Volvo EW60E has kerb appeal for King Construction

A new Volvo EW60E compact wheeled excavator has been delivered to Liverpool based, King Construction, for a major road-widening project in the Merseyside capital.

The six-tonne machine has been supplied by SMT GB’s utility dealer for the north west of England – Howard Plant Sales - following a successful demonstration which proved to be just the ticket for King Construction. “We were looking for a compact machine to handle kerb laying on a high-profile road-widening scheme stretching from Liverpool City centre to Seaforth,” explains King Construction’s Transport Manager James Shalliker. “The very nature of the job demanded a machine that was small enough, yet capable of lifting and laying kerb stones with the minimum disruption to daily traffic. We were very impressed with the EW60E on demonstration and found it to be quick, nimble and operator friendly,” he continues.

Equipped with a powerful Volvo Stage-IIIB engine, delivering 61 nett hp and adjustable hydraulic flow, the EW60E features a well-balanced driveline for optimum performance whether working on a job site or on the move. With its 2.9m boom and 1.6m dipper arm, the EW60E boasts generous working ranges for a machine of this size. Maximum forward reach is 5.81m, its maximum dig depth is 3.29m and practical load over height is 4.44m which, coupled to a minimum front swing radius of just 2.35m, means the machine can work in very confined spaces.

Permanent four-wheel drive is provided by one large variable axial piston motor and a two-step power shift gearbox, giving a maximum speed of 30kph and a maximum tractive effort of 29kN, making the EW60E highly versatile both on and off road. Equipped with a 1.93m wide dozer blade as standard, the machine has an operating weight of 5.6 tonnes.           

The EW60E is equipped with a number of features combined to maximize uptime and machine availability. For example, access to the machine’s service points is carried out at ground level and greasing points are conveniently grouped together. Service intervals can easily be monitored via the in-cab screen, which shows reminders when maintenance is needed. The machine comes with an auto-idle feature as standard whereby the engine stops automatically after a preselected idle time, lowering fuel costs and noise.

As with all Volvo compact excavators, the EW60E comes fitted with hammer / shear hydraulic lines as standard. In addition hose, rupture valves fitted to both the boom and dipper cylinders are also a standard feature whilst other hydraulic functions such as grab-rotation circuit, hydraulic quick- fit lines and lines for hand held tools can be added as optional extras.  

King Construction is no stranger to owning and operating Volvo Construction Equipment products and currently has a line-up of compact excavators ranging from the EC18D up to the ECR88D. “Our Volvo machines are proving to be very reliable and are good performers on a whole range of our civil engineering and road maintenance projects which was another reason for choosing the EW60E,” says James Shalliker.

In addition, the company recently purchased a Volvo P6870C wheeled paver for its road maintenance division. When not on contracting work, the machine will be used at a new academy which is in the final stages of being built on a five-acre site along the Derby Road in Liverpool. The Real Academy is an initiative supported by King Construction and Liverpool City Council to encourage young people to get involved in construction and specifically in asphalt paving with training and apprenticeship opportunities.

King Construction is a busy civil engineering company based in the northwest delivering various framework and term agreements for a number of Local Authorities and PLC’s within the northwest. The company specialises in a wide range of projects including highway construction and maintenance, environmental improvement schemes, junction improvements, drainage construction and maintenance, ducting, carriageway resurfacing, landscaping and other civil engineering type works.

Howard Plant Sales Ltd, based at Middlewich, Cheshire, is SMT GB’s dealer for Volvo utility equipment including compact excavators, compact loaders and compact rollers covering the north west of England.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

How telematics supports a growing plant hire industry

The plant hire industry has a long tradition in the UK and is now worth over £4bn. It is estimated that the construction sector accounts for around two-thirds of the market.

Because the construction industry is susceptible to economic downturns, the plant hire sector is often volatile and extremely competitive. As a result, a significant number of equipment providers try to differentiate themselves on price, which leads to increasingly tight margins and a strong focus on cutting costs.

