PRESS RELEASE: 2017 Hire Awards of Excellence Shortlist Announced

Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) today announced the entries shortlisted for its prestigious 2017 Hire Awards of Excellence, to be held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on Saturday 22nd April 2017. 

Independently judged, the Hire Awards of Excellence acknowledge the successes of hirers and suppliers, along with the incredible individuals who set the standard. Without doubt these Awards are the most sought after accolade within the plant, tool, equipment and event hire industries and represent the best in class for companies and individuals working in the hire sector.

The glittering awards ceremony will see winners crowned from a diverse shortlist lifting the hire industry from its day job in dust, dirt and grime to the glamour of cocktail dresses, black tie and a five-star venue for an evening of celebration.

This year’s sponsors and partners include: FT Solutions, Seaward Group, Arcotherm, HAE Insurance Services, PASMA, CITB, HireTrain, STIHL GB, Point of Rental, PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres, Rouse Appraisals LLC and Vision Events.There are a couple of sponsorship opportunities remaining but these will no doubt be fulfilled now the shortlist is announced.

This year’s shortlist includes many of the hire industry’s leading suppliers alongside a healthy number of independents. Commenting on this year’s shortlist, HAE EHA’s managing director, Graham Arundell said: “We’re delighted with the calibre of the companies who have made the shortlist for the Hire Awards of Excellence 2017. There is a fantastic mix of major players alongside smaller, independent hirers so it is a good cross section of the hire and industry. The standard of entries was very high so the judges had their work cut out just to get the shortlist, never mind deciding on the winners. We’re now very much looking forward to 22nd April and welcoming guests to the vibrant Grosvenor House Hotel. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic evening.”

The Shortlist for 2017 Hire Awards of Excellence is:

Catalogue of the Year Hard Copy

  • GAP Group
  • Hire Station
  • Smiths Hire

Catalogue of the Year Electronic Copy

  • GAP Group
  • Hirebase
  • Hire Station
  • Smiths Hire

Website of the Year

  • ESS Safeforce
  • Hire Station
  • Morris Site Machinery
  • Smiths Hire

Best Use of New Media

  • Arcotherm
  • Kubota UK
  • Morris Site Machinery

Construction Industry Product of the Year

  • Datatag ID Ltd for MicroCESAR
  • ESS Safeforce for SiteZone PWS
  • Nationwide Platforms Ltd for SkyTel

Event Industry Product of the Year

  • Point of Rental for Rental Expert
  • Site Equip for Shabby Chic

Supplier of the Year

  • Arcotherm
  • AMI Group
  • Seddon Plant & Engineers Ltd

Plant, Tool & Equipment Company of the Year Turnover under £10million

  • Dromad Hire
  • Miles Hire
  • Parker Plant
  • Power Plant Hire
  • PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres

Plant, Tool & Equipment Company of the Year Turnover over £10million

  • A-Plant
  • GAP Group
  • Hire Station

Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year

  • GAP Group
  • Live (Formerly Eve and LION Trackhire)
  • Plato Catering Hire

SafeHire Company of the Year

  • A-Plant
  • HSS Hire
  • Plantool Ltd
  • PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres

Apprentice of the Year

  • Robert Ashton, apprentice hire desk controller, AFI-Uplift
  • Kieran McCreery, lifting Apprentice, GAP Group

Hire Manager of the Year

  • Jessica Bowen, Hire Station
  • Sean Burke, A-Plant
  • Dan Craythorn, GAP Group
  • Billy-Jo Davies, AFI-Uplift
  • Neil Hardiman, Site Equip
  • Robert Pullen, MHM
  • Lee Richardson, Plantool Ltd

Workshop Manager of the Year

  • Chris Ball, GAP Group
  • Mike Millar, AFI-Uplift
  • Sean Woodward, Hire Station

Hire Achiever of the Year

  • To be announced on the night

The award ceremony will take place at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s prestigious Park Lane on Saturday 22nd April.  Tickets for the Hire Awards of Excellence are now on sale priced at just £117 + VAT, whilst tables of 10 are £1,090 + VAT. Included in the ticket price is a three-course meal, drinks reception, wine with dinner and entertainment.  For more information about the awards ceremony and to purchase tickets please visit