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Executive Hire Show 2017 – A Resounding Success!

February 15, 2017

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Executive Hire Show 2017 - A Resounding Success!

The Executive Hire Show 2017 is over for another year – and what a year it was!  It was the biggest show in its 11-year history with more exhibitors than ever before – 190 to be exact.

The Executive Hire team is delighted to confirm that the 2017 Show attracted 1,813 relevant hire industry visitors.  The total number of unique visitors scanned was 2,447 and this figure also excludes all exhibitor personnel. The team also confirmed that 93% of visitors to the show also visited the new Hire Show Hall area – which is excellent news.

The Show overall attracted senior executives and procurement teams from all leading national hirers. With 52 visitors from A-Plant representing this year’s largest hirer group to attend the Show.  Representatives from the other UK national hirers, including Brandon, GAP, Hire Station & HSS  also made the pilgrimage to the Ricoh and continue to support this national event in significant numbers.

86% of all relevant hire industry visitors were from independent operations, which is up from last year. This re-confirms the pivotal role of local and regional hirers in the on-going success of the Show.

The Executive Hire team would like to thank all the exhibitors and visitors who attended the show and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018 at the Ricoh Arena once again 7th & 8th February 2018.











Hire Association Europe (HAE) held SafeHire Workshops at the EHS

February 10, 2017

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Yesterday morning, 9th February 2017, Hire Association Europe (HAE) has delivered a series of workshops and presentations as part of its SafeHire Information Zone, held within the Ricoh Arena’s Jaguar Suite, on the second day of the Executive Hire Show 2017.
HAE’s SafeHire Certification has been designed to raise standards across the hire sector by helping businesses improve Health & Safety procedures and customer service levels.

The certification allows companies to demonstrate that they have achieved the highest standard in their Health & Safety, quality and environmental policies and operations. It has been developed in conjunction with BSI, HSE and CHAS and is highly cost effective. All HAE members must achieve certification by 1st January 2018, and members of the team will be on-hand throughout the Executive Hire Show to discuss SafeHire with members and the benefits of the independent audit scheme for non-members alike.

The HAE SafeHire Information Zone at the EHS

The SafeHire Information Zone provided invaluable information and advice on how to achieve SafeHire Certification, improve Health & Safety procedures and customer service standards as well as exploring the benefits through real Hire Industry case studies. The morning began with two, free to attend, workshops delivered by Jim Maccall, one of HAE’s most experienced SafeHire assessors, highlighting the numerous business advantages and efficiencies certification represents.

Immediately following the workshops was the announcement of the Hire Awards of Excellence 2017’s ‘SafeHire Company of The Year’ shortlist. The companies on this year’s list are: PSM Plant & Tool Hire, A Plant, HSS Hire and Plant Tool Hire Limited who were all shortlisted on the recommendation of the SafeHire assessors. The prestigious awards ceremony, organised by HAE is taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Saturday 22nd April.

Drawing the morning to a close was a presentation to HAE members who have recently achieved SafeHire Certification. Adlington Welding Suppliers, Addplant Limited, Newbury Tools Limited, H S Hire & Sales Limited, Newburn Power Rentals and the Four Jays Group were presented with their certificates by HAE managing director, Graham Arundell.

Commenting at the end of the session, Gill Bridger, HAE’s operations manager said: “The SafeHire Information Zone was an excellent platform for us to promote the many benefits of SafeHire Certification to members and non-members alike. The morning has proved to be a great success, we had a fantastic turnout and brilliant support from our members. Five companies have already confirmed an initial audit as a result of attending the session and we have additional enquiries to follow up after the Executive Hire Show.”

Atlas Copco Win Innovation Trail Award at the EHS

February 9, 2017

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Congratulations to Atlas Copco for winning the 2017 EHS Innovation Trail Awards

Congratulations to Atlas Copco for winning the 2017 EHS

RTEX pneumatic breaker won the EHS Innovation Award

Innovation Trail Awards with the RTEX pneumatic breaker.  The breaker is designed so that it consumes air only on the piston’s return stroke. This enables the piston to be longer, increasing power and reducing vibration. It is also said to be lighter than similar models, and as less air is used, smaller compressors can be used, or several breakers can be run from one machine. Well done – a worthy winner. Thanks to sponsor Al-KO Kober.


Avant latest brand to adopt CESAR scheme – announced at the EHS

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Avant is the latest manufacturer to adopt the CESAR Scheme - announced today at the EHS

For the past 20 years Avant machines have been available in the UK and now, for the first time, they come with the industry backed CESAR Security and Registration System fitted as standard – this new initiative was announced today at the Executive Hire Show.

