Fleet provider sees wide-ranging deal with local authority extended

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 08:09
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A local authority has renewed a major contract with Go Plant Fleet Services to supply and maintain a fleet of more than 40 specialist vehicles.

The company, one of the UK’s leading providers of commercial vehicle solutions, has been in partnership with Pendle Borough Council, in Lancashire, for almost a decade.

Now the contract has been renewed for another seven years – with options to extend – following a competitive tender process.

Arthur Macklin, Bid Director at Go Plant Fleet Services, believes the decision illustrates the strengths of the company’s multi-faceted solutions and acts as endorsement of its partnership approach.

He said: “While we’ve worked with Pendle Council for some time, we had to go through a tender process to demonstrate quality and cost-effectiveness in every area of the contract.

“They discussed the option of keeping fleet management in-house, but see the operational and financial value of using us to both source their vehicles and provide comprehensive fleet management services.

“Our relationship with the council has evolved over almost 10 years. We supply their entire fleet of vehicles and ensure each is properly maintained through our own professional team.

“It’s a comprehensive service that delivers significant benefits to the authority and we’re obviously delighted that will continue.”

The contract hire fleet features 13 RCVs, 12 grounds maintenance vehicles, five compact sweepers, 13 vans and an 18-tonne truck-mounted road sweeper.

Maintenance is carried out by three expert technicians based full time at the council’s workshop in Nelson, Lancashire.

The contract extends Go Plant Fleet Services’ growing number of wide-ranging partnerships that include funding and fleet management services.

Mark Gallimore, Commercial Director, said: “Our aim is to help customers benefit both financially and operationally from sourcing specialist vehicles and fleet management from one supplier.

“We work hard to build and maintain strong relationships to become trusted partners of our clients. That way, we can create bespoke solutions that are a perfect fit for their requirements.

“We take time to review their existing operation in depth, analyse their future requirements and identify areas where savings and efficiencies can be made.

“We ensure that exactly the right vehicles are specified and that fleet management services are built around the precise need.”

Go Plant Fleet Services has vast experience in the specialist commercial vehicle sector, along with the capacity and infrastructure across every level of the business to deliver quality, cost-effective solutions.

Its extensive range of Contract Hire options can include full maintenance packages while a ‘Maintenance Only’ service is also available through a nationwide network of depots and service centres.

Total lifetime fleet management facilities also include servicing, maintenance and inspections, scheduling and carrying out PMIs and warranty/manufacturer support along with accident management, recall management, telematics and driver licence checks.

The service can include monitoring the usage and age profile of vehicles and the provision of appropriate training for customers’ staff along with a range of consultancy services including cost-effective finance packages.

As a nationwide business, Go Plant Fleet Services has access to competitive rates of funding that enable customers to secure new vehicles with no large up front capital outlay – providing certainty of costs for budgeting and minimising the risk associated with maintenance and vehicle resale.

It adds up to the kind of all-encompassing solution that delivers significant benefits and value to more than 60 local authorities as well as all types of private sector businesses across the UK.

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