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Ogilvie Daily Rental wins at the 2018 Van Awards

Posted on 26 Mar 2018

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Jim Hannah operations director Ogilvie Fleet centre with Neil McIntee editor VansA2Z left and Dan Gilkes editor Van Fleet World

Ogilvie Fleet’s new standalone rental division, Ogilvie Rental, has won its first industry award less than 12 months after being launched.

The company won the Best Daily Van Rental Award at the 2018 Van Awards, which celebrated the very best light commercial vehicles and service providers with a networking lunch, held at Twickenham Stadium, London. 

Judged by an expert panel from sister publications Van Fleet World and Vans A2Z, the 18 categories sought to recognise innovative new products and services which cut costs, streamline operations and contribute to safer, more fuel-efficient fleets.

Ogilvie Fleet’s short-term hire business has been transformed since 2013 into a £4.5 million a year operation – up around 27% on the previous 12 months – with an expectation that turnover will top £5 million in 2018.

The significant growth in business – rental days increased by around 30% over 12 months to 193,883 in 2016/17 from 147,655 in 2015/16 – is due to Ogilvie Fleet maximising short-term hires with existing contract hire and leasing company customers while also winning business in the wider marketplace. In 2017/18 Ogilvie Fleet is on target to record 240,000 rental days and is averaging 19,000 rental days per month.

That growth led to the launch in 2017 of Ogilvie Rental accompanied by a dedicated website – www.ogilvie-rental.co.uk.

Dan Gilkes, editor of Van Fleet World, said: “With a significant increase in rental days over the last few years, Ogilvie Fleet launched Ogilvie Rental in 2017, accompanied by a dedicated website. The site provides access to more than 120,000 commercial vehicles at more than 2,000 locations, with vehicles available within a two-hour time frame if required. The Ogilvie Rental team has been expanded from seven to 10, to meet growing demand. The company has also introduced a fleet of early-terminated leased vehicles to offer customers a flexible long-term rental solution, with the ability to return the vehicle at any time without penalty.”

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, has a multi award-winning history over many years for its customer service and it is that focus that was critical to building up the client base to the extent that company sees short-term hire business as a standalone division.

If Ogilvie Rental encounters vehicle delivery, availability or condition issues with one rental provider it simply moves orders to another provider. 

Additionally, rental business success has been underpinned by the offering of very competitive rates – cheaper than customers can source themselves – due to Ogilvie Rental’s buying power and scales of economy, access to the entire UK short-term rental network and the flexible solutions offered.

Jim Hannah, operations director, Ogilvie Fleet, who collected the Award, said: “It’s fantastic that Ogilvie Rental and the team behind it has been recognised with the Best Daily Van Rental Award at the 2018 Van Awards less than 12 months after the launch of the division.

“Our daily rental team under the leadership of daily rental manager Ian Bennett has been phenomenally successful in building up the customer base. The personal service our team offers is key to the success we are achieving, alongside the very competitive rates we are able to offer due to our increasing buying power. 

“The daily rental solution we are able to offer is a win-win for our customers in terms of both cost and service.”

Photo caption: Jim Hannah, operations director, Ogilvie Fleet (centre), with Neil McIntee, editor, VansA2Z (left), and Dan Gilkes, editor, Van Fleet World.

2018 Van Awards

Editor’s notes

Ogilvie Fleet provides contract hire, leasing and fleet management solutions for UK and European companies operating vehicle fleets ranging from five to 2,000+ units.

The fleet today totals 16,500 vehicles, making the company one of the largest independent contract hire and fleet management specialists in the sector.

Ogilvie Fleet’s reputation is built on an ability to deliver bespoke solutions and a consistently high quality of service, linked with competitive pricing and a ‘real world’ ability to work in partnership with clients. In essence, the organisation delivers the perfect combination of small company service ethos and large company buying power.  

That philosophy has won Ogilvie Fleet a string of industry awards in recent years. They include: winning the Experteye Fleeteye CSI (customer satisfaction index) Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Customer Innovation Award 2014, and Customer Service to Fleet Operators with more than 250 Vehicles Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017; winning the Leasing and Contract Hire category of the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and Best App Award 2017 in the BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards; winning Leasing Company of the Year – up to 25,000 vehicles and Customer Service Award in the 2017 BusinessCar Awards; beating 49 other contract hire and leasing companies to win the Fleet News ‘FN50’ Customer Service Team Award in 2013;  and winning the 2016 Fleet World Innovation Honour in Mobile Communication.

For further information contact: 

Nick Hardy, sales and marketing director, on 0845 217 9871 or email nick.hardy@ogilvie.co.uk

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