Hire company sees a Champion future

Champion Hire Managing Director Keith White with some of the Sheffield company's new Hilti tools.
Champion Hire Managing Director Keith White with some of the Sheffield company's new Hilti tools.
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Champion Hire is anticipating growth after four tough years for the plant and tool hire sector.

The Sheffield-based group, founded 45 years ago, recently invested almost £750,000 in a new fleet of pickups and trucks to serve its customers and has done a deal with Hilti to introduce a range of new, technologically advanced tools.

Chairman Tim Hale said: “We have weathered a long and difficult recession, but there is a lot starting to happen now and our confidence in the future of the sectors we serve is strong.

“We have always looked after our customers and these changes we are implementing will enhance our ability to do so.”

Champion decided to take advantage of a new ‘fleet management’ service, offered by Hilti, after a company audit revealed that some of the tools it had were more than 10 years old.

“We have dealt with Hilti since Champion Hire was founded in 1968, and they have introduced us to the Fleet Management concept whereby a monthly fee covers all servicing and repair requirements including reporting, transport, labour and spare parts at no additional cost,” said managing director Keith White.

“The removal of our old plant is proving a massive success.

“It ultimately means we are lowering the age of our fleet and supplying customers with the latest innovations, all of which are designed to help them work more efficiently and safely.”