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General Manager Opportunity

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Hoist UK is a leading supplier and manufacturer of lifting equipment based on the Wirral Peninsular, Merseyside and are currently seeking an experienced Sales / General Manager to be based in our Wirral offices.

The ideal candidate must have previous experience within the crane / lifting equipment industry and will be LEEA (or equivalent) trained, be fully conversant with LOLER and PUWER regulations and must hold a current full, clean UK driving license, CSCS card an advantage but not essential.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to effectively communicate at all levels with both colleagues and customers. Will work directly for the Directors of the company and will be responsible for the overall management of and coordination of the company.

Your duties will include managing the sales and marketing team, preparation of technical quotations using our CRM system, assisting the digital marketeer in developing new business, working closely with and delegating to the design, production and installation teams and overseeing the same to ensure growth, meet production and installation deadlines and ensure consistent quality across the board whilst keeping to strict budgetary requirements.

To complete the above duties you should;

  • Possess and apply intellect, judgement, and management skills to achieve required results.
  • Must provide effective management of subordinates to achieve desired results. Attributes necessary to meet this need may include communications, motivation, team building, employee involvement, diplomacy, delegating, etc. skills as well as confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Must possess thorough and relevant product knowledge and have experience in the crane and lifting equipment industry.
  • Ability to handle responsibilities with effective interpersonal skills and to effectively interface with others inside and outside the company.
  • Be able to coordinate the execution of engineering and manufacturing schedules based on sales requirements and production capacity.
  • Review and approve all technical quotations and work closely with production to ensure delivery of high quality products and services.
  • Control quality, cost of production, warehousing, receiving and shipping of raw materials through appropriate subordinates.
  • Participate in and assist in the development of long-range plans for the growth and security of the company.
  • Review and approve recommendations and requests of subordinates in matters of personnel and safety.
  • Have direct contact with customers on quotations, technical, production or service matters.
  • Apply intellect, creativity, adaptability, judgement, and management skills to achieve required results.
  • Ensure duties and company projects are accomplished in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Support peers and management with internal and external projects.
  • Adhere to company policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Hours will be 8:30am to 5:00pm 5 days per week Monday to Friday (40 hour working week on an annual salary); Flexibility in working hours will be essential to the successful implementation of this role.

This is a permanent position (following a trial period) and salary is negotiable dependent upon experience and skills.

This position is an immediate requirement; applications are invited from qualified individuals by email to jobs@hoistuk.com, including CV, with copies of any relevant certificates, a covering letter, a statement of availability, salary expectations and references. All references will be taken up and incomplete applications will not be considered.

General Manager Louise Dickson Pursues New Opportunities

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Directors of Hoist UK announce Louise Dickson, General Manager, is leaving the business effective 30th June 2017 to pursue new opportunities closer to her south of England home.

Louise relocated to Surrey in 2016 after accepting a marriage proposal from her fiancé and has been dividing her time between her office at home and Hoist UK’s office in Wirral. As Louise’s wedding date approaches we understand that her travelling schedule is inevitably having an impact but although we’re saddened by Louise’s decision we are nonetheless supportive.

Louise joined Hoist UK in the business’s early years and her 9-year tenure has seen her progress through the business from an administrator, to holding sales and marketing positions and progressing to her position as General Manager working underneath Director’s Paul Jordan and Tony Dickson. Louise has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the business and while the team at Hoist UK will miss Louise, we wish her the very best in her next role and thank her for her 9 years of dedicated service which saw many accomplishments including:

  • Overseeing the businesses expansion and move from their Bromborough office to new premises in Moreton, Wirral’s Tarran Way Industrial Estate in 2015.
  • Developing and managing the Hoist UK Sales and Marketing teams to continue the businesses successful growth.
  • Achieving 5 LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.
  • Trained to NQA standards, Louise has been the businesses ISO auditor helping the business to achieve ISO 9001:2015 accreditation status.
  • SMSTS trained and CITB Site Safety Plus certified.

