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Are Plant Hire firms
too content to grow in 2014?

Confidence is sweeping back into the UK Plant Hire industry. Yet, latest figures show that just under half of all firms are increasing sales, whereas half are improving profits.

Plimsoll’s latest 2014 market report suggests Plant Hire firms may well be putting security ahead of growth.

Bucking this trend however is a band of 39 firms who are delivering growth rates of up to 8%, their market share jumping from 26% to 28% in just two years.

Plimsoll’s findings concluded

  • 9 firms have seen their sales increase by over 8%
  • These 39 firms now sell on average £12 million per year up from £9 million two years ago
  • Of the 1000 firms analysed, the average sales increase is only 3.6%
  • However, only 447 companies have increased their sales

David Pattison, Plimsoll’s senior analystDavid Pattison, (pictured), Plimsoll’s senior analyst, said: “It really is essential that businesses look for areas of growth in the market and see how they can keep up with the leaders.

“These 39 trail-blazing firms are heading-up the new direction of the market and the other companies must take notice of those 39 companies. With salaries up and gross margins down it’s clear as costs grow then sales need to increase.”

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Potholes Cash Welcome

Civil engineering contractors welcomed the government’s announcement of extra funding to help renew roads hit by weather damage.

The Department of Transport has announced that an extra £140 million is to be made available to help repair the damage caused by the exceptionally severe weather.

Government support for flood-hit councils will increase by £36.5 million to a total of £80 million. On top of this, an extra £103.5 million is being made available to all councils across England, bringing the total government spending allocated to road maintenance in 2013 to more than £1 billion.

Commenting, director of external affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Alasdair Reisner said: “In recent years CECA has argued that spending on highways maintenance plays an essential role in improving the state of the country’s vital roads network. Such spending also offers additional benefits by stimulating economic activity and employment in communities across the country.


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