Four Key Trends in Rail for 2022

The UK railway sector is among the country’s proudest and most robust industries. It contributes £42.9 billion to the national economy, supporting roughly 710,000 jobs¹ and facilitating 990 million passenger journeys annually²

But what challenges does the industry face? And how can ambitious organisations secure their success in the coming years?

COVID-19 necessitated extreme restrictions, essentially flatlining much of the industry. Yet by the end of 2021, things appeared to be back on track. Confidence in the rail industry had returned to pre-2019 levels, with almost half of all rail businesses expecting healthy growth throughout 2022³.

In this article, we explore four key trends that will define the rail sector over the next 12 months.

1. Supply chain disruption

Supply chain disruptions are wreaking havoc on a number of industries – and few expect the problem to disappear any time soon. With a huge shortage of HGV drivers, logistics firms face a genuine crisis, bringing about severe delays in deliveries and a dramatic dip in economic activity.

This presents rail providers with an opportunity. According to industry estimates, a single standard-length train can take the same load as up to 76 trucks. And while plenty of supply chains already utilise rail freight, the current crisis has prompted many organisations to radically rethink their supply chain management – with an appreciation of the relative reliability and resilience of rail. 

Currently, just 17% of the UK’s freight is shipping via rail – well below the global average of 29%. But the UK government hopes to encourage more firms to utilise rail, with the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme providing funds for organisations looking to introduce rail to their supply chains

To capitalise on this, rail operators must be able to properly position themselves. Rail removes the need for 7 million lorry journeys each year, and produces 76% less carbon than road transport. In fact, a recent report from Deloitte showed that each rail freight path on the network has an economic value of up to £1.5 million per year.

By showcasing these facts, rail operators can win more business and expand their impact across the UK economy.

2. Sustainability

Rail is a relatively sustainable option compared to other transport industries, responsible for just 4% of global transport emissions¹⁰. But that doesn’t mean the industry can become complacent, as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores are likely to become even more essential in the future – and organisations will have to demonstrate their efforts to further mitigate their impact. 

The most common policy suggestion for making railways more sustainable is electrification, as 29% of UK trains still run on diesel¹¹. The Rail Industry Association has already publicly stated that the UK is not electrifying its railways fast enough to meet current net-zero targets¹² – a fact not helped by the Treasury’s decision to block a planned £30 billion investment in railway electrification¹³. But the truth is electrification cannot by itself suffice.

Rail providers need to address the greenhouse gas emissions throughout their entire value chain, in various upstream and downstream activities – from the production of rolling stock and infrastructure work to which Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms they use on-site.

By reducing reliance on diesel, utilising more renewables and ensuring third-party partners have strong environmental credentials, rail providers can further buffer their claim to be a truly sustainable alternative to other forms of transport.

3. Improving customer experience

Rail is responsible for just 8% of the UK’s public’s travel – nearly half of the 14% global average¹⁴. And many experts believe this is due to poor Customer Experience (CX), citing everything from a perceived lack of punctuality to uncomfortable seating. In fact, a recent report confirmed that UK rail passengers believe they receive very poor value for money¹⁵.

There are two key drivers here: ticket price and service quality. 

3a. Ticket price

March saw the biggest train fare rise in 9 years¹⁶, and reports already suggest that certain ticket prices could increase a further 12% by 2023¹⁷

All of this is happening amidst heavily publicised rail worker strikes. Billed as the most important protest in decades, roughly 80% of services were scrapped¹⁸ – causing disruption across the entire country. Rail providers therefore find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, choosing between keeping prices down for consumers whilst maintaining relations with their workforce.

3b. Service quality

Rail providers must deliver a more reliable, comfortable experience. Customer expectations are increasing quickly, especially with the launch of new, more modernised services. From wheelchair accessibility to air conditioning, providers are under growing pressure to upgrade their service.

Much of this will be driven by the adoption of digital technology. A recent EY report found that using real-time data to manage capacity could help avoid overcrowding and deliver a more comfortable experience for passengers¹⁹.

