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Hilditch Exhibit at EBME Seminar 2017

The team will once again be exhibiting at the EBME (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering) Seminar on 26th April 2017.  This is an excellent independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals that are responsible for the management of medical equipment. 

Mike Hilditch will additionally be representing The Hilditch Group and the Amalthea Trust again with a speech on our Charity. The Amalthea Trust help provide for the sustainable maintenance of medical equipment through the provision of training programmes for the recipients, including test equipment and workshop facilities. For more information on the trust please follow this link: http://www.amaltheatrust.org.uk

The Hilditch Team would be delighted to meet you and talk to you about our medical device sale options, and our growing range of services. We will be on stand B7.

See you there!

https://www.ebme.co.uk/

  EBME

Medical Engineers

  

Medical Engineering Department

We have a great team of highly qualified engineers that work as part of our specific medical engineering division. Our engineering department provides many different services to private and NHS clinics all across the country, including:

  • Annual Planned Maintenance on most types of equipment
  • Repairs of most types of medical equipment
  • Needs Assessments & Inventories
  • Equipment testing and Condition Reports on all types of medical equipment including sale items

If you would like to know more about the above services for your medical devices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be very happy to visit you to discuss whether we can assist you with your medical equipment maintenance needs, and give you a little more information on the scope of our experience. We can be very flexible in working to your requirements, so please let us know if you would like to schedule a meeting, would like a quote, or have any queries that we can help you with. 

     

NHS Information Governance Toolkit

As the market leader in the resale of medical and healthcare assets, we have strict protocols for the identification, transportation and removal of patient and confidential data for clients. 

In addition to complying with all relevant guidelines, we are registered on the NHS IG (Information Governance) Toolkit, which is an online system which allows organisations to assess themselves or be assessed against Information Governance policies and standards. It also allows members of the public to view participating organisations' IG Toolkit assessments. This toolkit incorporates information governance policy, network security policy and guidelines in the use of portable equipment. We are currently graded at level 2 +, which means we have evidenced attainment on all information governance requirements, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself by clicking the link below!

https://www.igt.hscic.gov.uk/ReportsOrganisationChooser.aspx?tk=424084737108526&lnv=3&cb=8d004e3b-ae61-43cd-b258-37f20e68069c&reptypeid=1&srch=yes&oid=12&stid=-1&val=hilditch&shcont=NO&shreview=

Please contact us for full details on our Information Governance Policy and Data Wiping Services.

 IG Toolkit

 


It’s that time of year again - Christmas Jumper Day at Hilditch

We are well in the Christmas spirit here at Hilditch and there were some seriously questionable festive ensembles in our offices today; Tuesday the 20th December.

Here is a photo of the team in their Christmas Jumpers to get you into the festive spirit.

The Hilditch Team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - are your jumpers as good as ours?!

  Xmas Jumper

 
 

Invitation to Medica Exhibition 2016, Dusseldorf, Germany

The team will once again be attending Medica.

Medica is the world’s largest medical equipment trade exhibition - and we extend a warm invitation to meet the team and discuss the sale of medical equipment. Hilditch Group will be exhibiting in Hall 10, stand G30 from the 14th – 17th November. Please call in and meet us or contact us to arrange a meeting during the show.

We will also be hosting a drinks party from 5pm Tuesday 15th – please join us.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Successful Show in Spain!

Amelia Mainer Martos and Hubertus von Wietersheim greatly enjoyed meeting new contacts and old friends while exhibiting at ‘Asociación Española de Ingeniería Hospitalaria (AEIH)’ again this week.  

This show, the 34th Annual Congress of Medical Engineering, is the largest exhibition for all professionals within the medical engineering industry in Spain.

The exhibition took place over 3 days from Wednesday 19th October to Friday 21st October at the ADDA Conference Centre in Alicante. 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by. 

We look forward to the next one!

  Spain

Cake Day

 

‘Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer Care’

On Medical sale day, Tuesday 11th October, we will be holding a cake sale to support Breast Cancer Care.  

We would also like to invite you all to ‘wear pink’ clothing on sale day to get in the fundraising spirit. 

We’ll be wearing pink! Will you?!

All proceeds will be going to charity. 


DDL Golf Day Success

We had a fantastic day at the De Lage Landen Charity Golf day! 

Big thanks to Simon Trudgeon and Stephanie Drew.

This year it was held in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside at The Manor Golf Club. All money raised went for a great cause, supporting 3 excellent charities- Amalthea Trust, Peace Hospice and Down’s Syndrome Association.

Senior Valuer & Auctioneer, Neill Saint, represented Hilditch and The Hilditch / Ramsay team were pleased to come second place! We would like to Thank our wonderful participants for a great game - Iain McDermott from Ramsay Healthcare, Dan Harding and Mick Barnes from Sychem Ltd. 

Hilditch Group were pleased to be the main sponsor of the day, however we would like to thank all event sponsors involved- Annodata Ltd, The Manor House and Golf Club, Solutions Asset Finance, JLG Financial Solutions and Rigby Capital Ltd.

We look forward to this annual event every year – see you next year!

 
 

 


NPAG Clinical Engineering Conference
   

We will be exhibiting at the annual NPAG Clinical Engineering Conference on Tuesday 13th September 2016 in Stratford Upon Avon. This is a one-day conference aimed at NHS Managers and Leads in EBME and Clinical Engineering. It is an opportunity to hear key presentations on current issues. The programme this year will explore integration with IT – ‘human factor design’ and ‘MHRA input’ and a GSI update.

We are very much looking forward to this event and if you would like to arrange a meeting please do not hesitate to contact us.

We will be on Stand 9 and look forward to seeing you there!

 


Upcoming Exhibitions

The Hilditch Group will be exhibiting at a number of events in Europe soon - please see details below.

We are very much looking forward to these events and if you would like to arrange a meeting please do not hesitate to contact us: sales@hilditchgroup.com

See you there!

 
Medica Tradefair
The world's leading trade fair for the medical industry in Düsseldorf from 14 - 17 November 2016. 
Stand: 10G30 
 
 
 
Les Journées AFIB
Annual Biomedical Engineering event, in Nantes, September 21st - 23rd 2016. Organised by the Association Française des Ingénieurs Biomédicaux (the French Association of Biomedical Engineers). 
Stand: 12 
 
 
Asociación Española de Ingeniería Hospitalaria (AEIH)
The 34th Annual Congress of Medical Engineering is the largest exhibition for all professionals within the medical engineering industry in Spain. The exhibition will take place over 3 days from Wednesday 19th October to Friday 21st October at the ADDA Conference Centre in Alicante.
Stand: 50 
 

New Website!!

We are pleased to announce that our NEW website is now live! Welcome to hilditchgroup.com - the new home of Hilditch Group Ltd.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve and develop our services, so we have decided to update our current website to help our international buyers and sellers to navigate with more ease.

This update includes more language options to make it easier for our customers abroad and will have better functionality. Language options include- French, German, Spanish and English. Work on the translation into Russian and Italian is also well underway and we will confirm the go-live date shortly. Most content will be localised and you will be able to choose your preferred language by selecting a button; however Live Lot pages will remain in English. If you need any assistance or guidance we have a number of multilingual staff to help.

We have also changed our domain to www.hilditchgroup.com rather than .co.uk. However, our previous .co.uk domain will still navigate you to our new website.

Our website, with live online bidding capability is the key portal to the used medical equipment market and we host a number of online and traditional medical equipment auctions every month. As well as regular sales at our headquarters in the United Kingdom, we also hold on-line sales via our website and sales on site anywhere in Europe.

In addition to sales of all types of medical equipment, we hold regular sales of catering equipment, plant and machinery and vehicles.

We hope this refresh will help you, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

   

Hilditch Ventures into France

Danny O’Brien, Our Online Sales Supervisor, Onsite Manager and International Operator’s Licence holder, went on a great adventure to France this month.

Hilditch Group collected some equipment from a hospital in Alès, in the sunny south, and then travelled on to Grenoble teaching hospital, before heading back north to the UK. There were some great views on the way, and Danny particularly enjoyed the truck stops on the French motorways; although in his opinion “frites are not proper chips”.

As our operations in Europe continue to grow, look out for our vehicles if you are on the continent, and please get in contact if you would like to discuss an opportunity in Europe. We wish to congratulate Danny on obtaining the International Operator’s Licence; he will play a significant part in the logistics of our European operations and still enjoys a good road trip.

 

Golf Balls, a Good Cause, and a Great Day Out!

Hilditch Group are pleased to be attending the Rad Magazine Foundation Golf Day on the 30th of June. This is an annual charity event, and this year it will be supporting The Stroke Association. Research funded by The Stroke Association has the ultimate aim of making strokes a preventable and treatable disease.

This event brings employees, clients and friends together to help raise awareness and is a great day out. This year keen golfer, Valuer & Auctioneer, Neill Saint, will be attending the event (and hopefully also winning the game!). 

 

Hilditch Group Fleets Grows

A new lorry has just joined the Hilditch fleet, increasing our transport capacity. Transport Coordinator Andrew Trybus was delighted to take delivery of his new vehicle, with the latest gadgets and barely believable fuel economy.

The vehicle’s low emissions and fuel economy will help towards lessening our environmental impact, and maintaining our ISO: 14001 accreditation.

We also continue to work to be flexible on small collections, utilising our large vans at low rates, thus offering an overall collection service to suit all requirements.  

 

Golf Day  

The Hilditch Group are proud to be sponsoring the De Lage Landen Charity Golf Day on Thursday the 15th of September.

We are delighted to act as a primary sponsor of the De Lage Landen Charity Golf Day on the 15th of September.

All funds raised will be going to an excellent cause and will be split between – Downs Syndrome Association, Peace Hospice Care, and Amalthea Trust.

As a keen golfer, Senior Valuer & Auctioneer, Neill Saint will represent Hilditch at the Event.

It will take place in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and we are very much looking forward to this.

Hilditch is Looking Forward to Attending UK Radiology Conference (UKRC) 2016

Hilditch enjoyed exhibiting at the event last year and look forward to visiting again this year. If you would like to meet with us, please contact clarissag@hilditchgroup.com.

UKRC is one of the largest diagnostic imaging events in the UK. It delivers a compelling and dynamic programme of keynote presentations, hand-on workshops, poster presentations and large commercial exhibition covering all aspects of diagnostic imaging and oncology. This is an annual event and is relevant to everyone involved in the field of radiological science and is a key date in the calendar. It takes place on the 6th to the 8th of June this year.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Find out more at http://www.ukrc.org.uk/
  UKRC 

Hilditch Open Offices in Germany

Expansion into Europe is now full steam ahead with a new established branch in Central Germany!

Germany is a key market for us and will form a hub for our European operations and stock holding.

Sales Executive Hubertus von Wietersheim will be managing the German office. Please do not hesitate to contact him on vertrieb@hilditchgroup.com Tel. +49 (0) 6155 8787890

We are very excited about this step forward.
German Office

Engineering Department Continues to Expand- Two New Engineers Have Joined Us!

We are very pleased to announce that two new engineers have joined our team: Joseph Rodrigues and Nadine Gottschick. This increase in staff means that our Medical Engineering Department can provide an even more comprehensive service to our clients, and supports our growth and development.

Joseph has a strong background in electronics and software and will be working within our data wiping team, as well as conducting repairs. We are looking forward to seeing him put his skills to the test on some problematic software issues!

Nadine joins us with a strong background in engineering and, being a German national, will work closely with our German division. She has lived and worked in many different countries, and in her spare time her quieter interests include reading and yoga, whilst at the other end of the spectrum she’s a keen surfer!

We welcome them both! 

Engineers

Yet Another Successful EBME Seminar!

Hilditch and Amalthea Trust had a great time exhibiting at EBME on Tuesday the 26th of April. The EBME seminar is an annual event that brings together healthcare professionals who are responsible for the management of medical equipment. 

The event was a huge success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited our stand. It was fantastic to meet our current customers and potential new ones.

Mike Hilditch, in his capacity as Chairman of The Amalthea Trust, gave a talk at the EBME Conference ‘Good Training is Better than Bad Donations’. Mike highlighted the huge amounts of money that had been pumped into Africa; in particular over the last 50 years, including many billions a year from the UK Government annually, with very few tangible improvements. He pointed out that other poor economies in particular in Asia had grown significantly without the benefit of large amounts of aid, and that perhaps the Aid was the problem in Africa. The talk went onto address what most agencies, such as WHO, now accept as good practice; which includes targeted small loans to business, help with education and infrastructure. However, Africa is improving and growth is excellent in some countries. This is due to better IT, web access etc. and the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger Africans; our job in the West is to encourage this and provide the tools so that they can increase their expertise. This is what Amalthea Trust is doing by running the Biomedical Technicians Course in Kyambogo University.

The talk was well received, and 11 engineers from the audience expressed an interest in volunteering for the Trust.

Mike would like to thank John Sandham for inviting him to talk at the conference. 

Amalthea Trust

Customer Feedback Required – Medical Auction Day Timings

Due to the ever increasing amount of Lots in our main monthly medical auction, we have acknowledged that the finish time, averaging around 7pm or later, is proving to be a problem for some of our buyers. For this reason, we are proposing that we will be open for viewing at 8.00am and will start the auction at the earlier time of 9am, which should hopefully mean an earlier finish for you all.

Should these changes go ahead it will mean less time for viewing on the morning of the sale; however you can take full advantage of our Medical Engineering Dept.’s condition reporting prior to the auction, and you are also able to visit us the Friday before the auctions from 12pm-5pm and Monday before the auctions from 10am-6pm.

Please contact us with any comments you may have regarding this; your feedback will assist us to make a final decision regarding these changes – simply email us on sales@hilditchgroup.com.  

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EBME Seminar 2016 – Hilditch Exhibit and Present

We are delighted to once again be exhibiting at the EBME (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering) Seminar on the 26th of April 2016 in Milton Keynes. This is an excellent independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals, and the key annual event in most medical engineer’s calendars.