“It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave Hoist UK, and it is not a decision that has been made with ease. However, living in the south and working in the north has put a lot of pressure on me, and I’m extremely grateful for Paul and Tony’s understanding and for supporting my decision,’ comments Louise. “Paul and Tony have been a pleasure to work for over the past 9 years, and I wish them the best of luck and a successful future with the interesting and exciting projects at Hoist UK.”

We will now begin our search to recruit a new General Manager, we’re looking for a knowledgeable individual with strong industry experience to oversee both our sales and marketing teams, full details of the role are available here.

Again, we cannot thank Louise enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given to all at Hoist UK and she will be greatly missed by the team, directors and clients alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and hope for the opportunity to work with Louise again in the future as she embarks on her new position within the entertainment sector.

Project Partnership

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

We offer technically correct products, which are fit for purpose. Our vast knowledge and experience gained working with the industrial and entertainment sectors is what makes Hoist UK the chosen partner for delivering lifting solutions to customers, architects and contractors across the UK and internationally.

We use the latest 3D solid modelling software to design, manufacture and install robust lifting systems for any purpose, whether it’s a chandelier hoist needed for a lighting feature, a lifting system in a veterinary facility or an overhead lifting and handling solution for a manufacturing cell, we’ll provide a solution that specifically meets the projects requirements for safety, purpose and ease of use.

We believe that working together from the early stages of the planning process will contribute to the success of your project. Using BIM capable software we model the lifting / handling system in a 3D virtual environment to prove the suitability of the planned lifting solution and provide you with the drawings, models and the technical specifications you require to build the lifting solution into your plans at the earliest opportunity helping to control costs and reducing time from inception to project completion.

As a full service provider and proud British manufacturing company we offer a variety of services that can include; design, manufacture, supply, installation, examination, testing, commissioning and training,  We will can also offer advice and look at future pre-planned maintenance activities and inspections required by law on the equipment, once it has been put into service to give your client peace of mind, support and continuity from a market leading lifting and handling equipment specialist.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

To discuss your project with one of our design team please email us at projects@hoistuk.com or call 0151 334 7682.

 

Adapting the Verlinde Eurosystem for a low headroom installation

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Hoist UK recently supplied and installed a steel Verlinde Eurosystem to Lancaster-based manufacturer A House of Stone to facilitate the safe and easy movement of stone within their workshop.

For this project the customer required an overhead handling system that could safely manoeuvre heavy stone in a reduced headroom operation. The Eurosystem ST steel hollow profile overhead handling system was designed with UKA 40 profile beams and suspended double girder crane which is an application ideal for a low headroom solution.

The workshop’s unique ceiling structure meant that our team needed to design and manufacture a bespoke bracket to accommodate very tight headroom issues. Our engineering team installed the system to a very tight tolerance with just 12mm of clearance between the top of the crane and the underside of the precast concrete ceiling…

Download the full case study here

Our New Digital Marketing Executive

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Hoist UK are delighted to announce the appointment a new Digital Marketing Executive as the business continues to undergo further growth.

Eve Pybis has been appointed to the newly created role to provide support to the busy sales team and manage the businesses marketing function. Eve brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing planning, communications and campaign management across online channels and is a valuable addition to the Hoist UK team.

Tony Dickson, Director at Hoist UK said “We are delighted that Eve has joined our expanding team, her wealth of marketing experience will further strengthen the business and contribute to further driving the business forward”

Eve Pybis, Digital Marketing Executive at Hoist UK added “I am delighted to have joined Hoist UK at such an exciting time for the company. Their excellent reputation for technical knowledge and expertise combined with their continuous reinvestment in the business puts them in a strong position in the market, and I’m looking forward to helping drive further growth in our target sectors”.

Space…The Final Frontier

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Truss UK is one of the few remaining British manufacturers of load- bearing aluminium trussing products; they design and manufacture structural aluminium products for the entertainment industry as well as other specialist industry sectors worldwide.

Having recently launched their new aluminium space frame product, Truss UK are pleased to announce that they have supplied the National Theatre (NT) with a large OBLIK system.

OBLIK is a modular space frame system consisting of only three main component types, the largest of weighing in at less than 16kg. The system is lightweight, compact for transport and storage and simple to erect using conventional fixings (nuts and bolts) to create complex aluminium structures that are extremely strong.

