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Covid-19 Update from Ballyvesey Holdings Limited

Ballyvesey Holdings Limited would like to reassure our customers, our suppliers and our staff that our businesses are very much open and operating as normal, or as near to as possible. It is our desire to continue working, serving and most importantly supporting our customers many of whom are in the front line of this situation that is evolving across our country. We will strive to work with as little disruption as possible, monitoring the advice on the C-19 virus and following the guidance from the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland, the WHO and local health agencies.

Our sites are open, transport and distribution streams are running and our technicians will continue to carry out repairs and servicing where possible. The majority of our employees continue to work normally with key support staff including sales functioning from remote locations. All can be contacted by phone or email as and when required.

We have implemented various measures across the group to minimise the risk to each other and to you. We will continue to adapt and to change our working patterns as directed by the statutory bodies, whilst seeking to maintain service levels and meet customer demand.

This situation is unprecedented. In 50 years of trading none of us have witnessed a business environment of this nature and while we all have personal concerns we will continue to strive to support our customers and protect our people.  We are here to help …. Stay safe.

 

Directors of Ballyvesey Holdings Ltd.

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DAF UK Sales Conference

At the recently held DAF UK Sales Conference held in Warwick, HTC Group won the PACCAR Finance Dealer of the year, John Mabey Sales Director for PFL stated “They are always totally supportive, and have performed at a consistently high level, funding an average of over 200 new chassis per annum over the last five years, which is a market share of over 46%”.  

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Fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eVito wins a positive reception at Travelodge

Fully-electric
Mercedes-Benz eVito wins a positive reception at Travelodge

The
Mercedes-Benz eVito was the top-quality choice when UK budget hotel giant
Travelodge checked-in its first set of ‘green’ electric vans.

Travelodge
has enhanced its environmental credentials by commissioning two of the
ground-breaking vehicles, which combine a competitive carrying capacity with
zero tailpipe emissions.

Supplied
by Dealer Midlands Truck & Van, both of Travelodge’s new vans will be based
in London and assigned to a multi-disciplined maintenance team responsible for
the upkeep of its hotels. Travelodge is one of the largest hotel chains in
London, and operates 77 properties across the capital.

The
Mercedes-Benz eVito represents a major advance on the road to “the electric
future” envisaged by Travelodge on the livery applied to its new vehicles. Crucially,
it allows operators to meet their emissions-busting targets without having to
compromise on practicality or performance.

The eVito has a gross weight of 3.2 tonnes
and a range of approximately 93 miles. The vehicle comes with three seats and, like
its diesel-engined stablemate, sliding load doors on both sides.

Travelodge’s eVito vans are both long L2 PURE
variants which offer up to 6.0m3 of cargo area, and a payload allowance
of 923 kg. The eVito PURE is also available in extra-long L3 form, with a 6.6m3
load volume and 898 kg carrying
capacity. eVito
versions with the PROGRESSIVE trimline benefit from extra features, both
internally and externally, but incur corresponding slight payload reductions.

Travelodge
is one of the UK’s largest independent hotel chains and operates 590 properties
across the UK, Ireland and Spain. It is one of the few hotel chains to have
invested in its own, nationwide maintenance team.

Scott
Rutherford, Travelodge Director of Technical Services, said: “Our mission is to
deliver affordable travel for everyone, and to become a Greener Travelodge. We
are delighted to be one of the first UK companies to choose the new
Mercedes-Benz eVito, which drives like a dream. We are one of the biggest hotel
chains in London, and these electric vans will certainly help us to reduce our
carbon footprint.”

Travelodge’s new vans are the subject of a
Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement. eVito operators benefit from the
low cost of electricity compared to diesel and petrol, as well as favourable
tax rates and E-mobility support programmes.

Van Sales Manager Gez O’Reilly and his
Midlands Truck & Van colleague, Van Sales Executive Josh Yarnell, secured
for their customer the maximum available grant from the Office for Low Emission
Vehicles (OLEV) prior to handover, relieving Mr Rutherford and his colleagues
of the hassle of having to do so retrospectively.