Mike Hilditch will also be presenting a paper on behalf of the Amalthea Trust entitled “Good Training is Better than Bad Donations” Don’t miss it! A representative from The Amalthea Trust will also be present on our stand to discuss opportunities to support and volunteer for the charity, whose aim is “to help provide for the sustainable maintenance of medical equipment through the provision of training programmes for the recipients”.

The Hilditch team would be delighted to meet you to talk about medical device sale options, and our growing range of services. Contact us today to arrange a meeting, or just pop in and visit Hilditch on Stand B1.

We look forward to seeing you there!

EBME

Malmesbury Beer and Sausage Festival

Hilditch were very happy to be a sponsor at Malmesbury beer festival this year, and the team had an excellent time!

Massive Congratulations to ‘Style Farm Butchers’ who won the competition and will be presented with the Hilditch Sausage Shield this Sunday 24thApril 2016.

It was a very enjoyable festival with great live music, delicious food and drink. This is a yearly, two day festival and took place on the 8th and 9th of April this year in Malmesbury Town Hall.

The festival raised a great amount of money and the profit was divided equally between the three local schools, St Josephs RC Primary, Malmesbury Primary School, and Malmesbury Secondary School. All three schools received £1,000 each!

We look forward to the next one next year!

Beer Festival

Hilditch Expand Sales to Finland!

We are pleased to announce a great new online sale in Finland.

We are expanding even further into Europe - not only do we sell equipment in Germany, Spain and France but now also in Finland. We are working closely with the Oy Yios Company and have a great variety of medical equipment for sale. The equipment in this sale ranges from sternum saws to patient monitoring units.

Don’t miss it!

Finland

European Expansion Full Steam Ahead!

We launched our new European service in 2015 with sales in France, Germany and Spain - but 2016 looks even more exciting; already we are cataloguing our first sale in Finland! Two new members of staff are joining the department to strengthen our German Office. Hubertus von Wietersheim-Kramsta will be our “Man in Germany”, building strong links with the Health Service he will be based at our new warehouse near Frankfurt. Hubertus, although a German national, is fluent in Spanish, having spent several years building an online business and managing the online presence of many Spanish companies.

Dieter Becker joins us from a career in business development for a number of high tech international companies. Dieter will be responsible for Northern Europe sales and valuations, and will be working closely with Hubertus developing the German market. Although a German national, Dieter has lived in the UK for many years and will be based at our Malmesbury office. 

German Expansion

Hilditch Group Go the Extra Mile with Information Governance!

Following on from the success of the Engineering Department achieving their ISO: 13485 Accreditation, we have now successfully been accepted onto the NHS Information Governance Toolkit. Maintaining exceptionally high standards has always been a priority of the Hilditch Group, because we think that it is important that hospital managers should be able to trust that only professionals manage the sale of their assets.  These days anyone can slap auctioneer after their name – surprisingly, the industry is completely unregulated!

Maintaining high standards is crucial; the fact that the Hilditch Group is IG compliant should reassure all our clients that they can truly trust that our processes of monitoring and disposal are world class.

Information Governance

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE

The Hilditch Group has always accepted nothing less than excellence in the way it carries out its services, and we’re pleased to announce that we have been rewarded for this by achieving the ISO 13485 (Quality Management Systems) accreditation for our medical engineering department.

Needless to say, the engineers are thrilled that all 10,345,782 of the meticulously planned steps they follow when working on our clients’ medical equipment have been recognised, and you can be sure that we will continue to provide the highest quality of medical engineering services, as expected of organisations with this accreditation.

For more information on our medical engineering services, please contact alexs@hilditchgroup.com.  

Certificate

Invitation to Hotelympia Event

We would like to invite you to join us at the upcoming Hotelympia catering exhibition, which runs from 29th February 2016 to the 3rd March 2016 at London Excel.  

The team are once again exhibiting and would be delighted to meet hospitality buyers and vendors, both new and old, to discuss the market and opportunities to buy and sell catering equipment.

Contact Henry Hilditch, our Catering Auctioneer, at henryh@hilditchgroup.com if you would like to arrange a meeting, or call past our stand no. 3600. 

Hotelympia is the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event and the most important event for any professional wanting to gain access to the latest products and thinking. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hotelympia

A big thank you to Hilditch from Kenya!

With 1000’s of medical equipment lots leaving our salerooms each month, it is great to see what has been achieved, a fully equipped operating theatre with wards!  A fine example of creating a much needed resource to a community.

Here is what they have to say:

'Hello Hilditch team,

 Just to thank you again, I think you can all see how much Hilditch has done for Star Hospital and Langoni Nursing Home. Most of our equipment was bought there. In this part of the world, this will all go a long way in helping the local community. With Hilditch, our dream became a reality'!

Star Hospital

National Performance Advisory Group Clinical Engineering Conference 2015

Hilditch were proud supporters of the NPAG: Clinical Engineering Conference this month where our Director, Mike Hilditch, gave a controversial yet thought provoking presentation named ‘Does Charity Save the World – or Destroy it’? The presentation put forward the argument that Big Spend charity by governments often has a negative effect of the recipients, and that a better approach is to encourage free trade. Mike also talked about how money could be better spent on education, business advice and small cheap loans for start up businesses; following which, many of the delegates also recounted their similar experiences.

Several engineers expressed an interest in volunteering to teach medical engineering classes for the Amalthea Trust. If we spoke to you at the event then you will be hearing from us shortly, but please don’t hesitate to contact us at sales@hilditchgroup.com to request more information should you desire it!   

 
NPAG 

Hilditch Visit the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015

Joanna Maddams, Hilditch Marketing Executive, attended the European Society of Cardiology Congress last week, the largest and most influential cardiology event in the world.

Visiting the many major manufacturers exhibiting at the conference, including Philips, Siemens and GE Healthcare whom we sell medical equipment on behalf of, Joanna was also able to renew knowledge in this specialist field - in which we sell hundreds of items of cardiology equipment every year. Joanna said “it was great to attend such an exciting event, with attendees from around Europe and so many new developments and innovations”.

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents over 85, 000 cardiology professionals, principally from across Europe and the Mediterranean basin, but also from the rest of the world. Providing an array of scientific and educational activities including the production and continuous updating of Clinical Practice Guidelines, the ESC also organises many educational courses and initiatives, as well as pan-European surveys on specific disease areas. As well as the ESC Main congress, several subspecialty congresses are also held and the ESC also edits and publishes 12 of the world's leading journals on cardiology.

 

 

 
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Senior Ultrasound Engineer Joins Our Growing Medical Engineering Team.

Karan Korgaonkar, Senior Engineer,  is the latest addition to the growing Hilditch team, joining us with industry experience from leading players including TBS GB, Asteral Ltd and Siemens, as well as having worked in several NHS Trusts.

Karan's appointment significantly enhances The Hilditch Group's capability to maintain and repair ultrasound scanners, as well as supporting our industry leading resale programme. Karan will work with the team to maximise the resale value of ultrasounds by preparing them for sale with any required repairs and maintenance in liaison with vendors; and potentially supporting buyers in their maintenance after purchase (although all lots remain sold as seen).

Karan will focus on the continual development of our service offering with Roger Sanders, Medical Engineering Manager, both of whom conducted their MSC in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, London. Karan says “I am excited to be joining such an innovative and growing company, and in building on their specialist services to the NHS and private sector.”

