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. 

www.executivehireshow.co.uk

Snap election a 'major setback' for tool theft petition

AFTER attracting 32,000 signatures in just four weeks, the government has shut down an official petition to combat the shocking rise in tool theft.

The petition launched by Simply Business, the UK’s leading provider of small business insurance to over half a million SMEs, called for greater fines for those convicted of tool theft and tighter regulations on the selling of second-hand tools. 

Now, the digital broker has expressed its disappointment that the snap election is obstructing efforts to review and tackle the staggering increase in tool theft. 

It was growing at an average of 1,000 signatures a day and at one stage was the fastest growing Government petition in the whole UK, at a time when British politics has been dominated by the Brexit debate.

However, Parliament’s decision to call a General Election on Thursday, 12 December has seen purdah swing into action, thus pausing Simply Business’ efforts to reach the goal of 100,000 signatures which would see the issue debated in the House of Commons. The sudden dissolution of Parliament meant that all live petitions were suspended not to be reopened so a number of burgeoning campaigns had their growing momentum immediately stopped.

Simply Business’ campaign aimed to highlight the growing tool theft epidemic, which is destroying the livelihoods of tradespeople up and down the country. One in three (37%) tradespeople have had their tools stolen, costing victims over £3,000 on average, and leaving the vast majority unable to work. A staggering 84% of tradespeople also don’t believe the government is doing enough to prevent tool theft.

With all of the data suggesting the problem’s only getting worse – tool theft related insurance claims have increased 54% in the last two years alone – there’s little sign of the issue going away. 

Just seven days prior to the petition being taken down, the Government’s formal response to the petition reaching 10,000 signatures was to state it “has no plans to amend existing legislation” and “The Theft Act 1968 includes robust measures for dealing with crimes of theft and handling stolen goods, including tool theft.” 

Numerous petitions have been launched to combat tool theft in the last 10 years, each ending with close to 30,000 signatures and marked by a political response which wouldn’t commit to any action. Simply Business’ petition was designed to build a coalition of stakeholders who would come together to try and end the scourge of tool theft that blights British tradespeople once and fall.

An alarming 84% of tradespeople also don’t believe the government is doing enough to prevent tool theft. Just under two thirds (60%) surveyed believe there needs to be greater sentences for thieves, while more than half (55%) believe there should be greater fines for those convicted and half of tradespeople believe there should be greater funding for police.  

Bea Montoya, chief operating officer at Simply Business, commented: “The success of the stamp out tool theft petition within its first month reflects the significance of this widespread issue. With the frequency and cost of the crime on a continual rise, clearly there is a need to act. 84% of tradespeople feel the Government isn’t doing enough on this issue and at Simply Business we empathise with tradespeople.

“We’ve reached a stage in 2019 where a van is broken into every 23 minutes in the UK, with 1 in 3 tradespeople having had their tools stolen. For our customers in the trade, it’s far more than an inconvenience, the effects are devastating. Stolen tools removes their ability to earn a living.

“For the Government to state it has no plans to amend, or even review, 50-year-old legislation is a missed opportunity to find a solution to this growing crisis. How bad will things have to get before the Government acts?

“As we enter winter - the worst times of the year for tool theft - and with the upcoming general election, tradespeople simply cannot afford for this issue to once again slip down the political agenda. In the meantime, we will keep highlighting the facts related to this crime and continue sharing tips to prevent becoming a victim of tool theft, which is the least that our nation’s tradespeople deserve.”

www.simplybusiness.co.uk

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

www.bheta.co.uk

Dustcontrol UK scoops sustainability award at Speedy Expo 2019

DUSTCONTROL UK’s commitment to practice environmental and social sustainability has seen the company win the Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award at the Speedy Expo 2019.

The company, which has over 45 years of experience in developing dust extraction solutions and centralised vacuum systems to fit client requirements in a wide range of industries, was recognised for its core focus on creating a healthier working environment for businesses.

Dustcontrol’s environmental policy complies with current environmental legislation, rules, requirements, and standards and works to ensure continuous improvement across sustainability, financial stability, efficient and effective solutions, physical wellbeing and a safe working environment.

