Lex Autolease reports 17% YOY growth for 2014 H1
The fleet management giant has added almost 10,000 new vehicles since December 2013, increasing the size of its fleet from nearly 280,000 vehicles to almost 290,000 units – a rise of approximately 5% year on year.
A key factor behind the growth has been the performance of the light commercial vehicle division including investment in new product development such as “Driveaways” – a range of purpose-built vans designed specifically for professional trades persons.
Lex has also enhanced its capabilities with the opening of a new multi-million pound remarketing centre in Coventry.
The company is also targeting further growth in the large corporate segment after securing a number of significant corporate fleet contracts over the last 12 months.
Tim Porter, managing director at Lex Autolease, said: ‘Our key growth objective is to add 100,000 vehicles to the fleet during the course of the next five years. To achieve this target we will continue to make investments across the business to enhance our product and service capabilities.
‘Much of the growth this year has been driven by commercial vehicles. This segment is a good indicator of the health of the wider economy and we expect to see further progress in this area as business confidence continues to rise.
‘The SME market also offers significant growth opportunities. Our research indicates that three quarters of small businesses prefer to buy vehicles outright rather than lease. Lex Autolease and the industry as a whole needs to do more to educate these small firms on the benefits of leasing. By choosing to lock their capital into depreciating assets rather than investing in their business they risk missing out on the growth opportunities presented by the recovering economy.’
Porter added: ‘As a key part of Lloyds Banking Group we are fully committed to the Group’s helping Britain prosper strategy. In practical terms this means providing businesses of all size with the products, services and fleet expertise needed to support their growth ambitions.’