The winners of the Hire Awards of Excellence were announced on Saturday night (April 22, 2017) at an awards ceremony held within the Ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane. Organised by Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA), the awards represent the best in the industry for plant, tool, hire and event equipment.

The evening began with an opening speech from HAE EHA’s managing director, Graham Arundell, who announced that the association had recently received an award of its own – The Innovation Award for commitment to Skills and Training. Presented by Plantworx it recognised HAE EHA’s commitment to innovation, following the development of Virtual Reality for Health and Safety training.

BBC broadcaster and journalist, Steph McGovern, took to the stage to host the awards presentation. Winners on the night included many of the UK’s leading hire companies, along with several independents from the construction and event industry with 16 awards presented in total.

Arundell said: “Once again, the Hire Awards of Excellence proved to be a fantastic evening and gave us the opportunity to come together as an association and an industry to applaud our collective success. As always, we were delighted with the support we received from our membership. The return to the venue after 5 years was a great success, the newly refurbished Ballroom at the Grosvenor House Hotel, with its square proportions, gave us the perfect space. The awards were established to recognise best practice in the hire and event industry and it was particularly pleasing to see some of the industry’s independent hirers amongst the winners on the night.”

For a full list of winners, see here.