Part of Heathcote Holdings Group and owners of South Coast-based Hire Access Platforms – FGS Plant is run by Divisional Managing Director Stuart Willy.
The deal was completed on 31st March resulting in Clements Chairman and majority shareholder Jim Longstaff leaving the company. Current Managing Director, Adrian Hutchinson will remain along with the rest of the team.
“I believe that FGS are an excellent fit for Clements and the fact that Stuart wished to keep the team together was a fundamental factor in the decision to take advantage of their approach” stated Longstaff (54).
“We are very impressed with the way the business is run” stated Stuart Willy “We see huge synergies and shared values which will benefit both teams. We are especially excited by their bespoke created digital Tee-card system, which was a factor in helping them win the 2022 Executive Hire Show Independent Passionate Hirer of the Year award. We intend implementing this throughout our Plant division in the coming months, with the whole Group plant divisions working closely for the benefit of the teams and its customers” He added.
“The Heathcote Group is an extremely strong multi-discipline business, which will provide excellent support for Clements to grow and thrive as well as potential progression opportunities for the team” said Clements Director Adrian Hutchinson. “It’ll be strange without Jim, but we are all looking forward to exciting times ahead in building on our great regional reputation, which started all the way back in 1965.”
Longstaff added “I have been at Clements for over 16 years and first had dealings with the company in 1994 when it was run by my former late business partner -John Jennings, so it will be hard to walk away from the brilliant and dedicated team that we’ve built.
However, I’ve been in the Plant & Access industry since 1985 and maybe it’s about time I take some time-out to decide on my next adventure, however, one thing is for certain…. It won’t be in rental. I will though, be looking out for Clements with pride and watching them grow from strength to strength under Stuart and Adrian’s leadership and I wish them, their team and customers the very best for the future.”