Executive Hire Show - the exciting benchmark exhibition for the tools, plant and equipment hire industry
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Following on from two hugely successful events in Scotland in 2015 and 2016, we are bringing the Executive Hire Show to Glasgow again this Autumn as a dedicated exhibition for hirers north of the Border!

The event will enable Scottish 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.

Now firmly established as an annual event for Scotland, it allows people to network in an informal and positive atmosphere, and enables hirers to take advantage of Special Deals from exhibiting suppliers that are only available to Show visitors on the day. For 2017, we expect even more suppliers to participate, as they recognise the opportunity it gives them to meet new and existing customers from throughout Scotland.

Visitors to our previous Scottish events have also said how they appreciate being able to see many hirers in one place, at one time. Just a few hours out of your schedule could reap big benefits.

So put the date in your diary now! Attendance and catering are free but you should register by clicking here. We will then send you the full itinerary, including details of the key speakers, in August.

Scotland Show - SIMPLY BRILLIANT

"Independent hirers can feel somewhat isolated, so the Show in Glasgow was an excellent opportunity to network with others and catch up on wider industry developments," David Johnstone of Your Equipment Solutions in Grangemouth told EHN. "I bumped into people I hadn't seen for more than ten years, back in the days when I worked for HSS. The organisers have done a great job, not just in bringing hirers together, but also in creating an informal, friendly atmosphere that encourages everyone to interact. I have been to other events in the past where people from other companies would sit on their hands and keep themselves to themselves, but this Show has been really positive and professional."

"It was great to attend a dedicated event in Scotland for our industry," said Pat Lawlor of Travis Perkins. "I really enjoyed catching up with many friends and hire colleagues. It was also a good opportunity to see some existing suppliers like Husqvarna and Belle, and I talked with MHM about its re-hire operation. The equipment theft prevention talk by GAP's Iain Anderson was very interesting as this is an issue that affects so many hirers."

"The Executive Hire Show Scotland was simply brilliant," said Speedy's Tommy Little. "I met people that I worked with in the past before we moved to different companies and had not seen for more than 20 years. As I work in the Health & Safety area of the business, this was a great opportunity to mix with other professionals from different sections of our industry. A lot of the equipment on display was of interest, such as the Makinex Easy Lift 140 from Morris and Belle's electric plate compactors. I'll definitely be attending the event next year, and all other hirers should make the time to do so as well and really get involved in their industry."

"One of the key benefits of attending a Show like this is the networking opportunities it provides," said A-Plant's William Todd. "For a national hirer like us, it is a great way of talking with local independents and comparing ideas and experiences. There were some very interesting new and re-designed products on display from suppliers, such as the double-bladed road saw from Belle which looks like an excellent machine for utilities to use. The Glasgow venue was great and I think the Show could really establish itself as a regular regional event, which many hirers in Scotland really want."

"The Show was well- organised, the attendance was good and it attracted professionals from a cross- section on hire companies, both large and small," said Colin Inglis of Glasgow-based Eagle Plant Hire Ltd. "I was able to talk to existing suppliers like Syrinx and SDMO, and had a good look at the sump pumps that Hire Supply Co is offering. Iain Anderson's theft prevention talk was excellent, as this is an issue that we have been affected by in the past, and I had a good chat with him afterward to discuss some of the ideas he mentioned. The atmosphere was all very positive, which reflects our view of business at the moment."

"Just as they had done at our Glasgow Road Show last year, Tool & Plant Services of Edinburgh did a deal on a Belle plate compactor at the Show and took it away with them. "We bought a Warrior barrow as well and would have taken it, too, if we'd had space left in our estate car," said Jim Messer, centre, with his colleague Darren Williams, right, and Belle's Scott Herne. "We also bought some pumps from HSC, arranged for MHM to visit us and talk about doing more re-hire business with them, and made an appointment for Duro to visit and demonstrate its latest diamond blades. The organisers put on a great Show for us all, and it was good to see suppliers making a real effort to come and meet hirers in Scotland."

