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Lex Autolease reports 7% fleet growth for 2014

In the 12 months to 31 December the fleet management giant increased the size of its fleet to over 297,000 vehicles, a year-on-year rise of 7% with total customer assets increased by 10% year-on-year to £3.3bn.

The company attributed this increase to the significant investment made as part of a five-year plan unveiled in 2013, which saw new products and services including a range of vans for the SME sector tradesmen, and a ‘Business Critical’ service for those fleets that are subject to specific  performance criteria or that carry time-sensitive loads. 

Tim Porter, managing director of Lex Autolease, said: ‘Our aspiration is to remain the fleet provider of choice in the UK and we are pleased with the progress achieved to date. Business confidence is strong at the moment and we have benefited from this renewed sense of optimism.  

‘We recognise this is a challenging target and we still have a lot of work to do. To reach it will require additional investment and the launch of further innovative products to appeal to our wide and diverse range of customers.’ 

The company is also targeting expansion in the small and medium sized business market and has invested in a multi-channel advertising campaign titled the ‘Leasing Revolution’ which highlights how small firms can benefit from leasing rather than buying vehicles.  

‘As business confidence continues to grow and as our own research demonstrates updating company vehicles is a key investment priority for businesses, and we anticipate strong performance in 2015 in order to meet changing business demands,’ concluded Porter. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.