HSE International ISSUE 100 - Page 40

WORKING AT HEIGHT: ONE STOP HIRE LTD TOTAL SERVICE SOLUTIONS One Stop Hire Ltd is the fastest growing hirer of Power Tools, Access Systems and Small Plant in the North of England. HSE International spoke to their Managing Director Steve Hitchen, about the history of the business and their goals for the future. O ne Stop Hire Ltd was formed in 2009 by Steve and Danni Hitchen with a view to providing clients with a complete service solution. The couple purchased SJS Hire Tools Ltd and PSL Ltd, two tool hire companies based in the Northwest. These two businesses were merged into one, renamed and rebranded as One Stop Hire Ltd, and since its conception, the company has led the way in specialist tool, equipment and access rentals in the North of the UK. Steve and Danni were previously employed by Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd. The couple worked at Ainscough for 17 years; Steve was a Board Director and Danni worked as their Marketing Manager. The chairman of the company (and Danni’s father) Martin Ainscough sold the business in 2007 to a Management Buyout team funded by BOSIF (Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance). Steve remained on the board of the new Ainscough crane hire business until May 2009. One Stop Hire was originally conceived by Martin in 2003, as a concept ‘Virtual Hire’ business under the name onestophire.com. However, the project was put on hold when the family sold the crane business. Prior to his career at Ainscough, Steve Hitchen worked in tool and plant hire for 7 years. Ironically, Steve worked for PSL, one of the companies he later went on to buy. Steve and Danni decided to set up their own business. The two tool hire companies came onto market and the couple saw purchasing them as an ideal business opportunity. As the family still owned the name One Stop 40 HSE INTERNATIONAL Hire Ltd, they decided that it was perfect for their new venture. One Stop Hire originally employed 35 people across 7 depots. By 2014, the company had expanded to 9 depots across Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Steve Hitchen continued: “We made plans for two more depots in West Yorkshire and Staffordshire. In Feb 2015, we opened in Leeds and also bought and moved into a new head office in Chorley. In July 2015, we opened in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, as the demand in this area was so large our branch in Central Manchester simply wasn’t big enough to cope. In December 2015, we relocated our Liverpool branch to a new depot that is double the size of our previous location. Our steady growth has of course led to an increase in staff numbers, and we now employ 102 people.” The company’s depots are strategically placed throughout the region and they are well stocked with the latest equipment the market has to offer. Coupled with a modern fleet of delivery and service vehicles, a rapid response and reliable service is assured for all their clients. “In 2016 we are looking to progress with the Staffordshire branch,” Steve added. One Stop Hire has recently expanded its portfolio to include a competitive tool sales division. The company continues to evolve year on year, and its turnover increased from £1.5m in 2010 to £5.6m in 2013. One Stop Hire surpassed their projected £7m target for 2014/15 with