This Stoke-on-Trent contract hire company leases and manages fleets of trucks and vans for companies such as the furniture retailer MFI and the security firm Reliance. With the acquisition of a rival contract-hire company this year, its third acquisition since it was set up in 1997, Prohire claims to be the third-largest player in the British contract-hire sector. Co-founders David Barlow and Colin Walton are now targeting banks and finance houses to act as outsourcing intermediaries. The company’s sales have grown 63% a year from £2.8m in 2002 to £12.2m in 2005.
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