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Fleet industry pioneer Bryan Phillimore passes away

Bryan Phillimore, credited as a pioneer in the fleet, used car and leasing industries, has died aged 82 following a lengthy illness.

Bryan Phillimore, former MD of Aplin Phillimore Associates (APA), has died following a lengthy illness

Bryan Phillimore, former MD of Aplin Phillimore Associates (APA), has died following a lengthy illness

Phillimore was the former MD of UK motor industry consultancy Aplin Phillimore Associates (APA) and helped launch brands including Network Q, Ford RapidFit and Network Rentals over a 20-year period.

APA is also said to have played a leading role in popularising leasing as a preferred funding option for major fleets, and set up and ran national VM Contract Hire and leasing businesses for PSA, Opel, Forward Trust/Fiat-Lancia, Iveco Trucks, Ford Credit/Ford.

APA also formulated the UK motor industry standards for national local business user and national fleet programmes and assisted VMs in setting up many national dealer networks including Renault, Austin-Rover, Fiat/Lancia, Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Born in east London, Bryan was an ex-Royal Marine who saw active service in Suez and also spent many years at Ford before his work at APA.

Former APA chairman Tony Aplin said: “Bryan was a one-off and whilst a low-key guy, was a top-class long term strategic thinker who was also a brilliant refiner of new innovative ideas and early stage concepts. People like Bryan Phillimore are rare indeed.”

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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.