Mayor cuts the ribbon at Prohire’s new Tunbridge Wells workshop

Workforce triples as depot expands thank to six-figure investment

23 Nov | 2 min read

Press release

Following a six-figure investment in its depot at Tunbridge Wells, leading provider of sustainable commercial vehicle hire and fleet management solutions, Staffordshire-based Prohire, has expanded its operations in the south and into London by unveiling a brand new workshop.

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Councillor Hugh Pattison, did the honours at the official opening of the new workshop by cutting the ribbon. He was joined by representatives from Prohire, including eight new colleagues recruited for Prohire South, tripling the size of the firm’s workforce at Tunbridge Wells.

Key to the depot, which offers the full rental process from on to off hire, is the new Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU), which includes Prohire’s workshop along with two mobile technicians who can now service customers’ vehicles on the road or off-site. The team, led by newly recruited branch manager Ashley Bourne, can maintain the full asset class of vehicles, minimising vehicle off road and down time.

The Tunbridge Wells depot will also support Prohire’s alternative fuels division, ProGreen, which was launched in 2021 to support customer’s Net Zero ambitions by decarbonising fleets via the deployment of high-performing, reliable, zero-emission vehicle technology.

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Councillor Hugh Pattison, said: “Prohire’s investment into the town is creating lots of opportunities for local people which is fantastic. It’s inspiring to hear about Prohire’s commitment to helping businesses to achieve Net Zero through alternative fuel vehicles and other alternative fuels. They are a real asset to Tunbridge Wells and I’m delighted to open their new workshop.” 

Gary Banister, Group Operations Director at Prohire, said: “This is a significant development for Prohire and our valued customers, offering those based in the south an enhanced service delivered by our talented team. It’s fantastic to grow the team in Tunbridge Wells, creating eight new roles and boosting local employment, with further expansion to come.

“A leading part of the proposition is the investment into ProGreen as we continue to lead the charge in sustainable vehicle hire. Our team will use, maintain and manage alternative fuel vehicles as the move to alternative fuels, as the drive towards Net Zero continues at pace.”

Headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and employing over 80 people, Prohire provides nationwide commercial vehicle rental and long-term vehicle contract hire, together with fleet maintenance, accident repair management, and fleet compliance to customers across the UK.

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Councillor Hugh Pattison, cuts the ribbon to open Prohire’s new workshop