GGR Group are Company of the Year at Hire Industry Awards

Mini crane hire and lifting solutions specialists GGR Group were delighted to take home two trophies from the Hire Awards of Excellence 2014, which took place at The Savoy Hotel in London on Saturday 12th April 2014.

The Hire Awards of Excellence 2014 are run by Hire Association Europe and celebrate the success of hire and rental companies in the plant, tool and event equipment industries.GGR Group is a leading supplier of UNIC mini spider cranes, glass handling equipment and restricted access lifting machinery to the construction and glazing industry, employing over 100 staff across three UK branches with a European network of mini crane dealers in 27 countries.

(Left to right: Host Nick Knowles, Managing Director Gill Riley, Marketing Manager Lisa Tomlinson, Technical Support Director Scott Ainsworth, Technical Director Craig Parkin, representative from award sponsors MHM Plant)

At the awards dinner hosted by TV personality Nick Knowles, GGR Group was declared the winner of the HAE Company of Year (up to five outlets) award, sponsored by MHM Plant Ltd. This was the first time that GGR Group has participated in the awards and as part of the entry process GGR was asked to demonstrate high standards of professionalism, customer service and health and safety, as well as evidence of strong company values, a supportive workplace and development of staff. 

Entries were judged by a panel of hire industry experts and senior members of relevant trade bodies and associations. On presenting the award, host Nick Knowles called GGR’s entry “refreshing” and “one of the best entries we have ever received in this category”. 

GGR also received a second trophy for being Highly Commended in the “Website of the Year” category (overall winner was HSS Hire) for , which was recognised for its excellent content and usability.

GGR Group’s Managing Director Gill Riley attended the event with other members of her team. Gill comments, “The team have worked tirelessly to provide safer lifting solutions for our customers and make GGR the success it is today so I’m thrilled that we can take home two trophies to reward all their hard work and effort. I’d also like to thank the award sponsors and Hire Association Europe for putting on such a fantastic event.”


GGR has transformed from a small start-up business with £5,000 worth of investment in 1995 to a £16 million pound success. Despite economic challenges over the last few years, GGR has continued to grow at an extraordinary pace as a successful hire business, seeing an increase in hire revenue of a massive 67% between 2010 and 2013. GGR Group has also been shortlisted for a European Rental Award in the Small/ Mid-sized Rental Company of the Year category this year.

To find out more about GGR Group’s range of compact cranes and lifting solutions for hire visit



Editors Notes

With depots in Glasgow, Manchester and Long Crendon, GGR Group is currently Europe’s leading supplier of vacuum handling equipment, compact pick and carry cranes, Unic mini spider cranes and restricted access lifting machinery, along with a variety of complementary products and services.

Established in 1995, the family-run business employs over 90 people in the UK and 30 dealers across Europe and the United Arab Emirates. 

GGR Group consists of seven brands- UNIC Cranes Europe, GGR Glass, GGR Galizia, GGR AirLift, GGR Cladding, GGR Rail and GGR Gulf.  Our mini cranes and lifting equipment have proven invaluable for vast range of industries including marine & shipyards, rail, oil & gas, construction, glazing and more.

To find out more about GGR’s values and product range please visit

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