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Archive: 2014

  1. RHCV Boost Sales Team to keep East Mids Trucking

    RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) is investing in business development by boosting its sales department, with new members of staff.

    The company now has its largest ever sales team, since it became independent in 2012.  With the economy picking up RHCV is looking forward to increased sales of Renault Trucks latest Euro 6 models including the award-winning Renault Range T.

    The boosted sales team based at the firm’s Nottingham HQ, now enable the firm to have greater coverage across the East Midlands. Two of new Sales Executives are dedicated to RHCV’s two sites in Alfreton (Derbyshire) and Cossington (Leicestershire).

    Edward Baxter, 21, has joined the family business, previously working in construction and gaining an apprenticeship in multiple trades, he is responsible for light commercial vehicles (LCV) sales.

    Neil Kovac will be supporting customers at RHCV’s Alfreton site and has 30 years sales experience, Neil joins RHCV from Brobot. Johnathan Thorpe will be supporting customers at RHCV’s Cossington site; he has 20 years sales experience. RHCV also recruited Sally-anne Bond (not pictured), who joins the team with 20 years’ experience in sales management.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV comments: “Trucks are an essential part of the UK’s economy, anyone that sells a product needs to get it from A to B. Trucks, however, do not sell themselves which is why we have built an excellent sales team to promote our commercial vehicle offering.”

    In total RHCV employs 75 staff over three sites. RHCV is an authorised distributor for Renault Trucks and provides new and used sales, service and parts for the full Renault Trucks range as well as all-makes parts and servicing for commercial vehicles.

    The Sales Team

  2. RHCV features on Notts TV’s Working Week

    A few weeks ago our Nottingham branch on Lenton Lane welcomed a camera crew from Notts TV’s Working Week into the branch to do some filming with Directors Nigel and Paul.

    We captured some photos of the filming in progress:

    And here’s the end result:

  3. The Renault Trucks T Voted Truck of the Year 2015



    On 23 September 2014, the Renault Trucks T was voted International Truck of the Year 2015 by the International Truck of the Year jury, made up of 25 journalists from the international trade press.  Gianenrico Griffini, the jury’s President, presented the prestigious trophy to Bruno Blin, the President of Renault Trucks, during the 65th edition of the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hanover.  

    Having collected a total of 129 points, 48 points ahead of its nearest rival, the Renault Trucks T carried off the prestigious International Truck of the Year 2015 award. The jury, made up of 25 journalists specialising in commercial vehicles representing 25 international magazines, judged that the Renault Trucks T is the vehicle that has made the largest contribution to road haulage this year.

    The International Truck of the Year jury awarded the title to the Renault Trucks T on the basis of several criteria: technological innovations, comfort, safety, on-road performance, fuel savings, the vehicle’s environmental footprint and total cost of ownership (TCO).  The jury highlighted the Renault Trucks T’s qualities, making a particular mention of its state-of-the art aerodynamic solutions as well as the comfort provided for drivers both when at the wheel and when resting.

    “The Renault Trucks T combines the qualities of the brand’s previous flagship models with the latest technological innovations in the world of commercial vehicles,” summed up

    Gianenrico Griffini, the Truck of the Year (ITOY) Jury President.  “This has resulted in one of the most significant launches in the last few years.”

    When presented with the award, Bruno Blin, the President of Renault Trucks stated, “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Renault Trucks and would like to share it with all those working in our company and network throughout the world.  This award makes us proud, it will also bring pride to those who purchase our trucks and drive them.”

    He added, “One year ago, Renault Trucks entered a whole new era with the launch of an entirely new range.  This award is the best possible way of highlighting the new Renault Trucks identity.  I am certain that recognition of the Renault Trucks T’s qualities by specialist, independent journalists from 25 countries will be a powerful argument for winning over new customers.”

    Will Shiers, editor of Commercial Motor and International Truck of the Year jury member for the UK added his thoughts. “The range T really is an excellent truck. It not only looks great, it’s fantastic on the road too. So much thought has gone into the cab design, and it’s one of the most driver-friendly trucks I’ve experienced. The range T is undoubtedly one of the significant new trucks launches of the decade.”

  4. Truck Helps Garden Firm Deliver Summer Sales

    Leading national garden machinery distributor Henton and Chattell has had a great summer with the warm weather prompting increased sales across the UK.

    To keep its supply chain moving, Henton and Chattell invested £40k in a new delivery vehicle, anticipating the busy summer which saw deliveries and sales grow substantially helping to achieve their highest annual sales.

    As part of its commitment to keep Britain gardening, Henton and Chattell bought a new flatbed truck from our Lenton Lane site.

    It is the only truck on the site which has a fleet of eight vans, delivering everything from replacement parts to ride-on mowers. As well as its trade arm Henton and Chattell is a premier dealership for John Deerre plus has its own retail showroom ‘MowerWorld’.

