Cherry pickers raise the roof at Download Festival

August 26th, 2015

Download Festival Powered Access

Horizon cherry pickers rocking it up at the Download Festival

By Vicki Crowe, Horizon Platforms Account manager

I’ve never been to the famous Download Festival at Donington Park, but I’m proud to say that some of our cherry pickers made their debut there this year!

Download – the UK’s increasingly popular five-day rock festival – took place over a long June weekend with well-known headliners, Slipknot, Muse and Kiss taking to the stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Horizon plays its part in the creation of the Airbus A350

August 20th, 2015

Horizon plays its part in the creation of the Airbus A350

By Vicki Crowe, Account Manager for Horizon Platforms


There is no doubt that the whole is generally greater than the sum of its parts – especially when it comes to the creation of something as awe-inspiring as the Airbus A350 – but I do think it’s important sometimes to pause and reflect on just how many different ‘parts’ – both people and machines – are involved in the creation of the finished product.

Horizon Platforms is just one of hundreds of companies involved in helping Airbus create its latest, greenest and most advanced aircraft – the A350 XWB.

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A sprinkling of safety from Horizon

August 17th, 2015

A sprinkling of safety from Horizon   Horizon-platforms-AD-Sprinklers

By Vicki Crowe, Account Manager for Horizon Platform

I’ve always considered myself to be a jack of all trades and master of none. Recently, however,  I’m finding that I need to revisit that assumption as I become increasingly absorbed in the wonderful world of sprinkler systems!

As an Account Manager for Horizon Platforms, I work with a broad range of businesses who wish to hire a powered access platform from Horizon– such as scissor lifts and cherry pickers. I like to think I have a close working relationship with all of my clients, but when I was offered the chance to see behind the scenes at AD Sprinkler Protection Ltd, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the sector, particularly as I’ve recently been given responsibility for contracts within the fire sprinkler industry. Read the rest of this entry »

£3million investment to support Horizon growth plan

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Plans to introduce IPAF training online | e-learning

June 22nd, 2015

training-imageCautious welcome for IPAF training online – but more details needed

By Ben Hirst, Managing Director

Moves to introduce an IPAF training module online could prove a real boost to safe work at height practices as long as safety – not profit – is the driving force behind the planned changes.

If an e-learning option from IPAF means customers get more time for the practical elements of MEWPS training – the hands-on, up in the air, learn as you do bits – and more rigorous, flexible and convenient training that improves site safety, then it’s a no-brainer.

IPAF online training opens up alternative methods of delivering education. It has the potential to take work at height training to a new level and could mean training centres like our own in Warrington and Wakefield could reach even greater numbers.

It’s important to highlight that this type of e-learning is designed to enhance, not replace, practical at height training. On completion of the online module, trainees would still need to attend an IPAF-approved training centre where they would take the practical element of the training in the form of a half day-long course. Read the rest of this entry »

Why keeping Westfield Bradford on track is crucial

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Horizon Platforms’ trucks offer deliveries on time, every time

February 8th, 2015


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

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.

Thank you for your support

Mick Backhouse becomes IPAF Senior Instructor

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: