“We are projecting sales of up to 200 vans from the new site this year,” says dealer principal, Roger Peel. If the venture is a success then Northern may decide to open more van centres in other parts of West Yorkshire during the next 18 months.

Further south, LDV has appointed a new dealer in Aldridge, not far from Walsall. Owned by MAN-ERF dealer Aquila Group, the operation will trade as West Midlands LDV.