The UK’s top independent pub retailing and brewing business has opted for ‘one stop’ asset management support by awarding Briggs Equipment a new contract valued at £700,000.

Briggs secured the deal after Marston’s PLC issued a detailed tender as part of a new group-wide procurement policy and is supplying 37 pieces of Yale equipment on an outright purchase basis. Briggs is also providing full maintenance support for the new trucks, which include 3 tonne and 2.5 tonne LPG counterbalance forklift trucks, 3 tonne LPG compact forklifts, reach trucks, low level order pickers and ride-on pallet trucks.

The new Yale equipment will be deployed across 13 depots around the UK, including Mansfield, Burton on Trent, Shadsworth near Blackburn, Cumberland and the Park Brewery site in Wolverhampton, adjacent to the new look Marston’s House, which reopened recently following a £10million upgrade. The forklifts will be used predominantly to transfer pallets of beer, spirits and soft drinks and keg and cask products to kerbside lorries for onward distribution to the 1,700 Marston’s pub-restaurants and bars around the country.

To ensure the forklifts are suited to the Marston’s operation, special keg clamp attachments that can lift up to 18 barrels at a time are being supplied as part of the contract. Marston’s and Briggs are also working with a specialist manufacturer to develop a keg deflector that will enhance operator safety while also reducing the risk of truck damage if a keg should fall from the clamp.

Kevin O’Rourke, warehouse operations manager based at Marston’s House in Wolverhampton, said: “We’ve been business partners with Briggs for a long time, but didn’t fully appreciate the scope of its current operation. For us, it is the range of aftersales support services that is available that makes such good sense.”