Elvington-based plant hire business spreads its wings

York Press: right, with his parents, Sue and Ken Garland, holding Tim’s daughter, Izzy, at Elvington Plant Hire cut  the ribbon the  company’s expansion right, with his parents, Sue and Ken Garland, holding Tim’s daughter, Izzy, at Elvington Plant Hire cut the ribbon the company’s expansion

A FAMILY plant hire business is defying the recession and expanding into new markets.

Elvington Plant Hire, which has provided machinery to the construction industry since the 1960s, is building a new tool hire and sales division as it adapts to changes in the market.

Tim Garland, who took over the running of the business from father Ken Garland about two years ago, said the division would target the DIY market, as tighter budgets push householders to do more of their own work.

He said: “It’s part of an expansion plan to keep us heading in the right direction.”

He said the company was bucking the trend and had remained busy over the last couple of years when other businesses were being hit by the recession.

“We’re going out and finding work and then it’s all about customer service. We have expanded our offer to existing customers and where others have been quiet, we have been really busy.”

The business, based on Elvington Industrial Estate, intends to recruit a couple more staff in the New Year, he said.

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3:28pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Good luck to Elvington Plant Hire, with their new venture.

I wonder if they will expand further and go back to their roots as builders and contractors ? They were originally part of the Claxton & Garland empire, who were formed back in 1958 by Ken's father George Garland and masterbuilder Frank Claxton. The company were very successful in contracting and housebuilding, and other related businesses; quarrying, flooring, joinery, and plant hire. Tim looks like a young Robin Garland, and is following in his grandfather's, father's and uncle's footsteps as an entrepreneur. It's a good time to get into building in York as there are few local firms left in business.
Good luck to Elvington Plant Hire, with their new venture. I wonder if they will expand further and go back to their roots as builders and contractors ? They were originally part of the Claxton & Garland empire, who were formed back in 1958 by Ken's father George Garland and masterbuilder Frank Claxton. The company were very successful in contracting and housebuilding, and other related businesses; quarrying, flooring, joinery, and plant hire. Tim looks like a young Robin Garland, and is following in his grandfather's, father's and uncle's footsteps as an entrepreneur. It's a good time to get into building in York as there are few local firms left in business. Scarlet Pimpernel

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