A PARTNERSHIP between Northgate Vehicle Hire and snow and ice clearance specialist, ‘GRITIT’, is a great example of how hiring vehicles can be the right solution for businesses.
GRITIT provides snow and ice clearance for areas that have to be kept accessible to traffic, but are not serviced by local authorities. Their clients include retail, commercial, industrial, logistics and healthcare organizations.
Obviously the business is seasonal! For this reason, GRITIT now uses Northgate’s flexible vehicle hire and fleet management services to operate a 200-strong fleet of 4x4s, pick-ups and vans – a task that was previously managed in-house.
In addition the arrangement allows GRITIT to meet demand in busy cold periods throughout the winter months without investing capital in buying vehicles and growing its own fleet. GRITIT can simply hand back the keys to its vehicles when the busy period is over, without penalty.
And using Northgate’s fleet management expertise, GRITIT can monitor vehicle location, age, maintenance history and movement, all of which reduces costs.
Nikki Singh-Barmi, managing director at GRITIT, said, “Our operators work around the clock in often very icy conditions. It is therefore vital to ensure that the vehicles they use are maintained to the highest standards – not only for their safety, but also for customers and the general public.”