Hitec awarded prestigious certificate of accreditation from the UK Materials Handling Association

There are many options when it comes to hiring or buying materials handling equipment, and all may claim to be the best. However few, if any of these options, can back this up with solid evidence. We can.

Hitec Lift Trucks has become one of the first in the UK to be awarded the prestigious national certificate of accreditation from the country’s foremost authority on materials handling: the UK Materials Handling Association (UKMHA).

As members of the UK Materials Handling Association, Hitec abides by a stringent Code of Practice. The Code is evidence that we are competent to offer expert advice and specify the most appropriate equipment. It means we deliver robust, prompt service support, carried out by fully trained engineers, and use high quality parts.

Underpinning the Code of Practice is the UKMHA’s rigorous Audit.  Developed specifically for the fork lift truck industry, it is unlike many accreditations that use an online questionnaire. Instead, a Compliance Manager from the UKMHA undertakes a physical on-site visit to inspect more than 100 criteria, across the areas of health and safety, environmental procedures and working practices.

UKMHA Compliance Manager Lee Medway carried out the audit, he explains why the process is so important “The audit is designed to give customers real peace of mind.  As an UKMHA audit accredited company, they know that Hitec Lift Trucks has measured up to an industry-led health check, works to standards demonstrably higher than non-compliant companies and removes a potentially weak link in your chain of traceability and accountability.”

Simon Lewis, General Manager at Hitec, added “We are thrilled to have received certification from the UKMHA. It reinforces to our customers that they are dealing with a trusted company who supply safe, compliant and high quality equipment. The audit process also gave us the opportunity to review our operations in detail, understand how we can keep improving our service, and ensure we continue to deliver to the high standards our customers expect.”

Why would you settle for anything less? We’re better than the rest… and we can prove it. For all materials handling requirements, just #AskHitec.

Combilift CS Stacker fits the bill for Satra Technology

At Hitec, we specialise in providing solutions that fit the unique specifications of local businesses throughout the East of England. Our recent delivery of a Combilift CS Stacker to Satra Technology in Kettering is no exception and is a perfect example of supplying the best materials handling equipment for the job whilst treating safety with paramount importance.

Satra Technology were looking to replace an old ICEM stacker, and it was vital that the replacement fit their specific business needs whilst still prioritising safety. The new equipment would need to function in all areas of the business and be able to navigate through a standard doorway to allow easy access throughout the premises.

The Combilift CS Stacker proved to be the perfect solution, offering narrow aisle performance and the functionality to be used both outdoors and inside the building. The ability to be used in tight areas and move easily through standard and low door heights was crucial for the customer in this instance. Inside and outdoors usage was also advantageous, allowing for deliveries to be unloaded and stored in the building using a single truck.

This truck also offers provides superior safety by allowing maximum operator visibility. The movement of the patented Multi-Position Tiller Arm enables full visibility of the load and the forks, giving the operator greater awareness of their surroundings for enhanced overall safety.

Paul Stiff, Regional Business Development Manager at Hitec, commented “It’s essential with any new customer that we take the time to understand exactly what they need so that we are able to ensure the best possible solution. It was a pleasure to work with Satra Technology to gain a deeper understanding of their business requirements, and I’m looking forward to the benefits and efficiency the addition of the Combilift CS Stacker brings to their operations”

If you need help finding the best materials handling equipment solution for your business, #AskHitec today! You can contact us here, or call our team of local experts on 01933 228127.


Introducing Simon Lewis – Hitec General Manager

We are delighted to introduce Simon Lewis as the new General Manager for Hitec Lift Trucks.

Simon joined Hitec in February 2022 and brings with him a wealth of materials handling knowledge and insight to the role, after more than 35 years in the industry. Simon started out as an engineer for Midland Forklifts working on Hyster S50C and H50H machines and spent his last 15 years with the company as Managing Director.

Over the past 5 years, Simon has held numerous roles at Doosan and Rushlift, with a focus on operations. During this period, he was also the 5S champion. Implementation of the 5S methodology was by no means a quick fix, requiring a safety first mindset among staff, something which Simon sees demonstrated by the Briggs Group as a corporate culture on a daily basis.

