SHB Acquires Acklea

Specialist vehicle hire and management company SHB Hire Ltd has acquired the UK’s Leading Traffic Management Equipment Supplier, Acklea Ltd.

This acquisition is in line with SHB’s strategic growth targets and vision to be the UK’s leading partner of choice for equipment to the Highways Maintenance and Infrastructure market.  The Wiltshire based company will continue to operate from its base in Calne and deliver customer excellence to the Traffic Management market as a division of SHB.

Both companies are focused on delivering solutions with a strong emphasis on operator and equipment safety. Bringing together the two companies takes advantage of both team’s skills, specialist knowledge and extensive vehicle portfolios. This means we can offer the customer a leading one-stop-shop Highway solution.

Commenting on the acquisition Managing Director, Paul Street, of SHB said, “We are delighted to have had this opportunity to bring together two very strong companies, allowing us to leverage years of experience and skills from the teams.

Acklea have a fantastic product in the Traffic Management vehicles they produce, which are designed and built in Calne, and by adding this to our already strong rental offering for the Highways sector we have cemented our place as the leading UK provider.”

Acklea Director, David Phizacklea, said, “Acklea has been at the forefront of the UK Traffic Management Vehicle Industry with our vehicle designs and equipment and we are delighted to be able to grow our business with the support of a national company who is in a position to invest and grow the business and offer broad opportunities for our employees.  SHB was a perfect fit for our company values and vision for the future.”

Dave Phizacklea and Martin Potter will be remaining in the business, so for both the SHB and Acklea customers this is very much business as usual but with the combined capabilities it’s a chance for current and future customers to really benefit from the overall growth in SHB’s infrastructure and support network.