Welfare Hire signs up to cleaner working environments

Welfare Hire has become one of just 12 signatories to a new Plant Commitment Charter created by the Supply Chain Sustainability School (the School).

The Charter was developed to encourage the construction sector to commit to key sustainability goals, including improving air quality and reducing greenhouse emissions, which together will result in a cleaner working environment.

Each signatory provides evidence to the School of its progress regarding measurement & reporting, engagement, training & education and innovation, to demonstrate their commitment.

Andy Grayshon, Commercial Director, commented “As a specialist supplier in ECO mobile welfare & lighting, we are delighted to align with the Supply Chain Sustainability School in an area we are passionate about.

“Welfare Hire have continually invested in high-level innovation with a track record in providing industry-first eco products and solutions. We will continue to champion this to help partners accelerate delivery of their carbon and wider ESG goals and welcome the opportunity to support the plant charter.”

Welfare Hire is one of 12 organisations from a wide range of suppliers who have signed up to the Charter: Advanté, BAM Group, Cheetham Hill Construction, Costain, EKFB, Flannery, GAP Group, Hercules Site Services, M O’Brien Group, Morgan Sindall and Select Plant Hire.

The School was established 10 years ago to drive sustainable change in the construction industry by improving knowledge at all levels of the sector.  Welfare Hire is a Gold partner of the School and signed up along with partners, including BAM, Costain, EKFB and Morgan Sindall.

More about the Supply Chain Sustainability School

More about the Plant Commitment Charter

Welfare Hire unit creates safe space for women in Wakefield

Police in Wakefield have launched a new ‘Safe Space’ initiative in partnership with the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Wakefield District Council and third sector partners – using one of Welfare Hire’s welfare units as a base.

The unit is located in the centre of the city, amongst its bars and clubs, and will be staffed by police officers, local authority employees and others from 8pm to 4am every Friday and Saturday night.

The initiative, which has been funded through the Mayoral led Safer Streets Fund for the next 12 months, aims to offer reassurance to the public through expert advice and support from a trained police officer, who can also deal with any ongoing criminal investigations.

Sergeant Graeme Dent of West Yorkshire Police explained, “This Safe Space has been set up as part of our commitment under the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy to ensure that women and girls in West Yorkshire not only are safe but that they also feel safe.

“We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy the varied nightlife that Wakefield has to offer. The Safe Space will not be exclusive and if anyone feels unsafe or needs assistance from police or other agencies, we want them to know that this is a safe place that they can go to.”

“The Wakefield Safe Space is a great initiative that Welfare Hire Nationwide is proud to support.  Contributing to the safety of women and girls improves their wellbeing, which is one of our core company values.  It’s a good opportunity to help out our local community, close to our Headquarters,” commented Andy Grayshon, Welfare Hire’s Commercial Director.

The Safe Space is located in one of Welfare Hire’s ECO 7+ welfare units, with plenty of space to sit down and talk over any issues that the vulnerable person is experiencing.  Other facilities within the unit include tea and coffee, blankets, phone chargers and first aid equipment.

Learn more about our Welfare Units and Tower Lights here.

Eco-friendly Welfare & Lighting Championed at Commonwealth Games

The prestigious 2022 Commonwealth Games have been heralded a huge success – and Welfare Hire has been privileged to support the event with our specialist ECO units.

Our involvement began during Birmingham’s preparations for the event.  The ambitious Sprint project is upgrading roadways to slash bus journey times and introducing zero-emission buses, creating a greener city.  Phase 1 was fast-tracked to be up and running for the Games, with up to 80 workers on site.  Welfare Hire’s units provided the most modern, comfortable facilities for them, while hitting the project’s sustainability targets. 

Our support continued throughout the event, with Welfare Hire’s eco lighting and welfare units proving the natural choice for an event with a stated aim of leaving ‘a carbon neutral legacy1.  Our products are powered by next-generation hybrid lithium and solar energy, reducing CO2 emissions and minimising fuel consumption, with no compromise on performance.

