The Hire Association Europe (HAE) has announced a major restructuring of its business operations to capitalise on the success of its SafeHire Certification scheme, optimise revenue and improve the efficiency of its training and recruitment services for the event hire, specialist tools and plant hire sectors.
Membership and Certification Services will become separate divisions within HAE from June, a move designed to benefit members by targeting resources more effectively, says Graham Arundell, who will step down as managing director to take up a part-time role as CEO to oversee implementation of the new set-up and achieve UKAS accredited status.
SafeHire became an integral part of the HAE membership package four years ago and there has been a huge take-up by businesses keen to demonstrate safety credentials. HAE will initially focus on further developing the SafeHire process and income, which will be reinvested for the benefit of the hire industry, through collaboration with other trade bodies and schemes. The eventual aim is to achieve UKAS accreditation within 18 months, offering a number of ISO certifications.
“Splitting the Membership and Certification Services into separate divisions allows members to receive an even more focused provision,” says Arundell. “This, coupled with additional senior employee appointments, means that we have the employees and structure in place to drive the organisation forward in the years ahead.”