About the Andrews Sykes Group
Who we are
As the UK’s leading specialist hire company, we provide the best pumping, heating and cooling solutions for every conceivable need, location and application. Our aim is to help our customers address the real-life challenges they face – whether planned or emergency – in the quickest, most professional and cost-effective ways. We pride ourselves on offering the safest, most reliable equipment sourced from the world’s top manufacturers.
Andrews Sykes Hire features two of the UK hire industry’s premier brands: Sykes Pumps and the Andrews family of climate control solutions. Sub-brands include Andrews Air Conditioning, Andrews Heat for Hire, Andrews Dehumidification, Andrews Chillers, Andrews Boilers and Andrews Ventilation.
Today, Andrews Sykes has more than 30 depots strategically placed throughout the UK and Ireland, with around 300 dedicated employees trained and ready to help you. The dedication of our people and the values of our company give our customers the trust and faith to use our services time and time again.
Sykes Pumps has more than 160 years’ experience in delivering advanced pumping and groundwater solutions. No other company has more expertise and heritage in pumping, de-watering and specialist fluid moving than Sykes Pumps. Starting on the banks of the Thames way back in 1857, our long history has seen us supporting key projects across the UK. A lot has changed over the years, but our commitment to delivering the finest equipment and exceptional service has never faltered.
The Andrews brand has more than 50 years’ experience dealing with hire, sale, installation and maintenance of all types of comfort cooling, air conditioning, heating, temperature control, ventilation and dehumidification systems – making us the UK’s biggest and most reliable specialist hire company.
Awards and credentials
As a company, we take international environmental and safety standards extremely seriously and have cultivated a reputation for exceeding legislative requirements. We hold ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001 and ISO 45001 accreditations as well as the OHSAS 18001. Andrews Sykes are externally audited on a regular basis and are also fully compliant with the UVDB (water company) regulations and RISQS – the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme. In addition to the above, we are also members of the British Safety Council and possess numerous other accreditations including CEMARS and Building Confidence.
The company has been featured in articles and news stories published by many of the country’s national newspapers, including The Independent, The Sun, The Daily Mail and others. As well as online news sources, we have also regularly appeared in trade publications covering a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from Construction News and The ACR Journal to Tomorrow’s FM and National Health Executive.
Andrews Sykes Hire Ltd is our main UK trading company and is split into seven main product groups:
Having been established in 1857, Sykes Pumps has over 160 years of experience in pumps and pump hire. As market leaders, we offer an extensive range of pumps including diesel driven units, electric submersibles, sewage submersibles, super silenced units, hydraulic submersibles, high capacity units, high pressure pumps and air driven pumps. From our nationwide depot network, we offer a 24/7/365 emergency service and instant delivery. Our team of specialist pumping engineers provides technical advice and service backup to supports a hire fleet comprising of more than 3000 units. We are the preferred suppliers to many construction and utility companies and have vast experience in a diverse selection of industries including construction, water and waste, marine, power generation, petrochemical, aggregate and emergency services. From one-off pump hires to complex overpumping schemes, we deliver the right equipment and bespoke pumping solutions for our customers, regardless whether it is an emergency or planned works.
Andrews Air Conditioning Hire
Andrews Air Conditioning is the UK’s no. 1 supplier of portable cooling services. Having introduced the concept of air conditioning hire to the UK in the late 1960s, we have been keeping customers cool for more than 50 years. Using our vast experience, we have gained an unrivalled reputation for providing bespoke solutions for a wide range of applications. Our customers include local authorities, retail and leisure groups, healthcare establishments, facilities management and IT companies. Andrews Air Conditioning Hire takes pride in providing the best air conditioning units and cooling solutions, at the right price, whenever you need it. We have more than 10,000 units in our hire fleet ranging from 2kW to 90kW, all of which are available for instant delivery nationwide 24/7/365.
Andrews Heat for Hire
Andrews Heat for Hire has been the UK’s leading provider of portable and temporary heating solutions for over 50 years. Since pioneering heating hire in the early 1960s, we have created heating solutions for a wide range of applications. Our clients include construction companies, retail outlets, healthcare establishments, warehousing and distribution operations, facilities management organisations and event organisers. From a single unit to warm a small office to a complex installation on a multi-storey construction development, you can trust Andrews Heat for Hire to develop the right solution. Our goal is to provide our clients with a safe, fast, professional and expert solution to the heating challenges they face. Our network of depots offers a comprehensive service 24/7/365, supplying electric, gas and oil fuelled heaters for immediate delivery complete with the necessary fuel, accessories and expertise that you require.
