Hubbway Ltd was founded in 1965 by George Hubb. The business was originally located in Ellington, next to one of the largest deep coal mines in the UK.
George started with a garage franchise which he expanded when he started hiring small tools and plant for the construction of Lynemouth Power Station. In 1989 George stopped selling cars to focus on vehicle and equipment rentals.
In 1992 George’s son, Nick, left school and joined the business as an apprentice plant fitter. Nick and George realised that the business needed a location nearer to Newcastle and the industrial areas of the North East so that they could expand the business. In 1999 a site at Cramlington was found, this provided the perfect location as it was ideally situated near to the A1 giving easy access to the north of England and Scotland.
The move to Cramlington brought another change to Hubbway, George and Nick decided to focus the business on plant hire and sales. They took the difficult decision to sell the vehicle rental fleet of over 100 vehicles to their competitor Northgate PLC to concentrate on plant hire.
Nick became managing director of the business in 2001, he decided to invest in specialist machinery examples include Manitou buggiscopic, Yanmar tracked dumpers, 25 metre Manitou rota telehandlers and 10 tonne Hydrema dumpers.
He also invested heavily in lighting towers and has over 100 ready for hire throughout the UK from the Cramlington Depot. Investment in telehandlers has also been an important move for Hubbway and the company now has one of the largest independently owned telehandler fleets in the North East.