Brandon Hire continues to expand into new areas, with its latest branch opening in Telford.This follows close on the heels of Leatherhead, York, Bradford, High Wycombe and Newquay
Managing Director Tim Smith said: “Opening a new branch is obviously a major business investment so we have taken our time to identify the right location and we’re delighted with how things have gone. Each branch has been able to establish itself quickly, which is great news, and confirmation that we’ve chosen the right towns to move into.”
The opening of Newquay gives Brandon Hire even more reach in Cornwall, while York and Bradford means the company now has seven branches in Yorkshire.
“It’s an exciting time for us. There’s no doubt that our approach during the difficult economy climate to stay focused on what we’re good at and keep control of our costs has paid off and now we’re in a strong position to grow and develop.”
BRANDON HIRE TACKLING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ISSUES IN CONSTRUCTION
Brandon Hire is working in partnership with Redrow – one of the UK’s leading residential property developers – to help raise awareness of health issues within the house building industry.
A key element of the campaign has been pro-active workshops across the county, which have been run by National Technical Manager Dave Arscott. The sessions, attended by Redrow staff and sub-contractors, have focused on the dangers of working with dust and hand arm vibration. To support the workshops, Brandon Hire produced a range of leaflets, which covered the key health issues and highlighted the steps people can take to minimise the risks.
“Our reputation for giving health & safety advice has grown over the years – so much so that we are now viewed as experts in this area,” said Dave. “It was real compliment to be asked by Redrow to support their campaign and it’s another sign that the UK construction industry looks to us for guidance.”
Airborne dusts can present significant respiratory risks on construction sites. They are responsible for a large number of the non-asbestos lung diseases that develop, including cancer, silicosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Every year in Great Britain over 500 construction workers1 are believed to die from lung cancer
caused by silica dust alone. Many construction jobs can create large amounts of dust including sweeping, grit blasting, soft-strip demolition and the hand-sanding of plaster joints. However, the most common involve the use of power tools such as cut-off saws, grinders, breakers and sanders. These can create very high dust levels, especially if the work is indoors or in an enclosed or poorly-ventilated area.
Dust, respiratory risks and ill-health in general are priority areas for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in its dealings with the industry. They also fit into the government’s wider industrial strategy for the sector, Construction 20252.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has awarded Brandon Hire a key contract to supply heating and cooling equipment.
The new agreement means that Brandon Hire’s national branch network will have a critical role to play in getting the kit delivered to collection centres across England to ensure that temperatures are controlled in the various environments, which include everything from sports centres to village halls.
Brandon Hire’s focus on equipment innovation and a commitment to meeting critical delivery and collection schedules were a key part of the company’s winning bid.
Commercial Manager Nigel Strickland said: “There are minimum and maximum temperature requirements, which is where we come in. Our equipment will help to keep the donation centres at the right temperature and make blood donors feel more comfortable when they’re giving blood – no-one wants to be too cold or too hot.”
As well as heating and cooling equipment, Brandon Hire will be supplying the latest in battery powered LED lighting technology that deliver huge savings in running costs when compared to traditional halogen lights.
There are 24 fixed blood donation centres across England and 88 mobile blood collection teams running about 23,000 blood collection sessions a year in communities across England and North Wales. Each year donors give around two million donations of blood.
Brandon Hire has just signed a major three-year deal with Bouygues UK.
This latest business success is a clear sign that the company’s reputation for delivering great service continues to grow.
Managing Director Tim Smith said: “The tender process was long and complicated and we were up against some tough competition so it’s fantastic that we won the contract.”
Bouygues, which operates in over 80 countries, is a world-class construction and services group with interests covering building, civil engineering, property development and roads, as well as facilities management, media and telecoms.