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A Day In The Life of…..Louise Dickson

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

We would like you to get to know our team here at Hoist UK…We will be running a series of

‘A Day in the Life of…’

through our news page & social media accounts. Next under the spotlight is our General Manager, Louise Dickson

Position at HUK?

General Manager – I unintentionally followed in my fathers footsteps. I was 18 and didn’t take to the university lifestyle, I’d never thought about a career in the lifting industry (My DADS industry…!) I guess I saw it as a male-oriented profession.”  I was at a point where the job I was doing was boring and mundane, and having known of past projects that my dad had been involved in, I thought lets give this a go. At first, it was tough, I never expected to still be here 8 years later but here I am —and I’ve not looked back.

How long in this role?

Well I have been working for the company for 8 years, starting off by just answering the phone and taking the simple enquiries, (oh and making cups of tea for my dad & Paul) My dad had me trained well…I’ve been making his tea since I could boil the kettle 🙂

Having taken a keen interest into the business, over the years I’ve learned a great deal about the industries that we work in, and I have in the last two years passed five on my LEEA examinations.

My official title is now General Manager, but we all do whatever it takes here to get the job done, from quoting projects, doing site visits, driving the fork lift truck, and packing boxes.


How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

As discussed above, it’s my dads business with his partner Paul. I was aware of what he did, and as a 16 year old teenie bopper, I had a keen interest in some of the projects he worked on. He would come home and tell us about the equipment Tomcat had supplied for all the major tours and big artists at the time. We would watch TV and I would point out all the clever stuff my dad had been involved in making to all my friends.
I can remember him pointing proudly at the TV when the BRITs were televised in 2002, telling us all about the lifting and rigging equipment. For the record, it was the year Shaggy took home the International Male Solo Artist award, and ‘performed’ Me Julie on a flying gold bed 🙂

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

My day is different every day here at Hoist UK. I can spend days at a time working on big tender projects, or a few minutes working on a spare parts quote. Other days I will travel around the country visiting clients, or attending site visits and measuring up for jobs. There really isn’t a day that is ever the same. Some days I have my accounts hat on, other days I have my sales hat on. But it keeps the job interesting having such a varied workload.

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

I don’t actually remember specific details of a project, but I do find the entertainment industry more interesting, and I love hearing about the venues that our equipment is being installed in. From a small lighting bar in a school, to a full performer flying system for the likes of Boyzone or other top celebrities. The industrial side of the business is also very interesting, visiting big food processing plants, and factories seeing how things are manufactured etc. It’s certainly an interest I never thought I would have back when I was in school.

What is your favourite book?

This is a difficult question, as I don’t read as much as an adult as I did as a child. But I’d say, going back to my childhood the BFG was one of my favourites, and I’m excited about the new film that is due out at the end of this month. Although they never do capture everything your imagination has to offer from reading a book.

What Is your favourite film?

OK, so this is a bit stereotypical and cringe worthy, but it has to be Dirty Dancing. I remember having the VHS as a child, my dad had recorded it off the telly, and it had the adverts running between various parts of the film. Even when I watch it now, I remember the parts of the film when the adverts would start…and I know pretty much all the words…not so much all the moves with my two left feet 🙂

What was the first single you bought?

Hmmm…the first single I remember knowing all the words to was by Donnie and Marie Osmond, the morning side of the mountain. My mum had it on one of them small records, before tapes & CD’s, we used to sing into our hairbrushes, and put the handle back on the start of the record over and over again. But the first single I actually remember buying, must have been a Take That album. Quite possibly still a guilty pleasure of mine!!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, I love to keep fit. Running and Yoga are my favourite things to do after work to unwind from the busy days. I recently completed a half marathon for charity and raised over £1500.00 for a hospice that is close to my heart. But spending time with my family & friends is what I enjoy most.

Finally, if you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want?

Does a lifetime supply of fine red wine count as one? If so, I’ll take the wine supply, along with a cheese and biscuits supply, and my boyfriend <3

Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.


