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New Customer – Hawkes Group

New Customer – Hawkes Group

Willowbrook Plant Ltd are excited to announce our new customer, Hawkes Group.

About Hawkes Group

Hawkes Group is one of the fastest growing construction industry partners in the UK. Based in Northamptonshire, Hawkes Group began in Kettering with their civil engineering service. As the company has grown, they have been able to include expertise in other areas. Hawkes Group now offer services in Demolition and Sweeper Hire as well as Material Recycling, Specialist Plant Hire, Crushing Services, Waste Management and Material Sales.
In 2019, Paul and Selena Bailey became partners of Hawkes Group. Together with Reece Hawkes, they are working towards becoming the best construction industry partner in the Midlands.


At the beginning of November 2019, Willowbrook Plant Ltd were delighted to work alongside Hawkes Group by providing them with four Hyundai Machines. These machines were supplied to their busy Demolition and Plant divisions.
For their Civil Engineering division, Hawkes Group purchased two Hyundai HX140LC’s. These machines came kitted out with AAVM 360 degree camera and rotation circuits. They also came with hi-vis boxing ring rails, Cummins engines and eye catching company decals.
For their Demolition division, they took ownership of a HX145LCR and HX130LCR with front and top demolition guards and a front ram guard.
With every Hyundai machine, they will have access to Hi-Mate. This means that they will have access to a remote management, GPS based system which will allow them to see the location and status of their machines at all times.

Moving Forward

There are exciting times ahead for Reece Hawkes and his new business partners Paul & Selena Bailey. Willowbrook Plant are happy to be a part of the future for this business.
Huge thanks to Reece, Paul & Selena for choosing Willowbrook Plant Ltd to support and supply your business with these high quality Excavators.

New Suppliers for Construction Equipment Parts

New Suppliers for Construction Equipment Parts

Willowbrook Plant Limited are proud to announce new suppliers in their Construction Parts Department – Husqvarna and Altrad Belle Light Equipment.


With over 325 years of passion and innovation, Husqvarna provides the construction industry with a wide range of construction equipment. With products ranging from cutting and drilling to polishing and sawing, their portfolio is ever growing.
Willowbrook Plant will now be offering Husqvarna’s entire construction range through their parts department to help you get the job done efficiently. Husqvarna’s machines are renown for their reliability, usability and safety. This has helped them to stand out in the industry.

Altrad Belle Light Equipment

With over 50 years’ experience in equipment design, Altrad Belle are Number 1 for Light Construction Equipment. They combine design and manufacturing expertise to present the most inclusive range of tools to the industry. With a portfolio ranging from generators to cutting equipment, we are proud to offer these services through our construction parts department.
Altrad Belle was founded in the 1950’s with the design and manufacturing of their Mini Mixer, which is still being sold today. In the 1990’s, the brand began to diversify and increase their product portfolio. There are now over 100 different types of machinery on offer.

Find Out More

If you want to find out more about these suppliers, then don’t hesitate to contact our parts department. With a warehouse on site, our parts department can offer same day pick up or next day delivery on a range of products. Alternatively, we can get parts delivered to your site at your convenience.
A full list of products will be available to view on the website soon.

Clay Shoot – First Annual Event for Willowbrook Plant

Clay Shoot – First Annual Event for Willowbrook Plant

Willowbrook Plant Services were pleased to host their first annual clay shoot event at Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire on July 2nd 

About Sporting Targets

Sporting Targets is one of the UK’s largest and best clay shooting clubs and it is set in around 40 acres of lovely countryside, Their team of dedicated & experienced staff oversee shooting tuition as well as arranging private and corporate hospitality events. That is why Willowbrook Plant chose them for their clay shoot event.

Clay Shoot Event

A number of Willowbrook Plant staff and their clients enjoyed the clay shooting event. Eye and ear protection are needed to ensure the safety of all of those taking part. The sport requires a mix of technique, footwork and above all coordination in order to be successful. It is also a great leveller because it can be enjoyed by all ages and levels of ability. Those taking part for the first time found it both enjoyable and exciting. Finally, everyone is looking forward to revisiting the venue in 2020 for what will become an annual event.

Find Out More

Willowbrook Plant host a range of Open Days and experiences for their clients. Therefore, please check this news feed and our social media for details of future events.

Willowbrook Plant are Dealers for Merlo

Willowbrook Plant are Dealers for Merlo

We are pleased to announce that, as of January 2019, we are dealers for Merlo UK for the East Anglian Region!

Why Merlo?

We are working with Merlo because they are the market leaders in Telehandlers. This company has a strong reputation internationally, for good reason. Above all, the company doesn’t just assemble parts made by others. It consists of a group of companies which design, refine and manufacture nearly all the component parts. Therefore, they can always find the best solution for their customers because they control all aspects of the product life cycle. Further, Merlo’s worldwide success has arisen from their ability to predict market needs and trends. This means every single machine produced today benefits from the very latest technology and over fifty years of experience in research and innovation. As a result, we are proud to be dealers of these innovative, reliable machines.