Truss UK director Paul Jordan says “The OBLIK space frame system was deployed in the grid of the NT’s Lyttelton theatre and is suspended from the underside of the existing infra structure of the building, fitted in the void between the grid and the roof.”

Paul Jordan adds “Each of the OBLIK frames measures fourteen (14) metres long by three (3) metres wide and weighs only 1,380kg, with all the members in the top and bottom plane of the structure having a load-bearing capacity. After installation each of the OBLIK frames were tested with 9.9 tonnes of live load and performed as it was intended.”

Steve Colley, Head of Automation and Rigging at the NT said “we chose OBLIK for the Lyttleton theatre as this system gives us the flexibility to rig new shows quickly, rigging directly from the OBLIK space frame without having to bridle from the roof structure or move grid stands and point hoists round on the grid for the show setup.”

Paul Jordan added “Rather than show loads being supported by the conventional theatre grid they are now supported fully by the roof structure with the space frame distributing and spreading the loads throughout the system and back to the whole building structure rather than imposing larger point loads on it.”

Truss UK director Tony Dickson said “OBLIK can be used for so much more than lightweight mother grids like at the NT. We also have decking and hand railing components to create suspended walkways, platforms, stages, lighting rigs, ground- supported roof systems and even high load columns.”

Tony Dickson adds “OBLIK has recently been used on the external façade of a building in a central Manchester to support a fourteen (14) metre x eight (8) metre video wall. Conventional steelwork support solutions would have imposed in excess of nine (9) tonnes of additional load to the external face of the building, the OBLIK system only imposed around three (3) tonnes of load, which was more acceptable to the checking engineer”.

For more information on our specialist range of structures and fabrication, please contact: sales@trussuk.com

For further information visit: www.trussuk.com or contact: info@trussuk.com

Christmas Shut Down

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Our offices are currently closed for Christmas. From midday on Friday 23rd December, until 08.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Please feel free to contact us on sales@hoistuk.com as we will be checking emails periodically, however we will respond to non-urgent enquiries on our return in 2017.

Thank you for your continued support over the years, and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

The Hoist UK Team.

A Day in the Life of…James Jordan

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Position at Hoist UK?
Interestingly enough my role at Hoist UK changes depending on what we need. I suppose the official title would be Sales & Marketing Representative.

I do sales, marketing and occasionally get my hands dirty in the workshop which is no replacement for putting on a suit and a pair of English shoes to go out and about seeing new and existing customers.


How Long in This Role?
When I initially started working for Hoist UK 2 years ago, I was brought in as an office junior/designer. My role mainly involved making drinks and designing flyers, advertisements and general marketing materials.
Since those days, I’ve come a long way… I can quote for near enough any industrial or entertainment requirement and I’m looking forward to learning about our sister company’s key product (truss). I can process orders and generate stickers for the equipment that goes out of our doors whilst generally maintaining the image of Hoist and Truss UK both digitally and in print.
I’ve just passed my first LEEA exam (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) and I can’t wait to undertake all of the others, gaining knowledge and experience from colleagues and customers along the way.

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How Did You First Hear About Hoist UK?
In a previous entry for ‘a day in the life of’ you may have heard Tony mention Paul Jordan? Well the clue is in the last name. Paul is my Dad, now I know what you’re thinking, ‘Director Hands His Son a Job’ but I can assure you this is far from the case. For starters my Dad works in a completely different department of our offices therefore my contact with him is limited. Being brought in as an office junior meant that I had to work my way up from the very bottom, taking any opportunities that presented themselves to better myself for the good of the company. Since 2014 I have worked my way from an office junior who worked 2 days a week to working 40 hours + in the job role mentioned above.


