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

92 - 343 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 November 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Plant hire company Hewden has entered administration and has issued a total of 343 redundancy notices. Ashtead Plant Hire group has bought three divisions of the group, resulting in the transfer of 133 jobs. Initially administrators EY announced that 251 staff had been given redundancy notices, with 92 further redundancies confirmed a week later. 

Hewden had issued a statement in October 2016 forewarning of trouble ahead and had suggested that the decision to leave the EU had contributed to market uncertainty. At the time of entering administration Hewden employed 745 people across various roles. It is not known what the fate is for the remaining jobs; previous efforts to secure a complete buyout of the company had proved unsuccessful.  

UPDATE 16/12/2016: Jobs at former Hewden depots at Bangor and Warrington have been saved following the purchase of these sites by Ashbrook Plant Hire. This has resulted in 251 jobs being saved.  


  • 22 November 2016: BBC Website
  • 22 November 2016: Sharecast
  • 29 November 2016: Construction News
  • 16 December 2016: Builder and Engineer


Eurofound (2016), Hewden, Merger/Acquisition in United Kingdom, factsheet number 89316, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89316.