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.”

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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."

Bessey begins new chapter with Rowland Tools

WEST Yorkshire-based Rowland Tools has become the sole UK distributor of Bessey Tools after being acquired by former MD of Gedore UK, Mathew Hydleman.

The move marks a period of expansion for the company as it strengthens and reinforces its reputation for stocking premium-range industry tools and equipment.

Mathew had been MD of Gedore UK (formerly LJ Hydleman) for 22 years, but when, in 2018, the parent company decided to stock only their own manufactured products, he decided to find a new home for the Bessey brand – best known for producing premium quality woodworking clamps, welding clamps and snips.

“We had been building up Bessey for many years at Gedore and it became a very well-known brand in its own right,” explained Mathew. “When Gedore decided it would only be stocking its own ranges, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

“Rowland Tools was a local company to where I was in Skipton and they had the agency of Bondhus Tools - an American brand which I’d known for years as the best in ball-ended and hex keys. So not only did Rowland Tools already deal in premium range tools, it also had accounts open with many of the same customers that I knew from Gedore.

“The result was that, for many existing Bessey customers, the transition from Gedore UK to Rowland Tools was pretty seamless. In many cases it was simply a matter of changing the supplier name on their purchase ledger.”

Many existing Bessey customers also found themselves dealing with familiar faces besides Mathew, as several Gedore UK staff followed him to Rowland Tools, including Sales Director Mike Clegg. “We had a mutual arrangement with Gedore so if any customers ring wanting the other company, they would give out the other’s number. It was all very amicable. The result was that customer was inconvenienced as little as possible.”

Rowland Tools’ has also added FAMAG Wood Boring Tools and SIT Industrial Brushes to its portfolio, to complement its existing ranges.

The Preparation Group is SafeHire certified

KATE Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Group Hire Manager, has been re-elected as an HAE Supply Chain board member, demonstrating that she has clearly made a positive impact.

In the same month, the company renewed its Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) status and for the third year running, proved its commitment to providing quality surface and floor preparation products and services as a HAE member by attaining its SafeHire Certification.

SafeHire is a continual Business Improvement programme that sets and helps to maintain high standards of operation within the hire industry. The SafeHire certificate lasts for three years but is reviewed annually, raising awareness with government and trading standards. It has mutual recognition from PQQ organisations as a pre-requisite to their accreditations and Build UK members.

Kate heads the hire division and has been dedicated to continual improvement in quality and delivery of customer satisfaction, providing competitively priced surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, accessories and solutions -  as is at the core of this certification.

Kate and her team provide a wealth of knowledge to benefit hire customers and are passionate about giving the best possible service and advice.

Tracey Glew, Managing Director, said: "Kate has worked hard over the last few years championing the benefits of HAE membership and the associated standards, with her customers being her number one priority and we are extremely proud of Kate’s continued commitment."

GAP adds Trimble SX10 to its UK hire fleet

GAP SURVEY & Safety Hire, a division of the UK’s largest independent rental company, GAP Hire Solutions, has introduced the Trimble SX10 into their product fleet.

The Trimble SX10 Scanning Total Station redefines the capabilities of everyday survey equipment by allowing users to collect any combination of high-density 3D scan data, enhanced imaging and high-accuracy total station measurements in one revolutionary solution.

The SX10 not only makes the workflow of the user more streamlined but improves safety by scanning road corridors and intersection details such as roadway surfaces, overhead power lines and lane stripping. This is achieved without putting the user in harm’s way and all while minimising the need for road closures.

Jim Burke, GAP’s Survey Division Manager, commented: “Since Trimble launched the SX10 over a year ago we’ve been monitoring industry reaction and listening to what our customers had to say. It is clear that engineers, surveyors and scanning professionals are beginning to see the full potential and benefits of this type of instrument, one which gives full functionality of both a total station and HD scanner. Now with hundreds of SX10’s out in the field, we feel the time is right to add the SX10 to our hire fleet which will save our customers both time and money on particular projects.”

IIP Platinum for Armorgard

ARMORGARD has achieved the Investors in People (IIP) Standard at Platinum level - the highest level that can be achieved by a company - following an in-depth assessment of the organisation earlier this year.

As a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative site storage, manual handling and work units, Armorgard has a focus on developing a sustainable high-performing culture to create products that solve critical security, logistics and health and safety challenges.

The IIP Platinum accreditation is currently held by only 1% of IIP accredited organisations.

Terry Mitchell, Managing Director at Armorgard, said: “This is the highest level of Investors in People, and a remarkable recognition of Armorgard's difference to lead, support and manage its people to achieve meaningful results.

"It is a journey that started 30 years ago, when Armorgard first put a team together to design, manufacture and market products. This journey continues and the specific milestone proves Armorgard's clear commitment to engaging, developing and motivating employees."

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Commenting on the award, Emma Phillips, Armorgard's Head of People & Culture, said: “This is a fantastic achievement as only 1% of audited companies are awarded the Platinum standard. For us to have accomplished this on our first audit represents our commitment to developing our people.”

