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Fleet Summit 2021: Learn, connect & engage

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This Fleet Summit will help you build business connections with the latest innovative and budget-saving suppliers in the fleet management sector.

14th & 15th June 2021 – Whittlebury Park, Northampton

Your attendance is entirely FREE and includes full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments.

Our cutting-edge software will create your bespoke itinerary that allows you to meet essential suppliers for short 1-2-1 meetings, based of mutual agreement and matched requirements.

Alongside these meetings, you can enjoy a series of LIVE topical presentations, hosted by industry thought-leaders. These sessions focus on current and future challenges within the fleet industry.

Register for your free place here via our online booking form.

Learn new skills in 2021 with these online courses for fleet professionals

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Our selection of online courses tailored specifically for the fleet sector will enable you to both learn new skills and improve existing ones – sign up today!

These are specially-curated online courses designed to help you and your team improve expertise and learn new things.

The Management, Leadership & Business Operations online learning bundle provides you with over 50 courses, which cover all areas of both professional and personal development:

  • Costs, Volumes and Profits Certification
  • Agenda Setting Certification
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace (UK) Certification
  • GDPR in The Workplace Certification
  • Project Management Foundation (Small Projects) Certification
  • Project Preparation Certification
  • Making Meetings Matter Certification
  • Marketing Certification Level 2
  • Managing Emotions at Work Certification
  • Managing Your Workload Certification
  • UK Employment Law Certification
  • Workplace Monitoring and Data Protection Certification

And many more!

Find out more and purchase your ticket online here.

Additionally, there are a variety of bundles available on all spectrums;

  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Healthcare
  • Sports & Personal Development
  • Human Resources
  • Customer Services
  • Health & Safety
  • Education & Social Care Skills
  • Sales & Marketing
  • IT & Personal Development

Book your courses today and come out of this stronger and more skilled!

EVs attracting drivers back to company car schemes

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Employees who have previously taken cash options are returning to company car schemes in “noticeable” numbers thanks to electric vehicles (EVs), reports Arval UK.
 
Shaun Sadlier, head of consulting at Arval UK, said this was something that was predicted when the latest zero and low benefit-in-kind rates for EVs were unveiled in 2019, but is now becoming increasingly more apparent:
 
“Many cash takers liked their company car but didn’t like paying what they perceived as high benefit-in-kind and that was why they opted-out. Now, with low benefit-in-kind in place for EVs for at least five years, many more are now returning to company car schemes.
 
“We predicted that this would start to happen some time ago, but it’s now becoming noticeable In several of the major fleets with which we work. It’s a welcome development that will feed demand for zero-emission vehicles and lead to wider, faster adoption.”
 
Sadlier added that, while benefit-in-kind was the key attractor in choosing a zero emission vehicle, there were also a range of other factors in play.
 
“If you talk to fleet managers and their drivers, there’s a lot of enthusiasm around the vehicles themselves. It’s as simple as many people really liking EVs as their day-to-day mode of transport. We are beyond the early adopter phase and heading into mass-acceptance.
 
“All it takes is a couple of EVs on a fleet to disprove the reservations some people hold about these vehicles. They can see that misgivings such as range anxiety are actually of limited importance for the vast number of journeys that are made.
 
Arval UK recently updated its own company car scheme to increase adoption of EVs and the move paid off with almost two thirds of its company car drivers making the switch so far. 
 
“All of our consultants and many of our sales team have switched to EVs. They act as ambassadors for the technology, developing personal experience to share with customers, friends and family – as more people drive EVs, consumer confidence will increase. Coupled with the growing number of different models that are available, plus the recent 2030 announcement, it’s not an exaggeration to say that we can all play our part in a zero-emission future and choosing an EV is a step in that direction.”

Do you specialise in Electric & Hybrid fleet Vehicles? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet market – and in January we’ll be focussing on Electric & Hybrid Vehicle solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 / c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our features list in full:

Jan – Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Feb – Dash Cams
Mar – Driver Training
Apr – Accident & Risk Management
May – Fleet Management Software
Jun – Telematics/Tracking
Jul – Contract Hire & Leasing
Aug – LPG/Alternative Fuel & Fuel Management
Sep – EV Infrastructure
Oct – Duty of Care
Nov – Grey Fleet
Dec – Service, Maintenance & Repair

Registration is now open for our next Fleet Summit

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14th & 15th June 2021 – Whittlebury Park, Northampton

This unique Summit has been created to help you build business connections with the latest innovative and budget-saving suppliers within your industry.

Your attendance is entirely FREE and includes full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments.

Our cutting-edge software will create your bespoke itinerary that allows you to meet essential suppliers for short 1-2-1 meetings, based of mutual agreement and matched requirements.

Alongside these meetings, you can enjoy a series of LIVE topical presentations, hosted by industry thought-leaders. These sessions focus on current and future challenges within the fleet industry.

Register for your free place here via our online booking form.

