Speedy Hire and B&Q expand in-store rental trial

By Belinda Smart18 December 2020

UK DIY retailer B&Q and rental company Speedy have extended a trial of tool and equipment hire outlets within B&Q stores.

Five outlets are scheduled to open in January following the first stage of the trial in July. That stage saw Speedy concessions opened at nine B&Q stores across the UK, at Trafford Park, Stockport, West Thurrock, Beckton, Roneo Corner, Yeading, New Malden, Gillingham and Darnley.


The Speedy concessions, about 90 square metres in size, are located next to the TradePoint areas in B&Q stores. Trade and retail customers can rent access equipment, tower scaffolds, mini excavators, dumpers, plate compactors, floor sanders, mixers and heaters.

The concessions offer Speedy’s four-hour national delivery promise, and customers are able to order and collect products seven days a week, complementing Speedy’s own 200 strong depot network.

Russell Down, Chief Executive, Speedy said, “We are delighted to be trialling Speedy concessions in B&Q stores. These will make the option of hiring tools and equipment much more accessible to DIY customers and enable trade customers to hire equipment seven days a week.”

“We have a leading reputation in the construction market, and by joining forces with B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement and garden living retailer, can offer customers a compelling and market leading proposition.”

Chris Bargate, Director of Business Development, B&Q said, “We’re committed to testing new initiatives and are delighted to be trialling this tool and equipment hire service in our stores with Speedy.”

The trial represents a significant move in the UK towards in-store rental operations. Builders merchants chains including Travis Perkins and Jewson have long operateed in-store tool hire operations, but B&Q is the best known general DIY chain in the UK, with a network of almost 300 stores.

The ‘in-store’ concept is well-established in continental Europe, where Boels Rental and Kiloutou both have long track records of operating in-store desks at builders merchants chains.



Delivered directly to your inbox, International Rental Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
Murray Pollok Managing Editor Tel: +44(0)1505 850 043 E-mail: murray.pollok@khl.com
Simon Kelly Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 223 E-mail: simon.kelly@khl.com
Latest News
Bell appointed as JCB’s South African dealer
Bell Equipment Sales will offer JCB’s full range of construction machinery from May 1, 2021
Palfinger reports profitable 2020
Profitability was maintained on lower sales at Austrian crane and access equipment manufacturer
4Hire adds electric Hinowa to ecofleet
Jersey-based access rental company’s new Lightlift 15.70 is part of its commitment to sustainability