Welfare Hire units & lighting towers have supported the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Creating safe visitor spaces

With over 1.5 million spectator tickets sold over 11 days of events2 getting people to and from the Games efficiently was paramount for its smooth running.   Welfare Hire’s Hybrid Lithium Lighting Towers created safe, brightly-lit walkways and transport hubs for event visitors, with their super-bright performance.

In addition to event visitors, an army of more than 13,000 volunteer stewards needed to be catered for.  Welfare Hire’s ECOXLi welfare units were supplied to the temporary transport hubs for the marshals working there, providing them with the most comfortable, spacious and high-specification facilities.  These premium units achieved silent, green running with no associated operating costs.

Aaron Muir, organiser of the Park & Ride operations on behalf of Transport for West Midlands noted, “The solar panels have been a real added benefit.  They’ve kept the Lithium batteries topped up which has meant that we haven’t had to use the generators at all, so we’ve used zero fuel as a result.”

Units packed with innovative design

While the ECO welfare units deliver on sustainability and smart green technology, there are many other benefits from the modern, innovative design, including:

  • Large, comfortable canteen area, with plenty of ports for phone-charging
  • Well-laid out office
  • Higher quality and hygiene from the 2+1 water-flush toilets
  • Rainwater harvesting system to top up water tanks
  • Towable, agile units for easy location
  • Remote management of units using smart telemetry
  • Robust, durable build quality

Aaron has also commented on the exceptional service he has received from Welfare Hire, concluding, “The customer service and just the overall impression [from] Welfare Hire has been extremely positive.”

Learn more about our Welfare Units and Tower Lights here.

  1. Commonwealth Games: Paris 2024 Olympics ‘to learn from Birmingham’ on sustainability – BBC Sport
  2. The Guardian view on Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games: a bullish experience | Editorial | The Guardian

How Kelling Group Supports Three Vital Charities

Causes close to our hearts

Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm is dedicated to helping the city’s most disadvantaged children. They provide opportunities to have fun, learn and take respite from the often extremely difficult circumstances of their everyday lives.

4Louis supports anyone affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby or child. They fight for better treatment and resources for bereaved families, as well as providing the tools and equipment necessary to make that treatment happen.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a dedicated helicopter emergency air ambulance for Yorkshire and the Humber. This rapid-response service has saved millions of lives, relying solely on donations from individuals and organisations.

Getting the message out there

Alongside ongoing events and fundraising initiatives supported by our colleagues, partners and friends of the business, we have also created a dedicated Charity Welfare Unit to raise awareness and funds. 

Our Charity Welfare represents the latest in modern ECO mobile welfare facilities and will be used on projects across the UK, reaching a variety of infrastructure and construction sites. The unique and eye-catching design will be exposed to clients, customers, and anyone passing by.

We’ve also found a fun and engaging way to help spread awareness and raise support: by providing scannable QR codes that bring users to a page where they can donate to each charity and find out more about their missions.

The unit incorporates the charities’ logos, and all funds raise through partnering with our partners on the hire of this unit, alongside additional initiatives and donations via the QR codes will go directly to the charities. 

But this is only the beginning. We have numerous plans to further our support for these important causes in the coming months. And we can’t wait to share them with our community

Kelling Brings Our Innovative Fleet to Highways UK 2021

Kelling Group Access Hire Highway

Kelling has had a stellar run of trade show appearances in recent months, and we’re excited to add yet another prestigious event to the list – Highways UK. 

It is the undisputed highlight on the highway industry’s annual calendar, bringing together countless experts and suppliers for a huge, multi-stream exhibition. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th November, at the NEC Hall in Birmingham.

Both Welfare Hire and Access Hire will be exhibiting

Highways is one the core infrastructure sectors we work with at Kelling, ensuring transient and fast-moving projects have access to the vehicles they need without compromising on quality. So we are bringing both of our key brands to the event.

