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Derived from the benchmark Executive Hire Show, our series of regional Road Shows enable hirers to get together with like-minded industry professionals to discuss current issues, share ideas and, generally, get a buzz from being part of our great industry.

These popular events allow people to network in an informal and positive atmosphere, and enable hirers to take advantage of Special Deals that are only available to Road Show visitors on the day.

2017 Autumn Road Show dates

LONDON & SOUTH EAST
17 October 2017
Cobham, Surrey
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NORTH WEST
14 November 2017
Haydock
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WEST & WALES
5 December 2017
Filton, Bristol
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West & Wales Road Show charity auction supports worthy cause

Hirers and suppliers attending our West & Wales Road Show in early December once again demonstrated their generosity by helping us raise the magnificent sum of £8,779 in our Charity Auction held during the evening.

The proceeds were donated to the Julian Trust Night Shelter based in Bristol, whose volunteers help homeless people in the area. The Executive Hire Team appreciated the support of those who dug deep to support such a worthy cause, achieving a figure that exceeded last year's donation by nearly £2,000.

There was a great buzz during the auction, which included an impressive number of lots, including VIP tickets to events such as a Wasps rugby match, a Swansea Premier League football game and a National Hunt race meeting, as well as local golf days, and a sightseeing helicopter ride round London. The Team would like to thank everyone who got involved and we look forward to meeting up with you all again at the main Show in Coventry.

"Knowledge is priceless"

"Knowledge is priceless, and that's what you gain when you visit events like this, seeing new products as well as getting some great deals on the day," said Stuart Parker of Parker Tool Hire who was amongst the hirers attending our recent East Midlands Road Show. "I bought 15 Master heaters from HSC, a new fuel pump from Midland Power, and four Warrior barrows from Belle, having just read about them the previous day in the October issue of EHN. The venue was good, the welcome was warm, the food was great and the Road Show was very well organised."

"It was great to touch base with existing suppliers and see some new ones," said Brandon's Mark Ball, pictured centre, with colleagues Shaun Wilson (left) and Dave Robinson. "Gary McWilliam and his team from Headline Sponsor, Hire Supply Co (HSC), gave a fascinating presentation on the company and its expanding product range, and I was very interested in their latest lighting equipment and an innovative battery-powered heater. If you go to an event like this, you are bound to see something new."

Brian Sherlock, MD of Hire Station's Core Tools business, described the Road Show as: "A really informative evening, and it was great to catch up with a number of other hirers. The opportunity to see some innovative equipment and talk to potential new suppliers in detail was most useful. I saw some products I'd not seen before, and it's set the scene for the Executive Hire Show in February, at which I look forward to networking and appraising even more new launches."

"We took advantage of special deals on some of the products we saw, including a gas heater and lights from HSC, and we made appointments with Trelawny and Duro for them to visit us and demonstrate some new items," said Peter Davis of Atom Tool Hire, pictured (left) with Chris Ryder. "The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming and we're really glad we made the effort to attend."

"EHN and EHS do it again! What a great job the team did in bringing a wide and varied selection of suppliers together to showcase their latest products and give hirers the chance to take advantage of some great deals," said Dennis Gwynne, HVAC Technical Director of Andrews Sykes. "It's obvious that a lot of time, effort and cost go into organising such a professional event. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues locally, in my own back yard."

Within minutes of the Road Show opening, Dave Webster and Helen Power of CV Hire had bought virtually the entire selection of Belle equipment on display, including five compaction plates, a paddle mixer and a Warrior barrow. "We also bought some heaters and dust suppression water bottles from HSC, as well as a floor grinder and a dust vacuum from Trelawny. It's a great opportunity to make closer contacts with suppliers face-to-face, and those who get involved in industry events like this get the benefits."

"We bought some heaters and water bottles from HSC, and ordered a quantity of their newly introduced heavy duty pull cord," said Dave Atkin of Frank Key Hire. "We have a long-established trading relationship with Belle, and I enjoyed catching up with them, and it was good to touch base with Trelawny, as we bought two of their carpet tile lifters at the Executive Hire Show. I am really looking forward to the event at the Ricoh next February."

