Covid-19 - Our Story

by Dave Hicks May 18, 2020

Covid-19 - Our Story

Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding Corona Virus, uncertainty of when it will all end, uncertainty for the future, not only for our business but of all businesses that may affect us, customers and suppliers alike, we have remained positive, adapted and pushed forward. Our foremost concerns have been with all of our staff. If we fail, we fail them and their livelihoods; their ability to pay their mortgages and look after their loved ones. Inversely, their well-being would have a direct impact on the business itself.

Fortunately, we have been lucky enough to be able to move all our administration straight to the homes of our office staff. With access to remote servers and cloud based software, we have been able to simply pick our computers up in one hand and our phones in the other and plug them in at our homes. I doubt our customers even realised that we had moved with ringing the same phone number, emailing the same addresses and receiving the usual rapid response that they have become accustomed to.

However, working from home has its challenges, felt by most all over the UK and indeed the world. The isolation from friends and family as well as work mates has been a challenge for the most resilient of us. To help combat this we have endeavoured to keep communication lines between all our staff as open as possible. Often video conferencing between our technical staff and those left behind in our warehouse and workshop. Quality control by our technical guys is a vital step in our production process and with the aid of FaceTime and WhatsApp we have been able to continue this in real time with the same efficiency.

A special tribute though should be given to our warehouse and workshop guys who have had their own set of challenges. Keeping to a strict social distancing policy and following all other government guidelines, they have kept the heart of the business pumping. Turning in every day feeling the dissociation from the rest of the business and their own form of isolation, they have continued to receive shipments, produce our grab packages and despatch all orders in a timely fashion. In addition, with our continued program for expansion and growth, we moved to new larger premises just as the the Corona Virus was taking hold. Yet, against all odds, they have completed the move, stocked the shelves and documented all of our inventory with conviction and efficiency.

So, what of our customers? We have a huge number of loyal customers, some able to continue operating and some not! From the off, we have communicated with our current customers to ensure them of our support and that our doors are still open for business. Mail shots, direct mail and simply picking up the phone has proved vital to keep the wheels of the business moving. Our phones are normally ringing off their hooks but as the economy has slowed, so have our natural enquiries. We have always had a policy of outreaching to potential new customers but it has not always been easy to find the time when servicing our current customer base. During the epidemic, however, our sales guys have worked tirelessly, monitoring hits on our website, analysing our dormant customer database and trawling the internet to succeed in keeping the order books filled.

Much of our inventory is sourced from overseas and therefore has been a particular point of focus for us. Countries in lockdown, ports closed and transport infrastructures creaking under the strain from the epidemic have raised obvious concerns. Over the years, building the business, we have been careful to partner with companies that not only provide excellent quality products but also those that have excellent support networks and communication. From the first mention of Corona Virus, we contacted all of our suppliers, firstly to be sure that they were all well and safe, and then to ascertain whether they were still in a position to supply.

Our suppliers in China were still producing, great, but the goods were stuck at the docks that had been closed by the Chinese government. Eventually though, the road networks and the docks were re-opened and supplies were released

In Italy, where they have had one of the highest instances of the virus were still producing, great again, yet then we received notification that they all were shut by the order of their government. Our flails, produced by Italian company Femac had a reduction in production and completely stopped for 4 days but fortunately months before, we had made the decisions to increase our stock holding to such a level that we did not feel a lag in supply at all.

Other Suppliers in Italy including those who supply our Scanreco Radio Remote Controls and those that supply our demolition and rail grabs have been affected in a more major way with their shutdown amounting to weeks not days and to add to the delays we have had made the decision to quarantine all our imported goods for 72 hours to protect our guys on the frontline. Having said all this our customers have been understanding and more than aware, as we all are, that some delays are acceptable and have become the new normal.

So as we hear that lockdowns are beginning to ease and we start to see light at the end of the tunnel, what for Approved Hydraulics now. Well…

We are going to keep servicing our customers to the best of our ability by remaining positive, keep adapting to our surrounding and we’ll keep pushing forward!

