The Morris Leslie Group was established over 40 years ago, by Mr Morris Leslie, based on a farm in Rait, Perthshire, where he began buying and selling construction equipment locally.
Company History Timeline
- The Beginnings - Plant Sales
The Morris Leslie Group was established over 40 years ago, by Mr Morris Leslie, based on a farm in Rait, Perthshire, where he began buying and selling construction equipment locally. He soon expanded to trading nationally and globally.
- Plant Auctions, Plant Hire & Errol Airfield
Plant Hire Scotland
In 1980 Morris Leslie entered the local Plant Hire sector and was quickly established as a major player in the Scottish hire market supplying the construction sector.
In 1988 RAF Errol Airfield was purchased. It was originally built as an airfield for use in World War II and since then had become disused. The airfield provided the ideal location for Morris to start auctioning plant. The auctions quickly grew in size and are now one of the biggest in Scotland, attracting buyers from all over Europe. The Airfield was developed into a mixed use business park and today operates as the Morris Leslie Group’s headquarters.
In the late 1980s the Group began selling Modular Buildings and Portable Cabins focusing on affordable instant accommodation.
- Perth Airport, Plant Hire & Self Storage
Plant Hire South West England
Morris Leslie entered the English plant hire industry in the early 1990s with the acquisition of 3 depots in the Southwest of England.
Errol Airfield has become well-known for hosting Scotland’s largest Sunday Market, which has grown rapidly in size and popularity since it started in 1992.
In 1997 Perth Airport was purchased. When the airport was acquired there were a handful of companies based there, employing 37 people. Today there are over 50 companies employing over 400 people. The Group has invested a lot into the airport by refurbishing and developing the existing buildings and turning them into residential properties, serviced offices and workshops. Perth Airport has become accustomed to welcoming high profile figures such as the Queen, President George Bush, and Prince Andrew.
Tayside Self Storage
In the late 1990s the Group entered the Self Storage market and today rent out over 700 containers, across 2 locations, one in Milton Keynes and the other in Scone, Perth. The containers are housed in secure and insulated sheds.
- Vehicle Auctions & Hotel
Plant Hire South East England
Morris Leslie Plant Hire expanded its operations into the South East of England with the acquisition of 2 former Cox hire depots.
Due to increased business at Perth Airport there was a demand for accommodation on site, to satisfy this demand the Skylodge Hotel was opened in 2000. It provides lodge accommodation for business travellers, families and bus parties. The buildings, which house Skylodge, were initially used for accommodation for aviation students who were training on the airport. The buildings were refurbished and upgraded to create 60 en-suite bedrooms.
Morris’s son Gregor Leslie identified an opportunity to expand the auction business by diversifying into the car auction market and in March 2007 launched the company’s first ever vehicle only auction. The events proved a huge success and Morris Leslie Vehicle Auctions now sell in excess of 8,000 cars p.a.
- Classic Auctions, Plant Hire & Modular factory
In 2012 our Vehicle Auctions division held its first Classic Vehicle and Machinery Auction. The auction was so successful that we now hold them every quarter. Previous auctions have had over 200 entries of classic cars, tractors, machinery, lorries, motorbikes.
Modular Buildings Factory
In 2013 the Group opened a new factory in Hull for bespoke modular buildings and portable cabins. Providing our customers with custom-built accommodation, manufacturing to their preferred specification.
Plant Hire Central England
In 2013 the Group acquired 3 Plant hire depots to take its total Hire Depots to 9 providing national coverage from Cornwall to Central Scotland.