WB Power Services are in the spotlight with the Trime X-ECO

The Derbyshire-based critical power supply specialists, WB Power Services Ltd (WBPS), have expanded and enhanced their rental fleet with the purchase of a twenty X-ECO LED site lighting towers from Trime UK Limited.

This is their first venture into the temporary site lighting hire market and these sets will complement their current range of power generation products and ancillary equipment.

WBPS evaluated several different lighting towers before opting for the Trime X-ECO LED.

John Campbell, WBPS Hire Sales Manager, said: “Last year we cross-hired a fleet of X-ECOs for one of our clients and the feedback we had from them was very positive.

“This constructive response was an important factor in our decision to prefer the Trime X-ECO LED.

"It’s obviously a well-made product with all the necessary features and benefits included as standard."

Alongside the X-ECO LED’s environmental qualities, safety considerations are also at the forefront of its development. Consequently, the Trime X-ECO LED 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. Trime have calculated that the X-ECO LED uses approximately £336.00 less in fuel each month, when compared to a traditionally illuminated lighting set.

WB Power Services Ltd is a leading critical power specialist that provides sales, maintenance and hire to customers across the UK. Their services are designed to ensure that a client’s operations can continue in the event of mains power failure.

They offer immediate access to plant and equipment and deliver and full 24/7-hour 365-day service, via rapid response, with expert advice.

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the construction and rental markets.

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

Image: WBPS John Campbell (left) with Trime UK’s Sales Manager Mark Taylor



HSS Hire picks up highest industry accolade at the 2016 Recruitment Business Awards

HSS Hire Group (“HSS Hire”), one of the UK’s leading providers of tools, equipment and related services, has won the coveted “Best Employer Brand” award at this year’s Recruitment Business Awards ceremony which took place in Manchester on 22nd September 2016.

HSS Hire was awarded first place in this prestigious category for the company’s work in creating a powerful employer brand that not only communicates their commitment to investing in their people and their working environment, but also reinforces the valuable role they play in customers’ lives.

The new brand consists of a number of creative ideas, message platforms and visual executions that focus on the concept of ‘Make it’. HSS were praised for successfully applying the brand throughout the business, including a new website where it has helped increase the number of people searching for jobs by 47% and the number of people applying by 30%. The new employer brand also appears across a number of social media channels, in all online and offline recruitment material, and has gone on to develop a life of its own with HSS employees even making branded birthday cakes.

The Recruitment Business Awards are now in their 14th year, and have become one of the most important events for the recruitment industry. Each year, the awards, which attract a large number of entries, aim to seek out the very best that Britain has to offer in the recruitment sector. Winners are judged by a panel of independent industry experts, and were presented with their awards in a glitzy ceremony in Manchester’s Mercure Hotel.

Lisa Crawford, Head of HR at HSS Hire said “we’re delighted that our hard work and the creative approach we developed with our partners at Chatter have both been recognised with this award. HSS Hire is already one of the country’s best known and most recognisable brands, and this award confirms that our employer brand is also one of the UK’s best, too.”

“Not only is it helping us stand out visually in today’s busy recruitment market, it has been instrumental in helping us vastly improve both the quantity and quality of the new people we’ve hired – and the signs are that it will continue doing this long into the future.”

For further information, please contact:

Benjamin Walker – 07715678740 – [email protected]

Welsh Welders Win Hat-Trick

  • Coleg Cambria, from North Wales have been crowned winners of the Weld Off 2016 for the third time
  • Hosted by Morris Site Machinery and partners Speedy Services the welders aged between 16-26 years took part in a live welding competition which was themed on ‘God Save the Queen’, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Students from Coleg Cambria have been crowned the best young welders in Britain for the third time at the sensational final of the national live welding competition, Weld Off 2016.

Four Coleg Cambria students from the North East Wales college took the top spot and prizes worth more than £3,000. Matthew Hughes, Gareth Phillips, Owen Fitzgibbon and Thomas Lavender wowed judges with their breath-taking replica of the Queen’s Royal Carriage, complete with gilded crown, ornate royal detailing and even a piece of red carpet inside which the Queen herself has stepped on.  

Morris Site Machinery, supplier of ArcGen Welding equipment and in association with Speedy, hosted the competition which required four finalist teams of students between the ages of 16- 26 years old from across the UK, to showcase their welding prowess. The competition comprised a Q&A round, a skills section and a creative test which challenged contestants to create an inspiring exhibition piece based on the theme of ‘God Save the Queen’.

