Ogilvie Fleet notched double top in this year’s fleet industry ‘Techies’ - the annual awards that recognise the fleet industry’s technology-specific products and services across all areas of the business car market.
Ogilvie Fleet won the Leasing and Contract Hire Award for the fourth time in the past five years for the continued evolution of its MiFleet Showroom online reporting tool, and the Best App for its ‘Happy Drivers App’, which is available to the industry at large, not just company car and van drivers and fleet managers that are customers.
The two awards further cement Ogilvie Fleet’s position as the number one contract hire and leasing company for providing the most technologically advanced and sophisticated management and information solutions to customers.
Business is booming for Ogilvie Fleet which has recruited a further two members to its South of England sales team.
The company has seen the number of company cars and vans on its books under lease and fleet management arrangements expand to more than 15,000 units as it targets a fleet of around 20,000 vehicles in the coming years.
Now Sarah Craig and Lance Spencer have joined the South of England sales team led by director of sales Jo Clark and supported by sales managers Mike Wynn and Jamie Arkell.
Sarah has enjoyed a career of more than 15 years in the contract hire industry, holding front line sales positions with both Leaseplan and ALD. Sarah joins Ogilvie Fleet from Daimler Chrysler Fleet Management, where she held a new business and account management role for the Southern region.
Meanwhile, Lance, a former apprentice footballer at Bristol Rovers, joins Ogilvie Fleet from the Toomey Leasing Group where he has successfully grown the Southern region over the last two years
Four members of staff from Ogilvie Fleet’s Sheffield office have raised £3,000 for two local charities by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
The team climbed three of Yorkshires highest peaks – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – covering 25 miles and 5,200ft of ascent in less than 11 hours.
The funds raised will be split between St.Lukes Hospice in Sheffield and the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme. The Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with terminal illnesses and their families in Sheffield. The Community Programme works in conjunction with schools and local organisations to develop cohesive communities in the area through participation, social inclusion, health & well-being and education.
The team would like to thank all of their sponsors and Ogilvie Group for their support.
Following the Finance Bill Update, Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA’s) are changing the way employees are taxed on schemes that swap salary for benefits.
The new rules came into effect on 6th April this year and affect people who choose to take a company vehicle instead of a cash alternative. Essentially, this means that an individual will be taxed on the greater amount of the company car tax or the income tax payable on the cash alternative.
The graphic above highlights that in some cases an employee who chooses a low emissions vehicle will inadvertently face a higher tax bill, whilst the employer will see a rise in National Insurance Contributions (NIC). However, Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV’s), those with emissions under 75g CO2/km, are exempt.
Ogilvie Fleet recently held our inaugural Fleet Taxation Forum, in association with Deloitte, to discuss the changes in the recent Finance Bill update and the implications on fleets and drivers.
MiSalarySacrifice from Ogilvie Fleet offers an easy way for employees to drive away a brand new, fully insured and maintained vehicle, with one monthly payment through their salary. The Governments recent Finance Bill made some changes to the way the schemes operate, but Richard Jessop, Head of Salary Sacrifice is here to explain some common misconceptions about the changes.
Q1 - ‘salary sacrifice schemes have been scrapped by the Government’
FALSE. All that has changed is the tax treatment. The Government has approved car benefit schemes so it's business as usual.
Q2 - ‘prices go up for all employees’
FALSE. Around half of the salary sacrifice drivers currently in schemes are in cars that would not be affected by the new rules, either because they have opted for a ULEV or because the drivers are already paying more in gross Benefit in Kind (BiK) than the gross salary being sacrificed. For the rest, over a quarter will see an average increase of less than £2.50 per month.
Q3 - ‘there are no longer any financial benefits for employees’
FALSE. There are still huge savings to be made with NI savings and manufacturer discounts.
Q4 - ‘there are no longer any National Insurance savings for employees’
FALSE. NI for employees is NOT affected by the new rules. NI savings remain for all employees.
Q5 - ‘only ULEVs are available through such a scheme’
FALSE. The savings for ULEVs are greater under the new salary sacrifice rules, but drivers can continue to choose any car, make or model with varying savings depending on their own circumstances and the CO2 rating of the vehicle.
Q6 - ‘I can still get a car on a salary sacrifice car scheme’
TRUE. Salary Sacrifice schemes are here to stay and still provide great value and worry free motoring.