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British drivers facing new emissions rules in French cities

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British motorists heading to France this summer will need to plan ahead if they are heading to one of three major cities, as the new measures have been introduced to reduce pollution in line with European emissions regulations. 

All vehicles travelling to Paris, Lyon or Grenoble will now require a clean air sticker, called a Crit’Air vignette, to be displayed. The colour of the sticker indicates the level of emissions produced by the vehicle and drivers without one could face an on the spot fine of up to £ 117.

The scheme aims to reduce the emissions output in some of France’s major cities, by restricting access to some vehicles during times of particularly high pollution.

Stickers cost as little as £3.20 for foreign motorists, but drivers are advised to buy as soon as possible, with delivery talking up to 6 weeks. 

The sticker assigned to a vehicle is based on its European Emissions Standard, ranging from green, the cleanest electric and hybrid vehicles, to black, those with the highest levels of emissions. Older vehicles or those with particularly high emissions will not be able to apply for a sticker and will not be permitted access when restrictions are in force.

The RAC has warned of some unofficial third party sites that are selling the stickers for up to seven times the official rate. Drivers should only buy through the official Crit’Air website here. 

If you are travelling to Europe this summer, you can find a full breakdown of local driving laws and regulations on the RAC’s driving abroad pages, including checklists for Europe’s most popular driving destinations. 

Cash or Car: the impact of OpRA

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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.

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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.

Ogilvie Fleet's online company car tax calculator takes the OpRA changes into account and works out whether you will be paying tax on a vehicle or the Optional Remuneration.

To find out more about the changes, you can view the presentations here.

Donna Towler joins Ogilvie Fleet

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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 has seen further expansion of its sales team due to continuing new business growth.

Donna Towler will be part of Ogilvie Fleet’s Southern sales team, bringing with her almost 30 years’ experience in the contract hire and leasing industry. Donna joins as Area Manager and her role will see her seeking new business opportunities and evolving long lasting business relationships. Donna will be working closely with Director of Sales Jo Clark, having spent 20 years with JCT600.

Jo Clark commented: "Donna joins Ogilvie bringing a wealth of experience in our field. I am delighted to welcome her to the team and wish her a long and happy tenure with us."

Double technology award win for Ogilvie Fleet

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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.

Eighth successive ExpertEye award for Ogilvie Fleet

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Fleet decision-makers have voted Ogilvie Fleet the UK’s top vehicle leasing and fleet management company for service to customers in the 2018 Experteye awards. 

Topping the category which recognises service to fleet operators with more than 250 vehicles further extends the contract hire and fleet management specialist’s record of winning an Experteye award to an unprecedented eighth year in succession, and the third year in a row for customer service.

Fast-growing Ogilvie Fleet has, in recent years, seen the number of company cars and vans on its books under lease and fleet management arrangements expand to 16,500. In the past 12 months the company has secured more than 60 new customers, with industry-leading customer service and cutting-edge IT instrumental in underpinning that growth.

The latest triumph further builds on Ogilvie Fleet’s six Experteye customer service awards and a customer innovation award won in the previous seven years, thus further underlining the company’s leadership of the UK contract hire and leasing industry in putting clients first.

The Experteye awards cover nine different fleet and automotive categories in total. Ogilvie Fleet’s Fleeteye CSI honour is based on results obtained throughout 2017 from Experteye’s market-leading post-sale customer satisfaction survey, drawn from a subscriber base of top leasing companies in the UK.

Expanding Ogilvie boosts Southern team with new recruits

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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

Expired photos - will they invalidate your licence?

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Ogilvie Fleet regularly completes full audits of our company car drivers to ensure all licences are up to date. But one question we often get asked, is will an expired photo invalidate the licence? 

Michael Pace, partner and head of motor law and PI team at Andrew and Co LLP, explained in Fleet News.

Fleet strengthens rental operations

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Ogilvie Fleet has strengthened its daily rental operation as customers increasingly turn to the company for short-term hire solutions.

In recent years Ogilvie Fleet’s short-term hire business led by daily rental manager Ian Bennett has been transformed into a near £3.5 million turnover a year operation.

To support further growth Ogilvie Fleet has now recruited Mike Yardley to the newly created post of daily rental sales manager.

