Plantool Hire Centres is a family owned tool, plant and access hire company with depots in, Daventry, Kettering, Lutterworth, Nuneaton, Warwick and Stratford Upon Avon. We offer a wide range of quality equipment for hire from brands such as Hilti, Numatic, Kubota and Skyjack. Our customers range from people doing DIY jobs at home to large companies such as Norbert Dentressangle, Eddie Stobarts and Weetabix. Our well trained staff offer a friendly approach to customer service and are there to advise on the correct equipment to do your job. Our aim is to be the first choice for tool hire in all the areas we operate.
Ben Jones started working for his fathers firm Handi Hire as a small child, going to work with his father on a Saturday morning folding the invoices and putting them in envelopes ready to post. When he was old enough he moved to work in the yard at the events and site services division on Saturdays and in school holidays, a job that he enjoyed and continued to work for out of hours and at weekends once he had started full time in 1996 as a trainee fitter in Long Eaton's central workshops.
He progressed to running his own workshop at Coalville depot before moving onto to fill in at various depots in various roles then left the family firm in 1999 aged 21 bound for Australia to work for Kennard's Hire. He stayed with Kennard's for three years and built up a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in over 20 branches but decided it was time to settle down and returned to the UK in late 2002.
After a brief spell at The Hire Supply Company he was offered the managers job at Warwick which he snapped up as he was keen to return to tool hire. He ran Warwick successfully for 3 years before moving to Lutterworth to get a new depot off the ground. In April 2007 he was promoted to Area Manager and in May the company opened their new depot in Nuneaton which fell into his area. In the July he was promoted to Operations Manager in charge of all six branches. He was asked to join the board in late 2009 as Operations Director and became MD in September 2011.
He did a deal with the previous MD and company's founder Rodger Webb to buy the company and took over in May 2013. Since then the company has moved into its new flagship head office depot in Daventry, relocated the Stratford depot into bigger more modern premises and become an approved IPAF training centre and achieved its Safehire accreditation.
Darren Haines joined Plantool in 1998 when there was only two depots Daventry and Warwick and is the longest serving employee. He started as a driver then moved in to the shop as a counter assistant/ fitter then on to depot manager at Daventry's head office depot.
He is currently working as the business development manager still based at head office but covering all the depots. 'I've seen Plantool grow over the years and get stronger as a whole and am looking forward to continuing growth in the future'.
Dave started in the plant industry from school and was offered an apprenticeship with a local company repairing earthmovers and dump trucks. Dave finished his apprenticeship and went into plant hire business as a plant fitter for a period of around 10 years. Due to the company selling up Dave left the hire business and returned in 2004 to start work at Plantool where he started at the Daventry depot as a fitter. Dave with his vast experience was then asked to start mentoring new young staff and has developed 3 apprentices. Dave has progressed to become Plantool`s plant manager where he looks after a small team performing repairs, breakdowns and LOLER inspections.
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