Kelling Group Welfare Hire Units

Welfare Hire will be exhibiting our range of innovative ECO Tower Lights and ECO Mobile Welfare Units – including the brand new EcoXLi. These products offer a variety of benefits for highway projects, optimising sustainable site setup, improving both worksite comfort and environmental impact. And our Tower Lights enable you to work 24/7 with the brightest and greenest solution in the market.

Kelling Group Access Hire Units

Access Hire will be exhibiting our industry-leading Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms, designed to provide the optimal safety solution for working at heights. For highways projects, reliable service and quality is vital to ensure your project is completed safely, on time and on budget.

We look forward to connecting with key partners in this vital industry and hearing from experts on important topics like sustainability. But most of all, we look forward to demonstrating what our innovative fleet can do for highways projects.

The Security Event 2021: What Access Hire Is Bringing to the Table

We are thrilled to announce that Access Hire will be attending The Security Event 2021 – the UK’s  biggest and most popular security industry trade show. 

This year’s event will be held Sept 7th-9th at the Birmingham NEC, boasting an incredible lineup of leading brands and industry experts. We are so excited about our offering that we wanted to bring a little taste to you ahead of time.

Access Hire at The Security Event 2021

What are we showcasing?

Working at heights is the single largest cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, and many Put simply, we provide the largest, most modern fleet in the country – and our stand at The Security Event will showcase this in full colour.

Our Van Mounted Access Platforms are absolutely ideal for security professionals who need to install and undertake maintenance on CCTV cameras; you can read about them in more detail here

We also offer security professionals unrivalled flexibility, providing both lease and hire options to match their projects’ specific needs. We have put together a guide to budgeting for a vehicle lease to help our partners plan their project more effectively – you can read it here.


Kelling Group Access Hire Units

How to find Access Hire at the Security Event

Our team will be presenting on 3a/A25 throughout the entire event, as well as having one of our Van Mounted MEWPs outside the main entrance, so if you are in attendance and want to see our vehicles for yourself, please do not hesitate to drop by.

Construction & Civil Engineer magazine features Kelling Group

Construction & Civil Engineer magazine features Kelling Group

A hire power

The UK’s leading hirer of mobile eco welfare units and vehicle mounted access platforms, to infrastructure sectors, Kelling Group is setting the standard for modern, environmentally-conscious specialist equipment hire. The business prides itself on providing clients with the most modern, innovative, eco-friendly specialist assets in the market. Last year, the group invested c. £20m in fleet with a similar investment anticipated in the next 12 months.

A true innovator in its field, Kelling Group is a specialist equipment hire business built on five key pillars: Quality, Service, Environment, Wellbeing and Value. Backed by dedicated ‘Kelling Guarantees’ for each principle, the Group vows to hire out only market-leading vehicles and equipment, at the most competitive rates, and with premium levels of nationwide customer support. Kelling’s specialist units are designed to maximise smart and effective working, with the Group also offering some of the cleanest and greenest products on the market – many of which include the UK’s first Lithium hybrid power, solar panels and fuel saving systems – with CO₂ reduction rates more than 15 times the industry standard.

Kelling is a strategic investor in core infrastructure sectors, such as rail, highways, power, telecoms, utilities and civil’s projects. The Group has two specialist equipment divisions: Access Hire Nationwide, which specialises in vehicle mounted access platforms, and Welfare Hire Nationwide, focusing on mobile eco welfare units, welfare vans and lighting. As a Group, Kelling and its subsidiaries have invested in some of the sector’s most advanced vehicles and equipment.

“We have the largest and most modern fleet in the UK in our chosen specialist areas of focus,” says Stephen Moore, Group CEO. “Our strategy is to partner with our clients, providing the best a and service for critical infrastructure projects in the UK.”

The Group also aims to become the industry’s most eco-conscious operator coinciding with growing calls for businesses to hit new carbon emission targets, as well as increase their focus on sustainability. As a result, more and more major authorities and organisations, including HS2, Network Rail, and Highways England, see Kelling as a key partner in helping them achieve their environmental and CSR goals.

