Shortlist revealed for hire industry awards

HIRE Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) are excited to announce the shortlist of finalists for the prestigious 2020 Hire Awards of Excellence, from which the chosen few will be crowned winners in the luxurious surroundings of London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday 4 April.

Stand-up comedian and writer Jo Caulfield will host the much-anticipated event celebrating the amazing achievements of hire and supply companies across the UK’s plant, tool, equipment and event hire industry. Crucial recognition is also given to outstanding individuals who have consistently stood out from the crowd and achieved and set some of the highest standards in the industry.

New for 2020 will be an award shining a torch on budding talent, the Young Apprentice of the Year – either Cole O’Donovan of A-Plant or AFI-Uplift’s Luke Dainty will be the inaugural recipient – while the winners of the Apprentice of the Year, Workshop Manager of the Year and Hire Manager of the Year will all be in contention for Hire Achiever of the Year to be announced at the ceremony on the night.

Keeping a close eye on proceedings will be celebrity host Jo. Famous for her one-woman gigs, she has worked on some of the biggest TV and radio shows in British comedy, including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Just A Minute. Her wonderfully sharp wit is guaranteed to deliver top-notch entertainment at the hire industry showpiece.

The judges had their work cut out choosing the winners against stringent criteria for the 14 hotly contested categories that acknowledge and showcase the very best of the hire industry. Without doubt these awards are the most sought-after accolade within the plant, tool, equipment and event hire sectors.

Graham Arundell, who will be attending his last awards night before standing down as the Chief Executive Officer of HAE and EHA, said: “We’re delighted to have Jo Caulfield as our host, her razor-sharp wit will keep the judges and audience entertained as we prepare for another spectacular event that showcases the very best of the Hire Industry.”


Finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:

Website of the Year – Furniture Hire UK, Inlec UK, MHM Plant

Best Use of New Media – A-Plant, Niftylift, Redpath Tool Hire, Travis Perkins

Best Sustainability & CSR Initiative – A-Plant, Hypertherm Europe BV, Speedy Services

Catalogue of the Year – GAP Group, Hirebase, Travis Perkins

Hire Industry Product of the Year – BISAF for Particulator, GAP Group for AutoHybrid ZERO Welfare Unit, JCB for 19C-1E Mini Excavator, MHM Plant for MGTP 6000 Solar Hybrid Generator, Morris Site Machinery for SMC TL60 Solar, Niftylift for HR17NE, Uni-Prop International for Uni-Prop

Hire Industry Supplier of the Year – Garic Ltd, MCS Rental Software, MHM Plant, Niftylift, Point of Rental Software, Snorkel UK, Trime UK

SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year Turnover up to £10m – Didcot Plant Ltd, Dromad Hire, PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres, Miles Hire, MHM Plant

SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year Turnover over £10m – A-Plant, AFI-Uplift, Vp Brandon Hire Station, GAP Group, Smiths Hire, Travis Perkins

SafeHire Event Hire Company of the Year – Live Events, Plato Catering Hire, Site Event

Young Apprentice of the Year – Cole O’Donovan A-Plant, Luke Dainty AFI-Uplift

Apprentice of the Year – Jacob Skeldon A-Plant, William Gleadall AFI-Uplift, Lynsey Matthews Speedy Services, Thomas Sealeaf Vp Brandon Hire Station

Workshop Manager of the Year – Steven Jones MHM Plant, Guy Barnett AFI-Uplift, David Trigg Allens Catering Equipment & Hire  

Hire Manager of the Year – Rachel Savory AFI-Uplift, Rob Thompson GoHire, Barbara Ryman Redpath Tool Hire

Hire Achiever of the Year – To be announced on the night


Tickets are selling fast but limited sponsorship packages and tables are still available.

If you would like to book tickets or find out more about the sponsorship packages please go to or contact the Awards Team on 44 (0)121 380 4605 or email [email protected].

New dates announced for postponed International Hardware Fair

FOLLOWING the news that the International Hardware Fair 2020 has been postponed, Koelnmesse have released dates for the new event, now due to be held in 2021.

