Big names in the frame for Hire Awards of Excellence 2020

Jo Caulfield

THE finalists have been revealed for the 2020 Hire Awards of Excellence, with the winners set to be announced at a ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on April 4.

Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) confirmed that stand-up comedian and writer Jo Caulfield will host the event, which celebrates the achievements of hire and supply companies across the UK’s plant, tool, equipment and event hire industry.

New for 2020 will be an award recognising emerging talent in the shape of the Young Apprentice of the Year accolade. Cole O’Donovan from A-Plant and AFI-Uplift’s Luke Dainty are both shortlisted. The winners of the Apprentice of the Year, Workshop Manager of the Year and Hire Manager of the Year will all be in contention for Hire Achiever of the Year to be announced on the night.

Graham Arundell, who will be attending his last awards night before standing down as the  chief executive officer of HAE and EHA said, “We’re delighted to have Jo Caulfield as our host, her razor-sharp wit will keep the judges and audience entertained as we prepare for another spectacular event that showcases the very best of the Hire Industry.”

Finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:

Website of the Year – Furniture Hire UK, Inlec UK, MHM Plant

Best Use of New Media – A-Plant, Niftylift, Redpath Tool Hire, Travis Perkins

Best Sustainability & CSR Initiative – A-Plant, Hypertherm Europe BV, Speedy Services

Catalogue of the Year – GAP Group, Hirebase, Travis Perkins

Hire Industry Product of the Year – BISAF for Particulator, GAP Group for AutoHybrid ZERO Welfare Unit, JCB for 19C-1E Mini Excavator, MHM Plant for MGTP 6000 Solar Hybrid Generator, Morris Site Machinery for SMC TL60 Solar, Niftylift for HR17NE, Uni-Prop International for Uni-Prop

Hire Industry Supplier of the Year – Garic Ltd, MCS Rental Software, MHM Plant, Niftylift, Point of Rental Software, Snorkel UK, Trime UK

SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (Turnover up to £10m) – Didcot Plant Ltd, Dromad Hire, PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres, Miles Hire, MHM Plant

SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (Turnover over £10m) – A-Plant, AFI-Uplift, Vp Brandon Hire Station, GAP Group, Smiths Hire, Travis Perkins

SafeHire Event Hire Company of the Year – Live Events, Plato Catering Hire, Site Event

Young Apprentice of the Year – Cole O’Donovan A-Plant, Luke Dainty AFI-Uplift

Apprentice of the Year – Jacob Skeldon A-Plant, William Gleadall AFI-Uplift, Lynsey Matthews Speedy Services, Thomas Sealeaf Vp Brandon Hire Station

Workshop Manager of the Year – Steven Jones MHM Plant, Guy Barnett AFI-Uplift, David Trigg Allens Catering Equipment & Hire

Hire Manager of the Year – Rachel Savory AFI-Uplift, Rob Thompson GoHire, Barbara Ryman Redpath Tool Hire

Hire Achiever of the Year – To be announced on the night

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