Bradbury Group grow fleet with new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters
By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 15:10
CAPTURE: Bradbury Group’s new vans
Leading steel door manufacturers Bradbury Group are enjoying four brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.
Bradbury Group, who also produce security grilles, cages and server safes, have assigned the vehicles to engineers who provide a nationwide repair and maintenance service.
The company – whose customers include McDonald’s, the London Olympics and Portakabin – received their new medium-length Sprinters from Northside Truck and Van, Hull.
They are racked out to carry tools and equipment, and add to Bradbury Group’s five previous long-bodied Sprinters which they obtained in December.
Darren Bamford, Production Director of Bradbury Group, said: “Our distribution vans will cover some 80,000 miles a year so reliability was at the top of our list of our priorities.
“We’ve rented Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the past and we know that whereas other manufacturers’ vans start falling to pieces at about 180,000 miles, the Sprinter just keeps on going.
“It’s also well equipped, popular with our staff, and widely recognised as the safest van on the road.
“That’s crucial because as a business we take our Duty of Care commitments to employees and other road users very seriously indeed.”
Bradbury Group’s latest service vans wear a striking design by Matt Vinyl Graphics, of Hull.
The operator’s Sprinters are being maintained by Northside and other members of the manufacturer’s franchised UK network, under a Mercedes-Benz Service Care package contract.
“It’s very reassuring to know that we have an organisation like Mercedes-Benz behind us,” added Mr Bamford.
“As for Northside, their service has been fantastic.
“We have been ‘bitten’ in the past by suppliers who failed to provide trustworthy aftercare, but Northside have delivered on all their promises.
“They’ve provided us with demonstrators which we could try for size before placing our orders, and were proactive in arranging the first services for our initial batch of Sprinters, with everything then being done on time.
“The dealer also put together an introductory driver’s pack and has assured us that back-up vans are available should we need them.
“All in all, the relationship has got off to a great start and I have every expectation that this will continue.”
Like their predecessors, Bradbury Group’s latest vans are the subject of a flexible Agility contract from Mercedes-Benz Finance.
Agility offers the benefits of conventional hire purchase with a Guaranteed Future Value (GFV) – including low monthly repayments – but gives operators extra options at the end of the term.
Bradbury Group recently won approval for a £287,000 Regional Growth Fund grant to build a new factory development at their Scunthorpe headquarters.
The company also have a satellite manufacturing plant in Ayr that specialises in doors for the social housing market.