We moved the management of our fleet to Ogilvie Fleet in 2015 and have found the transition process to be extremely straight forward. Ogilvie demonstrate the same passion for customer service that underpins the culture of our own company and do exactly what they say they will do. We have been delighted with the very immediate, personal and joined up service that they provide, from ordering to invoicing to fuss-free driver support and advice.
A new partnership between two of Stirling’s leading organisations is set to boost sports coaching and provision in the area over the next five years.
Active Stirling and the Ogilvie Group have announced a five-year agreement to help Active Stirling’s sports, schools and coaching teams get on the road and into schools and communities across the Stirling area.
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.
Titan Air Conditioning Ltd started using Ogilvie Fleet in Belfast after our 1st anniversary. We found that the access to funding, the rates on their contract hire pricing and the ease of arrangement in making short term and daily rental bookings have made our transport arrangements run smoothly which has been superb as we have experienced a steady expansion over the last 2 years. I would recommend Paul and his team to any company that requires cars or vans on contract hire or short term, a pleasure to work with and a superb quick response to every query.
Just a month after our first new appointment of the year comes our second! Darren joins us from Lookers Leasing and brings with him almost 20 years contract hire experience. Darren will report to Ashley Crookes in our Sheffield office joins an 8 strong sales team in England. Ashley said “We are focusing on securing new business as the economy continues to recover and an ever-increasing number of employers review their fleet requirements.”
Darren will be responsible for securing new contracts and providing a wide range of best practice advice and information to existing clients based around the use of the company’s wide-range of fleet management solutions. An associate member of the Institute of Car Fleet Management, Mr Hill said: “Ogilvie Fleet develops a genuine partnership relationship with its clients, which is unusual in the industry. As an independent, privately-owned contract hire and leasing company Ogilvie Fleet can genuinely offer the best solutions from its portfolio for its customers without an ulterior motive. That is not always the case with suppliers that can frequently have a parent company’s interests at heart. “I wanted a fresh challenge and am excited to join a go-ahead company, which is the leading innovator in the UK contract hire and leasing sector.”
Ogilvie Fleet have once again worked with taxation expert Colin Tourick to produce the 2018-19 Company Car and Van Tax Guide.
The book contains the latest information on vehicle taxation including optional remuneration, salary sacrifice and car allowances, following the autumn budget last year and the spring statement in March. The book covers all areas of fleet taxation and will help both fleet managers and drivers.
Colin Tourick is a professor of automotive management and has been advising the industry on feet related matters for over 20 years.
The new Ogilvie Driver app contains all the support telephone numbers you may require and advice on company car taxation and efficient driving. The App will see consistent development to make it even more helpful, we're already working on the next version which will include a petrol station locator. Just a few simple clicks will give you
- Driver Support Numbers
- Emergency contact details
- Book a service
- Organised tyre, battery and exhaust replacements
- Find out what you need if you plan on driving abroad.
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will be abolished and will no longer be issued by DVLA. Drivers with paper licences issued before 1998 will still be valid.
Any new penalty points will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. This means that neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements an individual may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.
Ogilvie Fleet were recognised at the Fleet News Awards event last night receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award.
It is our 14th award in 4 years which emphasises our commitment to customer service and our investment in technology. It is also our second award in 2015 having won an award from Fleeteye for the fifth year in a row which was announced earlier this month.
A great night was had by all at the event and we would like to thank everyone at Ogilvie Fleet who continue to provide an outstanding level of service to our customers.
Fleet Leasing recently sat down with our Managing Director Gordon Stephen to find out more about what he does at Ogilvie Fleet and how he got to where he is.The orignal article can be found here.
Gordon Stephen, MD at Ogilvie Fleet, explains his career path in leasing.
I was quite interested in working for an oil company or an oil service company but when I finished my postgrad diploma in offshore engineering the oil price absolutely crashed.
Normally 28 or 29 people [out of 30 people on the course] would get a job but when I left I think two people had jobs. So I came back to Edinburgh, worked in a bar for a few months, signed on with an agency and I got a phone call saying “listen, we’ve got a job interview with a car leasing company”.
