GAP’s supply contribution awarded by major customer

GAP Hire Solutions has won the Best Contribution by Supply Chain Award from Welsh Water, one of GAP’s major accounts, after being nominated by the company itself for its collaborative work with their Capital Delivery Alliance.

Within the capital investment programme framework, GAP is Welsh Water’s primary plant and welfare supplier, proactively offering innovative products to improve the safety and environmental performance of the Alliance’s construction sites. This falls in line with the rental company’s Green Action Plan initiative, within which GAP works with both its suppliers and customers to develop and introduce greener products to reduce their respective carbon footprints.

There are numerous environmentally friendly and safety conscious products offered by GAP including solar powered street lighting which produces zero emissions and requires no cabling or complex control system, making it ideal for public spaces. GAP has also invested in Eco Welfare Units of various sizes, recently becoming the first hire company to invest in the Ecosmart ZERO Welfare Cabin from AJC EasyCabin. Another recent investment sees GAP prioritising safety with the purchase of Wacker Neuson’s Dual View Dumper, which reduces the risks associated with reduced vision and reversing while operating plant machinery.

As with all its customers, GAP has adopted a partnership approach while working with the Capital Delivery Alliance site teams to ensure that it meets the company’s requirements and deadlines. On top of this, innovation is continuously driven by GAP offering free trials or free training on certain products. GAP has offered free trials on battery powered hand-held tools which Welsh Water has benefitted from. These tools eliminate the need for cables or exhaust emissions, both contributing to a safer working environment, especially in confined spaces.

During an urgent project, undertaken by a company within the Alliance, GAP provided Welsh Water with a much-needed gantry and supporting safety equipment. Due to the extremely sensitive location of the project being in the Restaurant Quarter of Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, and very close to the Welsh National Assembly building, disruption had to be kept to a minimum. GAP provided its customers with a quick solution which was developed, with equipment sourced and supplied at very short notice, by the company’s Lifting depot in Cardiff. GAP played a pivotal role in the successful outcome of this project by being able to quickly react to the Alliance’s exacting requirements.

Welsh Water Award

On receiving the award, Major Account Manager at GAP, Anthony Thacker, commented: “We are honoured to have been nominated for this award by the Alliance and to win it is fantastic. It is wonderful to have our hard work, customer service and reliability recognised in such a way by our customers.”

GAP is instrumental in supporting the Alliance’s vision as a key supply chain partner. Being present on many Alliance sites and proactively investing in new state of the art plant and welfare equipment to ensure that Welsh Water receives the most modern equipment, which also improves environmental and safety performance, is what led GAP to taking home the Best Contribution by Supply Chain Award.