Picture of a Range Rover and and a truck in SHB and Acklea liveries

SHB Hire acquires Acklea

Published:  03 November, 2016

Specialist vehicle hire and management company SHB Hire Ltd has acquired the traffic management vehicle supplier Acklea Ltd.

SHB Hire is a family owned and operated company which has provided vehicle hire and management for nearly 50 years. It has a diverse fleet of more than 14,500 vehicles operating out of 14 UK wide locations.

The acquisition is in line with SHB’s strategic growth targets and vision to be the UK’s partner of choice for equipment to the highways maintenance and infrastructure market. 

Wiltshire-based Acklea will continue to operate from its base in Calne and operate in the same market as a division of SHB.

Commenting on the acquisition, SHB managing director Paul Street said: ‘We are delighted to have had this opportunity to bring together two very strong companies, allowing us to leverage years of experience and skills from the teams. 

‘Acklea has a fantastic product in the traffic management vehicles they produce, which are designed and built in Calne and, by adding this to our already strong rental offering for the highways sector, we have cemented our place as the leading UK provider.’

Acklea director David Phizacklea said: ‘Acklea has been at the forefront of the UK traffic management vehicle industry with our vehicle designs and equipment and we are delighted to be able to grow our business with the support of a national company who is in a position to invest and grow the business and offer broad opportunities for our employees. SHB was a perfect fit for our company values and vision for the future.’

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