The largest privately owned operation of its type in the UK, Blakedale is based in the North West of England and services the whole of Great Britain and Ireland.
For over 30 years, the business has been a stalwart of the highways network, and with a Blakedale road marker post standing proudly at an average of 1 marker post per 100m of UK motorway, in addition to the 400+ vehicles the company now has in its fleet, suffice it to say that the company has a significant presence all over the UK's daily operations within the sector.
However, this isn't 'just' a hire fleet company...
Blakedale doesn't just provide over 400 vehicles from its hire fleet into the industry, but also builds a variety of vehicles for direct sale to those businesses looking to acquire their own assets. Blakedale can deliver a range of vehicles including TSCO cars and vans, 3.5t drop sides with LP13 or tail lifts as well as the popular IPV fitted with the Scorpion ll crash cushion. In addition to these, their new low body TM vehicle built on the Renault Master Red Badge is already in high demand.
A host of requirements and vehicle features can be catered for and with a customer focused approach, Blakedale sets about each vehicle build with a gimlet- eyed attention to detail to ensure each customer is 100% satisfied with their final vehicle.
Working closely with its clients to establish their exact requirements, Blakedale has been more than a hire business for 16 years and delivered its first sold vehicle in 2005.
As the family-owned business has grown over the last 30 years, the vehicle sales operation has grown alongside its self-drive hire fleet.
Described by a Blakedale insider as "perhaps something of an industry secret" the 'not just a hire company' message is perhaps more vital than ever given the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak's, announcement of a tax super-deduction that encourages companies to invest.
Chevron TM, the largest independent traffic management provider in the UK, has a relationship with Blakedale as a client that dates back over 10 years.
The business, which provides TM services to a range of clients including high-speed, local authorities, utilities, rail, and events, that has seen significant growth, in particular over the last decade and consequently, its vehicle requirements have skyrocketed due to the ever-increasing demand for its services.
Utilising both the company's sales and hire capability, Blakedale has established itself as a long term supplier to Chevron TM, who have in turn come to value Blakedale's ability to deliver on time, each time, in both these areas.
Matt West, Client Director at Chevron TM told us:
"Chevron TM has been working with Blakedale for a number of years, originally starting with the spot hire of IPVs - which is arguably what their fleet business has always been best known for. As Chevron TM has grown, we have progressed to a point where contract hire of specialist TTM vehicles (including the IPVs), the supply and build of IPVs for purchase and most recently development of concept vehicles is now the mainstay of our relationship.
"While our change in focus has been driven by client needs, our relationship with Blakedale has continued because they are a progressive, forward-thinking SME who are totally customer-centric. They have continually responded to our needs; they always offer exceptional service levels and say 'yes' when finding solutions to any challenge set. We look forward to working with Blakedale as they continue to grow and write the next chapter of their story."
Dave Staiano, Sales Director at Blakedale also commented:
"Blakedale has always sold new vehicles, mainly 3.5t with tail lifts or LP13s and of course the popular IPVs.
"However, the demand to purchase new vehicles has increased considerably over the last couple of years as more and more customers realise we offer more than just hire vehicles. We have supplied traffic management companies as well as local authorities both here in the UK and in Ireland, the most recent being Chevron TM.
"Whilst we have supplied hire vehicles into Chevron TM for quite some time, due to their significant growth and investment we were invited to supply them with some new vehicles for their own fleet. So far 14 new IPVs have either been supplied or are in build, all built to Chevron TM's high specification and fitted with the Scorpion ll crash cushion.
"Additional hire fleet vehicles are due to be built to support the existing Chevron TM fleet, and we thank Chevron TM for their business and for their continued support. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Chevron TM for many years to come. We realise how fortunate we are to work collaboratively with such a prestigious, innovative and highly-regarded company."
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