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Category : Opinions

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 »

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 »

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.

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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

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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 »

Nissan’s electric shock

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Youth policy

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Aged 17, I thought I knew everything. When I was 18, I knew I knew everything. The trouble with experience is that you don’t know you … Read More »

In a hole

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I’ve just been reading a live traffic report that says: ‘One lane closed due to emergency repairs on the motorway, with traffic queuing over a distance … 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

6 years ago / 0 comments

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 »

A little less complication

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Even in these straitened times car manufacturers can find themselves needlessly investing sizeable budgets into winning the hearts and … Read More »

The many ways of reporting mileage

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Mileage reporting is in my thoughts this month. Mindful of the fact that HMRC declared an intention to step up their checks on company business records … 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

6 years ago / 0 comments

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

6 years ago / 0 comments

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 »

Is there a blurred vision on eyesight?

6 years ago / 0 comments

How are your rods and cones faring? The human retina contains two types of photoreceptor cells, known as rods and cones. Cones allow us to see … Read More »

Lip service is not enough

6 years ago / 0 comments

There is a common theme running through chats I’ve had in recent months with bosses of car companies and dealer groups. At some point in the … Read More »

When fleet management isn’t fleet management

6 years ago / 0 comments

I think it was Charles Darwin who believed that species adapt to suit their surroundings and thus survive. I think presently we are seeing a fine … Read More »

Self-registrations and you

6 years ago / 0 comments

A casual look at the new car market appears to show a sector in rude health, having been through the ravages of the recession and now … Read More »

Going spare

7 years ago / 0 comments

It’s those round black things which are vexing me again, or rather the lack of them. In recent years, it has become the trend for many … Read More »

Birthday wishes

7 years ago / 0 comments

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 »

Covering all bases

7 years ago / 0 comments

The new car market has been a tough place to operate for most car brands since the onset of the economic downturn. Old ways of doing … Read More »