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A-Plant awarded public sector framework agreement

A-Plant has announced it is an approved Buying Solutions supplier, having been successfully awarded a Buying Solutions Framework Agreement for the provision of Plant Hire Equipment, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and Training Services to the public sector.

Buying Solutions is the national procurement partner for UK public services. Its primary role is to maximise the value for money obtained by Government departments and other public bodies through the procurement and supply of goods and services. Following a rigorous evaluation and selection process, the Framework Agreement (RM632: Building Materials & Associated Managed Services, Lots 5 and 6) was awarded to A-Plant for the supply of a full range of equipment including Excavators, Forklift Trucks, Dumpers, Rollers, Access Equipment, Traffic Control Products, Power Generation Equipment and Accommodation Units, as well as PPE and Training Services. Under the new agreement, all public sector bodies will have access to a wide range of A-Plant products and services, being assured of the quality of A-Plant’s operation.

A-Plant’s National Account Manager Graham Anderson said: “We are delighted to be confirmed by Buying Solutions as an approved supplier of Equipment and Training. It demonstrates our continued commitment to provide the public sector with value for money and expert products and services to support the UK public sector’s drive for cost efficiencies.”

The Framework Agreement furthers A-Plant’s partnership with the UK public sector, which continues to be a key part of A-Plant’s business. As the largest Professional Buying Organisation (PBO) with a legal remit to trade across the whole of UK public services, Buying Solutions provides public sector procurement professionals with a route to the products and services they need to maximise procurement efficiency and value for money.

As an Executive Agency of the Office of Government Commerce in the Treasury, Buying Solutions facilitates the buying process in a vast and highly complex marketplace. The organisation’s diverse customer base spans the biggest central government departments, NHS Trusts and local councils, through to the smallest schools.

A-Plant, which forms part of the FTSE-250 company Ashtead Group plc and has excess of 110,000 items of Plant, Tools and Specialist Equipment available to hire from over 115 Service Centres nationwide, is committed to providing the best hire service in Europe which is reinforced by the company's recent accreditation to both the ISO 14001:2004 standard and OHSAS 18001:2007 specification covering health and safety and environmental procedures. The dual recommendation by the British Standards Institute (BSI) is the first to be achieved by a national rental company in Europe and A-Plant is also the first major player in the European hire industry to achieve certification that covers the entire scope of the company's operations encompassing all of the company's Service Centres.

A-Plant's Customer Training Solutions Centre offers a wide range of Training, including courses in connection with Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels, Working at Height, Safety Harness Awareness, Fall Arrest, Driver Load/Unload and Site Safety Awareness including CSCS test preparation. A-Plant offers both IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) accredited Training and is also an Accredited Training Provider by NPORS.