Join Welfare Hire at Rail Live 2024

After the success of last year’s visit, we are thrilled to be joining more than 270 industry suppliers to showcase our range of innovative welfare products at this year’s Rail Live.

The event will be held on 19-20th June at Porterbrook’s Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre – and we are excited to connect with more than 6,000 forward-thinking rail industry professionals.


What Can Welfare Hire Bring to the Rail Industry?

Rail is the UK’s most sustainable long-distance transport industry – responsible for just 1.6% of the nation’s transport carbon. But the Sustainable Rail Blueprint, published last November, aims for more than just net zero. Instead, it declares that the industry must improve its impact on local communities and society at large – which is where Welfare Hire’s solutions come in. 

Not only do our products produce measurable reductions to the carbon footprint of any rail project: they also help reduce noise pollution, support employee mental health initiatives and avoid water waste.

The result? Rail projects can continue to cut carbon emissions while making wider improvements to their social and local impact.



Want to Join Us At Rail Live 2024?

Our team will be at Stand G1 – and you can book tickets for the event today:

Register for your FREE ticket here!

Join us to view a range of welfare products, including: 

Eco7

NEW EcoXi

EcoXLi

Eco Welfare Van

EcoWC2


We can’t wait to see you there – but please feel free to reach out here any time to learn more about our products or discuss the event.


Kelling’s Depot Expansion in the South West

Leading the Way in Eco-friendly Mobile Welfare Solutions

Kelling Group is delighted to announce its latest expansion project: the establishment of an innovative facility at Boscombe Business Park in Avonmouth, Bristol. This new facility is set to become the central hub for Welfare Hire Nationwide, a leading division of Kelling known for its groundbreaking eco-friendly towable mobile welfare units, WCs, lithium lights, and welfare vans.

With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Welfare Hire boasts the largest fleet of modern, innovative, and eco-friendly, mobile towable welfare units on the market. The ECO range represents the pinnacle of innovation, integrating smart and unique design features to optimise onsite welfare and lighting, setting new standards for efficiency and sustainability.

“As the market leader in the mobile eco welfare hire sector, our mission at Kelling is to redefine the standards of onsite welfare solutions,” remarked Stephen Moore, CEO of Kelling Group. “Our investment in the Bristol facility underscores our dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions that not only meet, but exceed the expectations of our clients.”

One of the hallmarks of Welfare Hire is its steadfast commitment to quality and service. Kelling continuously invests in maintaining the highest standards, ensuring that clients benefit from the latest advancements in welfare technology, including solar, lithium batteries, rainwater harvesting and telemetry.

The Bristol facility, on a site stretching to over 3 acres, will serve as a testament to Kelling’s long-term investment in the sector and dedication to innovation and sustainability, providing a strategic base for the ongoing development and deployment of next-generation mobile eco welfare solutions.

As Kelling prepares to have operations fully up and running throughout May and June, the company looks forward to ushering in a new era of innovation, service excellence, and sustainability in the welfare solutions landscape. The Bristol facility will see Kelling create new jobs in the region for depot and field-based engineers, drivers and valeters.  Any potential applicants should send their CVs to hr@kellinggroup.com with the subject “Bristol Expansion”.

For more information about Welfare Hire’s products: Mobile Welfare Unit Hire | Towable Welfare Units & Welfare Vans | Kelling (kellinggroup.com)


Kelling Group wins Business Award

Organised in conjunction with the Yorkshire Children’s Charity, the awards and fundraising event took place in Leeds with over 100 regional businesses partaking. The calibre of finalists was very high with good representation of businesses from different industries across the region.

Kelling Group were delighted to accept the award of Mid-Market Corporate of The Year at this year’s The Yorkshires. Business Awards and would like to congratulate the other nominees and winners, as well as the event attendees, in supporting the incredible event for Yorkshire Children’s Charity.

Aside from celebrating the best of what the Yorkshire region has to offer in business, the event supported the Yorkshire Children’s Charity to raise awareness and funding. In excess of £182,000 was raised on the day, which will go a very long way to supporting the region’s most vulnerable children throughout the winter.

“On behalf of the entire Kelling team, I am honoured to accept the award of Mid-Market Corporate of the Year. There was also a fantastic amount of money raised on Friday – very well done to all the hard working team at the Yorkshire Children’s Charity.”

Stephen Moore, CEO

Kelling Group is a leading provider of specialist AccessWelfare and lighting equipment hire and services to key infrastructure and construction sectors.

