History of Mark 1
1981 - Clive Potter hired out his first piece of tool equipment from his families traditional ironmongers in Hockley, Essex, Inifer Potters and Son Ltd. Later that year, Mark Newell joined the company, bringing his mechanical skills to the tool hire side of the business. After making their first £100, a till was bought and soon after the hire side of the business was formalised under the name Potters Hire.1982 - Potters Hire invested in their first vehicle and concentrated on building up the hire fleet.
1987 - Opened a depot in Rayleigh, 34 Eastwood Road. A new company was started called Mark One Hire. After a period of successful training, Potters Hire and Mark One Hire were merged. The name Mark One Hire was retained for the merged company and meant a split from the ironmongers shop. Mark Newell and Clive Potter became shareholders in the new company.
1990 - The Rochford Depot was opened and became Head Office. The space available meant the company could grow, but was also ideally placed nearer to Southend.
1998 - Mark One Hire purchased their first powered access machined; Nifty lift and Genie Scissors.
1999 - The Rochford depot was extended and meant there was the much needed space for the growing fleet of equipment. Space was also used to create a fully equipped purpose built workshop in which to carry out maintenance work.
2000 - The first 7.5 ton lorry was bought for transporting powered access
2004 - Rochford depot was extended again due to purchase of land at rear of existing depot.
2005 - Chelmsford Depot was opened to serve the north of the county.
2007 - Due to increasing need to train staff on powered access, Mark One Hire in Rochford decided to become a certified IPAF training centre to train staff and customers. Robin King from the Rochford depot workshop became a certified trainer and has since become a senior trainer. Mark One Hire also becomes a PASMA Certified training centre.
2008 - Mark One Training started running certified training courses in Chelmsford. Training facilities in Rochford were extended and a second classroom was opened.
2009 - Extension at the Rochford depot to enable expansion of the business.
2012 - Further extension of Rochford depot due to purchase of the former site of Purdeys Timber. This will give a larger area in which to expand the access fleet, which now stands at over 120 machines.
2013 - First 26 ton HGV vehicle was purchased to run alongside 7.5 ton vehicles.
2014 - A second 26 ton HGV vehicle was added. Alan Ball who had started as a Saturday lad, then apprentice mechanic, progressing to workshop manager was made a director of the company.
2015 - The latest Bi-Energy 17 metre booms added to access fleet which now is over 180 machines. The showroom at Rochford was modernised.
2016 - We added larger 21 metre Niftylift booms to our access fleet. We finished a major modernisation of our offices at the Purdeys Way head office.
2017 - Basildon depot opened. 32 ton truck purchased for powered access.
2018- Second 32 ton truck and 18 ton truck purchased for powered access. Powered access was relocated to a new central depot at Rawreth.