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Based in Wilmslow, Cheshire and with depots around the country, office fruit delivery company Fruidel supplies premium fruit baskets to help companies boost productivity, enhance wellbeing and promote a healthy workplace. With ambitious growth plans, the company wanted a flexible transport option that didn’t involve tying up capital on outright vehicle acquisition.
Europcar Advantage for Vans was the answer. The company has signed an agreement for Europcar to supply more than 40 Mercedes Sprinters, all liveried with the Fruidel brand.
Stephen Bohen, Founder & CEO, Fruidel, explains: “As our business expands so do our transport needs. We’ve grown at an unprecedented rate and the flexibility of Europcar’s long-term rental service has enabled us to double the size of our fleet in line with this demand. We’re due to take on 20 more Vans in 2019 without the significant outlay that would’ve come with acquisition.
“Long-term rental provides Fruidel with all of the advantages of an ‘owned’ fleet but with these additional benefits bundled into one price. The clarity that this gives us means that we’re in a great position to make informed financial decisions to plan for the future growth of the business.”
Businesses operating vans in London only have a few weeks to prepare for the introduction of ULEZ on 8th April 2019. Even vehicles that were LEZ compliant before may not be exempt from ULEZ charges, but if you act quickly, there is still time to make the transition to compliant vans.
A savvy way to mitigate the impact of ULEZ on your van fleet is to hire your vehicles. Northgate offers customisable Euro 6 compliant vans on a minimum term or flexible basis to suit your needs. One simple cost includes servicing, maintenance, road tax and breakdown recovery.
If you need to dispose of your existing vehicles, try our ‘We Buy You Rent’ scheme. Offering a fair market value, Northgate will buy your existing vans, injecting cash back into your businesses, and provide you with new, compliant rentals.
If you prefer to own your vehicles, then you can sell your old van and buy a newer Euro 6 van in a part-exchange through Northgate and Van Monster.
The clock is ticking and so if your business cannot afford to ignore the ULEZ financial charges, get in touch now. No matter what your requirements are, Northgate is committed to keeping your business on the road.
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We have found that many companies in and around London are looking at different ways to mitigate the cost of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which is coming into effect from April 8th. Using an LCV on routes, where typically an HGV had been utilised, is one of the options which could reduce both fuel costs and the ULEZ charge as Euro 6 vans will be exempt from the charge as they offer the most up to date fuel saving technology.
Of course this approach won’t work for everyone and does rely heavily on the transition of HGVs travelling into the zone switching to LCVs. If this can be done by still only using one vehicle then significant cost savings can be achieved; even switching one HGV route by using two LCVs will still achieve savings.
Using a rental supplier such as Thrifty means there is no costly outlay required to increase your fleet with additional Euro 6 compliant vehicles. Our rental model will allow you to test alternative logistics strategies without committing capital for new fleet that may not be required on a permanent basis.