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Fleet Alliance climbs the UK’s Best Places to Work rankings

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GLASGOW based leasing broker Fleet Alliance has been listed in the UK’s Best Places to Work for the ninth year in a row. The fleet management specialist also climbed the rankings in the medium sized businesses (51-250 employees) category, moving up 13 places from last year. The rankings are based on an audit of staff along with a Culture Audit which evaluates…

Scottish car deliveries safe despite ban on click-and-collect

A new Polo ready for click and collect

FEARS that brokers would find customer car deliveries in Scotland in a logjam – similar to the state of affairs in March when lockdown 1.0 was introduced – have been been played down. Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced a ban on all non-essential click-and-collect deliveries from 16 January, 2021. It created an immediate issue for car dealers in Scotland who believed…

Quotevine rebrands: it’s now QV Systems

QV Systems - the new name for Quotevine

QUOTEVINE is no more. The automotive software supplier has renamed itself to QV Systems. Not content to just change the company brand name, Quotevine – or QV Systems – has changed the name of its ‘Quotevine Platform’ to ‘Accelerate’. “As a business that strives to innovate, we are constantly looking for ways to benefit the industries we operate in,” explained the CEO…

DriveElectric predicts 200,000 EV sales in 2021

Over 200000 EVs to hit UK roads in 2021 1

THE market for electric vehicles (EVs) in 2021 will be 200,000 – representing a 100% increase on the 2020 figures. The market prediction has been made by EV broker specialist Drive Electric. In 2020, EVs accounted for 108,205 registrations according to latest SMMT data, an increase of 185.9% while taking a 6.6% market share. DriveElectric says it uses its own model, built…

Gary Curran appointed Kia’s new leasing and rental manager

Kia logo on wheel centre - the brand has appointed Gary Curran to head up leasing operations

GARY Curran has been appointed Kia’s new leasing and rental manager, effective January 2021. The appointment follows a successful period as RV & fleet operations manager at the Korean brand. Kia said that the appointment of Curran would enhance Kia as a key player in the fleet market. Gary has been an important member of our team already. After three years of…

Synergy appoints former Tusker executive as chief financial officer

L R Paul Parkinson welcomes David Brockwell to Synergy Car Leasing 1

SHOWING the continuing ability of leasing brokers to attract top talent, Synergy Car Leasing has appointed its first chief financial officer. David Brockwell (pictured above right with Paul Parkinson, founder and CEO of Synergy) joins the Harrogate broker having spent 12 years at Tuskerdirect as first CFO and then COO before most recently working as a fleet consultant. Brockwell’s appointment is part…

SsangYong files for receivership

SsangYong

ACCORDING to a report in Automotive News Europe yesterday (21 December 2020), Korean car maker SsangYong has filed for receivership. The decision was made after SsangYong was unable to meet a repayment of 60 billion won (about £45.5m) due to worsening trading conditions. An official communique said the business was undergoing an Autonomous Restructuring Programme. SsangYong is 75% owned by Indian OEM…

Green number plates are go

Green Number Plates

GREEN number plates – or, at least, a flash of green – will denote electric vehicles from today, 08 December 2020. The government hopes the introduction of the green plates will help raise awareness of the growing number of electric vehicles. November saw a 122.4% rise in battery electric vehicle registrations, to take 9.1% of market share – just five percentage points…