ALLAN ACCESS BACKGROUND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
P J Allan Sales & Services ("Now Allan Access Limited") is an organisation founded in 1993 initially as a service company, which over subsequent years became involved in the refurbishment, and later, the sales, of new powered access equipment (cherry pickers).
All the personnel within P J Allan now called Allan Access Limited are very experienced, having worked in the powered access industry for many years at a local access platform company, which is no longer based in the area. The company, with a mixture of factory-based and field based personnel, currently employs 18 people. Every employee possesses the skills and knowledge that are ideal for the type of specialist organisation serviced by P J Allan.
PHIL ALLAN PERSONAL HISTORY
Started in the access business at the age of 16 in 1973, with a small Market Harborough family owned company (Spencer Platforms) and ended up in 1988 being part of the senior management buy-out of these origins forming Powered Access Ltd, which became the UK’s second largest vehicle mounted access platform supplier.
When Powered Access was sold in 1992, the team of Powered Access based in Market Harborough formed a new company and began what was the origins of Versalift in the UK, becoming their exclusive UK distributor and establishing this company as a key supplier of vehicle mounted access platforms, until the Versalift owners decided to set up their own distribution base in the UK.
Remaining in Market Harborough the Allan Access team (then called P.J.Allan Sales & Services) then worked jointly with King Trailers to effectively start and rapidly establish Skyking, as distributors first of GSR a small Italian company then also with Altec the world’s largest producer of aerial and pole erection utility equipment. At the same time Phil Allan also had a separate service operation based on the Riverside in Market Harborough to look after the former customers that still wanted the P.J.Allan team to support them, despite these former companies with which the team was previously involved now having new set ups.
Finally in 1998 Phil Allan and the team members then completely set free of the former association with Skyking and began to work with Nifty exclusively as their vehicle mounted partners. Altec soon followed Phil’s team, and concluded their business activities with Skyking and moved to Allan Access. As completion of the vehicle mounted product range Allan Access began relationships with several Italian partners to offer lighter machines on smaller trucks, and after a couple of frustrating starts are now delighted to officially from this year (2006) have tied up a joint venture with Socage part of the large Fassi crane organization.
2006 will see an exciting increase in the company size and an eventual re-location to larger premises as the company builds on its past reputation of providing quality machines and excellent back up service. The varied range of vehicle- mounted products is now one of the most widest available in the UK, and significant growth is taking place and many large fleet orders being won.
The Allan Access Team
Increases in both external sales staff is taking place together with sales engineering support where key members are being added to look after the increasing demands and questions of the wide customer base.
A dedicated service manager (with over 25years experience in the access platform business), controls all the knowledgeable regionally based field service engineer personnel, and regularly visits and meets with the customer's operational personnel to maintain a solid liaison with the actual users of the equipment.
A hands-on production manager works alongside the highly skilled workshop based, personnel, who have vast experience of building vehicle mounted access platforms.
PARTS & LOGISTICS
A dedicated parts and stores manager who has over 25years of access platform parts knowledge controls all parts requirements for the company.
The customer base of Allan Access includes many 'blue chip' names associated with municipal and utility services. Selling to both end users and hire customers alike the customer base includes industries such as Street Lighting, Telephone and Telecommunications, Electric Power and Transmission, Tree Care, Window Cleaning, CCTV, Signs and Illuminations, Building and Property Maintenance, Airports and Airlines
Customers are not just in the UK, but also include many overseas Markets throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and each year sees many new destinations being served.