4. Modernisation

From Build Back Better to the “Levelling Up” agenda, the UK government has made clear its intentions to invest in improved infrastructure – including modernising the railways. This is most clearly embodied in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, a detailed summary of plans to “replace franchising, accelerate innovation and integrate the railways to deliver a more efficient and financially sustainable railway sector²⁰.”

These are not new efforts, of course. Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan has invested billions of pounds to improve and expand their infrastructure and service delivery since 2014²¹, and will continue to lead the way. 

In 2022, the organisation plans to make a huge range of improvements to its service, from reducing accident risk by 10% and making a 28% reduction in the number of delayed trains to responding more quickly to customer complaints and increasing their workforce’s gender diversity²². The company invested £83 million in 503 railway projects during Easter 2022 alone²³.

The main difference today is the degree of support these efforts will receive from the government – and a push to end the “Fragmentation” of efforts. Just this month, the Department of Transport (DfT) began drawing up legislation to reform the UK’s rail services and infrastructure²⁴, with a mandate to unite all modernisation efforts behind a single “guiding mind”²⁵.

Whatever the legislative outcome, these decisions will have a lasting impact on every organisation involved in the railway sector. And for those that want to gain an advantage, preparing for change is the only viable option.

1.https://www.oxfordeconomics.com/resource/the-economic-contribution-of-uk-rail/
2.https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/statistics/usage/passenger-rail-usage/
3.https://www.railfreight.com/business/2021/11/05/railway-industry-confidence-returns-in-uk/
4.https://think.ing.com/articles/supply-chain-pressure-to-persist-through-2022/
5.https://www.dpworld.com/southampton/news/latest-blogs/blog-detail-page/rail-is-the-answer-to-supply-chain-resilience-in-britain
6.https://www.bcg.com/publications/2022/riding-the-rails-to-the-future-of-sustainability
7.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-transport-delivers-more-grant-funding-to-transport-freight-by-rail
8.https://www.dpworld.com/southampton/news/latest-blogs/blog-detail-page/rail-is-the-answer-to-supply-chain-resilience-in-britain
9.https://www.railfreight.com/business/2021/04/29/the-value-of-rail-freight-report-offers-new-appraisal-of-rail/
10.https://www.bcg.com/publications/2022/riding-the-rails-to-the-future-of-sustainability
11.https://mpa.co.uk/uk-rail-sector-on-track-to-diesel-free-trains/#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20latest%20government,run%20almost%20entirely%20on%20it.
12.https://www.railfreight.com/policy/2021/10/18/uk-electrification-is-far-too-slow-says-industry/
13.https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/30bn-rail-electrification-plan-blocked-by-treasury-13-12-2021/
14.https://www.bcg.com/publications/2022/riding-the-rails-to-the-future-of-sustainability
15.https://www.globalrailwayreview.com/article/99860/ketech-explore-customer-experience-increased-rail-travel/
16.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60559514
17.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10788639/UK-train-ticket-prices-cost-rail-travel-set-soar-nearly-12-year.html
18.https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/22/rail-strikes-travel-disruption-across-uk-fallout-continues
19.https://www.ey.com/en_uk/emobility/how-uk-travel-preferences-are-evolving-since-covid-19
20.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/great-british-railways-williams-shapps-plan-for-rail
21.https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/railway-upgrade-plan/
22.https://www.triptex.co.uk/news/network-rails-railway-upgrade-plan-2022/
23.https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2022/03/plan-ahead-83m-to-be-invested-in-530-railway-projects-this-easter.html
24.https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/great-british-railways-dft-begins-consultation-on-legislation-for-rail-reform-10-06-2022/?tkn=1
25.https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8961/

How Innovative Mobile Welfare Units Can Improve On-Site Air Quality

Did you know that air pollution is currently considered the single biggest threat to public health in the UK?

Clean Air Day is all about bringing attention to this issue, and inspiring individuals, businesses and communities to take meaningful action. But what has air pollution got to do with construction businesses? And what can they do to help the cause?

In this article, we explain how construction businesses contribute to air pollution – and explore how upgrading to more fuel-efficient welfare units can radically reduce the emissions your site produces.

How harmful is air pollution?