Andy Grayshon, Commercial Director Welfare Hire, states: “The average age of our assets is two and a half years, and the maximum age is five years. Along with a unique design, our mobile Eco welfare range uses the latest in hybrid power technology and smart water systems, and we tow all our units with our own fleet of low cost, low carbon, modern delivery pick-ups.”

“Our products can make an immediate positive environmental impact,” Grayshon says. “One example of this is the use of Smart XL Water ceramic toilets and services. Traditional welfare units have chemical toilets that are required to be serviced weekly. On top of that, their tank sizes are relatively small – typically around 50 to 80 litres – so you will often be at full capacity very quickly. Our Smart XL Water system, on the other hand, is used as part of a water flushing process like you have at home or in an office, with the tank being up to four times bigger, more hygienic, and longer lasting. This helps to decrease the need for disposal services, and therefore, reduces transport journeys being made to and from the site by around 60 per cent. If you think about that, by using our eco products, you are eliminating hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO₂ annually.

“A second differentiator is our use of smart hybrid power,” Grayshon adds. “We were actually the first in the market to introduce Lithium hybrid power for our units, allowing customers to run off battery power for longer and, consequently, further decreasing reliance on a generator. It means our products can reduce a contractor’s carbon footprint, fuel usage, costs, and even noise pollution. Typically, with our smart hybrid power management, you can achieve up to 94 per cent running time on battery and even guarantee silent running overnight. Fuel usage and costs for many clients drop to as little as one pence per day.

“Finally, while many competitors are using HGVs to deliver their units, we are using our own fleet of modern, Euro VI compliant, low-emission pick-ups, driven by our own experts. This provides efficiencies in terms of site access, flexibility in delivery, and faster set-up times. Our units can now be set up in just six seconds, which is much quicker than anyone else in the market, as well as creating a much smaller carbon footprint. The upshot is that in 2021, all our collections, deliveries and relocations will be quick, easy, low cost and low emission.”

Though many companies quote the environmental benefits of their products, not one of Kelling’s competitors can lay claim to Welfare Hire’s Smart XL Water or Lithium hybrid power systems. Always looking for ways to improve, the Group recently added telemetry to its capabilities, allowing for smarter, more effective remote management of its assets. The result is an unrivalled package of innovative products with a premium service that continues to attract the UK’s biggest and most successful infrastructure firms.

“Some of our latest work has come with utilities contractors as part of the AMP7 national framework,” Grayshon states. “We are also working with Network Rail, as well as a variety of SME and Tier One contractors on CP6, a key rail framework.”

“Kelling is also keen to invest in people, developing skills and expanding its workforce. Over the last 12-18 months, we have continued to recruit, expanding the team so that Kelling can offer more dedicated service, sales and customer support. As we move forward into 2021 and beyond, we’ll continue to invest in the business and core infrastructure areas,” states Moore.

Before each one of its welfare units is delivered to a client, it undergoes a 62-point inspection regime encompassing all manner of mechanical, electrical and functional pre-hire checks to ensure that the product is of a quality beyond the industry norm.

“Going above and beyond in our service is a vital part of maintaining high quality assets, and the work that goes into that requires investment and efficient processes,” Grayshon asserts. “We do everything we can to make sure that our units show up on time, that they work in the way they are supposed to work, and that our clients can rely on the quality of the kit. That’s why we also plough substantial investment into the updating of our fleet, and ensuring that it meets the needs of our clients.”

