How Welfare Hire Is Supporting the Scottish Construction Industry in 2024

Industry experts have told Scotland’s construction industry it should prepare for a “resurgence” in activity in the coming months – and what better way to prepare than learn about innovative strategic equipment?

To further support our dedicated Scottish depot, Welfare Hire is thrilled to announce our attendance at ScotPlant 2024. Held across 26-27th April at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, the event brings together thousands of industry professionals and over 200 exhibitors – making it the biggest event of the year for Scotland’s construction industry.

Discover Our Innovative Welfare Products at stand D14

Our exhibition stand will feature our advanced welfare products, including:

Welfare Units for Hire - Portable Site Cabins For Construction Sites

Each product embodies our five pillars:


Scotland’s construction industry is rightly proud of its high standards. But top-quality welfare units are still widely unavailable across many areas in the countries.

Welfare Hire established our Scottish depot to solve this problem. Our innovative range is now easier to deliver to firms working in more remote regions – helping everyone of our partners access the quality equipment you deserve.


Research suggests that a third of project failures are the result of poor communication, while maintenance activity can run to 30% of a vehicle’s total costs. But with Welfare Hire, Scottish construction companies get a true partner throughout their projects.

While all of our products feature inclusive maintenance and support, our dedicated Scottish depot has made this service even more effective for our Scottish partners. Our engineers and support can reach your site quickly and minimise downtime.



According to recent studies, demand for sustainability in construction may be slightly higher in Scotland than England. But many firms still struggle to manage the emissions from their strategic equipment.

Welfare Hire’s product range provides the perfect solution. We are so confident in our products’ ability to deliver measurable reductions to your carbon emissions that we create a tool to help you calculate the expected savings each mobile welfare unit and tower light will produce:


Scottish construction has faced staffing issues for several years now, and just a quarter of people would recommend a career in the industry to young people. But much of this is down to the perceived physical difficulties and mental health challenges workers face.

Our welfare units are designed to combat this problem. With extra space, high-quality facilities and comfortable seating, they help construction workers rest and bond – ultimately improving the wellbeing of the workforce.


With rising costs and staffing shortages, Scottish construction firms need more from their suppliers – and Welfare Hire is the partner to achieve that. Through the combination of improved quality and service, environmental savings and enhanced wellbeing, our mobile welfare units and tower lights deliver unparalleled value for firms across the country.

Want to learn more about the pillars at ScotPlant 2024?

Access Hire Brings Van Mounted MEWPs to Connected North 2024

The UK’s telecoms industry understands the huge commercial opportunity to transform digital infrastructure in the North. But with pressure to simultaneously expand high-speed coverage, innovation will no longer just be a question of technology – it will be a question of strategy and implementation.

That’s why Access Hire is so excited to attend this year’s Connected North. The event presents an opportunity to showcase our range of vehicle mounted MEWPs and specialist fibre vehicles.

Connected North

When is Connected North 2024?

Connected North 2024 will be held on 22th-23th April at Manchester Central. From rural connectivity to fibre and 5G delivery, the event will feature 200 speakers discussing the challenges that will define the future of the North’s digital infrastructure.

Access Hire will be at Stand 3B

Our specialist team will be on hand to showcase the 3.5T MEWP and other specialist vehicles. We offer telecoms companies:

Deep industry expertise

Our team understands the service required to hit performance related fibre targets, minimise downtime, tailored contract solutions – and we’ve spent 15 years supporting innovative telecoms projects.

Cutting-edge equipment

We operate the UK’s largest and most modern fleet. With over 1,600 vehicles, our vehicles help telecom companies reduce maintenance costs, hit sustainability goals and meet ULEZ requirements.

Fully managed and inclusive nationwide service

From breakdown and recovery to delivering replacement vehicles to your site, our year-round inclusive support reduces your costs and keeps your project running.

Expert knowledge and fully accredited training providers (IPAF)

Our in-house operations team is always on hand to offer expert advice and guidance. We also run an approved IPAF training centre, offering on-site training at convenient location on van mounted MEWPs.

Specialist fibre vehicles

Our splicing vans were designed and built based on feedback from the telecoms industry, ensuring unparalleled safety, efficiency and welfare.

inside access lease van

Our van mounted MEWPs solve all of these problems

With leasing options to manage cost concerns, our 3.5T MEWPs are ULEZ-compliant, enable the flexibility required for projects on tough terrains and have been trusted by multiple leading telecom companies to deliver their most important projects.

Why Van Mounted MEWPs Are Essential for City Maintenance Projects

Few things are more important for modern infrastructure contracting firms than the ability to adapt to changing environments. 