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Government plan to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

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The Government has this week announced plans to improve air quality by ending the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced the changes as part of the £3billion air quality plan which includes a host of initiatives to reduce roadside emissions.

The ban won’t include hybrid vehicles, those with a smaller engine and battery-power capability, which already make up a significant portion of Ogilvie’s growing fleet of over 15,000 vehicles.

The Government also has an ambitious plan to only have zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2050. 

DEFRA’s air quality plan includes a number of ideas to provide cleaner transport and improved air quality, including:

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) including a £100million investment in the UK’s charging infrastructure and plug-in vehicle grants. 

£290million towards reducing transport emissions including new and retrofitted buses and plug-in taxis.

£1.2 billion towards The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

With almost 200 electric and hybrid vehicles models currently available in today’s market, and with many more ULEV scheduled to be launched in the next 12 months alone, the UK is well placed to meet the target. ULEV’s are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles with a sub 75g/km of CO2 emissions rating.

As member of the Go Ultra-Low scheme, Ogilvie Fleet company car users are encouraged to choose ULEV vehicles, with charging points available at all of Ogilvie’s UK offices.

Ogilvie Fleet has also partnered with Pod Point, one of the UK’s leading providers of home electric car charging stations, with government grants available for most vehicles.  

If you would like to know more about how Ogilvie Fleet can help your company run ULEVs then please do not hesitate to contact us.

HMRC confirms good news for salary sacrifice

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Twelve months on from the uncertainty resulting from the governments consultation on salary sacrifice benefits,  it was a welcome relief to see a positive story about salary sacrifice cars in a recent article by the BVRLA.

In the Finance Act, published 20th March 2017, the government clearly set out their desire to promote salary sacrifice schemes that supported a fairer tax regime and endorsed their environment requirements. This meant that true employee benefits such as child care vouchers, cycle to work schemes and cars were protected and the more questionable schemes were removed.

However the uncertainty created during last year’s consultation has left many people unsure about which benefits they should be offering to their employees therefore it was great to see that HMRC and HM Treasury have clarified their position on salary sacrifice cars. In particular that the finance rental should be separated out from all other costs when calculating the higher of the tax saving on the salary sacrificed and the normal company car benefit in kind. This validates the changes that Ogilvie made to our system as of 6th April 2017.

With the future of salary sacrifice cars confirmed we believe that it remains a fantastic way for businesses to offer their employee’s an affordable way of running a brand new, fully maintained and insured car.

Richard Jessop
Head of Salary Sacrifice

MiSalarySacrifice will be exhibiting at Employee Benefits Live from 10—11th October. Visit our stand to talk to Richard and his team about how car salary sacrifice schemes can help you attract and retain staff.

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Limited edition t-shirts for Sheffield's Grande Depart

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Ogilvie Fleet and the Sheffield Steelers are delighted to be one of the sponsors of a limited edition cycling t-shirts to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Sheffield in July. 

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nclude a unique design developed specifically by the Chamber, the certificated t-shirts will mark the famous Grand Depart race which is in Sheffield on July 6. The cycle tops are only available to businesses who become a member of the Chamber, while existing members can receive one if they refer another company to become a member. Subject to availability.

MiSalarySacrifice to exhibit at Employee Benefits Live

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MiSalarySacrifice, Ogilvie Fleet’s dedicated salary sacrifice division, is delighted to be exhibiting at Europe’s largest rewards and benefits event at London’s Olympia National next month.

Staff from the MiSalarySacrifice team will be on hand to talk through the benefits of offering salary sacrifice cars to employees, along with an opportunity to win an iPad via our new MiSalarySacrifice driving game.

Entrance is free and you can register for tickets here: http://www.employeebenefitslive.co.uk/visiting/register 

Come and visit stand 111 for a chat with some of our team, grab some great freebies and give yourself the chance to win an iPad!

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New low emissions BIK rules removed from Finance Bill

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A proposed change to Benefit-in-Kind tax rates for ultra-low emission vehicles has been scrapped from the Finance Bill that was announced in the spring budget.

The snap election means parliament will be dissolved on May 3, with Finance Bill subsequently reduced from 762 pages down to 130 to ensure it is approved by both Houses of Parliament.

Whilst the 15 new tax bandings, due to take effect from 2020, will now be omitted form the Bill, Optional Remuneration Arrangements and changes to Vehicle Excise Duty are still included.

