THE HIRE Association Europe is to change its constitution after members called for closer ties with grass roots hirers.
The shake-up will also see the association open the way for members to become directors.
Managing director Kevin Minton said: 'Companies will be able to nominate their own candidates for election.
In addition we propose to create a situation where half the board will stand down each year so that there is a combination of stability with progress.' At the same time, the association is beefing up its regional programme to allow hirers to discuss local issues.
The HAE is also looking to expand its operations into Holland. It is building on its relations with the Dutch hire industry as an opening gambit in its development of a European strategy.
Mr Minton said: 'The Dutch rental market is interesting and we have the relationships already.
'We are having our first international conference in Amsterdam in May and we will take things f rom there.' Among other developments the HAE is offering hirers a service to check customer credit ratings and to share information about bad debts.
Mr Minton said: 'It enables hirers to manage their risk, which should cut their costs and the end-customer is not inconvenienced at all.'