Leicester Mercury

Sisters doing it for themselves with plant hire


- Contact Business Editor Tom Pegden at tom.pegden@reachplc.com

THREE Leicesters­hire sisters are following in the footsteps of their father and launching their own plant hire business.

Hollie, Jade and Ruby Finnegan have launched FinniGroup, having spent years supporting dad Paul Finnegan with his Leicester-based plant hire firm Joinpoint.

Based close to the city centre, Joinpoint has a fleet of 45 dump trucks, more than 30 excavators, as well as rollers and attachment­s.

The sisters turned to Paragon business bank for financial support because of its long-standing relationsh­ip with their father’s business.

Over the years it has helped Joinpoint buy new equipment which has been used for big building projects from work on the NEC in Birmingham, the M42, and at the National Space Centre, in Leicester.

One highlight was working the digger that retrieved the body of King Richard III from under a car park in Leicester eight years ago.

Hollie and Ruby had already establishe­d their own plant hire businesses, but decided to form FinniGroup alongside Jade, so they could all work together.

Paragon provided a funding package worth more than £250,000 for two Bell 30E dump trucks, so that they could begin building a fleet.

Hollie Finnegan said: “Even though plant hire and constructi­on has traditiona­lly been male dominated, growing numbers of women are getting involved.

“Everyone we’ve met along the way, from customers to suppliers, have all been lovely and encouragin­g.

“After seeing the success of our father’s business, we wanted to invest in some plant equipment ourselves and learn more about the family business.

“Paragon has been a key factor in us starting up our new joint business. Without this we wouldn’t have been able to start FinniGroup and we hope to use Paragon’s support more as our business grows. We knew using Paragon was a great option for us and the best support we needed, at a rate we are comfortabl­e with.”

Terry Lloyd, head of constructi­on at Paragon, said: “I have worked with Paul and Joinpoint for years, so it is great to now be supporting the next generation. We understand not only the needs of FinniGroup but also the machinery they are investing in, which makes a real difference.”

 ??  ?? KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Jade, Hollie and Ruby Finnegan of Finnigroup
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Jade, Hollie and Ruby Finnegan of Finnigroup

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