The BIHA was launched in early 2001 by Mark Jerram and 30 established hire companies (The original “founder members”) with extensive experience within the UK inflatable hire industry. Due to an absence of any authoritive organisation, the founders felt a Trade Body needed to be established to actively set guidelines for inflatable hire companies, as well as making education and training material available to its members, including ongoing help, advice and support.
Up until the point of when the BIHA was established there was uncertainty by some inflatable hire companies of what was required to run a legitimate and professional hire service. There were many sources of conflicting information available which were leaving some companies confused about how to provide a professional service. The BIHA was a “pioneer” by consulting with business experts in the industry to establish what tools and guidelines etc. are required to run a successful and professional hire business.
Fast forward to 2016, and the industry has changed greatly since those early 2001 days. E.g. the Standard (EN 14960) is now available for all companies involved in inflatable hire to read and implement. Also, social media has moved the industry forward by providing a source of information, although great care must be exercised to ensure that “mis-information” is not being put out on social media platforms to unsuspecting hire companies.
See video below for more information about the BIHA: