A weekly roundup of fleet news from around Europe
Zenith gets ‘milestone’ introducer
Fleet lessor Zenith has entered into an
introducer agreement with Barclays Corporate.
Under the agreement businesses which secure
fleet financing through Barclays Corporate will get direct access
to Zenith’s vehicles and fleet management services.
Tim Buchan, chief executive of Zenith, said:
“We are delighted to be appointed by Barclays to provide contract
hire to its customers; it’s a real milestone for our business”.
Alex Brown, managing director and head of
Asset Finance at Barclays Corporate said: “We have always been a
key supporter of the contract hire sector – supporting around 60%
of the independent market.
“Today’s announcement is an extension of this
support in a move which enables us to offer access to contract hire
and fleet management solutions to our corporate clients”.
Website to ‘test-drive’ fleet software
Asset finance software provider International
Decision Systems (IDS) has launched a new website for the UK fleet
The website (http://www.idsdata.co.uk/) will act
as a shop window for potential customers who will be able to
‘test-drive’ IDS products which cover vehicle management and
Bruce Stoner, consulting manager for EMEA at
IDS said the website signaled the company’s commitment to building
its market presence in the vehicle data sector.
IDS currently provide data for vehicle lessors, manufacturers
and dealerships in the UK who collectively manage more than 1m
VWFS raise £110k for Children In Need
Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) helped
collect £110,000 for Children In Need by opening up its Milton
Keynes telephone hub as a call centre for the charity.
Starting from 7pm on Friday evening (18
November), 150 VWFS staff who had volunteered to man the phones,
several dressed in pyjamas, took over 3,400 calls until 12.30am on
Mike Graham, a VWFS spokesman, said “On a
typical day over five and a half hours we would expect around 1000
calls into customer services, so the Children in Need night really
was a high call volume.”
VWFS staff also raised an additional £8,259.85
from raffles, bake sales and other events during the day, including
employees attempting to guess how many balloons could be stuffed in
an Audi R8, VW Golf, Seat Exeo, Skoda Yeti and a VW Transporter
Lisa Stacey, joint-managing director of
Volkswagen Financial Services, said; “Since it started, the BBC
Children in Need appeal has helped raise over £600 million for
worthy causes and everyone at Volkswagen Financial Services is
delighted to have had the opportunity to help make this year
another success story.”
It was 627 balloons, by the way.