GAP reported that it has donated £80,000 to 99 charities the financial year of 2016 /2017. The hirer’s Charitable Foundation, set up in April 2015, gives approximately 0.5% of the company’s profits to worthy causes. Donations are allocated via a dedicated Giving committee comprising staff members from various roles within GAP. Whom meet monthly at the company’s Head Office in Glasgow. Any of GAP’s 1,600 employees can nominate a charity they feel is deserving or who may have helped themselves, family or friends in the past. In addition, under a GAP Match scheme, a team member who fundraises for a charity will see their efforts matched by the charitable committee to an amount up to £500. Twenty-five such donations have already been made this year, with personnel involved in events such as marathons, mountain climbing challenges, sponsored walks and coffee mornings.
250,000th machine to be marked with the Cesar plant security system; Doosan's new DX85R-3 mini excavator has been announced. Displayed recently at Plantworx exhibition, organised by Construction Equipment Association, which also promotes the scheme. Cesar was developed by Datatag ID and launched in 2007 to help combat the theft of equipment, estimated to be costing the industry £1m a week at the time. Attending the mini’s unveiling at Plantworx was Doosan’s Kim Dudley, pictured left, presented with a certificate to mark the occasion Kevin Howells of Datatag. Doosan states it was the first construction equipment manufacturer to join the scheme ten years ago; since then, every machines sold in the UK has been Cesar-marked.