 

 
Med Eng 

 

Hilditch Promote Their Services at Care Show

As a specialist Nursing Home Auctioneer, Hilditch Group, recently visited the Care Show in Bournemouth to renew relationships with Care Homes and Equipment Manufacturers alike. In our 25 years of trading, we have sold thousands of Care Home Equipment items through our auctions, including wheelchairs, hoists, baths, walking aids, beds, mattresses and much more. 

Many care homes were not aware of the full service that we provide, including our site clearance and Asset Management Service; which takes unwanted stress away. A care home in Staffordshire have used us on a number of occasions to collect, auction and dispose of unwanted furniture and equipment from several closed properties. 

Michelle Hall, Asset Management Officer for Staffordshire County Council, said: “We have now held two on-site auctions, these were managed throughout to our complete satisfaction by the staff at Hilditch. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hilditch Group Ltd to anybody who is thinking of auctioning off furniture and equipment, and the disposal of items no longer required.”

Care Home 

Hilditch Celebrate 25 Years in Style! 

Hilditch celebrated their 25th Year in business on Friday with a stylish event at Barnsley House Hotel, Cirencester. Guests included local councillor Ray Sanderson and a host of past and present customers, including Albert Maslin of Westend Catering who started working at Hilditch as a porter at the age of 16, before setting up his own successful business. He has been attending Hilditch Auctions for many years.

The event was held in the Grade II listed gardens of Barnsley House. The slightly damp weather did not dampen the festivities, which included afternoon tea and a speech with champagne toast by Mike Hilditch.

Founded in 1990 by Mike and Nicky Hilditch, the company is now the biggest resellers of medical equipment in Europe, with customers from all over the world. The Hilditch Group is expanding rapidly and has opened offices in Spain and Germany.  

Lean Ainscough, a former employee at Hilditch, commented “we had a fantastic day and it was so lovely to be able to catch up with so many old faces and to meet such a growing team.”

 

 

 
 

Invitation to Join Hilditch Group at UK Radiology Conference (UKRC) 2015 

Hilditch will be exhibiting at the UK Radiology Conference (UKRC) Monday 29th June – Wednesday 1st July and would like to invite you to visit us on stand 85. We value and sell a huge variety of imaging equipment for the NHS, Lease Companies and Manufacturers, including CT and MRI scanners, and would be happy to discuss sale options for your current equipment that you may be replacing. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a meeting or just pop along to stand 85.

UKRC is aimed at all those involved in the field of radiological science, being the largest Diagnostic Imaging event in the UK. It is a three day multidisciplinary scientific conference and technical exhibition. This year promises to be a dynamic and exciting programme, covering all aspects of diagnostic imaging and oncology. 

We hope to see you there! 

Find out more at http://www.ukrc.org.uk/

UKRC 2015 

Hilditch Launch Shop and Dealing Room 

Hilditch have just launched two major new sections to their website – The Hilditch Shop and The Dealing Room.

The Shop features a range of new and used catering and medical equipment, some with a UK Warranty, giving our buyers the opportunity to purchase selected items now.

The Dealing Room offers a more refined solution to buying and selling equipment. It gives our vendors the opportunity to display products in advance, maximising visibility to buyers. This allows buyers better preparation for purchases, giving them the chance to negotiate a price, arrange disconnection, de-installation, removal, and service agreements if necessary.

Both The Shop and Dealing Room are regularly updated with new products so check back regularly for new deals.

Happy Shopping!

 
 

Hilditch Exhibiting at Radiology Conference 

The Hilditch Group will be exhibiting at the 5th National Conference for Radiology Managers supported by the Philips Healthcare and the Society of Radiographers on 14th May 2015 at the Pullman Hotel, London.

The event attracts around 300 Managers and Clinical Directors across the UK to meet and share information and experiences. The 2015 theme is 'The Quest for the Holy Grail: Achieving Quality, Safety and Investment' - with a highly topical programme, it aims to support the leadership of managers as they work to deliver high quality imaging services in the rapidly changing National Health Service.

As the leading medical device reseller via auction in Europe with 25 years’ experience in the medical industry, Hilditch have sold an array of CT, MRI and X-ray rooms, as well as ultrasound scanners and general imaging equipment on behalf of 95% of NHS Trusts and private hospitals.

We hope to see you there on Stand 7!

 
 

Golf Event raises over £6,000 

Hilditch sponsored a Charity Golf Day held in their local town of Malmesbury which raised over £6,000 for Children’s Hospice South West. 

Organised by Malmesbury builder Paul Sparrowhawk and his wife Claire, the event also included an auction with a pair of signed Ricky Hatton boxing gloves, a players programme donated by Europe’s leading mind coach Karl Morris and a signed US Open flag from Justin Rose. 

Children’s Hospice South West make the most of short and precious lives, building memories for families whose children are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. 

Paul Sparrowhawk said: “They do an amazing job there and it's inspired us to do even more for them. “Thank you very much for your kind sponsorship at Hilditch, it really is appreciated, and makes a big difference to this wonderful charity.”

 
 

Sausage Success!

The Grand National and The University Boat Race were both overshadowed earlier this month by the Wiltshire Sausage and Beer Festival which was a sizzling success! The event took place in Malmesbury town hall and raised over £3000 for local primary schools.

Luke Chapman,  Online Cataloguer at Hilditch judged the sausage competition and presented the renowned Hilditch Sausage Shield to the winner of the best Sausage in Wiltshire - Martin Wilson of Wilson's Family Butchers in Swindon. To show their ongoing support for the local community and of course, beer, Hilditch also sponsored a Firkin for the event in addition to the Shield. The festival also raised an extra £200 for the Malmesbury and District Foodbank.

View the full article here.

 

 
Sausage Festival 

 

The Great Hilditch Bake Off! 

Staff at Hilditch will be taking part in the Great Hilditch Bake Off to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Participants will bake an array of cakes, cookies or sweet treats ready for Tuesday 21st April which is when their next live Catering Auction will take place.

Feel free to pop in throughout the day and sample these delicious treats! All proceeds will be donated to Help for Heroes.

 Help for Heroes

 

EBME Conference 2015

Hilditch will be exhibiting at the EBME (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering) seminar and would like to invite you to meet with us on stand C10 to talk about medical device sale options and our growing range of services.

The conference is taking place in the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes on Thursday 30th April 2015.

EBME is an independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals that are responsible for the management of medical equipment in areas such as procurement, maintenance, user training, and managing inventories.

Contact us today to arrange a meeting or just pop in and visit Hilditch on Stand C10. We look forward to seeing you.

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Hilditch Veteran Runs Again!

Our veteran marathon runner, Danny O'Brien, will be running The Grand Union Canal Challenge this year in aid of Help for Heroes.

Danny will be running 50k from Watford to Bletchley hoping to raise at least £400. This is an annual event which normally features about 2,000 entrants. The entire course is 100k, starting from London, but entrants can either do 25k, 50k or the full 100k.

Danny says he'll do the 100k maybe next year...!

