Lex Autolease, the UK’s largest fleet management provider, has helped VELUX Company Ltd through a significant business change by switching its entire UK fleet of cars and vans from outright ownership to contract hire.
VELUX is the world’s leading manufacturer of roof windows, sun tunnels and roof window blinds, and has a large fleet comprising of cars and vans, which are used by its sales team and technicians for customer fittings and repairs.
Lex Autolease worked with VELUX to develop a contract hire solution with a full service and maintenance package, moving the company to a whole life cost policy – a first step towards making its fleet more sustainable by reducing running costs and minimising vehicle downtime.
Following site visits prior to Covid-19, Lex Autolease completed the implementation of the policy during lockdown so that the new vehicles would be on the roads and ready to go once restrictions eased.
The success of the transition has meant that VELUX has now begun the process of moving all its LCVs to lease.
Christopher Hoey, Business Development Manager at Lex Autolease, said: “Flexibility is key for all our clients but even more so in the current climate, so it was essential we did whatever we could to help VELUX continue operating as near to normal as possible.
“By really getting to know the VELUX team and how the business operates, we were able to recommend and develop a solution with the right vehicle for the right job, while showing them the benefits of contract hire by looking at the whole-life cost and the positive impact it can have on cash flow and the tax benefits.”
Lorraine Kane, finance director at VELUX, said: “Making the move to a fully leased fleet was a huge decision for us, and it felt pretty daunting. The relationship with our new vehicle provider had to be perfect. It became clear after meeting with Chris and the rest of the Lex Autolease team, who are based nearby in Stirling, that we had nothing to worry about.
“They worked hard to understand exactly what we needed and developed a completely outsourced solution that will not only save us money but will bring our vehicles right up to date, making them greener and more reliable. There’s also real peace of mind that comes from knowing that all repairs and maintenance will be taken care of.
“Even though nobody could have foreseen what 2020 would bring, we were so grateful to have Lex Autolease as a supportive partner during lockdown. In the long-term, and in line with the VELUX Sustainability Strategy 2030, we plan to continue introducing hybrid and electric vehicles to our fleet and we’re confident we have the best support in place to make that transition seamlessly.”
The new VELUX commercial fleet is predominately made up of Volkswagen Highline models, alongside a handful of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models.
VELUX Company Ltd is part of the international VELUX Group with sales and manufacturing operations 40 countries and 10.000 employees worldwide. UK and Ireland operations are headquartered in Glenrothes, Scotland. VELUX has worked with Lex Autolease since November 2019.