Dave Hicks
Dave Hicks


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Delivery & Returns


Next Working Day Delivery (UK Mainland)

  • If placed before 3.00pm Monday - Thursday, all stock item orders will be dispatched on the same day for next day delivery.
  • If orders are placed after 3.00pm on Thursday or on Friday before 3.00pm, delivery will take place the following Monday.
  • Orders placed after 3.00pm on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Standard next working day courier delivery to UK mainland charges:

Shipping Weight Cost Additional Cost/Kg
Under 1kg £7.69 0
1 - 5kg £8.79 0
5kg - 30kg £9.89 upto 10Kg then £0.44 per Kg
30kg - 60kg £29.46 upto 40Kg then £0.44 per Kg
60kg – 90kg £49.00 upto 70Kg then £0.44 per Kg


Scottish Highlands - 1-2 Working Day Courier Delivery

Shipping Weight Cost Additional Cost/Kg
0kg - 30kg £23.10 upto 10Kg then £0.70 per Kg
30kg - 60kg £61.60 upto 40Kg then £0.70 per Kg
60kg - 90kg £100.10 upto 70Kg then £0.70 per Kg
90kg - 120kg £138.60 upto 100Kg then £0.70 per Kg


Channel Islands - Standard next working day courier delivery

Shipping Weight Cost Additional Cost/Kg
0kg - 5kg £15.29 0
5kg - 30kg £25.49 upto 10Kg then £1.45 per Kg
30kg - 60kg £82.87 upto 40Kg then £1.45 per Kg
60kg – 90kg £140.26 upto 70Kg then £1.45 per Kg


Channel Islands - 2 day courier delivery

Shipping Weight Cost Additional Cost/Kg
5kg - 30kg £22.94 upto 10Kg then £0.70 per Kg
30kg - 60kg £61.27 upto 40Kg then £0.70 per Kg
60kg – 90kg £102.16 upto 70Kg then £0.70 per Kg


Isle Of Man - 2 Working Day Courier Delivery

Shipping Weight Cost Additional Cost/Kg
0kg – 30 kg £22.29 upto 10Kg then £0.68 per Kg
30kg – 60kg £59.53 upto 40Kg then £0.68 per Kg
60kg – 90kg £96.78 upto 70Kg then £0.68 per Kg
90kg – 120kg £134.00 upto 100Kg then £0.68 per Kg


Republic Of Ireland - 2 Working Day Courier Delivery

0kg – 30kg £16.09
30kg - 60kg £32.18
60kg - 90kg £48.27
90kg - 120kg £64.36


Pallet Options

Due to the nature of our products, many of the items for sale on our website can only be delivered by pallet. During your checkout process, you will be presented with options for courier delivery and pallet delivery. If any item in your order is deliverable by pallet only, then you will be presented with a pallet delivery option only.

Shipping throughout the UK and surrounding islands is particularly complex especially when transporting heavy goods such as ours. We have endeavoured to provide the most acurate & honest costs possible.

