Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Administrative Services
Rental And Leasing Activities
Rental And Leasing Of Other Machinery, Equipment And Tangible Goods
77.32 - Rental and leasing of construction and civil engineering machinery and equipment

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 October 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


HSS Hire, the British company that specialises in renting construction and civil engineering tools and equipment has announced that it will close 134 of its sites across the UK, making 300 jobs redundant, as it pursues a business strategy increasingly based on technological platforms. The company also states that the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated these investments.

The chief executive said that the loss of jobs will be a regrettable result of a strategy aimed at reducing the company's physical footprint, but also that the company successfully supported its customers during the COVID-19 restrictions, demonstrating that 'digital channels and click-and-collect service were good alternatives to branches'.

HSS Hire Group rents tools and equipment, from carpet cleaners to concrete mixers, primarily to business customers. The company has over 300 branches and 2,000 employees.



Eurofound (2020), HSS Hire Service Group, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102260, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102260.