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COVID-19 and AIS Vanguard’s Support

There is no mistaking, we’re in a period of real uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, collectively, we’ll rise to the challenge and emerge from it smarter and more thoughtful as an entire retail-focused community.

The team want to express their thanks and appreciation for the retailer, brand and supply partners across the globe. Those on the front line who are delivering incredible service meeting the demands of worried customers. To employees in grocery and retail stores who are on the front line serving the public; and those working in logistics departments who are running at full capacity to help keep shelves stocked, we thank you.

Support During COVID-19

Here at AIS Vanguard we continue to support our retail, supply and branded clients to ensure we get the packs to shelf as fast as possible.

Our multi-site, national locations ensure we have the flexibility and resources to reallocate staff should the need arise. Continued investment in technology, systems and our people enable us to operate as normal. Our team also have the necessary equipment and support to work from home or remotely from site. This will not compromise levels of service. We also have the technology in place to replace in-person meetings with video conferencing, thereby preventing any unnecessary travel.

All site operations will continue so long as our clients allow activity. Please be assured we are fully co-operative with government guidelines on handwashing, safe distance and will adhere to any site rules adopted to deal with the risk.

The health and safety of our team, clients, supply chain and other stakeholders – including their families and friends – remains our number one priority. Together with delivering the very best service to our clients on or off-site.

Implementing Further Measures

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, we are continuing to monitor the latest advice from Government and are implementing multiple preventative measures.

We must come together to support one another during this time and if you have any questions or requirements for any of the services attached, please do not hesitate to contact us AIS Vanguard.

We are all in this together.


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Introducing Our New London Branch

We are pleased to introduce the launch of our latest London branch! With AIS Vanguard locations now in Glasgow, Washington, Wigan, Rotherham, Birmingham, Bristol and our new South East base in London, we can offer national coverage backed up with local knowledge.

CEO Matt Ainscough is excited to share the news “In line with our strategy to expand our geographic footprint for our machine moving business AIS Vanguard, we are delighted to be operating from a base in the Southeast where we believe there to be lots of potential in the industrial, infrastructure and construction sectors amongst others.

With AIS Vanguard locations now in Glasgow, Washington, Wigan, Rotherham, Birmingham, Bristol & London we pretty much have most of the UK’s key industrial regions covered and can offer our valued clients the benefits of local knowledge, easy access and low cost due to this structure.”

Mark Picco will be heading up the new London branch with support from General Foreman Paul Bousfield, both pictured with the group CEO.

The new branch can be found at the following address, and full details can be found on our Contact Us page here:

Unit 3B Dentons Wharf,
Mulberry Way,
DA17 6AN


As always, you can keep up with our latest news by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter.



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Planning a Factory Relocation Project

Ainscough Industrial Services is one of the UK’s leading providers of factory relocation, machinery relocation and machinery installation. Our full turnkey service, lead by our highly skilled and experienced team, ensures we maintain a professional and smooth transition during relocation projects – even when production needs to be continued during the process.


New and prospective clients often ask “What do I need to consider when planning this factory relocation?”, so we’ve written up the key things that we consider before tackling a factory relocation project.



A factory relocation of any scale needs careful planning from start to finish. Consider your timescales and the phases the project will need to happen in – our talented project managers and experienced specialists are here to do this for you. Don’t forget to consider your staff and business needs – does production need to continue or can it be halted for the duration of the project? The planning phase is also the best time to begin considering the challenged and risks involved in the project.



With a factory relocation project, good and thorough communication is paramount. There will be many teams within your business that need to be involved including HR, health and safety, quality control and any operational control professionals. The changes being made will also need communicating to all wider teams in your business as a relocation often impacts everyone within the company, from top to bottom.


What is being relocated? 

You will know what needs relocating and where it needs to be relocated to, but it’s not quite that straightforward! That’s where AIS Vanguard steps in. The factory relocation will require a detailed floorplan that covers equipment quantities, equipment identification, sizes and weights, locations of all utilities on the premises (the start and end premises) and any potential obstacles or challenges. These include overhead equipment, structures or cables and any aisles, pits or trenches to navigate.