Vote for Haydock

"It was the first Road Show I have attended and it was a real eye-opener because there was so much of interest," said Joe Hayes of Marchstream Tool Hire, one of the visitors to the North West Regional Road Show in Haydock. "I talked to Altrad Belle about buying a hydraulic power pack and breaker, and caught up with exhibitors like Hire Supply Co and Safety Lifting Group. The HAE's presentation on attracting apprentices into the industry was thought- provoking, and I'll definitely be attending the next Road Show in the region."

A-Plant's Asif Latief said, "It was a great event and gave the opportunity to talk to a lot of independents in the North West and exchange views about our industry, as well as discussing what we can do to address issues like apprenticeships. A good variety of hire companies were represented and it showed how like-minded professionals can get together and share ideas."

"It was another cracking event," said Jason Fielden of EPS Hire Centres in Mytholmroyd, who literally walked away with a great deal from Altrad Belle on a PCLX 320 compaction plate and a Warrior barrow. "We get a lot out of visiting the annual Executive Hire Show, and the Road Shows give an opportunity to catch up with new developments. At the Haydock event, I also discussed potential re-hire business with other hirers interested in some of our more specialised equipment."

Simon and Beverley Luscombe, of Luscombe Plant and Tool Hire in Ulverston, travelled 80 miles from Cumbria to attend. "It was well worth it," Simon told EHN. "I had a good look at all the suppliers' stands, and I was particularly interested in the special offers from Harrington Generators and Safety Lifting Group. I found the open forum discussion about the Brexit issue fascinating, and I was quite surprised by the margin of the result of the secret ballot conducted during the evening."

"I found the HAE's presentation very interesting on how to encourage young people to consider a career in our industry," said Ray Woods of Southport Hire Centre. "The Brexit debate was also good, and it was great to hear the issues being talked from a hire industry perspective, rather than the general discussion in the media."

"It was good to see the gathering attended by such a cross-section from the industry," said Supply UK's Jim Field. "From large national hirers to local independents, all participated in the lively discussions. We got a great deal on submersible pumps from HSC and we intend to take advantage of the Road Show offer from JCB on 0% finance on some new excavators. In short, we learned something, bought something, met with old friends - and ate a very reasonable curry."

West & Wales Road Show raises £7,000 in charity auction

Not only did our West & Wales Road Show attract a record attendance of 70 hirers in early December, but it also raised £7,000 in a charity auction for a Bristol-based Night Shelter in the run-up to Christmas. According to Show Director Robert Aplin, "as I walk into work each day in Bristol, I had noticed an increase in the number of people sleeping rough in the city. Having organised charity auctions at the national Show in the past, and with Christmas approaching, I wanted to contribute something locally and maybe raise a few hundred pounds. However, in typical fashion, I didn't start ringing around the Road Show exhibitors until the day before the event.

"When the Road Show started at 4.30pm, exhibitors had donated seven auction lots, which we thought was really impressive. By 6.00pm, when we started the auction, the number had risen to a staggering 15 lots. As a result of the fantastic generosity of suppliers and hirers at the Road Show, we raised £7,000 for the Julian Trust Night Shelter. Such is the level of camaraderie at this event, hirers were bidding on each other's lots, including Bath Rugby tickets and local golf days, as well as suppliers' kit and other offers like Badminton Horse Trial tickets and a helicopter trip to JCB's Rocester facility.

"We would like to thank everyone who took part in the auction and contributed such a magnificent sum of money to a worthy charity. We look forward to meeting up with everyone again at next month's Show in Coventry."

London Calling

Phil Tizzard, right, was one of a group of Brandon Hire executives who attended the London and South East Regional Road Show at Kempton Park. "It's simply not possible for all our staff to attend the main Executive Hire Show, so the regional events are an ideal way to let some of them get a flavour of what it is like, and to make contact with suppliers and other industry professionals. Technology changes fast and it is a great opportunity to keep up-to-date with new products."

Ryan Pocock, right, from Temporary Power Solutions of Brentford, took advantage of the opportunity to see the MHM team. "We already have about 30 of its machines in our fleet, but this was a good chance to talk about possibly adding lighting towers in the future. Instead of having to travel for two hours to a meeting somewhere half-way between us, it took me just about 15 minutes to get to Kempton Park as it was so local, and I got all the information I needed."

Phil Wright, left, from The Hireman, said that the Road Show "was a good opportunity to catch up with some of our suppliers, such as Altrad Belle and Husqvarna. I was also able to find out more about HGI's latest generator line-up, including a revised 6kVA model. I also found the talk on the new regulations in London relating to emissions from construction plant interesting, as you need to keep abreast of changes that could affect our industry."

