Inside one of A-Plant's recently opened London Tool Hire Express stores, at Park Royal.

Inside one of A-Plant's recently opened London Tool Hire Express stores, at Park Royal.

Rental company A-Plant has increased its presence in London with the opening of a Tool Hire Express store in the north west of the UK capital.

The store, in Park Royal, will hire and sell small equipment and consumable for professional and do-it-yourself users. It is the latest in a series of stores that A-Plant has rolled out across the UK in recent months.

Regional sales director Steve King said that environmental factors were an important consideration in the location of the store.

“We carry out a great deal of business in London and Park Royal was identified as a key growth area with lots of potential,” said Mr King.

“We already have a Tool Hire Express store in London City and our new Park Royal location will allow us to serve even more customers around the capital with our smaller equipment ranges.

“At A-Plant, reducing carbon footprint is a key driver and this new branch will help us to run our transport fleet more efficiently. We can rapidly deliver equipment to customers in north and north west London, while making it economical and convenient for our customers to collect equipment from us and be back on-site almost immediately.”

As part of its efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, A-Plant recently became the first plant, tool and equipment rental company in the UK to achieve Whole Fleet Accreditation under Transport for London’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The process involved a stringent audit of almost 1500 cars, vans and HGVs. The purpose of the FORS is to raise the level of quality within fleet operations and to demonstrate which operators are achieving best practice in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, driver training and reducing vehicle emissions.

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