The news will be welcomed by the industry that had pushed for the Finance Bill to be discussed at length prior to it, although the changes could still come into place in the autumn budget.

A specialist industry tax advisor commented: “The Commons wasted no time in approving the Finance Bill, which goes to the House of Lords today and then to Her Majesty on Thursday (27th). The Chancellor said that measures removed from the Bill would return to parliament after the General Election, with the likelihood that effective dates would remain unchanged. It thus seems most likely that the Finance Act in the next parliament would receive Royal Assent in mid-September, just like FA 2016. We can’t rule out enactment by the third week of July – in line with the original timetable.”

More information can be found on the Fleet News website here.

Ogilvie celebrates 10 years with the Sheffield Steelers

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Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s leading contract hire and leasing companies, are celebrating a 10 year partnership with the Sheffield Steelers. Ogilvie opened an office in Chapeltown a decade ago as a customer service and sales base for the north of England with just 6 members of staff. That number has now risen to over 30, with 5 of the original 6 still employed by Ogilvie.

Ogilvie’s long-standing relationship with the Steelers has included shirt sponsorship, dasher boards and sponsored games, with this year’s support including the warm-up shirts and the Ogilvie logo on the ice. Ogilvie Fleet also provide the player’s cars that fans will have seen around the arena on a game day.

Nick Hardy, Sales and Marketing Director at Ogilvie and Steelers fan, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have supported the Steelers throughout the last 10 years and are looking forward to what the future brings. Our sponsorship has given us some great exposure and our sponsored games are always great fun for both clients and staff. We have built a great bond with hockey fans throughout the country with our support of other teams close to our regional office Braehead Clan, which makes for some very interesting games for us!”

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Ogilvie celebrates Modern Day Apprenticeship scheme

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Ogilvie Fleet's Stirling Head Office has this week welcomed four new members of staff who have joined the team through the Modern Day Apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme has provided work-based learning for over 37,000 school leavers in Scotland with Ogilvie offering apprenticeships in business administration.

The four new starters (pictured left-right) are Steven Campbell, Emile Peel, Quinn Laurie and Robbie Forshaw. Welcome to the team!

Ogilvie celebrating 10th anniversary of Sheffield office

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Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s fastest growing vehicle leasing and fleet management companies, is celebrating 10 years of providing a multi award-winning service to companies from its base in Sheffield.

To help celebrate a decade of business success an especially liveried Mini is on an Ogilvie Fleet promotional ‘tour’.

A decade ago, Ogilvie Fleet, expanded further into England and opened a new division in Sheffield specifically targeting South Yorkshire and the eastern region in its drive for further growth.

The hand-picked team of six people - five of them remain a key part of the now 30-strong Sheffield-based team today - started to secure new fleet contracts and that business success has continued and led the creation of a dedicated South of England sales team.

Ogilvie completes Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Aberdeen

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Ogilvie Construction, sister company of Ogilve Fleet, is set to hand over the keys of the newly built Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Aberdeen to Peter Vardy.

The new dealership opens it’s doors to the public on Saturday 8th August and follows the latest JLR dealership template on two floors, ground and mezzanine, linked by escalators, with over 100 New and Approved Used vehicles on site and 26 ramps for servicing vehicles. Ogilvie Construction also built Vardy's Porsche Centre in Aberdeen as well as a number of other dealerships throughout Scotland. 

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Ogilvie Fleet attempt the Yorkshire Three peaks

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Members of staff from Ogilvie Fleet’s Sheffield office are raising funds for two local charities by attempting to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The challenge involves climbing three of Yorkshires biggest peaks in the space of 12 hours, which covers 25 miles and 5,200ft of ascent.

The five team members are helping to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice and the Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme.  St Luke’s helps people with incurable diseases by offering care and support to both the patient and their loved ones with the aim of giving them the best possible quality of life. The SWFC Community Programme promotes the development of cohesive communities around South Yorkshire and seeks to increase engagement, training provision and support amongst its residents. All raised funds will be split equally between the two charities. 

The five team members will complete a clockwise route of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), three of the Yorkshire Dales biggest peaks.

If you would like to sponsor the team, no matter how large or small, you can do so here. Every penny will be gratefully received.

Ogilvie Fleet continues awards blitz with double top success

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Ogilvie Fleet has cemented its position as Britain’s best contract hire and leasing provider scooping two trophies in the annual awards from trade publication BusinessCar.

