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Celebrating 20 years of Kelsey Plant Hire                                 NOVEMBER 2014
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Industry news: on the up at last!

This year has seen the first real evidence that we are finally on the up after the longest double-dip recession in more than 50 years. We have all felt the brakes come off and the flood of projects pick up pace. Hoorah!
August showed the strongest growth for seven months for Britain’s builders but this has put more strain on the supply of materials not to mention an obvious lack of skilled workers. So beware: there is a danger that the delays in materials supply, the rising costs of supplies and the rising cost of labour could all cause the house of cards to collapse around the ears of the unwary.

 The pricing of jobs needs more careful planning than ever before with higher margins built in to make room for the time delays and inflationary pressures.

That said, the future continues to look bright don’t you think?

Two useful tools for estimating

Estimating can be a monotonous, time intensive job! So what can you do to make it less laborious and more accurate?

Here are two free tools you might find useful when estimating…
Use the free online calculators for roofs, walls and skips at

Download our free template to keep track of prices you pay.
Top tips: Keeping your project on track

When time is of the essence and you’re working that digger for every penny the last thing you need is for a track to fail or jump off its rollers. As strong and robust as the digger might be its Achilles Heel is its tracks. It takes surprisingly little to damage or detach them! We do our very best to ensure that the digger arrives on your site in perfect, safe working order. So, we thought we would share some tips to help you keep on friendly terms with the rubber-booted, workhorse, too.
  1. Keep the site clear of debris to avoid it getting into the track grooves.
  2. Check the track grooves and clear them out regularly.
  3. Overnight, during freezing weather, park the machine up out of the mud and water on timber or a solid surface, where possible.
  4. No handbrake turns! - Avoid fast, sharp turns, especially on sticky or very soft ground as this can force a track off its rollers.
  5. Be aware that excessive use of the blade will put more stress on the tracks than ordinary tracking and digging.
  6. Avoid balancing the machine over edges like a high kerb as it can damage the tracks and undercarriage. Also avoid driving the machine with the tracks pressed up against kerbs or other hard step edges.
  7. If you need to go up over a kerb or step, use the bucket to help the machine climb up.

Girl Power...

Are you the wife, partner, PA, secretary or admin assistant of a building contractor or are you the leading lady herself? We now have a section just for you!

This month: Women’s success quotes

Successful women still have their feet on the ground. They just have better SHOES.
Opera Winfrey, media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.
David Brinkley, Newscaster

Behind every successful woman is…. Herself.
Narkis Alon, Serial Social Entrepreneur
That's it for this month!

All the best,

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