Access Mechanical Handling


Founded by Harry Borthwick in 1986, Access Mechanical Handling is proud to be Scotland’s market leader for forklift services and is now lead by Mark Borthwick who has over 30 years experience working in the business. Mark’s focus is to ensure Access Mechanical Handling maintains its prime position in Scotland.

We provide different types of material handling equipment within our portfolio and all our skilled engineers are product trained to ensure we maintain a first time fix on repairs.

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100 Years’ Industry Experience

As forklift specialists, our main areas of expertise include forklift hire and servicing, used forklift sales and maintenance as well as being Scotland’s market leaders for supplying Moffett truck-mounted forklifts and being a approved dealer for Cesab Forklifts.

Our ability to offer a comprehensive service also enables us to supply forklift attachments, pallet inverters, scissor lifts and loading bay equipment. The expert team at Access Mechanical have over 100 years’ of combined industry experience with the expertise and knowledge to provide sound advice and guidance on all aspects of forklift services and materials handling.

Providing our customers with the highest level of service is the name of the game with our accomplished customer service support team being second to none. With a diverse range of clients from multinational companies to self-employed independent contractors, we have services which cater to all needs. We thrive on problem solving and have developed our automated warehousing systems with the requirements of our customers in mind. We operate under the premise that no job is too big or too small.



"Came across this company after my old forklift packed in and my initial dealings with Access could not have been better. Very professional and easy to deal with from start to finish, also helped being a local Glasgow company so we decided to buy a new Jungheinrich machine which is of the highest quality and have nearly halved my fuel and running costs. My operators absolutely love it which makes my job easier giving them a machine they like - First Class Access!"
"I bought a second hand fork truck from Access Mechanical Handling. This company was professional, informative and helpful from the first point of contact.  I dealt with a few members of their staff through the process of this purchase and I was impressed. I have bought quite a few second hand fork trucks over the years and I have to say that I was delighted with the quality of this truck. It looks like new and even comes with a 12 month warranty."
Alan Cameron
"I recently purchased a forklift truck from Access Mechanical Handling. I must say from start to finish they were very helpful, from the girl that answered the call, all the way through to the point of purchase. I would highly recommend using this company and will do so again in the future!!"
Liam Orourke


Our offices and workshop are located in Bellshill, Lanarkshire but we effortlessly supply clients all across Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, and have recently expanded into the North East of England as well.

Our convenient location affords us easy access to the M74 and M8 motorways making it easy for us to reach our clients across the country to provide an efficient, cost-effective and timely service. As Scotland’s forklift experts, our fleet of machines is of the highest quality and one of the best in the country. We cater to all your forklift and handling needs, so whether it’s a short term hire you need, a high quality pre-owned forklift to add to your fleet, or a brand new machine, we will be more than happy to help.

ISO 45001 & ISO 9001UKMHA MemberThrough ExaminationMoffett ForkliftsCESAB Forklifts