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Acclaim Handling; Your forklift and materials handling partner

Acclaim Handling has been a key supplier of forklifts and materials handling equipment since the company was founded in 1982 as a specialist materials handling service provider with a focus on servicing, hire, sales, and leasing. Our motto is, and has always been; Success built on service.

At Acclaim, our core philosophy is ‘Success built on service’. After all, it’s our strong commitment to an outstanding customer experience and unrivalled quality which makes so many of our customers return to us time and again for our products and services. It all began in 1982, when our founder David Woods created Acclaim Handling. He put our customers’ needs at the heart of everything, with a relentless focus on providing the very best quality service at the very best value. Whether a customer needed a single forklift truck or a fully managed materials handling operation, David was committed to the same approach: to provide that customer with exactly what they needed at the very best price.

Today, Acclaim has grown from its original headquarters in Purfleet, Essex, to an award-winning national company with eight regional support centres. We’re proud suppliers to an extensive list of distinguished customers across the UK and Ireland. And above all, David’s legacy of outstanding service, quality and value remains at the heart of all we do.

Whatever your requirement, Acclaim Handling can provide expert advice, comprehensive service and unrivalled expertise.


Forklift Dealer Of The Year

Health & Safety

Awarded ISO18001 & ISO45001

Approved Supplier

JOSCAR, SafeContractor, FLTA & RTITB Approved

Supporting Apprentices

National Apprenticeship Scheme

Equal Opportunities

At Acclaim forklifts, we are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. We take pride in that we are an ethically minded company. You can rest assured that your are supporting a business that is giving equal opportunities to its employees and customers. Everyone will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Acclaim History Timeline


Company Founded

Acclaim Handling was founded by David Woods in Bishops Stortford, from his home. The “Acclaim” name was inspired by a goal to provide a renowned and “acclaimed” level of service support to the industry, as well as a smart tactic to get to the front of the alphabetically organised, Yellow pages.

Acclaim brings STILL to the UK

David Woods signed a dealership agreement with STILL becoming the 1st and original dealer of the STILL product in to the UK.


First Depot

Acclaim leases part of a shared building with ‘Industrial Batteries Ltd’ based in Barking from Bill Buck. As acclaim grows, Bill decides to close down Industrial Batteries Ltd to become the Engineering Director for Acclaim Handling.


Purfleet HQ Constructed

Purfleet Head Office & workshop is constructed from scratch on land recently acquired by David, strategically located right next to the A13 with great transport links, where it still stands today.


Purfleet Expanded

Purfleet HQ is Expanded with a new “showroom” to showcase a growing fleet of equipment.


Purfleed Expanded Further

Purfleet HQ is expanded again, with additional workshop space to house more engineers.


Accstor Founded

‘Acclaim Logistics’ was founded in Purfleet, Essex – a warehouse storage business, now this business is known as ‘Accstor’


Acclaim Handling Spalding

Acquired entire business and property assets of D+R Fork Trucks in Spalding, Lincolnshire, to become the second Acclaim depot: ‘Acclaim Handling Spalding’


Acclaim Handling Norwich

Acquired Apollo BMH in Woodbastwick, Norfolk from legendary iconic personality and Founder of Lancer Boss, Sir Neville Bowman-Shaw. To become the third Acclaim depot: ‘Acclaim Handling Norwich’. Which was later relocated to current freehold premises Rackheath, Norwich.


Acclaim Handling Rugby & Liftruck

Acquired entire business and property assets of Castle Forklifts based in Rugby, Warwickshire, to become the fifth Acclaim depot: ‘Acclaim Handling Rugby’.  This acquisition also included all assets and intellectual property relating to one of the most well-renowned web-based specialists in supply of materials handling ancillary equipment, www.liftruck.co.uk

Acclaim Handling Kent

Acquired WR Nicholls & Sons in Hoo, Rochester, a nationwide specialist in short-term rental of forklift trucks, to become the sixth Acclaim depot: “Acclaim Handling Kent” Which was later relocated to current freehold premises in Lordswood, near Maidstone, Kent.


Offical Hyundai Dealer

Acclaim signs a dealership agreement with Hyundai to become a supplier of the Hyundai materials handling equipment range within the UK.


Acclaim Handling Liverpool

Acclaim sets up fully fledged operation in the North-West, on site with longstanding customer, Newsprinters. to better serve existing customers in the area with the seventh Acclaim depot: ‘Acclaim Handling Liverpool’


Passing Of Founder David Woods

Founder and main shareholder of Acclaim Handling Ltd, David Woods passes away at the age of 63 after a short illness


Awarded Forklift Dealer Of The Year

Acclaim Handling proudly wins the prestigious “Dealer of the Year” award from the Fork Lift Truck Association, known in the industry as the Oscars of Forklift trucks.


Acclaim Handling Portsmouth

Acquired Euro Trucks (Direct) South Ltd in Horndean near Portsmouth – the original UK importer of the Hyundai Forklift brand, with plans to become the eighth Acclaim depot “Acclaim Handling Portsmouth”


Acclaim now ‘Exclusive Distributor’ for STILL UK

Acclaim becomes an ‘Exclusive Distributor’ for STILL UK, a relationship that has continued for almost 40 years

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Vehicles We Maintain


The number of Acclaim regional
service centers across the UK


Value Of Replacement Parts Stocked

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Percentage Fixed First Time Callout


What Our Clients say about us


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Acclaim Handling have been leading the way in supply and servicing of forklifts and all types of mechanical handling equipment for nearly 40 years. We provide an unbeatable level of supply in both new and used vehicles for hire or sale. Our dedicated team are always on hand to provide the support you require 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Opening Hours
    • Monday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Tuesday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Saturday Closed
    • Sunday Closed