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Ogilvie launches fleet for Raymond Brown Construction

Posted on by Mark Knight

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Attention to detail and a straight-forward business approach has helped Ogilvie Fleet win a four-year full outsourcing contract to provide vehicles and a range of services to Hampshire-based Raymond Brown Construction.

The construction company, which has offices across southern England and Wales, and operates in multiple work streams including the core specialist areas of energy, rail and building, has turned to Ogilvie Fleet after facing “challenges” with other vehicle suppliers in recent years.

Both Ogilvie Fleet and Raymond Brown Construction are privately owned businesses and each can trace their history back to 1953. The two companies also share the same unstinting commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service with integrity, accountability and professionalism.

The comprehensive outsourcing contract will see multi award-winning Ogilvie Fleet provide and maintain 140 vehicles. 

Initially, legacy management of previous suppliers’ vehicles will be provided with new company cars delivered as current models on the fleet reach the end of their fleet life.

Furthermore, the contract includes a comprehensive range of additional services from Ogilvie Fleet’s portfolio including: fleet management and maintenance, fuel card management and employee driver licence validation.

Budget 2017 - What it means for you

Posted on by Mark Knight

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget speech today (Wednesday, March 8, 2017).

It was also the final spring Budget as Mr Hammond announced in last November’s Autumn Statement a rescheduling of the two major fiscal-related announcements of the Parliamentary year.

Starting in the autumn, Britain will have an Autumn Budget announcing tax changes “well in advance of the start of the tax year”. From 2018 there will be a Spring Statement, responding to the forecast from the Office of Budget Responsibility, but no major fiscal event.

As a result, with today’s Budget coming just four months after the Autumn Statement it has been viewed as a “transitional Budget” with no dramatic or radical announcements.

Indeed many tax measures, including those relating to company car benefit-in-kind tax to the end of 2020/21, Vehicle Excise Duty for cars first registered from April 1, 2017, capital allowances, car fuel benefit charge, van benefit charge, van fuel benefit charge and Insurance Premium Tax had been previously announced.

Below we highlight those measures previously announced, alongside other tax changes and spending plans published in the Budget papers and impacting on the company car and van sector and wider motor industry.

The law on using a mobile phone while driving has changed

Posted on by Mark Knight

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As of today, the law regarding mobile phone usage whilst driving has changed. From 1st March 2017, new penalties will be in place for those caught using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel.  

Drivers will now receive a £200 fine and 6-points on their licence, up from £100 and 3-points. There will be no optional remedial course, whilst those who are caught repeat offending could face a £1,000 fine and a six month ban.

Additionally, new drivers who are caught within two years of passing their test will face a ban and retest, aimed at targeting young drivers who make up a significant proportion of offenders.

The new rules cover making phone calls as well as texting and the use of social media, particualy common amongst young drivers.

Research from the AA suggests that drivers could be twice as likely to crash while using a mobile as they are drink-driving. The AA has also released a video to raise awareness of text-driving which can be seen below:

 

 

Find out more about the AA’s research and their campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of using a mobile whilst driving. 

Meet the MD - Gordon Stephen

Posted on by Mark Knight

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 Group reports 12% lift in profits

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The Ogilvie Group is delighted to announce its financial results for the year ending June 2016, as reported in the Daily Record this week:

Stirling-based Ogilvie Group has posted a 12 per cent increase in profits for 2016 following what the company described as a year of “steady progress”.

Net pre-tax profits reached £4.5m on turnover of £207.6m following expansion of its dominant fleet division and an improved performance by its construction arm. The family-owned group also has smaller communications and surveying businesses.

Its fleet division increased vehicle numbers by 14 per cent to 15,000, consolidating its position as a top 20 contract hire company. Chief executive Duncan Ogilvie said further benefits were reaped from tight controls on maintenance costs, “well-managed disposals” and a strong market for used cars and vans.

Growth in fleet hire is expected to continue for the next five years, he added.

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