Business Enterprise Award 2014
Presented to Neil Stothard Group Managing Director by Kelvin Chadwick, Area Sales Director Aon UK.
Vp is a specialist rental business with six market leading divisions operating in the UK and overseas.
The business originated in Starbeck, Harrogate in 1954, and this year celebrates 60 years with its HQ still in Harrogate, with over 1600 employees in total.
After modest beginnings in 1954, the company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1973 as Vibroplant, a name which stayed with the group until 2000, when the company exited its general plant hire activity to focus on specialist equipment rental. In the same year the group changed its name to Vp plc.
Through its six divisions: Groundforce, UK Forks, Airpac Bukom Oilfield Services, Hire Station, Torrent Trackside and TPA, Vp offers the rental and sale of specialist products and associated services to a diverse customer base in markets including construction, civil engineering, rail, water, oil and gas exploration and housebuilding.
The group has a strong and consistent record of strong earnings and investment even during difficult economic times. It is proud that over 50% of employees have more than 5 years’ service and 25% have more than 10 years.