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."

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:

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

MSM powers through the miles for Alzheimer’s Society

MORRIS Site Machinery CEO Chris Morris rose to the challenge when he cycled 150 miles on one of the hottest days of the year in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

He joined his brother, Robin Morris, and an intrepid band in tackling a route from Holyhead to Shrewsbury to mark the 150th anniversary of parent company Morris & Company and support its charity of the year.

The efforts of the 36-strong group of colleagues and friends generated £8,000 in sponsorship – with donations still coming in.

After taking in dramatic valleys, Welsh coastline and winding country lanes, Chris finished the ride in under 12 hours and, along with Robin and fellow cyclists, was greeted by a welcome party and commemorative medals as they arrived back at Morris’s headquarters in Shrewsbury.

Chris said: “I’m an active sportsman but I don’t normally cycle so I trained hard to ensure I was ride-fit! With the distance involved, the terrain and the heat it felt tough at times and we had to dig deep, but there was great support along the way.

“The camaraderie and the inspirational cause kept me going on a memorable day. I think it will be a while before I get back on the bike again though!”

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. Some 225,000 will develop dementia this year; that’s one every three minutes. Staff at the Morris Site Machinery base at Four Ashes in Wolverhampton and its SMC production facility in Gosberton,

Lincolnshire, were among those who kindly donated to the ongoing fundraising effort.

Lisa Courtney, Alzheimer’s Society’s Community Fundraiser for Staffordshire & Shropshire, added: “Cycling 150 miles to raise funds is a fantastic achievement. We’re very grateful to the participants and supporters and appreciate their efforts to raise awareness and unite against dementia. With such public support we can fund research to improve care for people today and find a cure for tomorrow.”

Further donations can be made at:

GAP Hire Solutions handed RoSPA Gold Award for the second year running

GAP Hire Solutions has achieved the prestigious RoSPA Gold Award for the second year running, in recognition of its outstanding achievements and ongoing commitment to raising standards in health and safety.

The internationally renowned RoSPA Awards scheme acknowledges an organisation’s achievements and excellence in health and safety, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

The award is ‘non-competitive’ and is based on GAP’s occupational health and safety performance assessed against the judging criteria, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels.

Allister Maxwell, Head of Safety, Risk & Compliance at GAP, commented: “GAP is delighted to receive this award as it recognises our continued business success and our solid and unambiguous commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, customers and the general public. The award is testament to everyone at GAP for their commitment to safety and ‘Think Safe’.” 

This year marks GAP’s 50th anniversary. Over the years, the company’s range of products has grown from a traditional plant and tool hire offering to now include specialist lifting equipment, non-mechanical plant, survey and safety equipment, welfare services, event services and vehicle hire solutions. The main sectors of the equipment hire market GAP operates within are the construction, infrastructure, utilities and event industries.

GAP works closely with manufacturers and suppliers to introduce innovative, safer and more efficient ways of working in the hire industry. The company’s innovative new Interactive Toolbox Talks have been developed to help educate GAP employees, contractors and customers, with the aims of reducing accidents and promoting health and safety excellence in the workplace.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

GAP will be presented with the Gold Award during a ceremony at DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Thursday, 12 September 2019.

APS's ‘Gentleman Jim' bows out with last platform sales

ACCESS Platform Sales co-founder Jim Daintith has made his last platform sales before retiring - to long-standing customer Warren Access.

Reflecting his consistent attention to personal service, Jim (pictured above, centre) handed over the Hinowa Lightlift 17.75 Performance IIIS and three Genie scissor lifts in person to Warren Access Directors Michelle and Graeme Warren (also pictured above).

Coincidently, it was the same model of Hinowa aerial platform Warren Access first bought from Jim in 2013. His final deal also included two Genie GS-1932 scissor and a Genie GS-2632 scissor.

Warren Access Managing Director Graeme Warren said: "We're very pleased to be Jim's final customer, because he's been such an influential and inspiring figure in the UK powered access industry for more than 30 years and a great supporter of our business."

Michelle Warren said: "Jim is one of a kind. He has a very positive outlook on life. He's also one of the kindest, most helpful and generous people we have had the pleasure to meet, which is why we affectionately call him Gentleman Jim!

"He has always given excellent advice and been very helpful in moving on older kit in a way that still defines APS's approach to customer service today."

Jim's business relationship and friendship with Michelle and Graeme began in 2012 when he sold his Height for Hire rental business and APS's training operation, both based at Upton, in Cambridgeshire, to Warren Access, which had been looking to set up a new depot in East Anglia.

Jim said: "That deal represented a win-win for both of us at the time, just the kind of business I like. It resulted in our two companies sharing space at Upton until 2018, when Michelle and Graeme moved their expanding operation to a larger site in Huntingdon.

"It has been a pleasure to have such a close working relationship with such a well-run and friendly business over the years, and I am sure I will visit in the years to come. It just won't be driving behind an aerial platform delivery truck."

Through Jim, APS has supplied the Warren Access depots in Newcastle upon Tyne and Huntingdon with a wide range of access platforms, including aerial booms, scissor lifts and truck mounted platforms.

In completing Jim's last sale, of the Hinowa LL 17.75 spider boom, Warren Access has taken delivery of a platform with a maximum working height of 17.05m, an outreach of 7.5m and a travel width of just 0.79m.

The Genie GS-1932 is a highly reliable battery-powered electric scissor with a maximum working height of 7.8m. The GS-2632 is a battery electric scissor that delivers a working height of 9.92m. 

Jim and Malcolm Brown co-founded APS in May 1987 in Upton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, starting a business that has grown to become the largest independent new and used powered access platform distributer in the UK.

Jim has played a pivotal role in guiding APS to become an authorised full-range Genie dealer, a UK distributer for Hinowa tracked boom lifts, BoSS low-level access equipment and MEC access platforms.

In the last three years, he has been winding down his workload, while still supporting key accounts like Warren Access.

Jim said: "People joke that they will have to change the locks to keep me out because I've retired several times already, but this really has been my last deal!

"I've worked with wonderful people over the years, in a great team. I'm leaving APS in great shape, led by talented entrepreneurs, with young professionals behind them who have fire in their belly and will take the business on the next stage in its exciting journey."


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