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2023 Key Business Challenges Series - Equipment Hire

Hiring equipment can be a fast and cost-effective solution for work at height tasks that need to meet a specific deadline during a period of peak demand when being held back by equipment that is temporarily out of service.

2023 Key Business Challenges Series - Equipment Hire
Emily Patrick

By Emily Patrick
On Mar 23, 2023

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In our last blog, we looked at how maintenance and repair inspections can help improve the life of your equipment, as well as practical solutions that would help reduce the impact of costs on a business due to current trading conditions.

With disruptions in the supply chain, the cost of sourcing materials, such as machine parts and a shortage of drivers cause transport delays in delivering products to consumers. Organisations are finding it more difficult to meet high customer expectations of delivering good quality products, low shipping costs and fast delivery times. A report by Barclays found that goods with a total value of £23.6 billion are still awaiting completion in manufacturing warehouses, due to delays in ingredients, parts, and materials. With £12 billion worth of steel and metal products and food and drink goods being most affected.  

Businesses now must be committed to doubling the demand and build a strategy to improve annual turnover and increase production time. By always having equipment available to workers.

Hire out equipment to keep your business running

In addition to planning out maintenance and LOLER inspections and daily checks for when working at height. During a time when trading conditions are increasing high demands and rapidly expanding businesses across the UK. Having the plan to hire out equipment, whether it is short or long- term will help save your business from unexpected breakdowns or delays in sourcing parts that are taking longer than expected, which could cause significant downtime costs. Impacting production workflow and employee productivity.

 

Benefit of hiring

  • Hiring equipment can be a fast and cost-effective solution when you urgently need to complete jobs that need to meet a specific deadline during a period of peak demand when being held back by equipment that is temporarily out of service. Helping to make supply chains more flexible and resilient in being equipped with the latest technology and having more choice in the range of equipment that you use to boost productivity levels, that may have otherwise been affected to manage high demands.
  • If you’re expanding your business or looking to upgrade to more efficient equipment but aren’t sure what’s worth investing in that will meet your needs. Hiring can give you the chance to test out new machines and trial out the functionality, before purchasing new equipment outright.
  • Investing in advanced technology can help increase productivity, by hiring equipment for specific tasks that can be more convenient for employees. As well as giving a solution for when there is a staff shortage. For example, hiring a Hugo lift instead of using steps and ladders, can reduce downtime turning tasks from a two-man job into a one-man job. Allowing more jobs to be completed and reducing the pressure and labour costs of recruiting new staff.

How HLS can help your business

By hiring directly from HLS, we offer a wide range of the most up-to-date equipment for any job, from steps and ladders, powered and non-powered low-level access platforms, stock picking platforms to spider and scissor lifts. We provide the most reliable equipment that is thoroughly inspected and is fully compliant with LOLER & PUWER legislation, before every hire contract. And is fully maintained, repaired, and refurbished after every contract, so that each piece of equipment is of high quality and safe for every customer.

To save you downtime and overcome delays due to the supply chain, contact our hire team for a fast turnaround with quick delivery to any site that will be available for you within a couple of working days. Depending on any specific or scheduling requirements that you may have. 

 

In Summary

Hiring work at height equipment can be extremely cost-efficient for companies, improving business probability and productivity whilst adapting to increasing demands due to supply chain challenges. Keeping you ahead of competitors, by having immediate access to equipment without damaging your budget in committing to upfront investments.

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Emily Patrick

By Emily Patrick
On Mar 23, 2023

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