The show will now take place 21 - 24 February 2021.

The move was a precautionary measure amidst growing concerns over the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus in recent months which, according to World Health Orgnisation figures, has now infected more than 4,300 people across the globe.

Koelnmesse put out a statement, reprinted below:

The INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR, which was postponed this year, has a new date. It will be held 21 to 24 February 2021 in Cologne. 
The new date was set in consultation with the industry and is meeting with broad acceptance by the exhibitors. All existing contracts with the exhibitors remain valid; hall occupancy for 2021 reflects the existing plans from 2020 on a 1:1 basis.  
There will be just one leading trade fair for the hardware industry in Cologne in 2021: Asia-Pacific Sourcing, which was planned for March, will be integrated into the HARDWARE FAIR. The next event after that will then be held as planned, in spring 2022. 
All paid tickets will be automatically refunded. Koelnmesse will centrally issue these refunds in the coming weeks; there is nothing further for ticket buyers to do.   
The INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR is the world’s leading platform for innovation and business in the hardware sector. Some 3,000 exhibitors had been expected in 2020, including around 1,200 from China.  


International Hardware Show 2020 postponed

OWING to concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus, Koelnmesse have announced they are postponing the International Hardware Show 2020, planned to take place 1 - 4 March 2020 in Cologne.

The show has been pushed back to a yet-to-be-announced date in February 2021.

In addition to the countries in Asia already hit by the virus, Italy has now become the first European state affected by cases of infection. The European ministers of health are also convening in Rome today, 25 February 2020, to discuss the current situation and possible measures in response. Moreover, since the weekend, exhibitors from the tool industry have reiterated their great concern for the health of their employees.

In view of these current developments and the high share of Asian exhibitors at the International Hardware Show, the management team at Koelnmesse has reassessed the current situation and set the new date in consultation with the industry. 

Some 3,000 exhibitors, including around 1,200 from China, had been expected to attend the International Hardware Show, the world’s leading innovation and business platform for the hardware industry that is held every two years in Cologne.

Registered exhibitors and visitors are now being notified of the postponement.

Morris Site Machinery unveil ground-breaking new product at EHS 2020

A GROUND-BREAKING new hybrid lighting tower prototype took centre stage for Morris Site Machinery on their green-themed stand at this year’s Executive Hire Show.

For the first time, the UK’s leading tower light manufacturer used the event to provide a preview of a prototype product, the TL55 Solar H2 lighting tower, allowing the opportunity for early customer feedback which will enable their experienced team to further develop the machine for the hire industry.

The prototype’s environmentally-friendly fuel cell emits no pollutants as its only emission is water vapour. This additional energy source intuitively kicks in to charge the batteries as required, during long winter nights and adverse weather. It operates from two, easily accessed hydrogen cylinders mounted within the chassis.

Allan Binstead, managing director commented: “Bringing a prototype to a show has been a new experience and allowed us to really understand our customers.

“Innovation and eco solutions are crucial for the industry and we want to be sure we’re delivering the right products to suit the customer on the ground”.

Joining the new prototype on Morris Site Machinery’s green, bamboo stand was the next-generation SMC TL90 Evolve and the compact SMC TL60 Solar Trolley, a totally solar- powered, energy efficient and easily deployable unit that produces zero noise and zero emissions, also feature on the stand.

Morris Site Machinery will relocate later this year to a flagship site in Wolverhampton. The new £6 million manufacturing and office purpose-built base is more than 60,000sq ft and is located next to Jaguar Land Rover on the i54 South Staffordshire high-tech business park.

Morris Site Machinery shines a light on innovation

ECO-aware Morris Site Machinery will spotlight its green credentials when it unveils an innovative new lighting tower alongside its world-class machinery range at the 2020 Executive Hire Show.

The UK’s number one manufacturer of mobile lighting towers plans to showcase a ground-breaking new hybrid product to meet growing demand from hirers for sustainable and reliable solutions that are better for the environment.

