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    2019 brings milestone birthdays for GAP Hire Solutions and Kubota UK!

    2019 has seen Kubota UK turn 40, giving us a chance
    to reflect on how the construction industry has witnessed significant change
    over the last few decades; whether that be through technological innovation,
    shifts in the economic climate or changes in how to hire the right skills. But
    one of its oldest partners also has cause for celebration this year.

    Our friends at GAP Hire Solutions have been
    celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company throughout 2019. Over the last
    half a century the company has grown to become the UK’s largest independent
    plant, tools, equipment and vehicle rental firm. Established in 1969 by Gordon
    Anderson, the family-owned and run business operates from over 140 depots and
    employs over 1,800 people nationwide. GAP has remained a family-run business,
    ensuring that the same family principles on which the company were founded
    continue to this day.

    GAP and Kubota UK have worked together for many years, with
    the former selling over 500 construction machines since the partnership began,
    and for much of their partnership, Kubota UK has been GAP’s sole supplier of
    mini and midi excavators. To celebrate this milestone and its longstanding
    relationship with the hire company, Kubota has gifted GAP with a gold Kubota
    machine. For the next year, 50% of all hire revenue from the golden machine
    will go to The Lighthouse Club, a
    charity which provides financial and emotional support to the construction
    community and their families. The most recent rental of the machine secured
    £180 for this organisation.

    To support this initiative and local charities affecting the
    construction industry, Kubota has pledged to match the money GAP raises through
    the golden machine.

    Ken Stewart, Head of Procurement at GAP Group, said:

    “Here at GAP, we run a large fleet of Kubota excavators
    ranging in size from 800kg to 8.0t. When looking at the types of products we
    want to buy, price is and always will be an important factor. But we also look
    closely at factors such as the cost of ownership, reliability, after sales
    support and general market acceptance. In our opinion, the Kubota product
    continues to tick all the boxes and is well received by both our customers and
    our UK depot network.

    “We have a strong affinity with Kubota in general with
    their engines being used in so many of our other products such as compressors,
    tandem ride on rollers, dumpers, lighting towers and generators to name but a
    few.

    “We look forward to working with Kubota UK for the next
    50 years and beyond!”

    Glen Hampson, Business Development Manager Construction
    Division at Kubota UK commented:

    “GAP
    is Kubota UK’s largest independent customer, and this is a testament to the strength
    of the relationship that we have built with the team over the last few years.
    We know that our machines are well suited to GAP’s needs as they provide
    reliable, well designed and robust solutions to withstand the rigours of the
    hire industry. What’s more, our responsive dealership network has allowed GAP
    to rapidly respond to customer and depot requirements. From all of us at Kubota
    UK, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our friends and
    colleagues at GAP. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

    GAP has launched a commemorative book in celebration of the
    company’s 50th anniversary, which chronicles the development of the company
    from its inception to its plans for the future. The various contributions
    throughout the book have come from the Anderson family as well as GAP’s
    employees, customers, suppliers and friends of the family and company. You can
    find this here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62374499/gap-50th-anniversary-book