From navigating Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) to reducing noise pollution in residential areas, the strategic equipment and vehicles you use can dictate whether your firm is a viable candidate for a project

But what does that mean for city maintenance projects in 2024? And how can forward-thinking firms ensure they are prepared for a wide range of upcoming opportunities?

Urban Projects Require Greater Flexibility

Firms that want to work on city maintenance projects may face two problems: 

  1. They need to be able to work at heights in a safe and secure manner
  2. They need to move quickly through crowded areas

Many firms have historically opted for vertical lift MEWPs to enable workers to reach heights while reducing the risk of a fall. The only problem is the majority of MEWPs require a tow, which makes moving them around both slow and cumbersome. And they take up a lot of space, which makes navigating many urban environments difficult, often requiring advanced planning.

From street light repairs to building inspections, there will be many projects for which these MEWPs simply will not be fit for purpose. But fortunately, there is a simple solution that sets your firm up to work on any project you can land.

How can Van Mounted MEWPs Support City Maintenance Projects

1. INcreased accessibility

Access Hire’s range of van mounted MEWPs solve both problems posed by city maintenance projects: they enable your employee to work securely at a range of heights, while removing the need for towing. You can simply drive the van to the required spot, and move it quickly whenever necessary.

2. Flexible scale

Our range of van mounted MEWPs fit a range of needs including different:

  • Heights
  • Outreaches
  • Spare load capacities
  • Custom specification

This ensures you can choose the exact specification to meet your needs, and switch it up for your next project.

3. 24/7 support

City maintenance projects require you to work at heights at a range of times. But if there is an issue with your MEWPs, the entire schedule is at the mercy of your provider’s support hours.

With Access Hire, you have access to a 24/7 specialist support team and consultations from our in-house experts. This ensures any challenge is resolved quickly and downtime is minimised.

Kelling Group Access Hire Units

Win More City Maintenance Contracts with Access Hire

Ultimately, working with Access Hire is the perfect way to prepare for a busy year and ensure you can seamlessly take on any city maintenance project. With the country’s largest and most modern fleet of van mounted MEWPs, we provide the security you need to keep your projects running. 

Want to partner with us and get ready for your busiest year yet?

Three Things Infrastructure and Construction Firms Can Look Forward to in 2024

With the industry on track to rebound and growing access to innovative technology, there are many reasons for construction leaders to feel optimistic in 2024. So to start your new year off with some positive news, let’s look at three things we at Kelling Group are particularly excited about for the new year:

1. Sustainable equipment is easier to access

Many professionals feel understandably concerned that progress on sustainability is too slow. A recent rail industry poll found that just 13% of leaders believe the UK Government will meet its railway decarbonisation target of 2040, while 87% expect it to fall short.

The truth, however, is many meaningful improvements are being made – and our own product range is a testament to that fact. Over the last year, we’ve released the market’s first fleet of fully-electric van mounted MEWPs, as well as zero emission welfare vans. On top of Welfare Hire’s ever-expanding range of eco-friendly mobile welfare units and tower lights, it’s never been easier to make sustainable decisions about your equipment. 

In 2024, we expect to see a significant uptick in demand for such environmentally sound equipment, as firms see how valuable the boost to their ESG scores can be for winning business – and what could be more positive than that?

2. Innovative tech promises significant gains

In 2024, a wide range of innovative solutions are more easily available – not to mention more powerful! – than ever. The digitisation of strategic equipment, such as mobile welfare units, has unlocked several powerful benefits. 

The most recent mobile welfare units, Welfare Hire released, for example, feature a smart telemetry system that enables you to optimise power usage. This makes it easy to reduce energy waste, which has both ecological and financial benefits. It also allows users to operate remotely, minimise downtime and optimise performance onsite.

3. Better ESG data

The value of accurate environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores is clear. But most firms have struggled to access reliable data on their site’s emissions – until now.

After amassing thousands of days’ worth of volumetric data from construction sites, Kelling Group is able to provide reliable estimates of the volume of CO₂ our equipment emits. And by comparing this to industry standards, we can reveal the size of your environmental savings, along with financial and noise pollution reductions:

Make a Positive Start with Kelling Group

While these trends show that 2024 has lots of potential for progress, success will be determined by your strategic choices – especially when it comes to partnering with the right suppliers. 

At Kelling Group, we believe our role is not just to provide a market-leading fleet of strategic vehicles, but to support our partners with expert guidance and unparalleled service.

Want to forge a stronger partnership this year?

