Morris Leslie, Perth rental firm, in £88m JCB order

JCB announced it has won its biggest ever deal in the UK after Perth-based rental firm Morris Leslie Plant Hire placed an order for £87.5 million worth of machines – including a big fleet of 3CX backhoe loaders.

“The huge order from the Perth-based company, which operates nationally, includes a bumper deal for 50 JCB backhoe loaders, at a time when new figures show a resurgence in demand for backhoes in the UK, with the market growing by more than 12 per cent in 2022,” said JCB.

“The investment will also see Perth-based Morris Leslie take delivery of excavators, site dumpers, telescopic handlers and compaction equipment, underlining its commitment to provide housebuilders and the construction sector with one of the industry’s most up-to-date fleets.”

The order will be supplied by dealer Scot JCB to Morris Leslie’s 14 UK-wide depots throughout 2023.

Morris Leslie Plant Hire chairman Morris Leslie said: “The backhoe loader part of the order is particularly pleasing, and we look forward to seeing ongoing growth of our JCB 3CX fleet.

“The backhoe continues to be hugely popular with our customers thanks to its excellent loading and excavating capabilities and the ability to travel directly to the site, cutting the need for costly transportation.

“Scot JCB and other JCB dealers around the UK continue to provide first-class service to our depots and our customers.”

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