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Transport: Meet the expert, Andrew Simmonds

Andrew Simmonds is an Area Sales Manager and industry specialist within the Transport team. Here he shares his thoughts about his role and talks about what equipment is currently most in demand.

Tell us about your work history...

Prior to working at Close Brothers, I worked in Commercial vehicle sales for both Mercedes Benz and FIAT. I’ve been at Close Brothers in my current role for 5 years.

How does your industry experience help you in your current role?

My experience of the vehicles we fund and the businesses within which they operate allows me to tailor our finance accordingly, ensuring that what I am offering is suitable to them throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

Can you tell me a bit about your current role?

I’m a field based Area Sales Manager within the Transport division and I cover the M4 corridor from Wiltshire to Wales.

What type of assets do you finance?

Working in the transport division means I finance all wheeled assets. This can be anything from passenger vehicles to cars and trucks. Due to the area I cover I also finance quite a few motor homes and RVs.

What vehicles are you finding are currently most in demand?

With more people holidaying at home at the moment, the motor home market is currently buoyant. We have seen an increase in demand for both sales and rentals of motor homes.

What technological developments have you seen in the industry?

Alternative fuel vehicles represent the biggest technological development over the last few years and the market for these is constantly developing. New technology tends to mean that the price of vehicles increases which means that our customers are having to change the way they fund their assets to accommodate the increase in price.