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Fleetlocum targets UK expansion

Date: 01 October 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A company which provides temporary fleet managers is looking for new recruits as it seeks to expand in the UK. 

Fleetlocum says demand for its services is set to increase as organisations deal with 'unprecedented uncertainty' that is affecting the industry.

Its team has more than 50 years of combined experience running fleets, but Tony Donnelly, chief executive of parent company Goodwood Corporate Mobility, says it is currently looking for more expertise.

He said: "Fleetlocum has been in existence for more than five years but delivered its services through a partner based in Belgium.

"I am keen for Fleetlocum to establish itself in its own right in the UK, while also continuing to operate overseas, providing clear advice and leadership when working with SMEs and major corporate, public and voluntary sector fleets.

"We are seeking more people with fleet management expertise to help what I believe is a growing number of organisations to adjust their fleets to take account of the myriad of factors that are influencing vehicle choice and operations."

According to Donnelly, those factors include: the new WLTP economy and emissions test, changes made to OpRA rules in 2017, clean air zones, government encouragement for plug-in vehicles over diesel, Brexit, GDPR, overall health and safety compliance, and the broad remit of cost management and managing employees' expectations and available benefits. 

He added: "Fleets are going through unprecedented levels of changes, but many organisations have in past years made the professional fleet manager job redundant, outsourced operations to vehicle leasing and fleet management companies and, subsequently, placed responsibility for fleet operations with personnel in HR, finance, procurement or travel management roles.

"Many organisations have decided that fleet is a non-core activity, but those same companies and public and voluntary sector employers would, I believe, find it difficult to function efficiently without an effective, well-managed company car and van operation. 

"Furthermore, they lack the in-house knowledge and experience to focus on strategy and cost management around issues such as fleet funding, vehicle choice lists, operating policies and corporate risk in a changing world."

Donnelly said Fleetlocum can manage fleets remotely, or take a position within a client's business. 

It can provide an experienced fleet manager on a temporary, interim or permanent basis and can also cover for maternity or paternity leave, or long-term illness. 

Donnelly said: "Our professionals use their experience to deliver change and cost savings over a period of time that will ensure a vehicle operation is both fit for purpose and fit for the future. 

"Fleetlocum is totally independent of all external automotive, travel, banking/finance and insurance influences, and can justifiably provide businesses with a transparent, unbiased and structured management strategy."