We all understand that air quality matters. But in developed countries, we often assume that air pollution is primarily a concern for other, less developed countries.

Statistically speaking, this is true: 95% of deaths related to pollution occur in medium and low income countries¹. Yet analysis of the long-term impact of air quality shows that it is still a serious concern in countries like the UK.

Up to 36,000 UK deaths each year are attributed to long-term exposure, and evidence suggests poor air quality contributes to everything from heart disease to lung cancer². Economists estimate that in London alone, air pollution costs the healthcare system nearly £4 billion each year³.

How responsible is construction?

As the world’s largest industry, construction tends to be implicated in most environmental issues – and air pollution is no different.

Construction sites produce approximately 7.5% of damaging nitrogen oxide emissions; 8% of large particle emissions (PM10); and 14.5% of emissions of the most dangerous fine particles (PM2.5).

In total, researchers estimate that construction is responsible for 23% of all air pollution. This has wide ranging implications:

1. Workers’ health

Research suggests that each year, more than 230 construction workers die from cancer caused by exposure to diesel fumes.

2. Local air quality

When emissions are not properly mitigated against, the areas surrounding a construction site tend to have far lower air quality – often impacting the health of residents.

3. Environmental harm

Construction projects tend to have particularly high carbon emissions. This means construction is currently stated to contribute 40% of the UK’s total climate change impact.

How construction can clean up its act

What Is striking about the figures stated above is where these emissions come from. Just 1% is accounted for by dust from demolition sites; instead, the vast majority of these emissions are the product of the various equipment, vehicles and generators a construction site requires.

Increasingly, construction sites are learning to mitigate their environmental impact – not just reducing their air pollution, but reducing emissions in general to tackle climate targets. And a key way they are doing this is using more innovative energy sources for onsite equipment like mobile welfare units.

Eco-friendly welfare units such as the ECOXLi run on hybrid power systems that dramatically reduce their need for fuel – and therefore the emissions they produce. Using a next generation Lithium battery and full solar technology, they minimise the need for generator power whilst enabling long-life silent running.

The result? A cleaner, more hospitable site that helps tackle air pollution and forge a path for more sustainable approaches to construction.

1.https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/pollution#:~:text=Air%20pollution%20is%20the%20leading,%2D%20and%20middle%2D%20income%20countries.
2.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-england-publishes-air-pollution-evidence-review#:~:text=Air%20pollution%20is%20the%20biggest,attributed%20to%20long%2Dterm%20exposure.
3. https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/node/33227
4.https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/apr/20/air-pollution-construction-industry-cities-diesel-emissions-london#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20most%20detailed,5).
5.http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr800.pdf
6.https://urbanhealth.org.uk/insights/opinion/why-its-vital-for-the-construction-sector-to-be-engaged-in-improving-air-quality 7.https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/energy-news/reduce-construction-industrys-carbon-footprint/108643/ 8.https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/how-reduce-air-pollution-construction-site.php

Could You Be Doing More to Support Your Employees’ Health?

At Welfare Hire and Access Hire, we believe Men’s Health week is amongst the most important events of the year. The construction industry has a profound responsibility to better protect its health. And this week is all about raising awareness of that fact. 

Mental health is a particular issue. As our research has shown, 40% of construction worker absences are due to poor mental health. And 64% of construction workers say they want their employers to provide more mental health support.

In this article, we help contractors and leaders understand how they can do that – by explore five key ways they can promote better health onsite:

1. Enable comfort

Comfort is not something you immediately associate with construction sites: they are seen as tough environments where hard gets done. But the reality is, enabling a greater sense of physical comfort for employees plays a vital role in keeping workers healthy and happy.

That is why Welfare Hire has focused so heavily on developing state-of-the-art mobile welfare units. By providing more space – and more comfort within that space – we help ensure workers have the proper support to refuel and relax during gruelling shifts.

2. Promote physical safety

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous places to work: the rate of injury for onsite workers is 4x higher than the average¹, and the industry experiences the highest number of workplace fatalities annually².

