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Frimstone make ground breaking advances to move commercial vehicle fleet from outright purchase to contract hire

The story so far

Based in East Anglia, this family run business specialises in mineral extraction, recycling and aggregates delivery. With over 70 years of experience under their belt, Frimstone is one of the largest independent firms in the regional.

Originally trading as M Dickerson Ltd, Frimstone was founded back in the 1930’s operating government contracts to transport materials for airport construction. Since then the company has continued to grow into the company we know today providing aggregates to trade and domestic customers, including sharp sand, soft sand, gravel, rockery stones, decorative aggregate ‘slate’ and screened topsoil to mention a few.

As fellow Royal Warrant Holders, they too pride themselves on customer service excellence, offering a highly efficient and competitive service.

We work with Frimstone to provide:

  • Maintained contract hire – starting with just cars to now include commercial vehicles, contract hire helps Frimstone manage their vehicle costs

How do we do it?

Discussions between Frimstone and Sandicliffe Motor Contracts about the benefits of Contract Hire over outright purchase began back in 2010. As a result, Frimstone tested the water with an order for a number of Ford Focus cars and VW caddy vans.

It was after another few years and an extensive review process that contract hire was chosen as the best solution for Frimstone. We replaced the remainder of their cars, and light commercial vehicles, which made up the bulk of their fleet. The newer, more fuel efficient Citroen Nemo vans will help to reduce the fleet’s overall running costs and the 4×4 capabilities of the Toyota Hilux will make manoeuvring over the tricky East Anglian terrain more manageable.

What Frimstone says?

“After review, it seemed clear that contract hire does in fact make business sense as we could expect to see savings of up to £100,000 per annum. Over the years, we have built up a strong relationship with Sandicliffe Motor Contracts and they definitely are the right supplier for us.

Corporate branding is something we feel strongly about and the Frimstone livery on the vans reflects this. Our brand is now instantly recognisable when our vehicles are out on the roads. It is also important for us to show our employees some appreciation by providing them with a brand new vehicle”.

Mark Swan, Company Director of Frimstone Ltd.