Executive Hire Show - the exciting benchmark exhibition for the tools, plant and equipment hire industry

Show Diary

18/01/2017Seaton HireTamworth
18/01/2017Tippers Tool Hire (Walter Tipper Ltd)Lichfield
18/01/2017Whittington Tool Hire LtdBirmingham
17/01/2017Arbil Equipment LtdStourbridge
17/01/2017Bradfords Building Supplies LtdMalvern
17/01/2017Cox Hire LtdDudley
Depots Visited




Total Mileage


Our National Visitor Campaign is the centrepiece of our efforts to attract visitors to the Executive Hire Show. To mobilise and excite passionate hirers to attend the 2016 Show, we travelled over 35,000 miles and visited the incredible number of 870 hire depots.

In the build-up to the 2017 Show, we are, again, working in partnership with Hire Supply Company to utilise the expert services of Steve McKenzie, who will continue to cover the North and Midlands of England and Wales, throughout Ireland, and parts of London, north of the River. Since the second Show back in 2008, Steve has been the face of the Show in hire outlets throughout the UK and Ireland and he, personally, has made well over 2,000 visits.

Ahead of next February's Show, we are also now working in partnership with Altrad Belle, with the team covering, Scotland and the North East of England, as well as Southern and South west England and South Wales.

Whereas the National Visitor Campaign has a wide target of hirers, our successful series of regional Road Shows are smaller – taster – events targeted at hirers that have attended the most recent annual Show.

At these Road Shows, hirers and suppliers get together, deals are done and they are great networking events. This process of following up regional Road Show attendees, will continue throughout the Show build-up period.

You can see how many depots we've visited so far, together with the Road Show visitors, on the counter above which also displays how many miles we've travelled.

From the constantly updated list above, you can see where we've been, and who we've seen.

Keep up with the Visitor team as they continue to connect up our hire industry.

January updates

Daniel Pinder January update

Well that's all of my travels completed for the 2017 Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena and the excitement now focuses on the stand builds; two days with a crack team from ALTRAD Belle to complete our stand and show off our completely new products. Other exhibitors are available so plug over!! All of the hard work from the show organisers, promoters, exhibitors and fellow hirers will make this THE unmissable event for our industry with deals to be had and valuable networking opportunities. Wishing you all an excellent show.

Steve McKenzie January update

Well that is me finished for another year...

My final visits this week have taken me to Nottingham and Widnes. On Tuesday I called into Frank Key Plant & Tool Hire's Daybrook depot and spoke to Operations Manager, Dave Atkin. Dave has always been a loyal supporter of the Show, so much so that he even attended the East Midlands Executive Hire Road Show a few days after having surgery as he wanted to be there to support the event!! Dave and several of his colleagues will be attending EHS with a number of items potentially on their shopping list along with an open mind to look for new innovative products.

I have spoken to a number of hirers on the phone this week to make sure that they will be at the Show and the response has been very positive. I was heartened to receive calls from Chris Ashton from Hire & Safety UK in Liverpool and Tony Holt from Hirepoint in Sale to tell me they will be visiting the Show with some of their colleagues.

Well that is me finished for another year with 322 visits and 7933 miles driven! I am going to finish with a shameless plug and invite all of the hires that visit the Show to come and see me and the rest of the team on the HSC stand (A50) which is the first thing you see when you enter the main hall. We will have some great new products on display and some amazing Show Only deals on products that will give you a great return and utilisation.

See you at the Show!!

Steve McKenzie January update

I am almost at the end of my visits for EHS 2017!

This week I have visited hirers in Warrington, Oldham, Telford, Shrewsbury, Lutterworth, Leicester, Winsford & Middlewich.

I called in to Plantool Hire Centres in Lutterworth and spoke to Depot Manager, Tom Painter. Tom is a regular visitor to EHS along with a number of his colleagues from other depots and the company's M.D, Ben Jones. Tom commented, "I always enjoy visiting the Show as there are plenty of new products to have a good look at. It is interesting to see how the different exhibitors interact with visitors. I am drawn to stands where there is a warm welcome from personnel that are genuinely up for the event with special deals and good product knowledge. The more interactive a stand is, the better and companies like HSC that have some sort of game or challenge give the stand an extra element of fun!".

Daniel Pinder January update

Getting ever closer to the doors opening to Executive Hire Show 2017, I've been raising awareness and promoting the show along the southern stretch of the M1 corridor. Again, the key reasons for visiting are the innovative new products on show - those which offer the chance to differentiate from standard hire offerings and capitalise on new and more efficient methods of working. A prime example is the new DUO 350X Twin-bladed floorsaw from ALTRAD-Belle. Hussein, MD of Apton Plant will be looking to take advantage of show deals for his hire division, but also for his export sales business - bulk buys he is not afraid of!! Regional Hire Manager for SRBE Hire, Dave Slaymaker will also be making the journey along with his MD. Dave spoke about the importance of actually seeing and feeling the machines in the flesh, and the new ideas viewing the exhibitors stands, for their next fleet additions.

