Facing the need to surpass client expectations, react to regulations and find efficiencies while maintaining quality, these nine companies are leading the way in this market.
Advante Orion School Equipment Specialists 2016
Advanté’s EcoLogic/EcoMax range has helped reduce its clients’ carbon footprints on welfare units, while also providing a silent and economical solution.
The company has delivered innovation with the option of double-stacking units to save on space and running costs, a patented modular staircase to allow safe erection on site by a driver, and sophisticated telemetry to identify potential problems early.
Fast Form Equipment Specialists 2016
Fast-Form Systems was involved in a number of high-profile projects for major clients in 2015, including Crossrail, Transport for London, and Environment Agency flood defence schemes.
It is the UK’s fastest growing supplier of formwork and shuttering equipment and its system can be erected without a crane or mechanical lifting. Sales have grown from £120,000 in 2014 when the business was founded, to a projected £1.3m in 2016.
GAP Hire Solutions Equipment Specialists 2016
Gap Hire Solutions
In 2015, Gap Hire Solutions added two new divisions to the company: London Tools & Access, and Vehicle Hire.
The company also doubled its training output in 2014/15, taking on its first learning and development manager and launching a new induction programme.
Turnover grew from £118m to £143m, with profit also rising from £13.5m to £18.3m – forecast profit for 2015/16 is £21.9m, an increase of 13 per cent.
Garic Equipment Specialists 2016
Lancashire-based Garic is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of plant and welfare facilities.
In 2015 it won its largest contract to date for smart motorways in Manchester, opened new depots in Bedfordshire and Birmingham as part of a large planned expansion, and launched its new Garic Connect service – an asset management service to source any equipment needed for sites, saving time and improving buying power for site managers.
Hilti Equipment Specialists 2016
Hilti brought more than 20 new products to market in 2014 and saw sales growth of 6.5 per cent.
The firm invests 4-5 per cent of its profit into research and development each year, launching products at ‘Kick Off’ days in January and August where the team gets hands-on experience with the tools.
Hilti’s fleet management service sees it provide tools with service and repair costs covered for a fixed monthly charge, helping customers with financial planning and minimising administrative work.
Hird Equipment Specialists 2016
Hird is one of the leading suppliers for specialist glass-lifting equipment, having spotted a gap in the market and invested in a new London depot five years ago to take advantage of the rise of structural glass in the capital’s buildings.
In 2015 Hird invested over £1m in glass lifters and cranes, introduced 10 new products (including seven UK firsts), and invested £100,000 in glass-lifting training. The year to September 2015 saw turnover increase by 30 per cent.
UK Platforms Equipment Specialists 2016
UK Platforms introduced its ‘Rant and Rave’ system in 2015, allowing customers to give fast and constructive real-time feedback, with anyone giving negative feedback contacted to resolve it.
The firm’s sister company, HSS Training, offers business-to-business training in working at height, with over 500 customers trained to date.
It is also the only large hire company in the UK to invest solely in hybrid versions of Niftylift machinery, enabling customers to work at night and in a wider range of situations.
Western Global Equipment Specialists 2016
Western Global produces a full range of fuel storage tanks and water bowsers and grew rapidly in 2015.
Last year it launched the Abbi AdBlue, a dual system that eliminates the need for a separate AdBlue unit, with a fully enclosed unit ensuring it maintains its purity from supply to dispensing.
This concept has already proved popular with customers – and will continue to do so as the effect of emissions regulations take hold after their introduction last year.