AFTER MAKING A SUCCESS IN FARMING AND AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTING, NORFOLK BASED BUSINESSMAN OLIVER ARNOLD, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HIS WIFE, HANNAH, DECIDED TO BRANCH OUT IN A NEW DIRECTION, PURCHASING QUINTO CRANE AND PLANT LIMITED. MANY WOULD THINK THIS IS SOMETHING OF A RADICAL STEP FOR SOMEONE FROM AN AGRICULTURAL BACKGROUND, BUT THERE ARE SOUND BUSINESS REASONS FOR THIS MOVE - AS BOB BEECH DISCOVERS.
There is a certain type of individual that relishes a challenge, who loves solving problems and overcoming obstacles. It only takes a few moments in the company of Oliver Arnold to realise that he is just this type of person. Focused, with lots of energy, ready to take on new challenges on a daily basis – but also shrewd enough to understand the importance of having the support of the workforce in order to achieve his aims and ambitions.
Heavy Torque was ﬁrst alerted to the major changes taking place at Quinto from a Mercedes Benz press release: the Norfolk company had recently taken delivery of a new Mercedes Arocs 3363 SLT 6x4 155 tonne tractor unit, and six axle Nooteboom ballast trailer, to carry the counterweights for one of its large cranes.
What really caught our eye was the quote from the new owner, saying that one of the big attractions of the Mercedes was the low-speed clutch control when manoeuvring in conﬁned spaces. He had discovered this himself – when driving a heavy haulage SLT demonstrator out on a job – and noted how much better it performed than his company’s existing heavy tractor units. While other senior managers elsewhere might occasionally get behind the wheel, we got the distinct impression that the new boss at Quinto is truly hands on: and someone we ought to meet as soon as possible.
Quinto is a long-established operation and was formed by the previous owners back in the 70s. Before that it was part of the Pointer Group, who were a very large transport, plant hire, construction and building material supply group in East Anglia. They broke up after many years trading, and Quinto took over Pointers crane hire operation, based at Norwich, with eight other depots spreading as far west as Leicester. It had developed a reputation as a very soundly run operation and a company that could be relied upon. The previous owners were looking to sell in order to retire. As a local man, Oliver Arnold was keen to keep the company under local ownership.