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Commercial Vehicle Specialist Offers Insight into Van Market as New Year Sees Growth


Analysing the latest statistics released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) always makes for essential reading for fleet managers and commercial vehicle drivers alike. With the most up-to-date figures released for January 2017, leading dealer David Spear Commercial Vehicles is here to provide their expert insight.

“The latest SMMT figures highlight a positive start to the New Year, with van registrations on the up. In January 2017 alone, van registrations increased by 1.2%, which may seem modest but has resulted in some 21,363 new light commercial vehicles making their way onto UK roads. Heavy vans, with a weight of 2.5 to 3.5t, witnessed an even greater increase with registrations rising by 5.6% in comparison with the same period in 2016. This is great news for the British economy as vans and trucks remain the backbone of UK business,” said Owner David Spear.

LM2_7807In addition to delivering the best quality used, new and nearly new commercial vans, pick-ups are also an integral part of David Spear’s stock, and it appears that 2017 will see more registrations in this area too, building on the successful year that the vehicle type experienced in 2016. According to SMMT, demand for pick-ups remains high and is continuing to rise with a 28.9% increase in registrations in January 2017.

“The increase in registrations, from the modest growth of light commercial vehicles and heavy vans to the more significant rises seen in pick-up registrations, means that 2017 is certainly off to a positive start. Based on the latest figures, the sector is all set to continue its success. Business confidence is increasing despite the looming uncertainty associated with the Brexit, and the government must take steps to ensure this growth is maintained,” concluded David.


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Laurence has spent most of his career in the media industry working in senior management roles with major publishers including Thomson Regional Newspapers, United News & Media and The Newsquest Media Group.

In 2001 Laurence left the corporate publishing world and after a 3-year spell in pharmaceuticals he set up on his own. In 2005 he created Swansea Life & Swansea Bay Business Life, two highly successful magazines now fully established in their respective markets, and since acquired by the Trinity Mirror Group.

In 2010 he stepped outside of the publishing bubble and set up a full service media agency specialising in PR, Advertising & Marketing, with a series of offices along the M4 corridor helping to develop regional campaigns for successful brands such as Las Iguanas, Andrew Scott and a wide portfolio of well-known law firms.

Outside of the media, Laurence travels extensively as a keynote speaker, talking about his experiences as a service and people expert. His ability to inspire audiences has resulted in him working with a number of international brands, including P&G, Kellogg’s, Dunelm and Armstrong. He has also penned a book entitled ‘Live Your Life’, which has become an essential guide to personal and business success for many.

In his spare time, he relaxes with his family, is an avid Chelsea fan, works out at the gym and enjoys walks on the Gower beaches with his beautiful Labrador Frankie (named after Frank Lampard of course!).

Laurence in a tweet: A driven people person, with a passion for words and an ‘anything is possible’ mentality who thrives on new challenges and creativity.

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