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05.10.2010

Leigh Farmer returns

UK access entrepreneur Leigh Farmer is set to return to the access business with a new company – Premier Platforms Ltd, which is registered in the Cannock area in the English Midlands.

The new company will offer a range of services including new and used equipment sales, service and inspections, operator training and contract hire- with possibly some short term rental thrown in.

Farmer founded Higher Platforms in 1990, in Cannock and after building the businesses into one of the Top 20 UK access rental companies with a fleet of 435 units. He sold it to Lavendon in August 2007 for £8.9 million.
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Leigh Farmer


Farmer stayed on at Lavendon for two years, leaving in August 2009. Higher was merged with Panther in 2008.

Premier Platforms was registered three years – almost to the day – after the sale of Higher Platforms was announced.
Click here to see Farmer leaves Lavendon
The new company is based at the same old Higher Platforms location - vacated by Lavendon in January, when the Panther branch was relocated.

The Premier fleet is already 70 units strong, comprising booms and scissors from Skyjack, Genie and Nifty. Many of the scissor lifts are LPG powered, a speciality of Higher Platforms, while the booms included Bi-Energy models and some of Nifty's new Hybrid models including the 21 metre HR21.
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