The new prototype will be displayed alongside the most recent addition to the SMC lighting range, the SMC SL60 Link  The six-metre-tall lighting tower can be powered from mains supply, another lighting tower, such as the SMC TL90 Evolve  or from a generator. A single Denyo Eventa 20 (20kVA three-phase generator) can power 24 SMC SL60 Link’s simultaneously using innovative daisy chain capabilities, producing an incredible 2.3 million lumens.

Morris Site Machinery will also be showcasing a new range of welders and generators at the show. The improved SMC Genpac generator range, from 6 to 200kVA, offers a reliable and robust solution for a wide range of power requirements. The SMC Weldpac 400 is the first large scale welder in the SMC range and has an impressive 3x 32A sockets delivering both three-phase and single-phase auxiliary power.

Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, said: “We are very excited to reveal our prototype hybrid model. Our skilled designers are known for their innovation and commitment to help the hire sector to reduce its environmental impact.

“They have designed a very special addition to our range of eco-friendly lighting towers which are super silent and energy efficient. We can’t give away too many details at present, but we are confident it will make a real impact.

“We are committed to supplying the brightest and best machines which deliver value and reliability for customers. We’re looking forward to demonstrating and reinforcing our green forward-thinking approach at the show.”

The company has been exhibiting at the show since the very first Executive Hire Show in 2007. It sees it as a key event to showcase their latest product ranges and provide an opportunity to meet existing and potential customers.

Morris Site Machinery is on Stand F30 at Executive Hire Show, 5 and 6 February, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Executive Hire Show 2020 is over 90% sold

OVER 150 exhibitors, including 15 new companies, have committed to the 2020 Executive Hire Show, which is taking place at the Ricoh Arena Coventry from 5-6 February. This will be the 14th annual EHS and to date the event is over 90% sold, with only a handful of stands remaining for sale.

This year’s event attracted 1,872 relevant hire industry visitors, which was up on last year’s figures - more importantly for exhibitors, 86% of the hire industry visitors were from independent operations, re-confirming the pivotal role of local and regional hirers in the on-going success of the show. This also demonstrates the show’s continued ability to attract relevant, quality hire executives.

There also looks set to be plenty of new machines and products on display for visitors. Early indications of the product launches planned for the show suggest that suppliers are working to help improve efficiency, safety, and productivity for hirers. With Brexit still looming the 2020 event will enable hirers to explore new revenue opportunities, do deals and build a positive future.

Newcomers making their show débuts

This year the show is set to welcome 15 new exhibitors, which include Pop Up Products, Northwest Radio Communications, Globestock Safety Equipment, AJ Power and Milwaukee. The Executive Hire Show organisers spoke to a few of the new exhibitors and asked why they have chosen to exhibit at the show for the first time in its 14-year history.

Pop Up Products is an independent British company providing low-level access equipment. Ben Sly, national account manager at Pop Up Products said: “The Hire Show is a fantastic platform for us to be able to showcase our brand and range of products to engage with new and existing customers to improve their access product offering.

“Over the last few years it has been a tough industry and we believe that the corner has been turned. With this in mind, we are looking to invest in new innovative products along with improving our current range, so customer input is essential for this. Along with customers ‘hopefully’ placing orders during the event!”

Access platform specialist, Cumberland Platforms is also new to the event. Anna Ramsden frmo Cumberland Platforms Ltd said: “We have chosen to exhibit at The Executive Hire Show as we are looking to target the Hire and rental market with a full range of innovations. These include very compact, fully electric access equipment up to 7t van mounted equipment. CPL feels that The Hire Show is a great place to not only meet potential new customers but to also demonstrate some of the range we can offer.”

Rouse Services LLC is a leader in market intelligence for construction equipment. Rouse says that it delivers the most accurate information in the rental, construction, transportation, and material handling industries, enabling its customers to make better-informed business decisions.

To book last-minute stand at the show, contact sales manager Lee Westney at [email protected] or Tierney Elliot at [email protected]

The Executive Hire Show 2020 is taking place at its established home at the Ricoh Arena Coventry on 5th and 6th February.

Suppliers enjoy Meet the Buyer Day with Wilko

THE British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held another of its Meet The Buyer retail networking days with home and hardware retailer, Wilko and welcomed 55 suppliers to West Retford Hall in Nottinghamshire for over 100 appointments with members of the buying team.

