UK Hire Group has confirmed that the acquisition of JPS Platforms and JPS Group Services has been completed and integrated.
JPS was the 23rd largest aerial lift rental company in the UK in terms of fleet size, according to the latest Cranes & Access Top 30 UK Rental company report with 717 units. It is based on a new two acre site in Harlow, Essex. Sister company JPS Group Services is a tool rental business including ladders and scaffold towers.
Founded in 2014, JPS was owned by John Young and Sandra Clarke. John Young remains on board as managing director while Ian Pease is national sales manager. No details of the transaction have been disclosed.
UK Hire Group is owned and managed by Adam Hems who has a background in IT, and was set up last July, he manages the business with chief financial officer Lee Simpson. With JPS they are joined by John Young and new recruit Shane Walker who has joined the company from Brandon Hire as general manager of JPS Group Services.
Speaking to Vertikal.Net Adam Hems said: “UK Hire Group’s plan is to maintain the strong customer service that has enabled the impressive growth to date, whilst progressing with a strong technical focus. New innovative products will be introduced soon, and our obsession is improving the customers’ experience and offering products and services that make their job safer, more productive and more efficient.”
“JPS has a young hire fleet with an average age of four years, while the machines are 70 percent all electric, with a high specification. We also has a loyal workforce that has achieved an impressive growth rate, the fleet has grown from 615 in March to 719 today. “
“The JPS Group Services business has plenty of scope to introduce new products and innovations and grow under the right leadership. Shane Walker has joined joins from Brandon Hire as general manager to take the business forward.”