Please consider sponsoring him, the Just Giving site is www.justgiving.com/DannyOBrien1

 

Engineering Team Expanded to Improve Offering

Hilditch have increased the size of their medical engineering department with the inclusion of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Mufna Nihad. Mufna holds a 1st Class Degree from City University, London. Before joining us, Mufna worked as a Trainee Biomedical Engineer for the NHS at Chase Farm Hospital, London. 

We are delighted to welcome Mufna, whose primary activities include performing Planned Preventative Maintenance, Servicing, and Electrical Safety Tests on the vast range of medical equipment sold in our auctions, including Ultrasounds, Radiography Rooms, CT Scanners, Endoscopy, Mammography and Anaesthetic Machines. 

With the ability to test and repair most types of equipment in a 72-hour turnaround time, and specialties in clearing patient data, along with carrying out post-lease condition and decontamination reports on a range of equipment for lease companies, we have seen an increase in throughput within the engineering department in recent months.

 
Medical Engineering 

Hilditch Sponsor Food Event of the Year

Wimbledon, Ascot, The Boat Race and the Wiltshire Sausage Competition are all prestigious events in the British social calendar and The Hilditch Group are pleased to announce that this year we will be principal sponsors of the Best of the British Bangers! Butchers from all over Wiltshire and far beyond will be flocking to Malmesbury on 10th and 11th April 2015 to enter their meaty feasts in a competition that combines everything that is Great in Great Britain; namely fine ales and sausages.

The Malmesbury Beer Festival will showcase handcrafted ales and fine British cuisine, and, who knows, even a Morris Dancer or two. The event, which will raise funds for three Malmesbury Schools, is rapidly becoming almost unmissable, and the chance to win the Hilditch Challenge Cup for best sausage has got everyone literally slavering at the chops!

 
Beer Sausage Festival 

Thousands of Pounds' Lost in Site Clearances

In an article published by Health Estate Journal, Mike Hilditch, Managing Director of Hilditch Group Ltd gives advice about site clearances to prevent companies losing out on significant amounts of money. He states: “In summary, companies must be flexible- preparing for any eventuality and changing the plan if necessary. Keep in mind the security of the old site which can be overlooked when company focus is on the new site, and also recycling equipment which is essential.”

With 25 years’ experience selling equipment on behalf of the NHS, Hilditch Group have managed over 90 hospital site clearances. Mike continues: “Asset managers are essential for the initial site assessment; they can highlight liability issues and determine the real areas of value.”

Hilditch Group have a number of valuers to provide accurate quotes on what equipment is worth before it is sent to auction, along with trained engineers who can inspect equipment and undertake data cleansing on hard drives, enabling resale instead of disposal. 

Hilditch have just completed the clearance of Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals. Karen Shrimpton, Commissioning Manager at North Bristol NHS Trust said: “Our site clearance was executed to a very high standard thanks to the professional and skilful approach undertaken by Hilditch. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again to manage our future site clearances.”

Read the full article here: www.healthestatejournal.com/story/13966/keeping-costs-down-and-revenue-up

 
 

Hilditch Group Expands Team Internationally

Leading medical equipment and healthcare asset auctioneers Hilditch Group are rapidly expanding with the appointment of three members of the sales and marketing team.

Amelia Mainer Martos has been taken on as Sales Executive for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Amelia has extensive experience in marketing after working with HP for two years. Prior to this, Amelia gained a Master’s Degree at Barcelona School of Management.

After studying as an apprenticeship mechatronic technician with a dental market leader, Christiane Saupe joined MSI (Medical Service International) as a field service representative for North Germany. With vast experience studying medicine and repairing endoscopes, Christiane is well qualified to join Hilditch as Sales Executive for Northern Europe.

These appointments reflect the rapid expansion of Hilditch into Europe.

Joanna Maddams, Sales and Marketing Executive, will be using her Healthcare experience to maintain the Hilditch website as the key portal to the used medical equipment market in Europe. She will also continually maximise vendor medical device exposure to over 12,000 active buyers and thousands of prospects.

 
Europe 

Hilditch offer excellent Hospitality at the Show in Birmingham NEC

Hilditch have had a presence at the Hospitality Show for a number of years and enjoyed renewing relationships with both buyers and vendors - several of whom knew us from when we started holding catering auctions 25 years ago.

Visitors were interested in the wealth of services Hilditch have to offer at the Hospitality Show, and the opportunity to buy low-priced used commercial catering equipment.

Discussions were based around the variety of equipment Hilditch sell through their auctions including new, ‘B’ grade, second hand or used catering equipment from major manufacturers and distributors.

 
Cake 

Hilditch exhibiting at the Hospitality Show, NEC Birmingham

This month, the team will be attending the Hospitality Show at Birmingham NEC 19th – 21st January, Britain’s largest hospitality event of 2015.

We’d like to invite you to join us on stand 459 to discuss how we can be of service to you.

With 25 years’ experience, Hilditch are the UK's leading auctioneers of catering equipment; selling new, b-grade and used catering equipment.

 

 

Hospitality 2015 

Invitation to Medica Exhibition 2014, Dusseldorf, Germany

The team will once again be attending Medica and this year will be co-exhibiting with MSI Medserv International. We have assembled an expert team for Medica this year – Mike Hilditch (Director), Barney Greig (Marketing Manager), Joanne Clark (Valuer) and Hugo Hilditch (Sales & Marketing).

Medica is the world’s largest medical equipment trade exhibition - and we extend a warm invitation to meet the team. Hilditch Group will be exhibiting in Hall 13, stand D63 from the 12th – 15th November. Please call in and meet us; contact us to arrange a meeting during the show.

 
 Medica

 


Artists Studio Sale -  Jon Woolfenden’s Vibrant Art

Connoisseurs of British Art might already be aware of talented painter Jon Woolfenden whose large oil painting exhibited in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts sold within 20 minutes at the private viewing. Woolfenden’s subjects are often industrial; Shipping tankers, merchant vessels, chains, tyres and even an abandoned safety glove, but his use of colour imbues each scene with an electrical liveliness.

Inspired by dockyard life on the South Coast and his travels, Woolfenden’s paintings bring a dynamic, contemporary atmosphere to homes or offices alike, a devotee of the ‘Kitchen Sink’ style, his art features in many public collections, such as the Museum of Labour History. Jon’s paintings are reminiscent of John Bratby’s work with thick layers of paint applied to the canvas but the comparison belies the intensity of Jon’s art, unlike Bratby who could knock out a canvas in an hour or so, Jon applies layer after layer over days of intense work, using brush, knife and even hands, the canvases engulf the senses with rust , diesel , the sea, you can hear the clank of the chains and the cries of the seagulls and smell the brine in the air.

At Hilditch we’ve livened up our reception and meeting rooms with Woolfenden’s eye-catching artwork and, as big fans of the artist, we’ve agreed to hold an online auction of his paintings next month. Keep an eye on our website and take advantage of this unique opportunity to invest in stunning pieces by a contemporary British artist. 

Better still take a trip down to sunny Salcombe  visit Jon’s studio and meet the artist himself, no mere photograph can do his paintings justice.