Andrews Chiller Hire
Andrews Chillers provides a comprehensive range of chillers and air handlers for a wide variety of applications. Working closely with our air conditioning divisions, our chiller rental range includes units ranging between 30kW and 750kW in capacity, with multi-megawatt packages available for larger requirements. In addition to chillers, we also hire air handlers, heat exchangers and fan coils together with all necessary accessories to complete a full installation. Applications often require low temperatures for ice rinks, food storage or industrial requirements, with our range of low temperature chillers and unique Fast Chill units enabling us to offer the perfect solution. Our clients include HVAC contractors, facility managers, petrochemical plants, telecommunications providers, data centres, event organisers and food manufacturers. As industry leaders, we work with our clients to deliver the optimum chilling solution, whether they require small standalone packages or complex systems in a fast cost-effective and professional way.
Andrews Boiler Hire
Andrews Boilers is the UK’s number one supplier of boiler hire services. We provide bespoke solutions to cover every possible situation in the provision of hot water and heating. We have mobile packaged boilers between 100kW and 1,500kW in capacity. These units are complete with pumps, valves, heat exchangers and control systems in a single container and can be used with either mains gas or fuel oil. For smaller requirements such as under floor heating, we offer portable electric boilers with capacities of either 22kW or 36kW. To complement our boiler range, we provide air handlers, fan coils, heat exchangers, fuel tanks, hoses and any other accessories required to complete an installation. Our engineers are gas safe qualified and provide a 24/7/365 installation and service back-up. We have extensive experience in both the commercial and public sector, and we will deliver the solution you require whatever your application.
Andrews Dehumidification is the UK’s leader in drying and humidity solutions. The specific industry expertise of our engineers and support staff means that we can handle any situation that requires humidity control, irrespective of scale. We supply both refrigerant and desiccant drying equipment, thereby covering every possible situation. Whether it is for a short-term emergency following a flood or a long-term dehumidification programme for the storage of delicate and sensitive materials, Andrews can provide the perfect solution. Our range includes both small portable units and high capacity specialist units, all of which are available from any of our strategically located service depots through the country.
Andrews Ventilation provides an extensive range of portable cooling, extraction and ventilation fans for hire. Our ASF cooling fans are often used to provide fresh air and comfort cooling in environments such as offices, warehouses, gymnasiums, shops, factories, airports and events. The FV range of ventilation and extraction fans are commonly used for more industrial applications. When used for extraction, they can remove dangerous odours from the workspace including paint vapours, dust, welding fumes and carbon monoxide. In ventilation applications, they provide fresh air to confined spaces or areas with restricted access. In recent year we have also added high capacity fans for use in tunnels and have complemented the range with dust filters, ducting and specialist accessories.
Other UK subsidiaries
Andrews Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Services Ltd
Our AAC&R operation provides permanent air conditioning services throughout the UK. The specialist installation division offers a wide range of permanently installed solutions, these include wall mounted split systems, cassette units, ducted systems, heat pump, VRV and chiller installations. We offer units from many of the world’s leading manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Samsung and many more. Our service and maintenance division offer an extensive selection of service options to our clients, these include planned maintenance programmes, a breakdown repair service, R22 and Fgas management support, expertise and advice. With expertise in a wide and diverse range of sectors, AAC&R has become one of the UK’s leading providers of fixed air conditioning solutions.
Climate Contingency Services
CCS provide bespoke and tailored contingency solutions for cooling, heating and pumping systems, ranging from a simple risk assessment or contingency plan to a full emergency standby system. So many businesses experience problems because they do not have a contingency plan in place. From broken pumping systems to damaged heaters, a business can come to a stop without having a contingency. Vital services operations such as hospitals, data centres, telecommunication operators and emergency services are all included in our client list. CCS offer the full range of Andrews Sykes products along with guaranteed response time and a peace of mind should an emergency strike at any time.
