Kwik-Fit has 13 centres in the province, with another seven at the planning stage, and a goal of having a 30-strong network. Spearheading the firm's fleet effort is new account manager for Northern Ireland, Aidan Neeson. 'It's a very fast-growing economy at the moment with a lot of inward investment, and businesses are using the company car as part of the reward package to attract the right people,' he said.
He estimated that there are about 65,000 to 70,000 company cars in Northern Ireland within the 20-plus fleet sector, and the same number in the sub-20 category. The majority of these outright purchased, although many of Britain's largest leasing companies also run vehicles on behalf of customers whose main fleet is in mainland Britain.