Jewson big deal for BRS
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• BRS Southern has clinched its largest contract hire deal to date with the UK's biggest timber and builders' merchant Jewson.
Under the 24.5 million-ayear agreement, which will run for five years, BRS has taken control of Jewson's 450-strong fleet. This ranges from panel vans to 38-tonners as well as dropsided and craned vehicles.
More than 150 BRS sites around the UK will be involved in the deal to serve Jewson's 214 British locations. BRS Southern has appointed Lee Patterson as account manager to run the operation from Norwich.
BRS had already supplied Jewson with 70 vehicles. It has also taken control of the builders merchant's internal supply fleet of 16 vehicles and 20 trailers.
Up to 180 vehicles in the Jewson fleet have already been earmarked for disposal and BRS says not all will be replaced.
o BRS parent company NFC's Home Services division, which includes Pickfords, is to be rebranded along the lines of sister division Exel Logistics.
NFC boss Sir Peter Thompson says the group wants to give its removals business "a world branding".
The Home Services division earns almost 70% of its profits from outside the UK and takes in Merchants Home Delivery Service, Downward Pickfords of Australia and American giant Allied Van Lines.
However, there are no immediate plans to give the NFC transport division an umbrella operating title.
"NFC transport is UKbased. When it moves out of the UK, then we will look at the issue of global branding," says Thompson.