Vp plc makes a splash at Carillion Safe Start 2017

Friday 10 March 2017

Several Vp divisions were invited to showcase some innovative products at this year’s Carillion Safe Start Show at the Stoneleigh Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa on 26th Jan 2017. The theme of the event was 'Safety and Innovation' and the Vp products on display certainly lived up to the brief! The show attracted 72 exhibitors and over 830 visitors.


A representative from Nightsearcher joined Hire Station to showcase a selection of new LED lighting solutions. Alongside this, the Hire Station range of Husqvarna Cordless Chainsaws, Polesaws, Hedge Trimmers and Blowers drew significant interest. Our dust extraction solutions were also well received, particularly the Makita Dust Extraction Unit made to fit an 18v Cordless Drill.

Due to the success of the products at the show, Hire Station has been invited to demonstrate our range of Husqvarna cordless tools to Carillion at Brent Cross with a potential offer of a long term hire arrangement.


Torrent Trackside had a prominent display within the Vp area, which was seen by most of the visitors entering the hall.


UK Forks had a couple of machines on display, one of which was at the entrance to the event for all to see.


Higher Access had the new SA11P on display at the entrance to the Event. The SA11P is the first compact cherry picker on the market able to fit into a goods hoist. The machine drew a lot of interest from visitors and generated some interesting new leads. One particular opportunity is a site survey for Murphy Group where the SA11P is specified for work on a bridge inspection.


ESS had their Proximity Warning System equipment on display at the show along with various surveying instruments. An ESS van was also parked on display at the entrance to the Event. 


TPA were raising the profile of their Network Rail approved Heavy Duty Steel Rail RRAP system and the Lightweight Foam Rail RRAP system.


The Groundforce team attended the show to raise the profile of the brand within the rail sector. The large 24m x 13m ‘premium sponsor’ stand located near the entrance to the event helped to ensure the Vp had prominence throughout the event.

The theme of the show provided Groundforce with the ideal platform to showcase its latest safety product: The SheetMaster, a revolutionary sheet-handling and installation tool. Many visitors to the stand were keen to learn about this product, as well as their range of excavation safety equipment and excavation safety training.


SafeStart 2017 was the most successful event yet for Carillion.

The Show provided an excellent opportunity for the Vp Group companies to raise their profile with Carillion, allowing us to strengthen existing relationships and explore many new opportunities.