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Imperial lands transport service provider award

Daf dealership Imperial Commercials Bristol has received the JW Suckling Transport Service Provider of the Year trophy - the first Daf dealership to win the award.JW Suckling Transport, the Essex-based haulier which specialises in ADR transport, first presented the glass trophy in 2011 to recognise the importance of the support the company receives from its supply chain.

Northside steals the show at Mercedes-Benz truck awards

Franchisee Northside Truck & Van has won the Mercedes-Benz Truck Dealer of the Year title.The dealer, with a network of branches in Bradford, Doncaster, Hull, Immingham, Leeds, Sheffield and York, also took the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Truck Team trophy.Truck Sales Director Ben Sowersby took the honours on behalf of his own team when he was named truck sales manager of the year.In a separate ceremony, at the Mercedes-Benz Van Academy Awards, van sales director Leigh Margel was awarded the new title of van sales leader of the year.

Ciceley Commercials claims Mercedes-Benz van dealer prize

Ciceley Commercials has won the inaugural Mercedes-Benz van retailer of the year award.The dealer, which represents the manufacturer in Lancashire and Cumbria, had won three of the last four Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealer of the year trophies. Van and truck divisions at Mercedes now present their own awards.In 2014 Ciceley Commercials broke its previous light commercial vehicle sales record by 50% and posted strong performances in terms of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Service Contract penetration.

Enza Truck & Van sets up new service depot

Enza Truck & Van has opened a new service depot in Doncaster designed to cater for all makes of truck and van.Based on the Sandtoft Industrial Estate, Belton, the facility offers easy access to the M18 and M180.The Enza name has for many years been better known as that of the official Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealer for Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire. It recently merged with Road Range, its counterpart in Merseyside and North Wales, to form a new dealer group under the name Roanza. For this new venture, the Enza brand is being retained.

Landmark 50th DVSA test facility for Daf dealer network

The DVSA has appointed Daf dealer A Herring in Chesterfield as its latest authorised testing facility (ATF).It follows the similar appointment of Lothian Daf in January and brings the total of Daf-accredited MoT testing stations to 50.Daf’s dealers insist that its technicians are independently accredited and certified to carry out vehicle safety and maintenance inspections. The manufacturer now has more than 1,500 technicians independently accredited and certified under the IRTEC scheme.

NWES opens second test lane at ATF site

Trailer sales and rental business NWES has opened a second test lane at its ATF site in Longton, Lancashire.The company, which has invested about £250,000 in the project, says it is in response to demand from local operators.NWES opened the ATF in September 2012 - one of the first in the area. It coincided with the winding down of operations at the nearby DVSA testing site in Kirkham.

Move quick to secure yourself this reliable CF

This week’s pick from CM’s used truck classifieds is a 2008-registered Daf FTG CF85.410 Spacecab, 6x2 midlift in red.The 44-tonne GVW 58-plate tractor unit is twin steer, and fitted with an AS Tronic gearbox and sliding fifth wheel.This Euro-5 vehicle with twin sleeper cab also has alloy wheels, a fridge, wood effect dash, air conditioning, and comes with a reduced pollution certificate.The CF cab has a spacious interior and offers excellent visibility.

Model dealer wins audit stamp of approval from Mercedes-Benz

Northern Ireland’s official Mercedes-Benz vans dealer has passed a stringent quality audit covering all aspects of its light commercial vehicle sales and after sales operation.Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) based in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, has become a fully fledged Van ProCenter Dealer. Businesses that are Van ProCenter Dealers must keep extended opening hours for customer convenience.

Think carefully before leaving the UK

Recently, Laurie Dealer was flicking through the pages of CM’s sister publication Motor Transport.In the advertising section of MT were a few lines from the Southpac Trucks dealership in New Zealand outlining its recruitment drive in the UK to fill vacancies in its service department.The advert from the Kiwi concern - dealer for Daf and Kenworth trucks - states it needs “experienced personnel to fill a number of vacancies in our service operations throughout New Zealand”, with re-location assistance available.