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NEWS | 14th June 2024

12 Reasons Customers Choose to Rent a Mobility Scooter from Forbes

Are you or a loved one facing mobility challenges? Forbes Rentals offers a convenient and cost-effective solution with our mobility scooter rentals. Here's why renting a mobility scooter from us is an excellent choice for raising your freedom and independence.

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NEWS | 1st May 2024

The Power of Heat Pump Dryers – Redefining Efficiency.

When facing the challenges of both the climate crisis and unprecedentedly high energy prices, sustainability and efficiency remain critical considerations for every household.

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Meera Gajjar

NEWS | 28th March 2024

Celebrating Meera, our retiring Financial Controller.

This week, Forbes bids farewell to one of its most cherished assets, Meera Gajjar, Financial Controller and assistant to the directors, who is retiring today.

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NEWS | 6th March 2024

Decoding Common Error Codes for Bosch Appliances: Forbes’ Top laundry Tips

Our carefully selected Bosch appliances are renowned for their innovation, efficiency, and reliability. However, like any sophisticated technology, they can encounter issues that may leave users scratching their heads.

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NEWS | 28th February 2024

Forbes is Finalist for 6 IER Awards!

We at Forbes Rentals are thrilled to announce that we have been named finalists for an incredible six awards at this year's Innovative Electrical Retailing (IER) Awards.

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NEWS | 29th January 2024

Optimise Your Laundry Routine with our Tumble Drying Tips.

Whilst we all look to conserve energy in the home, the British weather is unfortunately such that we certainly can’t rely on being able to dry our clothes outside.

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NEWS | 24th January 2024

Embark on a culinary journey with Forbes Rentals.

In the spirit of Burns Night, we are honouring our many customers in Scotland and the Forbes family's Scottish heritage by sharing a Jamie Oliver shortbread recipe for your enjoyment.

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NEWS | 5th January 2024

Smart solutions for efficient living in 2024.

As we usher in the new year, it's undeniable that time flies, and managing our daily tasks efficiently is of paramount importance. Speaking of which, here’s a gentle reminder to take down those decorations by January 6th!

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NEWS | 20th November 2023

Forbes Rentals Unveils Cutting-Edge Sony and Samsung OLED TV Range

Always aiming to optimise customers’ home viewing experience, Forbes Rentals is proud to announce the launch of our new product range, featuring the latest Sony and Samsung OLED TVs.

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NEWS | 20th November 2023

Forbes Navigating Responsible Retailing and Sustainability in RETRA's Autumn Magazine.

Radio, Electrical and Televisions Retailers’ Association (RETRA) is an invaluable source of industry analysis, opinions and expert contributions, and Forbes was thrilled to feature heavily in the Autumn issue of their Alert magazine.

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NEWS | 15th November 2023

Beyond Black Friday: The Pitfalls of ‘Buy Cheap, Buy Twice’ and the Forbes Rentals Advantage.

In the frenzy of Black Friday deals, it's easy to be lured by the promise of affordability. However, the age-old wisdom of ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ rings true, prompting us to reconsider the real value of ‘bargain’ purchases.

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NEWS | 21st September 2023

How sustainable is your home?

September is a time for a new year, a new start, and a renewed commitment to sustainability.

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NEWS | 18th September 2023

Our Top TV Choices.

Autumn is just around the corner, and as the nights start to close in and the summer holidays have drawn to an end we all tend to spend a bit more time relaxing in front of the television.

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NEWS | 29th August 2023

Six reasons for adopting the mindset of a user as opposed to a consumer.

In today's fast-paced world, the way we approach consumption is evolving rapidly. The rise of the sharing economy and sustainability concerns have led to a shift in mindset from ownership to access.

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NEWS | 3rd July 2023

Forbes’ Summer Party at Brighton i360 saw us soaring to new heights.

The Forbes family, staff and guests from across the UK gathered in balmy Brighton last weekend for a wonderful evening together to celebrate another year of hard work and success.

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NEWS | 26th June 2023

Forbes Honoured with IER's Award for Best Independent Retailer Focused on Sustainability

Forbes is thrilled to be the recipient of the prestigious Best Independent Retailer Award for Sustainability at the IER Awards 2023. This accolade highlights our commitment to promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility within the industry.

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Fashion models posing for London Fashion Week

NEWS | 16th June 2023

Top laundry tips to be blemish and wrinkle free this London Fashion Week

As it is London Fashion Week this week, we thought we would give you some key pointers as to how to protect your clothes and look your best as we navigate the runway of life.

