The main driver of our growth during 2019/20 remained organic investment and we continued to build on this investing £453m in 18 bolt-on acquisitions primarily to expand our specialty offering in the US and Canada. Acquisition highlights were King Equipment, the premier aerial work platform provider to the Los Angeles market and William F White, Canada’s leading provider of production set and on-site equipment services and studio facilities to the motion picture, digital media and television industries.
We added 105 new locations in 2019/20 as we continued to broaden our product offering and geographic reach. Ours is a business that is resilient even in severe case scenarios and we expect to continue to outperform the market. The platform we have built and the diversity of product and service we are able to provide means we will always be in demand. Construction may be on hold in some places, but municipalities, state agencies and utilities etc. all need our support, now more than ever.
Our strategy remains unchanged because it works. Our market cluster approach is proving to be a significant competitive advantage in difficult times as well as good. Being able to provide a wide variety of equipment in close proximity to our customers is exactly what they need, especially during the pandemic. Businesses are all adapting to new ways of operating, but our commitment to availability, reliability and ease, coupled with our disaster relief expertise, mean we remain the first port of call in a storm. Our broader end markets, coupled with prudent financial management, means we will be better able to mitigate declining revenues than many others and emerge stronger as a result.
Our business is sound and we continue to operate well in the most unexpected and difficult of scenarios. In 2020/21, we will be focused on doing everything possible to help our business and those of our customers, get back to consistent long-term growth as soon as possible. We expect rental to continue to accelerate and that we will be in excellent shape when COVID-19 is over to support our customers.
Further details are provided in the Strategic review, available to download.
Our strategy remains unchanged because it works. Our market cluster approach is proving to be a significant competitive advantage in difficult times as well as good.