Commercial Motor Awards 2018 shortlist: Finance Provider of the Year

Commercial Motor Awards 2018

This year's shortlist for the Finance Provider of the Year prize at the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards. The winner will be announced on 15 November at Birmingham's Vox Centre - book your tickets now for the dealership event of the year.

Asset Alliance Group

The winner in this category in 2017, Asset Alliance Group (AAG), has redefined the way transport and logistics companies acquire commercial vehicles in today’s market through its brands Asset Alliance, ATE Truck and Trailer Sales, Forest Asset Finance and Total Reefer. The group operates using its own funds and buying power to supply multibrand vehicles on any combination of short-term rental, contract hire, operating lease, finance lease or hire purchase, as well as offering used and new assets for sale. This means it can offer more flexible, tailored finance packages than conventional lenders. The judges said Asset Alliance was growing fast by understanding the needs of the operator.

Close Brothers Asset Finance

In the past 12 months Close Brothers Asset Finance has joined forces with the RHA, launching the RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme - 20/20. Close Brothers is contributing to the cost of apprentices for 20 SME members of the RHA (those with fewer than 20 vehicles) who might otherwise be unable to afford to take on an apprentice HGV driver. The partnership is part of Close Brothers Asset Finance’s long-established commitment to supporting small and medium sized enterprises. The judges said that Close Brothers was helping the industry future-proof with its focus on financing vehicles compliant with Clean Air Zones.

The sponsor

Protruck Auctions is a privately owned business established in 2006 by its MD, Charlie Wright. Protruck’s team has a wealth of experience built up over many years of working at all levels across a wide spectrum of business sectors with a customer service first philosophy. Whether it is a 10-year-old trailer or £100,000 piece of specialist equipment, Protruck has the ability to maximize on net returns for its vendors and offer buyers an opportunity to acquire a range of vehicles and equipment.