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A-Plant wins North West Business Awards

A-Plant wins North West Business Awards

Leading hire company A-Plant has been declared North West Business of the Year at the UK's 'Business Oscars.' A-Plant picked up the coveted Badenoch & Clark Business of the Year title at the National Business Awards North West Regional Final 2007 hosted in Manchester. More than 500 business leaders and other VIP's attended the prestigious event.

In a remarkable run of success, A-Plant - which has its headquarters in Warrington, Cheshire, and hires out Plant, Tools and Specialist Equipment from over 200 depots nationwide - also triumphed in the Cable & Wireless Award for Customer Focus for the second-year running.

The National Business Awards are the highest accolade that British businesses can aspire to achieve and have been described by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the UK's 'Business Oscars'. Their aim is to reward and recognise exceptional business, best practice and innovation throughout the UK business community. As winner of the North West Business of the Year and the Customer Focus Award, A-Plant automatically goes through to the National Business Awards final hosted in London in November. Winners can then go on to the European Business Awards 2008 in Paris.

A-Plant's Marketing Director Asif Latief said: "These awards are amongst the most fiercely contested in the business arena so we're absolutely delighted to have been recognised for our excellent financial performance, our innovation, our market leadership and our customer-first culture which forms the very essence of our company."

A-Plant, which employs over 2,000 people nationally and forms part of FTSE-250 company Ashtead Group plc, has recently celebrated outstanding financial results for its 2006/7 financial year, with turnover up by 18% to 189.9 million and operating profit up by 45% to 20.1 million.

The National Business Awards are supported by organisations ranging from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors and are the most visible and sought-after endorsement of corporate achievement in the UK. As well as winning Business of the Year and the Customer Focus Award, A-Plant was declared a finalist in the Orange Best Use of Technology in Business Award and was highly commended for both the Corporate Social Responsibility Award and the City & Guilds Employer of the Year Award.

A-Plant has some 30,000 customers in the construction and industrial markets and has over 110,000 items of plant, tools and specialist equipment available to hire - from large plant such as dumpers, excavators and telehandlers, to smaller equipment including air tools, gardening equipment and lifting and safety equipment, as well as specialist equipment including powered access machines, accommodation units and rail equipment.