Plant hire boss Adrian Hosey is showing solidarity with recession-hit British industry by emblazoning his new British-built JCB machines with a special patriotic message. The Liverpool-based businessman and owner of Clonfin Plant Hire has just invested in a JCB 8055 midi excavator from dealer Gunn JCB and had it sign written with the words "British built for British jobs."
And the special message is getting top billing as the machine, made by JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, works on part of the prestigious Lime Street Gateway Project which involves creating an improved frontage and public plaza at Liverpool’s famous railway station as part of a £35 million investment.
Adrian said: "British industry is undergoing a tough time at the moment and I just wanted to put my money where my mouth is and show my support for a British company like JCB. I am a big fan of JCB and started out in business 10 years ago on a 3CX backhoe loader. Everything we buy now is built in this country and if more people adopted that approach it would be a huge help to the British economy.
"This is the first machine on which we’ve put the ‘British built for British jobs’ message and lots of people get to see it because it’s working on such a high profile project. Any machines we buy from JCB in the future will get the same treatment."
Clonfin Plant Hire, based in Bootle, was founded by Adrian almost a decade ago and the company now runs a fleet of 23 machines, employs around 20 people and specialises in civil engineering contracting and in operated and self-drive plant hire.
Adrian added: "From a business perspective, the last couple of months have been very quiet. But I’m an optimist and my glass is always half full and even though we’ve had to lay off people recently, I can see green shoots in that we are starting to recruit again. The challenge we have is that competitors are hiring out machines for next to nothing which is a big challenge in our business."