

“Consolidating its HR and time & attendance functions using iTrent will provide Dormole companies with the ability to carry out critical tasks much faster while delivering greater control of its people and payroll costs.”

www.dormole.net

New Chief Executive for Considerate Constructors Scheme

THE Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national organisation established to improve the image of construction - is pleased to announce that Amanda Long will join as Chief Executive from 16 September 2019.

Amanda will succeed Chief Executive Edward Hardy who has held the post since 2009.

With over 20 years’ experience working in senior executive roles for a range of national and international organisations in the commercial, public, social enterprise and charitable sectors, Amanda brings a wealth of expertise to the Scheme. She has pioneered Corporate Social Responsibility frameworks to improve standards; helping organisations and member organisations in areas such as sustainability, workforce welfare and consumer rights.

Her previous roles include CEO of Morison KSi; Director-General of Consumers International; CEO of Corporate Culture; Head of Corporate Responsibility at Anglian Water Services; and International Projects Manager (Sustainability) at Unilever.

Amanda said: “It is a real honour to have the opportunity to lead the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is a widely respected and successful organisation at the core of raising standards for communities, the environment, and the construction industry’s workforce.

“My career has been focused on engaging with organisations to raise standards across a range of industries. I look forward to working with organisations who are part of the Scheme and those that influence engagement with the Scheme, to help extend its reach and influence even further.”

Executive Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, Isabel Martinson MBE commented: “I am delighted to welcome Amanda to the Scheme as our new Chief Executive. Amanda brings a huge wealth of expertise in leading organisations in roles which are focused on improving standards through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

“This experience clearly resonates with the core values and mission of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and we are excited about the future opportunities to embed the Scheme across our industry, through Amanda’s leadership.

“I would also like to thank Edward Hardy for his significant achievements over the last decade as Chief Executive, in shaping the Scheme to become the huge success it is today.”

www.ccscheme.org.uk

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