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Category : Interview

What I’ve learnt – Simon Oliphant of Hitachi Capital

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What you’ve learnt in your 20+ years in fleet In March this year I celebrated 25 years at Hitachi Capital. When I started out we had just 175 cars and there were only four … Read More »

Fleet on fleet: Darren Bell of G4S interviewed

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Fleet size 2,000 plus vehicles   Tell us a bit about the G4S fleet and the team which runs it. The G4S fleet consists of more than 2,000 vehicles and 3,000 highly-trained crew members. … Read More »

What I’ve Learnt: LeasePlan's David Brennan

4 years ago / 0 comments

Respect your firm’s heritage It is very important to respect the heritage of a thriving company like LeasePlan, and understand why it is successful. However, at the same time I am a big believer … Read More »

Not what it says on the tin

4 years ago / 0 comments

Martin Ballard is at pains to point out that Volkswagen Group Leasing does more than lease Volkswagen Group cars and vans. It’s not exactly what it says on the tin, then. In fact, VWGL … Read More »

Salary sacrifice in practice

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Fleet size  400 (383 cars & 17 vans). WSP set up a salary sacrifice scheme with Venson. How is it working for you? Was it worth the effort, and is there as much reporting … Read More »

Time to be bold

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The leasing industry has ridden through the rocky landscape of the economic downturn, and come out the other side in pretty healthy shape. That’s the view of the new chairman of the British Vehicle … Read More »

Fleet on fleet – Sarah Dopson of the AA

4 years ago / 0 comments

The AA fleet must be one of the most diverse in the UK? Yes, it must be. The group fleet has four different divisions, split between LCV, HGV, cars and driving school. There are 16 … Read More »

Fleet on fleet – Tracey King at Hydro International

4 years ago / 0 comments

You have other functions to manage as well as fleet. How do you keep control of all of them? I’m the office manager at the Hydro HQ and manage a number of other functions … Read More »

Interview: Estelle Howick, fleet manager, Pfizer

4 years ago / 0 comments

You are one of a few fleet managers who has also worked as an account manager in a leasing company, so do you have any views on where each could understand the other better? As a leasing … Read More »

Unlocking the key

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LH Please tell me a little bit about your company and the composition of its fleet, including who you lease through. GS We are a service provider for glazing and locks, and support most … Read More »

Powered by technology

4 years ago / 0 comments

It was Albert Einstein who famously said that “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. Applied to modern-day fleet management, this axiom would probably translate into … Read More »

Trials and errors

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LH Tell me about the Bracknell Forest Council fleet. DJ The fleet is currently just over 50 vehicles, which are mostly commercial and passenger-carrying vehicles along with a few pool cars. The majority of … Read More »

Running rings

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I can’t say that James Douglas reminds me of Brian Clough in any way, but the new head of fleet at Audi thought of the artful old manager’s career when he left Nissan to … Read More »

Damage limitations

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How is your fleet made up? Peverel Services Ltd provides property-related services throughout the UK including property management, letting, security and protection systems as well as property sales and insurance. The fleet of 360 … Read More »

Birthday wishes

4 years ago / 0 comments

Pendragon Contracts is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, having battled through the credit crunch, realigned its business and is now looking to grow its fleet again. It started life as Jackson Leasing in … Read More »

Whiskey on wheels

4 years ago / 0 comments

LH What’s the composition of Chivas fleet? TC Chivas Brothers is part of the Pernod Ricard Group, and we produce whisky brands such as Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet, and Royal Salute alongside our … Read More »

Growing pains?

5 years ago / 0 comments

As most mainstream car manufacturers scrabble about trying to retain market share, Kia Motors (UK) president and CEO Paul Philpott has a different kind of problem: how do you manage huge growth in a … Read More »

The Sky isn’t the limit

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As you might have seen earlier in this issue, Mazda is at a watershed: its range is almost about to be replaced in its entirety over the next couple of years, by cars with … Read More »

Skoda bares its teeth

5 years ago / 0 comments

Nice, cheery Skoda. Never too aggressive with their strategies, with inoffensive cars, and friendly, not too pushy, staff. Yeah, right. Skoda is a brand on the march, with ambitious growth plans in fleet, a … Read More »

The Master Plan – James Taylor Vauxhall Motors

5 years ago / 0 comments

On the face of it, it doesn’t look like it’s been a good year so far for Vauxhall, with fleet market share showing a steep decline. But it’s all part of the master plan, … Read More »


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