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Skip Hire Company Supports Child with Brain Damage

While the majority of our blog posts are about hire businesses and their services, we today share a story about a skip hire firm doing their bit for the greater good.

According to local news sources, ETA Skip Hire, a skip rental firm based in Leigh, is supporting a young family going through a pretty hard time.

Jodie and Matthew are parents of Luca, a young toddler in need of life-changing treatment for brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Setting up a crowdfunding page to raise funds for the treatment, they were shocked to receive a message from ETA Skip Hire. Wanting to help promote the campaign and help the family, they suggested utilising their resources. Printing details of the campaign on one of its skips, the company have helped spread the word of Luca and his need for treatment across the Leigh area. What’s more is that the money made from the rental of this skip will go directly to the family.

Luca’s mum Jodie, 31, said:

“This just proves how amazing our community is.
“It is something so selfless taking all their spare time to get this printed and make their idea come a reality.

“We can’t wait for Luca to realise how far people have gone to help him in his journey with an operation that can be life-changing and hopefully get him to walk into his first day of school.”

If this story has encouraged you to donate, call ETA Skip Hire to support the campaign.

Alternatively, if you are in the lookout for reliable skip hire companies in your local area, conduct a search on our homepage now. We are very condiment you will find the deal you are looking for.

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NextBike to Bring Electric Bike Hire to Cardiff

Being headquartered here in Cardiff, we at Anything for Hire are always eager to find out of what is going on in the local hire market. And, this week, we were thrilled to learn that popular bike hire firm, NextBike, we introducing new bicycles to the city.

Whilst already having a presence in Cardiff, Nextbike now look to offer electric bikes to their Welsh customers, doubling the size of their fleet as a result.

Arriving in Cardiff last year, the residents and tourists of the area have hired NextBikes hundreds and thousands of times, proving particularly popular amongst the students of Cardiff. Covering 570km by 390,000 customers, Cardiffians make up a huge 51% of the brand’s customer base.

But, with the addition of electric bikes, the brand can attract and serve a whole new demographic of riders.

According to the company, they are particularly interested in accommodating disabled people, providing more adaptive bicycles that can serve their needs.

Due to the expansion, another 500 bikes will join the current fleet, requesting an additional 38 docs to house them.

A spokesperson from Pedal Power, the firm contracted to run the scheme in Cardiff, said:

“We don’t have enough bikes in the city at the moment. We need more and that’s why we’re getting more.

“We’re getting more people riding – people who have not ridden for a long time and now are. That’s the biggest success.”

But, the company are aware that there may well be some bumps along the way. Apparently, staff are experiencing many challenges when running the scheme. From an increased number of vandalisms reported to the bikes needing constant repairs due to the amount in which they are used, scaling up the number of bikes will mean scaling up the operation as a whole.

Let us know what you think. Is Cardiff ready for another 500 rental bikes? Leave your comments with us.

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GoldCar Named Worst Car Hire Company

Here at Anything for Hire, we are always keen to promote hire businesses that are credible, reputable and offering services that are worth investing in. However, not all hire businesses possess these qualities.

Today, we learn that consumer group, Which?, has been conducting its annual investigation into car hire companies, ascertaining which are letting their customers down and which are providing positive customer service experiences.

According to their research, GoldCar are the ones to swerve, finding them the worst car hire company from this year’s annual car hire survey. Influenced by customer feedback and reviews, Which found that GoldCar were pressure selling and employed staff that were rude to customers.

While thought to be one of the cheapest car hire providers around, it appears consumers want more than a cheap deal from suppliers nowadays.

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The survey revealed that over 40% of GoldCar’s customers experienced problems, with Which? saying that “terrible customer service or spurious credit card charges” were the biggest issues.

GoldCar received a score of 39% for customer service while Cicar (Canary Islands Car) received an admirable 97%.

But, this is not the first time the Spanish firm has come under fire, having been at the bottom of this survey’s rankings in five of the last six years.

Rory Boland, the group’s travel editor, said:

“One wrong turn at airport arrivals could easily make or break your holiday. In an industry dogged by unscrupulous practices and interminable add-ons, making the right choice is paramount, so it is good that customers can rely on companies like Cicar and Enterprise to deliver a quality service.”

He added: “Our advice is: don’t fall for headline prices, vet your car hire firm and, whatever you do, avoid GoldCar – it could end up not being a bargain at all and leave you wishing you’d stayed at home.”

Let us know what you think. Have you had a bad experience with GoldCar?

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Luxury Cars: What to Hire this Summer

While the British summer is wildly unpredictable, as a nation, we certainly make the most of the sun that we do get. This is why luxury car hire has become increasingly popular as summertime creeps in.

Today, we at Anything for Hire take a look at the best luxury cars to hire this summer. Whether looking for something snazzy to arrive at your summer wedding in or just want to hire a good-looking self-drive car for a road trip, below are our top suggestions.

Bentley GT Convertible

There really is nothing like travelling inside a Bentley, being one of the most luxurious car makes to come out of Britain. If you are looking to hire a car that is classy and easy on the eye, look no further than the Bentley GT convertible. Perfect for all sorts of trips, the GT Convertible is suited to those that want to stand out on the road this summer, commonly hired for big events such as weddings, proms, business trips, airport transfers and the likes!

Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport is a timeless vehicle that is a popular hire choice. With a spacious cabin, big wheels and luxurious leather interior, the Range Rover Sport ticks every box!

Audi R8

Fancy something that packs a bit of a punch? If that’s the case, you may want to explore the idea of hiring an Audi R8; one of the greatest supercars of our time. Boasting an incredibly unique exterior design as well as an impressive collection of tech features, the R8 offers an enhanced travel experience like no other.

Rolls Royce Cullinan

While the latest addition to the Rolls Royce convoy, the Cullinan is outshining its predecessors when it comes to the hire market. Offering a modern take on the classic Rolls Royce setup, the Cullinan is an ideal choice of vehicle this summer.

Reserve luxury cars through Anything for Hire

If you are looking to reserve a luxury car in time for summer, you can do so through Anything for Hire. Simply head over to our homepage, type in your request and compare the many options available to you.

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You Can Now Hire the Spice World Bus!

As you will know by looking through our website, you can hire pretty much anything nowadays. From chocolate foundations to chairs and even bars for the garden, the rental market is just as weird as it is wonderful.

And, this week, it just got a whole lot more exciting!

It appears that the iconic Spice World bus made famous by the Spice Girls in the late 90s has re-emerged, being turned into an Airbnb! Adorned with the iconic union artwork, the full-size London bus can be rented by groups in need of accommodation, suitable for three guests at a time.

Completely gutted and renovated, the bus will be open for guests in time for the big Spice Girls Reunion. Taking place at Wembley Stadium in June, the bus will no doubt be in demand amongst die-hard Spice Girls fans in need of central London accommodation.

Suzanne Godley, the brains behind this incredible project, sees this business venture as a labour of love, being a huge fan of the British girlband since her childhood.

“My parents were subjected to my tone-deaf performance as Baby Spice, and I must have watched the Spice World move hundreds of times,” she said.

‘And while I have grown up over the years, I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of my love for them.”

The bus will be located at Wembley Park on the nights of the concert, being of close proximity to the concert venue.

“We’ve worked hard over the past few months to turn the bus into a home, in keeping with its legacy, and I’m so excited to open it up to the public with the support of Airbnb,” Godley continued.

Let us know what you think. Would you hire this Spice World bus to spend the night in?

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Cardiff GPs to Prescribe Bike Hire to Patients

Cardiff is a city that is understandably close to our hearts, being the place where the Anything for Hire journey begun! This is why we are always thrilled to hear news of the city’s hire industry, eager to keep our ear to the ground and stay abreast the city’s incredible business community and goings on.

Just this week, we learn that Cardiff and Vale’s health board will now permit GPs under them to prescribe free bike hire from nextbike to patients. This will mainly be for individuals that require more exercise in order to lose weight.

Offering 6-month prescriptions, GPs will promote the nextbike business as a whole; a bike rental scheme whereby residents and tourists can rent dockless bikes in and around the city.

Seeming to tick all the boxes for health care providers, Public health consultant, Dr Tom Porter, said it was “one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of ill health while building your cardiovascular fitness”.

The pilot scheme will first be rolled out in two surgeries; Landsdowne Surgery and Fairwater Health Centre. Those who are prescribed will be given a unique code which will provide them with unlimited 30-minute hires completely free of charge.

GP Dr Karen Pardy said: “Whilst we are aware of the many benefits of exercise for our patients, people are sometimes reluctant to engage.

“nextbike on prescription allows people to have a go at cycling around Cardiff and realise how this can help to support their overall wellbeing.”

Cardiff council’s cabinet member for health, Susan Elsmore, said the city was “incredibly fortunate and proud to offer this opportunity”.

According to statistics, regular cycling can cut an individual’s chance of dying from heart disease by a huge 50%. Focusing on these impressive stats, local GPs are understandably excited to see nextbikes being utilised in this way.

As it stands, Cardiff is in possession of 500 bikes that are dotted around 27 different sites. These conduct around 10,000 trips a week, credited for helping Cardiff reduce its carbon footprint and promote healthy modes of transport.

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Aberdeen Launch Public Consultation Over Bike Hire

From London to Cardiff, most UK cities are now toying with the idea of featuring bike rental facilities in their area. In a plea to support environmentally-friendly efforts and get people active again, such schemes have proven incredibly beneficial and lucrative for local councils.

This week, Aberdeen adds its name to the list, holding a public consultation on the subject. Exploring their options when it comes to bike hire schemes, the city has launched a survey. Eager to gauge the opinion of the public, it appears Aberdeen really want to get this pushed through and more importantly, roll out the right set-up for the city.

Council spokeswoman, Sandra Macdonald, said:

“We’d urge as many people as possible to take part in the survey as even if you don’t cycle around at the moment, you may have used a similar bike hire scheme in another city.

“We’d welcome your opinion about how it could work in Aberdeen.”

Putting control into the hands of the people of Aberdeen, residents will get a say on the type of bikes they would want to see, the prices they expect to be charged as well how they think the scheme should be funded. The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and could have a huge impact on city’s transport infrastructure.