Demonstration Events in Scotland & Yorkshire – coming soon!

Welfare Units for Hire - Portable Site Cabins For Construction Sites

We’ll shortly be hosting Demonstration Days in Scotland and at our Head Office in Yorkshire, where guests will see our unique, mobile welfare units and tower lights for themselves.

The upcoming dates will be:

  • Scotland, EH47: 27th June
  • Yorkshire, WF6: 11th July

Both dates will feature a range of our products on show, including the latest models in our fleet. To book your place at either event please email info@welfarehire.com.

“Our welfare units and tower lights prove that you don’t have to compromise on quality when you provide sustainable facilities on site,” commented Andy Grayshon, Commercial Director. “The units provide modern, comfortable breakout spaces for workers, with hygienic toilet and washing facilities and lots of other features that site teams appreciate. The super-bright light heads of our tower lights deliver excellent coverage, with long refuel intervals.”

Our Team will be available to demonstrate the products and answer any questions. In addition, guests who attend the Yorkshire date will see Welfare Hire’s in-house operational facilities, which deliver our market-leading service and consistent high quality.

Andy continued, “We’re looking forward to meeting customers, old and new, at both events and discussing how we can help them with their site set up needs.”

Contact the team on info@welfarehire.com or on 0345 600 6670 now to book your place.

Coming soon…Our new products on show at Plantworx and Rail Live

Welfare Hire Nationwide will be showcasing our latest product innovations at two industry shows this June. You’re welcome to meet our specialist team and try out first-hand the latest in ECO mobile welfare and lighting!

Welfare Hire’s sustainable range complements the events’ focus on technology and innovation, especially for those that are driving the construction sector toward its net zero carbon goals. With next generation silent, green running systems, including XL solar, rainwater harvesting and smart telemetry, our eco units will be in their element at these outdoor events to showcase the latest in smart ECO welfare and lighting.

Plantworx is the UK’s largest working construction equipment exhibition, held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough between the 13th and 15th June. The outdoor show is the perfect place to see our latest product innovations, including solar hybrid power and rainwater harvesting.

We’ll be at Stand C-CC4; for your ticket – Register Here for Plantworx

Rail Live attracts 5,000+ visitors each year from across the rail industry. Taking place on the 21st and 22nd June at Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre, we’ll be showcasing the full array of our range, including some exciting new product launches.

We’ll be at Stand G1; for your ticket – Register Here for Rail Live

We look forward to meeting our customers and new partners at these events and welcome interested parties to get in touch here for more information and to book your slot with the team.

New Depot in Scotland Now Open

Our new depot in the heart of Scotland’s Central Belt is now up and running!

The depot is equipped with stock of our mobile ECO welfare units, welfare vans and tower lights, ready for even faster delivery to our customers across Scotland.

John Deeney has joined our team to manage the depot and our operations across Scotland.  John is already working hard with his team to get products out to our partner’s sites.

Lauren Thomson, Regional Sales Manager, Scotland

For enquiries for mobile welfare units and tower lights across Scotland, please contact our Sales Manager, Lauren Thomson on 07929 666831 or email lauren.thomson@welfarehire.com

Three Key Values Access Hire Will Promote At Connected North

Telecoms projects are booming due to Project Gigabit, and the future of the industry looks bright. But companies still face several challenges to fully benefit from the boom, with 5G roll-outs still far from completion – along with on-going concerns over rising costs and security challenges.

This year’s Connected North is the perfect opportunity to address them. The event unites more than 1,500 of the North’s connectivity leaders, providing an essential forum to explore the industry’s biggest issues. And as an established leader with the country’s largest fleet of Van Mounted MEWPs, we look forward to bringing three ideas to the table:

1. Vehicle leasing

Despite the Telecoms industry boom, newer infrastructure companies still struggle to get a foot in the door. Van Mounted MEWPs are essential for the majority of projects, but are expensive – especially when factoring in maintenance costs. This creates a barrier to entry for many, which is not only bad for the excluded companies – it reduces the industry’s overall competitiveness.

Leasing Van Mounted MEWPs solves this issue, enabling companies to access best-in-class equipment with a low, fixed cost payment schedule. Leasing also reduces lead times for telecoms companies and enables greater flexibility – ultimately benefiting the whole industry.

