Angus Kennard, founder of Kennards Concrete Care and a director of Kennards Hire, has been chosen as a state finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Mr Kennard’s nomination follows his success in developing Kennards Concrete Care over a six year period to the point that the concrete care equipment hire company now has a branch in every mainland state.

The NSW final is set to be held in September, with the winner advancing to a national final. This will be followed by the judging of an international winner.

The Ernst & Young awards are the only global competition for those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

Kennards Concrete Care operates as a stand-alone, specialist division of the general hire company.

Mr Kennard was operating two general hire branches as franchises when he spotted “a gap in the market”.

“Concrete is the second used resource in the world behind water, but the equipment needed for working with it is very expensive,” he said.

“I saw that while large contractors could afford to buy what they needed, medium and small operators were trying to do jobs with equipment that was often inadequate.”

Mr Kennard said he adopted a business model that was not just to hire equipment, but to use the knowledge, training and experience of staff to offer complete “solutions” to customers.

“In a general hire company, staff know a small amount about a lot of equipment, whereas our team knows a lot about a small number of items,” he said.

Kennards Concrete Care has a wide range of concrete care equipment for numerous applications including:

  • Surface preparation
  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Cleaning
  • Demolition
  • Dust control
  • Mixing and pumping