“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

Colin Jones comments “I have known Paul & the team for many years and I was happy to be given the opportunity to work for such a dynamic and growing company. Their technical approach to project based work and their depth of product knowledge that allows them to attract such high profile projects excites me. I am really looking forward to the fresh challenge, and particularly working on projects like ISO rated clean room systems, ATEX applications and to be working more within the entertainment industry”.

Louise Dickson, General Manager of Hoist UK adds “We are pleased to welcome Colin to the Hoist UK family; he has got a great personality and will be a real asset both on site advising clients and in the office mentoring some of our other staff that are new to the industry”.

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Hoist UK Become Full Members of LEEA

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Hoist UK have recently completed a full LEEA audit, and have been granted full membership of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) effective from 1st August 2014.

LEEA is the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide, and has played a key role in this specialised field for over seventy years offering members advice and training on standards, regulations and health and safety within the lifting equipment profession.

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“Becoming full LEEA members marks another step towards our commitment to the safety and training of our employees and assuring customers that they are our top priority, this goes hand in hand with our most recent accreditations in quality management (ISO: 9001) and environmental management (ISO: 14001)” says Louise Dickson General Manager of Hoist UK.

Paul Jordan, Director of Hoist UK Comments: “We have been working on this since applying for development membership in the autumn 2013, and are extremely proud to have achieved full membership in such a short space of time.” He adds: “Without the hard work and dedication of our staff, this would not have been possible”.

LEEA is actively involved in all aspects of the industry, promoting the highest technical and safety standards and representing the interests of their members worldwide.

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Hoist UK Welcomes Geoff Cromwell

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Lifting equipment specialists Hoist UK are continuing with their structured growth, this time expanding the engineering and installation side of the business,  Geoff Cromwell joins them as their new Lifting Equipment Engineer. Geoff brings with him over 40 years of experience within the lifting equipment industry, having being previously employed with Aabacas Cranes, Fellow Stringer, Pfaff Silberblau / PCM and most recently with LTM.

“Feeling part of a team is sometimes daunting when you start with a new company” says Hoist UK director Paul Jordan, “but Geoff has worked with some of the team before, he was at Aabacas with Wayne Ridgeley for six years and worked alongside Tony Dickson for ten years at Pfaff and PCM and I have known him for several years myself, he has already fitted in and is a valued member of the Hoist UK team” he adds.

Geoff will be heading the engineering team, responsible for the general day to day running of the workshop, as well as on site installations & LOLER inspections. Tony Dickson Comments ‘I Have known Geoff for over 15 years and it is great to be working with him again, Geoff’s experience and work ethic are admirable, we are lucky to have him on board and he adds depth to our already formidable team.”

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Geoff Cromwell comments “I am excited to start a new challenge with Hoist UK and look forward to working with Tony and Wayne again. It’s good to be getting involved with all aspects of the lifting game and being involved with projects right from start to finish. Some of the projects I have seen already are innovative and cover the full range of industries; it’s just a great place to work and great people to work with”.

Louise Dickson, General Manager of Hoist UK adds: “Geoff’s previous experience and qualifications, including his four LEEA qualifications, are a great asset to Hoist UK and further the companies and my own personalcommitment towards training our staff to the highest possible level, which results in our offering customers an unrivalled service; we pride ourselves on supplying and installing technically correct and safe products.”

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Leading Role

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Having trodden the boards at Hoist UK since 2008, it’s time for the company’s new general manager, Louise Dickson, to step into the spotlight. By Richard Howes

Louise Dickson followed her father, Tony, into the lifting business. He was general manager at Tomcat UK, a division of an American-headquartered company largely known for its truss systems, before he and Paul Jordan founded Hoist UK in 2006, where she now holds the same position.

She knew what a hoist was at a younger age than most of the industry’s leading engineers, even if her father’s involvement in the entertainment business made it an easier sell than if he were providing equipment for the industrial sector.