Armorgard currently has 41 employees at its UK headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire.

Trime helps to grow MHM Plant’s re-hire fleet

THE growth in demand for Trime’s X-ECO LED lighting towers from UK hire firms continues to expand unabated.

The latest firm to invest heavily in the Trime X-ECO LED is the rehire specialists, MHM Plant.

As MHM Plant disposes of it’s now out-of-date VT1 lighting sets, they have begun to replenish and upgrade their rehire fleet with the purchase of 500 X-ECO LED units direct from the Trime Group. Their aim is to have a 100% rehire fleet of Trime lighting towers by 2020.

MHM Plant operates a unique rehire service. This national rehire facility is only available to bone fide rental firms in the UK and Ireland. MHM Plant will not accept rental orders from end-users or any operators outside of the hire industry.

The X-ECO LED has a number of environmental qualities and safety aspects. The set is fitted with the AMOSS safety system, which automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected. The complete unit features an external emergency stop button, a fully bunded fuel tank, four height adjustable stabilisers and site levels for guidance during deployment. The energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 2000 hours without replacement.

“We are delighted that MHM Plant has chosen our X-ECO LED units. This is a significant investment from MHM Plant and demonstrates their commitment in our products,’” commented Paul Hay, Trime UK managing director. “Apart from contributing to MHM’s hire revenues, the X-ECO LED will now be available to UK and Irish hire organisations that prefer to rehire rather than purchase outright. In addition, the environmental and cost saving attributes of the X-ECO LED will be passed directly onto their clients,” added Paul.

With green issues paramount in the hire markets, MHM Plant has made an additional investment in the new Trime X-SOLAR HYBRID and X-POLE lighting towers. The Trime X-SOLAR HYBRID has a light coverage of 2000 sq. m and emits zero noise and zero emissions. The X-POLE is a standalone solar powered light, which is very simple to use, with no separate battery pack required or complicated wiring or settings.

MHM Plant was incorporated in February 2010 and they currently operate from two locations. MHM West is located in South Wales and MHM North in Coatbridge, Scotland. A London depot, MHM South, is currently under development.

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the event, construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

Three years on and Trime UK continue to be a leading light

IT has been a whirlwind three years for one of the UK’s leading suppliers of sustainable lighting towers, on-site cleaning systems and dust suppression products.

Trime UK Limited was incorporated in May 2016 and began trading the following month. Headed by two vastly experienced industry experts, Ray Caulfield and Paul Hay, Trime UK immediately set about designing and developing a range of sophisticated tower lighting products, with environmental considerations at the heart of their plans.

The first product that Trime UK launched was their X-ECO LED. This advanced site lighting tower was immediately embraced by the industry and currently has had sales of over 4000 units in the UK, principally to construction and event hire organisations. These included nationally operating companies and independent owner managed firms.

Over the past three years, Trime UK has brought to the market a complete line of hybrid, battery and solar powered units as they drive towards developing the largest range of sustainable lighting solutions.

In 2017, the X-ECO LED was a finalist in the European Rental Awards in the ‘Rental Product of the Year’ category. Trime UK have been active participants at the annual hire industry showcase exhibition, the Executive Hire Show. The Trime X-BATTERY lighting tower featured in the 2018 Executive Hire Show ‘Innovation Trail’ and Ray Caulfield spoke about the sustainable qualities of the X-BATTERY to an audience of hire industry leaders. The X-BATTERY was also ‘Highly Commended’ at the Hire Association Europe, Hire Awards of Excellence, at the 2019 ceremony.

Trime UK is now considered to be the market leader in the supply of sustainable lighting towers in the UK. This is an achievement that is believed to be unparalleled in such a short time span.

In additional to lighting towers, Trime UK have created a range of wash bays designed for cleaning construction plant and machinery. Entitled the X-SPLASH, these wash bays have a unique water recycling system that saves costs and helps to guard against damage to the environment by alleviating the possibility of contaminates being accidentally discharged. In 2018, the X-SPLASH received the highest honour in the Green Apple Awards for ‘Environmental Best Practice.’

With continual development a watchword at Trime UK, the company has just brought to market two other environmentally biased pieces of equipment. The X-BOOT footwear cleaning system and the X-DUST dust suppression unit are now part of the Trime UK portfolio and already attracting keen interest.

Trime UK are completely in tune with the demands of their clients. Consequently they have set up a comprehensive back-up service with spare parts availability on a next day delivery basis. They have also recognised the importance of proper training and over the past three years they have completed over 100 technical and sales training courses held at their offices and on clients own premises.

Trime UK managing director, Paul Hay said, “It’s been a great three years and we are all very proud of what we have achieved. From a complete standing start to a market leader in just three years has been a tremendous feat and I pay tribute to all my colleagues and our customers for helping to get Trime UK into this unique position.”

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