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Simon Barter joins Lex Autolease as head of SME Direct

Replacing Tony Murtagh, Barter will oversee the development and growth of the small business function and take responsibility for implementing new projects to educate SMEs on the advantages of leasing company vehicles.

Previously regional director at Lex Autolease, Barter was responsible for sales, customer service delivery, key account management and delivering multi-disciplined fleet solutions for over 400 customers across the South of England.

Barter joined the company as a sales executive in 1994, and together with two years spent as Head of Corporate Sales at HSBC Vehicle Finance, has more than 20 years’ corporate sales and customer service experience in vehicle leasing.

Fiona Hall, sales director at Lex Autolease, said: ‘Leasing company cars and vans is a practice that is well established within larger companies, but something that smaller business owners are now increasingly starting to consider over buying a vehicle outright.

‘The recovery has brought greater confidence for SMEs but also a desire to do things differently, presenting us with an opportunity to educate them on the benefits of leasing. I’m delighted to have an experienced, skilled and knowledgeable leader in Simon to push forward our growth ambitions in this market.’

Simon Barter said: ‘Whether it’s to save money, become more attractive in the job market, adhere to environmental or safety regulations or have access to previously unaffordable new vehicles, leasing can help small businesses address their individual challenges. My role will focus on helping businesses make this connection, and I’m looking forward to building relationships with both new and existing clients to ensure they capitalise on the opportunities leasing has to offer.’

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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.