SHB has taken further steps to improve and expand its operations in the South West region with the purchase of an additional, much larger depot located at Grace Road East, on the Marsh Barton industrial site in Exeter.
The new site boasts 22 bays each with the capability of working on HGVs and LCVs and SHB’s aspiration is to reinstate the site to a class 7 MOT test centre in the very near future. The increase in size and capability will enable a faster workshop throughput and improve the ability to carry out more tasks in-house.
This latest depot acquisition takes SHB’s number of operational sites to 16, following on from the addition of its largest site in Gloucester back in early 2016 as well as the acquisition of Acklea , the UK’s leading supplier of traffic management equipment , in November.
SHB’s Operations Director – Rick Taylor believes that the additional Exeter depot will go a significant way to improving the service SHB provides in the South West:
“SHB is continually looking at ways to improve efficiencies as well as the overall level of service provided to our customers and we believe that the expansion of our operations in Exeter is a solid step in the right direction to achieve this.” explained Taylor.
“SHB has worked tirelessly over the past few years to ensure we remain on track with our expansion programme and since the beginning of 2016 we have added another three depots across the company.
“Our business and reputation has been built upon our ability to provide a one-stop-shop service to our customers and with the addition of our latest fully resourced depot we believe we are able to not only continue offering such a service but improve upon it”.
The former Hendy site requires minimal work before it is operational and it is hoped that the site will be ready for action by the end of January. SHB are delighted to be able to contribute to the local economy in and around Exeter, and this latest move will generate a number of jobs including opportunities for young school leavers through SHB’s apprenticeship scheme.