Fleets, manufacturers and suppliers are set to do battle once again for the keenly-contested Fleet News Awards. It takes real effort to win these awards: they represent the pinnacle of fleet success and honour excellence, innovation and quality.
The judges are drawn from experts across the fleet sector, including fleets themselves, and they give up hours of their time to scrutinise the entries and take part in the judging days.
The process is tightly monitored by awards chair Christopher Macgowan and auditors Deloitte, to ensure only the most worthy companies win each category.
So what does it mean to win? Winning a Fleet News Award means something – to the company and its staff.
Yes, it takes time to pull together the information and, for the fleet categories, to prepare for the 30-minute interview in front of the panel of judges. But it’s worth it.
But don’t take our word for it; every year winners tell us how much it means to them to collect a Fleet News Awards trophy. Here’s a selection from past awards.
Stuart Thomas, head of fleet and SME services, The AA
“The award reinforces what a great job everyone in the business does, from the roadside crews, and the call handlers to the business support and digital teams. A customer once said, the AA is boringly brilliant. Our complaint rate is less than one per cent, but we focus on improving that nonetheless. The award allows us, briefly, to focus on the 99.5%.”
James Douglas, Head of Fleet Sales, Audi UK
“My team and I are absolutely delighted that the Fleet News judging panel has recognised the new A4 as the best premium fleet car, particularly as this award is of course not simply made on the strength of the car in its own right but also acknowledges the many other factors behind it that need to stand scrutiny by our fleet and business customers. This is a ringing endorsement of the car’s all-round appeal to business users for which we are extremely grateful.”
“We’re delighted the Astra has been recognised at the Fleet News Awards, as the fleet market is an important sector for the all new Astra,” said James Taylor, Vauxhall’s Fleet Sales Director. “It’s great to see how well-received it has been so far by both our customers and the media.”
Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet, Mazda Motors UK
“I’m confident this award will help raise the profile of our new small SUV amongst our core end user customers.
Leader of Portsmouth council, Cllr Donna Jones
"Congratulations to everybody who has worked very hard to ensure that the council has an outstanding, award winning fleet that we can all be proud of.
"These awards are recognised as the most influential and important awards in the fleet industry and this is fantastic recognition for the people who manage our fleet."
Henry Williams, Head of Fleet, ŠKODA UK
"We are delighted that the Superb has been named ‘Best Upper Medium Car’. The Fleet News Awards highlight the best cars available to large businesses, SMEs and company car drivers – and that’s exactly what the Superb is. With its class-leading residual values, class-leading space, eye-catching design and sophisticated technology, it has been a revelation in the fleet market.
"This accolade is testament to ŠKODA's fleet team, which continues to offer fantastic customer service, and to ŠKODA’s commitment to delivering excellent value without compromising on style or efficiency.”
Justin Ward, Fleet Manager, London Ambulance Service
“Winning the Fleet News Award did wonders for my profile, nationally and internationally as well, and it was great recognition within the ambulance service.”
Carl Hanson, Fleet Director, Balfour Beatty Plan and Fleet Services
“I was very proud to win an industry award for the work we have done. It is a thank-you to everyone who has been involved in delivering the savings and improvements.”
Caroline Gallagher, Sales Director, Thrifty Car and Van Rental
“It’s such a huge accolade to win for all our branches and staff in the business who worked towards it. People often think of larger rental companies before us, so it is great to be recognised.”
Matt Dyer, Managing Director, LeasePlan
“It meant a huge amount to us as a business. We’ve put a lot of hard work in over the past few years and this shows we are on the right path, but there is still work to do.”
More proud winners will collect their trophies at the glittering and well-attended awards ceremony on March 14, 2018, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.