Pallet Delivery Costs - Next Working Day Delivery

Zone Post Areas Quarter Pallet Half Pallet Full Pallet
1 LE,M,OL,SK £52.79 £56.64 £59.99
2 AL,B,BL,CB,CH1-4,CH9-99,CV,CW,DE,DN,DY,EN6-7,EN9+,HD,HP,HX,L,LN1-6,LS,LU,MK,NG,NN,OX5-8,15-17,19-27,30-32,34-38,40-43,45-48,PE1-2,S,SG,SN1-3,5-7,25-26,38,99,ST,TF,WA,WD,WF,WN,WR,WS,WV £54.71 £60.49 £68.19
3 BB,BD,BS1-21,BS30-99,CH5-8,DA10-13,DA2-4,DA9,LN7+,OX1-4,9-14,18,28-29,33,39,44,49,PR,SL,SN4,8-16 £58.56 £64.34 £72.04
4 BS22-29,CF,CM,CO,DA1,DA14-18,DA5-8,DH,EN1-5,EN8,FY,GL,HG,HR,HU,IG,IP,NE1-18,20-46,50-60,NE82-83,85,88,9298-99,NP,NR,PE3+,PO1-29,SO1-24,RG,RM,SO25,SO30-32,SO50+,SP,SR,SY1-9,TA1-13,TA19,TA21,TS1-5,TS19+,YO £60.49 £64.34 £77.81
5 BA,BH,CT,GU,KT,NE19,47-49,RH,SO40-45,SS,TA14-18,TA20,TA22-24,TW,UB £62.41 £66.26 £79.74
6 CR,DT,ME,SM £66.26 £72.04 £83.59
7 BR,CA,DL,E2+,EX,HA,LA,LL1-14,LL20,N2+,NE61-71,NW2-7,NW9+,SE2+,TS6-18,W3-8,10+ £64.34 £75.89 £91.29
8 E1,E1W,EC,N1,NW1,8,SE1,SW1,W1,2,9,WC £91.29 £91.29 £91.29
9 BN,PL1-9,PL16,PL18-21,SW2+,TN,TQ £66.26 £79.74 £97.06
10 DG1-5,DG10+,FK,G,KA1-26,KA29+,LD,LL15-19,LL21+,ML,PA1-19,PL10-15,PL17,PL22+,SA1-33,39,SY10+ £98.99 £98.99 £98.99
11 DG6-9,EH,KY,SA34-38,40+,TD,TR1-16,27 £108.61 £108.61 £108.61
12 PA21-38,PH33,PH36-41,PH49-50,TR17-20,TR26 £135.56 £139.41 £143.26
13 AB1-25,IV1-40,IV52-54,IV63 £124.01 £133.64 £152.89
14 AB30-56,KW1-14,PH19-32,PH34-35 £95.14 £97.06 £108.61
15 DD,PH1-18 £110.54 £110.54 £133.64
16 HS,IV41-51,IV55-56,KA28,PA20,PA40+,PH42-44 £160.59 £160.59 £160.59
17 KA27 £172.14 £172.14 £172.14
18 ZE,KW15-17 £268.39 £268.39 £268.39
19 & 20 BT £149.04 £149.04 £149.04
21 & 22 Republic Of Ireland £156.74 £156.74 £156.74
23 PO30-41 £116.31 £124.01 £145.19
24 TR21-25 £85.51 £85.51 £85.51
25 IM £191.39 £191.39 £224.11
26 GY,JE £199.09 £199.09 £204.86


If you require any special arrangements or would like clarification of your shipping costs, please call us on 0844 770 7969 or send us an email at


Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable)

Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error

Any item that is returned more than 30 days after delivery

Refunds (if applicable)

Returns (B2B) (For all B2B sales we exercise the right to be exempt from Consumer Contracts (formerly Distance Selling) regulations and the following applies.)

• 1.1 The return of goods is at the discretion of the seller. No goods shall be returned without the written acceptance of the seller. Goods cannot be considered for return after 30 days.

• 1.2 Any returned goods must be in new condition and original packaging

• 1.3 Agreed returns must be done so within 7 days of the agreement.

• 1.4 Any returns shall be at the cost of the buyer unless otherwise agreed with the seller.

• 1.5 No returned goods will be accepted without an official Sellers ‘Returns Note’ that has been fully completed. A returns note will be provided upon request.

• 1.6 Any goods accepted for return will be subject to a 20% restocking charge.

• 1.7 If goods to be returned had been brought in originally with extra costs incurred, an additional charge can be added to the restocking charge, as necessary.

2. Returns (Consumer)

• 2.1 Distance Selling rules apply.

• 2.2 The buyer is entitled to return goods without reason within a period of 14 days of delivery. Goods must be received by the seller within a further 14 days.

• 2.3 Returned goods must be accompanied with a completed returns form which will be provided upon request.

• 2.4 Any returns shall be at the cost of the buyer unless otherwise agreed with the seller.

• 2.5 For all requests outside the afore mentioned 14 days, see rule 1.

• 2.6 For all goods returned outside the afore mentioned 28 days, see rule 1.

If you’ve done this and you have not received your refund, please contact us at

Sale items (if applicable)

Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded.

Exchanges (if applicable)

We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at and send your item to:

Approved Hydraulics Limited

Unit 1 Avery Trading Estate

Kenwood Road

North Reddish




To return your product, you should mail your product to:

Approved Hydraulics Limited

Unit 1 Avery Trading Estate

Kenwood Road

North Reddish



You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.

Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary.

If you are shipping an item over £75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.