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Category : Opinions

What I’ve learnt – Richard Schooling of Alphabet

5 years ago / 0 comments

Car ownership is no longer the be-all and end-all Historically, your car signalled perceived personal status and conferred a degree of authority, ie the more expensive … Read More »

On the road: A queue too far

5 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 »

Q&A: FleetCor UK's Callum Gibson on the firm's developments

5 years ago / 0 comments

What were your priorities when you joined Fleetcor? Fleetcor UK has three customer facing brands: Allstar, Keyfuels and The Fuel Card Company. The key driver for … Read More »

Q&A: Leasedrive's Roddy Graham on the HgCapital deal

5 years ago / 0 comments

What does the deal involve? HgCapital has bought the business and all existing shareholders (management and LDC) have reinvested to the value of 20% of the … Read More »

In the dark

5 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

5 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

5 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 »

Fleet on Fleet – Ian Luckett of Lucketts Travel interviewed

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Fleet size 109 coaches and minibuses   Lucketts is a family-owned, multi-award winning coach and travel company. How did it all start? The company was started … Read More »

Fleet and its role in UK PLC

5 years ago / 0 comments

  Gerry Keaney has been surprised. In his first year as chief executive of the BVRLA he’s been able to tour the fleet industry and what … Read More »

Paper trail

6 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

6 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 »

100k and counting…

6 years ago / 0 comments

Lex Autolease will grow by 100,000 vehicles in the next five years, and it will do it in some pretty innovative ways, its new managing director … Read More »

No fare alternative

6 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

6 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 »

Fleet on Fleet – Danny Alborough of Gratte Brothers

6 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 … Read More »

Interview – Benoit Dilly

6 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 … Read More »

What I’ve learnt – Martin Evans of Jaama

6 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 … Read More »

Surveying the horizon

6 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

6 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 »

Q&A – Mercedes-Benz

6 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% … Read More »

Talk the talk

6 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

6 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 »

What I’ve learnt – Simon Oliphant of Hitachi Capital

6 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 … Read More »

Fleet on fleet: Darren Bell of G4S interviewed

6 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 … Read More »

A hard habit to break

6 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 »

What I’ve Learnt: LeasePlan's David Brennan

6 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 … Read More »

Total recall

6 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

6 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 »

Taking a lead in Europe

6 years ago / 0 comments

UK fleet bosses may not know it but they have a distinct advantage over their European counterparts when it comes to using main dealers to source … Read More »

On the road: Aiding and abetting

6 years ago / 0 comments

It’s pretty much the norm now that, in an increasingly irascible attempt to assess honest mechanical engineering rather than sly, over-solicitous electronics, I spend a good … Read More »