The
reduction in the capital cost of the two vehicles is reflected in the
attractively priced monthly contract hire rates. So, too, is the fact that the
relative simplicity of its electric motor means the eVito’s maintenance and
repair costs are substantially lower than those of a vehicle with combustion
engine.

“The
eVito is the ideal size for our maintenance engineers, and we’ll now be
monitoring the performance of these first two electric vans closely to see how
this technology can be applied more widely across our business,” added Mr
Rutherford.

The
eVito’s electric motor produces 114 hp and drives the front wheels via a
single-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is instantaneous, while top speed
is restricted as standard to 50 mph (80 km/h), although this can be increased
on request. The column-mounted selector allows drivers to choose between C, E
and E+ (Comfort, Eco and Extended range) settings.

Fully
recharged in six hours from a wall box or at a charging station using a Type-2
connection, the 41 kWh battery is securely mounted in a protective housing
beneath the cargo floor, so does not impinge on the load area. The eVito’s
range – 90-plus miles is comfortably enough for the overwhelming majority of
city-based applications – is supplemented by recuperative charging, but will be
reduced by constant driving with a full load.

The
eVito comes with Mercedes PRO connect as standard. This advanced manufacturer
solution provides operators with an array of fast, efficient and cost-effective
vehicle management service packages. Vehicle data is analysed in real time –
everything from fuel consumption to vehicle locations, trip history,
maintenance status and driver behaviour can be monitored. Dedicated electric
features allow customers, for example, to locate a charge station, optimise
route planning, remotely check the charge status of the vehicle, and
pre-condition its temperature ahead of the journey.

travelodge.co.uk

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Montracon’s MT45 Machinery Carrier Shortlisted for the Heavies Awards 2020

Montracon is pleased to announce that its MT45 Machinery Carriers range has been shortlisted for the Heavies Awards 2020.

Montracon’s MT45 Machinery Carrier product has been shortlisted for Innovation of the Year Trailer (medium weight 3-5 axles) at the up and coming “Heavies Awards 2020”

The Heavies recognises and rewards industry excellence, innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality across the entire spectrum of the heavy and abnormal load road haulage sector.

To be shortlisted shows that Montracon has achieved the very highest standard, as judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

The winner will be announced on Friday 20th March 2020, be sure to check back then to find out if we have won.

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Midlands Truck & Van sets its Mercedes-Benz show on the road

Best of breed: The stunning Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport with dog-carrying conversion which Midlands Truck & Van will be presenting at this week’s Crufts.

Midlands Truck & Van sets its Mercedes-Benz show on the road

Ambitious Midlands Truck & Van is preparing to showcase award-winning Mercedes-Benz vehicles at two major events which take place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

The Dealer has commissioned a Mercedes-Benz Vito van with bespoke canine carrying conversion, for display on its stand at Crufts 2020, starting on Thursday (5 March).

Then, in April, Midlands Truck & Van presents a truck and no fewer than five vans – including two fully electric eVito models – at the Commercial Vehicle Show. All will be in the liveries of high-profile customers of the Dealership.

It will be the first time a Mercedes-Benz Dealer has exhibited at the UK road transport industry’s flagship event, and represents a substantial investment by Midlands Truck & Van.

The company’s decision to attend reflects its determination to provide the best possible representation for the brands it represents, and also to ‘spread the word’ about the exciting developments currently taking place within its own business.

Work is now well underway on the construction of a £7-million Dealership in Birmingham. Scheduled to open in October, its new headquarters is taking shape on a seven-acre brownfield site in the city’s Smethwick district.

Meanwhile, Midlands Truck & Van recently spent £3 million on the acquisition and refurbishment of the former Mercedes-Benz of Coventry car dealership in Whitley. It is now one of the country’s biggest Mercedes-Benz van showrooms.