Lightfoot announces a series of new rewards

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Lightfoot, the industry-leading fleet driver rewards platform and in-cab driver guidance technology, has announced a series of new rewards for users in the run up to Christmas.

In addition to giving 15% off all Virgin experience days – a perfect present for partners, friends and family – the team at Lightfoot are giving users 10% off Warranty Wise. Now, Lightfoot drivers can extend the warranty on their private vehicles for less, covering expensive, unexpected or premature failure of parts as well as the cost of car hire and onward travel.

Part of the Lightfoot promise to reward drivers for being better, the discount feature comes on top of the weekly cash-prize Drivers’ Lottery and competitions where Elite Drivers can unlock access to great prizes ranging from cinema tickets to consumer tech. 

Believing in reward over reproach, Lightfoot’s driver guidance dashboard device, paired with the Lightfoot app and rewards pack, continues to collectively save fleet millions of pounds each year.  Cutting fuel bills and CO2 by up to 15%, reducing at-fault accidents by as much as 40% and wear and tear by up to 45%, Lightfoot’s driver-focused approach is driving change where it matters most – at the wheel.

Going further, Lightfoot’s all new Nelly’s Heroes Driver Community launched in November bringing top tips, competitions, and extra discounts to users via email. Lightfoot drivers now have more reason than ever to be the best that they can be.

To find out more about how Lightfoot can engage with your drivers to drive fleet performance improvements, visit https://www.lightfoot.co.uk.

Fleet Summit: registration open for 2021

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You can now register for next Fleet Summit, which will take place as a live event on June 14th & 15th 2021 at Whittlebury Hall – You’ll also be able to join us virtually via video link.

Make sure you register today as demand is already high following our successful fully virtual event last month.

Your delegate pass will give you access to industry presentations, as well as your itinerary of 1-2-1 relaxed meetings with budget-saving suppliers.

There is no hard sell at this event, just a great opportunity to gain industry insight and build business relationships to prepare for every eventuality.

Confirm attendance here for June 14th & 15th 2021.

SAVE THE DATE: Fleet Summit Summer 2021

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The next Fleet Summit will take place as a hybrid event on June 14th & 15th 2021 – which means you can join us in person at Whittlebury Hall or virtually via video link.

Make sure you register today as demand is already high following our successful fully virtual event earlier this month.

Your delegate pass will give you access to industry presentations, as well as your itinerary of 1-2-1 relaxed meetings with budget-saving suppliers.

There is no hard sell at this event, just a great opportunity to gain industry insight and build business relationships to prepare for every eventuality.

Confirm attendance here for June 14th & 15th 2021.

Do you specialise in fleet Service, Maintenance & Repair? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet market – and in December we’ll be focussing on Service, Maintenance & Repair solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Service, Maintenance & Repair solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 / c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our features list in full:

Dec – Service, Maintenance & Repair
Jan – Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Feb – Dash Cams
Mar – Driver Training
Apr – Accident & Risk Management
May – Fleet Management Software
Jun – Telematics/Tracking
Jul – Contract Hire & Leasing
Aug – LPG/Alternative Fuel & Fuel Management
Sep – EV Infrastructure
Oct – Duty of Care
Nov – Grey Fleet
Dec – Service, Maintenance & Repair

Almost half of Arval staff already go electric through “rewired” company car scheme

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Almost half of the more than 200 Arval staff who qualify for a company car have already switched to an electric vehicle (EV) since the launch of a new scheme in May.

The rethink is aimed at speeding up fleet electrification in order to reduce emissions, to showcase best practice and to educate drivers about the increased choice of EVs and improved charging infrastructure now available, explained Arval UK HR Director, Ailsa Firth.

She said: “We’re regularly providing advice to customers who want a rapid switch to electrification for a large proportion of their fleet. Our own company car scheme has now turned that guidance into reality, to act as a real life case study from which others can learn. 

“We completely rewired our approach, taking into account factors such as cost, choice and CSR, to create a scheme that covers the vast majority of EVs currently available on the market, alongside hybrids, petrol and diesel vehicles.

“Much work has gone into the structure of these choice lists, as well as ensuring that other key factors that make up our company car scheme, such as cash allowances, whole life cost allowances and whole life methodology, are incorporated into our latest thinking.

“Especially, with the 0% benefit-in-kind taxation rate in effect for the 2020-21 tax year, we expect EV uptake among employees to continue to be very high.”

Under the new scheme, drivers can switch to an EV if their current company vehicle is more than 18 months old and Arval is also offering employees free use of more than 40 charging points at its Swindon head office.

Changes to Arval’s Ignition salary sacrifice scheme have also ensured that all employees can access EVs and low-emission vehicles at attractive monthly rates, regardless of grade or benefit package.

“For a 40% taxpayer, we can provide an electric hatchback at around half what they would expect to pay otherwise. Salary sacrifice schemes make a lot of sense at the moment and take-up has been high,” added Ailsa.