Blade divides businesses to specialise
By Maria Hadlow18 October 2010
UK company Blade Access has been sold for an undisclosed sum and will now be renamed Blade Access Specialists Ltd. The company will focus on the access rental market and, in particular, the truck mounted platform sector. Mark Bell will be a director of the new Specialists company.
Blade Access was originally formed as a window cleaning company. This element of the business has now been separated from the platform hire and sold as part of the same deal but to a different company.
The Blade Group of companies will now consist of Blade Access Specialists Ltd, Blade Access Window Cleaning LLP and Blade Access Maintenance Ltd. Two further companies will be developed to form part of the Blade Access group in the first quarter of 2011.
Mr Bell said, "We are very positive about the future of Blade Access Specialists in particular and the separation of our window cleaning business will now allow us to directly focus on what we do best in the platform rental market.
"In addition to our new specialists company, we have also taken delivery of yet another brand new Palfinger Wumag WT700. This new truck mounted platform has been introduced to our fleet as part of the Blade Access Specialists strategic growth plan. Again, the 70m platform has been mounted on a specially adapted MAN 32 t chassis, which was also built to European specification standards as it is unavailable in the UK. The platform has also being painted in our distinctive blue and white colour scheme.
"The WT700 will further strengthen our large truck mount platform range and has been delivered with perfect timing for the start of Blade Access Specialists Ltd."
Mr Bell went on to say, "I am delighted with the achievements we have made to date. With no previous industry knowledge we have managed not only to establish and grow a thriving business, but also to provide our clients with a unique service that is hard to compete with. Every quarter over the last three years Blade Access has significantly increased business which is a remarkable achievement for a new company in a competitive market place, especially in the current climate."