The company also strives for continued investment in adapting the business in relation to the environment and health internally, while pushing for a reduced environmental footprint in the production of its services and products externally.  

Inspired by the United Nation’s 17 goals for sustainable global development and as a leader in producing technology for healthy business, Dustcontrol’s products have been designed with repairability, recyclability and energy efficiency in mind, with many of its high-quality models featuring energy-saving motors with auto-start functionality to reduce energy consumption. Furthermore, when choosing materials and components, the company looks at local suppliers in order to reduce shipping costs and, more importantly, its environmental footprint.

James Miller, managing director of Dustcontrol UK, said: "We’re delighted to be recognised for our global sustainable efforts by Speedy Services. We supply total solutions not only in manufacturing but within the engineering, food processing, construction and demolition industries. Our dust extractors and source extraction systems make the working environment cleaner and safer. Ultimately, health is improved and production is more efficient, which we call ‘healthy business’.  

“The wealth of knowledge gained in these industries also means we are adept at knowing the very latest requirements, regulations and working conditions for different types of workplaces nationwide.

“We’re not satisfied with just selling products. We aspire to manufacture and customise high-quality portable dust extractors and industrial extraction systems with very high levels of filtration, in the most environmentally friendly and sustainable way possible.”

www.dustcontroluk.co.uk

'To go green, you must overhaul policies,' warns RICS

THE Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched its General Election 2019 manifesto, calling on the future Government to move past Brexit, and to overhaul current domestic policies to build a more sustainable country that future generations can be proud of, and to fulfil aspirations to be carbon-neutral.

A new approach for the built and natural environment, calls for any new Government to put the climate, sustainable construction, placemaking and future-proofed housing policy at the forefront of the agenda. It also includes a clear call to action for the next leading party to take stock of the UK’s top domestic issues and then refocus how the built and natural environment can play a crucial role in future-proofing the UK’s towns, cities and economy.

The manifesto offers over 35 recommendations focussing on three main topics impacting the built and natural environment and its professionals: climate change, housing supply and high street rejuvenation.

Some of the key asks from the manifesto include:

  • Level the stamp duty playing field - undertaking a full-scale review of stamp duty;
  • Make business rates fairer, and easier for small businesses - promoting and supporting a thorough review of the current business rates system to ensure that legislation matching the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill is reintroduced;
  • Level the playing field between our high streets and those businesses operating primarily on the internet. Government should evaluate the current state of play and assess whether an internet sales tax or similar could be employed to then fund high street renewal; and
  • VAT for repair should be cut - cut VAT for repair, maintenance and improvement works in existing buildings.

Hew Edgar, RICS Head of UK Government Relations and City Strategy, said: “Chartered Surveyors play a leading role in tackling our most pressing domestic issues in the UK; and in key areas of the housing crisis, adapting to our changing environment and mitigating against climate change, and working on our high streets and their rejuvenation. We are keen to see real change in the way government approaches these key issues.

“These sectors, and our professionals who operate within them, are vital to economic development, helping to support stable and sustainable investment and growth across the UK.

“We believe the next government, regardless of configuration, needs to provide a holistic approach to support the built and natural environments. Failure to address the issues highlighted within the manifesto in a planned, cohesive way will have a serious impact on the wider economy, which will exacerbate existing housing and infrastructure deficit, and hinder any aspirations to be one of the greenest countries in the world.”

Full commentary on the parties’ manifestoes and RICS’ full manifesto can be found at rics.org/GE2019

'More ambitious financial incentives needed to upgrade homes', say builders

A BETTER offer for homeowners is needed if we are to reduce emissions from buildings by 2025, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the Liberal Democrats manifesto published today.

Ifan Glyn, FMB Senior Hub Director, said: “The Lib Dems' pledge to cut VAT on home insulation is a step in the right direction and is an area that we have been lobbying on for a number of years through the Cut the VAT campaign.

