THE TERRIFIC TRIO: Making a Difference in the Access Platform Industry
There are plenty of reasons why 2020 has been a year worth forgetting. COVID-19 has had a profound effect on peoples’ lives, their businesses and even their mental wellbeing. However, John Hall, Lee Rigby and Vicki Allen will remember 2020 very differently; the year their businesses changed the field in the access platform industry!
What better way to end the year than a positive story about three individuals who have founded three successful businesses using their specialist knowledge and experience in the industry.
“To put it simply, if it wasn’t for John Hall then the three of us wouldn’t be here together!”
National Platforms was founded and set up by John Hall. John has over 23 years’ experience in the access industry and it was his vision to establish a new kind of access hire company that puts the customer at the centre of the business.
National Platforms work under the ethos of being able to find their customers ‘any machine, at anytime and anywhere.’
Earlier this month National Platforms celebrated their first twelve months in business. From their first ever lead on 4th November 2019 to SKYLINE HIRE LTD, to date they have successfully supplied over 400 leads to their partners. They also still have over two thirds of their original affiliated partners and continue to work with and support their customers who need to work at height.
“For me, the first ever lead we received and supplied was a fantastic moment as it cemented the idea that our business model worked and the first tangible proof that my vision had value. I then feel immense pride in being able to assist Lee Rigby and Vicki Allen make their vision a reality and establish their business’s and watch them go from strength to strength in such a small space of time” John Hall
Lee Rigby is the Founder and Managing Director of National Telehandlers and has over 30 years experience in the hire industry, working with market leaders in trench support equipment, tool & plant hire and powered access.
National Telehandlers priority is to ensure they are the problem solver of the material lift and plant hire industry, by supporting customers who need to rent or buy equipment through our network of industry expert specialist partners.
“I have the Powered Access industry to thank for this opportunity. I met John Hall in June 2016 and we are good friends. The opportunity to run my own business has come from John’s success with National Platforms. John is a great mentor, leader, and customer focused individual. Ian Davies & Mike Dell from NDM support SME’s and Start-ups through their own experiences and offering first class marketing, an essential part of the future success of National Telehandlers.” Lee Rigby
Despite being the most recent start-up of the three, International Platforms have had an incredible two months of trading since they were founded in October 2020.
Managing Director Vicki Allen has already enjoyed a fantastic career in the access platform industry, with over 16 years’ experience working for some of the top firms in the business including Genie, AJ Access Platforms and Mawsley Machinery.
However, she decided that it was finally time to use her specialist knowledge and experience of the access platform industry and provide new and used MEWPs to buyers across the world.
“We expect to see international demand for used equipment grow during these tough times, with sustained demand in the building, maintenance, cladding, demolition and facilities management services. In fact, any business that needs to ensure safe working at height needs an access platform … with our combined experience and specialist knowledge of the industry, together with plenty of contacts, we are looking forward to making International Platforms a huge success.” Vicki Allen
International Platforms have recently celebrated their 50th machine sale and have already sold equipment all across the world, including throughout the UK, Lithuania, Spain, Holland, Belgium and Southern Ireland.
Let’s see what 2021 has to offer!