Avant Tecno (UK), with its network of regional dealers has expanded sales of its products by promoting the many benefits offered by their small but dynamic machines and the huge range of tasks they are able to undertake. Recognising the ever present threat of theft and the impact that it can have on their customers Avant have decided to help protect them by fitting the award winning CESAR System to their range as standard.

Raimo Ala-Korpi, Managing Director at Avant UK said ‘We are always looking to improve our products and fitting CESAR is one way we can demonstrate to our customers that we recognise the issues theft has on them and how we can help prevent it.  We are confident that this announcement will be welcomed by our customers across our product range.’

CESAR, powered by Datatag ID technologies and developed by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association) is the officially recognised anti-theft system for construction and agricultural equipment and its power as a theft deterrent is well proven.  The police have reported a six-fold decrease in machine theft since the Scheme was launched back in 2007 and CESAR marked equipment that does fall victim to theft has a much higher recovery rate than unmarked equipment.

The CESAR system uses a range of state-of-the-art Datatag technology to give each piece of equipment a unique fingerprint and can only be fitted by accredited and fully trained technicians. Once a machine is CESAR marked and registered it is protected for life with no further annual fees or subscriptions. All leading insurers, including the NFU (National Farmers Union) support the scheme so much that they offer up to 25% discounts on all CESAR marked equipment and machinery.

Chris Harrison, Sales Director at Datatag said ‘Avant join an illustrious band of manufacturers who fit CESAR as standard and we are very pleased to welcome them on board. The theft deterrent benefits of our technologies are well documented and we continue to work closely with the police to help train officers and drive out theft from the construction and agriculture industries.

For further details visit the CESAR stand at EHS, stand A10 or visit

For more information on compact loaders visit the AVANT stand at EHS, stand C100 or visit

Kubota unveils new generation mini-excavator today at the EHS

February 8, 2017

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Kubota introduced the KX027-4 compact excavator at the Executive Hire Show today (8th Feb)

Kubota unveiled its latest mini-excavator today (8th February) live on stand at this year’s Executive Hire Show at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Kubota introduced the KX027-4, a compact excavator that doesn’t compromise on power and performance and is ideally suited to the hire market. From a rugged Kubota-built engine and powerful digging force through to biggest cab in its class, the KX027-4 ensures the machine’s productivity far exceeds that of its competitors whilst also offering maximum comfort.

The 2.6 tonne excavator, its weight meaning the machine is ideal for towing, is available in two models. The Standard KX027-4 model is ideal for general excavation jobs, whilst the High-Spec model utilises AUX oil flow with proportional flow control and Auto shift for even greater versatility and performance to meet the needs of any job.

Delivering an impressive bucket digging force, the KX027-4 has a powerful and well-balanced arm and bucket that allows the operator to dig fast, deep and more efficiently even in the toughest conditions. Further more, when simultaneous operation of the boom, arm, bucket and swivel are required, two variable pumps will distribute the correct amount of oil flow to each actuator, enabling continuous high performance digging and dozing.

In addition to powerful performance, the KX027-4 has also been designed with comfort in mind. Boasting the biggest cab for a machine of its size, the KX027-4’s operator station offers all the functions and amenities users need to keep working in comfort all day long, including excellent visibility, easy-open front slide window, an adjustable suspension seat and a innovative forward mounted intuitive panel for simple programme setting at your finger tips. The KX027-4 offers a generous amount of foot space for improved comfort, as well as a tall and wide door to facilitate faster and easier entry and exit from the cab.

Maintenance on the KX027-4 is a straightforward task, thanks to the fully opening access door and hood, proving quick and easy access to all inspection and maintenance areas of the engine. The KX027-4 is also equipped with a full range of safety features, from ROPS/OPG to front window guard mounting points, as well as a variety of conveniences, including tie-downs and a tool box.

Dave Roberts, Managing Director of Kubota UK, said: “At Kubota, we are constantly taking on the feedback of our customers and dealers to ensure we bring new machines to market that offer the performance requirements and operational comfort they seek.

“The EHS show proved the perfect platform to showcase our new KX027-4 excavator to the hire market, as the machine not only offers contractors superior productivity and efficiency, but also the facility for operators to work in comfort all day long.”

Stihl Adopt MicroCESAR – Announced today at the EHS

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Datatag Managing Director Kevin Howells explains how MicroCESAR works.

STIHL, one of the leading manufacturers of outdoorpower equipment, are the first company to adopt MicroCESAR, an equipment security marking system designed to provide added security for their customers – the announcement was made today (8th February) at the Executive Hire Show.

Developed by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) using Datatag security marking technologies and back-up, MicroCESAR is the latest addition to the hugely successful CESAR Scheme which protects larger plant and equipment.

STIHL will announce at the Executive Hire Show that they will be fitting the MicroCESAR System as standard to their range of cut-off saws including all TS models which includes their best-selling TS 410 and the new Lithium-Ion powered TSA 230.