The awards for Leasing Company of the Year - up to 25,000 vehicles, and the highly competitive Customer Service Award add to the clutch of trophies won by Ogilvie Fleet already this year and make it 20 titles collected so far this decade.

Gordon Stephen, managing director of Ogilvie Fleet, which operates a fleet of more than 15,000 company cars and light commercial vehicles, was presented with the two newest awards in a glittering ceremony at London’s Park Plaza Hotel.

The BusinessCar Awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including fleet managers, and the publication’s editor Debbie Wood said: “We are delighted to have awarded Ogilvie Fleet not one but two awards this year. Ogilvie Fleet’s recent innovations and investments have paid off, putting the company at the forefront of delivering technology solutions to fleet managers and drivers.

“Ogilvie Fleet’s commitment and passion for its customers is rooted in its culture and the company has set the bar high for great customer service. Our judges were extremely impressed.”

In addition to the BusinessCar Awards, Ogilvie Fleet, which continues to experience significant growth as it targets a fleet size of 20,000 units over the coming years underpinned by industry-leading customer service and cutting-edge IT vehicle and driver solutions, has already this year won:

- The Experteye Award for being the best vehicle leasing and fleet management company with more than 250 vehicles for service to customers thus becoming the first business to win a Fleeteye CSI (customer satisfaction index) award seven times in succession (2010-2016).

- Fleet Technology Awards - known in the industry as the ‘Techies’ - from BusinessCar magazine for being the best leasing and contract hire company and having the best app, its ‘Happy Drivers App’.

Ogilvie Fleet ensures 'Happy Drivers' with all new app

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Ogilvie Fleet has relaunched its driver guide app with a new name, additional features and information and, for the first time, made it accessible to company car and van drivers as well as fleet managers who are not customers.

The leading independent vehicle leasing and fleet management company’s smart phone tool has been relaunched as the ‘Happy Drivers’ app, 12 months after its initial unveiling.

Launch of the ‘Happy Drivers’ app is expected to further enhance the company’s enviable award-winning IT and customer service reputation that has seen its operation expand to almost 14,000 leased cars and vans on its books and a further 1,600 on fleet management.

The redesigned free-of-charge tool delivers a vast array of functionality deemed critical to all car and van drivers.

Ogilvie Fleet gains Investors in People Gold Standard

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Ogilvie Fleet is celebrating becoming becoming only the second organisation in the vehicle leasing and fleet management sector to gain Investors in People Gold Standard.

Almost 11,500 organisations in the UK have achieved Investors in People accreditation, but only the very best go on to gain Gold status by meeting additional evidence requirements and thus achieving the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the country. 

Investors in People data reveals that just 1,577 employers hold the Gold Standard and Ogilvie Fleet is one of just two in its sector thereby joining an exclusive group of UK organisations.

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Ogilvie Fleet Ltd becomes a Go Ultra Low company

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We are delighted to announce that Ogilvie Fleet Ltd has become one of the first companies in the sector to receive ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status.

The recently launched government and automotive industry initiative run by campaign group Go Ultra Low recognises UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles.

Ogilvie Fleet is now one of almost 50 employers across all business and industry sectors to gain ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status to date, in recognition of how we have already opened our own company car fleet to electric vehicles and made a commitment to boosting uptake over the next five years.

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Ogilvie Fleet nominated for two more awards!

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The Fleet News Awards 2018 shortlist has been released – with Ogilvie Fleet being nominated for two awards!

The awards celebrate the successes of the fleet industry in the last year, including suppliers, manufacturers and individual fleets.

Ogilvie Fleet have been nominated for:

- Leasing Company of the Year: up to 20,000 vehicles - sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

- Innovative Use of Technology - sponsored by Nissan Motor (GB)

The award ceremony is to be held at Grosvenor House on Park Lane on Wednesday 14th March.

The nominations follow a successful 2017 for Ogilvie, winning a host of awards including Leasing Company of the Year at the Business Car Awards.

Ogilvie Fleet supports local charities this Christmas

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The directors and staff from Ogilvie Fleet are delighted to announce the four charities we will be supporting this Christmas, in lieu of our usual corporate gifts.

Each office has selected a local charity to make a donation to and help them to continue the critical work each of them does.

