North-East contractor Deerness Fencing & Landscaping has added the first Mercedes-Benz Vans to its 45-strong fleet, after being impressed by the performance of rented vehicles.
The company’s five new Sprinter 313 CDI Long chassis cabs were supplied by Dealer Bell Truck and Van and are fitted with 14ft Ingimex dropside bodies. They are now working across the region on new-build housing projects, schools and other public buildings, and industrial and retail sites.
Managing Director Jim Bates said: “We’re using the Sprinters to ferry staff, tools and materials to and from our work locations. They give us a good carrying capacity in terms of both weight and volume, but at 3.5 tonnes gvw they can also be driven by any member of the company team who holds a standard driving licence.”
Deerness Fencing & Landscaping has historically favoured another van brand. “We tried some Sprinters on hire, though, and they performed very well,” continued Mr Bates.
“We always run a certain number of rental vehicles, to give us the flexibility we need to cope with peaks and troughs in our workload. However, we’d reached a point where we had too many hired vans, so we decided to add to our owned fleet.
“Bell Truck and Van sales executive Andy Scott had been knocking on our door for some time, and we knew the Sprinters were up to the job, so we decided to give him a chance. The Dealer handled the order and delivery process very professionally and we’ve been impressed by what we’ve seen so far of its service operation.”
Deerness Fencing & Landscaping operates as an independent business but is part of the Esh Group, which has a combined turnover of over £190 million and employs more than 1,000 staff across the North of England.
The company was formed in 2010 after Deerness Fencing and Sones Landscaping joined forces – both had been founded in 1976 and were already working closely together. Their merger allowed the new business to offer two complementary services to customers on a ‘one-stop shop’ basis. It has since won several prestigious industry awards for its high standards of design, workmanship and corporate responsibility. Projects it has worked on include the Metrocentre, in Gateshead.