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About Us

About Us

ESS deliver safe and effective services, hire equipment and solutions to our customers, who rely on ESS to be a trusted partner to empower the successful realisation of projects, on time and within budget.


About ESS

Established in 1991, ESS has become one of the leading specialist safety, survey, communications and test and measurement equipment companies in the UK. Over 30 years the business has grown and today, ESS supplies over 7,000 customers with Equipment, Specialist Support Services and Training.

At ESS we recognise that a good rental business is not just about the range of products and services, it's about the availability and quick response times via our international network of branches and dedicated fleet of satellite tracked delivery vehicles. It means customers can order right up to 6pm (U.K. only) for next day delivery on the majority of products.

The passion to support the customer is made possible because ESS is fortunate to have the best specialist staff in the industry. Their skills and culture continue to grow through the great work of our in-house training academy, who, along with the product manufacturers, ensure our knowledge to support the customer is to the highest level.

We strive to be the experts at everything we do, from delivering the equipment directly to you, to training you on how to use it safely and efficiently. 

As part of Vp plc, you can rely on outstanding support from an established organisation with over 60 years experience and expertise in specialist equipment rental.

Equipment Rental:
Retaining a rental fleet of over 50,000 items, our innovative product range can provide a safe and efficient solution for a wide variety of applications, such as those dealing with the challenges of a hazardous environment, carrying out a critical construction survey, or even deploying equipment and services to a critical project.

So whatever your rental requirements, you can rely on ESS to provide an efficient and cost effective solution, enabling you to concentrate on your core business.

Equipment Sales:
With our dedicated teams who are manufacturer trained and fully experienced in using our full range of safety, survey, communications and test and measurement equipment, we offer our customers a combination of expertise and experience that few, if any, can equal.

As a premier distributor for the leading manufacturers such as Draeger, MSA, Scott Safety, Capital Safety, Wolf, Leica, Trimble, Omicron, Megger and Fluke to name a few, we offer the latest range of specialist equipment, all at a very competitive price. Equipment can easily be purchased from one of our branches, by telephone or online.

Equipment Servicing:
At our state of the art, manufacturer approved and accredited workshops, our team of highly skilled and experienced technicians are able to service, calibrate and repair a large range of products and can offer a fast turnaround of equipment whilst offering advice and support when needed.

With national coverage from a fleet of highly specified, fully equipped vehicles, our on-site engineers can service your equipment at your location, reducing downtime of equipment whilst increasing cost effectiveness.

Safety Training:
With an international network of training venues, our qualified trainers are best placed to support your training needs. They will educate you on the procedures and equipment needed to remain safe when working in environments such as Confined Space, Manual Handling, New Roads & Streetworks, Working at Height and where First Aid is required.

ESS is the market leader in providing confined space training courses (including City and Guilds courses), training over 30,000 delegates per year. Our training facilities include a custom made tunnel labyrinth, ensuring delegates gain quality experience within a safe and controlled environment.

Working at Height Training: Training can be tailored to a particular industry or working method and will provide the essential skills and knowledge needed to manage work at height operatives, operate a safe system of work or to effect a safe and swift evacuation or rescue. We can assist you in choosing the right safety training solution for your requirements and environment, whilst providing ongoing re-certification and work at height support at our dedicated state of the art training centres.

Safety & Rescue:
No person at work should enter or carry out work in a confined space unless they and it have been prepared, in respect of sufficient arrangements being made for the rescue of persons in the event of an emergency, whether or not arising out of a specified risk. Qualified to not only manage, work and rescue in confined spaces, our dedicated safety team can carry out emergency medical treatment in accordance with NHS protocols, offering nationwide coverage, 24/7, 365 days a year.

FORS Gold Accredited
FORS Gold Accredited

Our dedicated delivery fleet and team are proud to be FORS Gold accredited, confirming our commitment to employ good practice and comply with the requirements laid out by the FORS Standard. This includes demonstrating dedication to driver and vehicle safety, combined with improving operating practices through effective monitoring of fuel and tyre usage.

BSiF Registered Safety Supplier
BSiF Registered Safety Supplier

ESS undertakes to supply only safety equipment and/or related services that fully comply with the standards and regulations and claims made relating to those products and/or related services. Where appropriate, ESS will maintain up to date technical files and associated documentation to ensure that regulatory compliance information can be supplied upon request. 

Where products are sourced from external organisations which hold technical files relating to the products being offered, ESS will request confirmation that these files are current, complete, contain appropriate conformity assessment information and, where relevant, regulatory compliance certificates and will take all necessary steps to confirm the validity of the compliance documentation held by that external supplier in respect of the products being sourced.

Where services are provided related to safety equipment sourced from external organisations, ESS will maintain approval from the manufacturer that the services provided are assessed and approved by the external organisation.

Discover our Brands

ESS only partner with the leading manfacturers and suppliers in our sectors, developing string relationships and ensuring our teams and facilities are trained and approved to service, calibrate and maintain equipment to their exacting standards.

Locations across the UK

Wherever you are you are in the UK you are within range of a delivery from one of our specialist locations. With expert staff and a comprehensive range of products to serve our Sectors, ESS are one of the leading rental, traiing and specialist support service suppliers in the UK.

Locations across the UK