South Staffordshire Plc has a specialist contracting arm, SSI Services, which provides a broad range of specialist, sometimes bespoke, contracting services to end-users clients and major contractors working in regulated industries, including utility firms, local authorities, the Environment Agency and other regulated bodies.
Bob Stokes is the Head of Fleet for SS Plc and is also the Managing Director of Fleet Services. Bob elaborates on some of the variety of specialisms SSI carry out saying: “We have a number of subsidiary companies under our SSI Services umbrella. These include Omega Red who specialise in lightning conductors and earthing solutions. We specialise in resolutions for monitoring and maintenance of sewage and water supply systems with companies that deal with such areas as buried pipe leakage detection, monitoring water pipe systems, valve checking and finding leaks, legionella testing and treatment, Ultra Violet water treatment.
"SSI Services has built a reputation for high quality, rapid response solutions for a multitude of end user profiles. To be so reactive we need a very large national fleet of vehicles that our fleet engineers and specialist operatives can use across the UK. We have over 1,300 light commercial vehicles most of which are VW Commercial Vehicles.
“We have just struck a deal through Greenhous VW Commercials for another 100 new Caddy and 23 new Transporter models which will supplement our existing 800 Caddy, Transporter and Crafter vehicle fleet. These latest vehicles will be utilised across several of our specialist businesses including Omega Red, Integrated Water Services, Onsite and Hydrosave. We have specialisms in mechanical and electrical and structural systems also.
“With so many vehicles in our fleet, we at SSI services are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and the new VW Caddy and Transporter match our desire to achieve this with their BlueMotion Technology.”
Mark Garratley from Fleet Sales at Greenhous VW Commercials in Bilston, is proud to have developed a long term, trusted relationship with Bob at SSI services. He recalls: “I have been dealing with Bob Stokes for around 5 years now, supplying a premium product which has a high level of reliability, which his fleet team require. I have seen their growth increase enormously in that time. They are an innovative company always looking for specialist and bespoke solutions to add to their impressive portfolio. We supply VW Commercial vehicles that are kitted out to suit the purpose. This may mean particular racking, dash-cams, roof racking, warning lights, tracking systems etc.
“I like to think we have an honest relationship built on integrity and a respectful understanding of what SSI Services need from us in terms of supply of new vehicles and also the level of after sales service they receive from us.”
For Bob’s part he agrees that a good, reliable product is essential to the performance of the whole fleet. “It is a great account and we are probably one of the largest VW volume customers for Greenhous VW Commercials. It is essential to have the highest level of support from Greenhous and we have built a trusted relationship with Mark. He knows our culture and expectations and this means our partnership works well through an honest and transparent approach on both sides.”
The latest deal between the two companies is replacing the Omega Red fleet with new Volkswagen Commercial vehicles. Pictured at the handover of the latest tranche of Transporters are left to right: Mark Garratley (Greenhous VW Commercials), Roy Westwick (QUENCH Manager for Omega Red), Bob Stokes (SSI Services), Steve Thomas (Director/ General Manager of Greenhous VW Commercials).