Steve McKenzie January update

January is flying by and this week I have been to Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Worcester, Tamworth, Lichfield, Birmingham and Coventry.

On Friday, I called in to Clements Plant & Tool Hire and spoke to Chairman, Jim Longstaff and Managing Director, Adrian Hutchinson. Jim showed me some of the back office systems that they have developed to help them to manage and optimise their hire fleet utilisation and I have got to say, I was seriously impressed! Jim then took me into his office and we spent over half an hour discussing EHS 2017 and putting the world and the hire industry to rights. We also spent some time discussing the late John Jennings who worked closely with Jim over many years as they developed what is a very impressive business together.

Jim and Adrian will be attending EHS 2017 and we discussed the range of exhibitors who have committed to the event, which in my opinion is the best yet! Jim and Adrian will be looking out of new products, ideas and initiatives. They will also be catching up with many of their key suppliers and partners including the CPA.

Steve McKenzie January update

This week my travels have taken me to Manchester, St Albans, Enfield, Grays, Thurrock, Barking, London, Borehamwood, Chesterfield and the Wirral!

I am striving to visit as many hirers as possible in the last few weeks before the Show and the reception and welcome that I am getting is great.

On Friday, I called in to Hire & Buy Power Tools in Hoylake and spoke to owner, Paul Reid. Paul has attended every single Executive Hire Show since the event started back in 2007! He is one of many forward looking and positive hirers that use the Show as valued opportunity to catch up with all of their suppliers under one roof, look out for new products and ideas and also meet up with other hirers. Paul confirmed that over the years he has found a number of new products at EHS and taken advantage of some great Show only deals! He has pre-registered for EHS 2017 and will be taking a look at what the new exhibitors have to offer along with looking what deals are available on compactor plates.

One thing always puzzles me when I visit hirers that have never attended the Show! If hirers like Paul have gained a number of tangible benefits to their business, such as special Show only deals and new products over the years. Do hirers that do not attend not want the same savings and opportunities for their businesses?!?

Daniel Pinder January update

Week 2 of January - just 2 ½ weeks until the big show doors open on the 2017 Executive Hire Show. Momentum is certainly building further still! Time to push on and promote the show to as many passionate hirers as possible before the 8th & 9th February show. This week I met with Darren Lipscombe, Major Accounts Manager for GAP Group Ltd. Darren, in his role likes to be kept informed of all new products on the market. Without this he could well lose out on a hire opportunity, and it also gives him the ability to look at hiring out more niche equipment with greater return on investment. John Carney who is the Managing Director of John Carney Plant will also be making a beeline for the show from his base in Reading. He has a general shopping list, under the 'Wet-Concreting' category, and will be looking around for innovation and accessories, Belle Warrior wheelbarrows, floats, rakes etc. to aid his business.

Steve McKenzie January update

Well, it was hard getting back in to work this week...

However, I have got stuck into my Show visits and called on 34 companies which has got me back into the swing of things!

I called into Traction Equipment Hire in Stafford who are a previous winner of the Passionate Hirer Award and spoke to Director, Peter Jennings. When I arrived Peter was just in the process of writing a weekly email bulletin to all of the members of their team, in which he highlighted the dates of EHS 2017 to ensure that the staff that need to attend get the dates in their diaries. Peter explained to me that they use January and February to plan and strategize for the year ahead looking at forthcoming requirements from their customers and what plant will be required. They also look at refreshing their hire fleet and a visit to the Show is a key part of this process. One of the purchases that Traction Equipment made as a direct result of their visit to EHS 2016 was a Barreto Tracked Trencher from HSC, which Peter confirmed has been very well received by a number of their customers.

The fact that there are 54 new exhibitors making their EHS debut and key brands like Kubota are using the event to unveil new products makes a visit to the Show even more of a necessity for all hire companies!

December updates

Daniel Pinder December update

Leading up to the festive period I've spent time in Essex, mood has been up-beat. The hirer's who usually have yards full of off-hired equipment have managed to keep a good proportion of it out with their customers, on an off-hired basis. This has really helped their logistics and helped give them a little respite (well, if such a thing exists in our industry!!) and the opportunity to do some planning for next year.

Obviously this means, for a good proportion of hirers a trip to our industries 2017 Executive Hire Show, at the Ricoh Arena in February. This is THE place to look for new innovation to capitalise on, and purchase from major industry manufacturers with 'show-only' deals. Not only that, it is an ideal venue where to meet and talk with fellow hirers; discuss issues affecting them, and opportunities that could be shared.