2. Van Mounted MEWP training

Van Mounted MEWPs are essential for fibre engineers to work safely at height, as well as improving the efficiency of that work. But operating the vehicles properly requires specialised training. Not just theoretical training – direct, experience-based training.

That’s why we are thrilled to offer IPAF training that sticks. Our trainees learn using the vehicles they’ll actually use in the field, enabling them to discover vehicle-specific tricks, increasing their confidence.

3. Electric vehicles

Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges facing the Telecoms industry. With 5G projected to increase energy consumption by 160% by 2030, every company is looking at how it can become greener – and fast.

Electric vehicles are by no means the only answer, but they will play an important role. Which is why we’re showcasing Access Zero – our new fleet of fully-electric Van Mounted MEWPs. The vehicles will help Telecoms infrastructure projects reduce their energy usage and move a step closer to their lofty net zero goals.

Access Zero – The UK’s first all-electric MEWP for lease and hire available now

The first all-electric vehicle-mounted access platforms are now available for long term hire and lease from the UK’s leading specialist in this field, Access Hire Nationwide (AHN), part of Kelling Group.  The lease / hire package, including the all-electric VMAP and full maintenance / service support, has been launched as Access Zero.

Access Zero represents a unique proposition, combining the latest vehicle-mounted access technology along with a fully managed solution, including inter alia, breakdown & recovery, 24/7/365 operational support, LOLER and servicing, dedicated account management and replacement courtesy vehicles.

“The new Renault Master ZE with CPL KL26 electric boom provides a market leading, innovative solution for those needing to work safely at height using a specialist zero emissions asset,” stated AHN Sales Director, Martin Whitehead.  “Both Access Hire and our customers are working toward ESG targets, improving on our sustainable performance, and 100% electric vehicles are the next step on that journey to net zero.”

“Access Hire has always had a long-term focus on minimizing emissions, whilst providing innovative assets that meet clients’ operational requirements,” said Stephen Moore, Kelling Group CEO.  “We have the youngest and largest fleet of modern ULEZ assets in the UK, as well as existing hybrid solutions.

“The addition of the full electric Renault Master ZE augments our ECO credentials even further. Given our experience and expertise in the sector, we are uniquely placed to advise clients on the most appropriate asset solution to meet operational needs, whilst minimising CO2 emissions and meeting core ESG requirements.”

One example of a sector keen to capitalise on greener technology is that of local authorities, who use access platforms to, for example, maintain street lighting and other amenities.  Reportedly, almost two thirds have declared that they aim to be carbon neutral some 20 years before the government’s target of 2050.1   With that in mind, the changeover to electric working vehicles is an important, but easy way to progress towards that overall net zero target.

Estimates place the number of electric and hybrid domestic vehicles on the UK’s roads at the end of 2022 at around 2-3% of the total, a growth of around 40% from the previous year.2  Growth in working vehicles, including buses and heavy-duty trucks, has been somewhat slower3, however as new technologies and batteries with increased performance are adopted, the gap in growth is expected to narrow.

With over 15 years’ experience devoted to the provision of access platforms, the AHN team provide technical advice and assistance throughout the hire process from selection of the right technology to IPAF operator training and help with advice around the use of these specialist vehicles.

All vehicle maintenance requirements, both proactive and reactive, are fully managed on behalf of the hirer by the 24/7/365 AHN Support Team, including LOLERs and regular servicing, ensuring regulatory compliance.  For assets where down time can be costly to the operator, the combination of young, modern vehicles and full maintenance support offers AHN’s partners peace of mind, with maximised asset availability.

This combination saw AHN cement its leading position in VMAP provision last year by being named as the No. 1 provider by Cranes & Access magazine for the third year running, whilst continuing to build its fleet further.

“As well as being the largest fleet in the UK, we continually invest to provide the most modern, technologically advanced vehicles, with an average vehicle age of less than two and a half years.  Keeping the vehicles in top condition provides a safe working environment as well as ensuring that they operate in the greenest way,” continued Whitehead.

“Adding electric vehicles to our fleet as soon as we could is a progression of our commitment to providing the most modern and greenest technology available for our partners.”

  1. Delivering local net zero | Local Government Association
  2. Electric car statistics – EV Data [Update: Jan 23] | heycar
  3. Trends and developments in electric vehicle markets – Global EV Outlook 2021 – Analysis – IEA

Charities Lineham Farm, 4 Louis and Yorkshire Air Ambulance visit Kelling Group

Kelling Group has welcomed representatives from our three Chairman’s Charities recently, as our first year of supporting them came to a close.  We were extremely proud to be able to donate almost £27,000 to the charities from the fundraising efforts of our employees.

