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See how Mark One became experts in tool hire, access hire and training.


Mark 1 Hire 1981
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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.
Mark 1 Hire 1982
Bought first delivery vehicle a Ford pick up.
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Mark 1 Hire 1983
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Expanded the hire department but still working from the corner of the shop.
Mark 1 Hire 1987
Opened a depot in Rayleigh, 34 Eastwood Road, originally called Potters Hire.
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Mark 1 Hire 1988
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 1 Hire 1989
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.
Mark 1 Hire 1990
The Rochford depot was opened which was to become head office. Hire ceases from Hockley.
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Mark 1 Hire 1993
Changes in the emphasis of the business meant the end of hiring out excavators, compressors and dumpers.
Mark 1 Hire 1998
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Mark One Hire purchased their first powered access machines; Nifty lift and Genie Scissors.
Mark 1 Hire 1999
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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.
Mark 1 Hire 2000
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The first 7.5 ton lorry was bought for transporting powered access.
Mark 1 Hire 2004
Rochford was extended by taking over part of Cottis Transport yard at rear.
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Mark 1 Hire 2005
Chelmsford Depot was opened to serve the north of the county.
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Mark 1 Hire 2007
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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 1 Hire 2008
Mark One Training started running certified training courses in Chelmsford. Training facilities in Rochford were extended and a second classroom was opened.
Mark 1 Hire 2009
Further extension at Rochford taking over the remaining part of the Cottis transport yard.
Mark 1 Hire 2012
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.
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Mark 1 Hire 2013
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First 26 ton HGV vehicle was purchased to run alongside 7.5 ton vehicles.
Mark 1 Hire 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.
Mark 1 Hire 2015
The latest Bi-Energy 17 metre booms added to access fleet which now is over 180 machines. The showroom at Rochford was modernised.
Mark 1 Hire 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.
Mark 1 Hire 2017
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Basildon depot opened. 32 ton truck purchased for powered access.
Mark 1 Hire 2018
Second 32 ton truck and 18 ton truck purchased for powered access. Powered access was relocated to a new central depot at Rawreth.
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Mark 1 Hire 2019
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After many customer requests decision made to hire mini excavators and skip loading dumpers again so a fleet of Kubota machines was purchased.
Mark 1 Hire 2020
The success of the mini excavators and dumpers led to the formation of Mark One Plant and more machines being added to the fleet.
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