The UK’s Telecommunications Industry Needs Electric Van Mounted MEWPs

From growing consumer demand to the ongoing rollout of 5G, the UK’s telecommunication industry has many reasons to be optimistic. But after a recent pledge from many of the country’s leading telecom brands to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, many will wonder: what exactly can the industry do to ensure sustainability throughout its entire supply chain?

Electric vehicles are an easy win

According to Bain and company, 85% of telecom brands’ carbon emissions come from scope three emissions, with network construction accounting for a large proportion of their overall footprint. This means a focus on factors like the kind of van mounted MEWPs and other strategic equipment used during construction and maintenance are essential to decarbonisation efforts.

Fortunately, 2023 saw the emergence of the UK’s first fleet of fully-electric van mounted MEWPs. This represents an easy win for telecom brands: they can quickly replace their existing MEWPs with fully-electric alternatives that have already proven popular with early adopters.

Here are three benefits this will bring:

1. Reduce environmental impact

Fully-electric van mounted MEWPs eliminate both carbon emissions and noise pollution. They run on 100% electric power, enabling you to operate with ease in Ultra Low Emission Zones. This can have a profound impact on the total environmental impact of construction and maintenance projects, leading to…

2. Improve ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores are increasingly crucial to secure investments. Embracing fully-electric van mounted MEWPs will give a solid boost to any telecom brand’s ESG, helping them access funding during times of increased competition.

3. Better performance

Access Zero’s fully-electric van mounted MEWPs come with 24/7 operational support, and you get a dedicated account manager to ensure the transition process is fast and smooth. The result? Your new MEWPs are secure and reliable – helping every project stay on track.

Take Control of Your Supply Chain in 2024

At Access Hire, we believe our partners should never settle for second best. That’s why we pride ourselves on delivering the most innovative products on the market – and making them easily accessible for every business we work with.

Want to start decarbonising your projects?

Three Ways Mobile Welfare Units Can Help Construction Firms Prepare for 2024

After a decline in project starts this year, experts predict the UK’s construction sector will see a 12% recovery in 2024. This will create huge opportunities for successful firms, but there will also be an increase in competition over contracts.

How can firms remain competitive, and what should they do today to win more contracts in 2024?

In this article, we explore three ways mobile welfare units can help firms in the new year:

1. Focus on ESG

The challenge:

Pressure to decarbonise construction supply chains and create a more sustainable way of working is nothing new. But 2024 will see Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores go from a growing concern to a crucial competitive advantage. 

Firms must already show their net zero commitments to bid on contracts worth £5 million or more, and the new year will only see this trend towards ESG-focused tenders grow, especially as the Government seeks to regulate ESG ratings agencies in January and produce more reliable, consistent measurements.

What you can do today:

ESG is inherently complex, but factors like adopting eco-friendly mobile welfare units and tower lights can only have a positive impact on your score. The EcoXLi is a perfect example: it runs on 100% solar power and uses next generation lithium battery cells to negate the need for a generator. But it also features a smart telemetry system to guarantee optimal usage of power, as well as rainwater harvesting to minimise water waste.

2. Invest in staff wellbeing

The challenge:

Two factors will converge to make staff wellbeing a priority in 2024: the ongoing mental health crisis in construction and talent shortages. A recent study found that over 50% of construction workers suffer with mental health issues, while 63% of trades are struggling to find new staff in the UK.

As a result, there will be an even greater premium on employee retention. Firms that attract and retain workers will be better equipped to deliver projects on time, and face fewer issues around shortages, absenteeism and low morale.

What you can do today:

There are many factors that influence staff wellbeing, from site safety to schedule flexibility. However, one of the most decisive is the quality, size and comfort of your on-site welfare units. 

Welfare Hire’s ECO XLi mobile welfare unit supports employee wellbeing and retention in several ways:

  • The XL internal space enables more staff to use units at the same time. This encourages team bonding and ensures important conversations around mental health can be conducted in a safe, comfortable environment.
  • Improved non-chemical XL wash facilities improve hygiene for smarter, safer working and cater for more dynamic workforces.
  • The investment in higher quality, technologically advanced welfare units signal to employees that you value their wellbeing.

3. Build stronger supplier relations

The challenge:

With a large dip in output and an increase in project delays across 2023, the new year will see many firms racing to make up for lost time. The challenge then will be staying on schedule and keeping costs under control – both of which put firms at the mercy of their volatile supply chains.

The solution is to build more robust relationships with your suppliers, including everything from raw materials to strategic equipment like mobile welfare units. But how can firms achieve this?

What you can do today:

The key is to select suppliers that provide comprehensive support and treat the relationship as a partnership, collaborating to add further value.

At Welfare Hire, we take pride in the strength and durability of our customer relationships. From specialist support and dedicated services to strategic collaboration on how to deploy our mobile welfare units and tower lights most effectively on projects, we offer the kind of reliable, added value service our partners need.