Peter Lewis of Kent Loos, in Medway, described the event as, "A great day. I was able to put faces to voices I knew from speaking to them on the phone, and I bumped into a lot of other industry contacts. I was also able to network and talk about opportunities with other hirers who might want to re-hire portable sanitation equipment in the future, so all in all it was excellent."

Robert Merker, second from right, Manager of HSS's Hanworth depot, came with colleague Jas Kundi, right, Manager of its Hounslow branch, and spent a good deal of time discussing Husqvarna's equipment at the Road Show. "Most of what we normally supply is based on our catalogue, but we can recommend new products that could be added in the future. We were impressed by Husqvarna's electric and petrol driven saws and cutting tools, and it was great to talk to the sales staff face-to- face. I am going to ask our Area Manager to attend the main Show in Coventry. Product knowledge is so important, and there is no better source of information than at the Ricoh in February."

Southern Hoist Services' Kirsty Archbold-Laming, and Lance Foster, travelled from Southampton to attend the London Regional Road Show. "We met up with a lot of other hirers that we will be able to do re-hire business with, and we are interested in the generator re-hire initiatives from MHM. Many customers ask us to supply a complete package of equipment to site, so that they are dealing with one trusted source of supply, and it was a good opportunity to discuss the various options. We really enjoyed the event, and we are looking forward to going to the Ricoh again next year."

Reg Harris, of Southern Plant & Tool Hire, Henley, pictured, right, with Steve Hull, left, liked the concept of the Regional Road Shows. "We don't normally have the time or manpower to travel to many events, but as this one was held so near to us, it was a great opportunity. We touched base with some existing suppliers like Avant, Hire Supply Co and Husqvarna, and we made a good contact with a hirer in Essex for sourcing potential re-hire work."

Midlands region hirers tell EHN how much they enjoyed the Road Show.

Carl Banks, second left, and his wife Barbara, of P.E.T Hire, certainly gained a lot from attending the Road Show. "I thought the deals on offer were great from all suppliers," said Carl. "We bought four paddle mixers and two barrows from Altrad Belle, some more Obart pumps, and ten air conditioning units from Hire Supply Co, as well as some dust suppression water bottles. We also came away with the VT-1 lighting tower that MHM were displaying outside the venue. We hadn't planned on buying one, but we started talking and ended up with a bargain. In all, we spent around £15,000, and we thoroughly enjoyed the event."

Peter Jennings, centre, of Traction Equipment (Stafford), finds that "the Road Shows perfectly complement the main Show in February. I had been aware of Avant's compact carriers, having seen them before at the exhibition, but I didn't realise there were so many attachments for them. At the Road Shows, you can have more informal discussions with suppliers and explore various options in a positive, relaxed environment, building relationships. It was also very beneficial to catch up with MHM staff, and talk about hybrid generators and LED lighting towers, which more of our customers are asking for."

Martin Elias (left) of Tippers Tool Hire got a lot out of his visit. "Altrad Belle had some great deals on equipment like pokers and plates, and I bought 36 water bottles for dust suppression from Hire Supply Co, which were available at a special price on the evening, as well as electrical equipment like leads and transformers. And I enjoyed talking with Husqvarna, whose floor saws, diamond drills and cut-off saws look very interesting. I spoke to a lot of hirers and suppliers during the evening, and it really was time well spent."

"The evening was great," said David Webster (centre) of CV Hire Centres, who attended with colleague Helen Power. "We were able to buy equipment that we'd not got round to purchasing before, because we've simply been so busy. Hire Supply Co had a terrific deal on a Dosko stump grinder, which we just couldn't ignore. We also bought some more compaction plates from Belle and Obart submersible pumps, saving hundreds of pounds. We also had a good conversation with Husqvarna, and made an appointment for them to come and see us to talk about the K760 cut-off saw and other equipment. Overall, we enjoyed a relaxed and very productive evening."

"Although we are a specialist hirer, there was a lot of interest here, giving an opportunity to see some new products and to catch up with some valued suppliers," said Andrews Sykes Technical Director, Dennis Gwynne, left. "We've been customers of Obart for years for small pumps, and we buy heaters and cooling fans from Hire Supply Co. It was a great networking event, and it shows again that the Executive Hire team are the only people who are really working hard to bring our industry together."