Instead, businesses must seek long-term solutions – the most obvious of which would be to This is why Access Hire has gone to such great lengths to provide detailed information about onsite safety. By helping you operate Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms more safely, we ensure your workers not only are safe – but they feel it.

3. Psychological safety

The concept of psychological safety is vital for a healthy workplace. It refers to individuals’ sense that they can discuss their feelings or struggles without risking harm – be that actual punishment or social stigma.

This is particularly relevant to the construction industry, as it has often fostered a stoic culture in which workers feel unable to express themselves for fear of being perceived as weak. Only 5% of the total UK workforce that suffers from a mental health condition tell their employers – and that number is significantly lower in construction.

4. Provide flexibility

87% of employees expect their employer to support them in balancing work with their personal commitments. Construction shifts can be guelling, both mentally and physically. Allowing workers to have a meaningful life outside of work is therefore essential

The key to doing this is flexibility. By giving workers more control over their shift patterns, you enable them to choose how they want to balance work with their personal commitments – and give them the space and scope to do so.

5. Don’t overlook management

It is common to emphasise the average employee when discussing workplace health and wellbeing. But research shows that 90% of construction bosses report experiencing mental health issues because of work.

Much of this is down to difficulties in managing a complex worksite. And one way to take this burden off managers’ shoulders is by ensuring that the various partners and providers you work with are both high quality and trustworthy.

At Welfare Hire and Access Hire, we pride ourselves on making life easier for managers. Every one of our vehicles comes with round the clock support, ongoing maintenance and expert advice. We help managers make the best possible decisions – and give them access to the best fleet of specialist vehicles on the market.

If you’d like to learn more about how our offering could improve your employees’ health, contact sales today.

1.https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction.pdf
2.https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm

When is it Time to Change Access Vehicle Suppliers?

Switching suppliers can be extremely complicated, and many businesses stick with sub-optimal equipment simply to avoid the hassle. 

But what if staying with your current supplier is actually harming your business’s performance? And what if something as simple as changing the provider of your Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms  could have a significant impact on your bottom line?

In this article, we explore the dilemma contractors find themselves confronted with: when and how to change suppliers for key strategic equipment.

Why is switching suppliers difficult?

While every contractor will face their own specific difficulties, there are three key challenges all businesses face when switching suppliers:

1. Finding the right supplier

Finding the right partner to supply your Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms for your business is hard.|You want to source the best vehicles, but that isn’t the end of it. You also need to scrutinise the operating model of the supplier, including what kind of support they offer, how they interact with their clients and what level of expertise they can offer.

2. Managing the transition

Once you have chosen a new supplier, you need to ensure the switch is smooth and seamless. Even a few hours’ disruption can be detrimental to the outcome of a project, and managing the logistics so that the new supplier is available exactly when you need it can be very difficult.

Vehicle Mounted Access Platform Safety

3. Ensuring the supplier is reliable

Finally, you’ve got the new Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms on site. But what happens if there are technical issues or unresolved questions? You need to be confident that the new supplier will be reliably available to ensure that everything runs smoothly – not just during the transition, but at every moment of your project.

So why would you make the switch?

Given all of these potential pitfalls, it makes sense that so many businesses are hesitant to take the plunge. But there are plenty of extremely valid reasons why switching to a new supplier may ultimately prove less disruptive in the long run:

Vehicle Mounted Access Platform Budget

1. You need better equipment

Not all Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms are the same, and your business might simply require an upgrade. You might want to make use of more recent technology, change the specifications of your vehicles or simply improve the safety of your site.

3.5 Ton 13.2M 4X4 Pick-Up Mounted Access Platform In Use

2. You need more flexibility or control

Being locked into an undesirable contract can be a huge problem for contractors. But even if this isn’t the case, you may still want to change the length of your hires – or even experiment with leasing instead.

Leasing A 3.5 Ton 13M Van Mounted Platform From Kelling Group

3. You need better technical support

If your current supplier isn’t doing enough to ensure their equipment functions effectively, it is more than reasonable to look elsewhere. Access vehicles require regular maintenance, and many suppliers don’t even properly fulfil their obligations in this regard – let alone providing the level of 24/7 support you deserve.

