A GROWING tool and equipment hire business is continuing to reach new heights in Warwick as it approaches its 45th anniversary.
Plantool Hire Centres, which has been trading since 1979, and which has offices in Warwick and Stratford.
The business re-located from a 6,000 sq ft centre in Millers Road in Warwick to 8,000 sq ft premises in Collins Road on the Heathcote Industrial Estates in the town last year and contacted Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub for support with its refurbishment.
Managing director Ben Jones was advised by the Growth Hub to apply to Warwickshire County Council’s Small Capital Grants Fund for assistance with the refurbishment.
Its bid for £35,000 was successful and together with a further £85,000 invested by the business, the centre has been transformed to provide a better working environment for its 30 staff, including the construction of a new workshop and mezzanine.
Ben said the move also means they will be able to offer training to other businesses and organisations since they have more room.
He said: “We had rented our previous site in Warwick since 1987 and we had long out-grown it. This building became available so we bought it.
“This has been a fantastic opportunity for us because the tool and equipment hire sector has changed over the years and we now need more space for larger vehicles and to provide a wider range of equipment.
“The better transport links to our new building and its ability to hold more stock will enable us to take advantage of the buoyant market.
“We have also taken on an apprentice because it is really important that we provide the right training for our business.”