Parker and Chandlers launch in branch tool hire service

A substantial investment from the Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) will bring its total tool hire offering to six of its branches by the end of the year.

Parker Building Supplies and Chandlers Building Supplies’ new in branch tool hire service will be starting first in Petworth in October, followed by establishments in Godstone and Eastbourne later in the month.

The new tool hire offering, integrated within the merchants’ branches, will have two dedicated hire staff with specialist workshops and compounds constructed at each location, along with washdown stations and a new computer system.

Simon Gibbons, who has managed multiple sites for national hire businesses such as A-Plant, Travis Perkins and Grafton Group, and will lead the new tool hire service at Parker, Fairalls and Chandlers, said: “This is an exciting development for the business. It will provide our builder clients with any equipment, including specialist tools and machinery.

“We will concentrate on offering small tools and equipment – the fast-moving items that our customers typically need. We will also have strong cross-hire partnerships with other hirers for larger plant and machines.”