What Does A Typical Day At Hoist UK Look Like To You?
I wanted to try and take a different approach to answering this question as the day changes so often depending on what is required.
5:30 am
Rather than being woken up to the smell of cooked bacon, the sound of birds tweeting and sunshine in my eyes. I get the overwhelming pleasure of listening to 2 cats crying at the front door wanting to go out and start their day. Once they’ve been booted out, I go back to bed before starting my day.
6:30 am
Okay, so now it’s time to get up and start the day. But wait, even though I’m sat up and my eyes are open this does not actually mean I’m awake. I usually sit in bed for a further 10-15 minutes in a trance like state before continuing on to getting ready.
8:10 am
So, after a pleasant trip down the M53 we arrive at work ready to start a productive day, but not before being sorted with a hot drink (fuel) to function for the day. Tea, milk, 1 sugar and most importantly brewed in a metal tea pot.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
As I’ve mentioned prior to this paragraph it is very difficult to sum up my usual day in such a short space, most recently I have been sat at my desk design flipping between sales and design mode. Our catalogue gets worked on and I’ve been dealing with some of the sales enquiries as they come in through phone calls and product enquiries on our website. Any products manufactured in our Moreton workshop get stickers designed for them and marketing materials are designed and printed when required. We have a weekly sales meeting which determines what will be worked on the following week. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up so we’re starting to get all the final pieces in place for when it comes around.
5:00 pm +
I’m usually here until I get kicked out, which is usually be any time before 7 pm. I’m no stranger to helping out in the workshop with priority jobs that need to be finished for a customer specified delivery date. I love being here, it’s like a second home!


What Has Been Your Favourite Project/What Is Your Favourite Part of the Job?
If you’ve actually read down to this point then you should be aware that I am responsible for the image of Hoist and Truss UK. We have been currently undergoing a re-brand project for the last year and are coming close to the end. I have especially enjoyed working on our new product catalogues which progress onto the re-design our existing website.


What’s Your Favourite Book?
I don’t have one.


What is Your Favourite Film?
I love my 80’s movies; Back to the Future, Indianan Jones, Star Wars and a personal favourite overall is Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off.


What Was the First Single You Bought?
I’m way too young to be answering this question…When this form was given to me to be completed I believe my exact words were ‘What’s a single?’ I think it’s probably best I pass on this question.


What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?
If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that I made a point of talking about English shoes earlier? During my spare time away from Hoist UK I work for the English shoe manufacturer Church’s. Although the idea of working 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year can be a bit daunting, it’s actually quite enjoyable… Not to mention the additional pennies in my piggy bank.


Finally If You Were Stuck on a Desert Island, What 3 Things Would You Want?
1. A Knife
From my experience of being trapped on deserted islands (mainly obtained from watching Bear Grylls) a knife seems to be key for survival.
2. My iPhone
I know my reception would not be very good when stranded, it’s not even good here… but the reason why I would want my phone is for the WikiHow app. It has a built in survival guide with scenarios ranging from First Aid to Surviving a Shark Attack. All of this works without the need for an internet connection.
3. My Girlfriend
She’s been trying to get me to take a day of work for a while now, so I guess a desert island getawaywould do the trick.

A Day in the Life of…Colin Jones

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Position at HUK?

Well there’s a question I don’t know to be honest as I have not officially been given one but I suppose I would call myself Technical Sales Engineer.

I have been in this industry for almost 25 years having started my career at Chester Chain having a temporary contract for only 2 months due to the full time fitter being on long term sickness, I was repairing all types of lifting gear. I then sat my entry level LEEA’S in them days it was in 2 parts.

I passed both of those and I was offered a full time position due to the chap I was covering was not coming back.

To cut a long story short I became Site test Engineer, Site Charge Hand, Site Foreman, Site Manager and finished there as General Manager.

How Long At This Roll?

I only joined HUK in March of this year, I have personally known Paul, Tony & Louise for many years

And also other members of staff like Phil, Lynn and Kerry so my first day was totally un-nerving and very much relaxing.

Working at HUK is like having an extension of my family we all work closely and everyone gets on.

I must say I’ve been very welcomed.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

Firstly through hoist enquiries etc. in our trade there are not that many companies left out there and we are a specialised industry.

I have seen HUK grow over the years I first visited them at their small unit in the Croft, Bromborough.

And many times when they moved to Wrynose road.

When they moved into the present site here at Moreton I got invited to have a look round and was given a guided tour by Paul never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to now be working here.

I must admit it’s one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.

What’s a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

To be honest very typical of the environment I’m used to, but more up to date with much better facilities and systems in place.

