IT’S celebration time for Lynette Randall and Samantha Miles as they prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of their company Alpha Contracts Leasing in much the same way as it started, with some light refreshment.
Newest members of the Leasing Broker Federation Lynette and Sam are still the key people and working directors as well as having family responsibilities. Sam keeps herself busy selling and Lynette sits at a desk dealing with red tape, compliance and accounts.
Two decades ago they worked for a local car dealership group renting vans and cars to local businesses, and had started providing long-term hire.
Then one evening after that light refreshment they decided they would rather work for themselves, stepped out and bought a Network franchise which remains the cornerstone of their successful business in Northamptonshire.
MD Lynette and sales director Sam recruited staff who still work for Alpha Contracts and when the business outgrew its early base in an old Northampton shoe factory, they moved to the present rural location at Upton Mill, dealing with bigger companies and leasing vehicles on behalf of the big banks and finance companies.
With Rowena Cooper, Justine Tompkins, Alex Bates, Paul White and Ross Williams, the team share over a century of vehicle hire and leasing expertise.
Lynette says: “Alex, Ross, Paul, Justine and Sam make up the sales team while Rowena is my sales admin superstar!”
Now leasing in excess of 1,000 vehicles a year, with about 40% commercials, most of the business is B2B. “However, we are growing off the back of the PCH change in the market place!” says Lynette.
She adds: “We pride ourselves on customer service and our renewal ratios are considerably high. The team know they will be in trouble if they don’t replace a contract!”