Fabrifen saves more than £6,000 a year through Northgate flexible vehicle hire

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Steel and timber product manufacturer, supplier and installer Fabrifen is saving more than £6,000 a year after turning to Northgate for flexible vehicle hire.

Based in the North West with offices in Widnes and Salford, Fabrifen has experienced rapid growth, which has resulted in its customer base and service requirements expanding.

The company previously owned its vehicles outright, but the ageing fleet brought about a number of problems, including an increased requirement for service, maintenance and repair (SMR), and a reduction in reliability. As such, it turned to Northgate to provide a more flexible and reliable vehicle offering.

Fabrifen has been able to save more than £6,000 a year thanks to the reduction in maintenance, acquisition and administration costs brought about by Northgate’s all-inclusive package.

A key requirement for Fabrifen’s expanding business is the ability to meet varying client demands, which vary based on season and often touch every point of the manufacture, supply and installation journey, requiring consistent customer service.

The company’s growing customer base also means that team members in the field need to be supported across a larger geographical area.

Northgate has eight branches in the North West and a further 69 located across the UK, ensuring that Fabrifen can be supplied with vehicles of varying sizes on both a regional and national basis within a short timeframe.

Through its partnership with the AA, Northgate provides customers with a fully inclusive breakdown service, with a replacement vehicle being provided if a vehicle needs to be recovered, and a target of less than two-and-a-half hours of downtime.

Fabrifen has been able to save over £6,000 a year through Northgate’s flexible service, with savings made across vehicle acquisition, fuel consumption and maintenance.

Tony Ross, managing director of Fabrifen, said: “During our shutdown period over Christmas, Fabrifen saves approximately £1,925 thanks to the flexibility of being able to off-hire vehicles without penalty.

"Replacing our ageing vehicles with new ones has improved fuel consumption by 10%, which equates to more than £350 per month.”

He added: “Northgate’s SMR package has reduced maintenance bills and its widespread branch network has helped us to access vehicles quickly when new contracts are won on a more national level.”

Northgate’s flexible arrangement has allowed Fabrifen to change the type of vehicles it uses to transport people and materials more efficiently.

This has resulted in cashflow savings and customer service improvements.

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