The four charities we have selected are:

Start Up Stirling
Start Up Stirling has been supporting local people in need since 1994. The project is focussed on relieving poverty, suffering and distress of people in crisis across Stirlingshire through food banks, helper packs including essential household items and financial support.

Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm’s Mission is to house and support the homeless in London whoever they are, wherever they come from. Our vision is of a society where charities like Shelter from the Storm are no longer necessary, through rehousing, employment & training and health & wellbeing.

MNDA
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning. There are around 5,000 people with MND in the UK at any one time, for which there is no cure.

Cash for Kids Northern Ireland
Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in communities throughout NI so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. Grants are given to children’s charities and organisations to help them undertake projects and new initiatives or to provide essential care and support.

Managing Director Gordon Stephen commented on the four organisations we are supporting:
“We have decided this year to support some local and national organisations and are extremely happy with the charities that our teams have chosen. They are all doing some fantastic work in a range of areas and we are more than happy to help them in the run up to Christmas. We normally send out corporate gifts to our clients, but we are sure they will agree this is a very worthwhile alternative this year.”

Members of staff from across the Ogilvie Group in Stirling also came together to donate food and other essential items to helps with Start-up Stirling's Christmas appeal.

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Ogilvie launches fleet for Raymond Brown Construction

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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.

Ogilvie opens the door to a new look fleet for Gilgen

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Gilgen Door Systems UK has appointed Ogilvie Fleet to deliver a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art online vehicle and driver management solutions after outsourcing its company car and van fleet to the fast-growing leasing provider.

A market leader in automatic and industrial door solutions, Gilgen provides installation and service support for all types of powered doors throughout the UK. The company runs a fleet of 75 service vans and 43 company cars operated on four-year/100,000-mile contract hire with maintenance agreements.

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Ogilvie puts Colas on the right track with new fleet

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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.

Ogilvie retains Leasing Company of the Year Award

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Fast-growing Ogilvie Fleet will be gunning for a hat-trick of Leasing Company of the Year up to 25,000 vehicles trophy wins in 2019 after retaining the title in the annual awards from trade publication BusinessCar.

The win, Ogilvie Fleet was also highly commended in the Customer Service Award category, also meant a hat-trick of industry awards in 2018 as the company had previously won Best Daily Van Rental Award at the 2018 Van Awards hosted by sister publications Van Fleet World and Vans A2Z and was named the UK’s top vehicle leasing and fleet management company for service to customers in the 2018 Experteye awards.

Averaging more than two industry awards per year this decade, Ogilvie Fleet has increased its leased fleet size by more than 1,000 company cars and van to almost 16,000 units in the past 12 months with a further almost 2,000 units under fleet management, up almost 900 units on a year ago.

That makes Ogilvie Fleet, without doubt, one of the fastest growing contract hire and leasing companies through core fleet expansion - as opposed to white label growth via manufacturer-backed leasing schemes. 

Gordon Stephen, managing director, Ogilvie Fleet, said: “Ogilvie Fleet is bucking the industry trend in terms of growth, notably due to a series of major outsourcing contract wins such as Colas Rail with almost 900 company cars and light commercial vehicles and we have started to deliver new vehicles to the business; as well as Cambian Group and Voyage Care.

“Notwithstanding fleet industry uncertainty resulting in some fleets putting vehicle replacement on hold due to the well documented introduction of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) for homologating vehicle emission and MPG data and a lack of company car benefit-in-kind taxation detail post-2020, we are recording significant growth.

“That is down to our contract wins and taking over new clients’ vehicles on fleet management, while also continuing to supply new vehicles on contract hire to both those customers and some existing clients. Our forward order bank is up considerably on where it was 12-18 months ago.

“What’s more, we hope the Chancellor of the Exchequer will provide vehicle tax clarity in the autumn Budget. If he does, I would expect our fleet customers that have put the brake on vehicle replacement to accelerate company car and van renewal.”

Ogilvie rolls out CrossClimate+ tyres to improve efficiency

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Michelin’s highly-acclaimed CrossClimate+ tyres have helped boost the efficiency of a key Ogilvie Fleet customer that was losing too much time on the road switching between summer and winter fitments.

Following the success of a CrossClimate trial with Complete Price Eyewear in 2016, Ogilvie Fleet – which has approximately 18,000 vehicles on contract – was quick to recommend the latest version of Michelin’s summer tyre with winter capabilities to Wavin, a UK manufacturer of plumbing and drainage products.