Aberdeen, Ashford, Basildon, Birmingham, Bovey Tracey, Doncaster, Bristol, London(Charlton), Fawley, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Nottingham, Heathrow, Inverness, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Oldham, Penrith, Peterborough, Pontypridd, Portsmouth, Preston, Sedgefield, St Austell, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, West Sussex
Andrews Sykes BV was established in 1971 and has grown to provide a comprehensive regional coverage of the Netherlands through four strategically placed depots. Today, as part of Europe’s leading specialist climate hire group, Andrews Sykes BV provide a full range of portable climate hire solutions for, construction sites, industrial locations, retail outlets, banks, server rooms, telecommunication operators, corporate events organisers, facilities managers and many more. Our expertise and experience have enabled Andrews Sykes BV to become market leaders in Holland, for air conditioning, ventilation, heating, dehumidification, boiler and chiller hire. Our engineers based from depots in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Hoogeveen provide our Dutch clients with a genuine 24/7/365 service.
Andrews Sykes BVBA, based in Brussels, offers the complete range of Andrews Sykes climate hire services to the Belgian market. Our distribution and service structure allows us to offer a fast and effective service across the whole country. Our staff, literature and website have both French and Flemish languages. With more than 50 years’ experience in the Benelux region we provide dedicated specialist local expertise to our customers for the hire of air conditioning, heating, chillers, boilers and ventilation. Andrews Sykes BVBA hold central stocks of hire equipment to ensure we can match a broad range of cooling, heating, ventilation and dehumidification solutions for both comfort temperature control and a wide range of industrial processes.
Following our success in Belgium and Holland we have extended our coverage into Luxembourg with the opening of a new operation, Andrews Sykes Climat Location srl, in 2013. This business works closely with our Belgian operation to provide the full range of Andrews Sykes climate rental products across the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Andrews Sykes offers portable climate control equipment hire solutions in the Romande part of Switzerland via our subsidiary Climat Location SA. No matter what the demand, whether it is for urgent hire for extreme temperature control, to replace existing equipment due to break down or for a planned maintenance shut down, we have a team of experts ready to respond, select, and deliver the ideal hire equipment, for either short or long term hire. Our first Swiss depot was opened in 2013 and is located between Geneva and Lausanne in order to provide a fast response throughout the French speaking Cantons.
Nolo Climat Srl is the Andrews Sykes Italian climate rental operation. This business opened in 2011 and has grown significantly in recent years to become a market leader in the hire of air conditioning, heaters, dehumidification, chillers and boilers in Northern Italy. The first depot was opened in Milan and quickly doubled in size. This depot proved to be the ideal location to cover Italy’s second city and the Lombardy region, with the easy access to the motorway network, our coverage has extended and has led to further growth throughout the country. In 2017, we opened a second depot in Bologna in order to accommodate the growing demand for our products and services. The Group chose Italy as a base for its strategic expansion after enjoying strong manufacturing links with the country for over 20 years and this has assisted the business in becoming a leading authority for Chiller hire in a very short period of time.
Andrews Sykes have been working with our customers in France for many years and in 2012 opened our French subsidiary company, Andrews Sykes Climat Location SAS. The first branch of our French business was opened in Lille; a location specifically chosen because the city’s busy commercial activity. Our expansion into this region enabled us to offer Northern France a full range of climate hire products, including air conditioners, heaters, dehumidifiers, chillers and boilers.
In 2014, we added a second depot in Paris in order to accommodate the growing demand for our services from within the capital City. Since then, our Paris base has undergone significant expansion and is now twice the size of the original building. Following an incredibly successful period, it was decided that additional space would be needed to store an increased hire fleet and house extra employees who have since joined the company.
A third depot was then opened in 2015 and a fourth in 2018, with Andrews Sykes Climat Location adding Lyon and Avignon to the list of major French cities we can claim to have a strong presence in. The choice of these cities also allows us to provide a comprehensive climate hire service throughout the South, South-East and South-West of France.
In 2020, we opened a fifth depot, in Toulouse, to better accommodate our customers across the southwest of France.