Like Steve McKenzie it will be a totally manic January leading up to the show, promoting and gaining as much enthusiasm as humanely possible!

Steve McKenzie December Update

December has taken me to North Wales, Stoke, Lincolnshire, East Anglia, Birmingham, Hull and South Yorkshire.

Many of the hirers that I have visited in the week running up to Christmas report that kit is still going out on hire to contractors that are rushing to finish projects before the break. During my annual trip around East Anglia, I called in to DIY Tool Hire in Great Yarmouth and spoke to Directors, Graham Barnes and Matthew Weymouth. Unfortunately, due to work demands, they did not make it to EHS 2016, but Graham said that they will do their utmost to get to the 2017 event. Graham was impressed with the growing list of new exhibitors that have signed up for EHS 2017 as they present a great opportunity to find some innovative and different products to add to their hire fleet that could help both existing and potential new customers. Clearly, it is a long way to travel to the Show from Great Yarmouth, but I am certain that Graham and Matthew will reap the benefits for the rest of the year from visiting what is the hire industry's biggest annual event!

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank the hirers that I have visited to date for taking the time to listen to what I had to say about the Show. My schedule of visits for January is manic and I look forward to getting back out there in the final run into the Show, which I am convinced is going to be the biggest and best yet!

November updates

Daniel Pinder November Update

Well what a busy month this has been! As well as attending one of the successful regional Executive Hire Roadshow events, held at the Hilton Hotel in Cobham, I also managed to squeeze in a couple of weeks annual leave!

Most of my focus in November has been in Essex, Kent and North London, but with a short venture into central London (fine for non-payment of congestion charge as evidence)!

It's great to see genuine enthusiasm building for our industries event, and with the many show-only offers which will be available there are a lot of customers who will be attending with shopping lists for new fleet additions, innovative new products – of which the 'Innovation Trail' will help guide hirers around the show.

In addition, I've visited a couple of new companies setting up internal hire operations – one of which will also look to hire out to contractors and the general public eventually. This event will be a great showcase to these customers.

Although this is November's blog, hirer's whom I have been visiting have reported no real slow down and there has been no information that kit will be coming back to the depot early – they were advising at the very last moment or off-hiring over the Christmas period and leaving in the customers care.

Steve McKenzie November Update

November has been a busy month with a couple of Executive Hire Road Shows in amongst my visits. My travels have taken me to Wrexham, Northern & Southern Ireland, St Helens, Warrington, Birmingham, Crewe, Manchester and Leeds. I called in to PET Hire in Crewe and spoke to Carl & Barbara Banks about EHS 2017. PET Hire were the runners up in the 2016 Passionate Hirer 10/10 Awards in the Outstanding Single Depot Category and as you can see by the picture, it is a very impressive looking depot! Carl and Barbara look forward to their annual visit to the Show and as well as actively looking for new products to add to their hire fleet, they also place numerous orders with their existing suppliers. The company has one of the most comprehensively stocked showroom that I have seen on my travels with products on display ranging from power tools to a lighting tower!

It is always good to see the hirers that I visit developing and moving forward. A good example of this is Wetherby Tool Hire who I visited recently. They are in the process of putting in a new well equipped workshop to enable them to carry out more customer repairs along with the maintenance of their own hire fleet. I spoke to Depot Manager, Andy Richardson who is hoping to get to the 2017 Show with some of his colleagues to look for new products and some great Show Only Deals!

Although December is a short month, I will be visiting hirers in Staffordshire, The Wirral, East Anglia, Stoke on Trent, South Yorkshire and Hull before finishing up for Christmas.

Steve McKenzie's Irish jaunt

I flew into Belfast City Airport at lunch time on Tuesday, picked up my hire car and started to head south.

My first afternoon took me to Banbridge, Newry and Dundalk where I met up with Ronan Cotter who is the General Manager of Dromad Hire. Ronan visited EHS 2016 with the company's Managing Director, Seamus Byrne and they were delighted to win the Passionate Hirer 10/10 Award for the Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company. Dromad Hire placed several significant orders at EHS 2016 with a number of companies including HSC!

I started off on Wednesday bright and early with a visit to see Pierce Martin at Drogheda Hire to tell him all about EHS 2017. Pierce was very impressed with the new Hire Show Hall and some of the great companies that have been encouraged to exhibit in the new hall including JPoint Software who work closely with Drogheda Hire. From Drogheda, I headed into Dublin where I visited another 5 companies including A-Z Hire & Swan Plant, both companies that visited the 2016 Show and had a great day. After an enjoyable few hours in and around Dublin I headed further south through Naas and then down to Waterford. In Waterford I visited Clem Jacob Hire where I received a warm welcome from Depot Manager, Ray O'Sullivan and Carmel Jacob. The company is in the process off refreshing their fleet of winter products including heaters and LED lights. I left Waterford just after 5pm and drove across to my hotel in Baltimore arriving at 8.30pm, knackered but having had a great day!

