Charity in the Community

Last year we decided to give back to our local community and donate £3,500 to our local charities and individuals in need.  We received a vast amount of entries and we were able to distribute the funds to assist and help our local causes.  Due to the success of it we have decided to release another £3,500 in 2018.  Application forms can be collected from Astley Hire’s depot on Jury Street, Westleigh or Jo Platt’s office (next door to The Waterside).

Here we are with Jo Platt in the local newspaper…

http://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/16248744.Business_pledges_backing_to_community_with_scheme/

Alternatively, you can click on the link, below and print off a form.  Please remember that all individuals or charities must be based within the Leigh Constituencies.  Application form for the Astley Hire Foundation 2018

Meet our New General Manager

We would like to introduce you all to our new General Manager, Martin Doran.

Like most of our employees, Martin grew up in the Wigan & Leigh Borough and possesses a wealth of knowledge and skills to take Astley Hire to further heights.

Martin has a varied background of knowledge and training, first studying at The University of Central Lancashire in Accounting & Financial Services, which led him to work for many years at outsourced accounting company, Sollertia.  It was whilst working at Sollertia that Martin looked after Astley Hire’s accounts for several years.

Having our portfolio in his capable hands Martin attended monthly management meetings setting budgets for the company whilst also gaining an insight to the company’s operations.

The General Manager role is one of great responsibility and Martin’s prime targets will be to grow and expand the company’s sales, products and divisions.  The long-term goal is so Directors Stephen and Michael Dorricott can take a well-earned step back and work towards retirement.

Outside of work, Martin is a husband and father of a two year old daughter.  He has a passion for rugby and regularly attends the Wigan Warrior’s games with his family.

Core values and family values are an integral part of Astley Hire’s empire along with our ethos of quality, reliability and service.  Martin is excited to be a part of our growing company…

‘Astley Hire have been a growing company for 52 years, which is a huge achievement.  I will build on the heritage to ensure this company continues to develop and is here to celebrate future birthdays.’

Below is a photo of Martin being welcomed to the company by our local Labour MP, Jo Platt and Director, Stephen.

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Astley Hire Attends Sponsor Day at Local Pit

If you followed our blog a few weeks ago you will know that Astley Hire willingly contributed equipment and time towards the renovations and improvements of the Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Pit.  This past Sunday we were invited to their sponsor day where we were able to meet like-minded and fellow sponsors who all played a part in improving a valued piece of history.

Next week the museum are urging people to attend the family day at Higher Green Lane in Astley where you can take a ride one one of the two small trains or relax and enjoy a licensed bar or visit the tea rooms for refreshments, sandwiches and cakes.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here…

The Lancashire Heritage Steam Festival

Here’s a review from one of our staff who attended the sponsor day…

‘We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour and were pleased to see such a difference being made to the Astley Heritage site for many generations to come.  The tea room was most impressive along with fresh sandwiches and cakes, and who can forget the lovely Marilyn who wowed us with her stories in the ‘Miner’s Cottage.’  We are positive that next week’s steam festival will be a roaring success.’

Taking Steps to Reduce the Footprint

Astley Hire has been taking big steps in order to reduce the Co2 emissions in the UK by investing in the creation of the new woodlands.  This has been achieved by reducing our Co2 emissions on all our vehicles, thus adding social and environmental benefits to the UK under the Government Carbon Code.

We have managed to achieve this through our current supplier, Allstar Fuels where we contribute monthly based on the number of vehicles we have on the road. 

We are really proud of our achievements and contributions to the environment and we are humbled by receiving another certificate from the Eco Point Scheme, which we are enrolled in. Throughout 2017, our contributions based on Co2 emissions and fuel purchased we have been able to contribute to 75 new trees being planted – that’s a whole lot of woodland to be proud of, and we are.

It’s not just our employees who are taking our commitment to the environment seriously – family members are doing their bit to show their passion for the environment and highlight the importance of decreasing the carbon footprint.   Stephen Dorricott’s daughter Mae followed her own interests for the environment and successfully became the European Rolex Scholar in 2017.  Mae, who is a lover of the ocean and the environment embarked on a journey of her own recently.  She has been working with eco and toxology labs to highlight the risks of having plastics in our oceans and the effects it has on the environment.  The Director’s daughter describes herself as ‘an ocean enthusiast’ and the following video is her final presentation before handing over the crown to the new scholars of 2018 in New York. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na6WR6pE3dM

Astley Hire are Friends of the Environment and Have the Certificate to Prove it.

