Brandon Hire is committed to building long-term relationships with its customers – so much so that it was the headline sponsor at the recent Cormac Gold Awards.
Group Sales Director Angus Barraclough said Cormac is an important customer and that having the chance to get involved in the event was a great way for Brandon Hire to develop its partnership further.
“The awards are a major milestone as they recognise staff for their hard work and commitment. For us was it was perfect platform to raise our profile and show that as a business we believe in giving something back.”
Cormac, which is wholly owned by Cornwall Council, also trades in the open marketplace to generate revenue for the council. It has three approved tool suppliers but thanks to Brandon Hire’s branch staff and their ‘can do’ attitude, the company has secured a large share of this business.
Once again Brandon Hire was one of the main attractions at a construction health & safety event, organised by Southern Construction Framework.
More than 80 delegates attended, all keen to find out about more the health & safety risks they face and how having the right equipment can make a difference.
Although there have been major improvements within the industry, latest statistics from the HSE still make depressing reading – approximately 13,000 deaths from work-related diseases and 142 deaths as a result of accidents at work.
Technical Manager Dave Arscott said: “As a company we have a responsibility to do what we can to get the safety message out there and events like this are a great way to do just that.”
Brandon Hire continues to be at the forefront of new developments, helping customers take advantage of the latest products on the market.
As a result the Rubi Slim System tile cutter has been added to the company’s hire fleet. This is a manual cutter that’s specially designed for large format porcelain tiles up to 3m by 1.2m.
Commercial Manager Nigel Strickland said: “We were recently approached by one of the world’s largest tile manufactures to be their preferred hire partner to supply their customers, which is great news.
“These cutters have been developed due to the growing popularity of large tiles, which are being used increasingly on commercial buildings, hotels and refurbishment works.”
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.”
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.
SPONSORING THE BEST Brandon Hire is sponsoring Britain’s Best Self Build or Renovation Project for the third year running. The title is the top accolade at the annual Built It Magazine Awards, which are being held at the Hilton Hotel in Swindon. Managing Director Tim Smith said: “We have developed a reputation within the self-build and DIY markets and sponsoring this award gives us even more credibility and helps to make sure that our name continues to grow within this important sector.” The Best Self Build and Renovation title will go to the project that is judged to be the most innovative and inspiring development in the UK. The 2013 winner Joshua Penk and his family, who built a woodland home, learned and shared new skills along the way. The result was a very low cost home which demonstrates that attractive, contemporary style properties can be built on a small budget.
DON’T BITE THE DUST Helping to reduce the risks of working with dust has become a top priority for the industry – not least because there are more than 500 deaths every year due to silica exposure. Brandon Hire is playing a key role in educating construction workers about the dangers and the steps they can take to ensure a dust-free environment. A combination of regular workshops, information booklets and on-site support for customers is making an impact. National Technical Manager Dave Arscott said: “There’s no doubt that dust is a big issue and anything we can do to spread the word is important. The response we get is very positive – it’s amazing how many people simply don’t know about the dangers and the equipment that’s available to help them work safely.” Not surprisingly the company is backing the HSE’s ‘Think Heath’ campaign, which is focusing on the respiratory risks from dust, as well as manual handling, noise and vibration. HSE inspectors have been making unannounced visits to sites to identify areas where workers are being exposed to unnecessary risks. As part of this, Brandon Hire has produced a ‘brooms don’t work’ poster for branches. The posters highlight the fact that it’s dangerous to clean up with a broom and that dust extraction vacuums are the only safe option. Ian Strudley, Head of Health Risk Management Unit at the HSE, said: “It’s great to see companies like Brandon Hire supporting our efforts and doing what they can to educate their customers. The construction industry has made great strides in recent years but it needs to do more and put practical measures in place to keep people safe.”
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Even before opening its doors, the new Leatherhead branch was making deliveries. As soon as word was out that Brandon Hire was back in town and that the old team – Jon Bugg, Phil Bradley and Paul Aldred – were behind the counter, the phone starting ringing and customers came through the doors. “It was incredible,” said Jon. “We were literally getting things set up when hires started coming in, which was great.” Area Support Manager Jon, who ran the Leatherhead branch for 18 years before it closed following the Wolseley sale, will work alongside new manager Dean Seymour, who has extensive experience in the construction industry.