New owner boosts Bermuda Rentals’ inventory
Bermuda Rentals is under new ownership and is in the process of moving to a new home.
Last August, the 30-year-old company was bought and taken over by business man Ray Beaulne.
Mr Beaulne decided to buy the business when the previous owner was about to retire as he saw great potential for an investment.
“When I brought the business I realised there was a need for significant capital investment,” Mr Beaulne said. “The previous owner was looking to retire, so in buying it, our mission was to invest capital and keep people employed, which we have done.
“We had to replace a lot of equipment to bring back customers who were fed up, because things kept breaking down when they rented under previous ownership.
“People rent to have something that starts and does what it has to do. We have been aggressively buying and forging relationships — people are coming back.”
In addition to event and party supplies, the company rents out items such as tents, power tools, lawn care equipment, carpet cleaners and grills.
The items are sourced from Canada, Sweden, Germany and the US.
Mr Beaulne admits that the most popular items for rent are carpet cleaners. “We replaced all of those three months ago,” he said.
“The simplicity of delivering cleaning and storage makes renting a very welcomed option for professional chefs and grilling enthusiasts alike,” Mr Beaulne added. “We take pride in having the largest and most diverse asset inventory for rent on the island.”
Before becoming the new owner of Bermuda Rentals, Mr Beaulne was the managing director at Universal Electric where he spent over 20 years.
He acquired Bermuda Interiors Ltd in 2012 and started Calabash Trucking and Crane Service in 2015. Calabash BAG-IT Division will now be under the Bermuda Rentals offering of services, suited to the project with space restrictions or extended time on the ground.
Bermuda Rentals has more changes within its senior team, including the promotion of Phyllis Glasgow, who is the new manager.
Ms Glasgow worked as an office clerk at Bermuda Rentals from 1994 and when Mr Beaulne took over the company he interviewed her to fill the management position.
“When I bought the business, I interviewed employees and I asked Phyllis what would she do if it was her business to run. I liked what she said,” Mr Beaulne added.
Bermuda Rentals has an all-Bermudian staff of five full-time employees.
The company is located on Serpentine Road, Pembroke, but will move to 18 Bakery Lane, Pembroke on May 1.
“We look forward to our upcoming move, continuing to upgrade our assets and starting a marketing and sales campaign to let people know we are here to help,” Mr Beaulne said.
He added: “We invite new and repeat customers to experience our willing-to-please attitude and our investment in the asset inventory.”
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