However despite this approach, the lowest price may not always be the best strategy for attracting new clients or maintaining existing ones. Nowadays, customers’ expectations are increasingly sophisticated and they are looking for bespoke solutions that integrate with legacy systems, deliver genuine cost savings and drive efficiencies that significantly transform operations.

A potential solution is offered by smart telematics solutions that can significantly increase utilisation levels, maximise operational efficiency, strengthen security and drive back office efficiency.

Cost savings

These benefits are possible because telematics provides accurate information and data regarding each piece of equipment, thereby enabling plant hire managers to quickly assess which pieces of machinery need maintenance and why. In this way they can avoid unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure but also improve scheduling by tracking assets’ idleness and run time.

Fuel consumption is another crucial area for significant cost savings. As fuel prices are again on the rise, the ability to track fuel usage, predict when a unit is due for refuelling or understand how to reduce fuel consumption for specific equipment can become a significant competitive advantage.

At the same time, this data feeds into systems to generate accurate diagnostic reporting and real-time visibility into equipment health. This enables plant hire companies to negotiate lower insurance premiums decreasing machinery’s overall running costs.

Security

Another area often overlooked is how assets are secured. With telematics, managers are able to remotely control who can operate the machinery by issuing intelligent ID cards for each asset. This ensures that only specially trained workers can use the equipment, improving health and safety standards and preventing potential accidents and losses.

Furthermore, managers can easily track the exact location for each piece of machinery and set up alarms to warn them when equipment is moved from a certain area. They can also immobilise certain assets remotely. Being able to track and control the equipment is incredibly important when the asset is stolen or if it’s used outside contractual terms.

Improved efficiency

Another major benefit of telematics is a simplified and faster administration system which streamlines internal processes and increases overall organisational efficiency. In this way the organisation saves time and resources while employees are free to focus their energy on more important activities such as moving projects forward and delivering on targets.

Furthermore, by using telematics companies can easily track the CO2 emissions generated by the equipment fleet and plan in advance its environmental strategy, ensuring its compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

At the same time telematics can help plant hire companies to significantly improve the customer experience by quickly identifying exact problems or issues with the machinery remotely. A connected fleet also allows managers to see which engineers are closest to the construction site and intervene in the shortest time possible. The end result is a management strategy specifically built to save time and resource for both customers and their own organisations.

As technology evolves and automation becomes more prevalent in all industries, it’s inevitable that an increasing number of plant hire companies will rely on telematics solutions to keep up with the market trends and customers’ demands.

And this can only help the industry to continue its growth and maximise efficiency. Who can say no to that

For further details please contact Enigma Telematics www.enigmavehicle.co.uk. Tel - 0844 800 9926

​Boss Cabins set for best year yet with launch of static welfare cabins

Boss Cabins has launched a range of static welfare units to meet high industry demand, with the aim of becoming the number one market supplier over the next 12 months. 

The introduction of this new range comes on the back of Boss Cabins securing its position as the UK market leader in the design and manufacture of mobile welfare cabins. The business was initially built from selling to small-to-medium sized regional hire companies. Today, they also supply to a range of national hire firms.

Commenting on the launch of Boss Cabins’ static units, managing director Matthew Wordsworth said: “As a business, we’ve quickly shaken up the mobile welfare sector by bringing fresh thinking into what was a stale industry. Now we will offer this same mindset to the static welfare range by providing the marketplace with superior choice.

“The reason that customers select Boss Cabins over other suppliers is because we listen to them and understand their needs. Each and every innovation in our product range meets set criteria; to improve durability, functionality, efficiency and return on investment.”

The cabins’ ‘Eco Ultimate’ electrical system powers an on-demand generator at the flick of a switch, dramatically reducing fuel consumption to approximately 0.56p per day. 

“This is a game-changing innovation for buyers, with improved functionality and efficiency compared with other cabins on offer. We are confident that this is the most environmentally-friendly electrical system in the marketplace,” continued Matthew.

