Endurance Solutions
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Russ Cockburn

Endurance Vehicle Solutions and TotalKare join forces to kit out new £400,000 Chepstow workshop

A new force in contract hire and rental solutions for specialist commercial vehicles has invested more than £400,000 into new headquarters, which includes a dedicated workshop to support its growing fleet.

Endurance Vehicle Solutions (EVS), which was started by industry experts James Mulligan, Neil Jeremiah and Alan Ockenden, has seen demand for its fleet soar in its first six months, so much so that they quickly decided they needed their own maintenance, service and repair facility.

The group has transformed one of its warehouses in Chepstow into a state-of-the-art workshop, teaming up with heavy-duty lifting and testing experts TotalKare for a lot of its equipment.

This partnership has seen a mobile brake tester and two sets of four T8DC mobile column lifts installed, giving them a lifting capacity of 30,000 kg per set and complete flexibility in layout.

EVS, which has already created eight new jobs, has also purchased trailer beam and transmission jack ancillary products and these, together with the T8DC’s adjustable wheel forks, will help it cater for a wide range of best in class Euro 6 vehicles, including 18-tonne skip loaders, 32-tonne hook lifts, Refuse Collection Vehicles, Water Tankers and Johnson Road Sweepers.

“We all have extensive experience in the sector and knew there was an opportunity to launch a business that would offer main dealer standards with flexible maintenance solutions,” explained James Mulligan, Operations Director at Endurance Vehicle Solutions.

“Demand for our services meant we quickly needed our own facility that could look after all our vehicles and customers to ensure excellent performance and minimal downtime.”

He continued: “We had a blank canvas with the workshop and wanted the very best, which is why we turned to TotalKare to help us with the lifting and brake testing side of things. The technical experts it has are second to none and guided us through the options until we arrived at the products that best suited our requirements for high-performance, durability and, importantly, flexibility.

“In particular, doing our own brake testing in-house will deliver sizeable cost savings for us in the medium to long-term.

“As a new business, it could have been a challenge recruiting some of our own technicians. However, having the best equipment in place in our workshop, is a real selling point and a clear indication we are serious about being market leaders.”

In addition to its growing fleet, EVS’ workshop is ideally situated to look after the workshop requirements of customers from Gloucestershire, the South West and Wales.

The firm already has contracts in place to support 200 trailers, tractor units and box vans for clients involved in distribution, logistics and municipal work. This covers service inspections, RFL, MOT, tyre provision and full UK 24/7, 365-day breakdown cover.

George Georgiou, Regional Sales Manager for TotalKare, added his support: “We had worked with Neil and James in their previous roles so it was great to have the opportunity to support them with their new and very exciting enterprise.

“Endurance Vehicle Solutions needed a quick and comprehensive response to its escalating requirements for the new workshop and we delivered with a package of lifting solutions and brake testing that gives it ultimate flexibility with vehicles and output.”

He continued: “All of the operatives have been trained on using our equipment safely and getting the most out of them. Our ‘AfterKare’ service package has also been purchased, including two service visits a year and Reports of Through Examination.”

James concluded: “TotalKare’s professional support meant that our workshop was fitted out in a timely manner and we have ambitious investment plans to support the next stage of our growth.”

TotalKare is the UK’s number one supplier of heavy-duty vehicle lifting/testing solutions and aftersales care, providing four and two post lifts, forklifter ramp systems and a comprehensive suite of ancillary products, including transmission jacks, trailer beams and support stands.

The company also launched its new brake tester range earlier this year, the first time the business has introduced non-lifting products to its portfolio. It quickly followed this up with the introduction of headlamp testing equipment at Coach & Bus UK.

For further information, please visit endurancevs.com or www.totalkare.co.uk.

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