HSS Hire – Actively managing its property portfolio
The HSS Hire Group is a leading provider of tools, equipment and related services in the UK and Ireland. Its nationwide network ensures easy access to an extensive range that has grown to include specialist capabilities including power solutions business, ABird, powered access provider, UK Platforms, heating and cooling specialists, All Seasons Hire, and cleaning equipment services, Reintec.
Operating under the banner of HSS Hire, the group has an established nationwide network of over 280 locations including a number of supercentres with extended opening hours.
The company also runs a dedicated training division, HSS Training, whilst HSS Onecall offers customers a one-stop shop for all of their hire needs.
Multiple versions of the truth
Before implementing the Qube Global Software solution in 2012, HSS Hire did not have an existing property management system in place. Instead, estate information had been kept in different spreadsheets and files, leading to multiple versions of the truth.
Kurt Mather, Property Director at HSS Hire, said: “With the information for over 200 properties held on spreadsheets, there was potential for problems. It also meant that it was difficult to quickly relay information to senior management.”
With multiple new branches opening every year, HSS Hire needed to implement a property management system to accommodate company growth.
A smooth implementation
HSS Hire wanted a central database where they could record multiple use of properties, for example sub-let floor space. They also needed a clear numbering system to highlight property structure and content, and any changes to the database had to be trackable. Perhaps most importantly, the system needed to be easy to use and easy to report from.
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