Horizon powered access platforms help John Lewis store take shape


By Matt Fray, Account Manager for Horizon Platforms

Electric and diesel scissor lifts from the Horizon Platforms’ fleet are helping in the fit out of the new flagship John Lewis department store in Leeds.

The scissor lifts are being used by electrical and mechanical contractors to install heating, lighting and electricity in the 24,000m2 store – one of the largest outside London and the jewel in the crown of the new £165m Victoria Gate retail development in Leeds City Centre.

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£3million investment to support Horizon growth plan

£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 more “£3million investment to support Horizon growth plan”

Plans to introduce IPAF training online | e-learning

Cautious 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 more “Plans to introduce IPAF training online | e-learning”

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you

At 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 more “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you”

Tour de Pennines Charity Event

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.


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