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£3million investment to support Horizon growth plan

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

ben£3million investment supports Horizon growth plan

By Ben Hirst, Managing Director

As part of Horizon Platforms’ commitment to quality and safety, I’m delighted to announce a £3million investment to support our ambitious five-year growth plan.

By far the largest proportion of the money – a £2.2million capital injection – will pay for new equipment to expand our existing 700 strong hire fleet and ensure customers have even more quality access platforms to choose from. An additional 160 new specialist powered access platforms – cherry pickers, scissor lifts and personnel lifts – are being brought on board, primarily for use in the indoor maintenance and installation sector.

A further half a million investment in our people will pay for an extra 15 members of staff to support the planned growth by ensuring all our customers continue to benefit from the excellent levels of service they enjoy.  A new team of Relationship Support Managers is already in place and more are being recruited to act as a single point of contact for clients. Our operational team is also being strengthened to ensure delivery and breakdown response rates are further improved. (more…)

Why keeping Westfield Bradford on track is crucial

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

westfield13 1When you take its history into account, it’s vital that progress on the £260m Westfield Shopping Centre development in Bradford City Centre stays on track and on budget. This is, of course, true for any building project, but none more so than in the case of Westfield Bradford.

The impact of recession hit the Bradford development hard. With its well-publicised delays, “gaping hole in the ground” headlines and problems securing tenants, the project and its developers experienced a rocky ride to say the least. Thankfully, the tide has now turned.

A full decade after demolition of buildings on this prime city centre retail site first started, building work began – as did the involvement of Horizon Platforms with the project.

Why quality work at height platforms and reliable delivery is key

Since January 2014, excellent progress has been made on the 550,000 sq ft two-level mall. Steelworks are in place, cladding is going up, floors are being laid and the roof is on. (more…)

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

rallyAt Horizon, our company ethos is to treat others as we wish to be treated; it’s the reason why we put such a premium on providing an excellent, straight-talking and supportive service to all our customers from start to finish. We think customer satisfaction is what you deserve.

We know our clients find us easy to do business with, value our flexible approach and the way we respond to their changing needs, and always go the extra mile to ensure they have the right tools for the job and the training they need to meet their own customers’ needs.

We also pride ourselves on our ability to listen – closely – and when you told us recently that you would like a single, named individual to speak to every time you deal with us, we responded by creating a brand new team of Relationship Support Managers (RSMs).

Our RSMs have already proved extremely popular. They are there to get to know your business, deal with all your hire and training needs as quickly and efficiently as possible, and take care of things on your behalf, so you don’t need to get involved in the detail. If your RSM promises to do something, you can be sure that they will deliver. (more…)

Horizon Platforms’ trucks offer deliveries on time, every time

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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Two heavy duty 44T Mercedes-Benz trucks are the latest additions to Horizon’s fleet of delivery vehicles. The aquisistion allows Horizon to transport its range of 650 access platforms throughout the UK.

The well-known North of England powered access platform specialist, which has distribution and IPAF training centres in Warrington and Wakefield, has ambitious growth plans for the next few years and took the decision to buy the trucks to further improve customer service and delivery times, reduce environmental emissions and enhance driver safety and comfort.

The two Actros 2548 LS trucks are from Mercedes-Benz’ new heavy duty truck range, specifically designed for maximum performance in long distance transport. Each truck features a Mercedes Powershift 3 automatic gearbox, a 2.5m wide sleeper cab and a highly fuel efficient 480bhp engine which complies with the latest European emission standards.

Gary Whitaker, Operations Manager for Horizon Platforms, said: “The new trucks are a win-win for both our customers, our staff and the environment and form an essential part of Horizon’s expansion plans.

“Each one features state-of-the-art FleetBoard telematics technology designed to drive down operating costs and improve customer service by ensuring deliveries are on time, every time.

“On-board technology including digital tachographs and street level internet mapping will help us reduce fuel consumption and environmental emissions, and the sheer size of the vehicles means we can make one trip where we used to make two, enabling us to cut our carbon footprint even further.

“We pride ourselves on being a good company to work for, and because we’ve chosen some of the highest quality vehicles of their type on the market, our drivers now have an even safer and more comfortable environment to work in.“

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Tour de Pennines Charity Event

Monday, June 9th, 2014

We are very excited to announce that on the 28 June 2014, the Horizon Platforms Team will be taking part in a very special event in order to raise money for our nominated charity – The Christie Charity.

I’m sure some of you will have been touched by The Christie Hospital at some point in your life, as have some of our own staff and customers. That is why we have chosen to support this fantastic cause that provides specialist cancer care and support to thousands of people across the North West and beyond.

Are you ready to read about what we are going to do….?

The challenge is to cycle the 86 mile journey from our Warrington depot to our Wakefield depot over the Trans Pennine Trail. Some parts of the journey will be over rough and hilly terrain and it will prove to be a difficult and exhausting ride, especially for us cycling novices (which is most of us!) We estimate that the ride will take us around 12 hours, with the obligatory stop off for pub lunch, of course!

We are asking all of our friends, customers and suppliers to support us with our challenge to make it really worth-while. We have a Just Giving page that you can visit if you would like to donate – even if it is just £1.

http://www.justgiving.com/horizonplatformstourdepennines

Thank you for your support

Mick Backhouse becomes IPAF Senior Instructor

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Mick Backhouse

We are delighted to announce that one of Horizon’s Training Instructors, Michael Backhouse, has successfully passed the rigorous selection process to become a Senior IPAF Instructor.