"However, I feel that it needs to go further and VAT should be cut on the labour element of home improvement work across the board. Doing so would simplify the VAT system and send a clear message that boosting jobs and consumer demand in this space is a priority. We know that homeowners are more likely to request energy efficiency upgrades as a bolt on to other building work being carried out on their homes. Cutting VAT across the board would therefore incentivise the de-carbonisation of our homes further."

Glyn concluded: “On a positive note, I strongly welcome the Lib Dems’ pledge to enforce big businesses and government agencies to adhere to the prompt payment code. Smaller building firms are being held back by the abuse of retentions and late payment practices that are rife. Getting tough on serial offenders will help small businesses get back to doing what they do best, which is delivering quality work and training the next generation of builders.”

www.fmb.org.uk

Stahlwille's premium design for confined spaces

MINI fine-tooth ratchets with a steel handle only nine centimetres long are the latest addition to the family of 80-tooth fine-tooth ratchets at Stahlwille.

Now reduced to take up minimum space, they allow access to fasteners where a thicker, longer handle would not have room to move. The ergonomically shaped, particularly slim handle lies securely in the hand and allows fatigue-free working.

The slim, space-saving design comes into its own where every millimetre counts. Use of this handy ratchet can be decisive when it is a question of whether panels and components have to be dismantled using clumsy, time-consuming methods or whether the fastener can be accessed directly and easily. Examples of typical applications can be found in servicing jobs on aircraft, cars and motorcycles, in many production processes and in repair work in the heating and sanitary sector.

As with the existing fine-tooth ratchets with two-component plastic handles, the ratchets with the steel handle provide a ratchet angle of 4.5 degrees. No less than eight teeth engage simultaneously. Despite the compact dimensions, this enables extremely smooth running and high power transmission without damaging the mechanical systems.

There are two versions of the Stahlwille mini fine-tooth ratchet with the steel handle. The 418QR has a QuickRelease safety lock that firmly locks insert and shell tools in place. They cannot inadvertently fall off inside inaccessible places. The technology still enables rapid tool changes. Thanks to its screwless design, it is also predestined for use in safety-critical and FOD sensitive areas. The 418B mini fine-tooth bit ratchet, which is otherwise identical, is intended for use with screwdriver bits.

Both mini fine-tooth ratchets are manufactured to the high precision standards for which Stahlwille is renowned. The drop-forged chrome vanadium shank is highly resilient and ensures a long service life. The fine internal mechanics are reliably protected from dust, dirt and moisture by a particularly resistant plastic cover.

  Mini fine-tooth ratchet 418QR Mini fine-tooth bit ratchet 418B
Length 90 mm 90 mm
Width of head 22.5 mm 22.5 mm
Shank diameter 12.5 mm 11.0 mm
Weight 74 g 70 g
Code 11111050 11133030

www.stahlwille.co.uk

Morris Site Machinery invests in young talent

LEADING manufacturer and distributor Morris Site Machinery has taken on two engineering apprentices as it looks to invest in and develop young talent.

The new apprentices will spend two days a week at its base in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton, gaining on-the-job experience. They will also study at college in Wolverhampton on a three-year course to work towards a Certificate of Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Managing director Allan Binstead said: “We are an established business that looks to the future. We want to give opportunities to young people to help set them on a career path and develop their potential. In Jacob and Sam we have promising candidates who are willing to learn and gain practical skills and experience; we wish them well.”

Jacob Davies, one of the apprentices said: “It’s a great opportunity for both of us. Morris Site Machinery have made us very welcome. We are learning so much already and enjoying the variety of work.”

The business is known for its SMC mobile lighting towers, which it sells worldwide, and for its range of other high-quality site equipment including generators, welders, pumps and pressure washers. It is also investing in its future production capacity with plans to move to a new purpose-built base on the i54 South Staffordshire high-tech business park.

Morris Site Machinery is part of Shrewsbury-based fifth-generation family business group Morris & Company which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz vans ‘hit the nail on the head’ for tools specialist

BRIGHTON Tools & Fixings knows all about premium-quality equipment – which explains why it is now running four new Mercedes-Benz vehicles supplied by local dealer Rossetts Commercials.

