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Category : Interview

Q&A – Mercedes-Benz

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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% … Read More »

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 … 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 … Read More »

What I’ve Learnt: LeasePlan's David Brennan

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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 … Read More »

Not what it says on the tin

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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 … 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 … 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 … Read More »

Fleet on fleet – Sarah Dopson of the AA

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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, … Read More »

Fleet on fleet – Tracey King at Hydro International

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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 … Read More »

Interview: Estelle Howick, fleet manager, Pfizer

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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 … 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 … Read More »

Powered by technology

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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More »

Birthday wishes

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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 … Read More »

Whiskey on wheels

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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, … Read More »

Growing pains?

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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: … 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 … Read More »

Skoda bares its teeth

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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 … Read More »

The Master Plan – James Taylor Vauxhall Motors

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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. … Read More »

Tough choices

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As one of those high-flying global executives US car firms are so good at creating, Mark Ovenden is ideally situated to give a view on how … Read More »

Nissan is on a steep learning curve

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Nissan broke new ground last year when it brought its first electric vehicle, the LEAF, to the UK. Though rivals were already offering electric cars, the … Read More »

Gold rush

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You don’t have to go back much more than a decade, and BMW was fairly cool about the corporate market. Previously a retail-heavy manufacturer of sporty … Read More »