Simon commented “I have known Hitec Lift Trucks since they started out in the industry, and they have always been known for local, friendly service. Looking back at my time working with a national service provider, I can see the benefits of being a local company and the relationships we have with so many companies across the region are a testament to that spirit of great local service.

“The foundations are in place to grow the company and get our customers to, as our strap line says, “Ask Hitec”. The Hitec team is of the highest quality, and we will continue to improve and provide a service that we would not only be happy to receive ourselves, but most importantly be proud to deliver to both new and existing customers.”

We are thrilled to welcome Simon to the team at Hitec Lift Trucks and are excited to benefit from his considerable knowledge and passion for the materials handling industry.

Creation Finishing choose Hyster forklift from local business Hitec

At Hitec Lift Trucks we are dedicated to making sure that businesses throughout the East of England have the high quality equipment they need to get the job done, and our recent delivery to Creation Finishing based in Leicester is no exception.

Creation Finishing needed to add to their fleet and took delivery of a Hyster H2.5FT. This reliable and efficient machine is known for being one of the toughest trucks on the market, providing the opportunity for low operation costs even in challenging indoor and outdoor environments. The new machine also provides a variety of features to keep operators safe, comfortable and productive.

Karon Hollick, Director at Creation Finishing provided some excellent feedback following receipt of the new forklift, commenting that Hitec has “excellent service, good quality products and very friendly staff”.

Lewis Goff, Regional Account Manager at Hitec, commented “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Karon and the team at Creation Finishing. I look forward to continuing our great relationship and supporting them with any materials handling requirements in the future.”

If you’re looking for a trusted local supplier of materials handling equipment, Ask Hitec today. 

Graham Holmes Astraseal pick local business Hitec to supply new Hyster and Combilift machines

At Hitec we pride ourselves on being the first choice for businesses throughout the East of England looking for materials handling equipment. Graham Holmes Astraseal, based in Wellingborough have recently chosen us as their local supplier for both new and used machinery.

The recent delivery to Astraseal will increase their fleet size in order to accommodate growing demand. Following a successful site demonstration delivered by the team of experts at Hitec, brand new Combilift was also selected to replace a previously owned, older machine. The new Combilift will not only increase production and efficiency on site but make application safer for operators as well.

Ben Stiff, Regional Account Manager at Hitec, commented “Hitec have worked with Astraseal for a long time and it’s local relationships like this that are at the heart of what I love about this business”.

“From years of experience of looking after Astraseal’s materials handling equipment, I was able to understand what truck would work best for their site to improve production and increase safety when moving their product. They know that whatever they need next, they just need to ask Hitec.”

If you’re looking for material handling equipment sourced from a trusted local supplier, just Ask Hitec and we’ll do the rest.

Hitec’s top tips for hiring industrial equipment!

As the most trusted supplier of materials handling equipment in the East of England, we know there are lots of things to consider when hiring industrial equipment.

Whether you’ve hired before or it’s your first time, these top tips compiled by our team of local experts can help you save money, avoid project delays and most importantly keep your business moving!

Tip 1 – Know your requirements

When hiring industrial equipment, it’s important to fully understand the scale of the project or job that the machine is required for. An accurate assessment of your needs will ensure you’ve got the appropriate equipment to complete the work.

If you’re unsure on the quantities or specific type of equipment you might need for a job, then get in touch and our team of local specialists will be able to advise.

Tip 2 – Work out how long you need to hire for

Working out the length of your hire is important as this will allow you to allocate your financial and staffing resources accordingly.

With Hitec, you can hire for a day or for sixth months, and anything in between! Whether you need extra machinery for seasonal peaks or you’re just getting your business started, Hitec’s short-term hire option is your local solution. Of course, if you need equipment for a longer period, Hitec also offer tailored lease rental options to

Tip 3 – Only hire from a trusted supplier

suit your budget and needs.  No matter the length of hire needed, we can provide a local hire solution!

When hiring equipment from Hitec, you can be confident that you’re dealing with a trusted local supplier with years of experience and a high quality fleet to match.

Our hire fleet only features products from trusted manufacturers. Safety first is the foundation of our business, so all of our equipment undergoes rigorous maintenance and inspection before it leaves our site.

Hitec possess all of the relevant Health and Safety accreditations and certificates and our engrained culture of Safety First extends to the equipment and services that we provide for our customers.

