SMH Fleet Solutions has revealed that its new £10 million operations centre in St Helens is set to open in July.
The 20-acre development, based near Ravenshead industrial area, will provide workshop and refurbishment facilities, secure storage, vehicle inspection, a logistics management base as well as a state-of-the-art imaging studio to support its online auction operation.
Once open the facility, which can store in excess of 3,000 vehicles, will allow the Group’s auction company CD Auction to offer a processing point for its northern customers, rather than move cars to its Midlands head office.
SMH Fleet Solutions’ managing director Martin McAuley said: "The opening of this site is another significant milestone in our ambition to be the leading supplier of comprehensive services to the UK fleet industry.
“Housing the latest efficiency-saving technologies and a full range of tailored support services, the new site in St Helens demonstrates our commitment to consistently innovate and deliver excellence for the benefit of our entire customer base.”
Vehicles will be processed and imaged, then be sold online from CD Auction’s Corby headquarters and then delivered out to the buyer from the new facility, saving on transport costs for clients.
And, the development expands upon SMH Fleet Solutions footprint across the UK with sites in Bedford, Corby, Gloucester and Worcester; the Bedford site opened in 2017 with a £20m investment in upgraded facilities.
The new site, specifically identified for its transport links via main arterial road links including M6 to the North and South, M62 to the East and West, will provide SMH Fleet Solutions a significant presence in the North West and replace a smaller operation centre in the Bolton area.