New London home for LGH

4 April 2019


Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) has relocated its London depot from Rainham, Essex to the Crayside Industrial Estate in Crayford, with the new facility becoming operational at the start of 2019.

The move to the new site aligns with growth strategy, said the company, and allows LGH to stock a greater volume and breadth of lifting, rigging and safety equipment. LGH has additional sites in Aberdeen, and a national rental and customer contact centre in Manchester.

Colin Naylor, managing director at LGH, said: “The original warehouse was shared with a sister company, Rotrex Winches, and we always planned to relocate to an independent site within 18 months of opening [in February 2017]. First it was important to embed ourselves back into the marketplace and gain an understanding of client demographic and the level of demand the region would place upon the facility.

“Business [in London] is very buoyant across several sectors, including infrastructure, utilities, construction, and industrial projects.”

The company has also gained silver accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), a voluntary organisation that promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. The accreditation is a prerequisite for any fleet operating in the London area. By meeting the silver FORS standard, a company’s fleet is deemed compliant with Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) standards and with Transport for London’s (TfL) Work Related Road Risk (WRRR).

Naylor added: “We are continuing to grow our business, and this is achieved most cost effectively via organic growth. Additional locations add cost to a business, so we will only do this where the opportunity exists to grow quickly and sustainably. Technology has changed significantly in the last 20 years or so and with good IT and communications, together with a slick and efficient logistics network, there really is no need to be operational in every town or city when operating a specialist business proposition.”