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Ogilvie puts Colas on the right track with new fleet

Posted on 16 Jul 2018

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Colas Rail

Colas Rail, one of the UK and Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, has signed a solus outsourcing agreement with Ogilvie Fleet for the supply and management of almost 900 company cars and light commercial vehicles.

The new deal is the largest sole supply contract by fleet size won by Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s fastest growing vehicle leasing and fleet management companies with almost 17,000 company cars and vans on its books.

Ogilvie Fleet won a competitive tender for the supply of cars and sub-3.5 tonne vans on a full maintenance contract hire arrangement with the addition of accident management. Furthermore all new vans supplied will be speed limited to help reduce Colas Rail’s carbon footprint.

Following Ogilvie Fleet’s appointment on a four-year contract, the company is in the process of delivering an initial order for 175 Ford Transit Connects and Transit Double Cabs following fitting out by System Edstrom.

Colas Rail, which is headquartered in London with offices nationwide, operates an all-Ford light commercial vehicle diesel fleet numbering some 800 units and a 90-strong multi-badge company car fleet. All vehicles are operated on a 36-month replacement cycle.

The company has a long-time policy of funding vehicles via contract hire and Ed Pidduck, group fleet manager, said: “Colas Rail conducted a competitive tender and Ogilvie Fleet led in all aspects of the process at every stage.

“Value for money is always important, but the service Ogilvie Fleet is promising and its IT solutions that Colas Rail will benefit from were key in the decision-making process.

“The whole Ogilvie Fleet package, including supporting Colas Rail’s drivers on a day-to-day basis, will, in partnership with the work of our internal fleet team, take the vehicle operation to a new level. We are looking forward to a long-term partnership that will drive fleet operating efficiencies.”

Ogilvie Fleet is renowned across the fleet industry for its multi award-winning customer service and IT solutions, which include its ‘Happy Drivers App’ and online fleet management reporting system MiFleet Showroom.

The company’s sales and marketing director Nick Hardy said: “We have increasingly shown that we are able to win major contracts in competition with some of the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies and securing the contract with Colas Rail underlines that fact.

“Customer service is ingrained in the culture of Ogilvie Fleet and with numerous long-standing business relationships, our clients grow to recognise the company’s excellence.

“Colas Rail will also benefit from Ogilvie Fleet’s continuous investment in innovative new solutions to help improve fleet management procedures. System development has been the engine room behind the scenes in terms of business growth and providing meaningful management information to fleets and drivers.

“Finally, as an independent privately-owned contract hire and leasing company, Ogilvie Fleet is able to operate differently from many competitors. We pride ourselves on providing flexible solutions to our clients’ fleet management requirements, as no two clients’ needs are the same and Colas Rail will reap the benefits of that approach.”

Colas Rail is a member of the Colas Group, a major French civil engineering firm specialising in road construction and rail track construction. Colas Group is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure and employs 55,000 people in more than 50 countries on five continents.

The railway subsidiary is one of the world’s leading providers of rail infrastructure services. In the UK Colas Rail combines the engineering skills of all its specialist businesses to provide total solutions in all aspects of railway infrastructure, from high speed rail systems to light and urban rail.

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;  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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