    The warm summer prompted increased sales of garden machinery across the UK, with consumers spending more money on garden equipment in the first half of 2014 than in the same period last year!

    Wayne Hallam, Service Manager at Henton and Chattell, commented: “The investment in our fleet was essential to meet market demand this summer. From our 80,000 square feet of warehouse in London Road, the Logistics Team need to be able to despatch, on demand, any product, to any destination, countrywide, in most cases the ‘next day’ and having trucks we can rely on is a massive part of our service.

    Henton & Chattell’s Renault Midlum flat bed truck with beaver tail

  5. a New Gem for Newgem

    Coalville based distribution company Newgem have invested £106k in a new Renault heavy construction vehicle in time for their silver anniversary next year.

    Newgem was established in 1990, and runs a fleet of 9 trucks across the East Midlands from its site on Townsend Lane in Coalville. Newgem deliver tarmac on behalf of two of the UK’s top construction materials companies, Aggregate Industries and Breedon Aggregates.

    Graham Middlebrook from Newgem, commented on the new addition to the fleet, “When it came to replacing one of our trucks, RHCV were on hand to give us the most suitable truck for our requirements.

    “Renault’s new range of CK trucks fulfills our needs perfectly – they really have listened to the customer. A lighter tare weight and greater ground clearance make it a much more comfortable ride. Our drivers are also enjoying the larger cab space, another fantastic adaptation.”

    RHCV will be supplying them with second CK from the new range in October.

    Simon Bailey, Sales Manager at RHCV, said “We’re thrilled to have been working with Newgem for two and a half years, who are such a prestigious Leicester-based firm. Before, they were totally against buying French trucks. But by the end of this year over half of their fleet will be Renault! This really is a testament to the excellent quality of the trucks that customers consistently respond positively to.”

    Graham Middlebrook of Newgem with the new Renault CK Truck

  6. Green and Oily Fingers!

    As part of its commitment to keep Britain gardening, Henton and Chattell has bought a new flatbed truck for £40k from our Lenton Lane Renault site.

    It is their only truck on the site which has a fleet of 8 vans, delivering everything from replacement parts to ride-on mowers.

    Wayne Hallam, Service Manager at Henton and Chattell, commented on the new addition to the fleet, “From our 80,000 square feet of warehouse in London Road, the Logistics Team are able to despatch, on demand, any product, to any destination, countrywide, in most cases the ‘next day’ and having trucks we can rely on is a massive part of our service.

    “When it came to purchasing a new truck we certainly shopped around but nothing could beat the specification and value we could get with a Renault Truck from RHCV.”

    RHCV ‘mowed down’ the competition to make the sale and will also be taking care of the ongoing maintenance of Henton and Chattell’s new vehicle.

    Simon Bailey, Sales Manager at RHCV, comments “We’re thrilled to be working with Henton and Chattell, who is such a prestigious Nottingham-based firm. They’re a big name in Nottingham and they have history in the city.”

    Wayne Hallam, Service Manager at Henton & Chattell, with the new Renault Midlum

  7. RHCV goes centre stage with Playhouse

    Nottingham Playhouse will be hitting the road in style after signing a new three year sponsorship deal with RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV).

    Nottingham’s independently owned Renault Trucks dealership, RHCV is supporting the Playhouse by supplying (and maintaining) a Renault van for its vital work in local schools and communities.

    In return, RHCV will enjoy a sponsorship package that includes branding within Nottingham Playhouse publications and on site, as well as corporate entertaining at productions including the return of the Playhouse’s hit production of The Kite Runner in August 2014.  In 2013 the Nottingham Playhouse production of The Kite Runner became the theatre’s best-selling ever drama.

    RHCV’s Director Paul Pearson says, “RH Commercial Vehicles is delighted to be able to support a leading cultural venue in the East Midlands and meet all of their LCV needs, especially during in this challenging time of funding for the theatre.”

    The Playhouse, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has created some renowned productions. Last year Oedipus, directed by Steven Berkoff, toured to the Spoleto Festival.  This month Nottingham Playhouse’s production of 1984 (a partnership with Headlong) opens at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End.

    Nottingham Playhouse, Fundraising and Development Manager Nick Lawford adds, “It has been a total pleasure working with the team at RH Commercial Vehicles, and this renewed sponsorship is certainly welcome with the Playhouse facing cuts. Having our own vehicle helps us take our work into the local community which is vital part of our educational programme.”