Prepare for 2024 with Welfare Hire

Build a robust partnership with Welfare Hire to improve ESG and employee wellbeing – and support your tendering process in the new year.

Why Facility Managers Need to Embrace Electric Van Mounted MEWPs

Every facility manager today knows they need to reduce their carbon footprint.

76% say their clients consider sustainability “the most important issue” in the tendering process¹, meaning that carbon reduction is not just about ethics – it’s crucial to winning business.

But how can facility managers produce a meaningful reduction without totally overhauling their existing processes?

The answer is simple: through embracing fully electric van mounted MEWPs for ongoing maintenance work.

Van Mounted MEWPs are an opportunity to reduce emissions

Facility managers routinely use van mounted MEWPs to undertake maintenance work, and few leaders have  identified them as an opportunity to reduce emissions. But as pressure to institute more sustainable processes, many are looking to this new option.

CBRE recently argued that facilities managers should switch to an electric fleet to improve sustainability². And the chief reason most facility managers haven’t made the switch is there was not a reliable source of fully-electric van mounted MEWPs – until now.

The rise of fully-electric Van Mounted MEWPs

Earlier this year, Access Zero launched the UK’s only fleet of fully-electric van mounted MEWPs. With zero carbon emissions and silent running, they enable facility managers to undertake regular maintenance work without adding to their carbon footprint or contributing to noise issues.

This is an important step for the facility management industry. A study from Reading University found that facilities managers are far less likely to measure and inspect their supply chain for carbon emissions than other factors³. But the introduction of fully-electric options makes it far easier to ensure your fleet is clean – and therefore signals your attention to detail.

now is the time to act

There is a major opportunity for facility managers to become early adopters of electric vehicles – and they should grasp it with both hands. Not only will doing so show their intent to reduce emissions and implement more sustainable practices; it will position them as pioneers in the industry – which could have a lasting positive effect on their reputation. 

Better still, it is easy to introduce fully-electric van mounted MEWPs today. With Access Zero as your dedicated partner, you have everything you need to make a seamless transition that will give you a clear edge in the tendering process.

Want to learn more about Access Zero’s fully-electric fleet?


Three Ways the EcoWC2 Toilet Pod Solves Your Employee Experience Problems

With chronic labour shortages and declining productivity, UK construction firms need to deliver better employee experience. But research suggests things are trending in the opposite direction. 

A recent poll found that 37% of workers feel their employee experience is worse than it was before the pandemic, with 53% feeling less motivated. This puts extra pressure on leaders to find novel solutions to their employees’ problems – one of which is improving on-site facilities.

In this article, we explore three ways our new EcoWC2 towable toilet block solves problems that harm employee experience on construction sites:

1. Increased comfort

Cramped, uncomfortable hygiene facilities are the norm on construction sites. In fact, one study found that 1 in 5 sites fail to meet legal requirements with their welfare facilities. This sends a clear message that employees’ safety and comfort is not a priority.

The EcoWC2 reverses this narrative. It provides separate XL, non-chemical, water system wash and changing facilities that not only ensure optimal hygiene, but provide a more comfortable experience for users. From coat hooks and air fresheners to non-slip chequer plate flooring.

2. Easy access and setup

Bringing most toilets onto your site requires Heavy Goods Vehicles or site access plans. This creates additional stress for site managers, but the EcoWC2 removes that stress.

The facilities are easily towable, making access and setup seamless on every construction site. Facilities can be placed wherever will be most convenient for workers, ultimately creating a more positive daily experience.

3. Minimised servicing time

The frequency of toilet service intervals – i.e., how often facilities require emptying of waste and refilling with water – is usually framed as a cost-saving factor. The less often you have to empty and clean the waste tank, the less you spend on things like transport. But there is another element to consider here: access to the facilities. 

Even relatively short periods where toilets are unavailable can have a negative impact on your staff, and the EcoWC2 ensures this is not an issue. It minimises service intervals through a combination of XL waste tanks and smart telemetry to monitor tank levels – delivering cost savings, carbon reductions and a better experience for employees.

Small Changes Make a Big Difference to Employees

At Welfare Hire, we believe improved equipment is one of the simplest and most effective ways of improving employee experience. Getting fundamentals like welfare units or on-site WC facilities right can have an outsized impact on everything from your carbon footprint to employee engagement and retention.

Want to learn about our full range of innovative welfare products?

Is Mental Health in the Construction Industry Improving?

