About Us

We have been based in Lancing, West Sussex for over 40 years and during this time, we have built strong, lasting and trustworthy relationships with our customers and enjoy playing an active part in our local community.

A bit of history

Lancing Commercial is a truly family business, started by Alex Torricelli in 1973.

Alex arrived in the UK in 1968, having trained and worked as a mechanic in his native Italy before travelling and honing his skills in Switzerland and Germany.

After five years working for a large commercial vehicle repair and bodywork garage in the UK, Alex decided to take the leap and set up his own business, working initially from the back of his van.

In 1976, Alex started working on Lancing Industrial Estate (now Lancing Business Park), and in 1978, Lancing Commercial moved to its current site in Spencer Road, where it has operated from ever since.

When the opportunity arose, Alex bought the land and old prefab building he had been renting and in 2003, he demolished the old building and created a modern, purpose-built commercial garage. 

Kathy and Steve join dad Alex at Lancing Commercial

Alex’s daughter Kathy joined the family firm in 2003 and son Steve joined in 2008, after a successful career as an accountant, working in the City and abroad.

Today, Alex, Kathy and Steve are all involved in the day-to-day management and operation of Lancing Commercial and have built an extremely loyal customer base (ranging from major fleet operators to sole proprietors/owners) as one of West Sussex’s largest independent commercial garages.

Modern technology combined with traditional service

In 2014, Lancing Commercial extended our commercial bodyshop capabilities, including an 80ft spray shop and we’ve been using state of the art diagnostic tools and software since 2008. 

In 2014, we moved to cloud based accounting, ensuring the back office is as efficient as the workshop.

We joined the national Approved Workshop Scheme in 2014, allowing us to offer professional and accredited habitation servicing for motorhomes, in response to a recognised need for a “one stop shop” for motorhome owners

 

Our independence helps keep our prices cost effective

As a family-run, independent business, our management structure is simple and our overheads are low compared to main dealers and franchises. 

This means we can make sure our pricing continues to represent value for money for customers of all sizes.

We’re different!

What makes us special?  We are a family run business – both in the office and the workshop – so we are fleet of foot. 

When we say something will be done, it will be. 

Unlike a main dealer, we don’t have a raft of management to go through before a decision is made; if you have an urgent problem, we can get someone working on your vehicle straight away.

We’re independent, so we don’t have allegiances to any manufacturer or supplier and we can tell it to you straight. We’ll always help you work out the most cost-effective solution. 

 If you’ve got a motorhome, you won’t have to go to three different places for your MOT, vehicle service and habitation service: we do it all here on the same site.

Lancing Commercial in the community

 As a family business working and living in the area, we love to support our chosen charities.  

Over the years, we have provided support in the forms of sports kits to our grandchildren’s local schools, and raised funds and made donations to Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK, Chestnut Tree House (Children’s Hospice) and The Muscle Help Foundation.  We completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride in 2018, as well as participating in the Superhero Triathlon at Dorney Park, Windsor as part of the Muscle Dream Team, raising over £1,000.

Steve Torricelli is a volunteer Trustee and Treasurer for The Muscle Help Foundation and we actively support their Muscle Dreams initiative.  

The Muscle Help Foundation is a small, multi-award winning family charity delivering transformational experiences in the UK called ‘Muscle Dreams’ for children and young people with the muscle-wasting disease, Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions.  

Their mission is “to bring together children, young people and their families, creating communities through transformational events, networks and activities. Through Muscle Dreams and by bringing beneficiaries and families together, we aim to help fulfil their potential, giving them a sense of purpose and hope for the future.”

In the 2018-19 rugby season, we are also sponsoring Worthing Raiders Academy which combines a variety of academic pathways with high level training and performance against some of the top Colleges for Rugby in England. https://www.worthing.ac.uk/mens-rugby.