Plant hire companies often look for other niches from which to keep their heads above water and wolves from the door. Prestige Hire of Olton in Solihull seems to have found a good one in training.
Since establishing his company back in 2001, proprietor and managing director John Smith has developed Prestige Hire into a major independent plant and tool hire business serving the whole of the West Midlands.
Besides the core business of tool and plant hire, the company has also, just over the last three years, invested significant time and resources into developing a separate division operating as Total Training.
I am happy to report that I have my tickets for the final night of athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer. Having failed to get into the Olympic Stadium in London last year, I look upon this as an adequate consolation prize. I was therefore interested to receive this report from Malcolm Construction on its progress with preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
Malcolm Construction is working on a large regeneration project in the east end of Glasgow, hauling muck, and the job has proved a great proving ground for a pair of new locally-manufactured Terex TA300 articulated tipper trucks.
Darren Gilmour, general manager at Malcolm Construction, says that while the muck is just being dispersed around the site to maintain a level, rather than being sent to landfill, trucks are used alongside excavators.
I am delighted to report that Selby Town, currently mid table in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division 1, has found a new sponsor in the shape of Fairfax Plant Hire.
The deal includes stadium naming rights. While the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium may not have quite the same ring as the Maracanã or the Bernabéu, it’s no worse a name than the Etihad, Emirates or DW. And at £7,000 for a four-year deal, a lot cheaper too (although perhaps rather less TV coverage - for the time being, at least).
As for the stadium itself… well, as you can see from the photos here, it is a long way from Premier league status. After last season’s relegation, let’s hope that Fairfax’s generous support can dig the Robins out of their financial wobbles, help build a brighter future, and put them back into the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier League, where they belong.
I’ve received this update from Antarctica. Having months ago abandoned their attempt to trek across the South Pole back, the Coldest Journey crew is now heading home and we have the footage of them breaking camp.
The guys there have spent the past four months just effectively hunkered down waiting for their winter to pass. They called off the expedition back in June after managing just 313km of the planned 3,822km journey. Not even their specially adapted pair of Cat D6N tracked tractors could negotiate the crevasse field tha they encountered. (See our previous report here.)
Father and son team Joe and Kevin Kominski have made the move and struck out on their own with a pair of mini excavators.
Drawing on years of experience working for other utility contractors in Scotland’s Central Belt, the Kominskis decided to set up their own groundworks and utilities contracting business at the start of 2013.
They formed Glen Maree Contracts Ltd, based in Ayr, specialising in the installation of traffic signals and street lights, along with general groundworks projects.