“For instance, some manufacturers use solar panels as a power source. This can be effective in certain settings, but can only be fitted in small quantities on a welfare cabin. This results in a system that can’t keep up with the demands of a construction environment. They simply don’t provide enough electricity to put the kettle, microwave, fan heaters or radiator on. Often, they are installed as a token gesture to tick the box of environmental requirements. 

“The whole idea behind our 'Eco Ultimate’ approach is that it reduces the use of fossil fuels by minimising generator run-time, making it the most energy efficient system on the market,” added Matthew.

Boss Cabins offers clients a full service, starting from the initial build, through to an aftercare service with its in-house parts, accident and repair and refurbishment facility.

“We understand the importance of offering clients exactly what they require, at the best price,” Matthew continued. “Businesses shouldn’t be expected to adapt to the cabins on offer — it’s our place to create a range that meets their requirements. It’s this mindset that allows us to provide innovative solutions for our growing client base across the UK.”

Boss Cabins was launched in 2010 and now employs almost 100 people at its base in Lincolnshire. This announcement comes on the back of a 120-unit order of mobile and static cabins from LOC Hire – a company voted the fastest growing business in the north of Scotland.

In 2016, Boss Cabins was also awarded the 75th fastest growing company in the UK by The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, and are still expanding today.

To find out more about Boss Cabins’ static range of welfare cabins, visit

bosscabins.co.uk/all-cabins/category/static-welfare-cabins/.

Volvo - First time Volvo for Mike Taylor Plant Hire

Mike Taylor Plant Hire of Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross has opted for a Volvo reduced swing ECR58D for the first time.

The new six-tonne machine has been supplied replacing a competitors

 machine of the same size and was chosen following third-party recommendations and a successful demonstration.

“The majority of our work as groundwork contractors is focused on local housing, large estate work and maintaining hill roads,” comments proprietor Mike Taylor. “We wanted to replace an existing machine and were quite drawn to the Volvo ECR58D. Following some sound third-party recommendations, and having evaluated the machine on demonstration, these factors, coupled with a competitive package on the table persuaded us to break with tradition and opt for our first Volvo.”

The Volvo ECR58D is powered by a Volvo 2.6-litre low-emission engine producing 48 hp coupled with a load-sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 6.3 metres and a lift capacity of 660kg at full reach across the carriage. Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to Mike Taylor’s appreciation of the machine. For instance, the ECR58D has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions with operator fatigue reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers. The rubber-mounted cabs reduce whole-body vibration and external noise minimizing the rigors of the job site whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature.

The machine’s specification and features have further been enhanced by the addition of a Steelwrist X06 tilt rotator, making the machine a highly versatile piece of equipment. “Besides the smooth control of the machine itself, the addition of the Steelwrist tilt rotator makes the machine extremely versatile and means a lot of the excavation and grading functions can be done from one position,” says Mike. “This combination is the way forward for groundworking contractors such as ourselves.”

With its base in Blairgowrie, Mike Taylor Plant Hire provides both plant hire and groundworking services in and around the Perth and Kinross area.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain.

For further information visit www.volvoce.co.uk

C D McNeill purchases a fourth Volvo EC27C

The new EC27C is the fourth machine in a line to join C D McNeill’s contracting fleet, who took delivery of the first of its kind to be sold in Great Britain some seven years ago and prior to that, a history of operating the Volvo 2.5 tonne EC25s over a period of time. “We recognise the qualities of the Volvo product in terms of reliability, but more importantly, the after sales support that comes as standard from CSM Sales Ltd which is why we’ve decided to replace like with like,” says Grant McNeill.

Joining a mixed fleet of equipment which includes compact excavators up to seven tonnes as well as site dumpers and rollers, the EC27C is powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low-emission, Stage III engine, coupled to a load-sensing hydraulic system for optimum performance and fuel saving. Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance due to the right joystick control lever that features an electronically proportional roller. This allows the operator to accurately adjust hydraulic flow as needed. All hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks. 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. The engine reverts to the pre-selected speed almost instantly when any control is moved. This system delivers lower fuel consumption, longer engine life and less environmental noise. 

