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Ogilvie launches stand-alone daily rental division

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Ogilvie Fleets daily rental team with operations director Jim Hannah far right

A continuing boom in short-term hire business has led to Ogilvie Fleet launching Ogilvie Rental as a standalone division within the multi award-winning contract hire and leasing company.

In recent years Ogilvie Fleet’s short-term hire business has been transformed into a £4.5 million a year operation - up around 27% on the previous 12 months - with an expectation that turnover will top £5 million in 2018.

The significant growth in business - rental days increased by around 30% over 12 months to 193,883 in 2016/17 from 147,655 in 2015/16 - is due to Ogilvie Fleet maximising short-term hires with existing contract hire and leasing company customers while also winning business in the wider marketplace.

What’s more Ogilvie Fleet’s dedicated Ogilvie Rental team has expanded to nine people from seven in the past 12 months and further sales people are due to be recruited. It is expected a new employee will join the team imminently with plans in place to recruit further over the next two to three years in the face of anticipated increased demand for rental solutions.

Ogilvie expands with acquisition of Active Auto Solutions

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Ogilvie Group, the parent company of Ogilvie Fleet, has acquired privately-owned Active Auto Solutions for an undisclosed sum.

Formed in February 2007 with year-on-year growth, Lincoln-headquartered Active Auto Solutions provides claims handling and support services to fleets and clients of commercial insurance brokers and intermediaries across the UK following motor accidents and incidents.

Critically, in addition to managing motor vehicle claims, Active Auto Solutions provides temporary vehicles following collisions.

Ogilvie Fleet is planning to launch a standalone rental division within the business and sees Active Auto Solutions providing major synergies with that operation.

The multi award-winning privately-owned contract hire and leasing company has recorded significant short-term hire business growth in recent years and in 2016/17 saw turnover reach around £4.5 million - up around 27% on the previous 12 months - with an expectation that revenue will top £5 million in 2018.

Ogilvie Fleet continues awards blitz with double top success

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Gordon Stephen managing director Ogilvie Fleet with the Customer Service Award flanked by BusinessCar editor Debbie Wood right and comedian and Awards presenter Zoe Lyons

Ogilvie Fleet has cemented its position as Britain’s best contract hire and leasing provider scooping two trophies in the annual awards from trade publication BusinessCar.

The awards for Leasing Company of the Year - up to 25,000 vehicles, and the highly competitive Customer Service Award add to the clutch of trophies won by Ogilvie Fleet already this year and make it 20 titles collected so far this decade.

Gordon Stephen, managing director of Ogilvie Fleet, which operates a fleet of more than 15,000 company cars and light commercial vehicles, was presented with the two newest awards in a glittering ceremony at London’s Park Plaza Hotel.

The BusinessCar Awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including fleet managers, and the publication’s editor Debbie Wood said: “We are delighted to have awarded Ogilvie Fleet not one but two awards this year. Ogilvie Fleet’s recent innovations and investments have paid off, putting the company at the forefront of delivering technology solutions to fleet managers and drivers.

“Ogilvie Fleet’s commitment and passion for its customers is rooted in its culture and the company has set the bar high for great customer service. Our judges were extremely impressed.”

In addition to the BusinessCar Awards, Ogilvie Fleet, which continues to experience significant growth as it targets a fleet size of 20,000 units over the coming years underpinned by industry-leading customer service and cutting-edge IT vehicle and driver solutions, has already this year won:

- The Experteye Award for being the best vehicle leasing and fleet management company with more than 250 vehicles for service to customers thus becoming the first business to win a Fleeteye CSI (customer satisfaction index) award seven times in succession (2010-2016).

- Fleet Technology Awards - known in the industry as the ‘Techies’ - from BusinessCar magazine for being the best leasing and contract hire company and having the best app, its ‘Happy Drivers App’.

HMRC confirms good news for salary sacrifice

Posted on by Mark Knight

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Twelve months on from the uncertainty resulting from the governments consultation on salary sacrifice benefits,  it was a welcome relief to see a positive story about salary sacrifice cars in a recent article by the BVRLA.

In the Finance Act, published 20th March 2017, the government clearly set out their desire to promote salary sacrifice schemes that supported a fairer tax regime and endorsed their environment requirements. This meant that true employee benefits such as child care vouchers, cycle to work schemes and cars were protected and the more questionable schemes were removed.

However the uncertainty created during last year’s consultation has left many people unsure about which benefits they should be offering to their employees therefore it was great to see that HMRC and HM Treasury have clarified their position on salary sacrifice cars. In particular that the finance rental should be separated out from all other costs when calculating the higher of the tax saving on the salary sacrificed and the normal company car benefit in kind. This validates the changes that Ogilvie made to our system as of 6th April 2017.

With the future of salary sacrifice cars confirmed we believe that it remains a fantastic way for businesses to offer their employee’s an affordable way of running a brand new, fully maintained and insured car.

Richard Jessop
Head of Salary Sacrifice

MiSalarySacrifice will be exhibiting at Employee Benefits Live from 10—11th October. Visit our stand to talk to Richard and his team about how car salary sacrifice schemes can help you attract and retain staff.

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Government plan to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

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The Government has this week announced plans to improve air quality by ending the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced the changes as part of the £3billion air quality plan which includes a host of initiatives to reduce roadside emissions.

The ban won’t include hybrid vehicles, those with a smaller engine and battery-power capability, which already make up a significant portion of Ogilvie’s growing fleet of over 15,000 vehicles.

The Government also has an ambitious plan to only have zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2050. 

DEFRA’s air quality plan includes a number of ideas to provide cleaner transport and improved air quality, including:

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) including a £100million investment in the UK’s charging infrastructure and plug-in vehicle grants. 

£290million towards reducing transport emissions including new and retrofitted buses and plug-in taxis.

£1.2 billion towards The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

With almost 200 electric and hybrid vehicles models currently available in today’s market, and with many more ULEV scheduled to be launched in the next 12 months alone, the UK is well placed to meet the target. ULEV’s are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles with a sub 75g/km of CO2 emissions rating.

As member of the Go Ultra-Low scheme, Ogilvie Fleet company car users are encouraged to choose ULEV vehicles, with charging points available at all of Ogilvie’s UK offices.

Ogilvie Fleet has also partnered with Pod Point, one of the UK’s leading providers of home electric car charging stations, with government grants available for most vehicles.  

If you would like to know more about how Ogilvie Fleet can help your company run ULEVs then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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