BT Fleet has announced the acquisition of SEV Automotive and Plant, a UK-based mobile vehicle maintenance and servicing business.
SEV’s capabilities will be added to its network of 64 garage locations across the country to help accelerate its plans to provide fixed and mobile service, maintenance and repair (SMR) to new and existing customers, to accompany its fleet management service for business critical fleets.
By adding mobile SMR services to BT Fleet’s existing fixed offering, customers can opt for the convenience of having their vehicles maintained and serviced on their own premises, or at one of BT Fleet’s garages.
Managing director Geoff Allison established SEV in 2014 and the business is headquartered in Sunderland. With more than 40 mobile engineers, SEV offers a nationwide service for a range of vehicle makes and models.
The acquisition will strengthen BT Fleet’s customer offering by creating the capability of providing both fixed and mobile SMR services on a national basis through its own operations and employees.
For customers using this newly added service, it aims to provide choice, consistency and resilience, and minimise the amount of time their vehicles are off the road, delivering cost efficiencies and competitive advantages.
Sixty employees from SEV will become part of the wider BT Fleet team. Allison will become mobile operations director on the BT Fleet leadership team, reporting to managing director Henry Brace.
Gerry McQuade, CEO, BT Wholesale and Ventures, said: “This is an important acquisition for BT Fleet, as it allows us to deliver an even better customer experience by offering greater flexibility and convenience around how and where their vehicles are maintained and serviced.
“SEV’s position in the marketplace makes it the natural choice of partner as we look to combine the strength of our fixed garage network with a fully mobile team of technicians. I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone from SEV; together, we have a strong and exciting future.”
Allison said: “This is a truly amazing time for SEV and we are delighted to be joining BT Fleet. With our combined operations and expertise, I’m confident we will deliver the service that customers require in this ever demanding market place.”
BT Fleet managing director Henry Brace speaking about the acquisition of SEV