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SPECIAL EDITION – CV SHOW 2006                                                                                   COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Products that can

                                                                                                                                     It’s showtime again...

boost your profits
We helped Eddie Stobart save over                                                                                                    Once again
                                                                                                                                     Alliance & Leicester Commercial
£1million a year                                                                                                                     Finance will be exhibiting at the
Alliance & Leicester Commercial                    So we introduced our partners, Marsh,                                             Commercial Vehicle Show 2006 at the
Finance, supported by industry                     the world’s largest insurance brokers.                                            NEC, Birmingham. This will be the
specialists and partners, has helped the           Marsh was at that time developing                                                 third year running that we have
UK’s largest independent haulage and               their new ‘STARS’ insurance quotation                                             exhibited, demonstrating our long-
distribution business to save more                 system tailored to the needs of the                                               term commitment to providing
than £1,000,000 a year.                            haulage sector.                                                                   specialist finance solutions to the
   Alliance & Leicester Commercial                    Marsh spent several months                                                     commercial vehicle market.
Finance worked with the new owners                 detailing the intricacies of Stobart’s                                               Our team will be available to
of the firm to restructure its trailer             nationwide haulage and storage                                                    discuss our comprehensive range of
fleet. This involved repurchasing                  operations, including the focus that                                              products and services, from hire
Stobart’s existing trailers and replacing          the operator puts on such issues as                                               purchase and leasing through to our
them with new purpose-built ones,                  driver training and health and safety,                                            new Contract Hire and Fleet
along with a restructured funding                  before taking their portfolio to the                                              Management solutions.
package to match its unique needs.                 market for quotation.                                                                We will also have an external
This would yield major cash flow                      By investing time and using the                                                exhibit allowing visitors a first-hand
benefits and remove maintenance                    experience of a wide range of industry                                            look at one of the high quality
costs on the older trailers.                       specialists, Alliance & Leicester                    The amount of                ex-rental vehicles available for sale or
   During the negotiation process                  Commercial Finance and Marsh                             money that               re-lease. The full selection can be seen
we discovered that Eddie                           secured the business of Britain’s largest                 Alliance &              at www.trucks247.co.uk.
Stobart and its new parent group,                  independent haulage and distribution                        Leicester                To find out why more than 3,000
WA Developments International                      business and significantly reduced its                   Commercial               UK commercial vehicle operators,
Limited, were reviewing all other                  procurement, operational and                            Finance and               including some of the UK’s most
areas of capital expenditure.                      insurance premiums.                                    its insurance              recognised companies, choose
                                                                                                         partner Marsh               Alliance & Leicester Commercial
                                                                                                           saved Eddie               Finance for their vehicle finance, visit
                                                                                                                 Stobart             us in Hall 3, Stand 3038. The show
                                                                                                                Limited              runs from 25 to 27 April 2006.

                                                                                                       IT’S YOUR CALL

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Alliance & Leicester Commercial Finance plc. Registered Office: Carlton Park, Narborough, Leicester LE19 0AL. Company No: 1533123. Registered in England. A subsidiary of
Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank plc. A member of the Alliance & Leicester Group.

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Let us keep you informed                                                           What do our
about changes to tax law                                                           customers say?
Experts at Alliance & Leicester          and your business. Look out for

Commercial Finance can                   your copy in Commercial Motor                                 “As a customer of Alliance &
help you stay ahead of tax               issue date 27 April 2006.
                                                                                                       Leicester Commercial Finance for
legislation changes.                        The new legislation applies
                                                                                                       over six years, I am impressed by
  UK leasing tax laws were               to all leases, irrespective of the
                                                                                                       their ability to provide me with an
radically reformed on 1 April            underlying asset.
2006 and the new tax regime                 All companies planning
                                                                                                       all round, flexible finance package.
                                                                                            Stephen    In addition to their competitive
will transform the way tax               acquisitions using leases should
                                                                                           Deighton    pricing and quick and efficient
relief is given for both lessors         be aware of the new tax rules.
and lessees.                                The regime became effective                                turnaround of documentation, I
                                                                                       Commercial &
  As part of our specialist              from 1 April 2006, but the final                              particularly value their realistic
                                                                                    Finance Manager
approach to funding solutions            legislation will only be known
                                                                                   Prestons of Potto   approach to contract extensions
for the commercial                                       when it receives                              and return conditions on their
vehicle industry,                                        Royal Assent in                               Operating Lease product.
Alliance & Leicester                                     July or August                                   Our account manager is extremely
Commercial                                               of this year.
                                                                                                       professional and knowledgeable
Finance has                                                Through our
                                                                                                       about our market and the products
teamed up with                                           specialist approach
                                                                                                       on offer and will work with me to
Commercial Motor                                         we hope to make
to produce a handy                                       the rules more
                                                                                                       find a solution that meets the
guide to help you                                        understandable                                individual needs of my business.”
through the                                              and we will work
legislation. The
guide details what
                                                         with you to find
                                                         a solution that is
                                                                                    Commercial vehicle
these changes                                            right for your
could mean for you                                       particular business.       registrations fall
                                                                                                       Rolling year registrations of commercial

NEWS IN BRIEF                                                                                          vehicles are down 2.2% to 384,122
                                                                                                       units according to figures from The
                                                                                                       Society of Motor Manufacturers and
     Insurance offering extended to               our contract hire and rental services will           Traders (SMMT).
include GAP and Warranty products                 prove to be very popular. We have extensive             Although monthly commercial vehicle
Alliance & Leicester Commercial Finance has       experience of this market and are able to            registrations have dipped a little, the
a relationship with Marsh Ltd, the world’s        ensure that customers choose the best                SMMT says demand remains stable.
leading risk and insurance services firm.         solution for their business needs.”                     UK commercial vehicle registrations for
Marsh has extensive experience of obtaining          For more information, contact                     February were down 6% to 18,137
cost-effective insurance for operators of         Richard Egan on 0161 953 3208 or                     compared with the same period last year.
commercial vehicle fleets. Through Marsh we       richard.egan@alliance-leicester.co.uk                   “Despite a small drop in the rolling
are able to meet all your business insurance                                                           year figures, the level remains well above
needs and have recently introduced GAP                 Recent deals                                    the long term average,” says Christopher
and Warranty products to the portfolio            We have recently funded 28 13-tonne                  Macgowan, SMMT Chief Executive.
of products available.                            Mercedes Rigids with refrigerated bodies for         “Registrations slowed a little in February
  Call 0800 056 8008 to speak to our              a national catering supply company in the            and growth is now past its peak. The
insurance specialist.                             south. The agreement was for £1.7m on                latest figures reflect this underlying trend,
                                                  a sale and leaseback basis over nine years           which began in mid-2005.
     Fleet management and contract                with quarterly rentals.                                 “The introduction of digital
hire for full range of vehicles                                                                        tachographs and Euro 4 emission levels
Alliance & Leicester Commercial Finance has            Used-asset email broadcast                      may well distort the market in the short
extended its range of services to include         March saw the launch of the first commercial         term, but we think the growing use of
contract hire and fleet management. This          vehicle email broadcast, informing customers         financial engineering for vans will help
service will cover the full range of commercial   of the opportunity to acquire commercial             stabilise the market in the longer term.”
vehicles from vans up to 44-tonne heavy           vehicles returned at the end of their rental
goods vehicles.                                   term. Log on to www.trucks247.co.uk to
   Richard Egan, Head of Commercial Vehicle       register your details and receive the next email
Fleet Services, said: “I am very confident that   update, or call the team on 0800 068 2299.


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