History

Since we first started in early 1949, its safe to say we've got a few stories to tell from along the way. Read on to find out our story and how we built the company up to what it is today from that initial £100 investment.


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1949

The company was initially formed by Wilfred Chippindale on nothing but £100, working from home selling concrete and scaffolding.

1950

Our first ever depot was a rental unit at Barrack Street in Leeds (LS7). We appointed our first fitter and purchased a brand new 2 cylinder Jowett van.

Shortly after we were awarded the Wickham and Alcon Pump Agency.

1953

Brian Chippindale joins after completing an engineering course at Wickham Engineering and finishing 2 Years National Service.

Later in the year we were awarded the Multico Woodmaking Machinery Agency.

1955

Gordon Chippindale joins the business after completing an engineering course at Alcon Pumps and finishing 2 Years of National Service.

We started our hire division with our first hireable product the Thwaites Dumper.

Awarded the Thwaites Dumper and Bristol Compressor agencies.

1956

Left our Barrack Street rental unit and bought our first premises, St Ann’s Works in Kirkstall, Leeds.

Awarded the Bristol Crawler Tractor Agency, after this we went on to sell an impressive 32 units within the first 12 months!

1959

Awarded the Green Roller agency.

1960

Our hire and sales divisions both increased rapidly over the next few years through hard work and building a reputation for a quality hire fleet which comprised of mixers, dumpers, pumps, hoists and rollers.

1965

We moved our premises to Butterbowl Works in Leeds (LS12) which we still own to this present day!

1967

We expanded our reach and opened a new depot in Doncaster. Unfortunately 2 years later we closed this, despite this set back our hire fleet expanded rapidly.

1972

We opened a new depot in Keighley.

All our vans and trucks were upgraded with radio telephones, we were one of the first companies in the UK to embrace this new technology.

1975

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1978

Awarded the Priestman Mini Mustang Excavator Agency.

1982

Company went completely electronic installing computers throughout. This was a big step forward and we were one of the first companies in the UK to do so.

1983

Nigel Chippindale joined the company after serving an apprenticeship as a motor vehicle mechanic and gaining a HND in Business Management.

1984

Company name officially changed to Chippindale Plant Limited.

1985

Wilfred Chippindale, founder of the company dies.

1986

Awarded the Pel-Job Excavator agency, Pel-Job was later taken over by Volvo.

1989

Gordon Chippindale dies. His son Peter Chippindale joins the company after working out in Libya and completing an engineering degree at Sheffield University.

1999

Sales over the next few years increased dramatically. 50 Years in business was celebrated at The Great Yorkshire Show.

Awarded Bomag and Atlas Copco agencies.

2002

We acquired Mechplants York and Wakefield depots, doubling our turnover.

2004

Opened a new depot in Catterick and also gained a depot in Huddersfield through the acquisition of the Huddersfield Hire Centre. This was also the start of our new Tool Division.

2006

Our Wakefield depot was relocated to Sheffield.

2009

Yorkshire Equipment Sales was acquired through administration. We also celebrated 60 Years in business.

Awarded the Stihl & Viking agency.

2011

Ambrose Hire was acquired giving us our 7th depot in Newcastle.

2012

Our Head Office was relocated to a modern purpose built unit next to our existing HQ.

2013

Formed our Excavator Attachment Division.

2014

We underwent a full company rebrand after 65 Years in business.

Acquired Wilmslow Plant and its sister company AG Site Services, expanding our reach across the entire of the North of England. This was also the start of our Site Accommodation division.

2015

We were awarded Bomag Dealer of the Year for our after sales service.

2016

Relocated our Site Accommodation depot to a new premises in Eccles, allowing us to expand our operation.

We were a runner up in the Yorkshire Post Wardhadaway Yorkshire’s Fastest 50, which recognises the fastest growing businesses in the region.

2017

Relocated our Newcastle depot to a new larger unit. Along with investments into our depot network, a significant continual investment has been made into our state of the art hire fleet with over £10 million worth of investment in the last 18 months alone.

Yet again we were awarded runner up in the Yorkshire Post Wardhadaway Yorkshires Fastest 50.

We were also very proud to be recognised by the London Stock Exchange (Backed by the Prime Minister) as one of 1000 companies to inspire Britain in 2017. This specifically celebrated businesses with a forward thinking and fast growing nature.

Awarded the Mecalac agency (formerly Terex).

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Chippindale Now

How we have grown

Since our early days, we’ve progressed a great deal and are now one of the largest privately owned hire, and sales companies in the UK. We continue to roll out and improve our customer focused depot style which now spans the entire North of England, even parts of Scotland and Wales!

We’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to be at the forefront of technology and innovation. Investment into new site safety initiatives, collaborations producing new products with our dealerships and helping our customers develop solutions to their problems is an integral part of how we operate.

This same attitude is applied to our hire fleet, where over 80% of equipment is now equipped with the latest Tier 4i engines and throughout the next year, we expect to consolidate and upgrade our current depot structure making significant investments into infrastructure.

Our USP has always been our service, and as a family business, this is something close to our hearts. This, coupled with the fact we have the same financial clout as some of the bigger players, enables us to provide our customers with a wealth of knowledge backed up by the best equipment and infrastructure required to make the overall experience as seamless as it can be!