Our History

Founded with six small cranes and a van in 1976, Ainscough Crane Hire now has a national network of 30 locations, 400+ cranes and one of the largest independent heavy haulage fleets in the UK.

We are proud to be the first choice for leading organisations across a variety of industries when safe and efficient lifts are required.

FOUNDED

In 1976 by Gerald Ainscough & started
 to develop the strong platform we benefit from today.

HEAVY CRANES

A period of organic acquisitive growth and Ainscough buy first heavy cranes.

GROWTH

Acquisition of GWS Crane Hire, Coventry Crane Hire
 & Diamond Crane Hire increasing the national footprint.

#1 CRANE COMPANY

Through acquisition and organic growth, Ainscough becomes the largest crane hire company in the UK.

SALE OF BUSINESS

Ainscough family sell the business to a management buy out. Acquisitions continue with the purchase of Nationwide Crane Hire and James Jack lifting services.

FURTHER EXPANSION

The opening of depots in Sheffield & Ipswich & the business was acquired.

Investing

Investing in our network - new locations in Highlands and Dundee.

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