Chairman John Wood (centre) and CEO Stephen Moore (4th from right), with members of the Charity Board, present Kelling’s donation to Bob McGurrell (2nd from left) & Tracey McGurrell (3rd from right) of 4 Louis, Jenny Jones (3rd from left) of Lineham Farm and Vickie Bowden (2nd from right) of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Whilst here, the representatives chatted to members of the Kelling team to update them on the important work they do and to exchange ideas about how we can support them further in the coming year. 

“These three charities all carry out incredible work helping our communities.  They focus on different issues, but all depend entirely on donations to provide their vital services to people in need,” commented John Wood, Kelling Group Chairman.

The three charities that Kelling Group support are Lineham Farm, 4 Louis and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance:

Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm works with and supports some of the most disadvantaged children in the City, offering respite from difficult and sometimes abusive home lives. They are dedicated to brightening children’s lives by providing unforgettable breaks and valuable learning experiences in a safe and happy environment. Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm

4 Louis is a charity providing useful tools, training, and equipment free of charge to hospital units, hospices, and other professionals, which support families affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby or child.   Started in the Sunderland area, 4 Louis now supports families across the UK. 4Louis – Stillbirth, Childloss

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a dedicated helicopter emergency air ambulance for the Yorkshire and Humber region. It currently operates two Airbus H145 aircrafts and relies solely on donations to keep both ambulances in the air. Yorkshire Air ambulance Charity | YAA | Donate Today

Throughout the year, Kelling Group employees undertook a wide range of activities to raise money for the charities.  These included taking part in the Yorkshire 3 peaks and Lands End to John O’Groats challenges, bake sales, raffles and football cards.  The company vending machine also raises money as does a specially branded welfare unit that is hired out to customers.

“The team here were so touched by the work that the charities do, they really got behind the drive to raise money for them,” continued John.  “There are lots of great ideas that we’re considering for the coming year, so we’ll be carrying on the effort and hope to raise even more money!”

The special charity welfare unit, which customers can hire to contribute to Kelling’s charity fundraising drive.

Investment announced for dedicated service in Scotland

Welfare Hire Nationwide (“Welfare Hire”) is expanding its depot network further by making an investment in Scotland with a new depot in the central belt, along with a new dedicated Scottish team.

Welfare Hire is part of the Kelling Group, the UK’s largest provider of highly ECO efficient Welfare products and Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms. The Group has over 3,500 assets, with an average age of less than 2.5 years and commits over £30m in investment to new equipment annually.

“This investment demonstrates our commitment to the Scottish market as part of our long-term growth strategy. We look forward to working even closer with our existing clients and for new clients to experience our market leading products and service” said Stephen Moore, Group CEO.

“Our current customers in Scotland are familiar with the high standards we work to.  As part of this operational expansion, investing in a Scottish team based locally will improve on this even further,” stated Chris Brown, Group Operations Director.

Lauren Thomson has joined the team as Regional Sales Manager and is on hand to support existing and new clients locally.

The centrally located depot will supply Welfare Hire’s market leading mobile ECO welfare units, welfare vans and eco tower lights to sectors such as rail, highways, utilities and construction. 

The Scottish depot will also conduct Welfare Hire’s rigorous 67-point quality check, which is carried out on every Welfare Hire unit ahead of each and every job.  This bespoke and unparalleled quality assurance regime ensures consistently high standards and service for the largest and most modern ECO fleet in the market.

“With this investment we can better support infrastructure construction work around core sectors, including Scotland’s current Infrastructure Investment Programme,” explained Andy Grayshon, Commercial Director.  “Our products create the highest-level working environment for site setup needed in construction and infrastructure development.  As modern towable units, with low cost and low carbon transport and maintenance, our mobile eco units can be used in remote and rural areas, where much of the development is due to take place.

“In addition, our products incorporate the latest green technology and smart innovations, so they fit perfectly with our clients’ drive toward net zero emissions.”

For enquiries within Scotland, please contact Lauren Thomson on 07929 666831 or at lauren.thomson@welfarehire.com.

For more information about Welfare Hire’s products: Mobile Welfare Unit Hire | Towable Welfare Units & Welfare Vans | Kelling (kellinggroup.com)