Most businesses need to be mobile to some degree. No-one operates in total isolation and even the most office-bound operation needs to appreciate that it has to interact with the world beyond its four walls.
The internet has done much to break down business barriers and speed up communications, but its usefulness ends when it comes to the need to deliver goods or attend meetings or pitches in person, for example.
There are a number of options open to a business when it comes to investing in transportation – it is important to weigh up the types of vehicle and what they could be used for…
Purchasing company cars for your employees can have a two-fold benefit. Not only will they have a means to get around – which is important if they’re in a sales role or a position which requires attendances at big meetings or conferences – but they’ll also have a ‘perk’.
It’s important that you consider the tax rules for company cars before you part with any cash and you might want different types of vehicles as pool cars, sales vehicles or company cars that are used as the principal vehicle for the employer. In the first two instances you’re probably thinking about convenience – and maybe even branded vehicles – to help with marketing, whereas the latter option is all about providing your employees with the best perk you can offer them.
Businesses who need to travel to transport a product or service will, undoubtedly, need something more spacious than a car to satisfy their needs. Whether your operation involves people visiting a customer – let’s say to install or repair an appliance – or delivering goods to customers or other businesses, then you might well need to invest in a van.
From small vans such as the Vauxhall Caddy right up to big panel, flat bed or Luton vans – there are a variety of vehicles to suit the need of any business. If you want to get the benefits from a new van without a big outlay up front, the likes of LeaseVan.co.uk can cater for a firms’ needs without the requirement to purchase a vehicle.
Beyond the van, we come to the variety of shapes and sizes of HGV. These offer the sheer scale that a van cannot muster and are suited for organisations that need to transport a large amount of goods over a big distance.
Most businesses won’t need anything of this scale – with large vans able to handle the needs of most SMEs – but if you find that your vehicles are making multiple trips to deliver goods then you may need to plump for the services of a logistics firm that can offer this sort of capability. Modern HGVs are also able to control the temperature and conditions for the goods they carry, making them perfect for the transportation of large amounts of perishable goods, such as food items.
Businesses that need vehicles purely for travel or as a ‘benefit in kind’ will undoubtedly be looking at investing in company cars, while those needing heavy duty long distance delivery need the services of HGVs.
The middle ground – relevant to many of the nation’s 5.4 million SMEs – is covered by vans, which help to deliver goods and services as well as offer a flexible form of transport to get from A to B.