    The support of local businesses is crucial to Nottingham Playhouse as it maintains and develops its groundbreaking education and community work, as well as its main stage programme. Companies entering a partnership with the Playhouse enjoy a range of benefits including marketing, branding, hospitality, staff entertainment, and corporate social responsibility, with a reach extending to over 200,000 people every year. New sponsors are always being welcomed and anyone interested in a partnership with the East Midlands’ flagship theatre should contact Nick Lawford on 0115 941 4361 or

    L-R Nick Lawford of Nottingham Playhouse takes delivery of the vans sponsored by RH Commercial Vehicles from RHCV General Manager Paul Pearson

  8. Full time HGV Technician required

    RH Commercial Vehicles, Lenton Lane, Nottingham is looking for experienced HGV Technicians for its successful dealership.

    Applicants must:

    – be able to prepare vehicles for MOT test
    – have good knowledge of all vehicle makes
    – have an understanding of electronics and diagnostics
    – be able to complete all paperwork accurately
    – be flexible and willing to work overtime and be fully committed to complete customer care.
    – hold suitable relevant qualifications

    A Class 1 licence would be an advantage as would a recognised apprenticeship.
    Manufacturers and vocational training programmes will be supplied.

    Tel 0115 986 5990 for an application form,

    or download from here

    Alternatively send a CV and covering letter to:

  9. Renault’s Apprentice of the Year!

    One of RHCV’s apprentices from Nottingham has had their achievements recognised after winning Renault’s Apprentice of the Year competition.

    Matt Long, 22 from Kirklington, came first in his year group (Year 3) after being selected to win from applicants from across the 57 dealers across the UK
    Last year, Matt was runner up in ‘Year 2’, he comments, “After losing out on first place last year it’s great to be bringing the winner’s trophy home to Nottingham.

    “RHCV is a great place to work and is great at nurturing us younger members of the team who quickly feel a valued part of the business.”

    Matt split his study between onsite training in Nottingham and the Renault Headquarters in Dunstable, but is now coming to the end of his apprenticeship and looks forward to a full-time roll within the company.

    Eddie Ruddy, RHCV’s Aftermarket Manager, commented on the award win, “Matt is a testament to the success of apprenticeships at RHCV, where every year we come away with either a runner up or winner in at least one category.”

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV, comments, “Training and training programmes add real value to our staff and our company, as it allows us to continue to compete in an ever evolving and developing marketplace. We not only value our existing staff by up skilling them, but our new generation of recruits are equally as important to us.

    “Having as many apprentices as we do reflects the nature of the industry in which we work, and we provide a more ‘hands on’ approach to learning. We hope with the right attitude and commitment from our recruits we can go on to win Renault’s Apprentice of the Year for many years to come.”

    Matt Long (front right) with the other category winners of Renault Trucks Apprentice of the Year competition

  10. A Kerax-ing Good Deal!

    Longstanding RHCV client J.C.Balls & Sons has invested £380,000 in three new Renault Kerax trucks from RHCV!

    Ambergate-based J.C.Balls & Sons, the plant hire and excavation specialists, has purchased three new HGVs to fulfil a prestigious contract with leading construction material supplier Aggregate Industries.

    Chris Balls, Partner at J.C.Balls & Sons, commented on the contract, “J.C.Balls & Sons has been working with Aggregate Industries for over 30 years. The work that is now being done in Sheffield is just one job in a long line of contacts we have supplied vehicles for. It’s a working relationship we hope will continue for many years to come.”

    J.C.Balls & Sons was established 50 years ago on the Midland Industrial Estate in Ambergate, has a staff of around 100 people and runs a plant and lorry fleet of over 40 HGVs.

    Commenting on the new additions to the fleet, Chris said, “We have been using Renault’s trucks for the past 15 years, and we have always had them from RHCV. We stayed with Renault as they are all well-built, robust machines – which in our industry is a must!

    “The investment in the three new HGVs is part of a strategic growth plan, and we have a fourth truck fitted with a mixer arriving in March. We employ RHCV to service and repair all of our Renault trucks, and with its new Alfreton-base, we will certainly be saving on mileage to and from RHCV’s site in Nottingham that we previously used.”

    J.C.Balls & Sons is located less than 15 minutes away from RHCV’s site in Alfreton.

    Paul Pearson, Director at RHCV, comments “We’re thrilled to be working with J.C.Balls & Sons, especially as they celebrate their 50th year. Expanding our footprint with the Alfreton branch was a great decision as it has really opened up a whole new customer base to us, as well as bringing us closer to our current customers.”

    Kerax trucks for construction ended production in 2013 and they are replaced by the Renault Trucks C and K, which are powered with Euro 6 engines.

    From Left to Right - Kevin Balls, Partner J.C. Balls & Sons, Paul Pearson, Commerical Director RH Commercial Vehicles, and Chris Balls, Partner J.C. Balls & Sons

    From Left to Right – Kevin Balls, Partner J.C. Balls & Sons, Paul Pearson, Commerical Director RH Commercial Vehicles,
    and Chris Balls, Partner J.C. Balls & Sons