Is it time to take the leap?

Ultimately, the question to ask is not whether now is the right time to be switching suppliers. Instead, you should be asking yourself: what does my business deserve?

If you believe your business deserves true quality – both in terms of the Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms you use and the level of service and support you receive – then why settle for second best?

At Access Hire, we’ve helped countless businesses make a seamless transition. With the UK’s largest and youngest fleet, we provide the quality our clients deserve – along with inclusive maintenance, expert guidance and 24/7 support.

If you’d like to discover how we make those transitions happen, reach out to our team today.

Influencing Environmental Change Q&A

Introducing our NEW ECO & Social Value Calculator.

WHY, WHAT & HOW – We catch up with Welfare Hire’s Commercial Director, Andy Grayshon, to examine the key drivers behind the development of our new online, net-zero carbon measurement tool…

As we take the next step on our ongoing journey to net-zero carbon, we look at the rationale behind Welfare Hire’s new, industry leading initiative.

What has driven your net-zero carbon strategy to date?
From the outset, we recognised a demand in the market for more modern ECO welfare units with the ability to mitigate traditional fuel and generator power, as well as to optimise onsite facilities. As such, since the launch of our first, uniquely designed mobile ECO welfare unit, the ECO7, 10 years ago, we have continued to invest in developing our fleet of innovative, eco-friendly mobile welfare and lighting units. More than anything, we recognised that supporting our clients to achieve their ESG goals is intrinsically linked to improving overall site setup. So, investing in our fleet and advancing our green technology can play a huge part in this. Conscious carbon planning and elevating welfare provision are now central to our client’s ESG agendas. We have a responsibility to help them achieve this.

How long has the calculator tool taken to develop?
We have been meticulously logging site volumetric data for over two years now and latterly, with the introduction of digital telemetry, we have bolstered this empirical data. It’s been a long process but by collating verified site data from hundreds of clients, thousands of projects and over half a million site days, we are able to demonstrate how our units perform in reality as opposed to in theory. This is what informs our calculator and whilst we know we continue to develop further, we are confident it is already a highly useful tool, which will make a significant impact for our clients both in terms of achieving their ESG goals, improving site performance and ultimately, saving costs.

Why did we think there was a need and has it been worth the time & investment?
We recognise that there are many great ideas and initiatives around site setup for welfare and lighting, involving various forms of technological developments. However, with such an array of options, it can often be difficult to compare and contrast these options, especially in terms of live site performance rather than theoretical projections. This is something that resonates with our client base as they look increasingly to implement, record and review their deliverables around carbon offsetting and other ESG goals onsite. As such, we can see a clear link between developing our ECO & Social Value Calculator, which is based on empirical data from live projects, and adding value for our clients’ needs.

Is anyone else in the sector doing this at the same level?
With over 0.5 million days and counting of actual project site data, we have found that we have been able to collaborate closely with several key partners to provide tangible benefits and savings for their projects, as well as help them demonstrably engender delivery of their carbon and ESG goals. As such, our clients are finding our ECO & Social Value Calculator is currently leading the way for smart site welfare provision measurement.

What kind of data is behind the functionality?
All of our empirical data has been collated from various client project sites across many months and years in order to aggregate a true and fair reflection of “real-life” scenarios as opposed to theoretical projections. This, in turn, has then been compared to the general “par for the course” in the market supply chain, based on consulting with key clients and their own data.

How accurate is it as a measurement tool?
Whilst each project will always have its own nuances around working patterns and throughput, we have amassed enough global data to provide a very realistic summary of what we are seeing our units produce on a daily basis, week in, week out across infrastructure and construction sites.

And what do clients think? What has been the initial feedback on the pilot trials?
So far, the feedback from our client base has been super-positive. The consensus is that it’s a genuinely useful tool, not only to scope their projects and the numerous benefits and savings from working with our unique fleet of ECO units, but also to help them standardise and develop best practice across the business. All of this, of course, feeds directly into achieving deliverables on carbon and wider social value and ESG targets. As one partner advised us recently: “there has been a real shift from talking about carbon targets to actually doing something about it now.” With the largest and most modern fleet of mobile ECO welfare and lighting, along with this tool, our clients have the ability to make an immediate positive impact from today.