The live competition hosted at Speedy’s National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, now in its third year, attracted some of the most talented welding students and apprentices from across the nation.

National business broadcaster, Steph McGovern, winner of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ at just 19 years old, attended the competition as special guest, assisted the judges and provided moral support for all the contestants throughout the day.  

The national judging panel was made-up of welding specialists from across the industry including  Michael Scarrott from awarding association for industry qualifications, EAL, who was head judge; Richard Denholm, Sales Director and Welding Specialist from Morris Site Machinery, along with Mick Link from Speedy.

Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This has been an outstanding year for the Weld-Off and it was a truly competitive atmosphere! Every year the bar is raised and we have been astounded by the level of creativity, quality and interpretation of the theme which celebrates Her Majesty at 90.

“British manufacturing is seeing a renaissance and we wanted a theme which would compliment this.  Our competition attracts and uncovers a wealth of talent and skills we have in the UK. This is something we wanted to champion and encourage more young people into engineering to ensure that Britain’s skills base and manufacturing heritage are retained as best as possible.

“Coleg Cambria continue to set the standard every year and we would like to congratulate them on their performance and achieving a hat-trick. We would also like to thank all the teams who entered and especially those who competed to make this year’s competition the best yet.”

The highly commended runners-up included apprentices from City of Wolverhampton College, who created a robust interpretation of London’s famous Tower Bridge; students from Training 2000 in Lancashire, who also took cues from the Royal Family and welded a Royal Carriage and the team from New College Durham who produced an afternoon tea setting complete with French Fancie cakes fit for the Queen and any garden party.

Jane Nugent, Marketing Director of Speedy Services, the UK’s leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company, said: “We were delighted to host the competition at our National Distribution Centre. Everyone was very impressed with the calibre and creativity of work.  The contestants’ work ethic, skill and passion really shone through and all 16 are a real credit to young people in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

New PSE Code of Practice introduced

A new code of practice on electrical testing has been developed to ensure that hirers of portable and temporary welfare units meet their safety responsibilities.

The new document has been introduced by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) the trade association representing the interests of members involved in the hire and rental of on-site welfare units r portable companies, in partnership with electrical safety testing specialist Seaward.

In keeping with the main type of electrical hire equipment and facilities available from PSE members, the new guide pays particular attention to the safety needs associated with hot wash units, welfare units and luxury trailer units.

The Code of Practice provides an overview of the safety measures required for hire units that incorporate electrical accessories and appliances, along with the procedures for inspection, testing and maintenance during both pre and post hire periods.

As well as detailing the sort of testing that should typically be carried out, the document also includes advice on the role of in house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment.

To help dutyholders carry out the regular inspection and testing of portable welfare units Seaward has put together dedicated PSE test packages, comprising all the appropriate test instrumentation and accessories needed to carry out electrical testing safely and efficiently.

Details of the new Code of Practice for electrical safety testing of PS units are available from the PSE via www.pse-org.uk or from www.seaward.co.uk


Wolverhampton based construction industry supplier, Shindaiwa is shining the light on the launch of its solar hybrid lighting tower that is offering customers up to £300 in fuel savings each month.

The ECO Solar Hybrid Tower is the first of its kind in the UK that is totally self-contained and requires no external charging, unlike similar solar lighting towers.  The Shindaiwa tower uses an average 1.46 litres of diesel a day and offers a running time up to 60 days on a single tank of fuel.

Ideal for the construction industry, the tower is lighter than conventional products as it has aluminium body panels and a galvanised chassis, so it’s also corrosion resistant and able to withstand the harshest environments. 

Shindaiwa managing director Andy Munford said: “We are delighted to be bringing the ECO lighting tower to the UK market.  It offers customers the best of both worlds by using the very latest in solar power and diesel hybrid technology, which in turn dramatically reduces overall carbon emissions, fossil fuel consumption and air pollution. “Initial interest has been high and we are confident the ECO tower will be a welcome addition to our product range that includes Shindaiwa welders and generators.”

The ECO tower features seven ultra bright LED lamps that can be used for eight hours before the need to recharge.  The twin cylinder Kubota diesel engine automatically charges the batteries in just over an hour and is programmed to run at specific times of the day, guaranteeing silent mode at night.

