18.03.2021

Star expands in south west

UK rental company Star Platforms has added a new depot in Bridgwater, Somerset and appointed access veteran Andy Pearson as regional director.

Pearson has spent close to 20 years in the access industry and was managing director of A.M.P when it was acquired by the Lavendon group in 2007. He remained with the business and Lavendon as a regional director until 2010 before leaving to set up Prolift Access – see: New access company in the UK.

In 2017, when Prolift was acquired by Speedy in a deal worth £11.4 million (see: Speedy acquires Prolift), Pearson left the industry to set up Pearson & Sons Properties. Directly prior to joining Star Platforms, Pearson spent the past five months as a consultant for the powered access industry.

Pearson, said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Star Platforms, at this exciting time and look forward to being a part of the company’s expansion. I have worked closely with Richard Miller and Steve Simmons for a number of years within the industry and look forward to supporting them in this next exciting phase of its journey.”
(L-R) Richard Miller with Andy Pearson outside Star's new depot in Bridgwater

Joint managing director, Richard Miller, added: “We have a large demand from existing customers to supply equipment in the South West region and there was a significant gap in our coverage. We therefore took the decision to open this depot in Bridgwater which has excellent road links to Bristol, Devon, South Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire. I am excited to be working with Andy again and am confident that with Andy’s expertise and leadership, the new Bridgwater depot will be a huge success.”

Established in 2014, Star Platforms runs a fleet of around 2,000 aerial work platforms from its locations in Luton, Coalville, Sevenoaks, Reading, Thetford and now Bridgwater. Last year the company featured eighth in our Top 30 UK and Ireland rental Guide.

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