SHB are delighted to announce the official opening of its largest depot in the UK. The new site located on the Ashville Trading Estate in Gloucester stands at 5 acres and is part of the vehicle hire and management company’s expansion programme which has seen the business grow both organically and through acquisition.
The site was purchased back in January and is almost double in size to SHB’s previous Gloucester depot. The SHB teams based in Gloucester have now completed the move into the new, fully operational site.
Over the past few months, the new site has undergone an extensive fit out that has seen separate LCV and HGV spray booths installed along with the maintenance bays and equipment to service LCV and HGVs. The overall infrastructure and surrounding land also underwent renovation work to get it up to operational standard. The large site now boasts in excess of 20 general maintenance bays a LCV and HGV spray booth along with a large shot blasting booth capable of accommodating most HGVs. The vast facility has enabled a wide range of tasks on a much bigger scale to be carried out by the experienced teams on site.
SHB’s Operations Director – Rick Taylor believes that the additional facilities will have a major positive impact on customers not only in the South West region but nationally.
“Our business expansion programme is fully customer orientated, and over the past couple of years we have expanded the facilities at a number of our depots across the UK. The purchase of the Gloucester site is a prime example of our desire as a business to continually grow to meet customer demands and minimise one of the biggest issue that fleet operators face, which is vehicle downtime.
Now that the new site is operational, customers have already been able to benefit from a reduction in downtime on areas such as maintenance, body repairs, and vehicle refurbishment with the capability to almost double the workload from the previous site”.
Through the expansion of its operations in the Gloucester region, SHB have generated a large number of jobs in the local area including opportunities for young school leavers through its apprenticeship scheme.
Check out our latest vacancies at the Gloucester site as well as across the company.