Hire Station's Paul Smith, right, with colleague Phil Jones, left, said, "We deal with virtually all the suppliers who were at the Road Show, and most of our purchasing is done centrally, but it was still a good opportunity to touch base with them, as well as being able to network with other hirers. I like the concept of having regional events, and I thought the format was good, with the open forum discussion at the beginning, followed by time to inspect the suppliers' stands."

We review some of the highlights of our May Road Shows in the North West
and West & Wales regions.

David Fielden (above), of EPS Hire Centres, states "It's absolutely fantastic that the Executive Hire team are organising the Road Shows for our industry. No-one else is doing it. I got a lot out of the Haydock meeting, catching up on new HSC products, buying two Karcher carpet cleaners, and getting a cracking deal on an MHM 10kVA diesel generator, with a 3kVA petrol machine thrown in. I'd really urge other hirers to attend their regional events."

Martin Prater (above) of Smiths Equipment Hire believes "The Haydock event was a fantastic networking opportunity, and the Road Shows are a great idea. You can share ideas with other hirers, compare experiences of business in your region, and find out about current issues. There are also some superb deals from suppliers."

Lee Edwards of Bristol-based South West Tool Hire (above) takes delivery of the company's first new KFS dropside and tail lift delivery vehicle, based on a Fiat Ducato chassis. SWTH is also about to replace its existing KFS Plant'n'Go with another new vehicle which is due for delivery in the middle of June. Lee reports, "with a 1.2 tonne payload, its capital cost is lower than traditional delivery vehicles." KFS' Steve Elwell argues "the Road Show was an excellent event. It brought hirers and suppliers together in a relaxed atmosphere, and we received a couple of firm enquiries that we're now following up."

Lee Stuart (above) of Mather & Stuart, Wigan, says "I got a terrific deal from MHM on no less than twenty diesel generators, saving us £1,000 on the day. The Road Shows are great for networking, easy to get to, and you can share ideas with other hire professionals. By getting involved in these regional events, it demonstrated that people were establishing trust amongst themselves, rather than regarding each other as competitors. At the end of the day, you get out of these opportunities what you're prepared to put into them."

In our charity auction at the West & Wales event in aid of this year's Show charity Cancer Research UK, we offer huge thanks to Steve Young (above left), pictured with his colleague, Martin Goddard (above right) from Avon Tools Hire of Bath who made the winning bid of £600 for a new Stihl TS 410 cut-off saw, kindly donated by regional distributor Clive Barford Ltd.

Michael Hill (above), of Hills Tool & Plant Hire, Liverpool, with his wife Linda and Michael Hill Snr comments "The Haydock meeting was ideal. As a relatively new company, we were able to meet other hirers and suppliers. My wife Linda, a former schoolteacher, only joined the business last year, so she found it helpful in finding out more about the industry. The Open Forum discussion about hire fraud was interesting, and showed how people can work together to help each other. Overall, it was spot on and we can't wait for the Executive Hire Show in February."

EHN caught up with busy hirers at the two Executive Hire Road Shows held recently for the Midlands and West & Wales regions, and found they got a lot out of the events.

Tipper Tool Hire's Martin Elias (second from right), flanked by Bill (extreme right) and Joe Tipper, took advantage of a special deal on the day from Altrad Belle.

"We have done some great business here at the Midlands meeting at the Ricoh Arena. We bought 14 paddle mixers from Altrad Belle, and we are interested in the Warrior barrows on display. We also purchased two Youngman folding room towers, and bought more extension leads and work lights from HSC. We were also very impressed by the Dri-Eaz equipment on show.

We are currently expanding our tool hire operation. Over the past six months we have bought approximately £100,000 worth of Hilti equipment, and we ordered five more TE 500-AVR breakers here, too. In fact, the whole event has been a great networking opportunity."

Brandon Regional Director John Whitby (left) told EHN, "The market is constantly changing, and the Ricoh regional meeting was a great way of keeping in touch with the latest products from some of our key suppliers, such as Safety-Lifting Group. Overall, the concept of holding meetings like these is excellent, and having some suppliers exhibiting means you get more out of it, as well as being able to network with other hirers."

We met Tony (extreme right) and Julia Jones, of Jones & Shuffs, Stoke, on the Hilti stand.

