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Imperial Commercials Western recognised as an Investor In People

Imperial Commercials Western Region has been awarded the Investors in People (IIP) standard.The business, which has Daf dealership sites in Bristol, Gloucester, Frome, Hereford, Swindon and Worcester, employs 200 staff in vehicle sales, technical and customer service roles.Over the past 20 years, IIP has worked with more than 100,000 businesses around the world, using its accreditation framework, to increase employee engagement and encourage leadership.

Manheim reports May average van sale increase

According to Manheim there was a steady appreciation of van sale prices across all segments in May.The latest report from the auction business revealed that the average selling price of vans from its events in May was £19 higher than April at £4,109 and with an average of 2,670 fewer miles on the clock.May’s report also highlighted that April’s record upward swing in month-on-month average age was a blip, seeing it fall back seven months to 66 months.

Leyland Trucks helps Preston's College students

Leyland Trucks is providing local students with technical and work-place skills to help them make the transition from education into the workplace.The Lancashire-based builder of Daf Trucks will be lending resources to the new £13m Innovation and STEM (iSTEM) Centre at Preston’s College in Fulwood, Preston which opens this September.

Connecting trucks to workshops can cut downtime by 80% - Volvo

Volvo Trucks believes incidents of unplanned downtime can be cut by 80 per cent through increased online connectivity with trucks, following a study it conducted into the issue.In order to increase knowledge on how to help haulage companies boost their uptime, Volvo recently conducted a comprehensive survey based on real-life user data from 3,500 Volvo trucks gathered over a five-year period.

60-second interview: Paul Avery, MD Schmitz Cargobull

Favourite holiday destination and why?Tuscany. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful wine.What cars do you drive?Audi A5 and Porsche BoxsterHobbies?Cooking, travel and playing a tenor saxophone (badly)

Axis adds Daf to its heavy truck portfolio

Contract hire, leasing and asset management specialist, Axis Fleet Management has introduced Daf into its heavy truck asset portfolio.A total of 138 new Euro-6 Daf XF460 FTG space cabs are now on programmed delivery following a successful whole-life-cost evaluation of 50 same-spec 6x2 units last summer.

RH Commercial Vehicles appoints new sales executive

East Midlands Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has appointed a new sales executive.Garry Nelson, 32, has more than 10 years’ experience in commercial vehicle sales and comes to RHCV from MAN Truck and Bus UK where he worked in the company’s direct sales department.In addition to his years of experience Nelson has also gained his Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

R you prepared to snap up this white Scania?

Used deal of the week from CM’s classified pages is this white 2009 Scania R480 4x2 tractor unit.The Euro-4 vehicle comes with a 12-speed manual gearbox and day cab.Scania’s R-series is renowned for its fuel economy, driver appeal, reliability and strong exterior styling.This particular example comes with digital tachograph and adjustable fifth wheel.

Setanta Vehicle Importers purchases the Renault Trucks Northern Ireland franchise

Dublin-based Setanta Vehicle Importers has purchased the Renault Trucks franchise for Northern Ireland. The new business will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Setanta Vehicle Importers, trading as Diamond Trucks. It will operate from its current premises in Mallusk, Belfast, with existing staff and some new, additional sales personnel.