“I was aware of what he did,” Dickson says. “And I had a keen interest in some of the projects he worked on. He would come home and tell us about the equipment Tomcat had supplied for all the major tours and big artists at the time. We would watch TV and I would point out all the clever stuff my dad had been involved in making to all my friends.”

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Dickson can even chart her memories of pointing proudly at the lifting and rigging equipment when the UK music awards, the BRITs, were televised in 2002. She was 16 years old at the time. For the record, it was the year Shaggy took home the International Male Solo Artist award, while comedian Ali G, who “performed” with Shaggy on the night, made a cameo appearance.

“At that point my dad was the divisional manager for PCM [a division of Pfaff-silberblau] and he was at the show, which was televised live and my dad was operating some of the equipment being used to fly video screens and Ali G onto the stage. From then on, whenever we went to the theatre, he would point out the kit above the stage and explain to me how it all worked and went together.”

A man’s world

Dickson’s future appeared written in the stars but she saw a fundamental barrier to entry. “Actually,” she says, “I had never thought about a career in the lifting industry, I guess because I used to see it as a male-oriented profession.”

It was actually her father’s business partner and Hoist UK co-founder Paul Jordan who changed her perspective. The company had gone through its first growth period and had moved to a larger office with a workshop.

“They were really busy,” Dickson recalls, “and they needed some help on the office side. I was in a position where I couldn’t progress my career any further in my job and, as I had said since that BRITs show, I was really interested in the business, so when Paul approached me to see if I would like to join their team I jumped at the chance.

“I actually really just wanted the opportunity to be involved in some way and never thought I would get to this position, but I decided to give it a go—and I’ve not looked back since.”

She adds: “I have a great relationship with my dad both at home and at work but in the daily running of the business it is Paul that I work with. He says he saw the potential in me right from the start and looking back I can see that now; he spent a lot of time training me on product at first, then when we took on more office staff he would take me on site visits and have me help out in the workshop.”

Jordan says: “I recognised her potential almost immediately and we have guided her progress, letting her gain a thorough knowledge through various roles leading up to this present position. Louise’s ability to not only head the sales team, but also her leadership skills, industry and product knowledge, make her the perfect candidate to take on the role.”

Dickson returns the compliment: “Tony and Paul are great to work for, and I’m not just saying that because one is my dad. Their work ethic is admirable, and they are so enthusiastic about the products and the industry. They really are outstanding role models for anyone with ambition; I could not have asked for better mentors.”

As the planets continued to align in those early days at Hoist UK, Dickson met another huge influence on her career—and her life—in Siobhan Hitchen, who is managing director of Rope Assemblies and was recently named the first female director of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), where Hoist UK is a member company.

“Siobhan is one of the first females I met when I started working for Hoist UK,” says Dickson. She goes further: “She’s probably the reason that I am in the position I am in today.

“When I went to the first PLASA [entertainment show] a shy and uncertain sales administrator, we shared a stand with Rope Assemblies and Siobhan kind of took me under her wing as she had been in the same position some years earlier. Her advice and continued support has, and is, a great help to me. She is a very strong, ambitious lady, who is greatly respected in our industry. She is an inspiration to any young person—especially females.”

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Hoist UK Appoint General Manager

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Hoist UK are proud to announce that Louise Dickson has been appointed General Manager of the company.

Hoist UK director, Paul Jordan comments: “Louise has been with the company for over 6 years now; we recognised her potential almost immediately and we have guided her progress through the company letting her gain a thorough knowledge of the company through various roles leading up to this present position”

“Louise’s ability to not only head the sales team, but also her leadership skills, industry and product knowledge make her the perfect candidate to take on the role as General Manager for Hoist UK” adds Paul Jordan.

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Louise Dickson comments: “I am excited to take on this new role as General Manager; I feel I have now gained the necessary skills and have great mentors in Paul and Tony. I have been with Hoist UK for almost as long as it has been trading, I have seen the company develop greatly since I started, and I look forward to growing it further in the future”.

