SafeHire Certified

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Event Equipment Hire Company of the year 2021

Award Winning

Established 1999

Catering equipment hire throughout: Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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All About SafeHire

The Importance of Being Safehire certified

When you’re hiring for an event, you’ll no doubt have a big list of the items you need to hire to make it a real success. You’ll also no doubt have a budget and a preferred list of suppliers. All that needs to fit into place.

Plato Hire has been providing superb quality catering equipment and furniture hire services throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands for over 20 years, so it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about maintaining exceptional standards.

We’re very proud to be repeat finalists and winners of The Hire Awards of Excellence for SafeHire Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year, but what is SafeHire and why is it so important?



What is SafeHire?

Businesses that have gained the SafeHire certification have achieved a successful quality assessment, and proven that they can effectively carry out the following within the workplace:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Health, Safety and Welfare.
  • Occupational Health.
  • Environment and Sustainability.
  • Quality Business Risk.
  • Insurance and Financial Control.
  • Document Control, Data Protection, HR and Employment law compliance.

All SafeHire assessors are also trained to review documents on-site and test the accuracy of:

  • Key Process Paperwork.
  • Hire Contracts.
  • Training Records.
  • Customer Service Management Systems.
  • Employee Knowledge (through interviewing employees).
  • Inspection and Testing ‘Ready to Hire’ Equipment.

The SafeHire certification scheme was launched in 2000 and has been developed annually with the guidance of safety and quality agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and was endorsed in 2010 by the British Standards Institute (BSi), as a Private Standard.The SafeHire certification is valid for three years and includes annual on-site assessments to ensure that standards of service remain at the highest level every year.



What does being SafeHire certified mean?

Being SafeHire certified means you’ve successfully proven that your business delivers high standards of service and have been acknowledged for your consistent efforts.

The certification shows that you are committed, dedicated, and have a high level of expertise in your industry, all of which will help you to stand out against other businesses in your area.



How does SafeHire benefit you as a supplier or customer?

There are many reasons why you should look for the SafeHire logo next time you’re looking for a catering equipment hire. Organising an event is difficult enough, so being able to put trust in your hire company is critical. Nobody wants to sit on wonky chairs, eat from creaking tables or drink from unsanitary glassware. Customers deserve so much more than that.

For many, the certification offers peace of mind that the hire company will be trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable - and that the items will be clean, tested, and of a high-quality standard. Whether you’re hosting an awards evening, an event, a celebration, or a wedding, we can provide you with everything you need for a smooth and successful event.

Contact our team today to learn more about SafeHire and The Hire Awards of Excellence, or book Plato Hire for your next event.



Ask your supplier if they’re SafeHire certified

This could be a part of your process or something you do in the research or selection phase. This safeguards you against a company hiring out items that have not been checked and tested before every single hire.   It also looks better on you and your service as you’re less likely to have any problems with a hire company with SafeHire certification.


A really simple way to check:

  • Look for the SafeHire logo or ask your supplier if they are SafeHire certified. 
    • Ask for their SafeHire number. Ours is 01142.
    • The SafeHire logo should always be clickable and take you to an HAE EHA confirmation page.  If not, they may not be certified.
  • Call the Hire Association Europe (HAE) and Event Hire Association (EHA) before getting a quote.
    • The number is 0121 380 4600.
  • Certification from SafeHire demonstrates compliance with the health, safety, and well-being of its workforce and the users of hired equipment.
    • It’s a great indication of a good level of compliance and quality.


When hiring equipment from Plato, you can be safe in the knowledge that any electrical equipment is carefully PAT tested before it’s hired out. Plato is also a member of the SafeHire Certification Scheme, which means we have a proven competence in safety, health, environment, and quality. This ensures you’ll receive the highest possible quality of service and catering equipment hire.


If you’d like any more information feel free to chat with us, and ask us about our SafeHire certification. 

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We deliver throughout Birmingham, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Redditch, Solihull, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Worcester.

if your event is in any of the following counties we would absolutely love to quote:-
West Midlands
North Oxfordshire