Willowbrook Plant Products

These market leading Telehanders are a great addition to our existing portfolio of construction equipment. The Merlo range certainly complements the fantastic range of products we already have available. This means we now cover everything from Mini/Large Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Dumpers, Site Rollers and Telehandlers.

Find Out More

We have a stock of machines available, which you can browse on our website. If you want to find out more or please do not hesitate to contact us with any query you may have. Our team of experienced and skilled staff look forward to helping you!

Willowbrook Plant Open Day at End of March

Willowbrook Plant Open Day at End of March

Willowbrook Plant Open Day

Another Willowbrook Plant Open Day will take place on Friday and Saturday 29th and 30th March. The directors and staff are delighted to welcome existing and prospective clients to view and test a range of equipment, take part in a fun operators’ competition and enjoy some food and drink.

Machinery on Show

This will be your opportunity to view at close hand and test a wide range of construction plant and machinery. Machines will be available from all four of our brands showing a wide diversity of features and functions.


From the Hyundai range of crawler excavators, we will be demonstrating the HX130LCR, the HX140 and the HX220. See for yourself the manoeuvrability and power across the weight range, together with the excellent safety features.


At the opposite end of the scale, we will showcase the Takeuchi range of Mini Excavators, the TB210R, TB215R, TB225, TB260 and TB290. These models are renowned for their flexibility and versatility, especially where space is limited. For many Takeuchi epitomises Japanese reliability.


Also on show will be the Mecalac 6MDX Cabbed Dumper, which unique in the market and puts operator safety and comfort first. The Mecalac cabbed dumpers have been eagerly awaited and are the result of much research and development.


Finally, Willowbrook’s newest brand addition Merlo will be on show. The P40.17 and P38.13 will be of great interest to those who are unfamiliar with telehandlers. The Merlo brand is hugely respected and we look forward to demonstrating these machines.

Operator Challenge

Here’s another chance to take part in “Tone’s Cone’s” an operator’s skill challenge. Can anyone beat last year’s fastest time manoeuvring a football on and off traffic cones using a Takeuchi TB260 plus their skill and experience to win prizes?

Timings and Directions

The Open Day takes place on Friday 29th March between 9 AM – 4 PM and on Saturday 30th March 9 AM and 1 PM. We are located at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, NN17 5AF. Food and drinks will be served which will include a delicious BBQ. We look forward to welcoming you to Corby.


3 Great Reasons to Purchase a Hyundai HX130 LCR

3 Great Reasons to Purchase a Hyundai HX130 LCR

Why the Hyundai HX130 LCR?

Hyundai’s recent addition to its crawler excavator range, the HX130 LCR, is big news at the moment. The 13-tonne LCR model has filled a gap in Hyundai’s portfolio. There is a growing demand for this weight class as a compact swing machine. Operators can, therefore, enjoy enhanced performance features even whilst working in confined spaces. The  HX130 LCR has star billing. This is a result of its combining power with performance, ease of serviceability and a whole raft of safety features. These include the exclusive AAVM (All Around View Monitoring). In order to give our clients extra reasons to purchase the HX130 LCR, we have put together the following great package of incentives. Every Willowbrook Plant territory customer who orders a new Hyundai HX130 LCR for delivery between the 1st November and 31st December 2018 will qualify for:

  • 3 Years 0% Finance*
  • 3 Year/5000 Hour Manufacturers Extended Warranty
  • Hyundai HY 296 – 287 Piece Toolkit Including Roller Cabinet

0% Finance

The great benefit of 0% loans is, of course, that you pay no interest. That means that you have the chance to pay the same amount of money as a cash buyer, even though your payments are spread over a longer period

Manufacturer’s Extended Warranty

The HX130 LCR is typically covered by Hyundai’s industry-leading two-year 3,000 hours standard warranty. Willowbrook Plant will extend this warranty to a full 3 years or 5000 hours to give you extra peace of mind.

Hyundai HY 296 Toolkit

The HY296 contains a wealth of sockets, screwdrivers, spanners and wrenches. These are all contained within a robust powder-coated steel cabinet on castors for ease of movement and storage. This is the perfect addition to any workshop or garage facility.

The Willowbrook Difference

Come and visit us in Corby. Try the HX130 LCR or any of our other machines in our special demonstration area. Talk to our experts and enjoy our friendly Willowbrook welcome. Call us today on 01536 261671. * Terms and Conditions apply and are available on request.      

Andy Greensmith Appointed as Sales Director

Andy Greensmith Appointed as Sales Director

Corby based Willowbrook Plant Services are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Greensmith as Sales Director.

Andy Greensmith’s Background

Since joining Willowbrook Plant Services in 2012, Andy has scaled the ranks from Area Sales Manager to Sales Manager prior to taking on his latest role. Before joining the company, Andy gained strong industry experience with Caterpillar specialists, Finning UK and Ireland and Close Asset Finance. These roles have given him a full grounding in the needs of plant and machinery customers and the intricacies of commercial finance.