The EC27C features Volvo’s industry-leading comfortable cab for less fatigue and more production. The ergonomically designed cab offers greater leg and foot room, making it one of the most spacious in its category with the machine supplied to C D McNeill featuring an optional high-back seat that includes servo hydraulics levers which are integral to the seat unit, for maximum operator comfort. As a good deal of contracting work involves the removal and replacement of tarmac driveways, paths and car parking areas, CD McNeill has added protective chequer plate to the underside of the dipper arm. “Adding this simple feature saves a lot of damage to the arm when we are loading slabs of broken-up tarmac and helps to keep the machine looking fresh,” explains Grant.  

CSM Sales Ltd is headed up by Managing Director, Calum Shaw, and based at Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness and is SMT GB’s utility dealer for the whole of the north of Scotland.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

The Executive Hire Show 2018 – 93% Sold Out 

The Executive Hire Show 2018 – 93% Sold Out 

The Executive Hire Show event team recently held its annual exhibitor ‘Kick off’ meeting which took place at the Shows’ established home at the Ricoh Arena Coventry – in the heart of the Midlands.  Hosted by Show Director, Craig Donovan, the event was well attended by many of the EHS’s exhibitors both old and new.   

Craig Donovan announced that the Show (7th & 8th February 2018, Ricoh Arena Coventry) was well ahead of schedule in terms of sales than at this point in previous years with an impressive 169 exhibitors already signed up for the 2018 Show.  Mr Donovan said, “We are 93% sold out across all exhibition areas, smashing any previous held record in the history of the Show. So, as you can see the stand sales at the Show are going from strength to strength.” 

Mobilising visitors to the show

The task of mobilising and exciting hirers to leave their depots and travel hundreds of miles to Coventry has always been a challenge, however, this is something that the EHS team have been passionate about since the Show’s conception. 

The EHS team has already begun its 2018 National Visitor Campaign, working for the fifth year in partnership with Hire Supply Co, utilising the expertise of Steve McKenzie, who will be travelling the country visiting Hire Depots to mobilise and excite hirers to attend the 12th annual event. EHS will also be working with Altrad Belle for the 3rd year running.  The Altrad Belle team will also be visiting hire depots country wide to drum up visitor support for the show. 

Mr Donovan said, “For the 2017 event the teams travelled over 26,000 miles in their efforts to attract relevant hire visitors to the Show. This incredible mileage led us to visit over 700 hire depots throughout the UK & Ireland. 

The teams will start their visits within the next couple of days!  Daniel Pinder and the Belle team will be covering London & South East, the South West and North-East areas. Steve McKenzie from The Hire Supply Company shall be covering the Midlands, North West and Ireland.”

Introducing the Innovation Trail Live!

Back by popular demand is the Innovation Trail, first launched in 2013, as innovation continues to be an integral part of the Show.  Al-Ko, a manufacturer of chassis systems has already confirmed that the company will be sponsoring the trail once again.

The innovation trail concept is simple, ahead of the Show, all exhibitors are given the opportunity to submit details of a new, innovative product that they will be showcasing at the Show, where ten would be selected by a third-party judging panel including independent hirers, and the EHS will highlight these products with a floor tile outside their stands so visitors can actively follow on their visit.

For the 2018 event the EHS team will introduce ‘The Innovation Trail – Live!’ where selected Innovation Trail products which Judges consider to be particularly outstanding will be exhibited on a specially branded stage area in Hall 2.

Executive Hire Show’s Alan Guthrie explained the concept, he said, “Each chosen ‘Innovation Trail – Live!’ suppliers will be given a dedicated 10-minute slot to present and explain their product, and talk to the audience through the products innovative qualities. These individual sessions will take place on the hour from 11am to 3pm during the two days of the Show.

Paul Hutton, a radio, podcast and YouTube channel presenter, has agreed to host “Innovation Trail – Live!” He’ll interview each company’s representative live on the stage.”

Mr Guthrie concluded, “We have decided not to announce an Innovation Trail Winner for 2018, since the products are so varied and often aimed at different hire markets. However, we will ask our special guest Paul Hutton to present each “Innovation Trail –Live!” candidate with a commemorative trophy to mark their achievement.”