At Astley Hire, we are always aiming towards higher standards and are always prepared to undertake necessary actions to work towards new certifications.

Always willing to go the extra mile, we have always considered the environment and reducing the carbon footprint a priority, and now we are very pleased to announce that we have recently received the ISO 14001 certification, which is an international agreed standard that requires an Environmental Management System.

Here are some of the tasks, which we have adhered to…

  • Separation of waste disposal (this is something we have always insisted on).
  • Double-sided is best! Our printers will be used less to reduce ink usage and paper.
  • Water consumption will be significantly reduced.
  • The installation of energy-saving lighting.
  • Reuse plastic bags and plastic packaging.
  • Saving energy by switching of machines and electrical appliances when not in use.

The EMS (Environmental Management System) has taken our company two years to implement the requirements expected to gain ISO 14001.  We are strongly working towards lessening the footprint by becoming carbon neutral within the next three years and aim to use ‘green’ sources consistently.  Through applying the EMS’s criteria, we are going all the way by tracking all our vehicles, ensuring reduced mileage and educating our staff to develop their own strategies to help the environment.

We will be monitoring our performance of course and ensuring that our company continues to implement EMS and remain friends of the environment.

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Astley Hire Hits New Record For Customer Satisfaction

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 results for our recent customer satisfaction survey.    Every year we submit the form to our vast number of customers to record our performance and this year we have hit our highest score to date.

The survey below explains how we have performed throughout the last six years – we are overwhelmed to report that we are 93 per cent up from last year’s score of 88 per cent.  We have managed to successfully achieve the joint-highest score of companies surveyed by Insight (the survey people).

The customer loyalty score at 73 per cent is the highest ever by any of those surveyed.  The Net Promoter Score at 74 per cent is the difference between companies who promote us from those who detract from us.  See the results for yourself, below.

As a company we always take customers’ queries and suggestions seriously and we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and work tirelessly to ensure our customers are satisfied and happy to continue to use our products and services.   We value our customers and always strive to perform better – this survey has proven that our commitment to client satisfaction has not gone unnoticed and we would like to personally thank everyone who has generously taken the time to participate in this year’s survey.

Last but not least, we could not receive these excellent scores without the constant loyalty and dedication from our team.  Our Managers, our Business, Development Managers, our training team, our sales team, hire controllers, engineers and drivers – your efforts do not go unnoticed and we thank you for your hard work.  Here’s to another successful year – well played team!

Customer Survey Results

Coronation Street Actor Reaches New Heights at Astley Hire

Coronation Street’s ‘Horrid Hugo’ has spent the day at Astley Hire’s depot this March whilst he gains his IPAF accreditation.   Actor, Adam Jowett played Hugo Crowhurst in the famous Manchester soap for two episodes, which saw Hugo and his friend Henry Newton go on a double-date at Nick’s Bistro.  The scheming pair made a bet that they could make ‘chavvy girls’ fall in love with them but their plan was foiled by Chesney and the date resulted in Henry having food thrown over him by Chesney’s friend, Gemma.

Adam has also played roles in other renowned programmes such as Hollyoaks, Shameless, Emmerdale, Last Tango in Halifax and Scott & Bailey.

 

Adam completing IPAF training.
Adam completing IPAF training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Manchester-based talent has earned credits as an actor, writer and producer and chose Astley Hire to complete his IPAF training as he is currently a Trainee Lightning Protection Engineer at Raiden Lightning Protection Services in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

After successfully completing his IPAF accreditation at the Leigh-based depot, Adam spoke fondly of his training,

‘The trainer, Tim was lovely and down-to-earth and the staff were really friendly and provided a friendly atmosphere.  It was a good day on the whole.’

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You can find out more information regarding Astley Hire’s training offers here http://www.astleyhiretraining.co.uk/

If you want to know more about Raiden’s Lightning Protection Services then you can learn more about the company by following this link http://raidenlps.co.uk/

IPAF & PASMA Training Instructor Job

IPAF & PASMA Training Instructor

Astley Hire Ltd, Leigh, Lancashire

9/3/18

A leading hire company of MEWPS, Astley Hire is now recruiting a Training Instructor to work at the Leigh Depot. The suitable candidate should have a minimum IPAF instructor qualification with Powered Access operational experience in at least categories 3a & 3b and preferably a PASMA training instructor.

