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Category : Interview

Fleet on Fleet – Danny Alborough of Gratte Brothers

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size 200 vehicles   What’s the history of Gratte Brothers? From small beginnings as an electrical contractor, started by two brothers in the post war years, Gratte Brothers has now become one of … Read More »

Interview – Benoit Dilly

4 years ago / 0 comments

  I meet Benoit Dilly, Arval’s new managing director, on the top floor of the BNP Paribas building in central London, a vast metal and stone edifice housing the French giant’s considerable banking might. … Read More »

What I’ve learnt – Martin Evans of Jaama

4 years ago / 0 comments

  Diversity and unbundling continue apace There has been a continuing growth in the diversity of vehicle-related products and services available to fleet managers and a trend for outsourcing a variety of individual tasks … Read More »

Q&A – Mercedes-Benz

4 years ago / 0 comments

Q: Where is Mercedes-Benz in the UK today? MB: We are the “new luxury” brand, with Audi and BMW as premium. We have grown by 34% through the recession. It was worth working hard … Read More »

What I’ve learnt – Simon Oliphant of Hitachi Capital

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

5 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

5 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 »