Mick became a Trainer in January 2004 after initially starting his career in the Powered Access Industry as a Driver/Demonstrator. He joined Horizon Platforms in 2011 and has been pivotal to the success of Horizon’s delivery of high quality IPAF training.

Mick commented on his recent achievement: ‘Becoming a Senior Instructor brings new and exciting opportunities for both me and the company, by allowing us to now offer the IPAF MEWPS for Managers and Instructor Courses. This is a fantastic way to support the work IPAF do with a view of reducing accidents by training our customer’s workforce to the highest of standard’

For further details on the IPAF training courses we offer, please visit our website at: www.ipaftrainingcourses.co.uk.

Horizon Welcomes New Chairman Kevin Appleton

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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We are delighted to announce the arrival of Kevin Appleton as our non executive Chairman.

 

Kevin who was , Chief Executive of Lavendon Group from 2002 until 2011 and is also on the board of the Finnish based rental company Ramirent, joins the existing Directors Ben Hirst, Rory Duggan and Lindsay Tarrant.

 

Ben Hirst said, “  We are delighted to have Kevin join the board and look forward greatly to benefiting from his experience of the industry and from the wide range of contacts that he can bring to bear. His advice and in-depth knowledge will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow the business in a controlled, considered and structured way.”

 

“Our customers and the service levels that we offer are always our highest priority.  Kevin shares this view which is why we believe that this is a great fit for all”  added Rory Duggan.

 

“I have been deeply impressed with the work that Ben, Rory, Lindsay and the Horizon team have done so far. They have a solid, well-managed business and an encouraging desire to continually strive to do better. Theirs is also a business that places a central emphasis on how you deal with people – be they customers, colleagues, suppliers or the wider community – and I firmly believe that is a must for service businesses that desire to succeed. I am really looking forward to helping the team further develop what they have already built.”  Stated Kevin.

Rory Duggan

Sales & Marketing Director

 

 

 

 

Another Exciting Charity Event for Horizon!!!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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We are very excited to announce that on the 28th June 2014, the Horizon Platforms Team will be taking part in a very special event in order to raise money for our nominated charity – The Christie Charity.

 

I’m sure some of you will have been touched by The Christie Hospital at some point in your life, as have some of our own staff and customers.  That is why we have chosen to support this fantastic cause that provides specialist cancer care and support to thousands of people across the North West and beyond.

 

Are you ready to read about what we are going to do….?

 

The challenge is to cycle the 70 mile journey from our Warrington depot to our Wakefield depot over the Trans Pennine Trail.  Some parts of the journey will be over rough and hilly terrain and it will prove to be a difficult and exhausting ride, especially for us cycling novices (which is most of us!)  We estimate that the ride will take us around 12 hours, with the obligatory stop off for pub lunch, of course!

 

We are asking all of our friends, customers and suppliers to support us with our challenge to make it really worth-while.  We have a Just Giving page that you can visit if you would like to donate – even if it is just £1.

 

http://www.justgiving.com/horizonplatformstourdepennines

 

Thank you for your support and keep visiting our news page for updates on our preparation for the challenge!

 

 

Vicki Crowe

Account Manager (North West)

07730 765749

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Our Platform Sales Specialist, Dave Williams has been playing around with his camera in the depot taking shots of our machines again!

This one happened to be one I found that didn’t make the cut.

Genie 2632

I was absolutely astounded when I came across this one on the film and thought I would share it with you, as otherwise you would never get to see it.

Dave takes all of his own photos of the machines for the website, auction sites and for our email campaigns to ensure you get to see our machines in the best possible light!  Dave is a perfectionist, so getting the right shot for you can be extremely time consuming, but well worth it.

This shot of the Genie GS2632 shows you how great it can look on your site, but doesn’t tell you that it is Ideal for manoeuvering in tight spaces and is excellent for indoor and outdoor construction, maintenance and installation applications with firm, level surfaces.  This particular machine is priced at just £6995.00 + vat and is available for immediate viewing at our Wakefield depot.  For more information, please view our listing on our website : http://www.horizonplatformsales.co.uk/Genie_GS2632_Used_Battery_Scissor_Lift_Platform.html

If you would like to see more of Dave’s handy work, drop on to our Sales Website: www.horizonplatformsales.co.uk

Emma Hyman – Sales & Marketing

 

 

Horizon in Hollywood

Monday, November 18th, 2013

After months & months of brainstorming, group discussions and drafting, Our 2014 Calendar is finally printed, binded and ready to go!

Horizon in HollywoodWe have chosen the theme “Hollywood”.  There is a Hollywood Blockbuster for each month which everyone, whether male or female, adult or child can relate to.

However, I don’t want to reveal too much, so why don’t you see for yourselves!

Copies are available for request by contacting me direct via email:

emma.hyman@horizonplatforms.co.uk

or via our Contact Us form quoting “Calendar 2014″ http://www.horizonplatforms.co.uk/help.php?section=contactus

I am confident they will dissapear fast, so get ahead of the rest and request your copy today!

Emma Hyman – Sales & Marketing