Use our ECO Calculator to see how we can unlock significant savings for your project from today.

How Rising Fuel Prices Could Prompt a Revolution in Construction Vehicles

With inflation reaching over 9% in the UK, the Bank of England has issued an “apocalyptic” warning about rising fuel costs. 

This could spell disaster for many construction businesses – especially those that rely on mobile welfare units, Vehicle Mounted Access platforms and a range of other motorised equipment.

But what if skyrocketing fuel prices became the catalyst for much-needed change in the industry? And what if the apparent crisis actually led businesses to a more cost-effective approach to fuel?

In this article, we explore these very possibilities, demonstrating how innovative ECO products can slash sites’ reliance on fuel. 

But first, let’s see how bad things really are when it comes to fuel costs.

How bad is the fuel crisis?

We began sounding the alarm on rising fuel prices in March of this year. New legislation on red diesel was threatening to double many contractors’ fuel costs, and we’ve since seen a rising wave of fuel theft.

But this has proven to be the tip of the iceberg. From supply chain shocks caused by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine to the ongoing “cost of living crisis”, upwards pressure on most forms of fuel have been pervasive and intense.  

Petrol and diesel prices both hit new record highs in March – and then once again in May. Petrol was £0.34 more than the previous high of March, and Diesel was £0.39 more.

There is, of course, growing pressure on the government to provide relief for businesses and individuals suffering under the weight of inflation. But the reality is fuel prices are, in the words of a journalist, the “prisoner of geopolitics”. And experts expect the current situation to continue indefinitely.

We need long-term solutions

Many industry leaders have frantically lobbied for government support, or tried to access cheaper fuel sources. But these are already being revealed to be band-aid solutions.

Instead, businesses must seek long-term solutions – the most obvious of which would be to replace their existing vehicles with units that require radically less fuel.

Welfare Hire’s ECOXLi unit is a perfect example of how this can be done. Its hybrid system utilises next generation Lithium cell batteries and full solar technology enabling long-life silent running. And its Biofuel generator is used exclusively for recharge requirements, ensuring your fuel needs are minimised.

On top of that, the welfare unit features a user-friendly Smart Telemetry system that enables you to track and optimise your power usage, ultimately helping further minimise the need for fuel and carbon.

Kelling Group Welfare Hire Units

Welfare Hire can help you through

At Welfare Hire, we have developed our entire range of mobile welfare units, lighting units and welfare vans around these very issues. We help businesses not only reduce their reliance on fuel, but improve their onsite wellbeing, their environmental impact and their bottom line. 

If you’d like to learn more about our range, get in contact today.

1.https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/petrol-prices-rise-again-bank-23977518
2.https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/1609196/Red-diesel-ban-house-price-increase
3.https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/93906/uk-petrol-and-diesel-prices-both-fuels-reach-new-record-high
4.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61490614

Three Ways Welfare Hire Can Help You Become More Environmentally Friendly

From tough climate change targets to increasing pressure to demonstrate ESG credentials, the case for a  more environmentally conscious approach to construction is clear. 

Our research has shown that good ESG practices result in better operational performance. And companies can expect an average internal rate of return of 27-80% on their carbon saving investments.

But for many businesses, it isn’t clear how to make this the switch to greener alternatives. 

The construction industry is currently responsible for 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions¹, and many widely touted solutions, such as circular production, require a comprehensive overhaul of existing practices. 

In this article, we demonstrate how much smaller changes can have a powerful effect on businesses’ overall environmental impact – by exploring three key benefits of our innovative Mobile Welfare Units.

1. Reduce emissions

Our welfare units and lighting units operate on hybrid power, enabling them to reduce emissions by as much as 90% compared to other products on the market. This is achieved by making use of solar power and more environmentally friendly lithium batteries.

Across even a relatively small fleet, the result is an enormous cumulative reduction in overall emissions. And if you have a fleet of 100 vehicles in use, that reduction could net to the equivalent of planting 2.2 million trees.