Also a much happier place to work after some of the characters I used to work alongside (we’ll leave that one there I think!!). I enjoy being busy and some of the projects and jobs I get involved in are very interesting.

What has been your favourite project/What is your favourite part of the job?

Well I haven’t been here long enough yet to be able to comment on this, as previous authors

‘Of this A day in the life of’ feature but I try to get involved in most projects and jobs.

I suppose the job to date would be a large production facility in the north west. I initially carried out a site visit, from there a quotation and got the job I then assisted on the installation with the lads on site.

I get a real buzz from every order I get whatever its value and I think the day that buzz goes it’s time to pack in.

What’s your favourite book?

I would like to say the Kama sutra I always said it would be my ambition to try every position in the book!

BUT I still haven’t finished page one yet!!! You never know I may get to finish the book or certainly page one!! (dream dream dream).

But seriously not a big reader never seem to have the time.

What’s your favourite Film

Please don’t laugh but it’s got to be Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory with the late Gene Wilder, I have my own DVD of it even though it’s shown on TV regularly, brilliant film.

I also enjoy Netflix box sets and have recently watched ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Breaking Bad ’

I do like to watch old black & white films especially the British made ones I have a great collection of my own.

What was the first single you bought?

Gilbert O’sullivan ‘Alone Again’

I do have quite a reserved taste in music (Just an old fashioned Lad at heart)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well as most people who know me will tell you Car Rallying it tend s to take up a lot of my spare time, preparing the car, repairs etc.

Hoist UK have been one of my sponsors on the car and van for the last 7 years so even through my hobby there has been a connection. We just finish New Brighton Promenade Stages last weekend and finished 45th O/A out of 98 cars and won trophies for ‘ Best Presented Car ‘

This was the first time out in this car having sold the Peugeot 306 and first time out since my Heart attack back in November.

Finally if you were stuck on a dessert island what 3 things would you want?

  1. Luxury Log Cabin with all amenities.
  2. Wi-Fi.
  3. A Nymphomaniac who’s Dad owns a Pub 🙂

Hoist UK Design, Manufacture & Install Bespoke Crane System

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Hoist UK are a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently designed, supplied, installed & commissioned a bespoke overhead crane system at a large manufacturing plant in the North West.

A simple task one would have thought for one of the country’s leading suppliers and installers of industrial lifting equipment until the client explains that the facility is already finished, jam packed with machinery, ducting and conveyor equipment and in full production. The area is also in a highly sensitive / secretive production facility that also requires a heightened state of cleanliness throughout installation and during use. Oh, and finally the installation has to be completed within a very tight schedule so as not to disrupt production, then the simple just became a little more difficult.

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No stranger to the extraordinary (one look at their website will confirm this), the Hoist UK team set about a design that would weave its way through a maze of duct and pipework and was both simple & practical to install and above all met the timescale and specification from the client.

Hoist UK Technical Sales Engineer, Colin Jones says: “The crane system has a safe working load of 500kg, runway length of 19.5m, and 3.5m span supported by four separate goal post structures, which were mounted avoiding all the site obstructions and pipework, which could not be moved. The system was installed for maintenance of machines which are running 24/7 and the system was successfully installed during in a tight shutdown and maintenance schedule on site.

“Whilst we are unable to divulge who the customer was, they were very happy with the crane system which was installed and commissioned over a three day installation period on their site” comments Hoist UK Technical Director Paul Jordan. “The crane system is a variable speed powered bridge crane fitted with a Verlinde VR electric chain hoist with radio control function” he adds.

“Hoist UK are not only able to provide standard equipment to suit our customer’s needs, but we are also able to supply specialist and bespoke products manufactured here in the United Kingdom using our own in house design and manufacturing facilities. We are UKAS accredited to ISO9001, ISO18001 & ISO14001, and to give the customers additional peace of mind we are also Achilles registered and are SMAS approved installers, our company motto Safety Above All says it all” added General Manager Louise Dickson

Hoist UK is a full member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association).

LEEA is established across the globe as the respected and authoritative representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

For more information on our specialist range of lifting structures and appliances, please contact: sales@hoistuk.com

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com