New vehicles among UK SME’s investment plans in 2015
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:03
Company vehicles are a particular priority for small firms in the construction and transport sectors
Lex Autolease announces bi-annual Business in Britain research
New company vehicles have been named among the key investments many SME businesses plan to make in 2015, according to research from Lex Autolease.
The bi-annual Business in Britain survey of 1,500 companies found that almost half (48 per cent) of all management teams plan to raise money to invest in their businesses in the first six months of the year. New vehicles were identified as a key area of spend by eight per cent of businesses, alongside other frequently-named priorities such as new plant and equipment, employee training and overseas expansion.
Andrew Hogsden, Senior Manager, Strategic Fleet Consultancy at Lex Autolease, said:
“It’s significant that company cars and commercial vehicles remain on SME’s shopping lists, despite a reduction in business confidence. This signals a growing appreciation of the wider benefits of investing in vehicles, such as maintaining a professional image, reducing carbon emissions by operating a more fuel efficient vehicle as well the many other efficiency benefits of running newer vehicles.”
Company vehicles were a particular priority for small firms in the construction and transport sectors, with 28% and 20% of respondents respectively planning to either invest in buying or leasing a company vehicle this year.
This appetite for investment comes despite the Business in Britain report recording a more cautious outlook from SMEs for the New Year. Since the last survey in July 2014, the report’s key confidence index has decreased by ten points to 43%, down from a record high. This was largely driven by decreases in firms expectations of profits and orders over the next six months.