Who We Are

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 the largest heavy haulage fleet 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.

Our aim is simple – we want to deliver the best service and the best value to clients and their contractors. To do that, we need the best people on board. The experience and expertise our people bring to Ainscough Crane Hire makes us the success we are today. Every individual plays a pivotal role in helping us achieve our vision to be the market leader for safe, innovative lifting solutions and customer experience.

Speak to our long serving employees and they will tell you that the sky is the limit at Ainscough Crane Hire.

Our journey as a company is ongoing and we’re always looking for talent in every area of the business to help us reach new heights.

If you want to go places with a market leading organisation, work with a well-maintained crane fleet and be heavily involved in interesting projects across the UK, we’d like to hear from you.


Our Vision

To be recognised as the leader for safe, innovative lifting solutions and outstanding customer experience, ensuring a sustainable future.

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  • Always make the safe choice

    Having the courage, support and confidence to put safety first

  • Reliable

    Building trust and confidence with everyone

  • Easy to deal with

    Keep things

  • Teamwork

    Stronger and better

  • Open to new ideas

    Open to change and always looking for improvements

  • Passion

    Caring passionately about everything we do

  1. tick Safety

    • We have a comprehensive roster of accreditations and awards for our approach to QHSE.

    • Safety measures are regularly evaluated, tested, inspected and audited to ensure we maintain our impressive safety record.

    • Health and safety policies and procedures are communicated through training programmes and regular bulletins.

  2. thumb Reliability

    • Our stringent fleet maintenance schedules are designed to increase availability and reliability.

    • Our best in class Liebherr cranes and extensive national coverage means we are able to support our clients’ needs, whenever or wherever they need us.

    • Through extensive planning and high quality execution, our experienced team deliver jobs on time and to the highest of standards.

  3. availability Availability

    • With over 400 cranes, we have the largest fleet in the UK and are able to fulfil the requirements of a broad range of customers.

    • Our 30 location network across the country means we cover the whole country and have the flexibility to provide cranes in any location.

  4. head Experience

    • Ainscough Crane Hire has expertise on every aspect of a lift, from the initial consultation stage through to its execution.

    • Our wide range of professionals have the expertise to deliver each aspect of a project.

    • We also have extensive sector specific knowledge for industry specific projects.

Our Culture

When new recruits join Ainscough Crane Hire they are not just joining a new place of work, but a real team in every sense of the word.

A pivotal reason for our success over the past 40 years has been the passion and team work that develops amongst our staff.

This, combined with a commitment to safety and innovation, has proven crucial to our ability to constantly deliver for our customers.

See below to find out more about the different roles at Ainscough and the people who deliver them.

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Our People

Find out more about some of the people who work here.

Our Roles

Crane Fitters/Maintenance
Crane Fitters/Maintenance
Contract Lift Managers
Contract Lift Managers
Support Functions
Support Functions

Make the Safe Choice

Make the Safe Choice is engrained in all activities that Ainscough Crane Hire undertakes. It is the guiding principle that sits behind our day to day operations, and represents our absolute commitment to the safety of our people, customers and members of the public.

Make the Safe Choice is informed by the lessons our team has learned in delivering safe lifts for over forty years.

It is our proven approach to a safe system of work, understanding potential dangers, identifying them and responding appropriately.

Key to its success is the collective responsibility of every single person on site, with every team member’s opinion valued just as much as the next, regardless of job title.

Our supportive workplace culture means all of our employees are encouraged to let us know how we can continually improve our processes in order to further improve on our approach to safety.

To read our full policies and procedures, please click here.

Make the Safe Choice

Our Expertise

Since 1976, Ainscough Crane Hire has been setting the highest standard for ourselves and also for the wider mobile crane hire industry in the UK. With our nationwide network, we offer our clients all-encompassing lifting solutions knowledge and the most experienced team in the industry.

Our team of over 600 crane operators and engineers operate and maintain a fleet of over 400 cranes up to 1000 tonne capability. The breadth of our expertise is highlighted by the number of accreditations we hold, our exemplary customer service and superior QHSE record.

The importance of providing first class service and ensuring safety is at the forefront of everything we do. It drives our operational priorities but is also a primary focus for our recruitment strategy, as ensuring like-minded people form part of our business is crucial to our ongoing success.


Diversity & Inclusion

At Ainscough Crane Hire employees and the skills they bring to our organisation are our greatest asset irrespective of their gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

We recognise that our differences and experiences bring a unique perspective to the work we do and how we contribute to the organisation.

No staff member should feel or be excluded because of their background or diverse experiences. We promote an inclusive working environment guided by mutual respect as we are stronger and better together.

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