By Faye Sunderland 26 March 2012
One of its single biggest orders for Vauxhall in Northern Ireland has been completed after Belfast-based Fleet Financial delivered 70 customised Vauxhall Vivaro vans to Sierra Support Services. Sierra Support Services’ new vehicles will tour the country as part of Sky TV installation and service team.
Featuring a Simpsons and Sky HD livery, the fleet worth £2 million was handed over in a two day period. Such a large order required the supplying dealer Charles Hurst to go the extra mile in order to complete the order in a short time frame.
Each of the Vivaros, powered by the frugal common-rail 2.0CDTi (115) engine, had to go through the specialist installation of the shelving, roof racks and graphics. The operation ran so smoothly that the vans were turned around in just six weeks and the individual operators could collect their vehicles, uniform, equipment and parts from a central location and start work the next day.
Jim Humphreys, of Fleet Financials, said: “The strong support, all the way from the factory to the dealer, was key to us winning the deal and supplying these vehicles. The Vivaro is rightly recognised as a national fleet vehicle, and because we’ve worked with the Vauxhall brand for the last 15 years, this gave us the absolute faith in the vehicles’ abilities.”
He continued: “Rather than supply a number of different makes and model of van, we were able to deliver 70 identical vehicles – a vital selling point. We’re confident of the vans’ capabilities, the servicing costs and the lack of down time through reliability issues – you can’t afford to have this kind of vehicle off the road.”
The three-year deal will see the vehicles touring Northern Ireland to install and maintain equipment for Sky’s customers. So great is the coverage of the vehicles, it’s estimated that every person in Northern Ireland will see one of the vans every four to six weeks.
Sierra Support Services group is a key service provider to the Telecommunications, Power and Energy, and Civil Engineering sectors. This deal marks the expansion of Sierra into Northern Ireland, to make it the country’s biggest supplier of support services.