What We Do

We provide high quality powered access machine hire and sales, industry-accredited training and health & safety courses to ensure that anyone working at height is doing it at the safest, most professional way. From only three UK depots and 270 machines in 2002, we have expanded to 20 locations in the UK and six in the Middle East. We now have a fleet of more than 7,000 powered access machines and provide training for more than 30,000 people each year.



Operating since 1998, AFI-Uplift is one of the UK’s leading powered access specialists. We provide national coverage with over 20 depots, and have a versatile fleet of over 5,000 MEWPs, up to 59m, including articulating and stick booms, scissor lifts, mast lifts and push around verticals (PAVs).

Hampshire Plant and Access joined the AFI family in 2015 offering premier plant and powered access equipment for hire, as part of our actions to address covid-19 this regional business has been integrated into AFI-Uplift.

To find out more or to hire a MEWP online visit: www.afi-uplift.co.uk

Truck & Track Mounts

Wilson Access Hire

Established in 2002, Wilson Access Hire joined the AFI family in 2013. Wilson provides a comprehensive range of truck and track mounted platforms with reach heights up to 75m. Whether it’s tight, awkward or uneven spaces, Wilson’s truck and track mounts mean nowhere is out of reach. Experts in our industry, our philosophy is to provide a safe, reliable and innovative solution to your working at height needs. Our experienced team is our greatest asset. We pride ourselves on our first class customer service, always putting the customer at the heart of everything we do.

To find out more visit: www.wilsonaccess.co.uk


Founded in 1985, Facelift quickly gained a reputation for leadership. From the beginning, Facelift saw the advantages that powered access technology had over traditional scaffolding and have strived to be innovators ever since. In July 2019, Facelift became part of the AFI group of companies, helping us to increase our fleet to over 7,500 machines. Facelift has one of the most extensive ranges of powered access platforms available for hire in the UK, including the hire of underbridge units, self-drive truck mounted platforms up to 29 metres and as Operated HGV up to 61 metres.

To find out more visit: www.facelift.co.uk

Powered Access & Specialist Equipment

Rapid Platforms

Based near Stansted Airport, Rapid Platforms joined AFI in 2016. Established in 1982, Rapid Platforms are renowned for providing a high quality service and have a wealth of experience within the powered access and hoists area. The Rapid Platforms hire fleet covers all categories of MEWPs and a range of GEDA hoists. Our trained and experienced service engineers maintain our machines to the highest standards. In addition to hire, Rapid Platforms also provide access equipment sales, servicing and training.

To find out more visit: www.rapidplatforms.co.uk

UTN Training

Established in 1996, UTN Training has a long history of providing health, safety and skills training for the construction industry. We are a leading provider of SQA accredited courses for those working in New Roads or Street Works (NRSWA) environments. We also offer training courses accredited by CITB SSSTS and SMSTS, IOSH and NEBOSH. We also have a large range of eLearning, including IOSH Managing Safely, a range of CITB courses, IPAF Operators and MEWPs For Managers.

To find out more or to book training online visit: www.utntraining.co.uk

Integrated Training Solutions

Integrated Training Solutions (ITS) provide full cost, fully funded and part-funded NVQs to the construction industry, plant industry and related sectors. We will support you and your employees throughout the whole NVQ process, ensuring the qualifications fit around your work schedule.

To find out more visit: www.training-its.co.uk

AFI Resale

We specialise in new and used powered access machine sales in the UK and abroad. Our dedicated and longstanding team of access experts are on hand to help find the right machine for your project, whether it is to buy brand new machines or used machines from our very own extensive fleet of ex-rental machinery. In addition to sales, we offer service and maintenance options to ensure your machine is safe and legal to use and finance options to UK customers to help manage your purchase with ease.
To find your next machine visit: www.afi-resale.co.uk

AJ Access Platforms

With over 25 years of experience, our focus has always been to supply quality new and used access platforms to customers throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. We pride ourselves on being able to provide cost-effective solutions for our customers.
To find out more and to see what machines we currently have for sale, visit: www.accessplatforms.com

Access Rental Gulf (ARG)

AFI has a substantial presence in the Middle East where our Access Rental Gulf (ARG) business is making a significant contribution to EBITDA.

ARG was established in 2008 in two locations – Jubail in Saudi Arabia and Dubai in the UAE. Following a recent programme of investment and expansion, ARG has now also established a presence in Bahrain, Qatar and a second depot in Saudi Arabia.

Qatar is a major market in the Gulf Cooperation Council, behind Saudi and UAE, so it was a logical step for ARG to have a presence there. The new Qatar base will enable ARG to capitalise on the increased construction spend in Qatar as the State increases its infrastructure in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

ARG has one of the most experienced teams in the Middle East, offering machine rental, sales, and working at height training.

Visit our website: www.accessrental-gulf.com

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AFI in Figures

Since 2014 our total revenue has increased by 54.8% to £85m in 2019. Of this figure, our overseas activities contributed 14%.

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As a successful business, we are very aware that we play a significant role in the wellbeing of the people who work with us, in the environment and in the local communities within which we work.

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