30/11/2018

Local experts win 999 contract

Local businesses have won their share of a one million pound contract to keep Cleveland Police’s emergency vehicles on the road.

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Local experts win 999 contract

Local businesses have won their share of a one million pound contract to keep Cleveland Police’s emergency vehicles on the road.

The fleet maintenance contract has been divided between a number of local suppliers, supporting local jobs and creating opportunities for apprentices.

One of the suppliers, Redcar’s E L Denney and Son garage on the town’s seafront, have now been working to maintain police vehicles for more than 20 years.

Owner Ian Denney said: “We’re pleased to be continuing to work with the police, it’s very important to us.”

In Middlesbrough Derek Slack Motors won their share of the contract. Tony Slack runs the business founded by his father in 1973. Managing director Tony started out as an apprentice motor technician and continues to support apprentices today.

He said: “We are delighted to win the contract and really look forward to repairing the vehicles and keeping them on the roads to support the local community.

“We employ 44 local staff and winning this contract will mean additional staff appointments. We support apprentices and currently have a local apprentice training to be a technician.”

Simon Bailes Peugeot will be maintaining police vehicles in Stockton including servicing, MOTs and ad hoc repairs.
 
John Sedgwick, Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Cleveland Police to assist the force with the maintenance, service, and repairs of its vehicles.  

“The renewal of this contract demonstrates the trust the Force has, that our business can deliver this important service to keep its emergency vehicles roadworthy.  The Police have a strong affinity with Peugeot UK and we look forward to a continued relationship with the local Force. ”

The contracts are awarded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Barry Coppinger, Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We’re looking forward to working with excellent local suppliers.

“Police vehicles have to be on the road every day of the year and the contract allows us to work with  garages who can provide a fast, priority service.

“We’re delighted to be getting the service we need in a way which supports local jobs and businesses in our communities.”

In September 2018 Cleveland Police advertised the fleet maintenance contract to find suppliers with the skills to look after the Force’s varied stock of more than 300 vehicles including BMWs, Peugeots, Vauxhalls and Skodas.

The Force needs suppliers who can MOT and service cars as well as provide ad hoc repairs, which can be extensive.

These contracts start in December.