The Plant Hire business in the UK is booming, with thousands of machines ready and waiting to be hired. Competitors are fighting to give the public the youngest fleets of machines available, whilst also offering some of the widest ranges of plant hire vehicles.
If you’re going to be using a Plant Hire service, there are a few things you should consider:
Sustainability. Many companies talk about sustainability, and don’t take any further action. Find a company that understands that sustainability is good for environment and good for business. They should breathe sustainability into every possible corner of their service, from ensuring that their carbon footprint is as low as it can be, to working closely with their customers to help them reach their own sustainability goals.
Service and Support. A company that takes pride in doing things differently, and is changing the idea of the “drop-off-and-collect” culture of Plant Hire. They want to be a company that has genuine customer support on their mind throughout the entire hiring contract. They should be available, capable, and reliable.
Health and Safety. It shouldn’t be an obligation, or something that is enforced by law, it should be a way of life with a Plant Hire company. They should provide the safest machines, ensure that those who will be using them have proper training, and that the machines are properly delivered.
Accredited. The very best thing you can do is find a company that is properly accredited by reputable associations. You should be able to look into any of these organisations and find the company that you’re thinking of contacting for Plant Hire. One accreditation is fine, but there are several companies with many more.
Contact. It should be the easiest thing in the world to contact the company you want to hire from. If they don’t have a contact us page, or a social media presence, alarm bells should be ringing. Companies thrive off of social media these days, and it’s where a large percentage of their reviews can be found.
Choice. The Plant Hire industry is vast; there are all kinds of machines available for every need you have. If you can’t find what you need, you’re looking at the wrong company. Most Plant Hire companies have a range of machines available; from mini excavators to wheeled dumpers. And some will even hire out trailers, which can make your work life significantly easier.
Specialties. Larger companies will feature specialty machinery, or extras, that you can hire from them. Have a good look around their websites, and if you find everything you need, you’ve found the right company. If not, contact them, see if they have it, or, search elsewhere. Remember that their website should be accessible, and it should be easy to find what you’re looking for.
The Construction Plant Hire Association (CPA) have a membership list that comprises in of over 1,400 companies, including Ardent Hire Solutions, who jointly represent over 90% by turnover of all UK Construction Plant Hire.