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Beefing up local solutions

7 years ago / 0 comments

  New car sales have powered out of recovery mode into full blown growth, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revising upwards its … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Venson's Simon Staton

7 years ago / 0 comments

The right values The most important lesson I have learnt in my working career is that you can’t know everything and you can’t control everything. What … Read More »

Wrecks to riches

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Long gone are my days of frequenting breakers’ yards to pick up parts for whatever old wreck I was driving around in at the time. … Read More »

Q&A: CD Auction Group on its new defleet programme

7 years ago / 0 comments

How does it work? ‘Under the Fleet Crystallisation programme, CD Auction Group will offer to pay the vendor an agreed value for any vehicle within 56 … Read More »

Gear up to accountancy standards transparency

7 years ago / 0 comments

The ongoing consultation process around the proposed accountancy changes to formulate a common standard for all leased assets including company cars has put forward the proposal … Read More »

Disc world

7 years ago / 0 comments

  So, those little coloured paper discs which prove to all and sundry we have paid our car tax, and which have caused so much grief … Read More »

Thinking locally

7 years ago / 0 comments

  While Ford has long been the biggest player in the UK fleet market, recent years have seen a renewed focus on appealing more to smaller … Read More »

What lies beneath?

7 years ago / 0 comments

  If you run company vehicles, I bet you have been faced with the scenario where a car is involved in an accident, but repairable, yet the … Read More »

Anti-social media – when "selfies" become selfish

7 years ago / 0 comments

There is a time and a place for most things – and the taking of so-called ‘selfies’ is one very important example. It can always be … Read More »

Alternative thinking

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Of all the brands impacted by the downturn, Mitsubishi could argue a convincing case for having one of the most miserable and long-lasting experiences. Sales … Read More »

SMEs in the UK still caught in funding squeeze

7 years ago / 0 comments

So it’s official: those long talked-about green shoots of recovery are finally growing. The UK economy is coming out of recession, and doing so not only … Read More »

The missing ingredients

7 years ago / 0 comments

  How committed are car retailers to serving and satisfying your needs as a fleet boss? It’s a simple question with a myriad of answers, often … Read More »

On the road: 'Kerbing' the wear and tear issues

7 years ago / 0 comments

  One of the great heartbreaks of testing lovely press cars is in returning the odd one, shamefaced, to the press office sporting some form of … Read More »

Camera shy?

7 years ago / 0 comments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. These days most of us have a camera on our phones and Google “got-a-digit-in-every-pie” offers one set … Read More »

Easy money?

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Was it really only last month that I used that cliché “the camera never lies” in my column? Coincidental then that I recently read news … Read More »

On the road: A queue too far

7 years ago / 0 comments

The most recent survey figures I can unearth suggest that, in 2012, traffic congestion cost our economy more than £4.3bn – equating to some £491 per … Read More »

In the dark

7 years ago / 0 comments

I was out running the pavements in the middle of town the other evening and was slightly alarmed to notice how many street lights weren’t working. … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

7 years ago / 0 comments

Mapping the journey In 17 years as a consultant in the fleet industry, I’ve seen a significant shift in the relationship between companies and their fleet … Read More »

Back in contention

7 years ago / 0 comments

Peugeot has sought to reinvent itself in recent years. Once a major volume player, up there behind Ford and Vauxhall, and one of the biggest fleet … Read More »

Paper trail

7 years ago / 0 comments

I’ve been awaiting with interest the outcome of the debate on whether to scrap the paper motor insurance certificate. Of course, we are now sticking with … Read More »

Let battle commence

7 years ago / 0 comments

  There’s long been an unwritten rule adhered to by the bosses of the UK’s two biggest car sellers that they don’t acknowledge each other’s brand … Read More »

No fare alternative

7 years ago / 0 comments

How will we ever persuade employees out of their cars and onto public transport? I’m thinking ahead to a time when workplace parking prevents us from … Read More »

Hyundai gets emotional

7 years ago / 0 comments

Hyundai has been chipping away at the company car market for more than 20 years but now has the product line-up and commitment to finally present … Read More »

Surveying the horizon

8 years ago / 0 comments

  Ever wondered which car dealers are happy to represent the brand displayed over their door and whose teams start every day with a spring in … Read More »

Salary isn’t being sacrificed

8 years ago / 0 comments

  Salary sacrifice is back in the news again with its devotees saying business is on the up, and the sceptics suggesting it still isn’t as … Read More »

Talk the talk

8 years ago / 0 comments

  Carmakers like to talk the talk when it comes to how they deliver customer satisfaction to fleets. I’ve lost count of the number of car … Read More »

On the road: Tipping the limit

8 years ago / 0 comments

If, like me, you have been led by sundry children’s motoring programmes to believe that, when it comes to practicality, flexibility and all-round indestructibility, the Toyota … Read More »

A hard habit to break

8 years ago / 0 comments

It’s probably 20 years ago that a colleague passed the comment that someone was leaving the company and she wondered if he would take his pot … Read More »

Total recall

8 years ago / 0 comments

Following my comment in last month’s column about VOSA’s lack of interest in pursuing a handbrake recall, I subsequently saw the Which? press release which noted … Read More »

Reputation management

8 years ago / 0 comments

The recent scandal where horse meat was being passed off as more palatable fare drew unfortunate attention to several leading food retailers and their processes. But … Read More »