For businesses struggling with fuel costs, this provides an additional benefit. By radically reducing the amount of fuel necessary to power your welfare units, you can mitigate your reliance on highly volatile fuel markets – and protect your bottom line.

2. Avoid unnecessary servicing

On the average construction site, simply servicing a fleet of vehicles has a large environmental cost. Why? Because transporting vehicles to and from site produces a high volume of site externalities and extra emissions.

Much of this servicing is done to refill and empty onsite chemical WC facilities. But our mobile welfare units are fitted with extremely large water tanks and Smart Water Systems, which are far more sustainable. The ECOXLi, for example, runs on 100% recycled rainwater and provides a water wash basin and two separate water-flush toilets.

As a result, the unit’s water usage is far more efficient than others on the market. This means as opposed to chemical WC systems, which are standard in the market,, our XL smart water can go months between services – rather than weekly. And this helps more than halve the emissions produced by service transport.

With a user friendly live dashboard, it’s easy to guarantee correct and full usage of the ECO power and water systems to delver optimal value and usage

3. Optimise energy usage

Introducing more eco-friendly, energy efficient welfare units is vital. But there is still huge value in monitoring, managing and minimising your welfare unit’s energy usage. Which is exactly why we introduced Smart Telemetry to the ECOXLi unit.

With a user-friendly interface, it enables workers to track and optimise the fuel usage of their vehicle – and ensure you only use what is needed. This helps keep emissions as low as possible, as well as demonstrating that your site is doing everything it can to go green.

If you’d like to learn more about these and more eco-friendly features, reach out to our sales team today.

1.https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/energy-news/reduce-construction-industrys-carbon-footprint/108643/

Join us at Utility Week Live 17-19th May 2022

COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION BROUGHT TO LIFE!


 When: 17-18 May 22
Where: NEC, Birmingham – Stand No A52
What: Make connections, discover innovations & spark ideas 

Join us at the UK’s definitive Utility Industry event and prepare to be inspired….. 
We will be showcasing our latest, cutting-edge innovations in smart ECO welfare and lighting provision. With the climate crisis and water conservation at the very top of the global agenda, we are excited to be able to share our market-leading, sustainable solutions to sector leaders and forward-thinking colleagues from across the utility sector.

Discover how Welfare Hire can help solve specific business challenges, support key sustainability goals and safeguard your teams by transforming your onsite welfare and lighting.

This is an unmissable opportunity to gain fresh ideas and inspiration, with a packed schedule of industry leading speakers, cutting-edge solution showcases and unrivalled content from leading lights within the industry.


Make sure you drop by and meet the team at stand A52 – we all look forward to meeting you and guiding you through our innovative range, which we think represents a new era for modern, innovative ECO welfare and lighting provision in the UK.

To register to attend please click HERE

Three Ways Technology Has Transformed Welfare Units

National Technology Day celebrates the power of technology to transform all areas of the global economy. And mobile Welfare Units are the perfect encapsulation of this. 

While there are legal requirements all construction sites must meet – such as providing access to toilets, washing facilities and drinking water – it is only through innovative design and  technology that mobile welfare units have become what they are today.

Bringing together a variety of innovative technologies, modern mobile welfare units like ours are able to both improve employee experience and reduce the environmental impact of the vehicles. In this article, we explore three key ways technology has helped make this transformation of mobile welfare units possible:

1. More efficient energy

Traditionally, most welfare units were powered entirely by diesel generators and produced extremely high carbon emissions. This was bad in a number ways: fuel was expensive, the energy usage was inefficient and the high emissions were environmentally harmful.

As the technology has evolved, however, innovative mobile welfare units have become increasingly fuel efficient. Market leading models, such as the EcoXLi, now run on a sophisticated hybrid power system, which can eliminate emissions and is far more energy efficient.

It utilises a combination of renewable solar energy and a next generation lithium batteries that is capable of powering the entire system. This minimises the need for generator power, and the EcoXLi only features a small 3.5VA Backup HVO generator.

The result? A zero carbon mobile welfare unit that runs on 100% silent and clean green energy, without compromising on quality – and is extremely reliable.