The Dealer’s third branch, in Willenhall, Wolverhampton, is also still relatively new, having opened at the end of 2015. It was developed at a cost of £4 million.

“These are hugely exciting times for our business,” declared Midlands Truck & Van Managing Director Steve Hunt. “We want to shout about our successes, and our heart of England locations mean the NEC is the perfect venue at which to do so. We look forward to welcoming established and prospective customers, as well as representatives of the manufacturer and other guests, to our stands at Crufts and the CV Show.” 

Midlands Truck & Van will also be participating at a host of other events this year. Steve continued: “The latest Mercedes-Benz Trucks, FUSO light trucks, and Mercedes-Benz Vans ranges lead the field in terms of technological innovation. As a result, they offer exemplary levels of reliability and costs of operation, safety and driver appeal.

“Our role is to deliver the first-class experiences that customers for vehicles bearing the three-pointed star or three diamonds badges are entitled to expect. The substantial investments we’re making in our branch infrastructure, and in the development of our people, reflect this company’s commitment to building partnerships with operators that stand the test of time.”

The dynamic Vito Sport 116 CDI which Midlands Truck & Van is taking to Crufts was converted to ‘dog walker’ specification by Vantastec, of Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly. Despite being an L1 (compact) crew van model with a second row of seats, it offers flexible, robust accommodation for up to five dogs of varying sizes.

Two cages are mounted to the floor rails, and there are two smaller ones above, one of which can be divided in two. Each cage has ‘escape hatch’ for use in the event of an accident, and the entire system can be unbolted and removed completely.

The roll call of vehicles on the Midlands Truck & Van stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show which runs from 28-30 April will include new electric eVito models offering zero tailpipe emissions, in the colours of Europcar and Travelodge. Also appearing will be Diesel-engined Citan, Vito and Sprinter models belonging, respectively, to Tructyre, Really Awesome Coffee, and Clancy Docwra, and a tractor unit from the new Actros range – International Truck of the Year 2020 – in CEVA Logistics livery.

Visit Midlands Truck & Van at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham:

  • Crufts, 5-8 March, Stand 4-148
  • CV Show, 28-30 April, Stand 5A20

A dog walker’s dream: The Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport features a bespoke Vantastec conversion and can carry up to five pets of different sizes.

Spreading the word: Van Sales Executive Josh Yarnell will be among those manning the Midlands Truck & Van stand at Crufts 2020

Try this for size: French bulldog Piglet can scarcely contain her excitement at the prospect of a ride in the Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport with Vantastec conversion

Branching out: Midlands Truck & Van’s new Coventry showroom is one of the biggest in the Mercedes-Benz Vans Retail network

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HTC Group’s Marcus Kemp Awarded DAF International Dealer Salesman Of The Year 2019​​

Noted for his drive, energy and enthusiasm; his world appearing to have 25 hours in every day and 8 working days in each week during which he uses all DAF systems to great effect and utilizes his strong network, Marcus Kemp was voted DAF UK Dealer Salesman of 2019. This meant that he was asked to join winners from all across Europe at the DAF head office in Eindhoven where he was awarded the 2019 International Dealer Salesman of the year.

In order to identify the winner DAF looked at every ingredient in the sales business. First the total volume contribution, secondly they looked at the performance selling the range (XF, CF and LF), they looked at the percentage of conquest business and at the share of Multi Support contracts and PACCAR Finance contracts. The winner hit the top marks in every single category and beyond the sales volume acts as a perfect ambassador for the DAF brand.

Because he maintained strong relationships with customers and colleagues achieving synergy through clear communication, flexible working and focusing on exceeding customer expectations, adding value to their businesses where at all possible. Marcus closed many orders (900) and ensured that DAF support was maintained in all areas, ensuring successful truck supply and therefore building loyalty for future opportunities.

From all at HTC Group, huge congratulations Marcus on a well-deserved award.