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Briggs Equipment bolsters short term hire fleet with £10m investment

07 March 2018

Having previously invested some £70 million in building their short term hire fleet capability, Briggs Equipment have recently invested an additional £10.8 million, fortifying the fleet to over 5,000 units.

Steven Fogg, Head of Short Term Hire said: “The investment not only means a greater number of machines will be available, but a wider range of equipment which reinforces Briggs as the one stop shop and allows us to support the growing trend in our customers streamlining their supply chains to use us a sole supplier. This makes Briggs’ customers lives far easier, with just one delivery, one invoice and one point of contact with a fully certificated and trusted supplier.”

Some notable market trends continue to develop for which Briggs are geared up to service. The extension of their warehouse equipment including; powered pallet trucks, low level order pickers, high bay reach trucks and aerial access equipment from low to high level configurations all help businesses to put the emphasis on safety in the workplace. 

As safety laws become ever more stringent, there is an increasing need to use specific equipment to do specific jobs. Steven continued: “It is particularly important when working at any height, whether that be maintenance tasks via low level access equipment, or using medium level access platforms for handling stock at height to put the safety of employees as a priority. We have the full range of equipment suitable for whatever your manual handling needs are, whether you want to test new ways of working, bridge productivity to keep up with periods of peak demand, or complete scheduled maintenance tasks.”

“Additionally, in a more environmentally conscious world, the steady trend away from engine powered machines had led to further investment in our electric forklift fleet which is ideal for indoor operations and warehousing.” 

“Warehouses are also seeking to make better use of available space meaning tighter spaces for trucks to operate in, so the need for multi-directional machines, side loaders and articulated trucks intensifies.”

“With our customers’ needs becoming more diverse, we need to hold a broader range of equipment than ever before. This £10.8m investment means that we have the right equipment available at short notice. Alongside that we’ve also made further investments in our transport, contract management and telemetry to be able to back up Briggs’ mission statement of ‘Keeping Business Moving.”

Next day delivery, directly from your local short term hire site, means that if you have an urgent order, critical deadline or you have a machine unexpectedly out of use, you can quickly strengthen your fleet and fill the gap within 24 hours. This is backed up by a team of over 600 engineers so should there be any unscheduled maintenance required we can get you up and running again very quickly.

With no termination clauses, hiring in quality equipment in good condition offers businesses a cost-effective way of improving productivity while also reducing their cost base. As a result, businesses are well-placed to take on projects, cope with seasonal upturns in demand and secure emergency breakdown cover.

Briggs’ short term hire team can cater for a diverse range of materials handling needs regardless of industry sector, from warehousing, to event production specialists, to container handling service providers, to processing operations. 

Here are just a few customer testimonials:

Mark Kearney, Inbound Manager at Greencore, Northampton

“We were using long term contracts for our lifting and handling equipment and because our need for more diverse equipment grew, this arrangement was proving very costly,” 

Due to fluctuating demand, Briggs identified that a more flexible and cost effective way of maintaining productivity was to introduce the very same standard of equipment Greencore had been used to, but on a short term hire basis. 

The recent investments in its short term hire fleet put Briggs in a position to respond to a short notice request from Greencore for pricing and availability of JLG scissor lifts. 

“I was really impressed with how quickly Briggs got this moving and the rates for the scissor lifts were incredibly reasonable including delivery costs.  Briggs have really helped us out with all kinds of machinery.  We would have struggled to source such diverse equipment independently via multiple providers,” said Mark.  

“It’s not only the equipment that has impressed me but the service provided right from the sales executives, who are my point of contact, to the speed and efficiency of delivery.”

Matthew Williams, Director, GES 

“There are plenty of materials handling suppliers out there, of course, but Briggs Equipment does so much more than drop off and collect machines. We get the latest specification trucks at competitive prices backed by truly exceptional service. Briggs gives us a complete solution that we really value so we never feel the need to use any other suppliers.”

“We’re always operating to strict deadlines, which can make for a highly pressurised environment, luckily no job is too small for Briggs Equipment.  Also, because of its huge fleet and regional capabilities, we can rely on Briggs to make sure the right equipment is in situ at the appointed time.”

“That’s a huge weight off my shoulders, especially when we need to place an order with little advance warning so there is next to no lead time.  In fact, nine and a half times out of ten, Briggs Equipment is able to satisfy our requirements at extremely short notice.”

Briggs Equipment works with a great many customers, helping businesses of all sizes in a range of industries to meet their business objectives.  For more information on the goods and services Briggs provides visit www.briggsequipment.co.uk.