Andrews Sykes work closely with our local distributor Aska Sykes Ltd throughout Ireland. For more than 15 years, Aska Sykes have provided pumping and climate hire solutions to over 3000 customers in Ireland. They offer a nationwide coverage from depots located in Dublin, Carlow, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Lisburn and Belfast. Just like Andrews Sykes, they hire and sell pumps, boilers, heaters, chillers and portable air conditioners as well as supplying accessories for all equipment.
The Middle East
Khansaheb Sykes LLC is the UAE market leader in dewatering solutions and pump hire. With over 100 dedicated employees operating from branches in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, no other provider in the UAE has as much local pump hire experience in deep well dewatering, groundwater control and specialist pump hire solutions. Both pump hire and pump sales are available including diesel centrifugal pumps and bore hole deep well pumps.
Khansaheb Sykes was originally set up in 1975 in the United Arab Emirates, following involvement on the Shindegah Tunnel Crossing of the Dubai Creek. As a joint venture with Khansaheb Civil Engineering L.L.C., Khansaheb Sykes was created as a specialised dewatering contractor and pumping equipment supplier for building, construction and petrochemical operations together with water companies and local municipalities. Since then, we have been involved in all major infrastructure projects such as the prestigious Jebel Ali Port and Dubai Dry Docks.
In 2012 we opened our UAE climate hire operation, Andrews Sykes Climate Rental LLC to provide air conditioning hire and chiller hire products throughout the Middle East. We provide temporary cooling solutions to a very wide and diverse selection of clients including hotels, events, construction, utilities, gas and oil, transportation, manufacturing and many more. With units ranging from 2 kw mobile coolers to multi mega-watt packages we can provide solutions for small offices up to district cooling applications.
In 2020, we added an additional depot location in Dubai following a substantial investment in our Middle Eastern operations.
Sykes Pumps have been active in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years. In 2013 we decided to set up a new operation to focus on dewatering hire applications throughout the Eastern Region. With the huge volume of construction projects and high water tables the region offer great opportunities for our products and services, Andrews Sykes Pumps Saudi Arabia is planned to operational during 2014.
Sykes Pumps Oman are supplied through Al Ansari Trading Enterprise LLC and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
Sykes Pumps Kuwait are supplied through Ali Alghanim & Son General Trading w.l.l. and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
Sykes Pumps Bahrain are supplied exclusively through YK Almoayyed & Sons (HEAVY EQUIPMENT) and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
Sykes Pumps Qatar offers unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
In the United States of America, Sykes Pumps have been a leading brand for well over 50 years with our Univac range of pumps being a popular choice for contactors and pump rental companies alike. Our distributors and agents have provided a comprehensive and localised product range (for both sales and hire) to meet the rigorous demands of the American market. With pumps ranging from 4 inches to 16 inches, whilst taking into consideration durability, ease of use, portability, versatility, and environmental concerns. We are always looking to develop our distribution network throughout the USA and welcome enquiries for agencies and distributorships. For further information please send your details to [email protected].
No other company has more expertise and heritage in pumping, dewatering and specialist fluid moving than Sykes and in 2017 we celebrated 160 years in the business. Our successful business stems from the same core values we used 160 years ago, and they still shape our business today.
Our Andrews brand supply an unbeatable range of the best cooling and heating equipment at the right price, for virtually every need, location and application. The reason why we are the UK’s largest and most reliable specialist company is because we follow our very own core values. We aim to adhere to our core values in everything that we do:
- We value our customers and their feedback and adjust to operate within their timeframe 24/7
- We don’t expect our customers to be kept waiting without keeping them informed
- We strive to deliver; in full, on time, all the time
- We consistently invest in our rental fleet to ensure we can provide the “right product” for the “right solution”
- We adhere to strict maintenance regimes to ensure our products are “best in class”
- Like all businesses Andrews Sykes Hire revolves around the people we employ
- We invest in our people to ensure we have a fully trained and competent team whether it be field sales or service engineers
- We pride ourselves on being first in bringing “new” products to market
- Costs of running equipment is now very high on our customers agenda. With this in mind we strive to provide products with the “best” running costs in the industry
The Company, Our People and You
From our modest beginning as a single pump store in London, we’ve grown to become the UK’s topmost supplier in pumping and cooling facilities. We employ around 500 people, with depots covering the breadth of Great Britain, as well as subsidiaries in Europe and the Middle East. Our business has a wide customer base spanning industry, commerce and the public sector. We’ve been in business since 1857 and have built a reputation for outstanding quality and service.
