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Impressive speakers and content added to Hire Convention 2016

Stephen Dance, Head of Infrastructure Delivery at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office for Infrastructure and Projects Authority,
The Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) have added a number of impressive speakers and sessions to the second day of this year’s Hire Convention. Held at Loughborough’s Holywell Park from 21st – 22nd September there is a packed conference programme planned, with the impetus firmly geared towards the event’s theme of ‘Smarter – Safer – Stronger’.

Delegates can now expect to attend sessions covering an even broader range of topics including: strengthening the supply chain; theft reduction; cyber-crime awareness; sustainability; Health & Safety and improving customer service.

As the first keynote speaker on the 22nd September, Stephen Dance, Head of Infrastructure Delivery at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office for Infrastructure and Projects Authority, is charged with supporting planning, prioritisation, enabling and effective delivery of infrastructure across all sectors throughout the UK.  As leader of the team which supports delivery of major economic infrastructure projects across all sectors, including those in the governments “top 40” such as HS2, Mersey Gateway Bridge, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Hinkley Point and the Northern Line Extension to Battersea, his insight into strengthening the supply chain will be of utmost interest to the Hire Convention’s audience.

Later in the morning the focus will shift to reducing theft and crime within the hire industry with back to back sessions entitled ‘Tool Industry Theft Forum’ and ‘Preventing Theft, Fraud and Cyber Crime Taking Place in the Hire Industry’. Speakers for these panel discussions include Kevin Howells, Datatag; Julian Crabb, Paniu and Ian Elliot, CITS all bringing with them a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector for delegates to draw from.

Kick-starting the afternoon session’s is Tim Benson who is a leading authority on providing emission free and sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, allowing companies to limit their impact on the environment. Tim will inform delegates about silent power alternatives and how CO2 reductions can be readily measured.  

Bringing the 2016 Hire Convention to a close will be a presentation from the HAE EHA team on the benefits of its SafeHire Certification scheme. The aim of SafeHire is to raise standards across all sectors of the hire industry and improve all areas of company operations from CSR policy and quality management to Health & Safety, environmental management and customer service. A key element to reaching HAE EHA’s goal for SafeHire Certification will be inclusion as part of procurement tenders.

This is something that is already gaining traction in the UK with a number of leading hire companies reporting that national clients, such as Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Barratt Homes, are beginning to instruct that their hire partners must be SafeHire certified in order to be considered for inclusion on preferred supplier lists.

The session will deliver delegates an understanding of why, when choosing a contractor or a working partner for hired equipment, they should look out for the SafeHire Certified company logo and will include: an overview of what SafeHire is, how PASMA members can adopt SafeHire standards, the benefits of the certification and how it applies to the events industry.

Ann Harrison, marketing manager for HAE EHA comments: “The Hire Convention is relevant to anyone who is involved in the construction, events, local authorities, procurement and facilities, whether that’s as someone who hires tools, equipment, plant and machinery, a supplier or a hire company. With that in mind we have put together a comprehensive programme that reflects the challenges that people within those sectors face on a daily basis. We’re confident that there really is something for everyone and that no-one will go home empty handed.”

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