Regional Road Shows set to continue

As part of the Show’s visitor campaign the EHS Regional Road Shows initiative, which began over three years ago, will continue. The Road Shows are designed as a ‘taster events’ leading up the main show.  The EHS will be hosting three Road Shows between now and Christmas, covering the London & SE area, the North West and the West & Wales areas -  more details can be found on the EHS website.  Mr Donovan said, “This Road Show initiative together with the personal visits ensure we continue to drive quality hirers to attend the Show in February.”

Visit www.executivehireshow.co.uk.  Put the 7th and 8th February 2018 in your diary – it’s one Show in the 2018 exhibition calendar a hirer can’t afford to miss!

BigChange brings digital transformation to 5000 service engineers across the Equipment Hire sector

BigChange the Mobile Workforce Management technology specialist has won contracts to supply some of the UK’s biggest equipment rental businesses with its three-in-one JobWatch system for over 5000 mobile technicians, engineers and drivers. A hire-specific version of the JobWatch system has been implemented by leading players including A Bird, Elliott Group, HSS Hire, Nixon Hire, John Deere, Morrison Utilities, Komatsu, Haulotte, Garic, A1 Group, Procomm Site Services, Hawk Group and Fourjays.

The turnkey solution from BigChange has introduced a paperless revolution, equipping mobile workers with a Samsung Android tablet that manages receipt of job instruction, electronic proof of collection and delivery, site servicing, timesheets, electronic start-of-day vehicle walkaround checks, driver behaviour scoring promoting safe eco-driving, tachograph interface and Health and Safety procedures. The system is also a rich vehicle tracking system providing real-time location updates.

The system is integrated with leading Hire Management systems including MCSrm and InspHire meaning that planned services, repairs, deliveries and collections are automatically pushed through to JobWatch. On logging on to the app at the start of each day, drivers and technicians are guided to start their timesheet, conduct a walkaround check that meets DVSA requirements (recording, photographing and alerting any vehicle defects) and have instant access to their jobs for the day.

In the back-office, the system is enabling planners to respond faster to customer needs, intelligently allocating work orders based on real-time engineer availability, skills, live location and parts stock levels. This is significantly increasing productivity, minimising customer wait time and driving first time fix and ensures this can be achieved at the most competitive cost. The JobWatch system is saving Hire operators across Modular Buildings, Portaloos, Construction & Forestry, Plant & Equipment, Lifts, Platforms and Power Generators hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper annually and has significantly improved back-office administration. Engineers and drivers receive their work orders instantly on the JobWatch mobile app with paper job-cards and service repair worksheets replaced by equipment-specific electronic workflows that guide technicians at every step including risk assessments and method statements. Engineers no longer need to return paperwork to the back-office, saving a huge volume of previously manual back-office processing.

The workflow also effectively manages damages and chargeable items; photos captured at the point of delivery or collection are automatically relayed to the back office, allowing them to instantly raise an invoice for chargeable work. Photos are time, date and location watermarked, providing robust proof of condition.

Graham Wood, Group Logistics Manager at Nixon Hire commented: “With the support of JobWatch, every one of our fitters has boosted their productivity by around 20 percent.  This allows us to further absorb company growth and efficiently deploy the current resources we have before we look at recruiting additional resources. We get to where we need to be, when we need to be there, and we do what we say we are going to. This is also improving our customer service levels – evidenced by an increase in On Time Arrivals by more than 10 percent and a rise in First Attempt Job Completions by more than 5 percent.”

The JobWatch system is also providing a detailed work and maintenance history for all rental assets, giving management visibility of productivity and utilisation across their operation as well as a real-world view of how long jobs are taking. This ensures they are able to more intelligently schedule and deploy resources to meet actual requirements. A detailed picture of costs is reported down to the resource level, taking into account travel time, fuel, parts and resource costs. For portable loos, the technology is even automating waste transfer notes.