Categories represented on the day included home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning and household, seasonal and craft. The event focussed on potential suppliers who could offer a wide variety of products as well as drop ship capabilities in the garden sector. 

Wilko, which now has over 400, mostly high street stores in the UK, positions itself as providing simple solutions to help families get their day-to-day lives sorted as quickly, easily and affordably as possible. 

Commenting on the day, BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones said, “The event was a great success with the Wilko team kept busy all day. We also had very good feedback from both BHETA members and non-members who reported on some very positive meetings.”

Neil Fairhurst of Wilko added, “This was a very productive format from our point of view, enabling us to engage with a large quantity of potential suppliers in a short space of time.”

Supplier companies participating in the event were allocated a 20-minute appointment time to present credentials and cover the features and benefits of the products they were offering, including cost price proposals.

More details of BHETA’s events programme, including other retailer networking opportunities can be found on the BHETA website

Winners of 2019 National CCS Company and Supplier Awards to be revealed

THE highest-performing construction companies and suppliers will be honoured at the upcoming Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Awards.

The Awards, which recognise Scheme-registered companies and suppliers that have excelled in their standards of considerate construction, will take place on 31 October and 1 November in central London.

Fred Mills, The B1M’s co-founder and managing director, and Nick James, partnerships director at the CITB will be announcing whether each winning company and supplier has received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award for their achievements. There will also be Runner-up Awards and winners for the coveted ‘Most Considerate Company’ and ‘Most Considerate Supplier’ Awards.

Only the very top-performing companies and suppliers are eligible to win this year’s awards, based on their performance against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice assessed between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.

Amanda Long, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme said: “The highest-performing Scheme-registered companies and suppliers are committed to raising the bar of considerate construction to higher standards, and we are delighted to be recognising these organisations at the upcoming National Company and Supplier Awards.”

“The efforts and determination of high performing Scheme-registered companies and suppliers shows what can be possible no matter what size or type of organisation. Everyone has a crucial role to play in making our industry more considerate to our workforce, communities and the environment.”

Follow all the latest from the award ceremonies on Twitter: @CCScheme #ccsawards #loveconstruction

BHETA to hold Meet the Buyer Day with Wilko

THE British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host another of its Meet The Buyer retail networking days with Wilko, the home and hardware retailer which now has over 400, mostly high street, stores in the UK.

The event which will include the whole Wilko buying team will take place on 13 November in the Shelley Suite, Best Western West Retford Hall, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Wilko’s listings include all the following categories – home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning and household and stationery and craft, as well as pet, seasonal, toys and health and beauty. It positions itself as providing simple solutions to help families get their day to day lives sorted as quickly, easily and affordably as possible. At the Meet The Buyer event, Wilko buyers are looking for companies who can offer a wide variety of products. Current supplier rationalisation means that prospective suppliers must be able to offer multiple lines and garden suppliers need to have drop ship capabilities.

Commenting on the forthcoming event, BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones, said: “We are delighted to be providing members with another great opportunity to schedule face to face meetings with the key buyers for their categories. It’s also exciting to be working with a retail partner which literally spans all of the sectors of interest to the BHETA membership.”

Wilko Retail Limited, formerly Wilkinson Cash Stores and Wilkinson Hardware Stores was founded in Leicester by James Kemsey Wilkinson in 1930 and remains in the hands of the founding family today. Companies participating in the event will be allocated a 20-minute appointment time. A maximum of two people from each supplier company will be allowed and suppliers are urged to use the time available to concentrate on the features and benefits of the products they are offering, supported by cost price proposals.
Will continued: “This event is sure to attract a big response and there will be a limit to the number of people that can be accommodated on the day.  Interested suppliers are therefore urged to make themselves known to Helen Farnell in BHETA Member Services team as soon as possible, so that we can confirm arrangements.”

The future of construction under the microscope at UK Construction Week 2019

AN eclectic, forward thinking crowd of 34,327 construction professionals attended UK Construction Week on 8-10 October. There was a particular swell in visitors keen to learn about future technologies and how they could be applied to their businesses.