Three stylish Citan vans are allocated to Sales Representatives, who visit construction sites and other locations across much of East and West Sussex, and parts of Kent, to promote the company’s comprehensive range of power tools and manual tools, fixings and other site consumables.

The Citan is the smallest van ever to wear a three-pointed star, and offers exemplary comfort, practicality, reliability, and safety. It is also a big winner at the pumps. Packed with clever features, Brighton Tools & Fixings’ Long-bodied 109 CDI variants deliver outstanding economy in the combined cycle of up to 65.7 mpg, and CO2  emissions as low as 112 g/km.

The fourth vehicle, an X-Class pickup, is now the personal transport of managing director Matt Hyde. The imposingly styled four-door, five-seater combines robustness, functionality, strength and off-road performance, with the classical design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety characteristics of a true Mercedes-Benz.

A top-of-the-range X 350 d model, it is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel which delivers a muscular 258 hp and 555 Nm of torque over a wide engine speed range, and is paired with a 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Mr Hyde founded Brighton Tools & Fixings in 1991 with his father Arthur, who retired a decade ago but remains a director. The company, which operates from headquarters on the Centenary Industrial Estate, stocks a large range of power tools by some of the industry’s biggest names, together with laser and routing products, hand tools and consumables.

“The X-Class is exceptionally smooth to drive, with a refined and very well-equipped interior,” confirmed Mr Hyde, who also uses his pickup to visit sites, as well as to attend meetings with customers, and for general support purposes. “The substantial payload allowance of just under a tonne is useful too, as it means I can transport everything I need without having to worry about exceeding the weight limit.

“Our sales representatives are equally pleased with their new Citans. They were in car-derived vans previously, and the Citan represents a definite step-up in terms of prestige, comfort and all-round quality. It’s also a more practical vehicle in which to carry product samples, catalogues, literature, and the like.”

Equally important to Brighton Tools & Fixings is the Mercedes-Benz ServiceCare Plan arranged by Rossetts Commercials. As a truck and van specialist, the Dealer understands the importance of keeping businesses moving, so offers night-time vehicle maintenance and repair support.

Meanwhile, like all new vans sold through the official Mercedes-Benz Dealer network, the operator’s new Citans and X-Class are backed by three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, and came with MobiloVan cover, which includes free, 24-hour emergency roadside assistance.

“The back-up was a key factor behind our decision to switch to Mercedes-Benz,” confirmed Matt Hyde. “The business is going well and has been growing strongly, but we operate in a tough market. As an independent we have to differentiate ourselves from larger competitors by providing a higher level of service. That means our vehicles must be available for work when we need them, not laid up in a workshop.”

Rossetts Commercials took back the company’s three previous vans and its MD’s former pickup in part-exchange against its new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. “Van sales executive Martin Gearing was very attentive, and I was pleasantly surprised by the competitive cost of the package he put together,” recalled Mr Hyde.

“For less than I expected we’ve been able to upgrade to better vehicles that can only enhance our image in the eyes of established and prospective customers, and hold out the promise of proper, commercially-focused aftersales support.”

www.brightontools.co.uk

‘Tis the season to be jolly with the KNIPEX advent calendar

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and KNIPEX knows just how to give the festive season even more cheer! The pliers specialist is launching its fantastic advent calendar on 1 December - and there’s a prize to be won every day.

Just follow the KNIPEX Facebook or Instagram page to answer a question every day throughout December. All correct answers will go into a draw and a winner will be selected at random. There will be up to two prizes awarded each day which will include the KNIPEX Twistor16®, KNIPEX CoBolt, KNIPEX Cobra ®, Cable Shears, Diagonal Cutters and many more favourites. And the big prize, to be won on December 24, a KNIPEX Tool Case Big Basic Move, Electric.   

To be in with your chance to win, follow KNIPEX on Facebook and Instagram and answer the questions each day from 1 December.

The KNIPEX advent calendar is ready to make the festive season a very jolly one.

www.knipex.com

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