SHB Hire is implementing 24/7 operations at some of its UK depots to enable it to keep up with demand while also expanding its network.
The 24-hour operation – particularly targeted at facilities where expansion is not viable – has already been implemented at its Airdrie branch and will also go into effect at the Heathrow branch and a number of other branches in 2018. However some larger depots will likely remain with their current operating hours of 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-12noon on Saturdays.
The national vehicle hire and management firm – which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – said the decision was due to continued business growth that had seen an increase in hire bookings and subsequently turnover for the past 5 years. 2017 saw SHB complete over 115,000 vehicle movements (on hire and off hires combined).
Duncan Sillitoe, SHB’s national operations manager, said: “Demand will dictate the depots chosen to become 24 hour. We have already identified our Airdrie and Heathrow branches as two locations that operations and customers would benefit from these extended hours.
“Any depots to follow suit will be announced in the near future following a review of how Airdrie and Heathrow’s changed hours are working and based on customers operational requirements.”
The national vehicle hire and management firm is also looking to expand its 16-depot network across the UK.