Professional Surfacing Contractors, Gibbs Surfacing has enhanced its fleet with five brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans from Rygor, the UK’s largest Mercedes-Benz Commercial vehicle Dealer group, to help them continue to deliver the highest levels of quality service to customers. Adding to its existing fleet which already includes six Mercedes-Benz vans from Rygor, the new Sprinter crew vans will enable the business to transport its employees, essential tools and equipment to projects across the South East, South West, Wales, Devon, Cornwall and The Midlands. Martin Grounsell, Commercial Director at Gibbs Surfacing, said: “For our business it is essential that we stand apart and be at the forefront of the industry. We pride ourselves on our renowned reputation for quality work and reliability and always look to demonstrate theses integral assets of our business to customers, as they truly are at the heart of everything we do. Reliability is a massive consideration for us, which is why when we are considering suppliers to work with and products to invest in, we choose prestigious brands and companies which we to know we can trust. Rygor and the Sprinter product are a true reflection of this ethos. “Maintaining our professional identity is paramount, which is why it has been beneficial that our recognisable corporate colour brand identity is a factory finish option from Mercedes-Benz, which has not only saved us money, but crucially time too, as we have been able to get our vehicles out on the road quicker,” Martin added.
Gibbs Surfacing places a high level of importance on the comfort of its employees and chose to include several optional extras on the five new Sprinter vans to further enhance the well-being of them. “Our vans are real workhorses and are essential to get our employees to site. At any one time we can have up to seven of them working on a contract, so our fleet needs to be able to accommodate them as well as all the necessary equipment. The Sprinter crew van boasts the space necessary for our business needs. We have also worked with Rygor to include auxiliary heaters in the vehicles, so when the weather is bad, our employees can dry their work wear in the vehicle without having to drive the vehicle to run the heating. This is a great option which really does help improve the morale of our team.”
Gibbs Surfacing’s new vehicles are on a highly flexible Agility contract from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. This finance option boasts the benefits of purchasing a vehicle with low monthly repayments in addition to providing the company with additional options at the end of the term. “A major consideration for us, like most businesses, is budgeting and managing cash flow. The agility finance product is fantastic for us as we are always clear of the fixed monthly payments. It also gives us the option at the end of the contract to buy the vehicle outright. But for us it is about more than just the upfront costs. We place a great importance on the whole life cost of a vehicle, which is why the fuel efficient Sprinter with excellent running costs is such a good options of us,” Martin added.
The Sprinter vans will be maintained on a Mercedes-Benz full Repair and Maintenance contract (R&M) at Rygor’s Swindon branch, where Gibbs Surfacing will be able to take advantage of the branches’ Tuesday – Saturday 24hour opening. “R&M contracts mean we can avoid unexpected servicing and maintenance costs and reduce disruption, which is really beneficial to enabling us to manage our cash flow. What’s more with Rygor Swindon’s extended opening hours, we can get our vehicles maintained at a time which is convenient to us to minimise downtime, as opposed to having to take our vehicles off the road.” The working relationship between Rygor and Gibbs Surfacing has been developed over the past five years. Martin said: “Marcus and Michelle at Rygor Swindon have worked extremely hard to provide us with favourable finance terms as well as managing the order process, so we could get the vehicles on the road as soon as possible. They have been very thorough and informative which has really made my life a lot easier which means I can focus my attention on other areas of the business.” Marcus Cooper, van sales manager at Rygor Swindon, said: “It is fantastic to be working with Martin and the team at Gibbs Surfacing as it is such a prominent business, not only in the local area, but across the South West. At Rygor we have dedicated business managers as well as an expert sales team to enable us to provide customers with bespoke vehicle and finance options which will truly suit the demands of their business. We look forward to continuing to build on our positive working relationship with Gibbs Surfacing going forward.”