BigChange users benefit from 24/7 on-demand RoadCrew customer service for all back-office users and drivers including remote support and management of all tablets.

For more information visit www.bigchangeapps.com

Hire Sector Vital Enabler for the Infrastructure Investment Announced by Chancellor

The Hire Association welcomes the additional capital investment in national infrastructure announced by the Chancellor. Hire companies are key enablers of construction, homebuilding and infrastructure works.

Clearly, economic uncertainty and weakening consumer demand, plus growing inflationary pressures are impacting on growth expectations and confidence.

Prioritising infrastructure will help to unlock the potential for building new homes, improve connectivity and address congestion pinch points.

Hire employers were surprised at the lack of mention regarding the Apprenticeship Levy - a highly significant new business tax due to start next April. Many of the details remain unclear.

Graham Arundell, Managing Director, HAE EHA said; “The Chancellor's analysis is very much to invest as a buffer against the uncertain times ahead as we approach exiting the EU. At the same time, the hire sector will be a vital component in realising this investment on the ground, whether building new homes, modernising roads and railways, and widening next generation digital connectivity.”

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]

HOW TO BEAT THE BAD WEATHER - By Northgate Vehicle Hire

Jonathan Pearce, head of marketing at Northgate Vehicle Hire looks at how to avoid the pitfalls of tumultous weather

Any business that operates in a sector involving outdoor work will be fully aware of how the weather can scupper even the best laid plans.

In sectors such as landscaping, a sustained downpour can heavily delay the start of a project, while in construction roofwork can be impossible if heavy rain or high winds tighten their grip.

It is estimated that bad weather causes problems for around 37 per cent of small to medium-sized businesses, but this figure is magnified significantly when the business’s core operation involves outdoor activity.

The result is a number of headaches, from unmet customer expectations, to lost time and money, to a change in the requirements of the job, which may need to be completed within a shorter timeframe and with greater manpower.

Major headache

All of these considerations can combine to keep fleet managers awake at night and prove an overall drain on resources, which is why it is important to have as many contingencies in place as possible to deal with the unexpected.

One of our customers, landscaping company Redlough Landscapes, frequently encounters the problems associated with working outdoors, including seasonal weather changes.

Even in the spring and summer months, bouts of bad weather can scupper plans, and result in some projects being taken on and started at short notice.

Not only can this result in the need to strategically locate staff, but it can also require certain vehicles to be acquired or upgraded at short notice, which would be a major cost burden for an organisation with an owned fleet.

Moving to Northgate’s flexible rental solution enables businesses to increase their fleet size in as little as four working hours thanks to a nationwide network of branches, while the option to add additional equipment to vehicles for a transparent cost helps to meet customer demands.

Northgate has provided Redlough with a variety of vehicles to meet the differing needs of its business, including tippers, 4x4s and vans of all sizes, enabling the company to operate a diverse and highly mobile fleet.

Since teaming up with Northgate, Redlough Landscapes has been able to budget for associated costs far easier and has also benefitted from Northgate’s service, maintenance and repair (SMR) package, which enables work to be carried out at a wholly owned and warranty approved workshop and minimises downtime. 

In an industry where time is money, Redlough has saved €30,000 on SMR alone and seen the average age of its 30-strong fleet cut from seven to three years, meaning fewer repair bills, increased reliability and improved efficiency.

Exceeding expectations

Customer service is becoming a number one priority for many businesses, and reducing costs across the fleet means that organisations can allocate the money elsewhere in the business and focus on customer delivery.

The added flexibility and transparency included in Northgate’s rental package, combined with a reduction in initial outlay for new vehicles, means businesses know exactly how much the fleet will cost, and can ensure a smooth and efficient operation for customers.

This knowledge helps to create overall peace of mind, as fleet and project managers know that an essential component of the business is being taken care of.

Sadly, there is no way of controlling the weather, but by having systems in place to deal with bad weather and help to maintain operations – or restart them at short notice – businesses can help to minimise downtime caused by rain, snow or high winds and focus on the next task.

Contact us to find out about flexible and long-term van rental and leasing today.

 

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