My first visit on Thursday was to Skibbereen Tool Hire were I spoke at length to Proprietor, Vincent Hurley who is a regular visitor to EHS. Vincent confirmed that over the years, they see less and less suppliers sales people so it is a necessity to visit the Show as often as is possible to keep up to date with new products and developments within the hire industry. I headed up through Bandon to Cork where I called in to see Carey Tool Hire and Daly Industrial Supply Company. Next I started my long journey back north visiting MW Hire in Urlingford where I met owner Matty Walsh who was in great form. I told Matty about all of the new developments for the 2017 event and walked him around the floor plan for both halls showing him what is the cream of suppliers to the hire industry. From Urlingford, I headed to Portlaoise for a couple more visits before driving up to my hotel in Coleraine ready for my last day of visits around the north.

My last day started at CP Hire in Coleraine where I met up with Managing Director, Andrew Hutchinson and Purchasing Manager, Stephen McMullan. CP Hire were the winners of the 2012 Passionate Hirer Large Hire Super Centre category and are great supporters of the Show. Andrew commented, "We always look forward to the Show and enjoy meeting up with suppliers old and new. The party in the evening is a great opportunity to meet up with other hirers and we thoroughly enjoy ourselves." From Coleraine, I headed to Ballymena for my annual visit to McCarroll Plant Hire where Director, Michael McCarroll was as enthusiastic as ever about the Show. Michael and his dad Rory have already booked their flights and pre-registered for EHS 2017! I headed across to Cookstown to see KDM Hire, then across to Dungannon, Craigavon, Carryduff and finally into Belfast. A quick visit to MB Hire's head office and then across to Balloo Hire before returning my hire car and then back to the airport for my flight home.

I arrived back home at 8.30pm on Friday evening knackered, but having thoroughly enjoyed my trip. I drove 930 miles during my tour of Ireland and travelled from the northern to the southern most points of the island as you can see by the pictures. The warm welcome that I received and enthusiastic support that Irish hirers show for our industry's annual event makes the long days and all the miles driven totally worthwhile. I look forward to seeing many of the hirers that I visited at the Show!

October updates

Steve McKenzie October Update

It is great to be back visiting hirers in the run up to EHS 2017!

As tradition dictates, I started my visits in North Wales and have subsequently visited Morecambe, Blackpool, Marple, Stockport, Liverpool, Bolton, Shropshire, Leyland, Southport, Halifax and Huddersfield. The addition of the Hire Show Hall to the event has been very well received by many of the hirers that I have visited as it will really bring the event together. The route from the Atrium to the Main Hall and then in to the Hire Show Hall will be seamless and the extra space available has encouraged many new exhibitors that will give hirer visitors opportunities to add even more new and innovative products to their hire fleets and resale stocks!

I called into Griffiths Hire Shops in Oswestry and spoke to Director, Kevin Griffiths. Kevin and his brother Paul are regular visitors to the Executive Hire Show and are looking forward to the bigger better 2017 event. In addition to the extensive hire fleet across their 3 depots, they also boast well stocked showrooms packed with machinery, products, PPE and consumables for resale. They are looking forward to EHS 2017 and will be on the lookout for new products, services and ideas to further enhance what is a very impressive business!

I am flying into Belfast next Tuesday and will begin another epic voyage taking in the southern and northern most tips of Ireland and numerous locations in between. The welcome that I receive from hirers all over Ireland is great and makes the thousand miles or so that I drive a pleasure. It always amazes me just how many hirers from Ireland mobilise and make the journey to the Show and their support is very much appreciated.

Anyway, I will report in during November to keep you all up to date with where I have been and who I have seen.

Danny Pinder October Update

Well it's that time of year which sees us in the midst of promoting OUR industry's revered Executive Hire Show 2017 which is being held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, between 8th & 9th February 2017.

My area which encompasses the whole of the South-East of England, including the 'Big Smoke' has been receiving excellent responses.

A good number of Hirer's, both from Independent and National companies have already registered to attend the show, and really find it essential for what we at ALTRAD Belle call the 'Touch & Feel Experience' - which really speaks for itself! There's only so much you can learn from a catalogue page, but to see new and innovative products you need to get up close.

Fuelled by what one of my long-standing and jovial customers (name secret!) stated "the rather clement weather" made it much more appealing to work outdoors later into the year.

This, I can confirm as sales of Wet Concreting equipment just keep on rolling in, Warrior wheelbarrows, compaction equipment etc.

Reinforced by Hirers I'm visiting, there are a lot of shopping lists looking for machines from the 'Allsaw' from Addex Trading, pumps from Obart and all the way to cabins from BOSS.