They will be responsible for delivering training courses at our Leigh depot but also on customer’s premises.

Must be well organised with good IT skills are essential for the right candidate.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:     Leigh, Lancs

Required experience:

Previous 3 years’ experience working for an Access Training Company or Access rental businss.

Required licence or certification:   Driving Licence

Salary and Hours

Hours of Work: 45 hours per week ( Mon to Fri)

Start Time : Between 7.30am till 5pm Mon to Fri (with 30 mins for lunch)

Saturdays : As and when required

Remuneration:  Subject to experience

Company bonus scheme after 3 months

Holidays : 20 days plus all bank hols

Company Pensions scheme with contribution (presently 3%)

Company Healthshield scheme included

Company Training programme to ensure Continuous professional development.

 

If you feel you may be the right person for this role, please apply to:

Stephen Dorricott
E-Mail:vacancy@astleyhire.co.uk

All applications must include an up to date CV, and a covering letter including salary expectations.

Hire Job Vacancy – Access Hire

Access Hire Desk Controller

Astley Hire Ltd, Leigh, Lancashire

9/3/18

A leading hire company of MEWPS, Astley Hire is now recruiting an Access Hire Desk Controller to work at the Leigh Depot. The suitable candidate should have experience of the Access Hire Industry working on the hire desk, organising deliveries of machine.

They will full fill customer enquiries, ensuring all deadlines are met and customers’ expectations are exceeded. The right candidate should be a person who takes pride in their work and feels satisfaction when a job is well done.

Working as part of a small team liaising with the HGV drivers,and the engineers to ensure all jobs are delivered and collected on time, so must be a team player. Good IT skills are essential for the right candidate.

The Access division is a fast growing part of the business and this role will be a pivot able part of that growth, and will be rewarded appropriately

Job Type:     Full-time

Job Location:     Leigh, Lancs

Required experience: 

Previous experience working for an Access Rental Company a minimum of 3 years’ experience

Required licence or certification: Driving Licence

Salary and Hours:

Hours of Work:   45 hours per week ( Mon to Fri)

Start Time : Between 7.30am til 5pm Mon til Fri (with 30 mins for lunch)

Alternate Saturdays : 8.30 til 12 noon (paid at 1.5 times basic

Remuneration: Subject to experience

Company bonus scheme after 3 months

Holidays : 20 days plus all bank hols

Company Pensions scheme with contribution (presently 3%)

Company Healthshield scheme included

Company Training programme to ensure Continuous professional development.
If you feel you may be the right person for this role, please apply to:

Stephen Dorricott
E-Mail:vacancy@astleyhire.co.uk

All applications must include an up to date CV, and a covering letter including salary expectations.

Astley Hire Donates to Local Mining Museum

Once more, Astley Hire have shown their charitable side by donating a scaffold tower, staff and expert advice to The Lancashire Mining Museum.   The donation of equipment has been part of the process to build a tourist attraction, which is a replication of a 1900s cottage, complete with vintage furniture, periodic-style flooring and themed tea rooms for guests visiting the museum.

The museum, (previously named Astley Green Colliery) is hoping to pull in a larger number of visitors with the added attractions.  Trevor Barton MBE and the Chairman of The Red Rose Steam Society Trust explained,

‘We do not want the museum to be just a place for artefacts and renovated engines – we want to broaden the interest and appeal and reach out to the wider community.  We want to show them what the life of the miner was like.  We do not want that significant part air-brushed away and must make sure it’s never forgotten.’

Stephen Dorricott (MD of Astley Hire) has shown a great interest in the renovation project and more than happy to provide support and equipment to aid the new development.

‘It has been a pleasure to provide support and advice to such an important project.  It is vital to the community and the County that we preserve the museum building with tea rooms and miners’ cottage is going to be a fantastic asset and I am proud to play a small part in bringing the plans to fruition.’

The museum is no stranger to publicity because last year BBC2 Producers wasted no time in using the historical site for an episode of the massively popular TV series, Peaky Blinders.

 

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