"It's always good to get a bargain and we did some excellent deals on the day," said Barry MacPherson, left, and Stephen Comrie of Alloa Hire Centre. "We bought six mixers and a compaction plate from Belle, and a bowser pressure washer from Morris - which, we discovered, has its Scottish regional office only a few miles from our depot. Events like this allow you to talk to other hire professionals and to get a sense of the current state of the industry. Overall, we had a great time, and we are planning to come to the Executive Hire Show in Coventry in February again, too."

"It was an excellent Show," said Allan Toal of Versatile Plant in Rutherglen. "It built on the success of last year's Road Show and was well- organised, well-attended, with a good number of relevant suppliers. I brought along with me several fellow members of the Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers association and they got a lot out of the event, which enabled them to find out about a lot of interesting new equipment. I enjoyed the conversations I had with many friends in the industry, including some competitors, who can also be good company."

"It's important that our industry supports initiatives like this that are designed to bring hire professionals together," said Murray Webster from Webster Power Products of Wishaw. "I thoroughly enjoyed the event and got a lot out of it. Purchases we made on the day included some work lights from HSC, and more generators from SDMO. The day after the Show, we received an enquiry from a customer for a specialist surface preparation machine and, having seen Trelawny at the event, we placed an order with them as well."

Willie Greig was one of a group of 15 hire professionals who attended from Martin Plant Hire. "The event was a great networking opportunity to talk to other hirers and new suppliers. We placed a significant order with Trelawny who delivered the equipment to our Glasgow head office the following day. Iain Anderson's talk on plant theft, and HAE's presentation on its Future Hirers initiative to attract young people into our industry, was also good examples of how the Show enabled you to keep updated."

GLASGOW'S 'BRAW' EVENT

Murray Webster, right, was amongst a team of four who attended from Webster Power Products of Wishaw. "We thoroughly enjoyed it, and it reminded us of the former HAE Scottish region meetings that Jimmy Martin of Martin Plant used to organise years ago. It was good to meet other hirers and suppliers, and we looked at new products from HSC, SDMO and Obart. The JCB tracked dumper displayed outside was also interesting. I am really glad the Executive Hire team organised the event, and everyone should make the effort to attend their regional Road Show. You can always make excuses and think you are too busy, but hirers need an event like this that they can go to, to meet other independents and generally benefit from."

Altrad Belle was one of the suppliers that Allan Toal, centre, and Hugh Brown, right, of Rutherglen- based Versatile Plant caught up with. "We discussed adding more Belle mixers, and we also looked at Shindaiwa's welding equipment and generators from MHM. In fact, we have made appointments for several of the companies we met to visit us and talk further, so business will definitely be done as a result of attending the Road Show. It was an excellent event, enabling us to meet up with other Scottish hirers, and we are looking forward to visiting the Executive Hire Show in Coventry once again."

"There is a good Scots word that sums up the event: 'braw'. It was great," said John Cummings of HSS, right, with his colleague Gordon Small. "As soon as we saw the Road Show advertisements in the September issue of EHN, we knew we had to be here. It allows you to have an industry catch-up and to discuss current trends. Iain Anderson's talk on plant theft was really excellent, and overall it was a great opportunity for networking, seeing some familiar faces, and for winding up other hirers!"

"It was a great event, excellently organised and really informative," said Hayley Shevill of Arvill Plant. "I was very interested in the new super-silent generators from Shindaiwa, and we have arranged for one to be demonstrated at our depot in Airdrie. I also got more information from MHM on its generator re-hire initiative, and discussed industry issues and trends with other hirers. The Road Show was a great idea and a big success, and I hope it encourages other Scottish hirers to attend the main Executive Hire Show in February."

"Although our company specialises in portable toilet hire, I still got a lot out of attending the Road Show," said David Cassels, pictured left, from Envirosan in Carluke. "I took advantage of a deal from Obart on some of its pumps. We fit them to our service vehicles as a secondary system for pumping water quickly. I met up with a lot of hire colleagues, some of whom I have known for more than 25 years, and I made sure I got as much as I could out of the event, which was well organised and very informative."

"We got a great deal on a plate compactor from Belle," said Innes (left) and Jim Messer of Tool & Plant Services in Edinburgh. "We also bought some dust suppression water bottles from HSC and took advantage of their offer on a Master heater in readiness for the winter season. The plant theft talk and presentations from suppliers were very interesting, with a lot of good-natured banter and interaction with the audience, and we really enjoyed the evening."

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