FINALISTS have been announced for the much-anticipated Hire Awards of Excellence 2019 to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Saturday 13th April, and will be hosted by Strictly Come Dancing star and TV presenter Anton Du Beke.
Glitterball king Du Beke, one of the most instantly recognisable figures in the world of ballroom dance, will ensure proceedings run like clockwork at the event marking the amazing achievements of hire and supply companies across the UK’s plant, tool, equipment and event hire industry.
It’s not only hire businesses competing for these prestigious accolades, crucial recognition is also given to outstanding individuals who have consistently stood out from the crowd and achieved some of the highest standards in the industry.
Awards are up for grabs in 13 different categories with the finalists being independently judged against stringent criteria, to provide an excellent way of acknowledging and showcasing some of the very best practices that the hire industry can offer.
HAE EHA’s managing director, Graham Arundell, commented: “We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the awards and very excited to have Anton Du Beke as our host. His flamboyant personality is sure to raise the roof and he’ll keep the judges on their toes too, who, like in previous years, will have had some tough decisions to make when choosing the finalists.”
In preparation for making the final selection in the SafeHire awards categories, SafeHire assessors gave their professional insight on the contenders. It was concluded that excellent standards were being upheld across all SafeHire finalists with judges being particularly impressed by consistency in the application of SafeHire recommendations and improvements to services that were made as a consequence.
The finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:
Catalogue of the Year - AFI Uplift, Vp Brandon Hire Station, Gap Group, Kellys Point Hire, Travis Perkins
Website of the Year - AFI Uplift, A-Plant, Balloo Hire Centres, Inlec UK, Kellys Point Hire
Best Use of New Media - A-Plant, Niftylift, SiteEquip
Best Sustainability and CSR Initiative - A-Plant, Hypertherm Europe, Speedy
Hire Industry Product of the Year - Genair UK for Emission Free All-Weather Compressor; Makita UK for Cordless SDS-MAX Rotary Demolition Hammer; MHM Plant for Baby-Lite LED4 Lighting Tower; Morris Site Machinery for SL80 Pallet Lighting Tower; Niftylift for HR12L The HeightRider 12 Low-Weight; SiteEquip for new Luxury Vacuum 6 Bay Pods; Trime for X-BATTERY Site Lighting Tower
Hire Industry Supplier of the Year - Hilti GB, Mexco, MCS Rental Software, Morris Site Machinery, NiftyLift, Point of Rental Software
SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (up to £10million turnover)
Dromad Hire, Inlec UK, Newburn Power Rental, PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres
SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (over £10million turnover)
A-Plant, Vp Brandon Hire Station, Gap Group, Hirebase, Smiths Hire
SafeHire Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year
Gap Group, Live, Plato Catering Hire
Apprentice of the Year - Bradley Atkins, AFI Uplift; Jack Salter, Gap Group; Leonie Morris, MHM Plant
Workshop Manager of the Year - Darren Cawley, AFI Uplift; Mark Dearnaley, Newburn Power Rental; Shaun Stevenson, Vp Arcotherm; Tim Newnham, GAP Group
Hire Manager of the Year - Louise Costello, AFI Group; Craig Young, GAP Group; Bethan Jones, MHM Plant; Kieran Brown, Newburn Power Rental
Hire Achiever of the Year – Finalists to be announced on 13th April 2019
Tickets are selling fast but a few sponsorship packages and tables remain. The ticket price includes a three-course meal, drinks reception and entertainment.