Update your asset register

Complex projects such as relocations are the perfect time to update your asset register. This gives you peace of mind but also helps the AIS Vanguard team to complete a seamless factory relocation that ticks all of the boxes. Check the condition of all equipment prior to the project and tag every piece with some method of identification, ensuring it matches your asset register. Once this is done, add in as much detail as possible about the condition of the equipment and any requirements for the handling of it.


Operations and Commitments 

A factory relocation can have a huge impact on your day to day operations and your commitments to clients. Be sure to plan ahead and set expectations around potential delays and predicted lead-times to avoid conflict by updating your supply chain on your planned relocation.


Ainscough’s dedicated project managers will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions to ensure the project is completed with efficiency and places as few constraints as possible on your business. Every major relocation comes with unique challenges but with over forty years’ experience, we have the skills and expertise to ensure the move is carried out efficiently and safely, ensuring your business can transition without any snags.


Ainscough Industrial Services is the perfect choice for any heavy machine removal or relocation; whether it’s a single machine removal or an entire factory relocation, we are happy to help.


Examples of our factory and machine removal and relocation projects include: 

Nippon Express

Zarafa Group

Arcadia Spectacular (Glastonbury Festival)

Brymor Construction

Latest News RoSPA

Second RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for Ainscough Industrial Services

Ainscough Industrial Services Ltd has been handed another prestigious health and safety award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day. Ainscough Industrial Services has achieved a Gold once again in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK!

Turnkey lift-and-shift engineering solutions business Ainscough Industrial Services is made up of; AIS Vanguard (previously Ainscough Vanguard, Pickford Vanguard and Vanguard Engineering) which covers all aspects of mechanical engineering, heavy lifting, and machinery installation/removal; AIS Seward Wyon which designs, manages complex and heavy fabrication and tests/installs/services and repairs bespoke equipment to industry; AIS Projects which undertakes large multi-disciplined projects across the UK and Europe and AIS Wind Energy which specialises in the installation, removal and maintenance of onshore wind turbines and currently operates in the UK and internationally.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Bev Kearns, Group Operational Compliance Coordinator of AIS, said: ‘It’s a great achievement to be awarded the gold award, for the second year running, showing the group’s commitment to ensuring our clients, contractors and employees make it home safely at the end of each day.’

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 14th consecutive year.

The business Headquartered at Standish near Wigan, Ainscough Industrial Services also has bases in Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leyland, Liverpool, London, Washington and Wigan.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit

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AIS Takes Over Wind Project Support Limited

We are pleased to announce that as of 5th July 2019 AIS has completed the takeover of newly formed business Wind Project Support Limited, based in Liverpool.

Ainscough Industrial Services (AIS), is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned industrial engineering companies and supports three subsidiary businesses; AIS Vanguard Ltd; AIS Projects and AIS Seward Wyon Ltd providing engineering services to industry covering Machinery Installation and Relocation, Mechanical Engineering, Technical and Heavy Lifting and Engineering Consultancy & Contracting.

Wind Project Support Limited specialise in the installation, removal and maintenance of onshore wind turbines and currently operate in the UK and internationally.

As of 18thJuly 2019, Wind Project Support will be known as ‘AIS Wind Energy Ltd’, a subsidiary of AIS.

AIS Wind Energy Ltd, will remain autonomously run by Andrew McGlade and Piotr Jaskierski-Bula and will operate in a similar way to AIS’ other Group subsidiary companies in being a business unit as part of our group.

From the takeover, we hope to create a number of both onshore and offshore opportunities, similar to past successful projects, using existing skills and capabilities from across our group, giving us an even stronger presence across the UK and Europe.

“For our customers this is a positive step forward which guarantees both financial stability and the ability to meet our customers’ needs with greater speed and efficiency due to the ability to rely on the support of the back office of the wider AIS group.” says Andrew Mcglade, Director,

Please join us in welcoming Andrew and Piotr and the team in to the AIS Group.

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AIS runners raise £4k for Save the Children

Last week CEO Matt Ainscough and colleagues Pete Bolshaw, Andy Argile and Andy Ricketts completed Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Save the Children.

Battling through extreme winds and heavy rain, the team raised a whopping £4154.35 (with Gift Aid) for Save the Children and achieved some incredible personal bests in the process.

