Why UK Forks?

Having the right equipment for your project is essential and we at UK Forks pride ourselves on having first class machines, quality service and having the right people within our business.

We are always on the lookout for talented people who want to work for us to continue to build the company from strength to strength.



Business Development Manager
Business Development Managers are responsible for our National Account Customers. This is currently split by Construction, House Building and the Rotational Sector. The primary objective of their role is to identify, approach and then successfully negotiate preferred or sole supply agreements.

Account Manager
The Account Management team look after our existing and new customers, delivering great customer service with unrivalled product knowledge. They promote the full product range and are responsible for maximising revenue generation.

Depot Manager
Our Depot Managers play a key role in the delivery of quality equipment and excellent customer service. Depot Managers are responsible for all depot based employees, along with our field based engineers and our professional LGV drivers. They work very closely with the Central Hire Desk, ensuring we can respond efficiently to our customers’ requirements.

Leading Hand
Leading Hands are often our future Depot Managers. Working closely with our Depot Managers, they ensure equipment is serviced and maintained to the highest levels.

Depot Engineer
Our engineers maintain, service, and repair our material handling equipment. This includes telescopic and straight mast forklift trucks and ancillary equipment. They ensure our high standards are consistently achieved.

Field Service Engineer
Our field based engineers work mainly on our customers’ sites, maintaining, servicing and repairing our material handling equipment. This involves customer liaison, problem solving and diagnostic assessments. Flexible and adaptable to their working environments, our engineers are a vital part of delivering excellent customer service.

LGV Driver
Our LGV drivers are responsible for the delivery and collection of our equipment across the UK. A minimum C category licence is required, and ideally we look for C+E. They provide a professional and polite delivery service, ensuring our customers receive the right equipment, on time.

Hire Controller
Hire Controllers are often the first point of contact for our customers. They provide a professional and knowledgeable service, ensuring we identify the right equipment for the customers requirements.

Field Service Controller
Field Service Controllers ensure that our customers site can operate efficiently with our material handling equipment. They are responsible for responding to routine servicing and breakdown requests, along with ensuring our engineers have the right parts to complete the service.

Our administration team ensure we provide a first class service to our customers, quickly resolving queries and providing information to our customer base promptly.

Employee Testimonials

Zacha Reed – Exeter Depot Manager – 6 Months
It’s been three months since I started at UK Forks as depot manager for the Exeter branch.  Over the first months I have learned a lot about the company and the businesses it provides for and I can say I’m honestly enjoying the work. I have a great team that works hard in Exeter from my engineers to the drivers. The support I get is brilliant, from my line manager to the hire desk I couldn’t ask for more, everyone is very helpful and always willing to help.

I’m looking forward to my time with the company and getting to know more of the personnel that work within it.

Mark Thompson – Morley Depot Manager - 22 years
I started working at Vp plc when we were called Vibroplant in 1993, and I progressed to the manager of the Morley Depot in 2013.
I was never going to be a brain surgeon, and found I was good at fixing most things regardless of what it was.  So it was inevitable I would be fixing something for a living.

With 8 work colleagues, who I consider as friends, I enjoy working for UK Forks as everyday has different challenges.
The people you work with are very important as you probably see more of your work colleagues than you do your own family, and I’m lucky enough to say I get on with my all work colleagues.

Paul Orange – Business Development Manager Rotational - 32 years
I started work with Vp in 1983 as an apprentice fitter and I progressed through the ranks to become a Field Service Engineer in 1988.  I held that position until 2005 when I progressed once again to Account Manager for UK Forks covering the East Midlands, Yorkshire and North East regions.  I have recently progressed to Business Development Manager focusing on developing our Rotational business.

Vp are a well-established hire company with over 60 years’ experience in the hire industry. I have progressed since I joined the company and would not wish to work for anybody else

Nicky Stoner – Depot Engineer -  29 years
I left school and started work at Vibroplant in July 1986 at the then Leeds depot. In those days it was a 5 year apprenticeship initially on a YTS, attending Whitwood College at Castleford.

In 1992 things changed a bit with the depots at Bradford and Leeds merged together to create Morley depot as we know it today.
The next big change came in June 2000 when we left general plant. The job today is physically easier and far more technical and there are no starting handles anymore. Today almost 30 years on I still enjoy work every day.

Ian Taylor – Hire Desk Controller – 6 Months
I started officially on 2nd Feb 2015 but had already met a number of my new colleagues a few weeks earlier when I was invited to the JCB factory in Rocester. My first few weeks were spent mainly out of the office on site and depot visits.

I particularly enjoyed my trip to  Aylesford  where we visited a number of sites in and around London and conducted a site survey.
Upon my return to Harrogate it was down to the day to day of the Hire Desk. I shadowed a number of people on the Hire Desk as well as the admin and service teams before taking up the reigns of the Aylesford Depot in Kent.

The people I have met so far have been very helpful and have helped me settle into my new role.


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