The pilot project has proved a major success, culminating with Wavin giving the green light for Ogilvie Fleet – via Kwik Fit – to fit Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres on all 140 of its company cars.

Jim Hannah, Operations Director at Ogilvie Fleet, says: “Swapping the tyres every winter and summer was proving to be a logistical nightmare for Wavin and adding significant cost. 

“We proposed the Michelin CrossClimate+ product to them, having proven successful with Complete Price Eyewear. They love the tyre, the flexibility, and not having to change tyres twice a year – which equated to six complete swaps over a three-year contract period. They’re now in the process of fitting the new Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres as vehicles come out of the winter tyre programme.”

Hannah continues: “For most fleets our climate in the UK does not necessitate switching between winter and summer tyres. Yes, some need guaranteed performance year-round, but CrossClimate+ can deliver this.”

Shelter from the Storm

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In December 2017 Ogilvie Fleet took the decision to support a number of nominated charities chosen by each of their teams in lieu of providing corporate Christmas gifts.  In response to this the Ogilvie Fleet Southern Sales Team nominated the London based charity for the homeless, Shelter from the Storm as their chosen beneficiary.

This year the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest official figures.  An estimated 4,795 people are bedding down outside in 2017, according to the snapshot survey, an increase of 16% on the previous year’s figure of 4,134, and more than double the 2010 figure and London accounts for over 23% of this figure.

Co-founded in 2007 by Sheila Scott in response to her recognition of the homeless issue in her Borough of Islington.  Shelter from the Storm has grown from a small group of homeless guests seeking shelter in a local church to where it is today helping more than 40 guests with overnight shelter, food and advice, 365 days of the year.

Based in Islington, North London Shelter from the Storm help a broad spectrum of people who have fallen on hard times. Whether it’s an ex squaddie with post-traumatic stress compounded by alcoholism, a domestic worker kept in slavery or a young person thrown out by their family for being gay, or  someone may have simply fallen through the cracks of society each guest is treated as an individual by a team of willing volunteers. With amazing skill, experience and love, they pick up the pieces from the human fallout; be it finding a doctor, a counsellor, a lawyer, training, a job.  Each evening the guests sit down to eat together; a simple ritual for most, but for many of the guests at Shelter from the Storm this will be the first time they’ve experienced such an event since they left home.

The charity’s mission is simple - to house and support the homeless in London whoever they are.

It costs just £18 per guest per day to provide a warm bed, breakfast, a hot evening meal and a range of services including – laundry, showers, counselling, and legal clinic 

Shelters from the Storm do not receive any funds or grants from Government bodies and relies entirely on generous donations to survive. Everything donation is used purely to keep offering their services to those who need them.

If you would like to know more or make a donation please click here.

Pictured above is Jo Clark from Ogilvie Fleet (right) with Cookie Sammy and Sheila Scott from the Charity. 

SME's take advantage of Ogilvie Fleet's salary sacrifice

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Demand from small and medium-sized businesses to offer their employees an increasing range of flexible benefits has underpinned demand for Ogilvie Fleet’s salary sacrifice car solution in its first 12 months of availability.

A total of 15 Ogilvie Fleet customers have to date signed up to MiSalarySacrifice and a further 12 organisations are already in the pipeline with an ever-increasing number showing interest daily.

Richard Jessop

Spring Statement 2018

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s first Spring Statement today (Tuesday, March 13) was an update on the health of the UK economy and the state of the government’s finances, rather than laying out any major new tax or spending announcements.

However, Mr Hammond did mention towards the end of the Statement that he would “help the great British white van driver go green” by holding a consultation on reduced Vehicle Excise Duty rates for the “cleanest vans”. However, the consultation document was not among those published immediately by HM Treasury at the conclusion of the Statement.

Mr Hammond, in a 26-minute statement to MPs in the House of Commons gave an update on the overall health of the economy and the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts; an update on progress since last November’s Budget; and invited businesses and the public to give their views on a wide range of measures the government was considering.

Team Ogilvie raise £3,000 for charity

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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.

True or False - has the budget affected salary sacrifice?

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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.

For more information on MiSalarySacrifice, visit the website here, call 0330 333 1283 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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