B&Q, the leading UK home improvement retailer, and Speedy, the leading UK provider of tools and equipment hire, announce the extension of a trial of new tool and equipment hire outlets within B&Q.
The trial commenced in July with Speedy concessions now at nine B&Q stores: West Thurrock, Beckton, Roneo Corner, Yeading, New Malden, Gillingham, Trafford Park, Darnley and Stockport. A further five outlets are scheduled to open in January.
The concessions, typically about 90sqm in size, give B&Q retail and trade customers the option to hire tools and equipment from Speedy as part of their B&Q shopping trip. The offer in the B&Q concessions includes Speedy’s four-hour national delivery promise on a wide range of products, and customers are now able to order and collect Speedy products seven days a week, complementing Speedy’s own 200 strong depot network.
The Speedy concessions are located next to the TradePoint areas within the nine B&Q stores so that retail and trade customers can now hire a range of mobile access platforms, tower scaffolds, mini diggers and dumpers, plate compactors, floor sanders, mixers and heaters at competitive prices.
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. Customers can hire products to take away, or with our unique four-hour delivery promise, they can order equipment in the knowledge that it will arrive shortly after they return home.”
“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.”
“Our customers are continuing to adapt and change to new ways of living and shopping, and these new concessions with Speedy are just one way in which we’re making it easier for people to improve their homes.”
“We’re excited by the potential re-use of our space to offer new services in store and are keen to understand how customers respond.”
More information about the range of equipment and tools available for hire from Speedy at B&Q can be found at: speedyservices.com/speedy-bandq