In 2019, the construction industry was declared to be suffering from a ‘silent epidemic’ of mental health problems. Men working in the industry were 3x more likely to commit suicide than the average population¹, while 64% of employees said they wanted better mental health support from their boss².

Since then, there has been a huge effort to raise awareness and create more open on-site cultures. And in this article, we explore how the most recent research suggests leaders can keep moving things forward – and why mobile welfare units could be a key part of the answer.

Construction workers are still suffering

Mental health is still a major problem within construction. A survey conducted earlier this year found that 73% of UK builders experience mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression, every month, while nearly half (45%) experience symptoms on a weekly basis³.

Worse still, the stigma around mental health doesn’t appear to have faded. In 2021, just 5% of workers said they reported their mental health symptoms. Today, 92% say they feel uncomfortable discussing their symptoms with others. This suggests efforts to destigmatize mental health have led to just 3% more workers opening up about their struggles – and 27% still feel they can’t request time off work for mental health-related reasons.

However, there are also signs that things are moving in the right direction. One study found that 53% of construction SMEs had increased mental health provisions for workers. But perhaps most encouraging is work from researchers at the University of Warwick, who found that instantiating ‘Health Hubs’ had a marked positive impact.With a specialised space to have open conversations and rest, construction workers’ self-reported stress levels drop. “The Health Hub offered workers the space to have such conversations, in a more suitable environment than on a construction site,” one researcher explained. And while the data is preliminary, those that use the facilities more appear to have a greater reduction in stress, suggesting a causal relationship between the two.

So how can we move things forward?

Construction leaders should look to the Warick researchers’ ‘Health Hub’ as a model for their sites. While specialised facilities like this may be out of budget, the study demonstrates that better on-site welfare spaces are effective for reducing stress and improving workers’ mental health.

At Welfare Hire, we know this from first hand experience. Our state-of-the-art mobile welfare units are designed specifically to create this kind of comfortable, safe space for employees to rest, recover and open up between gruelling shifts. With 20% more internal space, silent running from hybrid solar/battery, and improved hygiene facilities with a Smart Water system that ensures hot water is always available, they create a far more positive on-site dynamic than standard mobile welfare units. From taking essential breaks to opening up to your colleagues, many of the challenges construction workers face are really about making the right facilities available to them. And with our range of mobile welfare units, leaders can make a dramatic difference to their employees’ daily lives.

Want to learn how innovative mobile welfare units could change your site?


Three Ways Tower Lights Improve Morale During the Darker Months

More than 2 million people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a form of depression caused by the darker months¹. As a result, construction sites often see a slump in morale as the days get shorter.

However, this dip in morale is not inevitable if you have the right tower lights. Here are three ways they can keep employee morale up during the winter months:

1. Keep sites safe

Employee morale often suffers due to a perceived increase to physical risk. With reduced visibility and wetter conditions, including ice and snow creating new trip hazards, workers are liable to feel their site becomes less safe during the darker months. And given that construction-related fatalities already increased 55% in the last reporting year², safety will be a particular concern this Autumn and Winter.

Tower lights help mitigate these risks and keep workers safe. The increased visibility site lighting unlocks helps assure that trip hazards are seen, collisions are avoided and workers feel confident that they are safe at all times.

LED Light Tower

2. Improve productivity

Just as extreme heat can delay construction projects, the harsher winter days can make it very difficult to get much done on a construction site. In fact, some estimates suggest that extreme cold can reduce productivity by 50%³. Lower productivity can lead to missed targets or delays to the projects – both of which take their toll on employee morale. 

That’s why LED tower lights are an essential tool for employee morale. By enabling work to continue when the sun has gone down, projects are able to recapture the losses they make on days when the weather is prohibitively cold. As a result, workers don’t feel the strain of stressed managers or tighter deadlines that would otherwise come with a productivity drop.

3. Create flexibility onsite

The single best way to boost employee morale is by giving them flexibility. And with daylight hours reducing, the window to deliver work outside in natural light becomes limited.

The solution is enabling work to be delivered safely and practically during darker hours, providing illumination from lighting towers for flexibility in working hours and schedules. Portable tower lights enable extended work hours and, subsequently, give employees the opportunity to fit work around their schedules – rather than the other way around. 

We believe this is a key factor in employee morale through the year, but it may be felt most during the darker months. And as a result, this Autumn and Winter are the perfect time for firms that don’t currently use LED tower lights to enable employee flexibility to start.

Never Settle For Second Best

At Welfare Hire, we believe innovative technology should serve every aspect of a construction project. That’s why we are dedicated to providing not only eco-friendly tower lights, but helping our partners use them to unlock a range of for their site – including boosting employee morale in the Winter.

Want to explore our full range of tower lights?