Shindaiwa has been manufacturing welder generators for over 40 years and launched in the UK and Eire in 2010.  Its products offer exceptional welding power, Super-Silent technology and unfailing strength.  The ECO tower is the latest product to be introduced to the UK market by Shindaiwa.

For more information please visit www.shindaiwaweldergenerators.co.uk

Leading independent hirer takes over as hire association chairman


Andy Martin, Managing Director of Martin Plant Hire, is the new Chairman of HAE EHA, taking over from Adrian Watts from Hirebase. Andy leads a long established independent plant and tool hire business with 12 depots in Scotland.

Speaking about his new role, Andy said; "It is a great privilege to take on the Chairmanship of HAE EHA, working with fellow board members; the wider membership and Graham and his staff team. I want to thank Adrian for his work on behalf of the hire sector and his commitment to help drive change."

He added; "I've been impressed at how HAE EHA is directly supporting members to navigate the future for the hire sector, particularly with the Hire Convention 2015 held in Loughborough this week. I am determined to see a stronger voice for independent hirers within the association and, also HAE EHA to have better information about the sector and what we are contributing as this will strengthen our influencing and awareness activities. All in all, an exciting and full agenda ahead."

Adrian Watts, the immediate past-Chairman, who succeeds Kevin McGuinness as Honorary President, said; "I wish Andy all the best in chairing the HAE EHA Board and working with Graham in speaking up for the hire sector. I am very grateful for the support of members and the association team during my time in office and to Kevin for taking on the role as President over the past four years."


Spring into action with Classen

Scarify, aerate and overseed. Three spring turf treatments that are high on the agenda for turf professionals and landscape contractors as we head into spring. To meet their needs Schiller Groundscare have launched their lawncare spring ‘package’ featuring the Classen Turf Rakes, Aerators and Overseeders The Classen Turf Rake is a versatile and portable dethatcher with folding handles for easy transportation, ideal for contractors and hire operators. The flail blades adjust to five different heights and there are optional attachments for seeding and grass collection.

The benefits of aeration are clear, with the improved air exchange between the soil and the atmosphere, enhanced water uptake and getting nutrients and oxygen to the grass roots. Core removal will improve fertilisation, while reducing water runoff and puddling, leading to stronger rooting. Soil compaction is reduced and heat and drought tolerance is enhanced. The Classen Aerators are self propelled, feature operator friendly controls and are solidly built to last for professional turf care core tines reciprocate at 450 revolutions per minute, covering up to 26,000 sq ft per hour and the aerator is designed to punch cleaner holes in tough soil without additional weights.

All three of these Classen machines combine to offer the turf professional, contractors and hire operators a complete system for year-round care and maintenance and each comes with a two-year warranty.

For more information please contact Schiller Grounds Care UK on 0800 840 0888  or visit www.classen.uk.com

Thirty new Volvos for Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd

The Volvo ECR88D in particular is highly regarded in the market place for its economical use of fuel thanks to the combination of its Tier IV interim 2.6 litre engine developing 56 nett horsepower and closed centre load sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 7.3 metres and a lift capacity of 960kg at full reach across the carriage. Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to the overall appreciation of the machine. The rubber-mounted cab reduces whole-body vibration, and external noise minimizing the rigors of the jobsite whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature. 

Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd first began trading in 1979, and since then the company has grown into a specialized supplier of non-operated plant and tools hire with an extensive network of depots located in  the South east, alongisde Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol and Hampshire.

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout Great Britain.

For further information, please contact Mark Gunn on 01223 251720 or visit www.volvoce.co.uk

First time Volvo for Harris Construction

Purchasing a new Volvo machine has been a new departure for proprietor Martyn Harris and a well-considered investment in his opinion. “So far we’ve been suitably impressed with the productivity and speed of operation coupled to the reach and dump height. It’s just big enough to load our 15 tonne truck when we need to dispose of overburden and other material.”

The Volvo EC27C is powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low emission Stage III engine with an automatic two-speed travel system engages when operating in high speed mode, automatically shifting gear from high to low according to the travel load. Another feature for increased efficiency is the standard auto-idling system that lowers engine speed to idle if a control is not used for five seconds. This system delivers lower fuel consumption, longer engine life and less environmental noise. 

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery products in the U.K. 

Plant & Engineering Services of Beare near Exeter Ltd is the dealer for Volvo utility covering the south west of England.

For further information, please contact Mark Gunn on 01223 251720 or visit www.volvoce.co.uk

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