A strong performance by expanding Ogilvie Fleet helped its parent company maintain profitability, the company has announced.
Ogilvie Group, the Stirling-headquartered, family-owned business that also includes construction, communications, house building and surveying among its portfolio of business activities, delivered pre-tax profits unchanged at £2.7 million on turnover marginally down to £160 million for the 12 months to June 30, 2012 from £162.7 million in 2011.
Ogilvie Fleet notched double top in this year’s fleet industry ‘Techies’ - the annual awards that recognise the fleet industry’s technology-specific products and services across all areas of the business car market.
Ogilvie Fleet won the Leasing and Contract Hire Award for the fourth time in the past five years for the continued evolution of its MiFleet Showroom online reporting tool, and the Best App for its ‘Happy Drivers App’, which is available to the industry at large, not just company car and van drivers and fleet managers that are customers.
The two awards further cement Ogilvie Fleet’s position as the number one contract hire and leasing company for providing the most technologically advanced and sophisticated management and information solutions to customers.
Ogilvie Fleet has further improved its standing with employees as a top company to work for having achieved a two-star accreditation in the annual national survey that measures and acknowledges excellence in workplace engagement.
Best Companies has been producing and publishing the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ lists since 2001. The lists are published by The Sunday Times.
Each year hundreds of organisations from a wide range of industries use the organisation’s employee survey to measure the engagement of their employees. The responses are collated and combined to produce an overall engagement score for each organisation. Employees are asked to rate their employers’ engagement across eight key factors: leadership, my company, giving something back, my manager, fair deal, personal growth, my team and well-being.
Fleet decision-makers have voted Ogilvie Fleet the UK’s top vehicle leasing and fleet management company for service to customers in the 2016 Experteye awards.
The Experteye awards cover nine different fleet and automotive categories in total. Ogilvie’s Fleeteye CSI honour is based on results obtained throughout 2015 from Experteye’s market-leading post-sale customer satisfaction survey, drawn from a subscriber base of top leasing companies in the UK. Fleet operators are surveyed independently by Experteye, which asks an extensive range of questions on a monthly basis. The annual CSI award goes to the company that has achieved the highest combined results across the entire year.
“It is a great achievement to win an Experteye award,” said Rick Yarrow, managing director of Experteye, “yet to win an award six times in succession, across multiple categories, is unprecedented.
A new state-of-the-art £8million Jaguar Land Rover retailer site in Aberdeen, operated by Peter Vardy Ltd, is nearing completion, with the stylish, modern exterior now fully constructed. The retailer is on course to open later this year, with a renewed focus on customer service, complete with a luxurious atmosphere befitting the Jaguar and Land Rover brands it will house.
Ogilvie Construction, which last year completed the Porsche Centre Aberdeen nearby, is building the facility. The building has now officially been ‘topped out’, marking the completion of the highest point of the structure; construction will now focus on making the facility wind and watertight, before installing the stylishly appointed interior.
The new retailer in Wellington Road is one of the first custom built Jaguar Land Rover sites to adopt a brand new look and feel that places an even greater emphasis on customer service and luxury.
Fast-growing Ogilvie Fleet will be gunning for a hat-trick of Leasing Company of the Year up to 25,000 vehicles trophy wins in 2019 after retaining the title in the annual awards from trade publication BusinessCar.
The win, Ogilvie Fleet was also highly commended in the Customer Service Award category, also meant a hat-trick of industry awards in 2018 as the company had previously won Best Daily Van Rental Award at the 2018 Van Awards hosted by sister publications Van Fleet World and Vans A2Z and was named the UK’s top vehicle leasing and fleet management company for service to customers in the 2018 Experteye awards.
Averaging more than two industry awards per year this decade, Ogilvie Fleet has increased its leased fleet size by more than 1,000 company cars and van to almost 16,000 units in the past 12 months with a further almost 2,000 units under fleet management, up almost 900 units on a year ago.
That makes Ogilvie Fleet, without doubt, one of the fastest growing contract hire and leasing companies through core fleet expansion - as opposed to white label growth via manufacturer-backed leasing schemes.
Gordon Stephen, managing director, Ogilvie Fleet, said: “Ogilvie Fleet is bucking the industry trend in terms of growth, notably due to a series of major outsourcing contract wins such as Colas Rail with almost 900 company cars and light commercial vehicles and we have started to deliver new vehicles to the business; as well as Cambian Group and Voyage Care.
“Notwithstanding fleet industry uncertainty resulting in some fleets putting vehicle replacement on hold due to the well documented introduction of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) for homologating vehicle emission and MPG data and a lack of company car benefit-in-kind taxation detail post-2020, we are recording significant growth.
“That is down to our contract wins and taking over new clients’ vehicles on fleet management, while also continuing to supply new vehicles on contract hire to both those customers and some existing clients. Our forward order bank is up considerably on where it was 12-18 months ago.
“What’s more, we hope the Chancellor of the Exchequer will provide vehicle tax clarity in the autumn Budget. If he does, I would expect our fleet customers that have put the brake on vehicle replacement to accelerate company car and van renewal.”
BMW has added a new model to the BMW 3-series line-up. The new 3 series GT follows the same principle of the larger 5-series GT. It is longer, wider and taller than the 3-series Touring on which it is based. BMW claims the 3-series GT has the dynamics of the 3-series saloon with the practicality of the 3-series Touring and the looks of a coupé. The five-seat 3-series GT will be offered with five engines from launch, including a 302bhp 335i range-topper, and the likely best-seller, the 320d. It is set to go on sale in the UK in late spring, priced at around £1500 more than an equivalent 3-series Touring model.