65-year-old Chippindale invests for growth

Leeds-based plant hire company Chippindale Plant is investing more than £2m in a fleet of JCB machines as it takes advantage of the UK’s new building boom – and as it marks 65 years in business.

Chippindale Plant was founded in 1949 by the late Wilfred Chippindale, who set up a business from his home in Leeds with £100 of his savings, selling concrete and scaffolding.

Today the business is still family owned, run by Wilfred’s grandsons Nigel and Peter Chippindale. The company is now one of the UK’s largest privately owned construction equipment hire and sales companies, employing 86 people and has other depots in Catterick, Huddersfield, Keighley, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

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Having weathered the downturn, Chippindale is seeing growth in a number of industry sectors, and is now expanding its fleet to meet increasing demand from customers across the North and the Midlands.

The deal for the JCB machines includes the purchase of 50 Loadall telescopic handlers which are used for lifting and placing loads on building sites. The machines are being bought through Sheffield-based JCB dealer TC Harrison JCB and delivery will be completed later this year.

Nigel Chippindale, joint managing director, said: “We rode out the recession with a combination of cut-backs, pay cuts and tough decisions, but we have come out stronger.

“Everyone took a pay cut but we managed to maintain and grow the business during the recession.

“We’ve had steady expansion and now operate from seven depots, from Newcastle to Sheffield. The market is extremely busy at the moment, it’s the busiest that it’s been since before the recession. Mainly it is being led by housebuilders, but there is a general feel good factor in commercial building and civil engineering too.”