46 | Managing Director of the Year 2023 Mar23154 Fork Lift Truck Hire MD of the Year 2023: Nigel Martin Stantone Mechanical Handling Ltd (Stantone) has been one of the UK’s leading independent materials handling solutions providers in Northamptonshire for more than 60 years. Purchased by Nigel Martin six years ago, the business has gone from strength-to-strength specialising in the sale, hire, and servicing of material handling equipment along with floor clearers and access equipment, offering a wide range of products and services to fully meet the customer’s needs. For short term hire of forklifts, cleaning equipment and access platforms, spanning a week up to a year, Stantone can create the ideal package. Likewise, for those longer-term projects, hiring is a great alternative to buying outright as well as many other benefits and Stantone can accommodate regular payments, servicing and maintenance included in the rental package. If clients prefer to buy the equipment needed, Stantone can offer a full range of products from its manufacturer partners, with first class customer support as standard, so customers can be sure of the best possible equipment and back up service for their purchases. Stantone also offers Hako used and ex-demo cleaning machines. These are suitable options for customers that would prefer to use a second life machine as this offers the most value on return. Finally, the firm can offer customers full training for use of its machinery via its team of reliable professional driver trainers who can ensure that a company’s staff are trained to the highest level on a range of equipment. When it comes to customer service, only the highest level is provided by Stantone and Nigel ensures that bot his staff and customers are treated equally. “We are a family run company,” he elaborates. “We pride ourselves on our service to our clients and are sure to always go the extra mile when needed.” Nigel started in the material handling industry more than 30 years ago where he began his long and lucrative career as a paint sprayer. After completing a management course when he was just 25, Nigel moved into a service controller role and from there his career changed paths to incorporate more sales and management roles, ending with him purchasing Stantone. As a leader, he is keen to encourage teamwork from his dedicated staff members as he strongly believes this is of the utmost importance when it comes to giving the customer confidence that the firm can support their needs. Alongside this, feedback is also important, and Nigel regularly holds management meetings to discuss what can be improved upon for the customer. “We have a one tier management team where communication is key and decisions can be made quickly,” he explains. “Especially during these challenging times where we are seeing a rising cost of living, leading to increased lead times and delays on new equipment due to shortages of components.” Despite these setbacks, business is booming and recently Nigel was recognised in the Managing Director of the Year Awards for his work with Stantone, leading to him being named Fork Lift Truck Hire MD of the Year 2023. Contact: Nigel Martin Company: Stantone Mechanical Handling Ltd Web Address: www.stantonemechanical.com Leading the way in the hiring and purchasing of mechanical equipment, Stantone has the ideal solution to allow all customers to buy, lease or rent with ease. We speak to the firm’s Managing Director, Nigel Martin, to find out more in the wake of him being recognised in the prestigious Managing Director of the Year Awards 2023.