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Ogilvie delivers LCV solution to Grand Union Housing Group

Posted on 26 Apr 2018

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The ability to make fleet operating cost savings and the ‘simplicity’ of monthly fixed costs contributed to Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) switching to a fully outsourced contract hire solution with Ogilvie Fleet for its 45 light commercial vehicles.

Historically, GUHG, an innovative leading provider and developer of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, managing almost 12,000 properties, has purchased its fleet vehicles.

However, Richard Pearce, the organisation’s Health, Safety and Business Services Manager, undertook a root and branch funding review to ascertain the most cost effective method of acquisition for its vehicles.

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, was among the contract hire providers approached to provide a detailed whole life cost analysis of the fleet.

Utilising the Deloitte modelling tool, Ogilvie Fleet identified that contract hire was the most cost-effective funding mechanism for the procuring of vans by GUHG.

Ogilvie Fleet subsequently worked with Richard and van users’ representing the various operatives’ skill sets within GUHG, including electricians, multi-trade operatives and ground maintenance staff, to select vehicle make and models and specify the vans to ensure they were fit-for-purpose.


Vauxhall was selected as the supplier due to its ability to meet cost, vehicle specification and van delivery times as well as its capability to provide service, maintenance and repair though its local franchise network. Additionally, Ogilvie Fleet involved preferred vehicle conversion specialist Bott to equip the vans.

The all-diesel van fleet, which operates over a five-year/75,000-mile replacement cycle, is largely comprised of Vivaro panel vans with tippers based on the Movano chassis cab.

Richard, who is in charge of the fleet, said: “Value-for-money is clearly vital, but the key reason for opting for contract hire and moving away from outright purchase was that it delivered budgetary simplicity due to monthly fixed costs. We previously found that service, maintenance and repair costs could escalate rapidly in the final year or two of a vehicle’s operating life and that could impact on budget certainty.”

The Vauxhall vans are replacing Ford vehicles and Richard is pleased that the marque has recently announced that the new generation Vivaro will continue to be built in Luton.

He said: “The new Vivaro will be built in Luton from 2019 and as an organisation operating in Bedfordshire and surrounding counties and employing local people, we are delighted to be supporting another local employer by operating Vauxhall vans.”

The full suite of in-life services provided by Ogilvie Fleet to GUHG also includes:

  • Accident management
  • Daily rental
  • Management of the legacy vehicle fleet and assistance with its disposal.

Furthermore, the organisation will benefit from being able to access the supplier’s industry-leading and multi-award-winning MiFleet Showroom online reporting tool.

In addition a new corporate identity for GUHG is also being rolled out across the fleet beginning with the delivery of the first 12 vehicles, which is already underway

Jo Clark, Director of Sales at Ogilvie Fleet, said: “Our detailed analysis of GUHG’s van fleet requirements from acquisition costs through to operational requirements has provided the organisation with a fleet of cost-effective, modern, smart and efficiently converted vehicles along with a 24-hour support service ensuring vehicle mobility and driver safety.”


Editor’s notes

Main photo caption: GUHG Health, Safety and Business Services Manager Richard Pearce (left), with Ogilvie Fleet Director of Sales Jo Clark and Bott Sales Director Stephen Turner in front of one of the new vans in the fleet.

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; winning the 2016 Fleet World Innovation Honour in Mobile Communication; and winning the Best Daily Van Rental Award at the 2018 Van Awards from Van Fleet World and Vans A2Z.

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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