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Fleet Assist to build on existing partnerships with new products & services

The Cambridgeshire-based firm has business partnerships with almost 30 contract hire and leasing companies using a national network of more 7,000 service outlets without the cost and challenges of setting up and managing such an operation themselves.

Now the firm has said it is looking to expand and develop new products and services lead by recently appointed commercial director Vincent S Claire who is also focused on supporting and growing existing business streams. 

Fleet Assist recently expanded its suite of services to include outsourced Driver Services. It enables contract hire and fleet management company car and van drivers to book their vehicles in for SMR work at the most cost effective appropriate location and convenient time. 

St Claire said: ‘The Fleet Assist business is growing rapidly as we aim to help our customers – contract hire and leasing companies – reduce their maintenance and back office costs by using our nationwide managed network of agents, analysing where savings can be made and then implementing a wide variety of projects. 

‘In addition to the recent launch of Driver Services and most recently technical authorisation to our product portfolio, Fleet Assist also plans to develop and launch further new products and services that will benefit customers.’ 

Clients include Marshall Leasing, which operates a fleet of around 6,000 vehicles and was among the first contract hire companies to utilise Fleet Assist. 

Managing director Peter Cakebread, who is also presently chairman of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, said: ‘Whether a franchise dealer or independent garage, working with Fleet Assist provides us with accounts at many more repairers than we would typically be able to manage for a leasing company of our size. 

‘Accessing such a large national service, maintenance and repair network also provides Marshall Leasing and our clients with access to prices that could only usually be achieved by larger leasing companies. 

‘The Fleet Assist network gives us a huge amount of comfort, as it does our customers whether they operate vehicles in cities or far flung parts of the UK or holiday in those areas, that Marshall Leasing can support them through approved garages with no requirement for drivers to pay the bill themselves.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.