At MHF we pride ourselves on being a bit different, we’ve been here for nearly 50 years and are looking forward to the next 50.
MHF supply the very best products to any industry that uses demountable vehicles. We are family owned and proud to have been in business for nearly fifty years. From humble beginnings we are now market leaders within our industry and pride ourselves to be innovators and not imitators. Here’s a bit about our boss and his quest to make MHF what it is today.
Martin Harvey Fernihough was born in Radford on 18th June 1951 as the youngest of 9. He started pig farming at 14, going to Agricultural College at Moreton Morrell at 19.
The porcine project …was a disaster so Martin, who having been raised on the family farm had accumulated a vast knowledge of all things mechanical, tried his hand at agricultural vehicle repairs for starters, then orchard clearance, then a bit of ditch clearing, some hedge removal, digging drainage systems and installing irrigation systems. Branching out some more, he moved onto digging footings, installing septic tanks and general building groundwork.
Aside from his money earning ventures, Martin – or Hoss as he has become known to many, was forging a name for himself as a jalopy and then a Brisca F1 stock car racing driver. Starting out a callow youth, he went on to win many races as driver number ‘208’. Not only did he get results, he was almost as renowned for his off track antics as the racing itself, One thing was for sure his motto was and still is to this day “win or lose we drink the booze.”
Trucks No: 1 & 2 … Needing to move soil and stones and equipment for his work and machinery for other folk, he decided to invest in a lorry – a Bedford KM. After a time, Martin realised that he needed a newer vehicle so he bought a D Series and fitted a cablelift kit to it. All ready to be put to work and painted up beautifully, he advertised the worn out old truck. However, the first man to clap eyes on it wanted to buy the D Series instead, so Martin sold it and soldiered on with the Bedford.
Martin carried on happily building lorries in his spare time and doing groundwork for his customers. Then he was asked if he could put some cablelift bins on-site for someone and began building skips out of old lorry bodies. The skip fleet grew and he got so busy that he stopped driving on-site and only continued with the trenching work and the skips. Whilst still based at Grove Farm Martin built an agricultural workshop over the road at The Nathan. This consisted of 3 bays.
MHF Plant & Skip Hire became a limited company in 1975 and in the late 70’s the decision was made to move over to the agricultural building at The Nathan which is the site where we are based today. Martin was then on a mission to buy himself a new truck, the first brand new lorry on the fleet was an old F registered Mercedes 1617 fitted with cablelift equipment. Throughout the 80’s new lorries and equipment were in and out of MHF along with countless used trucks being bought and sold all over the UK. The skip hire business was going from strength and the hire fleet was growing.
The early 90’s saw the first brand new lorries bought solely for the hire fleet. A pair of Mercedes 16/70 trucks were put out to work all over the country, mainly to waste paper companies. Throughout this time there were still bins and containers both new and used being supplied to all manner of companies across the UK. The first new hook lift trucks were bought, a Mercedes 2421 8×4 and a Foden 8×4, they were quickly sent out on hire to earn their keep.
In 1997 Martin bought a local woodland, the woodland is still in the family and has now grown to over 200 acres. Martin provides firewood and woodchip from the new enterprise. It keeps him busy along with many other “little jobs” including his farming enterprise and tractor collection.
In 2005 the new office building was put up, it meant the office staff could be out of the way of the stores. The decision was made to expand the hire fleet and cut down on the skips. Planning permission was sought for a new workshop building
Although not as hands on as he once was Martin still pops in most days and is always on hand for advice. The day to day running of the business has been handed down to his Son Guy. In the past five years we have seen a vast expansion of the yard and workshop facilities. With a fully equipped workshop and new offices we have invested heavily in the future. The hire fleet is growing and our sales stock is the best on the market. MHF are in a better place than ever and we’re looking forward to the future.
Our staff make the business what it is. Here they are, a mad bunch who love working here at MHF.