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Poland is 'hungry' for basic fleet skills

A MAJOR conference held in Poland has shown that its emerging fleet industry is hungry for basic fleet management expertise.

Held over three days in the ski resort of Szklarska Poreba, the event was organised by the International Fleet Management Institute and Polish fleet publication Flota.

More than 140 delegates attended, with fleet sizes ranging from 40 to 4,000 vehicles. There was a mixture of seminars and driving events, with manufacturers including Ford, Nissan and Peugeot providing cars and LCVs.

Jason Francis, managing director at cfc solutions, said: 'Poland's economy is in the process of becoming much less reliant on agriculture and taking on a more western European look. The need for fleet management expertise reflects this. As a profession, fleet management is very much in its infancy but there is an enormous hunger for knowledge evident.

'After each presentation we made, we were almost mobbed by delegates wanting to ask questions.'

cfc was among more than a dozen companies making presentations at the conference.

Through a translator, Francis spoke on developing trends in the UK fleet market while cfc's major account sales manager, Andy Leech, looked at the basics of fleet management.

Francis added: 'Really, they are only just beginning to look at vehicles as assets and leasing is quite rare.

'But there was enormous curiosity about how things are done in the UK. We were asked quite a few questions about cash-for-car, for example. This is a new concept to them because virtually every vehicle in Poland is a job-need car or van.

'However, our feeling is that they will learn very quickly. The fleet managers we saw were young – almost all were under 35-years-old – and seemed determined to develop their professional roles to add value to their organisations. We have already received queries from companies that are interested in adopting specialist fleet software for the first time.'

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