Posts Tagged ‘Scissor Lift Hire’

Promotion for Dave & Claire

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Horizon Platforms announced two new appointments in June this year.

Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Dave Williams who joined Horizon in February 2008 will be moving from his current role as Hire Manager within the rental arm of the business, to lead our New and Used Equipment Sales Division.

As Sales Manager of Horizon Platforms Sales Ltd, Dave will continue to develop the website, as well as embarking on an extensive email marketing campaign to yet further develop this fledgling business. He will also be offering support to the Sales Team by following up all their leads from customers wishing to purchase Access Equipment.

Dave has now enjoyed many years of experience in the Powered Access Industry. This, coupled with his passion and focus on providing the very best levels of customer service give him all the tools he requires to make a great success of this new role.

Dave’s exit from the Hire business has created a very exciting opportunity for a driven individual to pick up where he left off.

Claire Ekert

Claire Ekert

Claire Ekert joined Horizon Platforms and the Access Industry back in 2009. Since then Claire has developed into one of the best Powered Access Hire Coordinators in the UK, but is still eager to progress her career and hence accepted the offer to become Dave’s successor.

From the 1st of June, Claire will take on what we regard as the most pivotal role within Horizon. She will not only lead our Customer Service team but also oversee the efficient running of our fleet of delivery vehicles. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish both Dave and Claire all the very best in their new roles.

The Directors

Horizon invests £1M in new JLG equipment for 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The 2011 order is made up of 70 units including, the ES Battery Scissor range and both Diesel and Bi Energy Booms.  This order will increase Horizons fleet to 350 machines.

 Ruairi Duggan Joint Managing Director says, ‘Our focus at Horizon has always been on offering our customers the best possible service.

As the economic recovery gradually gathers pace, we want to be in a position where we can support new business and ensure that our existing customers continue to enjoy the standards of equipment and service that they are accustomed to.

Our customers appreciate the benefits that JLG machines have to offer especially the ES Scissor range, which has proven to be an exceptional performer in the field’

 Horizon have placed additional orders for 2011 with Skyjack, Niftylift and Haulotte for a further 30 platforms.      

Left to right - Ben Hirst (Horizon-Joint MD), Rory Duggan (Horizon-Joint MD), Edward Price - JLG

Left to right - Ben Hirst (Horizon-Joint MD), Rory Duggan (Horizon-Joint MD), Edward Price - JLG

Introducing Andrew Tate – Service Engineer

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Having worked as a Service Engineer in the Powered Access Industry for over 15 years, I have enjoyed watching the developments of MEWPS and seeing how the Industry has improved both safety and productivity levels for people working at height.

One of the big attractions of joining Horizon Platforms in September 2009 was their  focus on customer service and their desire to be the best Access Hire company around.

As a member of the Service team one of my main roles within the Company is going out to construction sites to carry out servicing and LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment  Regulations) inspections on all Horizons’ fleet of access platforms. I also carry out LOLER services at customer premises’ on their own platforms, as it is a legal requirement that all platforms have to be LOLER tested.

LOLER regulations  came into force in 1998. They cover all operations and equipment which involve lifting people and goods at work.  The inspection is a thorough examination inspection of the platform which has to be carried out by a trained, competent person at least every 6 months to make sure the access platform is fit and safe to be used.

Horizon  constantly update  their fleet of machines and only ever buy brand new equipment.

With further investment from JLG, Genie, Skyjack and Niftylift throughout 2011, we are sure to be able to supply even more customers and allow them to experience Horizons first class service.

Introducing Carol Hodkinson: Accounts Department Supervisor

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I look after the accounts at Horizon platforms; everything from payroll to sales ledger and anything in between.

I have had many years of experience working in private industry. This experience has taught me that it is just as important to take care of your suppliers, as it is to take care of your customers. By looking after the suppliers ie: paying them promptly and trying to sort out any invoice queries as quickly as possible, they are more likely to go that extra mile, if we should need their help. This in turn helps us give the best possible service to our customers.

I have been with Horizon Platforms since May 2008.  During my time I have witnessed the continued growth of the company.  As a result of our customer care and attention to detail, we are consistently opening new accounts and expanding our fleet of Access Platforms.  This fleet expansion has increased the work load within my department, so we have recently appointed Angela Bell as our new Credit Controller.

Introducing Health and Safety Officer Mick Backhouse

Monday, November 15th, 2010

As Horizon Platforms’ Training Instructor and Health & Safety Officer, it is my responsibility to ensure that our customers receive the highest standards of training and comfort when they undertake one of our many training courses.

I have worked in all areas of the powered access industry and have been an IPAF Training Instructor for over 7 years; training at many sites and locations throughout the UK.  Having obtained a NEBOSH General Certificate and being a member of IOSH, with a TECH IOSH status, I am able to confidently carry out all staff and customer Health and Safety training which includes; IPAF, Working at Height, Health and Safety Site Safety Awareness, Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels and Ladders & Steps training.  All of the courses offered by Horizon can be tailored to suit the needs of our customer to ensure they are aligned to their business needs.


Introducing Account Manager Matt Fray

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

As the Account Manager for Horizon Platforms, I have many responsibilities to ensure our customers always get the highest level of service they deserve.

As experts in powered access, it is our job to recommend what machines are suitable for their exact requirements.  Very often a complimentary site survey is recommended for this purpose.


Battery Powered ES Scissor Lift Range

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

As Senior Service Engineer at Horizon Platforms I was involved in the recent decision to expand our fleet with the addition of the JLG ES battery powered scissor range.  We chose the ES range due to the exceptional, class leading battery life and operator friendly control systems.

The class leading battery life is achieved by JLG using their direct drive system, using electric motors to drive the wheels directly.  This is an energy efficient way to power the drive system as no energy is lost in heat.  Converting power from an electric motor into hydraulic power via a pump as done by other manufacturers is less efficient, resulting in decreased battery life.

Also this system minimises the risk of hydraulic leaks as the ES range only has two hydraulic hoses on the whole machine to operate the steering.  This along with zero emissions makes the ES the ideal Access Platform for food manufacturing environments, along with large fit out contracts for Electrical, Heat & Vent any many other trades.

Once our customers experience the difference, they insist on using JLG ES Scissor Lifts on every job!

Charlie Smart- Service Manager, Horizon Platforms Ltd