Compare transport hire

Bike hire is a service that is generally increasing in popularity. This is why at Anything for Hire, we are keen to promote the amazing transport suppliers within our ever-growing network. So, if you are seeking quotes for transport hire in your area, you can compare all of your options in less than a minute through us. Simply type in your request on our homepage and let our amazing system work its magic.

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Hertz Go British With New Service

Popular car rental firm, Hertz, has this week announced details of their latest service. Honing in on the British theme, the brand has launched ‘The British Collection’ in the UK. Putting our country’s wonderful cars of a pedestal, the collection comprises of stunning Jaguars and Land Rover marques.

Available at three different locations, London Heathrow Airport, Marble Arch and Edinburgh Airport, this best-of-British collection will give its customers the option to experience the luxury of some of the world’s greatest cars. These will include popular models such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar F Pace, E Pace, XE and XF.

Those that decide to rent any of these cars will also be given a free additional driver on their policy and unlimited mileage, with Hertz eager to showcase the wonders of these vehicles.

But, getting behind the wheel isn’t even the best bit! When waiting to collect these British masterpieces, customers will be able to wait in a dedicated lounge; one filled with UK-inspired furnishings. Offering a relaxing ambience, these unique lounges are said to offer a heightened ‘premium experience’ for Hertz customers to enjoy.

Richard Davies, Country Manager for Hertz UK, says:

“The unveiling of The British Collection and dedicated lounges represents Hertz’s continuing commitment to providing its customers with unique and exclusive tailored experiences. The British Collection is a new, upmarket offering, built with creativity and luxury in mind. Working with premium British brands and talent, we’ve been able to build an adventure from branch to the road.”

While something new and exciting for us, this is not the first time Hertz has singled out a country’s car making triumphs. Just last year, the Italian side of the business launched the “Selezione Italia” range, promoting the country’s stunning vehicles to residents and tourists alike.

Let us know what you think, would a posh waiting area and free millage persuade you to book with Hertz?

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Enterprise Acquires SHP Hire

It has been a big week for the UK rental market. From the BVRLA releasing a detailed report on the industry’s economic worth to witnessing the decline of yet more bike hire companies.
However, today we learn of a pretty exciting new business venture, with Enterprise Rent-A-Car announcing that they have made yet another acquisition. Investing in SHP Hire, a vehicle hire and management business, Enterprise look to further extend their of rental products offering across the UK.

Who is SHP Hire?

Based in Romsey, SHP Hire is a successful rental business that operates in 16 different areas of the UK. These include large bases in Manchester, Newcastle, Nairn, Shrewsbury, Calne and more.
With a huge, diverse fleet, the business is currently in possession of 18,500 vehicles. These range from cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), tippers, gold buggies and much more!

The plan for this meeting of minds if for the SHP Hire operation to work under Enterprise’s Flex-E-Rent sub-brand. With these additional vehicles, the company will be able to promote an overall fleet of 45,000.

“We needed to find the right partner to acquire the SHB Hire business,” said the business’ chairman, Mike Street.

“Enterprise and SHB Hire employees share a commitment to delivering the best customer care.

“The fact that we are both family-owned and run has enabled us to take a long-term view. The acquisition secures the future of the business and will provide customers with a greater diversity of product lines, as well as access to industry leading technologies and infrastructure.”

Enterprise is equally as thrilled to see this deal come to fruition. The brand’s Managing Director, Khaled Shahbp, said the following:

“The Street family established and built SHB Hire into an industry-leader with an impressive customer base and reputation for customer service.

Let us know what you think about this high-profile deal by leaving your comments below.

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Reading Bike Hire Comes to a Halt

The cycle hire industry has been one of complete upheaval in recent months. From councils ditching programs to providers entering administration, is appears the service tipped to revise our transport industry is going south.

Just this week we hear the news that Reading’s bike hire scheme, ReadyBike, is coming to halt.

The bike rental company has apparently “struggled to cover the costs of operating the scheme” with “current factors” having “significantly impacted” the business.

While having been offering bike hire deals in the town since 2014, ReadyBike is struggling to maintain momentum in Reading, failing to sign sponsorship deals to fund the day-to-day running of the business. Initially funded by the Government, it has now been reported that Reading Borough Council has been spending close to £10,000 a month to keep the business running.

No longer viable for the Council’s residents or tourists, the scheme has no option but to end. However, it is not all doom and gloom for the people of Reading, with the Council this week announcing that it was in talks with another bike rental provider that is willing to take over from ReadyBike.

Tim Caswell, from Hourbike Limited, the company that manages the bikes, said:

“It is with some sadness that Hourbike has had to give notice from operating ReadyBike.”

Bike hire will stop being offered as of March 31st with all of the vehicles to be held in storage.

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If you are looking to hire bikes, motorcycles, wedding cars or any other mode of transport, then you have certainly landed on the correct website. At Anythingforhire.com, we are the nation’s on-stop-shop for transport hire, providing a platform whereby users can search, compare and book services like bike hire, limo hire and wedding car hire in a matter of minutes.