Leicester City Community Partner Morris Leslie Plant Hire has recently placed an order of £87.5million worth of machines with JCB – including a big fleet of 3CX backhoe loaders.

This becomes a record deal in the UK for JCB placed by the Perth based company, Morris Leslie.

The leading supplier of plant machinery is now part of the Leicester City Community Partnership, after their recent acquisition of Harborough Hire.

The huge order from the company who operate nationally includes a bumper deal for 50 JCB backhoe loaders, at a time when new figures show a resurgence in demand for backhoes in the UK, with the market growing by more than 12 per cent in 2022. The investment will also see Morris Leslie take delivery of excavators, site dumpers, telescopic handlers and compaction equipment, underlining its commitment to provide housebuilders and the construction sector with one of the industry’s most up-to-date fleets.

Morris Leslie Chairman of the Group said: “We are delighted to have agreed our largest ever order with our long-term partner JCB to support our 2023 growth plans and by the end of the year our entire JCB fleet will be operating with the latest Stage V engines.

“The backhoe loader part of the order is particularly pleasing, and we look forward to seeing ongoing growth of our JCB 3CX fleet. The backhoe continues to be hugely popular with our customers thanks to its excellent loading and excavating capabilities and the ability to travel directly to the site, cutting the need for costly transportation. Scot JCB and other JCB dealers around the UK continue to provide first-class service to our depots and our customers.”

JCB Global Major Accounts MD Steve Fox said: “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Morris Leslie Plant Hire. This deal demonstrates confidence in the construction market and confirms that JCB has exactly the right products to meet the needs of hirers and end users.”

To find out more about Morris Leslie, the specialists in property, plant, vehicle and commercial auction, visit: https://www.morrisleslie.com/