Fleet Alliance was appointed ahead of several other contract hire and leasing suppliers due in part to its online fleet management solution, e-fleet, and its ability, through competitive tendering, to achieve cost savings of around 8-10%.

Europa which employs around 2,500 staff and has a diverse client base across four market sectors: corporate, retail, public and utilities, operates a fleet of around 230 commercial vehicles and 120 cars throughout the UK.

The commercial vehicle fleet, which is comprised entirely of Citroen Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay diesel models, is used by maintenance management personnel to fulfil contracts at clients' properties around the UK.

Prior to Fleet Alliance's appointment, a significant proportion of the vehicles were on short-term rental agreements of up to 12 months, but all vehicles have now been switched to contract hire for three years/60,000 miles for the vans, while the cars are also operated for three years but on individually tailored mileage contracts.

Fleet Alliance also compiled a new car policy list for Europa employees to provide a selection of "green" vehicles based upon whole-life costs and CO2 emissions.

At the same time, Fleet Alliance is employing a panel of preferred lenders to supply the vehicles, and utilising its competitive tendering solution to select the most cost-effective quotes on behalf of Europa, with the intention of achieving savings of 8-10% in actual costs.

All of the fleet information is now being transferred to Fleet Alliance's new online e-fleet fleet management system to allow the entire fleet to be managed from one central point.

Greig Brown, chief executive of Europa, said: 'We are very pleased to award Fleet Alliance the contract to manage and supply our entire fleet.

'Their flexible approach and implementation impressed us and was a big influence in our selection. Using Fleet Alliance means we no longer have to predict our future fleet needs, while their approach is designed to ensure that we maximise the potential of our fleet and achieve full value for money from our expenditure.

'Ultimately, this means we can be assured that our vehicles are kept safe and on the road in order to serve our customers, which is vital for our business.'