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An elderly man riding a mobility scooter

NEWS | 14th June 2023

Unlocking Freedom and Accessibility: The Benefits of Renting a Mobility Scooter

In today's fast-paced world, accessibility and independence are essential for people of all ages and abilities. For those with mobility challenges, getting around can sometimes be a hurdle. Fortunately, with advancements in technology, renting a mobility scooter has become an increasingly popular solution.

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NEWS | 2nd June 2023

Forbes celebrates our sales manager's ongoing commitment to our business

In the fast-paced world of business, it can be considered rare to find individuals who commit themselves wholeheartedly to a single organization for an extended period. However, Forbes Rentals is proud of our extraordinarily low turnover of staff, with a great number of our staff having worked with us for over 20 years.

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A child watches the King's coronation on television

NEWS | 4th May 2023

Some things don’t change...

When Queen Elizabeth II was coronated in 1953, the world was a very different place. However, Forbes Rentals was still busily providing televisions to customers to ensure that they could watch the ceremony.

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NEWS | 4th May 2023

Exciting awards news for Forbes

Forbes is beyond thrilled to be Finalists in two categories for the IER Awards 2023. We have been shortlisted for both their new Best Independent Retailer Focused on Sustainability Award and their prestigious Customer Service Award.

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NEWS | 16th March 2023

Ready to watch the Academy Award winners from the comfort of your sofa?

The Oscars is one of the biggest nights in Hollywood, where the biggest stars in the entertainment industry gather to celebrate and honour the year's most outstanding performances. Sadly for the film industry, there has been a significant shift away from the cinema in recent years, a move that was accelerated by the pandemic and by content now moving so quickly to streaming platforms.

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NEWS | 13th February 2023

Let Forbes help you lighten the laundry load

With so many washing machines on the market and laundry technology now delivering so many new features, there is a lot to consider beyond ‘which drum size do I need?’ We can help you navigate the various options and choose the right laundry appliances for your home.

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NEWS | 23rd January 2023

A proud achievement for all at Forbes

We are extremely proud to announce that, not only have we just won Feefo’s coveted Platinum Trusted Award for yet another consecutive year, we have also won their brand new and highly prestigious Exceptional Service badge.

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NEWS | 18th January 2023

Commit to a more sustainable lifestyle in 2023

With increasingly urgent environmental concerns, people are becoming acutely aware of their personal responsibilities. Consequently, when looking for new home or electrical appliances, rental represents a sustainable alternative to purchase.

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NEWS | 18th January 2023

Wondering why some apps have vanished from your TV?

We are currently receiving a number of phone calls from customers asking, ‘Why can I no longer access ITV Hub?’ The answer is that ITV has moved their content from ITV Hub to its new streaming home, ITVX. The service will continue to enable streaming across multiple devices, including Android, iOS, Smart TVs and subscription boxes.

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NEWS | 14th December 2022

Let us help you decode your laundry labels!

Do you ever find yourself guessing what the laundry label symbols actually mean on your clothes? Sometimes it can all seem a bit baffling and leave you throwing your washing into the laundry machine and just hoping for the best?

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NEWS | 23rd November 2022

Forbes Rentals is excited to release our amazing Black Friday offers!

Black Friday has come early! Forbes Rentals are giving a massive 50% off the first 3 months' rental on selected products across our product range. With no costly upfront payments, you can treat yourself to a high quality product and save yourself money for the dreaded energy bills this winter.

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NEWS | 16th November 2022

What features and specifications should you look for in a gaming TV?

Are you a bit confused as what specifications and features you should look for in a gaming TV? With so much technology available now, it can be hard to know where to start. We have been picking the brains of our incredibly knowledgeable Technical Service Manager, Mark Ashton to help you navigate it all and choose the best gaming TV for your specific requirements.

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NEWS | 4th November 2022

Forbes' teams share their favourite TV picks for 2022

As the evenings start to draw in, we can all look forward to grabbing a blanket (cheaper than heating the house!) and cosying up in front of the TV. We thought we would speak to some of our staff about what they are watching and share with you the TV shows that are most popular amongst our teams.

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NEWS | 31st October 2022

Perfect the art of fridge storage as inflation rises

Do you know how to use your rented fridge in order to help preserve your food for longer? Or do you just throw your food and drink into the fridge where-ever you can find space? With food prices rising exponentially, you may want to re-think if that is the case.