“Louise takes everything we throw at her in her stride; since starting she has worked in all departments and shown an aptitude for all of them. As well as covering all of the office disciplines Louise has worked in the workshop, is a dab hand at packing, she is our stand by FLT driver and is the driving force in having all our staff completing the full spectrum of LEEA qualifications. She really does lead by example” adds Hoist UK director Tony Dickson.

Hoist UK are a supplier and manufacturer of lifting & rigging equipment in the UK. They pride themselves on the supply and installation of technically correct products, and work within a number of specialist industries from ISO rated Clean rooms & ATEX Cranes to performer flying equipment.

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Hoist UK Offer FREE Stagemaker Motor School

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

To coincide with the release of the Stagemaker SR Electric Chain Hoist from Verlinde; Hoist UK are offering FREE motor school’s to all UK based customers.

The course is fully authorised and approved by Verlinde SAS and will take place over one full day at Hoist UK’s premises on the Wirral. The course will be presented by Tony Dickson, who is a Director of Hoist UK and in his past presented over 90% of the UK motor schools for Tomcat UK and PCM.

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The course will give the delegate a basic understanding of the hoist mechanics and electrics as well as demonstrating how to operate the unit safely. There will also be a ‘practical session’ where you will get a real “hands on” experience with the Stagemaker SR, participate in fault finding tasks and receive guidance on how to identify spare parts.

“We feel that our clients deserve to be given the time to thoroughly understand our products and services” says Tony Dickson, Director of Hoist UK Ltd. “With the launch of a new hoist, the course will allow them to get a working knowledge the product, and build confidence when they are specifying, or buying” he adds.

Fellow Director Paul Jordan says “We are very excited about the launch of the Stagemaker SR, and feel that by offering this free course that it will not only demonstrate how easy this hoist is to use, but how quick and efficient the maintenance really is”.

“After several years of successful collaboration with Hoist UK, and the excellent reputation and technical background of Tony Dickson in entertainment sector, it was an obvious decision for Verlinde to choose Hoist UK to develop and deliver the training in the UK” says Verlinde Marketing Manager Jean-Yves Beaussart. “The STAGEMAKER SR lends itself well for use in all types of venues (for inverted or upright configuration) and offers the highest levels of manufacture and safety” he adds.

The high reliability of the STAGEMAKER hoist is unquestionably proven by the tens of thousands of models already in use around the world, the STAGEMAKER SR model is innovative in its simple design and approach to easy maintenance.

“It is the only model on the market that is equipped as standard with a double lifting brake, custom CHAINFlux® chain guide, patented Perfect Push® load wheel, retractable handgrips and rubber bumpers, but you will learn more about that in the course” says Dickson.

All motor school bookings will be scheduled through Louise Dickson at their offices, but Hoist UK are offering a virtually open invitation to all their industry colleagues and the course is suitable for all; hardened industry professionals, people new to the industry and students alike.

For more information on training courses and dates or to arrange a visit please contact our training team on: or +44 (0)151 334 7682.

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Hoist UK Supplies Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the Coldest Journey

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Bromborough based business Hoist UK have donated a range of lifting equipment to help the team of explorers headed by veteran polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. ‘The Coldest Journey’ is the last remaining polar challenge;  where the ice team will attempt the 2,000 mile crossing of Antarctica in winter – a journey that has for many years been thought too perilous to try.

Hoist UK have donated a range of lifting gear including manual chain hoists, slings and shackles to help the team carry out various scientific tasks in the extreme polar environment, which will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the true effects of global warming on the Antarctic continent.

Louise Dickson, Sales Manager for Hoist UK had the once in a lifetime opportunity to interview Fiennes aboard the SA Agulhas docked alongside the HMS Belfast on the river Thames prior to its departure on Thursday 6th December. He told Hoist UK that only technological advancements and improvements to modern day equipment make possible the world’s first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic in winter.

Sir Ranulph told Hoist UK that the main drive to complete the expedition was to raise $10m for the charity ‘Seeing Is Believing’ who are working towards preventing & treating blindness worldwide. Fiennes experienced ten days of snow blindness during a previous expedition, so knows just how valuable sight restoration can be.

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