Our success is rooted in the talents of people who are passionate about what they do, whatever area of our business they work in: Sales, Management, Operations, Engineering or Support Services. We want our people to enjoy their work and feel confident within the job they carry-out. So we offer training sessions as well as review sessions to monitor your progress, making sure everyone has the support they need to achieve their full potential.
We offer a large scale and scope of opportunities at Andrews Sykes. As well as different jobs in our warehouses we have a range of roles at our head office in Wolverhampton and across our many depots in the UK. We have a diverse range of employees and promote a healthy environment ensuring everyone is offered equality of opportunity to achieve their full potential. That is why many of our employees have stayed with us for over 20 years and more, growing and developing within our company. We need committed and capable people to join our Regional, Depot or Head Office teams, so if you think you have what it takes join our company then you can apply on our website today.
Jacques-Gaston Murray – Chairman
Mr Murray was appointed to the Board as Chairman, in May 1994, following his acquisition of a controlling shareholding in the Company. Mr Murray has had a long and successful business career, in particular by acquiring and improving the performance and profitability of companies, a number of which, like Andrews Sykes, were in the industrial services sector.
Mr Murray also has a majority interest in, and is non-executive chairman of, London Security plc, a company with its shares admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.
Jean-Jacques Murray – Vice Chairman
Jean-Jacques Murray is the son of Jacques Gaston Murray. He was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in December 1994 and became Vice-Chairman in February 2007. Mr Murray leads the Board and is responsible for setting its agenda, defines its approach to corporate governance and ensures its effectiveness, he is also Chairman of the Boards remuneration committee.
Mr Murray graduated with a BA in Finance from Los Angeles Pepperdine University in 1988 and obtained his Masters Degree in 1990. He is non-executive vice chairman of London Security plc, Nu-Swift Ltd, and Ansul S.A.
Paul Wood – Managing Director
Paul Wood was appointed as Operations Director in March 2006 and became Managing Director in December 2006. Mr Wood is a hire industry specialist and has spent his entire career at Andrews Sykes, joining the Company in 1978. He is responsible for all Group operational matters and the implementation of the Company’s strategy as approved by the Board.
Marie-Claire Leon – Non-Executive Director
Marie-Claire Leon was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in February 2007. She has served as an assistant to Jacques Gaston Murray since 1999 and is responsible for overseeing various projects around the world on his behalf.
Ms Leon graduated from California State University in 1988 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, with a particular focus on Marketing Management, New Venture and Small Business Management. Ms. Leon is also a non-executive director of London Security Plc.
Xavier Mignolet – Non-Executive Director
Xavier Mignolet was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in February 2007.
Mr Mignolet graduated with a Masters Degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences at HEC In Liege Belgium in 1987. Having started his career in financial audit for PWC in Brussels, he then became Financial Director for the Ansul Group. Mr Mignolet is also managing director of London Security plc, and is a director of Ansul S.A. and Importex S.A.
Emmanuel David Olivier Adrien Sebag – Non-Executive Director
Emmanuel Sebag was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in February 1997.
Mr Sebag graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1991 with a Masters in Industrial Administration, since when he has been an aide to Jacques Gaston Murray on major projects around the world. Mr Sebag is an executive director of London Security plc.
Jean-Pierre Murray – Non-Executive Director
Jean-Pierre Murray is a son of Jacques Gaston Murray. He was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2008. He is also a non-executive director of London Security plc.
Mr Murray graduated from Los Angeles Pepperdine University in 1990 with a BA in Finance, and gained his Masters degree in Business in 1993.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Andrew James Kitchingman – Independent Non-Executive Director
Andrew Kitchingman was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2018. He is chairman of the audit committee and a member remuneration committee of the Board.
Mr Kitchingman is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) and graduated in 1985 with a BSc in Mathematics from Kings College, University of London. He is a director of a number of companies, including non-executive chairman of Mpac Group plc, a company with its shares admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange, MORhomes PLC and Incommunities Group Ltd.
Mark Calderbank ACA
Mark Calderbank was appointed Company Secretary in October 1999.
Mr Calderbank was formerly a senior manager at KPMG.