2021 is a crucial ‘rebound’ year for many businesses. After such a challenging and difficult past twelve months, the prospect of restrictions being lifted has provided a sense of optimism and hope for the economic climate.
However, with the likelihood of increased activity across many different industries, it’s more important than ever that companies are able to respond quickly and effectively to meet surges in demand.
So, how do they achieve this?
Hiring represents a golden opportunity for businesses to supplement their existing fleet with high quality equipment, whilst avoiding the upfront cash commitment that’s required when outright purchasing. This helps to provide a greater level of flexibility and ensures that they can meet a spike in demand without buying equipment that might not be required long term.
One of the main ways that hiring from Briggs Equipment allows your business to become more agile, is the wide variety of high quality equipment and machines that we have available. Whether you have a one off job that requires work at height, a retail space that needs a deep clean before reopening to the public or a warehouse that has seen demand go through the roof, we have the answer. Our hire fleet is unrivalled in terms of its scale, quality and specialism and we have in excess of 5,500 machines, which are all supported by a nationwide network of engineers and parts support to ensure your business keeps on moving.
Learning from the lessons of 2020
2020 was the year of the unexpected, but what can it teach businesses about the importance of remaining flexible and agile?
From a warehouse management perspective it highlighted how demand can peak at any time and at short notice. The Coronavirus lockdowns meant millions of people across the UK were confined to their homes and were unable to visit high street stores in the usual fashion. This led to a surge in demand for online goods and inevitably it was the warehouses, storage facilities and distribution centres that had to deal with this increased online workload.
This type of scenario can be overwhelming to companies who aren’t flexible in their approach to warehouse equipment. If staff aren’t able to pick or sort orders quickly enough to due to equipment shortages, then delays and missed deadlines for the end customer are inevitable.
However, hiring equipment through Briggs has provided many companies with access to the relevant support as and when they needed it. This enabled them to stay on top of demand, manage efficiency and ultimately stay in control of their workload.
2020 also highlighted many examples of how hiring can provide a greater level of long term financial flexibility for companies. By choosing to hire, they have been able to keep their costs under control, whilst still managing to access high quality equipment. One of the key advantages of short term hire, is that you can free up capital for other areas of the business that would have been otherwise tied up in an outright purchase.
Busting hire myths with Briggs Equipment
At Briggs Equipment, we recognise that hiring has a certain reputation and we’re committed to changing this perception and busting those myths. Here we discuss some of those common misconceptions around hiring and how Briggs Equipment is here to help you hire with confidence!
Will the hire equipment I receive be in good condition and reliable?
One of the biggest concerns that new hire customers have when they contact us, is about the quality and reliability of hire equipment. At Briggs, we’ve combined continuous investment into our hire fleet with a robust maintenance and inspection programme to ensure all machines meet our high standards.
We are constantly adding to and refreshing our fleet not only to meet requirements of our customers, but also to ensure they’re receiving high quality hire equipment. In 2020, we invested over £6 million in our short term hire equipment and we now have a standing fleet of over 5,500 assets.
As the UK’s premier asset management specialist, we supply products from leading manufacturers and trusted brands such as Hyster, Yale, Hako, JLG, JCB, Combilift and many more. At Briggs, we have a rigorous selection process when it comes to manufacturer and product approval for our hire fleet. This commitment to product quality, coupled with our extensive parts and technical support, means that when you choose Briggs Equipment, you’ll be hiring with full peace of mind.
Will I only have a small selection of equipment to choose from when hiring?
During the process of establishing our short term hire fleet, one of our priorities has been to create a diverse offering for our customers. We work with businesses in many different industries and there are a wide range of requirements and expectations that our fleet needs to match. This means that new customers can be confident that Briggs Equipment can provide appropriate and quality hire solutions to meet their needs.
Our hire fleet consists of forklifts, warehouse products, powered access equipment, cleaning machines, big trucks, container handlers, rough terrain machines, telehandlers and much more.
Is it more expensive to hire than buy?
For many businesses, choosing to hire their equipment can be much more affordable and cost effective in the long run. Lots of our customers choose to hire because it makes much more financial sense than outright purchasing their equipment or because they only require the equipment for a short period. If demand drops and you no longer need the equipment, you can return it at short notice.
At Briggs Equipment, we have extremely competitive hire rates and many seasonal offers that present excellent value.
How to get in touch?
To find out more about how Briggs Equipment can help your business meet demand in 2021 and beyond, then speak to our expert and friendly hire team. They’ll be able to advise you on the equipment you need and arrange a fast delivery direct to your site.
T: 0800 26 26 81