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Horizon Welcomes New Chairman Kevin Appleton

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


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.


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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New Hire Desk Co-ordiantor for the Warrington Depot!!!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Alex ScarisbrickHorizon Platforms welcome Alex Scarisbrick to the Warrington Depot as a Hire Desk Co-ordinator.

Alex graduated from John Moores University, Liverpool where he studied Physical Geography.

Alex also worked at HMRC as a Administrive Officer. In his spare time Alex is a keen cyclist and an aviation enthusiast.

On taking on his new role at Horizon, Alex says, “I have always had an interest in logistics, which stems from being an aviation enthusiast.  Horizon stood out as a excellent place to work, and has not yet disapointed”.

We wish Alex every success within the company!

Natalie Gallager – Sales Administrator



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 :

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

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:

or via our Contact Us form quoting “Calendar 2014″

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

Emma Hyman – Sales & Marketing


Winter Work

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Winter is another busy period for us at Horizon Platforms.  Despite the most obvious being the putting up of Christmas decorations, it is also the time of year when our customers need machines (often on a short term hire) to repair or maintain their premises whilst other work is quieter.

Common jobs include:

Repairing/replacing lights

Heater installations

Carpark lighting

Roof repairs

Removal of leaves from guttering

Window/signage cleaning

So whether you have the duty of putting the fairy on a oversized Christmas tree in a busy town centre, or scooping autumn leaves from a gutter of a penthouse apartment, we have the access platform for you.

If you would like a free site survey please call us direct on 0870 0710 007.

Matt Fray – Field Sales Manager


Isn’t that Nifty!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Horizon Platforms have strengthened their hire fleet yet again with the addition of 2 brand new Niftylifts.  These 2 beauties were delivered last week and are now ready to be delivered to you for your hire contracts.

Welcoming new machines on to the fleet is nothing out of the ordinary for us.  Infact, it’s something that we we do quite regularly.  It is always nice to send out a brand new platform to our customers who want to impress on a prestigious site.

Horizon's Niftylift Delivery

Horizon’s Niftylift Delivery

We are lucky to have one of the youngest access platform rental fleets in the UK, this means fewer breakdowns, better looking kit and the latest technology on the market.

If your current supplier can’t offer you a nearly new platform combined with unrivalled customer service, give us a call!

Tom Brook – Internal Account Manager

0870 0710 007

Our Land Rover is FOR SALE!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It is with great regret that our Land Rover is For Sale!

Our very much loved Land Rover has become an unnecessary addition to the fleet, after the arrival of our brand new truck this month. 2011 Land Rover Discovery

If you think our Land Rover may be the perfect vehicle for you, please view our listing on Autotrader, or alternatively, call Gary on 0870 0710 007 to book a viewing.

You can view our Land Rover on the link below:

We will certainly be sad to see this fantastic vehicle go, but if you think you can give it a great new home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Emma Hyman – Sales & Marketing

Another brand new Truck!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Ordinarily there isn’t much to look forward to at this time of year. We’re at the end of the holiday season, much colder weather is upon us, and the expense of Christmas is just 85 days around the corner.

But at Horizon we certainly have something to look forward to! Our brand new truck has arrived and is all set to make its very first delivery tomorrow.  Our drivers have been falling over themselves to be the driver of this brand new truck, but only one driver can drive it!  Mick McGarry, driver at Wakefield will run the truck on routes in and around Yorkshire.

The new truck will service deliveries from our Wakefield depot, meaning we can get even more machines out to our customers on time every time.  Our new truck can carry individual access platforms such as a 32ft Diesel Scissor, HR12 or even a Star 10! The truck is under 7.5 tonnes so can use most weight restricted roads resulting in great flexibility.  The truck has also been retro-fitted with Fall Arrest.  For those who don’t know, Fall Arrest is a device that prevents the driver falling from the side of the truck bed.  Safety is something we take seriously at Horizon and this added extra on the truck has previously proved to be a hit with our customers who take safety as serious as ourselves.  Horizon's Brand New Truck

Key benefits of our brand new vehicle include;

First Impressions – Our brand new truck looks the part on any site

Flexibility – The truck weighs under 7.5 tonnes and can travel on most weight restricted roads

Safety – The added extra Fall Arrest, prevents falls from the truck bed

Logistics – A further truck to the fleet means more deliveries can be made

Reliability – A brand new truck with very few miles on the clock means no transport breakdowns costing you money

With all these benefits to you as a valuable customer, we really pull out all of the stops to be your No. 1 Access Supplier.   If you haven’t given us a go yet, give us a try!

Emma Hyman – Sales & Marketing

Two great days at Genie UK

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

On the 3rd September, I took the opportunity to attend a 2 day Product Training Course at Genie UK in Grantham.  Also in attendance were 3 of my colleagues – Gary Whittaker, Ben Povey, and our new recruit to the Sales Team Toni Corcoran.

It was certainly an interesting couple of days, as I haven’t had much hands-on experience with Genie equipment in the past.  It was useful to see how they differ from other manufacturers, and the vast range that Genie manufacture is incredible – anything from 15ft right up to 135ft!

Ben was very eager to operate the Z135 but unfortunately for him (not the rest of us!) there wasn’t one available – better luck next time Ben!

Needless to say, all 4 of us participated in a “sociable” drink after the first day.  This was a great opportunity to bond with other team members who we wouldn’t necessarily see every day.  In particular, it was great to welcome Toni to the team and get to know a little more about her.

So if you have a question on Genie equipment….go on, test me, and I will see if I can help you!

Vicki Crowe – Account Manager (North West)