The History of Access Platform Sales

From its early beginnings in 1987, Access Platform Sales has grown to become the UK’s largest independent supplier of access platforms and material handling equipment

We’re proud to represent some of the world’s best manufacturers, and through a rare mix of expertise and impartiality we’ve helped hundreds of satisfied customers work safer and smarter at height.

1987

Access Platform Sales opens for business

Jim Daintith joined forces with Malcolm Brown, owner of access rental company Height for Hire, to set up a powered access dealership. They were able to negotiate a regional distributorship for Genie personnel lifts and Niftylift trailer-mounted booms, along with Stothert & Pitt scissor lifts. In May 1987, Access Platform Sales was born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Jim Daintith

Jim Daintith

Early 90's

Expands territory, adding JLG & Skyjack to the product range

Business was booming, so Jim and Malcolm negotiate a larger territory from both Genie and Niftylift. In 1991 they took on more staff, laying the foundations for its next growth phase. Throughout the 90s, the company continued to expand. It became a regional dealer for JLG, then the sole UK distributor for Skyjack.

Top, L to R: Steve Sharp, Dean Holloway, Zoe Law & Alan Russon. Bottom, L to R: Lee Louder & Jim Daintith. Circa 1994

Top, L to R: Steve Sharp, Dean Holloway, Zoe Law & Alan Russon. Bottom, L to R: Lee Louder & Jim Daintith. Circa 1994

2001

US Manufacturer Snorkel appoints Access Platform Sales as its exclusive UK dealer for Snorkel booms and scissors

2005

Enters the tracked boom market by becoming the UK distributor for Danish crawler-mounted manufacturer Omme Lift

2007

APS becomes UK distributor for Hinowa tracked booms

2007 sees the start of our close relationship with innovative Italian spider lift manufacturer Hinowa, allowing us to expand our offering with high performing, compact and lightweight tracked booms.

Late 2007

Partnership with IPS begins with UPAS UK joint venture

Tanfield Group Plc, owner of the UpRight brand of access platforms, acquired US-based Snorkel. This meant it had two UK dealers – Telford-based IPS, the UK dealer for UpRight, led by Tony Jennings & Kevin Shadbolt; and Snorkel dealer Access Platform Sales.

Rather than choose between them, Tanfield asked the two companies to work together. In September 2007, they formed a joint venture, named UpRight Powered Access Sales UK.

L to R: Tony Jennings with Jonathan Till, Managing Director of GT Access & Jim Daintith

L to R: Tony Jennings with Jonathan Till, Managing Director of GT Access & Jim Daintith

2009

Enters low-level access market as Youngman BoSS dealer

2011

Access Platform Sales is confirmed as one of five official Genie distributors in UK

Early 2013

Formal merger with IPS to form IAPS Group

In 2012, a chance remark while on a fishing trip with Tony Jennings changed the course of both men’s lives. As a result, IAPS Group was created to bring together Access Platform Sales new and used equipment distribution with IPS’ award-winning replacement parts business and mobile service engineer fleet, it gave the new company significant scope and scale.

L to R: Richard Tindale, Jim Daintith, Tony Jennings and Kevin Shadbolt

L to R: Richard Tindale, Jim Daintith, Tony Jennings and Kevin Shadbolt

2013

Enters vehicle-mounted boom market as UK dealer for Italian manufacturer Isoli

2014

Takes on UK distributorship for US-based Ultra-Deck scissor lift and Titan boom manufacturer MEC

2014

New Managing Director for IAPS Group

Steve Couling joins late 2014 as group Managing Director, enabling Tony and Jim to take a step back from the day to day operations, and to drive the business forward through the next stage of its development.

Steve Couling

Steve Couling

2015

Awarded official Genie distributor status

Access Platform Sales is proud to be named as one of Genie’s key partners after nearly 30 years of selling its product range. As a full service distributor, Genie customers in the UK can have complete confidence, and expect a first-rate service from our expert team of Genie qualified personnel.

2015

Expands into van mounted booms, complimenting existing range with UK dealership for British manufacturer Aldercote

2017

Appointed UK distributor for Socage, an Italian truck mounted boom lift manufacturer

April 2017

Milestone 30 years in business

To mark our 30th anniversary we've built a brand new website with some great features and a focus on our core brands, plus we've got some fabulous 30 year giveaways. Business is booming and we've sold a record breaking number of units in the first six months of the year - happy birthday to us ;)

Why Choose Us?

Large selection of new & Approved Used access platforms held in stock from leading manufacturers

Over 30 years experience selling and supporting owners and operators of access platforms

We've helped hundreds of satisfied customers work safer and smarter at height

We'll continue to support you and your equipment with technical advice, after-sales care and training