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In-house return for Phoenix fleet

A SPECIALIST IT company has given a vote of confidence to in-house fleet management following a review of its company car fleet.

Phoenix IT Services included an assessment of its outsourced fleet management as part of the review and concluded that the most cost-effective method of running the fleet was to use its own team of employees to control vehicles.

The firm's financial controller Damon Read said: 'The company has grown significantly over the past five years and we now have a 250-strong fleet of cars. The cars are driven by IT engineers based nationwide as well as the sales team and senior executives.

'Therefore, it is now cost-effective for us to manage the fleet in-house. We also have plans to double the size of the company over the next three years and as a result I would expect the fleet to continue to expand.'

As part of the fleet review, the firm has also awarded Kwik-Fit Fleet one of its largest contracts for the Business Drive Card, in a move designed to improve fleet efficiency.

Read said: 'Having been used to receiving one account from our fleet management supplier I didn't want to have to establish different accounts with a range of suppliers. It was important to retain the efficiency of consolidated invoicing which we had enjoyed with our third-party supplier.

'It was then that I started investigating and found out about Business Drive Card which exactly fulfils our requirements.'

Phoenix IT Services, which provides IT services for desktop, networks and servers for 70% of FTSE 100 companies, has opted for the fuel and maintenance version of the card which is aimed to provide a 'pay-as-you-go' charge card for all a company's motoring requirements.

Kwik-Fit Fleet group managing director Ron Bambra said: 'Kwik-Fit Fleet has been able to negotiate discounts on the various services associated with the card.

'Companies can keep a close eye on exactly how much money is being spent on fleet, on what and where. The Business Drive Card also eliminates any credit card charges or the need for cash floats to be distributed.'

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