Tip 4 – Are your staff trained on the equipment you’re hiring?

Whether it’s forklifts or access equipment, you will need to make sure that your staff are trained and qualified to operate the equipment you’re hiring.

Hitec offers the highest standards of forklift and material handling equipment training, for beginners or refresher courses, to ensure that your employees have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate equipment safely.

Tip 5 – Factor in delivery times

At Hitec, we’re committed to delivering equipment as soon as possible to our customers’ sites across Eastern England, and in many cases we can complete delivery within a couple of days.

However, if you require specialist equipment or a significant number of units, then planning ahead is crucial to enable you to get what you need, when you need it. Make sure you factor in delivery and set-up times when planning a project so that you can get started on time.

Our team will be able to advise you on delivery times, providing you with complete clarity and the ability to effectively manage your project schedule.

Click here to find out more about the short term hire solutions available from your local experts at Hitec!


Vacancy – Workshop Engineer

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Hitec Lift Trucks team as a Workshop Engineer based at our vibrant Wellingborough location.

As a key member of the Hitec team, you will be working for a company that has a proven track record of success and is committed to investing in the professional and personal development of its people.

More details about the role and our company can be found below, including a link for applications.

Job Role: Workshop Engineer

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Negotiable

As a Workshop Engineer you will be responsible for;

  • The service and maintenance of diesel, LPG and electrical materials handling equipment
  • Fault finding, planned preventative maintenance and pre delivery inspection of forklift trucks
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly working area including common areas
  • Adhering to all health and safety guidelines and workshop rules
  • Completing job cards and ensuring all required parts to complete tasks are ordere

As a Workshop Engineer you will demonstrate;

  • Relevant technical qualification
  • Previous experience within either a workshop or field based position
  • Good understanding of hydraulic, mechanical and electrical principals
  • The ability to work independently and under pressure
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload
  • Experience of working on either; cars, forklifts, plant equipment, cleaning machines, powered access, HGV’s or similar.

As a Workshop Engineer you will receive;

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Paycare medical cover
  • Eye care
  • Pension Scheme
  • Profit share bonus scheme

About Us

Hitec Lift Trucks is part of the Briggs Equipment Group allowing us to offer you a family run company with the benefits of being part of the UK’s premier Asset Management and Engineering Services specialist.

We are Hyster-Yale Group’s exclusive UK distributor for materials handling equipment and have extended our offering to include industrial cleaning, aerial access, groundworks, agricultural plant and machinery to offer customers a total solution based on the service we can provide. Our team members are highly skilled and can offer flexible and bespoke solutions for our customers across a range of new, used or short term hire equipment.

Our Values

  • Safety first
  • Easy to work with
  • It’s our business
  • Innovate and Improve
  • Build trust


*This role may be described or advertised differently elsewhere, for example; Forklift Truck Engineer, PDI Engineer, Vehicle Technician, Automotive Technician, Automotive Engineer. However, the main skills and responsibilities are transferrable.

Job Vacancy | Hire Controller

We have a fantastic opportunity to join Hitec Lift Trucks as part of our Hire Team based in Wellingborough. All the key information regarding the role is included below, please read through the responsibilities and required skills before submitting your CV.

Role: Hire Controller

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £20,000 – £24,000 depending on experience. 

As a Hire Controller you will be responsible for:

  • Dealing with all enquiries from customers and salespeople who require forklift trucks for hire on a short-term basis and negotiating; rates fuel and transport chargers
  • Arranging off hire procedures when customers phone to return equipment
  • Ensuring all screen information is updated regularly so other users have access to accurate information
  • Using and updating the bespoke internal IT system
  • Liaising with the Service department to ensure trucks are available to meet the customers’ requests
  • Ensuring all short-term rental contracts are signed and follow up if not received before hire commences
  • Warm calling and quote chasing


As a Hire Controller you will have:

  • Knowledge of the hire process for either forklift trucks, plant machinery or related equipment
  • Experience in a customer facing role, with a good telephone manner
  • Strong IT skills
  • The ability to work as an effective team player
  • To be able to balance an ever-changing workload
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Attention to detail

As a Hire Controller you will receive:

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Paycare medical cove
  • Eye care
  • Pension Scheme
  • Profit share bonus scheme

To apply for this role, please click here.