Matt Ainscough completed it in 4h 31m 52s – his first ever marathon

Pete Bolshaw completed it in 3h 54m 22s

Andy Argile completed it in 4h 50m 19s – a PB by 40 mins

Andy Ricketts completed it in 4h 15m 1s – his first ever marathon

Join in with their journey by watching the Relive video here. You can also spot Matt and Andy R at 2 min 20 seconds in this video.

If you can spare a donation, however small, you can still donate via JustGiving here.

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Introducing Strategic Partner Crowdguard

Ainscough Industrial Services is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Crowdguard, a dedicated event protection company, for the deployment of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers.

Through our partnership, we aim to support Crowdguard by sharing our comprehensive material handling and mechanical installation knowledge and skills which we have gained through 40 years’ experience installing and removing industrial machinery with a keen emphasis on quality and efficiency.

Our skilled Foreman, Riggers and Mechanical Fitters will be responsible for ensuring that ATG Access’ Surface Guard modular HVM system is deployed at events across the country to the correct specification within the allocated time frame using our innovative installation methods.

For more information, please visit Crowdguard’s website here.

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AIS enters Edinburgh Marathon for Save the Children

This year Ainscough Industrial Services has entered a team of four runners into the Edinburgh Marathon in a bid to raise funds for Save the Children.

Matt Ainscough (CEO) and Andy Ricketts (IT Technician) will be entering as first-time marathon runners, undergoing rigorous training and taking on this huge challenge in the name of a charity they believe in. Pete Bolshaw (Rigger/Driver) is the group’s ‘regular runner’, with many miles under his belt and experience in distance races. Andy Argile (IT Manager) will take on any fitness challenge, having completed the London Classics, but is not what most would consider a ‘typical runner’ – lovingly referred to in the office as Big Andy!

Save the Children stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child and fight their corner, helping them to survive, get protection and have a chance to learn.

Ainscough Industrial Services would really appreciate your donation of any size thank you in advance for this worthy cause. To make a donation please visit our JustGiving page by following the link here. Our team is working hard to meet their fundraising target of £2000 and have nearly hit the halfway mark!

For updates from the team and more news from Ainscough Industrial Services, don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Ainscough Industrial Services joins leading Midlands industry network

Ainscough Industrial Services is delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands. We are now part of a collective group of 400+ firms including Jaguar Land Rover, ZF, GKN, Dennis Eagle, Moog Aircraft Group, Autocraft, Yamazaki Mazak, Heraeus, Sertec, Dura, Gestamp, Hadley Group, Lander, Liberty Group and more

Like many other fellow members, we have joined Made in the Midlands to share best practice, win new business, collaborate, raise our profile and source Midlands based suppliers.

We join an industry network of ‘movers and makers’ that is proactively bringing together our region’s engineering and manufacturing firms from all sectors, that challenges the status quo and is leading the way in creating a lasting legacy and ensuring the long term prosperity of industry in this region.

Ainscough Industrial Services is proud to now be part of the growing #MIMFAMILY, our relish our opportunity to benefit from the buzz surrounding this network whilst also contributing to benefit others within the network.

Don’t forget to keep up with our latest updates on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Lift and Relocation of Zarafa Group BMU Cradle

Recently, Ainscough Industrial Services’ AIS Vanguard division was contracted to consult and assist in the exchange of a Zarafa Group BMU Cradle. Weighing in at an incredible 7500kg, the cradle needed lifting from a 120m high building roof, at a radius of 40m. Access was severely restricted and the conditions of the site grounds posed a real challenge to our team of engineering and machine moving experts.

Our highly experienced contracts managers planned the project meticulously, drawing on years of project management expertise to execute the lift perfectly. Using an LTM1500 configured with a 56m Fixed Fly, the lift was completed safely and efficiently by our dedicated lift supervisor and team of technical lifting experts.

Everyone involved made us proud, delivering another challenging project with skill, efficiency and professionalism. We value each and every one of our clients – if we can help you with a complex lift or mechanical engineering project, get in touch today.

What can our mechanical engineering experts help you with?

  • Contract lifting
  • Heavy lifting
  • Technical lifting
  • Machine moving and relocation

To speak to a member of the team, visit our Contact Us page here.

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