JARVIE Plant has reported a “sharp return” on its investment in a depot in Astley, near Manchester, which opened less than a year ago.

The Grangemouth-based firm said sales at its first English venture are increasing by between 10 and 20% month-on-month, with construction activity booming in the region.

Jarvie acquired a 3-acre site and invested in a range of hire equipment including telehandlers, dumpers, excavators, site accommodation, vehicles, generators and lighting.

Regional operations manager Dave Ingleby said, “Our customers range from small to large businesses in a diverse mix of sectors and we have quickly established a name for providing high quality plant and a reliable service. We are aiming to provide a customer focused service where we understand the client’s needs and we’ll go that extra mile to meet the requirements of developers and contractors.”

Jarvie said this “proactive approach” is winning the business new clients such as a property developer working on the conversion of a bonded warehouse in Manchester city centre. A tailored package of accommodation units, a power generator, small dumper and excavator were all delivered along with an 18m telehandler.

Another customer is a groundworks contractor who currently has static welfare units on hire at three housing developments in Crosby, Handforth and St Helens. Jarvie said a cladding firm has “several” rough terrain fork trucks, with one operating as far south as Welshpool.

Jarvie hopes to capitalise on some of the major infrastructure projects taking place in the north west of England. A £1 billion extension of Manchester Airport is underway and the Metrolink system is being extended with a new 3.4-mile line to the Trafford Centre.

Dave Ingleby added, “With so much activity across the region it is vital that developers complete their projects safely, on time and within budget. Using our own transportation we can deliver vital plant equipment direct to site and we are finding this proactive, helpful service is being well received.”