First vehicles delivered at start of £3 million contract

Clark Commercials, part of the John Clark Motor Group, has handed over the first 20 vans as part of a rolling contract, valued at more than £3 million, to renew the fleet of the Richard Irvin Services Group.

Over the next two years, Clark Commercials will supply 250 vehicles to Richard Irvin. The new supply contract will lead to the creation of six new jobs at Clark Commercials.

The Nissan NV200 and Primastar vans will replace Richard Irvin’s current Vauxhall fleet and will be supplied to the group at a rate of around 12 vans per month. The first 20 vans are going to Richard Irvin’s Inverness and Glasgow offices.

John Clark Motor Group Richard Irvin

Richard Irvin chief executive officer, Craig Lennox (left in picture above) commented:
“An efficient van fleet is absolutely essential if we are to maintain our standards of service for clients across the whole of Scotland. As well as improving safety for our staff and reducing the potential for down time due to mechanical problems, upgrading to a modern van fleet will substantially reduce our fuel and running costs, while also reducing emissions.

“As a substantial investment, we took great care in selecting the type of replacement vehicle and the supplier. Our field engineers test drove various models and it was they who selected Nissan as the best at meeting our requirements.

“We chose Clark Commercials and the John Clark Motor Group because we wanted to build a relationship with a local supplier and we recognised that they shared our strong customer service ethos.”

For the John Clark Motor Group, Chris Clark (right in picture above), Business Development Director, said:
“This is the largest single contract won by Clark Commercials since we acquired the business in 2008. The team at Clark Commercials, led by brand manager Rob McWilliam, have worked closely with the transport team at Richard Irvin Services Group to understand their requirements.

“As part of that service our team will be responsible for fitting out the vehicles to Richard Irvin’s specification. This includes fitting out the interior with racking, adding roof bars with pipe carriers and applying the livery the group identity.”

The John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest motortrade group and within the top 30 in the UK. It has an annual turnover of £355 million, 780 employees and 20 motor trade business in the east of Scotland, from Aberdeen, through Dundee and Fife, to Edinburgh.

Richard Irvin opened its office in Aberdeen in 1887. The company now operates five divisions specialising in building services, engineering and fabrication, radiators, marine safety and sustainable energy. With operations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Elgin, Richard Irvin employs almost 500 people and has a turnover of £46 million.
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