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Brandon Hire Station Corporate Information

Brandon Hire Station

Brandon Hire Station is a dedicated tool hire business. Our main is focus is on the rapid supply of plant, tools and lifting equipment to locations within the UK. With over a hundred nationwide branches we are one of the leading UK tool hire shops. We offer a country wide tool and equipment service capable of supplying your hire needs.

We are currently focusing on bringing in a wide range of new products for our customers whilst also providing improved safety and efficiency when hiring from any of our branches. We offer an extensive range of tools that include cement mixers and road breakers to industrial cleaning equipment and even JCB dumper trucks.

Our entire range of products are vast and when it comes to tool hire we are the people to talk to. We’ve always got you covered so you can hire from us with complete confidence.

Brandon Hire Station is the largest national provider of tools equipment:

Brandon Hire Station is part of Vp plc, who are a long established group which has evolved over a 60 year trading history..

The group comprises of main operating divisions which offer the rental and sale of specialist equipment and associated services to a diverse range of end markets, including; construction, civil engineering, rail, water, oil and gas, outdoor events and house building..

Brandon Hire Station is one of the six operating companies of Vp plc founded in 1954, the other Group comprises are: UK Forks, Groundforce, Airpac Bukom Oilfield Services, Torrent Trackside and TPA. These businesses offer the rental and sale of specialist products and associated services to a diverse range of end markets, including construction, civil engineering, rail, water, oil and gas, outdoor events and house building. In addition Brandon Hire Station offer specialist products and services through ESS Safeforce the market leaders in confined space and survey, who supply equipment and confined space training and MEP who offer press-fitting, electro fusion and low level access equipment.

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Established in 1991, ESS Safeforce has gradually become one of the leading specialist safety, survey, communications and test and measurement equipment companies in the UK, operating from 25 strategic locations across Europe. Our innovative product range can provide a safe and efficient solution for a wide variety of applications, such as those dealing with the challenges of a hazardous environment, carrying out a critical construction survey, or even deploying equipment and services to a critical project. Our 'Making it happen... this time, next time, every time' ethos drives everything we do, from delivering the equipment directly to you, to training you on how to use it.

Head Office: Essential House, Vaux Road, Finedon Road Industrial Estate, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4TG

t: 01933 443 442 e: [email protected]


MEP Hire has been supplying specialist services to the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing industries for over twenty years and during that time has built up an enviable reputation for quality, service and reliability. MEP Hire is a leading provider of press fitting tools for all the major press fitting system manufacturers. We offer a complete package of support, including hire and sales, on-site training and familiarisation. MEP Hire also are the UK’s Specialist in Low Level Access Machines. Low Level Access products have been developed to meet the needs of people and businesses to safely work at height.

Head Office: Unit K, Ashley Drive, Bothwell, Glasgow, G71 8BS

t: 0800 587 5121 e: [email protected]


Airpac Bukom Oilfield Services is an international business with 40 years' experience in providing specialist equipment and services to a range of oil and gas related service markets. The primary market served is exploration, where we provide a range of high performance compressors, steam generators, heat exchangers, sand filters and highly skilled operators in support of well testing projects. In addition the same equipment is also provided to customers including those delivering rig maintenance, pipeline de-watering, cuttings movement and LNG pipework testing services on a global basis. Based in Aberdeen, the business has a global hub network with locations in Perth (Western Australia), Sharjah, Singapore, Curaçao and Great Yarmouth.

Head Office: Tofthills Avenue, Midmill Business Park, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0QP

t: 01467 242 000 e: [email protected]


Groundforce is a UK market leading business offering a portfolio of services to the construction industry. Based around its core activity, which is providing shoring and trenching solutions to an extensive customer base, the business operates primarily in the UK, but also in mainland Europe. The shoring business, Groundforce Shorco, provides a range of equipment including trench boxes and sheets and hydraulic bracing systems of varying capacities.