The MD of the leasing company [Cochranes Leasing] who interviewed me hadn’t been to university and was quite impressed I had a degree, and that probably got me the job.
Some jobs it’s useful to have a degree but I think if somebody is keen, enthusiastic and quite bright it doesn’t matter whether they went to university, college or came straight from school.
Ogilvie Fleet has appointed Paul Griffiths as head of sales in Northern Ireland to further expand corporate sales in the province.
Mr Griffiths (42) has almost 14 years’ experience in the motor trade and more recently the fleet sector, and will take over from Jim Humphreys when he retires in November after three years in the role and many years in the leasing industry in Northern Ireland. During the next six months the duo will work in tandem to further build awareness of Ogilvie Fleet and its corporate sector offering by seeking to break into the public sector fleet arena and offer its recently launched car salary sacrifice solution.
Ogilvie Group is 60 years old and the company has taken delivery of a uniquely liveried 40-strong fleet of Ford vans that also marks the diamond jubilee landmark of its business relationship with the ‘blue oval’.
Ogilvie Group started life as a construction company in Scotland. However, an on-going diversification strategy has seen the Stirling-headquartered company transformed into an organisation with a turnover of more than £200 million with six divisions, including Ogilvie Fleet.
The ability to make fleet operating cost savings and the ‘simplicity’ of monthly fixed costs contributed to Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) switching to a fully outsourced contract hire solution with Ogilvie Fleet for its 45 light commercial vehicles.
Historically, GUHG, an innovative leading provider and developer of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, managing almost 12,000 properties, has purchased its fleet vehicles.
However, Richard Pearce, the organisation’s Health, Safety and Business Services Manager, undertook a root and branch funding review to ascertain the most cost effective method of acquisition for its vehicles.
Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s fastest growing vehicle leasing and fleet management companies with more than 16,000 company cars and vans on its books, was among the contract hire providers approached to provide a detailed whole life cost analysis of the fleet.
Utilising the Deloitte modelling tool, Ogilvie Fleet identified that contract hire was the most cost-effective funding mechanism for the procuring of vans by GUHG.
Ogilvie Fleet subsequently worked with Richard and van users’ representing the various operatives’ skill sets within GUHG, including electricians, multi-trade operatives and ground maintenance staff, to select vehicle make and models and specify the vans to ensure they were fit-for-purpose.
At Ogilvie we always thought that we had great processes in place but this has now been officially recognised after we secured ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification.
Our Customer Service has won industry awards but as a result of achieving the international quality management standard (ISO 9001) and international environmental management standard (ISO 14001), we believe we now have all the credentials in place to secure new business with major public and private fleets.
An improved daily rental service including more competitive rates is being offered by Ogilvie Fleet to customers.
The development follows the introduction of a new technology-based platform through which the award-winning leading independent contract hire and leasing provider can manage short-term vehicle requirements on behalf of clients.
Our industry-wide reputation for customer service excellence and state-of-the-art IT solutions has been further recognised with it being named Innovative Company of the Year in the 2015 Business Eye Northern Ireland Fleet Industry Awards.
The awards, which are in their second year, were held as part of a major two-day Motor Show at the prestigious Titanic Belfast centre.
Once again our industry leading customer service has been recognised with an award! We were revealed as the winner of the 2013 FN50 Customer Service Team Award at a gala dinner attended by more than 850 leading fleet industry figures at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.
This year it was our Disposals Team of Rose Anne Roy (team leader), Lianne Dick and Lauren Rutherford that won the Award for providing customer service excellence to our clients. This follows a win in the 2012 FN50 awards when our Customer Service Team was triumphant.
Additionally, Daily Rental Operations Manager Ian Bennett, who joined Ogilvie Fleet in October 2012, was highly commended in the 2013 Customer Service Rising Star Award category. Following Ian’s appointment our Daily Rental operation has more than doubled with further growth anticipated. Well done guys and girls!
Fast-expanding and customer-focused Ogilvie Fleet has won its first industry ‘Oscar’ capping a remarkable awards-laden start to 2012 for the business.
