The UK construction industry brings in billions of pounds of new work every month*. The sector relies on tool and equipment hire companies to deliver the kit needed to undertake these projects, so how can suppliers gain a competitive edge in such an important marketplace?

Established in 2003, Mexco has already grown from its Cornwall base to become one of the UK and Ireland’s largest privately-owned suppliers of diamond blades, core drills and tile drilling products to the construction industry. To help underpin its ongoing success story the company joined Hire Association Europe (HAE) in 2018 – and has never looked back.

Why join a trade organisation?

Mexco’s range of blades can cut through most construction materials, including asphalt, concrete and granite. Becoming a member of a trusted organisation like HAE helps boost brand awareness as well as reassuring those hiring the equipment for construction and demolition jobs that it is of a high quality, reliable and meets stringent industry standards.

HAE membership also gives access to products and services covering all aspects of hire, including terms and conditions, safety checks, publicity, equipment, responsibilities and general day-to-day requirements. It’s a one-stop shop for hire companies hoping to forge new business partnerships and for guidance on the issues and trends that impact on members.

How has HAE membership benefited Mexco?

As well as providing operational resources and business opportunities with other members, HAE membership offers hire firms the opportunity to gain recognised accreditations such as SafeHire Certification and Hire Industry Trusted Suppliers (HITS) status.

SafeHire Certification proves competence in safety, health, environment and quality and meets client demands for high standards of service, but it also demonstrates having a well-trained workforce to support customers as fully as possible. The HITS scheme is designed to help hire and rental organisations gain access to reliable, due diligence information secured by HAE and EHA from supply chain members and seeks to provide an industry standard to prove competence.

Accreditations a hit with Mexco

Achieving HITS status was the highlight of Mexco’s first year of membership, according to sales manager, Dean Hussey, who said: “HITS accreditation emphasises that our diamond tools are performing well and meeting the stringent requirements of the tool hire industry, which means you can be assured of quality and product longevity.”

The ethos at Mexco is to exceed customer expectations by providing diamond cutting and drilling tools that give the best possible performance at the right price. Displaying the HITS logo is a hallmark of quality in training, safety, environmental, R&D, production processes, data security and other related areas.

Mexco is going from strength to strength and is exploring new routes to market, confident that the benefits, customer confidence and practical assistance provided by its association with HAE will help the company’s expansion plans.

Information on how to gain SafeHire Certification and Hire Industry Trusted Supplier status can be obtained from: www.hae.org.uk orwww.eha.org.uk.

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