 
Jonathan Woolfenden 

 

Invitation to Join Us at the IHEEM Annual Conference 

We’re looking forward to attending the Healthcare Estates Exhibition on the 7th and 8th of October at the Manchester Central exhibition centre. As the leading specialist auctioneer and asset manager to the health service, Hilditch will once again have a stand at the exhibition this year, and we would love to have a drink and a chat while we’re there and update you on developments at the Hilditch Group. We have grown significantly in the last few years and now offer a host of services in addition to the sale of assets.

Should you require more information on the conference or exhibition, or simply need directions, please visit the Healthcare Estates Conference and Exhibition website: http://www.healthcare-estates.com/. We very much look forward to seeing you at our stand, number F30!

IHEEM Exhibition 

 

Hilditch Group Help Engalynx Charity Establish Health Centre in Mwulire Sector, Rwanda.

The Mwulire Sector is located in the Eastern Provence. Until recently there was no Hospital or Health Centre and residents had to walk 22 miles for medical aid. For people with serious health issues or women with birth complications, this was a bleak situation. After being offered two possible locations, the Engalynx charity chose Ntunga, the “sector capital”, which was suitable for a Health Centre. Engalynx Trustees visited the Local Authority and the need for a centre was confirmed.

In 2011, Maralyn Bambridge met a team of volunteers from the global design and engineering firm, Arup. Their plans were approved by the Local Authorities in 2012, and detailed plans went out to tender in Rwanda. Building began in May 2013 and the much needed Maternity Unit opened on September 2014. Originally, it was agreed that the Ministry of Health would provide the equipment, however, due to problems Engalynx had to purchase the equipment themselves. As a charity they needed the best equipment, but at an affordable price. Hilditch Group were delighted to work with the charity and we helped them source their medical equipment from our salerooms in Malmesbury.

 

 
 Rwanda Health Centre

 

 


Hilditch Group Host Online Auction with MSI MedServ International GmbH

Hilditch are delighted to announce the sale results of a recent collaboration with MSI MedServ International GmbH, Germany – a member of the TBS Group. MSI are a leading company in the supply, repair and maintenance of Endoscopes, TEE probes and ultrasound probes.

We were pleased to have overseen two online scope auctions, based in Germany. The first sale featured  5 ex demo ‘as new’ rigid and flexible scopes and the second sale 39 flexible scopes.  The sales were a great success with strong bidding from our global buyer base and with many of the lots reaching beyond the upper end of their estimate price.

Given the resounding success of these German sales, we anticipate more auctions in association with MSI MedServ International GmbH and look forward to further medical sales in Europe.

 
 

Mount Carmel Hospital, Ireland - Hospital Contents Liquidation Auction

The complete medical assets of the Mount Carmel Hospital (in liquidation) were recently sold in several online auction sales. The auctions were hosted on the Hilditch Group website on behalf of the appointed Dublin based Auctioneers McKay & Associates Ltd, on the instructions of Joint Official Liquidators.

Given the specialist nature of the sale, McKay’s requested the involvement of Hilditch, as experts in the field of medical equipment sales. The two companies worked together to significantly exceed pre-sale estimates.

The auctions further our growing medical equipment sales presence in Europe, with these sales conducted in Euros. Keep an eye on our website for further European sales!

 
Mount Carmel Hospital 

Hilditch Group Sponsor De Lage Landen Charity Golf Day 2014 
 

We were delighted to act as primary sponsor for the De Lange Landen Charity Golf Day on the 4th September 2014. The event was held to raise funds for Home Start, which supports families in need. Senior Valuer/Manager, Neill Saint represented Hilditch, club swinging with all the enthusiasm of a caveman bagging his lunch. Marketing Manager Barney Grieg was also on hand to offer support, but despite this winning arrangement, victory was snatched by the Microsoft team.

There was however, the consolation of raising a significant sum on behalf of Home Start. The evening’s sports-themed raffle was a great success and the event raised over £7500. Everybody had enormous fun on behalf of a worthy cause. If you would like to know more about Home Start and find out about the invaluable services they offer to families with complex needs, you can click on this link: www.home-start.org.uk

 

 De Lage Landen Charity Golf Day

UKRC United Kingdom Radiography Conference

Barney Greig, our Marketing Manager, attended the United Kingdom Radiography Conference on Wednesday the 11th of June and also took the opportunity to meet with several NHS Trust clients in the Manchester area. It was a great chance to see the latest imaging equipment such as ultrasounds, CT scanners and C-arms from the key manufacturers demonstrated. It also provided “professional development” for Barney who, in addition to managing the marketing of our sales and services, conducts equipment valuations.

For those who haven’t attended UKRC, it is an annual event which also hosts a three-day multidisciplinary scientific conference and a technical exhibition alongside this. It is relevant to everyone involved in the field of radiological science and is a key date in the calendar.

 

 
 UKRC

 

Hilditch Girlies Race For Life

Huge congratulations to Becci, Sally-Anne, Joanne, Kavita and Anna who ran, jogged and walked (in that order!) to complete the 5k Cancer Research Race for Life on Saturday 31st May.

Between them they raised over £2,100, however you can still donate here:  www.justgiving.com/Hilditch-Girlies. Thank you to everyone who sponsored them!

Cancer Research Race for Life 

Team Hilditch Complete the Edinburgh Marathon 2014
 
The Hilditch Marathon Team successfully finished the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 25th May 2014. Team Leader, Danny O’Brien, led the charge with a convincing 4 hours 10 minutes, followed by Mike Hilditch on 4 hours 13 minutes, Hugo Hilditch 4 hours 30 minutes and Luke Chapman (who bravely battled on even after a leg injury at mile 8) on 4 hours 52 minutes.
 
Well stocked up on Scottish porridge, the team set out in high spirits, yet somewhat nervous about the prospect of running 26.2miles; however the Edinburgh atmosphere was undeniably electric. Despite the unpredictable weather the marathon was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for participants and spectators alike. For first time marathon runners it was a true test of endurance and determination in the name of charity; the Team raised £1,250.00 for the Amalthea Trust, which supports Medical Engineering courses in Uganda. The donations page will remain open until 25th June for anyone who wishes to contribute to a good cause. 
Team Hilditch 

R3 South West & South Wales Regional Golf Day Event

We were very proud to be the main sponsor at the R3 South West & South Wales Regional Golf Day (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals), on Thursday the 22nd of May 2014 at the lovely St Pierre Hotel & Country Club, Chepstow.

Everyone enjoyed the day greatly and didn’t let the changeable “Spring” weather, or the threat of a lightning strike, dampen their enthusiasm. It was a good opportunity to meet with local business recovery specialists in an informal setting and talk about current market conditions.

 
R3 Gold Day 

 4th National Conference for Radiology Managers

We greatly enjoyed exhibiting at the conference, and meeting new and existing customers, which was held at the stunning Kings Place venue in London on the 15th of May.  The venue featured great works of art and excellent food. The conference was a chance for Radiology Managers to exchange new ideas and network, and has become a key event in many Radiology Managers' years.

Although we specialise in the sale of medical equipment including CT and MRI scanners and other imaging equipment, some customers did not realise our strengths in imaging equipment – do please get in contact if you have any imaging equipment to sell!