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NEWS | 20th October 2022

Simple ways in which you could reduce your utility bills by up to 20%

Irrefutably, whilst facing an environmental and cost of living crisis, we all need to look at reducing our energy consumption. According to the AMDEA (The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances), households can save over £500/year by making small changes to the way they use their household appliances, Choosing efficient appliances and using the Eco setting will make a big difference and 57% of washing machines and 32% of dishwashers now offer such energy saving technology.

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A kitchen showing a dishwasher and washing machine

NEWS | 12th September 2022

What are the key considerations when choosing new laundry or kitchen appliances?

Are you upgrading your kitchen? When planning the new kitchen design and thinking about appliances you need to think beyond the aesthetics. The measurements and colour of the home appliance are important but don’t forget that the technology you choose is what will truly define your experience of that space.

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NEWS | 22nd August 2022

Using a dishwasher can save 18,000 litres of water per year

We are all trying to live our lives more sustainably, and with the UK’s current drought, we really need to minimise water consumption within our homes. Dishwasher usage causes some degree of confusion for consumers when looking at their water usage. However, when compared to handwashing, the stats are very apparent.

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NEWS | 17th August 2022

Mail on Sunday mentions Forbes whilst reporting on “The Boom in Renting Electronic Goods”

Toby Walne, award-winning journalist for the Mail on Sunday, mentioned Forbes Rentals in his article at the weekend. He stated: “Runaway inflation, an energy crisis and more national strikes are on the horizon. With echoes of late 1970s' Britain... there is now increasing interest in hiring goods for the home.”

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NEWS | 17th August 2022

Forbes established new depot to serve rapidly expanding client base in the South West

Forbes recently established a new service and business hub in Exeter. This depot is now our biggest in the South West of England and serves a large consumer base as well as a rapidly expanding commercial rental base in the area.

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A man shrugging

NEWS | 18th July 2022

Buy cheap, buy twice?

As the cost of living crisis deepens, consumers are looking for ways to save money, source cheap alternatives and free up cash where they can.

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NEWS | 30th June 2022

Forbes takes home another prestigious business award

Forbes is extremely proud to announce that we have once again won the highly coveted Best Customer Service Award at the prestigious IER Awards.

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NEWS | 5th April 2022

14 Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

Whilst trying to make more sustainable choices and now also facing unprecedented hikes in utility costs, we are all looking at ways to cut back on energy consumption. We thought it may be helpful to share some of our top energy saving tips when it comes to home and electrical appliances.

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New Energy Ratings for Appliances

NEWS | 9th February 2022

New Energy Ratings for Appliances

Energy efficiency is becoming an ever more important consideration when choosing home appliances. We are all very aware of the pressing need to do our bit to help to save the planet.

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NEWS | 24th January 2022

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2022

Forbes is delighted to announce that we have once again been awarded Feefo’s highly coveted Platinum Award.

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NEWS | 17th January 2022

Forbes offers a more sustainable alternative to purchase

We are all becoming increasingly aware of our individual and corporate responsibilities when it come to sustainability. As highlighted once again by COP26, taking action to alleviate the climate crisis has never been more pressing.

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NEWS | 13th January 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update

As COVID cases have once again risen across the UK, Forbes would like to reassure our customers that we continue to adhere to all of the government guidelines and are doing all that we can to keep our staff and our clients as safe as possible.

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Product authors

  • Hannah Forbes, Head of Brand and Content Management

    Hannah Forbes
    Head of Brand and Content Management

    As part of the third generation in the family company, Hannah is passionate about its content strategy. With over 10 years in the business, she delivers invaluable industry expertise.


  • Warren Lovegrove, Assistant Manager

    Warren Lovegrove
    Assistant Manager, Derby Depot

    Warren joined Forbes in 2000, initially as an Installation Engineer, his customer focus shone through and he quickly progressed to Commercial Installations.

    He helps manage our Derby team and is now passing on his experience through online customer help videos.


  • Alkas Miah, Customer Service Manager

    Alkas Miah
    Customer Service Manager

    Alkas has over 15 years' experience in customer service. He loves new technology and is a specialist in TV & AV.


  • Deirdre Quillinan, Senior Sales Advisor

    Deirdre Quillinan
    Senior Sales Advisor

    As one of the longest members of our sales team, good product knowledge is essential. But also talking & listening to our customer needs are important too.