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Southwest-based Western Truck Rental acquired by VMS Fleet Management Ltd

As part of VMS Fleet Management Ltd’s expansion, the business has today acquired southwest-based rental, contract hire and sales business Western Truck Rental for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will include VMS taking immediate control of Western Truck Rental’s two sites in Barnstaple and Tiverton, as well as the 20-strong workforce.
Western Truck Rental, which has been operating in Devon and the surrounding areas since 1979, offers self-drive hire, contract hire, servicing, parts, body building and ex fleet sales to businesses and individuals alike. The company will continue to operate under its own name, offering the same services, under full management by the VMS Group.
VMS Fleet Management will also dedicate circa 200 vehicles to extend the rental fleet available at Western Truck Rental, to help expand the offering to existing and new customers of the company.
Western Truck Rental was set up by Robert Dawson in Barnstaple in 1979 with just 3 vehicles, growing its fleet to 160 vehicles by 2019. This acquisition by VMS Fleet Management Ltd will allow the company to grow and expand, as well as continue to serve existing customers from its base in the Southwest of England.
Formed in 2002, VMS has grown from offering accident and vehicle management, to providing a full range of contract hire and fleet management solutions, together with a wide range of support services. VMS currently operates in excess of 5000 vehicles in its overall fleet, with over 1000 vehicles in its rental fleet alone.

The business has invested over 6.4m in the last 6 months to cater to customer demand and exciting innovations which will be announced soon.
Martin James, Managing Director of VMS Fleet Management Ltd said:
“This acquisition comes of the back of us looking to expand our business within the Southwest of England. We were looking at creating a base for VMS specifically in the area but when the opportunity to acquire Western Truck Rental presented itself, we felt this might be the perfect opportunity for us.

“We met with the longstanding team at the business and felt that the company culture was very similar to ours. There were great, friendly, loyal people delivering fantastic services to top customers. There was a real warmth about the business, and we knew that Western Truck Rental would be the perfect addition to our team.
“We look forward to working with the team at Western Truck Rental, supporting them with their growth and successes for the future.
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