Chief Executive Willie Paterson: Pushing forward after another year of growth at Asset Alliance Group

With the turn of the year, I wanted to take this opportunity to not only thank all our customers but to look ahead to what the next 12 months holds for our business.

We ended 2023 on a huge high. It’s our strongest ever year and we were delighted to win the Rental, Leasing and Contract Hire Provider of the Year accolade (pictured above) at last month’s prestigious Commercial Motor Awards. It was a big honour to come out on top in such a competitive category. Recognition from our industry peers is so valuable and proves that we are heading in the right direction.

That gives me confidence that, despite the backdrop of recessionary and inflationary pressures impacting our industry, we can look forward to the year ahead with optimism if we can embrace change and continue to adapt.

We know that our industry is essential to keep the wheels of the UK economy turning. Goods and people need transporting. We will continue to invest in our business to ensure we meet the changing needs of the market.

Our multi-million-pound procurement plan for 2024 will increase our asset stock and ensure we have the upgrades required to renew and extend our contract hire and leasing customer base with the most efficient vehicles in the market. We will also be investing heavily in technology, bringing further efficiencies to our service infrastructure to support operators of all sizes.

The recent opening of our new site at Trafford Park in Manchester ensures that our retail sales division starts 2024 in a stronger position than ever before.

We also start 2024 with the the launch of our new bus and coach rental service and an expanded division with fantastic experience and a superb client base of which we can be very proud.

The growth of our general asset finance and vendor finance divisions means we can cater for an increasing number of customers seeking to finance other elements of their capital expenditure beyond vehicles.

Green technologies are also high on our agenda for 2024. We will continue to make provisions for EVs in recognition of their growing importance to the sustainability models of UK businesses and are set to make some new exciting appointments to help us with that goal.

Despite the economic uncertainties, by staying close to you, our customers, listening to your needs while delivering best in class services and products, we hope to provide comfort when you choose Asset Alliance Group as your provider. Investment in training our people, our IT infrastructure and always staying true to the company’s core values will continue to deliver the high levels of service you, our customers, have become accustomed to.

It promises to be another exciting year for our company and on behalf of everyone at Asset Alliance Group, I would like to wish all our customers, suppliers and industry colleagues a healthy, happy and prosperous 2024.