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Vp plc's latest acquisition

It gives us great pleasure to inform everyone that Vp plc has acquired Test & Measurement Hire Group Ltd and it will operate within ESS Safeforce.

Test & Measurement is a leading provider of specialist instrumentation for hire, sales and service.  Established for over 15 years, it has grown to become a major player in this niche and specialist market. The management team have built a fantastic business that has a reputation for providing a portfolio of specialist products and a first class service to their customers. Over the years they been a rehire supplier to us for many years and earned a high standing within ESS Safeforce as a supplier that can be relied upon.

Test & Measurement operate out of two locations one in Knowsley, (outside of Liverpool) & the other in Inverurie, (just outside Aberdeen). The acquisition of Test & Measurement enables ESS Safeforce to continue to achieve its strategic growth plan and opens doors to new markets and customers. The product portfolio also complements our existing products which strengthens our position with some of our larger customers. 

With immediate effect, Knowsley will become the specialist centre of excellence for test and measuring instruments and the North West Night Train will start and finish at Knowsley.  Safety, Survey and Comms equipment in this region will remain being supplied by Runcorn.  It is our intention that in the next few weeks Aberdeen will be set up to support all product ranges in that region and we will advise when that is completed. 

Test & Measurement Hire Ltd was formed in March 2000 by Ken Carine and Ken Grannell (often referred to as the 2 Ken’s) operating from a small office in Warrington, Cheshire. The business came about because the 2 Ken’s, having worked together within a number of organisations, decided to do it themselves. The name Test & Measurement Hire Ltd was chosen because it was exactly what the business was all about….hiring of electrical and instrumentation test and measuring equipment.

Test & Measurements Hire ltd Knowsley Premises

2011 saw the acquisition of another specialist hire business; Direct Instrument Hire Ltd.

2015 saw the latest move in its history to bespoke offices and workshops in Knowsley, Merseyside. These premises are circa 4,200 sqft and are located within the M57 motorway network.



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