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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 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 Announces New CyberHoist Distributorship

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS – XLNT Advanced Technologies, manufacturer of the triple award-winning CyberHoist motion control system, has appointed Hoist UK as its Sales Distributor for all XLNT Motion (CyberHoist motion control) products for the UK. This is a fast-growing market, where the CyberHoist system, the world’s leading chain hoist motion control system, is a fully proprietary product, tried and tested on some of the most prestigious international tours and events.

Hoist UK, located on the Wirral peninsula, has a wealth of experience based on formal training and practical site work in industrial factories, theatre installations and the event touring industry, with a wide range of entertainment and industrial lifting equipment in its distribution line.

The new agreement is designed to expand the UK sales, rental and support network for the CyberHoist system, with Hoist UK providing sales and distribution for both rental and installation customers, alongside London based Vertigo, as CyberHoist Service Point, also one of Europe’s longest-standing rental users of the system, who will continue to provide rental, sales, service and maintenance support. Both companies are backed by XLNT Advanced Technologies, which provides manufacturer-level training and backup.

Marc van der Wel, Commercial Director, XLNT Advanced Technologies, comments: “We are very pleased to announce this agreement with an active and dynamic company whose people have such a strong track record with hoist system distribution. Hoist UK’s people have years of experience in the industry, excellent knowledge of rigging, safety issues, training and support for customers, and close connections with many users in the industry. This expansion alongside Vertigo, and with the full backup and support of XLNT, will broaden the strength and geographical breadth for CyberHoist in the important UK entertainment technology market.”

Tony Dickson, director of Hoist UK, added: “I have known the XLNT team for a long time, and I have watched the CyberHoist system’s development since its infancy during my days as manager of PCM, from the drawing board up to the most advanced and the safest chain hoist motion control system in the industry today.

“I feel that the relationship has come full circle and Hoist UK is proud to support the CyberHoist system in the UK. We will make the product available to the professional UK entertainment industry who I know will be able to make full use of the system with some very spectacular events, and with the 2012 Olympics in the planning stages, well, who knows…?”

Paul Jordan, co-director of Hoist UK, commented: “Technically the CyberHoist system, with InMotion 3D control software, surpasses anything else the industry currently offers. It is smooth, quiet and very fast, but the selling point for Hoist UK was that this is the safest chain hoist motion control system on the market – which is our main criteria for choosing a product. Once you own a system you join an exclusive worldwide team whose rental fleets can be made available to you, as yours can be to them; this is product cooperation and networking both here in the UK and on a worldwide scale, and can make what would normally be a huge investment in equipment suddenly economical, allowing for far more impressive systems to be offered.”

The InMotion3D object oriented software and CyberHoist intelligent vari-speed motors offer the complete solution for video screen movement, lighting trusses, set pieces, stage sets etc, “LDs will love the versatility and added dimensions it can offer, technical managers will appreciate the time saving reliability and repeatability of the system and the fact that it is fully certified to BGV-C1 allows for world tours without any re-certification problems,” added Dickson. The CyberHoist system won the PLASA Award for Innovation in conjunction with its InMotion 3D object-oriented control system and the DataMotion and PowerMotion system components from XLNT.

Hoist UK will be promoting the CyberHoist along with XLNT at this year’s PLASA show on Stand K75 and will also have their own fully comprehensive range of hoists, controllers and rigging products on their own dedicated stand, H72, in Hall 2.

XLNT Advanced Technologies develops specialist solutions for a variety of entertainment technology applications across a broad spectrum of audio, lighting and rigging applications.


• Simple easy to learn software:

Our 2 day introduction and training programme provides sufficient knowledge to run the system.

• Smooth, silent acceleration:

With three different weight capacities the whisper-quiet CyberHoist intelligent motors offer a variable speed range from true-zero-speed (0 mm per second) to 2 feet per second with acceleration and deceleration ramps providing shock-less, smooth starts and stops. CyberHoist also has the longest duty cycle capability available on the market, allowing your creative ideas much more freedom to grow than with conventional motion control systems.

• Object-oriented for intuitive precision:

Intuitive InMotion3D CyberHoist Management systems make it easy to translate a designer’s creative ideas into fluid motion in three dimensions. Any show becomes fast to design, programme, rehearse and rig by programming the movement of complete objects, rather than individual motors.

• Safety in motion:

CyberHoist safety standards meet and exceed the world’s toughest regulations. The new, ultra-precise Digital Loadcell, and the dedicated XLNT DataMotion Ethernet data distribution products, ensure the same consistent standards are met at every step in the system.

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