BLS Truck & Van is up and running in Aberdeen
BLS Truck & Van began trading last week, at the dealership on Aberdeen’s Altens Industrial Estate which it acquired from the former franchisee for an undisclosed sum. In the weeks leading up to the opening the premises received a major facelift, the refurbishment programme including the installation of a new IT system, repainting of the workshop, and extensive line marking outside with clearly designated parking areas for truck and van customers.
The latest member of the manufacturer’s franchised network is a sister company to Bell Truck and Van, the Mercedes-Benz Dealer for the North-East of England – both are owned by Leo Group, a leading environmental, renewable energy and recycling company, which also has extensive interests in the meat industry.
Like other Mercedes-Benz Dealers in Britain, BLS also sells and supports popular FUSO Canter light trucks. Leading the company team is Managing Director and co-owner Ben Sowersby, who fulfils the same role at Bell Truck and Van.
Although Ben has now chalked-up 18 years’ service with the Mercedes-Benz brand, the Halifax-based Leo Group bought into the manufacturer’s Dealer Network as recently as last autumn. It has quickly made its mark – Bell Truck and Van’s vehicle sales tallies for the first six months of 2018 were double those achieved by the previous regime in the corresponding period a year earlier. Leo Group is now determined to replicate this success story at BLS Truck & Van.
BLS Truck & Van has already made a number of key appointments, including those of Colin Birnie and Andrew Rennie, respectively, Head of Aftersales and Head of Truck Sales. Well-known figures within the road transport community in the north of Scotland, both served with the previous franchisee and won recognition from the manufacturer for their performances. Ben will shortly be recruiting a new manager to lead the van sales team.
Having launched its Aberdeen operation BLS Truck & Van now plans to develop a second branch as soon as possible, to serve customers in the Highlands. A shortlist of potential sites has been identified and negotiations are ongoing. “We’re very excited about the prospects for BLS, as we’ve identified huge potential to grow this business,” declared Ben. “It represents a substantial investment, of course. But with our exemplary customer service, and the enthusiastic backing of our partners at Mercedes-Benz, I have every confidence that we can make it work.”
He continued: “It is a privilege to represent the truck and van industry’s most prestigious brands. I look forward over the coming weeks and months to meeting many of our Scottish-based customers, to reassuring them about our long-term commitment and outlining our vision of the future.”