Of course, though Welfare Hire and its products prove increasingly popular, the business is not Kelling’s sole focus; the Group’s other subsidiary, Access Hire, is an equally thriving operation. Another market-leader in its specialism, Access Hire has a fleet approaching 1,000 vehicle mounted access platforms for safe working at heights of up to 16.5 metres. As well as efficiently serving Kelling’s main infrastructure sectors in telecoms and power, Access Hire also provides solutions for CCTV installation, facilities management and tree surgery – all supported by customer service available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Access Hire was ranked number one for vehicle mounted access platforms in the UK in November 2020 by Cranes & Access magazine. Martin Whitehead, Sales Director Access Hire, states: “Access Hire is the market leader in VMAP hire in the UK. We continually invest and have the largest and most modern fleet in the market, working with our clients to ensure not only the best, most modern assets, but also first class service, which is vital when providing specialist equipment to critical infrastructure markets.”

As part of its brand promise, Kelling pledges to provide quality products and services, unmatched value, and optimal wellbeing onsite – all whilst minimising the environmental impact on our planet. Commitment to this promise has been a key part of the Group’s success over the years, and the importance of the mission remains unchanged in 2021 as Kelling and its subsidiaries move into the future with ambitions for more growth.

“Kelling Group has grown organically, and in some respects under the radar as we’ve quietly gone about our business,” Moore comments. “More people are now becoming aware of us and that’s great because we have some genuinely unique propositions. We can add a lot of value around innovation, sustainability, quality and wellbeing. In the next three to five years, we will become even more established in the market, working in partnership with key clients in our core infrastructure sectors. With our help, we know that our partners across the UK will be able to deliver smarter and more modern approaches to their projects to help future proof their business.”

Come and join us at Rail Live!

We’re excited to invite existing and new partners to visit us at this year’s Rail Live outdoor exhibition.

This is a great chance to see the very latest in next generation mobile ECO welfare units and lighting towers. We are launching our next generation range for partners to see first-hand the unique design and features. Our mobile ECO welfare hire and tower lights, are designed for the Rail sector.

Innovations and investment into next generation technology and design include:

  • The UK’s 1st ECO Hybrid Lithium power system
  • Smart ECO water WC systems with XL capacity
  • Telemetry to help better optimise greener and smarter working
  • Unique designs and configurations for welfare cabin space and dynamic projects

Our dedicated Rail team look forward to welcoming partners new and old within the Rail industry. Come and see how we can help future-proof delivering greener and productive projects together!

For further info in advance, please feel free to contact us at info@welfarehire.com.

Access Hire Takes #1 UK Ranking Again!

Access Hire (“AHN”) has moved further ahead of the competition to cement its number 1 ranking in the UK, with the largest and most modern fleet of VMAPs.

Over the last 12 months, AHN has maintained its consistent annual investment in fleet to ensure it continues to provide its customers with the most modern, high quality and reliable assets, along with the best full maintenance and 24/7/365 breakdown service on the market. AHN has pushed forward with over 100 new vehicles added to the fleet in the past year, with a similar investment already planned for 2021.

Company2020 Van Mounted MEWPs2020 Ranking2019 Van Mounted MEWPs2019 RankingChange in Units
Access Hire (Kelling Group)66815631105
Nationwide Platforms27122942-23
Height for Hire20032413-41
AFI – Uplift715725-1
Smart Platforms2162160
Source: Cranes and Access Magazine

Martin Whitehead, National Accounts Director, said “We are focussed on providing our clients with the most modern assets, along with a premium level of service. Anyone interested in VMAP requirements, either for short-term or longer-term lease needs, should get in touch so we can begin the planning process and discuss the various options available”.

Martin Whitehead can be reached on 07976 436 254

Senior Team Announcement

Kelling Group Senior Team

Given Kelling’s continuing growth in core UK infrastructure sectors, the business has been continually investing in its senior team over recent years to make sure the team structure is set for the next phase of Kelling’s growth plans.

With that in mind, from 1st October, John Wood, founder of the business, will be taking on the role of Chairman, with Stephen Moore (current CFO) and Richard Green (current FC) taking up the roles of Chief Executive and Finance Director respectively .

With a number of senior sales and operations appointments over the last 18 months, augmented by the changes announced today, Kelling is proud to be an investor in people as well as a UK leader in the investment of specialist assets for the infrastructure sector.