Award Categories & Entry Process

ALL AWARD ENTRIES MUST REACH US BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18.

Fleet Awards

1. Fleet of the Year – up to 250 vehicles - sponsorship available

2. Fleet of the Year – 251-1,000 vehicles - sponsorship available

3. Fleet of the Year – 1001-plus vehicles - sponsorship available

4. Most Improved Fleet of the Year - sponsorship available

5. Safe Fleet of the Year - sponsorship available

6. Green Fleet of the Year – sponsored by BMW (UK)

7. Cost Saving Initiative of the Year – sponsored by Zenith

Manufacturer Awards – all sponsored by Thrifty Car & Van Rental

8. Best Small Car

9. Best Lower-Medium Car

10. Best Upper-Medium Car

11. Best Compact SUV

12. Best Mid-size SUV

13. Best Large SUV

14. Best Compact Premium Car

15. Best Premium Car

16. Best Executive Car

17. Best Plug-in Car (up to 50g/km)

18. Green Fleet Manufacturer of the Year

19. Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer of the Year

Supplier Awards

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

21. Leasing Company of the Year – more than 20,000 vehicles – sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

22. Best Rental Company of the Year - sponsored by easi-Fleet Management by the Grosvenor Group

23. Customer Service Award – sponsored by ŠKODA UK

24. Most Innovative New Product or Service - sponsorship available

25. Fleet Dealer of the Year - sponsorship available

26. Fleet Specialist Services Solution of the Year - sponsorship available

Headline Awards

27. Fleet Manager of the Year - sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

28. Fleet Supplier of the Year - sponsored by Toyota & Lexus Fleet Services

29. New Company Car of the Year – sponsored by LeasePlan UK

30. Fleet Manufacturer of the Year - sponsored KeeResources

31. Fleet News Hall of Fame Award - sponsored by The Automobile Association

Feature sponsors

Pre-dinner drinks reception - sponsorship available

Table gifts - sponsorship available

Band sponsorship - sponsorship available

Fleet manager roundtables & product placement - sponsored by ŠKODA UK

After-dinner feature room (Jeeves Suite) – sponsored by Autoglass

Photo booth -  sponsored by Toyota & Lexus Fleet Services

Lutyens bar branding - sponsorship available

The FN Awards - model categories

Fleet News will create a list containing every model on the market in each of the nine categories. The judging panel will then select the winners against the awards matrix of the key criteria that fleets consider when adding cars to their choice lists.

They are:

•          Running costs (SMR, depreciation, fuel)

•          CO2 emissions

•          Safety (technology and Euro NCAP rating)

•          Reliability

•          Manufacturer support (conversions, business support, bespoke relationships) and aftersales/dealer support

•          Driver appeal (P11D pricing/BIK, badge image, performance)

•          Range consideration (3dr/5dr/estate, 2WD/4WD, engine options)

Additional criteria:

For estate: luggage capacity

For 4x4: Ground clearance, type of 4x4 system

Please note:

In addition to the above, manufacturers are asked to submit entries with the following information:

Cars: Answer the following (max 100 words for each answer):

•          What is new about this car since December 2014 (e.g. all-new model, new engines, facelift, new trims, etc.)?

•          Which model(s) (i.e. engine/trim) is/are most appropriate to fleets?

•          Why is this car relevant to fleets?

Most improved manufacturer/green manufacturer of the year

Both categories do require an entry form to be completed.  See relevant category for entry details.

Rules for entry

• Companies can submit entries for as many categories as they wish, as long as they are eligible.

• The editor decides whether an entry is valid for a particular category.

• The judging panel (chaired by Christopher Macgowan) has the right to withhold any award if, in its opinion, no entry is of a high enough standard.

• Every care will be taken with material submitted but none can be returned and no responsibility will be accepted for any loss or damage.

• Decisions by the judging panel are final.

• Bauer Media, the judges and sponsors of the Fleet News Awards 2017 shall not be held responsible for any legal proceedings arising from the entries or the statements made therein; nor can they accept responsibility for the veracity of statements made by entrants, although every care will be taken to check entries.

NB - The awards that do not require entry forms are decided by the judging panel.

Please support answers with graphs and tables where appropriate and relevant facts/figures.

ALL ENTRIES MUST REACH US BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18.

Interviews (relevant for 'Fleet of the Year' categories only)

Where category judging requires an interview (Fleet of the Year categories), shortlisted candidates will be invited for a 30-minute interview by the judging panel on either February 1st or 2nd, 2017.

Candidates will be notified of this by mid-December.

If you have any queries regarding the entry process please email fleetnewsawards@bauermedia.co.uk.