In addition, Groundforce provide related products and services in the form of piling equipment, formwork, pipe stoppers, pump rental and trenchless technology.

The business operations are supported from locations across the UK, with a growing presence in mainland Europe, initially out of Germany

Head Office: Central House, Beckwith Knowle Otley Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1UD

t: 0800 000 345 e: [email protected]


UK Forks is the UK's leading specialist rental provider of telescopic handlers, rough terrain straight mast fork lift trucks and associated products and services.

The business provides services to the housebuilding, general construction and industrial markets. UK Forks operates from a network of locations across the country, which act as distribution and maintenance branches providing operational support. Customers contact the central hire desks in Harrogate or Glasgow, where all hires and service related calls are handled. On-site service and repair requirements are provided by a national team of mobile service engineers. The equipment offering includes telehandlers ranging from 4m to 25m lift height, a major proportion of which are JCB, but we also operate machines from Manitou and Dieci.

Head Office: Central House, Beckwith Knowle, Otley Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1UD

t: 0800 123 101 e: [email protected]

Torrent Trackside

Torrent Trackside is the UK’s recognised market leader in the supply of non-operated plant and trackside lighting services to the rail infrastructure maintenance and renewals industry. ‘Link-up’ approved and regularly audited by its customers to ensure compliance with the stringent standards expected in this demanding environment, the company’s services range from traffic management to mission-critical plant maintenance and operator training.

Staying on track 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…that’s the objective of the people who run the rail industry. Torrent Trackside support their aims by working all hours too. The business supports both the Network Rail and London Underground infrastructure.

1st Floor, Ventura House, Ventura Park Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3HL

t: 08457 697168 e: [email protected]


TPA Portable Access is operated by people with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and is acknowledged as being the UK's leading supplier of portable roadways.

TPA Portable Access offers many diverse temporary access products including several new and innovative items. Information on a specific product including portable roadways, walkways, bridges and fencing. Operating from bases in the UK and Germany, TPA provides equipment rental and installation of portable roadways, walkways and stairways, to customers in the transmission, construction, rail and outdoor events markets.

Head Office: Dukeries Mill, Claylands Avenue, Worksop Nottinghamshire S81 7DJ

t: 01423 533 400 e: [email protected]


TR Pty Ltd is a dynamic group, delivering specialised technology solutions to corporate, industrial and government clients across Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. The business was founded in 1974 and operates from 13 locations with a head office in Melbourne, Australia.

Our team of over two hundred staff work across three core electronics technologies - test equipment, communications and audio visual - and across five individual brands: TechRentals, TR Hirecom, TR Telcom, Vidcom NZ, TR Calibration.

Head Office: Standards Laboratory, 41 Enterprise Cct, Prestons NSW 2170

t: Australia 1300 790 480

65 Years in Business

The Company was founded in 1954 and floated on the UK Stock Market in 1973 as Vibroplant plc.

In 2000, the Company exited its historically core general plant business to focus on higher return specialist activities and subsequently changed its name to Vp plc.

Since then the Group has developed a wide range of sector leading, specialist rental businesses serving a diverse range of end markets in UK and International markets.


Vibratory Roller and Plant Hire (Northern) Limited founded


Floated on main market Vibroplant plc


First move into specialist plant Airpac


Shoring division established


US powered access business established


Groundforce acquired from SG


Cannon Tool Hire acquired Exit from USA


Rail: Torrent Trackside acquired


UK Forks division created


Hire Station formed through merger of 5 regional tool businesses


Renamed Vp plc


TPA and ESS acquired


Acquisition of Bukom Oilfield Services (Airpac Bukom formed)


MEP acquired


Geographical expansion: Global (Airpac Bukom) Eire (Groundforce Germany (TPA)


Vp celebrates 60 years


Acquisition of Test & Measurement


Acquisitions of Higher Access and TR Pty (Australia)


Acquisitions of JMS M&E and Zenith Survey Equipment


Acquisition of Brandon Hire


Acquisition of Sandhurst


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