Datatag Managing Director Kevin Howells and Stihl Managing Director Robin Lennie announce the partnership at the Executive Hire Show.

MicroCESAR was first announced at the Combined Industries Theft Solutions (CITS) conference last year and is designed to protect small power tools from theft just as the CESAR System has proved to be a powerful theft deterrent and an invaluable aid in recovery for both compact and larger construction equipment.

STIHL Managing Director, Robin Lennie, says, “Over recent years we have seen an increase in incidents of theft in the industry. With loss of equipment, damage to property and insurance issues – the impact on the dealer is huge. As a leading equipment manufacturer we feel it is our duty to respond and help our dealers protect their stock and offer their customers peace of mind. We are confident that this partnership with MicroCESAR will help reduce crime in the industry,” says Mr Lennie

MicroCESAR uses Datatag security marking technologies to give each piece of equipment a unique and permanent ‘fingerprint’ that thieves cannot remove. Using a combination of a unique Datatag RFID transponder and a tamper proof warning/registration label with an integrated QR code MicroCESAR provides the Police with quick and easy verification of ownership without the need for special equipment or lengthy laboratory testing.

As an added bonus the Datatag technology used in the MicroCESAR system can also be used to assist in stock management helping companies track tools in and out of jobs and allowing users to easily access on-line health and safety advice and user manuals through the unique QR code and mobile enabled MicroCESAR website.

Datatag Managing Director Kevin Howells comments, “We’re delighted to start 2017 with such positive news. I’m confident that MicroCESAR will be the next game changer in the fight against crime. We’ve already received overwhelming industry support and STIHL’s adoption opens the door for other leading manufacturers to follow suit”.

MicroCESAR is poised to make a similar impact protecting small construction tools that CESAR, launched in 2007, has had protecting larger items evident in its contribution to a 70%+ reduction in theft. CESAR has been adopted by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of leading equipment manufacturers including Doosan, JCB, John Deere, Manitou and Merlo and STIHL will be the first to adopt MicroCESAR.  Many other leading manufacturers are set to follow protecting a range of construction and landscaping equipment such as power tools, cut-off saws, hand-held hydraulic breakers and compaction plates.


Visit the CLM stand in the New Hire Show Hall and WIN!

February 7, 2017

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Visit the CLM stand in the New Hire Show Hall and WIN!

CLM is showing one of its ‘new arrivals’ at the Executive Hire Show which kicks of tomorrow morning (8th February 9am).  The company is also giving visitors the opportunity to win a BCL Sound LED 30 AKKU Bluetooth Speaker.

The new arrival is the Combi 250VA 1500 which offers high cutting capacity and the blade is suitable for all types of materials to be cut including quality cuts even on large tiles: 300×600 mm,

The new arrival on the CLM stand is the Combi 250VA.

900×900 mm and over. It has a maximum cutting length of 1500mm and cuts 90 degrees vertically to support the surface or cuts in tilted positions between 90 degrees and 45 degrees. Depth adjustment is maintained in all positions. Side cutting surface is optional to extend cutting, maintaining stability, due to a bracket bolted onto the stand.

To stand a chance of winning the Bluetooth Speaker – all visitors have to do is place their business card into the bowl on the CLM Construction stand (H10) in the Hire Show Hall.  There will be a daily draw on Wednesday and Thursday – the winner will be randomly selected.  Announcements of the winner will be up on the CLM website on Thursday and Friday.

CLM Construction Supplies can be found downstairs at the Executive Hire Show in the new Hire Show Hall stand H10 – located off the main hall.






Shindaiwa unveils new Sitebright range at the EHS

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The SiteBright range is a global first for Shindaiwa and will be making its debut at this year’s Executive Hire Show.

Wolverhampton based construction industry supplier, Shindaiwa, will be a shining light at this year’s Executive Hire Show as it unveils its new SiteBright lighting range at the Executive Hire Show tomorrow (8th February 2017).

The SiteBright range is a global first for Shindaiwa and will be making its debut at this year’s Executive Hire Show.

The spotlight will be fixed on two LED products, the explosion proof M1 Series and portable lighting unit, the Podlight 300.

The M1 Series is ATEX Zone 1 approved and has been designed for highly hazardous environments, such as inside tanks used in oil and gas and petrochemical industries, providing 360° of surround lighting that produces 8,000 lumens, but requires only 50 watts minimal power consumption.

To keep the light shining as brightly as possible, the unit is shielded by a replaceable anti static film that is simply ripped off when dirty and replaced.  And the ends are protected by replaceable rubber protection caps, extending the lifespan of the unit that comes with a five year warranty.  With various mounting options – straps, magnets, scaffold clamps and clip & brackets – the M1 is extremely versatile and suitable for a range of applications.

