See how Mark One became experts in tool hire, access hire and training.
OUR CURRENT DIRECTORS
Clive Potter bought a wallpaper stripper for use on his house thinking there was a possibility of hiring it from the family ironmongers shop in Hockley called Inifer Potter & Son Ltd. Mark Newell joined bringing mechanical skills. The company was trading as Potters Hire.
Bought first delivery vehicle a Ford pick up.
Expanded the hire department but still working from the corner of the shop.
Opened a depot in Rayleigh, 34 Eastwood Road, originally called Potters Hire.
Mark wanted an interest in the business so the decision was made to start a new company Mark One Hire Ltd with Mark and Clive as shareholders. This company took over the Rayleigh depot.
Mark had made a success of Mark One Hire so the decision was made to merge Potters Hire and Mark One into one company dropping the Potters name.
The Rochford depot was opened which was to become head office. Hire ceases from Hockley.
Changes in the emphasis of the business meant the end of hiring out excavators, compressors and dumpers.
Mark One Hire purchased their first powered access machines; Nifty lift and Genie Scissors.
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.
The first 7.5 ton lorry was bought for transporting powered access.
Rochford was extended by taking over part of Cottis Transport yard at rear.
Chelmsford Depot was opened to serve the north of the county.
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. Mark One Hire also becomes a PASMA Certified training centre.
Mark One Training started running certified training courses in Chelmsford. Training facilities in Rochford were extended and a second classroom was opened.
Further extension at Rochford taking over the remaining part of the Cottis transport yard.
Further extension of Rochford depot due to the 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.
First 26 ton HGV vehicle was purchased to run alongside 7.5 ton vehicles.
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.
The latest Bi-Energy 17 metre booms added to access fleet which now is over 180 machines. The showroom at Rochford was modernised.
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.
Basildon depot opened. 32 ton truck purchased for powered access.
Second 32 ton truck and 18 ton truck purchased for powered access. Powered access was relocated to a new central depot at Rawreth.
After many customer requests decision made to hire mini excavators and skip loading dumpers again so a fleet of Kubota machines was purchased.
The success of the mini excavators and dumpers led to the formation of Mark One Plant and more machines being added to the fleet.