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24th July 2007
New HSS Chairman Archie Norman today officially opened the company’s new central base for Scotland, one of the biggest plant and tool hire depot in the UK. From the facility near Edinburgh airport it will supply every type of tool to clients in Fife, Edinburgh and Livingston.
Opening the depot, Mr Norman, said: “This exciting opening demonstrates HSS Hire’s commitment to Scotland, its businesses and its people.” HSS Scotland includes Scottish Power and Network Rail among its customer base.
David Johnstone is Managing Director of HSS Scotland and will be based at the Edinburgh facility. He commented: “We have invested heavily in extending the range and preparing our new central base for the Scottish operation. This investment allows us to be more active in markets more traditional to HSS. This depot is strategically and geographically positioned to provide a fast reactive service to our customers.”
The 20-strong team based in the depot is trained to advise on all types of tool and plant held in the 32,000 sq ft facility. A training area within the building is available for instructing staff and customers. The facility will also act as the Head Office for HSS Scotland.
Notes to editors:
1. HSS Newbridge is located at Chariot Way, Cliftonhall Trading Estate, Newbridge, Edinburgh
2. HSS Hire Service Group operates from 300 branches across the UK. Committed to keeping businesses working, HSS employs 2,300 people including 150 in Scotland. It is current Hire Company of the Year and is the only national hire company to be ranked in The Sunday Times’ Top Track 250 table of Britain’s biggest privately owned middle-market companies by turnover.
3. Following a £310m transaction in June 2007, HSS is now owned by affiliated investment funds of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, a global institutional asset management firm with over $27 billion of assets under management and Aurigo, the investment vehicle headed by Archie Norman, backed by Perry Capital, HBOS and RIT, as well as HSS management.
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