Eagle soars on return from a 14-year break

Jim Haigh of Eagle Platforms (centre) with Tony Grice of Allotts (right) and  Allan Wood of UK Steel Enterprise
Jim Haigh of Eagle Platforms (centre) with Tony Grice of Allotts (right) and Allan Wood of UK Steel Enterprise
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Customer numbers are soaring for Eagle Platforms following the company’s rebirth after a 14 year break.

Sheffield-based Eagle was sold to the UK’s largest plant hire company Hewden in 1997, but former owners have now re-acquired the name and relaunched the business with the help of a £50,000 cash injection from UK Steel Enterprise.

Eagle Platforms’ managing director Jim Haigh says that the rebirth of the company was assisted by several strokes of good luck.

“When we sold the company we never thought that the trading name would be available again but it was; which was really lucky as there is still a lot of value in the brand name,” said Mr Haigh.

“We then realised that legislation had forced clients away from ladders and scaffolding to using powered platforms. But our greatest stroke of luck was finding UK Steel Enterprise.

“Without the cash injection we simply could not have started up, it has been integral to us moving forward.”

Mr Haigh also praised the firm’s accountants Allotts,who helped Eagle draw up its business plan, as well as former colleagues and customers who were “almost begging” the company to start up again.

The company now employs four people and has signed agreements with more than 30 clients, including Leeds Bradford Airport, Eggborough Power Station and Associated British Ports in Hull, since it started trading.

UK Steel Enterprise’s Allan Wood, said: “The fact that Eagle Platforms is once again trading in Yorkshire is great news and we see big things ahead for the company.

“The business plan shows 18 jobs being created in three years and the company plans to expand into the North East, South Wales and Scunthorpe all of which are areas in which we support enterprise and job creation.”

n Eagle Platforms was founded in 1988 and grew to employ 24 people at the time of its sale to Hewden, nine years later.

After the sale, Jim Haigh took time out in Spain, following his hobby of radio presenting and working with several stations before returning to South Yorkshire this year.