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The Danwood Group sticks with Sandicliffe as preferred contract hire supplier

East Midlands-based Sandicliffe Motor Contracts took over The Danwood Group contract back in 2008. The fleet consists of almost 500 vehicles, comprised of mainly estate cars for the technical engineers but also sales/executive cars and a few light commercials too. 

When asked what makes the partnership so successful, Geoff Wray, fleet manager at The Danwood Group, said: “For us, it’s the level of support we receive from Sandicliffe Motor Contracts. 

“For a fleet like ours where we have over 250 business critical service vehicles and almost the same again in sales and management cars, we need a fleet partner who is hands-on and quick to react to our needs. 

“When we started working with Sandicliffe Motor Contracts we approached them with a problem that was costing us a lot of money. Faced with a string of what we felt were unacceptable end of contract recharges, they not only identified the root cause but took complete ownership of our entire end-of-contracts process – for vehicles they didn’t even own at the time. 

“Since then, when it comes to end of contract time, we haven’t experienced any problems. 

“Their commitment to us also never faltered when the company went through substantial restructuring a few years ago and it’s that level of unyielding support and trust that has enabled our partnership to go from strength to strength.” 

Sandicliffe Motor Contracts sales director, Phil Elms, added that he believes good communication is the secret to a great partnership.

“Although we offer a variety of additional fleet services such as maintained contract hire, daily rental and support for Danwood’s owned vehicle fleet,” said Elms, “we do not see our role as replacing their fleet department. 

“With open and regular contact with Geoff and the team, both parties are very clear as to what support is needed and when. It is through this shared understanding that allows us to get on and do our job – and do it well – but still have sight of the bigger picture. With over 35 years’ experience in fleet services we are always encouraged to step in and offer our expertise should the need arise.” 

He added: “We are confident that in another seven years’ time we will still be offering the same level of support and guidance.”

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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.