Ian Evans-Piper presents Leasewell timeline
Ian Evans-Piper: presenting Leasewell timeline and development ideas for AI chatbot

BRIDGEND based broker Leasewell is currently developing an AI chatbot. Assistance is being provided from Business Wales and the University of Wales.

Ian Evans-Piper, Managing Director of the van leasing specialist, said the idea was to create a chatbot that takes a customer through vehicle choice to completion without human intervention.

“People don’t want to talk anymore,” said Evans-Piper.

Ian Vodden and Ian Piper-Evans
Ian Vodden from Carmmunity and Leasewell’s Ian Evans-Piper discuss the idea of the AI chatbot with built-in compliance

“They want to chat on WhatsApp or Messenger. I had one example where, after 30 conversations on WhatsApp I called the potential buyer of a part-exchange van. And it killed the lead. I couldn’t believe it.

Evans-Piper made the announcement at the launch of the company’s finished new offices.

Leasewell has moved across the industrial estate into a former bodyshop unit from its previous premises. Evans-Piper said it has allowed the company to expand its office space and also take in part-exchange vans for inspection and valeting prior to re-sale.

Evans-Piper made the announcement at an unveiling of its newly refurbished offices.

New Leasewell offices
New Leasewell premises on the Brynmenyn Industrial Estate

Leasewell timeline

  • 2012 Established
  • Mar 2014 moved into first office on industrial estate
  • Apr 2014 took on first employee
  • Oct 2014 expanded office
  • Nov 2015 won first award from the Leasing Broker Federation
  • Mar 2017 Evans-Piper bought out business partners
  • Oct 2017 Moved into new premises to take in p/xs
  • Oct 2017 15th place in Wales Fast Growth 50
  • Oct 2018 39th pace in Wales Fast Growth 50 having invested for growth
  • Oct 2019 looking to expand; reduced all unnecessary costs

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