Willowbrook Represents Strong Brands

Andy Greensmith is passionate about his role. He firmly believes in the strong brands that Willowbrook Plant Services represents. With Takeuchi, Hyundai and Mecalac Andy feels that his sales team can offer the perfect product mix from the most agile mini excavators, through robust dumpers and rollers to the most imposing and impressive heavy-duty machinery. Working with progressive manufacturing partners gives their customers great confidence in the efficiency and longevity of the products.

A Depth of Knowledge and Experience

For Andy the whole Willowbrook package is compelling. A huge depth of knowledge and experience exists throughout the sales, service and parts departments. This has helped him to forge many long-term relationships with both customers and manufacturers. The staff believe in the products and this is reflected in their enthusiasm and positive interaction with customers. His aim is to build on the company’s strong industry reputation for delivering peerless quality and service.

Optimism for the Future of Willowbrook Plant Services

The future is bright, and confidence is sky high. Andy Greensmith points to the expected growth and investment in the UK’s infrastructure, particularly new road and rail links and with it a range of associated building and civil engineering projects. These will all require a diverse mix of construction plant and machinery. He looks forward to helping Willowbrook Plant Services play a major role in these and other exciting projects.

New Corby Headquarters for Willowbrook Plant Services

New Corby Headquarters for Willowbrook Plant Services

Willowbrook Plant Services are now fully functional at their bespoke Corby headquarters. The facility which is within the confines of Rockingham Motor Speedway boasts access to all departments at one easily accessible location. The construction plant supplier feels that the site will enable them to augment their strong service offering for the benefit of their loyal customers

More Space for Machinery Stock

The new location offers greater space which in turn equates to a larger machinery stock and quicker response times. Visitors will be able to view the various makes and models of construction equipment at first hand. For the uninitiated, the larger excavators will make quite an impression.

Bespoke Servicing and Maintenance Workshops

Servicing and maintenance have always played a key part in the Willowbrook service offering. There are two large purpose built and fully equipped workshops. This enables a quick turnaround of service, repairs, pre-delivery inspections and refurbishment of used machinery. The workshops boast all the latest diagnostic equipment, which when combined with the wide range of engineering know-how, provides prompt and efficient servicing and repairs for all models.

Fully Stocked Parts Department

A missing part can render a piece of construction plant inoperable and downtime is expensive. The company realises the importance of a fully stocked Parts Department adjacent to the sales and admin offices. By maintaining a healthy and diverse range of stock they can respond at short notice to most requests for spares.

Machinery Demonstration Area

There is also a spacious demonstration area. This allows visitors to come and try out a piece of machinery in a construction environment whilst benefiting from the knowledge and experience of the staff on site. Many customers have found this to be helpful in making their final purchasing decision.

Rockingham Motor Speedway

The site is next to Rockingham Motor Speedway. Often you will hear the throaty roar of engines as cars race around the track in readiness for an imminent race day. The conference facilities are within the stadium itself. They boast a panoramic view of the track via full height glass panels.

Corby Headquarters is Ideally Located

The Corby headquarters in the heart of the East Midlands. There is easy access to local road and rail links which makes it perfect for transportation of machinery and for welcoming visitors. Willowbrook Plant Services invite you to join them at this prestigious location where you will be assured of a warm welcome.

Willowbrook Support Hyundai at Hillhead 2018

Willowbrook Support Hyundai at Hillhead 2018

The sun beat down amid record temperatures at the end of June as the bi-annual Hillhead Construction Exhibition rolled into action for 2018. Willowbrook Plant Services were pleased to be involved with their manufacturing partner Hyundai in the delivery, set up and removal of the machines. Their sales team also joined dealers from all over the country in manning a busy and vibrant stand for the popular plant manufacturer.

Hyundai HX130 LCR Showcased at Hillhead 2018

Hillhead 2018 was an opportunity for Hyundai to showcase their newly launched HX130 LCR. This was their third compact-radius excavator and it forms part of their HX-Series range. Powered by a 55Kw Perkins 854 diesel engine the HX130 excavator produces optimum power and fuel-efficiency.

HX130 LCR Safety Features

Another key feature of this brand-new machine is an adjustable touchscreen cluster monitor and optional 360-degree monitoring system. This is called the AAVM. This system can also detect objects that come within 5 metres of the machine and warn the operator. This has helped the HX Series to be among the UK’s safest excavators.

HX130 LCR Improved Efficiency and Fuel Consumption

The HX130 LCR excavator’s hi-tech hydraulic system results in 13% faster cycle speeds than earlier models. It also features a ‘boom float’ setting for improved grading and a ‘fine swing’ setting for improved load control. IPC (intelligent power control), computer-aided power optimization according to load requirements, and an  ‘Eco breaker’ mode for reducing fuel usage are also featured.

This was just one of eight Hyundai machines shown at Hillhead 2018. Other crawler excavators, compact excavators and wheeled loaders completed the range.

Hillhead 2018 Breaks Attendance Records

Hillhead in Derbyshire is the world’s biggest working quarry show. The hot weather and a record number of exhibitors swelled the attendance at Hillhead 2018.  There was a record number of nearly 20,000 visitors. Willowbrook Plant Services were delighted to have been involved in showcasing Hyundai’s impressive array of machines and playing their part in such a successful trade show.

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