"We added a tool and compact plant hire activity alongside our builders' merchant operation earlier this year. The Ricoh meeting was a great opportunity for us to see new products and we were particularly interested in Hilti's latest power tools, including models with innovative dust extraction facilities integrated into them."

Makita was one of the suppliers that Colin Duffner (right) of West Tool in Bristol enjoyed catching up with.

"I loved the event. I met lots of old contacts, found out what other hirers are doing and saw some new products. I came to the first West & Wales regional meeting a year ago and it was excellent to see some faces I recognised. We are a Makita sales and service agent, so it was good to see the local sales personnel on the stand here and to talk about the latest developments."

Will Gough Jr (right) of Stourbridge- based Will Hire enjoyed the Ricoh regional meeting.

"I was impressed by the special deal HSC was offering on the Master XL6 heater at the event, so I snapped one up. When we attend the Executive Hire Show, we use it chiefly as a fact-finding operation, being able to see so many suppliers in one place, making most of our buying decisions afterwards. So the regional meeting was a chance to see some specific products and do deals on the day. I also really enjoyed catching up with other hirers and discussing our industry."

Artisan Hire Centre's Chris Comer (left) secured a good deal on the MHM stand.

"We bought six diesel generators from MHM, including 6kVA and 10kVa models, and we received an additional six 3kVA machines free as one of the company's special deals only available on the day. We also got a great price on some more block grabs from Safety- Lifting Group. It was good to catch up with a lot of familiar faces at the Bristol meeting, and I am looking forward to seeing more at the Executive Hire Show in February."

Stuart Griffiths (right) of Paragon Tool Hire in Buckingham did business with Hire Supply Co (HSC) at the Ricoh road show.

"I came to the meeting expecting some special deals and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I bought a Master XL6 heater from HSC, which was being offered at a great price, and I took advantage of another significant reduction that was only available during the evening from Dri-Eaz, buying one of its dehumidifiers. I was able to talk to the suppliers in depth and in a relaxed atmosphere, and I am looking forward to seeing the other 150 or so exhibitors at the Executive Hire Show in February."

Paul Punnett (left) of The Hire Shed in Shepton Mallett was impressed by the Dri-Eaz display at the West & Wales regional meeting in Bristol.

"The Dri-Eaz special deal on the day of 20% off any product displayed was too good to miss, so I ordered four large dehumidifiers and two smaller models in readiness for the extreme winter conditions. I also found the presentation from headline sponsor, MHM, very interesting concerning its lighting tower re-hire initiative. A local event like this is a valuable opportunity to get away from the busy depot environment for a few hours, focus on your business and network with other hirers."

Swansea-based Premier Hire Centre's Simon Boagey (right) and Richard Evans (centre) enjoyed their visit to the West & Wales meeting.

"We have bought a lot here today, taking advantage of the special deals, including space heaters, LED floodlights and rechargeable lamps from HSC. The nature of the Road Show means there is a more personal atmosphere, which encourages informal discussions with suppliers. In that sense, the events really complement the Executive Hire Show without detracting from it."

Peter Jennings (right) and Matthew Claridge of Traction Equipment (Stafford) spotted the Warrior barrow on Altrad Belle's stand at the Ricoh meeting.

"We won a Passionate Hirer Award at this year's Executive Hire Show, and Altrad Belle generously presented us with a Warrior shortly afterwards, along with a Minimix 150 mixer, which we displayed proudly in our showroom. It aroused a lot of interest, and, having seen the special deal here, we have ordered four more to offer for sale in our shop. We have been able to see some interesting products in depth at this event, and I also appreciated being able to raise some current industry issues for discussion during the open forum session."

Gary (left) and Jason Derraven of Phoenix Hire & Sales got a lot out of the West & Wales meeting.

"It was good to speak to suppliers in a relaxed environment. I certainly learned a lot about drying equipment from Dri-Eaz, which hopefully we can put to good use over the coming weeks. On the Makita stand we managed to talk about some business we were trying to put in place, whilst HSC, Belle and Youngman all brought us up to speed with their latest products.

The open forum session was lively and thought provoking, with many hirers and suppliers contributing to the debate, which was carried on later in the bar. It all reminded me greatly of the regular HAE meetings I used to attend in yesteryear, where friendships were formed and disputes resolved."

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