Radiology Seminar 

 

Hotelympia Exhibition 2014 - Excel London

We are exhibiting at Hotelympia this week, the biggest event of the catering and hospitality year. The show is packed with exciting new products and innovations and features demonstrations from leading chefs.

The event runs from the 27th of April to the 1st May and we are on stand 1514, do please call past to say hello and talk about your catering equipment requirements.

 
 Hotelympia

North Bristol NHS Trust  - Site Clearance Tender Awarded

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Tender to supply a disposals and asset sales service on behalf of North Bristol NHS Trust. In May 2014 Southmead Hospital, Bristol will become one of Europe’s leading hospital sites, with services transferring from the existing Southmead Hospital and Frenchay Hospital respectively as part of a major PFI construction project. We will be working hard to clear the old sites and sell assets so watch out for some excellent sales containing everything from CT Scanners to Catering Equipment.

  


 

AMALTHEA TRUST

You are probably aware that the Hilditch Group is a key sponsor of the Amalthea Trust, and that we provide volunteers to assist in the running of the charity and in teaching biomedical engineering courses. However, you may not be aware that we donate over 7% of our company profits to fund the trust. We founded the charity after visiting Africa and becoming aware that it was not the shortage of medical equipment that was the principal problem with delivering healthcare, but the shortage of medical equipment that was in working order. Over the years, huge quantities of equipment have been donated to Africa; however there is simply not the expertise to maintain the equipment, and no one to provide training on how to use it. As a charity, we rely on NHS volunteer engineers to deliver the courses. We are always happy to talk about the Trust and current projects so please feel free to contact us.

The Amalthea Trust’s objectives are as follows:

  • To assist with the provision and maintenance of medical equipment and support systems to less economically developed countries.
  • To help provide for the sustainable maintenance of medical equipment through the provision of training programmes for the recipients.

You can find out more about supporting the trust at www.amaltheatrust.org.uk.

   Amalthea Trust

 


HILDITCH GROUP’S CONTINUED SPONSORSHIP OF WOOTTON BASSETT CRICKET CLUB Wootton Bassett Cricket Club

The Hilditch Group are pleased to continue their long-standing sponsorship of Wootton Bassett Cricket Club. Our longest standing employee, James Smith, is an active member of this club who last year had their most successful season at Junior Level Cricket and are targeting promotion for their 1st Team. After all the recent awful weather we hope that the start of the cricket season will hail the arrival of the sunshine and warm weather!


 
CONTENTS OF FAMOUS LANDMARK BOURNEMOUTH HOTEL FOR SALE 

The Hilditch Group have been instructed to sell the contents of the The Belvedere Hotel, in Bournemouth. The hotel, which has 100 bedrooms, is closing for redevelopment and everything must go. Included in the sale will be leisure facilities, gym equipment, furniture, kitchen contents, crockery and cutlery, plus much more - it will provide a great opportunity for buyers to purchase equipment for their catering and holiday let businesses.
 
The sale will take place on Wednesday 22nd January and the catalogue will be released in the New Year. Watch our website and our Facebook Events page for more details as they become available.
  Group Photo



MEDICA EXHIBITION, DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

Marketing Manager, Barney Greig, will be attending Medica this week - the world’s largest medical equipment trade exhibition - and he extends a warm invitation to all to meet with him. Barney will be enjoying the native culture of Germany whilst attending, of which German beer is an integral part he assures us!

Hilditch Group have booked a meeting room at the ABHI stand in the UK Pavilion, Hall 16, stand G19-1 on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st November. Please call in and meet Barney, or collect his details to arrange a meeting during the show.

  Medica, Germany

 
OFF TO PASTURES NEW 

It seems we've only just said our goodbyes to Colin and now we're about to lose driver Tony as well!

Tony has decided to take a driving position in New Zealand and we will be very sorry to see him go. However, we are delighted that he is embarking on a new adventure and we wish him all the best.
  Tony Hedges

Nuffield Health St Marys Bristol  

CLEARANCE OF NUFFIELD HEALTH ST MARY'S HOSPITAL, BRISTOL 

We at Hilditch are well used to a challenge, but the recent site clearance of St Mary’s Hospital in Bristol on behalf of the Nuffield Group was one of the most challenging, with just 5 days to clear the site and hand over to the incoming developers. However the Hilditch team, ably led by On Site Manager Danny O’Brien, pulled it off with great aplomb and ringing praise from the guys at Nuffield Health:

“We visited the site earlier and the only thing we can say is what a sterling job the guys have done! They have worked like Trojans this week to deliver a project that really warranted twice the time scale involved. We have thanked them all individually but if you could also pass on our thanks to the team we would be most grateful”


HILDITCH GROUP LTD SPONSOR DE LAGE LANDEN'S ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY 

Hilditch Group Ltd

Hilditch Group Ltd were proud to be the primary sponsors of De Lage Landen’s Annual Charity Golf Day, held at Blackwell Golf Club in Worcestershire this year. The event was in aid of Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers (http://home-startwatford.org.uk/), a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5 years of age.

The 72 attendees were treated to a day of golf followed by dinner and a charity auction which was conducted by Mike, who attended with Barney.The auction was a huge hit, and no wonder with several excellent lots including 18 holes of golf for four people at St Andrews, a day’s fishing for two on the River Thames at Chilbolton, and a two night stay at the soon-to-be opened luxurious Lord Crewe Arms in County Durham. Overall, more than £10,000 was raised for charity and we were delighted to have been involved.


OUR COLIN FINALLY RETIRES 
We’re sad to say that our ever-cheerful driver Colin has finally retired. Having worked for Hilditch for 8 years, it’s probably about time he put his feet up, but he will be sorely missed by colleagues and clients alike. Thankfully he will still be popping back from time to time to help out so we don’t have to say goodbye forever, but it will still be a shock to the system not hearing that unmistakeable chuckle every day.

We wish Colin all the best for the future and intend to give him the send-off he deserves!

  Colin Henderson
 

Danny O'Brien  

MARATHON TRAINING 

Team Hilditch will be running the Edinburgh Marathon in May next year to raise money for The Amalthea Trust; as part of his strict training regime, Danny O’Brien took part in the Malmesbury 10K Run on Saturday 31st August.

The course was over 10km of Wiltshire terrain, as part of the Town’s annual carnival celebrations. Danny ran the course at a speed that would make your eyes water, coming in 64th out of 250 with a time of 48 minutes and 2 seconds


HILDITCH GROUP TO COMPETE IN THE EDINBURGH MARATHON 2014

Good luck to Mike, Danny, Terry, Luke, and Hugo who are all in get fit mode from now until May 2014 following a decision to run the Edinburgh Marathon in a bid to raise funds for The Amalthea Trust.

The Trust, which is supported by Hilditch, is a charity dedicated to the growth and improvement of Biomedical Engineering within developing countries. They are currently working on a collaborative project with Kyambogo University to train Medical Engineers through the provision of a diploma as part of the university's Electrical and Mechanical Engineering course. The project is in its second year and has enjoyed great success so far, going from strength to strength.

