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Category : Opinions

Salary isn’t being sacrificed

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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 »

Not what it says on the tin

6 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 … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

6 years ago / 0 comments

Employees People are the life blood of any organisation. It is people who make an organisation. They ultimately determine how successful an organisation will be through … Read More »

Maintaining focus…

6 years ago / 0 comments

There's a popular misconception that fleets only use main dealers for sourcing cars. When it comes to service and repair work they go to an independent … 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 »

The eyes don’t have it…

6 years ago / 0 comments

During the past 12 months we have seen one in three drivers fail the basic test of being able to read a number plate at 20 … Read More »

Salary sacrifice in practice

6 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 … Read More »

Time to be bold

6 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 … Read More »

Fleet on fleet – Sarah Dopson of the AA

6 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, … Read More »

Volvo thinks locally

6 years ago / 0 comments

Volvo has decided it needs to get closer to small business and is using its dealer network and the Daily Telegraph to do so. As a … Read More »

Motoring seems to be increasingly erratic, The Insider reckons.

6 years ago / 0 comments

Use of a handheld mobile phone whilst driving will also attract an increased fine, now set at £90 rather than the previous £60. Illegal since 2007, … Read More »

Fleet on fleet – Tracey King at Hydro International

6 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 … Read More »

Nissan’s electric shock

6 years ago / 0 comments

Every now and again carmakers launch a car they know will have legs in the fleet sector. Often it's the latest generation of a tried-and-tested favourite, … Read More »

Green’ish

6 years ago / 0 comments

Am I the only person increasingly confused by the conflicting views bandied about on reducing the environmental impact of our company cars? Let’s start with fuel. … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

6 years ago / 0 comments

Comment – What I’ve learnt On running a trade association I had worked for a BVRLA member for many years and thought I had a good … Read More »

On the road: Reaching the limit

6 years ago / 0 comments

My part of the world, Mudfordshire, has long been considered particularly pastoral. Hastily constructed from tweed, self-importance and indeterminate pieces of steam-powered Victorian engineering, the county … Read More »

Interview: Estelle Howick, fleet manager, Pfizer

6 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 … Read More »

Cenex puts a cost on carrying

6 years ago / 0 comments

It’s well known that carrying unnecessary weight in a vehicle increases its fuel consumption, but by how much has been debated for some time. At Cenex, … Read More »

Relationship management

6 years ago / 0 comments

The working relationship between dealers and manufacturers can run the gamut from good and bad through to downright ugly. While both sides know the way to … Read More »