Ogilvie Fleet, which has seen the number of company cars and vans supplied to customers increase to almost 11,000 in the past 12 months, won the Best Customer Service Award at the annual awards hosted by industry publication Fleet News.
Our investment in Northern Ireland continues with a £2.5 million investment to double our workforce.
Jim Humphreys, who has worked in the leasing industry in Northern Ireland for many years, has been recruited as regional manager to lead the Ogilvie Fleet team in the province. The team has been further boosted by the employment of Jonny Crooks as area manager and Joyce McFaul as customer service team leader, who also both have significant leasing industry experience in Northern Ireland.
Charity, it is said, begins at home and Ogilvie Group, parent company of multi award-winning vehicle leasing and fleet management company Ogilvie Fleet, has donated £1,000 to help a member of staff change lives by printing 3D hands for people in need.
Stephen Davies, a computer aided design operator in the Swansea office of Ogilvie Fleet sister surveying company, Ogilvie Geomatics, started a fundraising campaign to raise £1,000 to buy a 3D printer that would allow him to print hands for children with wrists but no fingers or elbows.
At Ogilvie we believe in supporting local organisations. That's why we've agreed to provide and sponsor 25 Vauxhall Corsas for two teams in the British Ice Hockey Elite League.
Nick Hardy, Sales and Marketing director of Ogilvie Fleet said: "Being a local company, employing Sheffield and Belfast people it is important that we support local organisations. By working together the success and profile of both Ogilvie Fleet and the Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants will, we hope, continue to increase.”
2015 is going to be a busy year here at Ogilvie. We're just 3 months into the year and have three new starters targeting 3 new areas of business for us to expand into. Our latest recruit is Richard Jessop as Head of Salary Sacrifice and follows the recent announcement of a major new £100 million funding facility with HSBC.
Historically we've concentrated on contract hire fleets of approximately 100 vehicles but following the appointment of Darren Hill, David Raponi and Richard Jessop together with our latest funding facility i'm sure it's plain to see that 2015 is going to be a good year.
Despite a greater number of older vehicles now returning due to fleet replacement cycle extension as a consequence of the tough economic climate faced by many businesses in recent years, average damage charges have been held at what Ogilvie Fleet believe are industry-leading low levels:
Fleet decision-makers have voted Ogilvie the UK’s top vehicle leasing and fleet management company for service to customers in the 2017 Experteye awards.
Topping the category, which recognises service to fleet operators with more than 250 vehicles, makes it an unprecedented seventh year in succession that the contract hire and fleet management specialist has won an Experteye award.
Fast-growing Ogilvie Fleet has, in recent years, seen the number of company cars and vans on its books under lease and fleet management arrangements expand to more than 15,000 with industry-leading customer service and cutting-edge IT instrumental in underpinning that growth.
The latest triumph further builds on Ogilvie Fleet’s quintet of customer service awards and a customer innovation award won in the previous six years thus further underlining the company’s leadership of the UK contract hire and leasing industry in putting clients first.
The Experteye awards cover eight different fleet and automotive categories in total. Ogilvie’s Fleeteye CSI honour is based on results obtained throughout 2016 from Experteye’s market-leading post-sale customer satisfaction survey, drawn from a subscriber base of top leasing companies in the UK.
Ogilvie Fleet’s industry-leading online reporting tool, MiFleet Showroom 2, has won a top award for an unprecedented third year in a row!
Our position as the number one contract hire and leasing company for providing the most technologically advanced and sophisticated online solutions to customers, has been further underpinned with victory in this year’s BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards - known in the industry as the ‘Techies’. The latest award has made it a hat-trick of wins in the Leasing and Contract Hire category as a result of making further significant enhancements to MiFleet Showroom 2.
We have been using Ogilvie for many years now, except a 3 or 4 year hiatus where we made the mistake of setting up a self-leasing option for our drivers with another company. The service we received from this company was shoddy at best and the communication was very poor.
We came back to Ogilvie about 4 years ago and immediately realised what we had missed; excellent customer service, speedy communication and a very friendly, helpful team. With the addition of an upgraded website which is so user-friendly, we are very happy with Ogilvie and have no reason to go elsewhere.