The boys will be running a whopping 26.2 miles round Edinburgh on Sunday 25th May 2014 and training is (mostly) going well! You can have a look at the route they will be running. A Justgiving account will be set up soon so people can donate online, the link for which will be posted here so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, if you want to give a few pennies to the cause just ask the Sales Team for our sponsorship form. 100% of everything we raise goes towards the charity and you can see exactly what your donation will be used for on the Amalthea website.

  Edinburgh Marathon

Matthew Smith  

CONGRATULATIONS TO BEST ENGINEER 2013 (second year running!)

Huge congratulations to our very own Matthew Smith who has been awarded Best Apprentice Engineer by Wiltshire College for a second year running.
Matt started with us in February 2011 as part of his engineering apprenticeship with the college, and he is about to go into his third year of studies.
Needless to say we are very proud of him.


 
EXCELLENT SEASON FOR HILDITCH-SPONSORED MALMESBURY U11's YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB
Malmesbury U11’s Youth Football Clubs
We are very proud of our sponsored Malmesbury U11's Youth Football Club who have had an excellent season. Not only were they finalists in the "Fair Play Awards" covering 5 Mid-Wiltshire Divisions in their age group, but they finished as Mid Wiltshire Division 3 Winners! We would like to think that our lucky shirts had something to do with this...?!

 
NHS WALES SHARED SERVICES PARTNERSHIP AWARDS CONTRACT FOR SUPPLY OF AUCTIONEER SERVICES FOR SURPLUS EQUIPMENT TO HILDITCH GROUP LTD.

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded the above contract, which formalizes the close relationship we have had with Welsh NHS Trusts over a number of years.

The contract, which runs until 2016, covers all asset disposals and reflects our comprehensive offering to the NHS in the sale of all assets within healthcare settings – whether they be medical, plant and machinery, general or catering items.
Hilditch Group's Fully Integrated Disposal Service means that Trusts have one port of call for anything they wish to dispose of, not just high value assets. We have sold a huge range of assets for Welsh NHS Trusts, from medical equipment to plant and machinery, and we look forward to continuing to maximise returns on their redundant assets.
  NHS Wales

STRONG YEAR AHEAD FOR HILDITCH GROUP

The Hilditch Group will be enjoying a strong start for 2013 having acquired six new NHS contracts over the course of 2012 in addition to the extension of a pre-existing one.

Newham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust have all now joined the rapidly growing number of Trusts choosing to contract with us and, after three years of excellent service, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust have decided to extend their contract by a further two years.

With even more Trusts expected to sign up to our Integrated Disposal Policy, 2013 looks to be an exciting year for growth for us.

HILDITCH GROUP SPONSORS MALMESBURY UNDER 11'S YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB 
Hilditch Group are proud to sponsor our local Under 11's football team. Mike, Nicky and all the staff wish them the best of luck for their forthcoming season.

OLYMPIC CATERING AUCTION PRODUCES RECORD RESULTS 

Auctioneer, Neill Saint, produced a marathon performance when he sold 600 lots of prime Olympic Village catering equipment on 31st January. The equipment was just 6 months old and in pristine condition and we were delighted to see lots of new customers tempted by the rare chance to buy barely used equipment at great prices.

Top of the podium were a Zanolli Double Deck Mobile Conveyor Pizza Oven which sold for £5200, a Meiko Ecostar 530F Dishwasher for £1242, 4 Burner Ranges going for as much as £650 and Williams Double Door Bottle Chillers hitting the £500 mark.


The Olympic catering effort was so huge – catering for over 22,000 people a day – that this is just the first of three sales of the kitchens: the next is to be held in April so watch this space for confirmation of the sale date.

That's all folks!!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE "BEST ENGINEER 2012" 
Congratulations to our medical engineering apprentice, Matthew Smith, who has been awarded "Best Engineer" from the entire class of students for this year's course at Wiltshire College!

HILDITCH GROUP SUPPORTS 100-MILE SPONSORED WALK 

The Hilditch Group have continued their support of both local and international charities by supporting Rebecca Jobes and her father with a donation of £1,000 towards their upcoming 100-mile sponsored walk. Our customers will know Becci as the Hilditch Group receptionist and the first smiling face they see when they visit our premises.The walk takes a circuit through local villages close to Malmesbury, following the same route that Becci’s father took 25 years ago in aid of local charities. The walk commences on the 1st of July and Becci is currently in training and says “I am stepping up my training as the day approaches and we would like to thank all those who have already sponsored us”.

Hope for Tomorrow is a national cancer charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to home via mobile chemotherapy units. The fundraising will help support 'Kayleigh', Wiltshire’s mobile chemotherapy unit. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.

If you would like to support Becci on her walk please contact us.

***Update: Becci and her father managed to raise in excess of £6,000 for their chosen charities***


HILDITCH GO EVER GREENER WITH ISO:14001

As auctioneers we are, of course, the ultimate recyclers; but now we have gone even greener! After much hard work by Nicky Hilditch and Environmental Consultant Brunel Management, we have achieved our ISO: 14001 accreditation. This means that our customers are guaranteed that we maintain the highest environmental standards and are committed to year on year improvements. It is our aim to be carbon neutral by 2014!

Our first step to this ambitious goal has been to install 20kwp Solar Photovoltaic Cells on the roof of the warehouse, which will generate 18k kwh/annum.


HILDITCH GROUP SUPPORTS CHARITY FUNDRAISING FOR BRISTOL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 

The Hilditch Group have assisted Malmesbury local lad, Ben Anderson-Soule, with his fundraising efforts by donating £500 towards his fundraising initiative of opening his Grandparent’s garden to the public for the charity. Their beautiful local garden has, over the years, raised a substantial amount for various causes. 

Ben’s enthusiasm for this cause at the ripe old age of 10 impressed us all and we were happy to be able to assist such a worthy effort.

The Bristol Children’s Hospital gives much needed care and support to both sick children and their parents, and Ben wanted to give something back following the care he has received over the years having being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis aged just 4 years old.


HILDITCH GROUP WINS QUEENS AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE!
This award recognises the year on year increase in exports by the Hilditch Group and confirms our position as market leaders for the sale of medical and other related equipment. Mike & Nicky Hilditch are absolutely delighted, and are very excited about the prospect of visiting Buckingham Palace to receive the award. 

The award judges recognised the hard work of the sales and marketing team promoting sales to overseas customers, sales to outside the UK account for over 80% of turnover. The judges were also impressed by the level of customer service at the salerooms. All this, of course, means that if you are one of our vendors you can be sure that you are getting the very best prices for your equipment possible.

MEDICAL ENGINEERING WINS PPM CONTRACT
We are delighted to announce that the Medical Engineering Department has won a contract to supply Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) to 18 x GP Practices in North Somerset.

AMALTHEA TRUST FORUM
The Amalthea Trust held their first Forum on medical engineering in Africa at Calcot Manor on the 9th March ( to see a full report please click onto the Amalthea Trust website). The Amalthea Trust agrees to support Kyambogo University medical engineering course. The course is the first of its kind in Uganda and will hopefully help to alleviate the chronic shortage of medical engineers in the country. The Amalthea Trust has agreed to help refurbish several classrooms for workshops and provide an extensive range of test equipment, as well as trainers to provide practical courses on equipment maintenance.