Joining the M1 on Stand D35 is Shindaiwa’s Podlite 300 that shines 50,000 lumens of LED light.

Ideal for various environments, including construction and outdoor events, the Podlite also offers 360° of surround lighting and has a dual supply voltage of 110V or 240V.  It is not only compact and portable, but highly durable and able to withstand all weather conditions, due to its IP66 protection.

Shindaiwa managing director Andy Munford said: “The SiteBright range cements our position as a leading power solutions provider to the industrial market.  We have enjoyed great success at the Executive Hire Show over the years and are delighted to use this opportunity to launch the range.  Initial interest in our SiteBright products has been high and we very much look forward to another good show.”

Also making an appearance on the Shindaiwa stand will be the company’s popular super silent PowerCenter 15 generator and a range of Welder Generators including the Eco500 which offers dual operator welding output in combination with an 18kVA generator.

To find out more about the Shindaiwa products and the new SiteBright range visit Stand D35, where the team will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer any questions.


Almost there! Show Opens Tomorrow…

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It’s just a matter of hours before the long anticipated Executive Hire Show throws open its doors to Hire industry professionals.  The EHS team is in top gear and going at full throttle in preparation for the forthcoming show in the UK at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Build up is going well with the final preparations going on throughout the day today ready for tomorrows big day – doors open at 09:am sharp!  There are 190 exhibitors this year and of these 55 are brand new to the event – this is one show in the exhibition calendar you can’t afford to miss.

Check out the Innovation Trail Finalists.

When you visit the show please take time to follow the Innovation Trail where ten finalists have been shortlisted for the coveted Innovation Trail Winner!  Here’s a link to the finalists.

Ten exhibitors have been selected from 36 entries for the Innovation Trail.



You can still register for FREE FAST TRACK Tickets for the show - Click Here

MCS develops integrated CRM specifically for the hire industry

February 6, 2017

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MCS develops integrated CRM specifically for the hire industry

MCS, a leading hire software expert, is to launch an embedded Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution within leading MCS-rm hire management system at the Executive Hire Show 2017.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of the rental industry, MCS-rm now combines Customer Relationship Management with hire management in a single rental software solution, helping hire companies to nurture their most valued client relationships whilst generating and maximising all sales opportunities.

MCS-rm bridges the gap between various departments by making all appropriate and relevant information available to staff helping them meet and exceed client expectations. Having one application to look up relevant prospect or customer data helps staff be attentive to their clients’ specific needs, ensures that any issues are quickly resolved and delivers the best customer experience. Remote sales staff and workers can take their customers with them anywhere and benefit from the refreshed CRM Mobile ‘app’ which is more user and mobile friendly.

Nick Thomson, Sales Director for MCS, details how hirers can benefit from CRM integration, “Any MCS-rm user can be scheduled a call, appointment, action or activity, whether they work in sales, accounts, the workshop, the warehouse or the hire desk. Actions can also be created by a sales person ready for the hire desk to follow up. Meetings, calls and actions can even be synced and stored in each users’ Outlook calendar and remote workers can get an iCal feed to store their most up to date appointment information on their mobiles so that nothing gets missed.”

In addition, MCS CRM integrates with Microsoft Office and popular email marketing tools, such as Mailchimp. The Mailchimp integration enables the creation of compelling, personalised marketing campaigns and relies on predefined prospect and customer data segments that are created and stored in MCS-rm. Unsubscribe data is also automatically recorded in MCS-rm after each mailshot, ensuring that your data is well cleansed whilst also giving an overview of the most recent email campaigns.

MCS CRM provides insight into the success of sales activities. Nick comments, “The sales team can focus their attention on converting quotes into orders and prospects into new account customers and then need only schedule a call for the accounts team to process any new account application forms. A Sales Manager can analyse won and lost quotes, see their own and their teams’ activities, as well as view the current sales pipeline to help predict future revenue.

“We redeveloped our CRM solution from the ground up including the CRM mobile interface, having taken considerable feedback from our customers via our independent user group,” Chris Clarke, Software Development Manager for MCS, explains. “Our clients wanted a more unified system from which to communicate with their remote salesforce. We set out to create the world’s best CRM system for the rental industry and we believe we have done just that. Not only that, our CRM solution is now in line with our family of .NET based applications that are designed to keep pace with current and future technologies.”

Nick sums up, “Using integrated CRM within MCS-rm, means that a hire company can work together as a close-knit team to help forge stronger customer relationships by meeting and exceeding their client expectations as well as creating and closing new business opportunities.”

The MCS CRM solution is being launched at the Executive Hire Show 2017 and will be seen on the MCS stand C70 from 8th - 9thFebruary 2017.


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