The future of construction and how it is driving change was a major focus at this year’s event and it was clearly a driver to bring the crowds to the show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Kevin Reeves, director of IoT & digital twin at Costain, said: “Being my first time at UK Construction Week, I was blown away by the scale and diversity of the event, it was very impressive.”

Mark Ireland, chief engineer of technology strategy at the Manufacturing Technology Centre commented: “It was a busy few days and there were a great mix of attendees, from new industry entrants to managing directors and chief executives. It was really engaging to meet with the next generation and to meet people who aren’t already entrenched in traditional attitudes around construction.”

Feedback from a new business perspective was also extremely positive. Brendan Hourican, national sales and marketing manager at CircofloPro said: “It was an incredible show. I came away with at least 60-70 excellent business leads. One project alone will pay for the cost of attending the show. It’s been so successful, if I’d known I’d have gone for a larger stand and brought more of our team along.”

Ade Feeney, divisional account manager at Tradepoint B&Q also commented on the levels of interest from younger attendees, said: “We’ve had some great conversations. It was a good show, very busy, and we spoke to a lot of young professionals who are the future of the industry. They were really engaged.”

Among the 300 speakers and 150 hours of content, major highlights last week included the first industry appearance for the Construction Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, and keynote speeches and debates featuring Lord Digby Jones, architect George Clarke, modern methods of construction (MMC) advocate Mark Farmer and diversity champion Angela Dapper, principal at Grimshaw Architects.

Mental health in the industry was also a major focal point at the show, making UK Construction Week the largest event in the sector to address these issues. UK Construction Week worked alongside Public Health England to launch Every Mind Matters to the construction industry.

Sam Park, head of marketing at Aliaxis, said: “I was very impressed with the Every Mind Matters connection as I’m a mental health first aider at work. The focus on mental health at UK Construction Week was great. This is an audience which typically doesn’t like to talk, and they should. There was a lot happening on the stands and the support which is available. Hats off to UK Construction Week, from a mental health first aider perspective this really helps get the message out.”

UK Construction Week took innovation to a new level this year with its partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) and the new innovation zone. On a practical front there were a record number of product launches, showcases and demos providing something for all construction professionals regardless of trade. This was also the inaugural year for the co-launch of the very successful Concrete Expo.

Now in its second year, the UK Construction Week Role Model of the year award went to Anjali Pindoria, project surveyor at Avi Contracts. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion within construction.

Sustainability was a major push for the event with all exhibitors being encouraged to sign up to a ‘net zero’ agreement to boost awareness of the UK’s carbon-cutting goals and encouraged to follow tips to boost their own sustainability. The printed show guide was switched for an environmentally friendly app, and to help reduce single-use plastic, free water fountains were installed around the show and free reusable bottles given out.

Summarising a very successful show, Nathan Garnett, event director said: “This year's UK Construction Week for me was brimming with positivity. In a time of political and economic uncertainty, the UK's largest showcase for the sector showed signs of transformation, as it adopts innovation at a faster pace than ever. The feeling all around was that we have a lot of work to do, come what may, so let’s get on with doing it in the safest, fastest and most efficient way possible by harnessing the potential of new technologies.

“UK Construction Week 2019 also tackled mental health in the sector head on with the support of the Every Mind Matters campaign, as we continue the role of improving mental health in construction for good. I was delighted how open the construction industry has now become on this subject and great conversations have started.

“Finally, to see the talent and diversity on stage for our UK Construction Awards, Fix Radio Awards and Role Model 2019 presentation shows how far we have come in the fifth edition of the event. Although there is a mountain still to climb, as an industry we should all be proud of that transformation.” 

Looking to the future, UK Construction Week will be hosting a series of specialist summits in the New Year, including:

  • Marketing in Construction Summit, 12 February 2020
  • Belonging in Construction Summit, 13 February 2020
  • Wellbeing in Construction Summit, 30 June 2020
  • Quality in Construction Summit, 1 July 2020

To find out more visit

The dates for next year’s UK Construction Week are 6-8 October 2020.


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