A Glasgow hire firm has spent £330,000 on new equipment and expanded its workshop and storage facilities to cope with an upsurge in business.
“Over the past year we have seen a significant increase in demand from existing and new customers as the recovery builds, especially in the groundworks and concreting side of things,” explained Colin Inglis, director at Eagle Plant Hire.
The bulk of the investment has been on additional concreting kit such as roller strikers, power screeds, power floats and concrete pokers. At the same the east end business has moved into adjacent premises that gives it the extra room it needs for storage and the workshop activity that supports a hire fleet including access platforms, mini excavators, dumpers, breakers and compaction equipment.
“Our customer base is increasing all the time and we put this down to the service we provide and the relationships we have built. Customers who have been quiet are now getting busy again and they’re coming back to us. We maintain good relations with customers, even when they’re struggling, and I think they appreciate that personal touch.”
Colin and his brother Alan bought the company nine years ago and it has expanded four-fold since then. Now the target is to double turnover again over the next four years. “We are expanding our access and mini excavator fleet to help supply our customers’ demands and this should help with our expansion targets.”
In addition to the hire operations Eagle runs a repair service for customers’ equipment such as Stihl saws and power tools and an additional two repair technicians have been recruited for this area of the business, which includes PAT Test certification.