2. Better water usage

Water is essential for any welfare unit, as they must legally provide wash facilities, toilets and drinking water. However, most units operate highly inefficient water systems, based on outdated technology, and chemical WC facilities.

In contrast, Welfare Hire’s mobile welfare units, which have embraced smart water technology, are able to provide more reliable, cleaner and more cost efficient wash and WC facilities. The ECOXLi, once again, is the perfect example: its Smart Water system uses 100% recycled rainwater, alongside an XXL water tank that is capable of servicing the entire system, including non-chemical, water-flush toilets.

This ensures that the unit provides the absolute best hygiene, with XL hot water sinks and ECO Water Flush toilets in two full-size separate WCs. But it also unlocks efficiency savings against other, less advanced units.

Because the average welfare unit operates smaller chemical WC waste tanks, they must be serviced and emptied more frequently – which involves added transportation costs and increased carbon emissions. But the ECOXLi’s much larger water system ensures that servicing is less frequent – thereby reducing these costs whilst improving hygiene and wash facilities onsite.

 

With a user friendly live dashboard, it’s easy to guarantee correct and full usage of the ECO power and water systems to delver optimal value and usage

3. Usability

A lot of technological progress is focused on functionality. But there is also huge scope for technology to make products easier and more pleasant for the end-user.

This is another key factor in the evolution of modern mobile welfare units: technology has made them far easier to optimise utilisation for the average user.

Take the ECOXLi’s Smart Telemetry system. Featuring a live dashboard, the digital technology makes it extremely simple for users to manage and optimise their welfare unit’s power usage. With real-time monitoring, as well as reporting on volumetric data for your sites and projects, you can ensure that no more power is used than necessary.

And in combination with the ECOXLi’s Smart auto system, this means you produce the optimal value from your water and power system.

Welfare Hire is driven by technology

As a business whose growth has been powered by innovation, we at Welfare Hire understand how transformative technology can be. That is why we continue to reinvest our revenue into new products and asset upgrades – so that ours remains the biggest and most technologically advanced fleet in the UK.

If you’d like to discover more about the technology behind our innovative vehicles, click here to get in touch today.

10 ways Welfare Hire are unique

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Having the largest, greenest and most technologically advanced fleet in the market is only one part of our unique offering. Delivering superb customer service, developing lasting client relationships and ‘going the extra mile’ is what really sets us apart. We see our clients as partners and always strive to exceed expectations, delivering value with dedicated specialist product and services to achieve their sustainability and wellbeing goals on every hire.

We take immense pride in everything we supply, providing premium levels of nationwide customer service and support to match the quality of our market-leading mobile welfare units.


How Do We Achieve This?

DEDICATED EXPERT SERVICE TEAMS
With nationwide cover and regular, rigorous maintenance, our customer relationships rely on specialist support and advice from our team of experts.
 

62-POINT QUALITY ASSURANCE CHECK
Our dedicated in-house facilities enable us to keep all our mobile ECO welfare units to a consistently high level of specification and standard. Our 62-point pre-hire inspection includes a specialist spray booth and mechanical service & operational testing to ensure consistent quality across our entire fleet.
 

RELIABLE, GREENER, FLEXIBLE FLEET
Welfare Hire’s dedicated drivers & low emissions vehicles deliver almost anywhere in the UK within 24 hours providing a reliable, greener solution. Without the need for expensive HGVs or site access planning, we provide a smart, flexible and cost-effective transport.


SPECIALIST ADVICE ON WELFARE UNITS
Our highly trained Customer Service Engineers offer technical and specialist advice, with expertise to resolve all repairs and queries on our ECO units.

We add significant value as standard by reliably delivering equipment to site when required, ensuring sites can operate efficiently and meet key deadlines. As the UK’s leading welfare hire specialist, we have designed our unique support offering to meet our client needs, exceed expectations and optimise project efficiencies.

1. Specialist service & support
2. Dedicated account management
3. 99.1% perfect hire days
4. Personal touch
5. Market-leading quality assurance
6. Green, reliable & 100% customer focussed

Check out our service department and dedicated maintenance hub HERE.