Following the success of last year’s Hire Convention, it is set to return to Loughborough’s Holywell Park from 21st – 22nd September 2016. Organised by Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) it will focus on the important issues currently facing the Hire industry, with an increase in delegates and exhibitors expected.
The theme for the two-day event is ‘Smarter – Safer – Stronger’ and is relevant to anyone currently working within construction, facilities management, maintenance and events including independent hire companies.
It is often difficult for independent hirers to see the value in attending tradeshows and conferences, there is a fear that they will be lost amongst larger organisations and that their time could have been better spent. HAE EHA understands the constraints that running a busy and successful business places on the smaller, independent hirers and has factored that in to the planning of this year’s Hire Convention. With a packed programme of seminars and an overview of many of their key initiatives there are plenty of reasons for smaller tool, plant and event hirers to visit Holywell Park in Loughborough this September.
The packed conference programme has something for everyone: on opening morning companies with European aspirations can attend the keynote session delivered by Pierre Boels jr., European operations CEO of Boels Eurpean Rental Market, this is followed by Chris Steel from the HSE who will share advice on creating a safer workplace by reducing noise and dust. In the afternoon, James Sutton of Raleigh International will take to the stage and present ideas around creating a more responsible business, whilst A-Plant’s CEO, Sat Dhaiwal will round off the first day with his own inspiring story of climbing through the ranks following the successful completion of his apprenticeship.
Day two begins with the Tool Industry Theft Forum delivered by Julian Crabb, Paniu and Ian Elliot, CITS. This is followed by a session on preventing theft, fraud and cybercrime within the hire sector, from Julian Crabb. Taking to the floor in the afternoon will be a representative from Firefly Clean Energy who will share their experience of silent power and measuring CO2 reductions with the use of their software GLOW RFM. An overview of the benefits and guidance on HAE EHA’s SafeHire Certification will round off the formal presentations.
Also on the agenda and highly relevant to independent hirers is addressing the widening skills gap and the importance of attracting new talent into the sector, there will be a Future Hirers update from an employer’s perspective, and lots of opportunity to discuss ways to increase your business talent, from recruiting new employees to upskilling your existing workforce. There will a number of case studies from leading hire companies demonstrating how to take employees from apprentice to manager within five years with the help of HireTrain, training programmes, graduate programmes and apprenticeship schemes. In addition, a website dedicated to career advice will be launched at the Convention.
In addition, independent hire companies are invited to attend free SafeHire Essentials Workshops, held during the course of the Convention. These are designed to give businesses an overview of what is involved in the SafeHire Certification process and are delivered by one of the SafeHire assessors. The course covers what the SafeHire Private Standard is and the benefits it offers hire and rental businesses.
Graham Arundell, managing director of HAE EHA comments: “Whilst feedback for 2015’s Hire Convention was overwhelmingly positive from exhibitors and delegates alike, there was an underlying feeling from everyone involved that it would be great to welcome more independent hirers. We have taken that on-board during the planning and programming of this year’s event and I believe that we’re offering plenty of reasons to attend; from great educational content to numerous networking opportunities. I’m confident that we’re set to deliver our strongest Hire Convention to date.”
The Hire Convention 2016 also includes a lively exhibition area with over 50 of the hire industry’s leading suppliers and service providers. As well as being free to attend, all refreshments and lunch are complimentary over the two days.To find out more, register, book accommodation and interact with other registered delegates visit www.hireconvention.org.uk .