New partner Sapphire will use agreement to discount employee membership fees.

Workshop and fleet management providers Sapphire Vehicle Services has become a Society Premium Corporate Partner.

Part of the Northern Ireland-based Ballyvesey Holdings group, Sapphire has signed an agreement with the Society and will take advantage of the offer to discount individual membership application fees by 100%.

“We are really pleased to become a Corporate Partner and we will encourage all of our staff to become members,” said Managing Director Perry Reeves.

Sapphire’s 12 nationwide workshops all offer servicing and repairs, vehicle diagnostics, trailer EBS diagnostics, tail lift maintenance, LOLER and weight testing.

Perry added: “We cover all aspects of the transport industry: hire, haulage and fleet; new, used and workshop. All our workshops are IRTE Workshop Accredited and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We feel that it’s important to have an industry standard for workshops. Workshop Accreditation is well-respected, well-thought of in the industry and it’s known to be the best.”

A new workshop was opened in Tamworth in June to add to Sapphire’s growing network.

“The building has been fully refurbished and is now kitted out with diagnostic equipment and tooling for all leading vehicle brands. We carry a stock of genuine OEM parts, and both the workshop and our pair of fully equipped mobile roadside assistance vans operate around the clock,” said Manager Ian Evans.

Three years ago, it started an apprenticeship academy to provide highly trained vehicle technicians to the industry. All Sapphire’s vehicle technicians work towards the irtec standard and are encouraged to test themselves at a higher level regularly.

“The academy is doing really well now,” said Perry. “You’ve got to try and have the best people working on the vehicles and we want to provide technicians for the future of the industry. irtec gives guarantees that standards are high and that the technicians are working to the best of their ability.”

Daniel Moir, Society Chief Operating Officer, said: “It’s another excellent addition to our organisation’s partnership scheme, which has had such renewed interest over the previous year. Our partners and the wider industry are discovering all the many benefits of partnering with us.”

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