They also revealed the best suppliers in the business that enable fleet decision-makers to do their jobs effectively.
More than 1,300 people attended the event, held at Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane.
Fleet decision-makers received awards in seven categories – Fleet Risk Management Award, Fleet Environmental Award, European Fleet of the Year, UK Fleet of the Year and three fleet manager awards, for fleets of sub-100 vehicles, 101-400 vehicles and 401-plus vehicles.
Barry Illing, road fleet manager at EWS Railway, was the biggest winner of the night, taking away the Mazda-sponsored UK Fleet of the Year trophy and the Fleet Environmental Award, sponsored by BP Oil.
The judges praised his hard work and determination to aspire to best practice in keeping with company aims.
The Fleet News Awards judges said: 'EWS has clear and precise objectives related to its core values and the environment is a leading part of that commitment. Using robust key performance indicators, the fleet keeps all suppliers in step and is driven by its core values. It is the essence of a well-run fleet.'
For the second year running Gill Garrett, UK sales co-ordinator at Premiere Products, was named Fleet Manager of the Year in the sub-100 vehicles category, sponsored by Northgate plc, the first time a fleet manager has won two consecutive awards in this sector. The judges said: 'She is a shining example of best practice in the industry that some much larger fleets would do well to follow.'
Graham Hine, facilities manager at the Adult Learning Inspectorate, was named Fleet Manager of the Year in the Vauxhall-sponsored 101-400 vehicles category, for 'a fantastic example of what can be achieved with the some fresh thinking and a determination to make a difference'.
Richard Flint, head of transport at Stratchclyde Police, took the Peugeot-sponsored Fleet Manager of the Year 401-plus vehicles trophy, following a major overhaul of the fleet that has achieved nearly £200,000 of annual savings.
Charlie Shiels, director of risk and transport at Geopost UK was awarded the Kwik-Fit Fleet-sponsored Fleet Risk Management Award.
Canon Europe took the VW-sponsored European Fleet of the Year Award.
|Fleet News Awards 2003|
|Best small car|
|Volkswagen Polo||MINI||ARVAL PHH|
|Best lower medium car|
|Ford Focus||Toyota Corolla, VW Golf||ARVAL PHH|
|Best upper medium car|
|Mazda6||Ford Mondeo||ARVAL PHH|
|Best premium upper medium car|
|Audi A4||BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class||ARVAL PHH|
|Best executive car|
|Mercedes-Benz E-class||Audi A6, BMW 5-series||ARVAL PHH|
|Best luxury car|
|Mercedes-Benz S-class||BMW X5||ARVAL PHH|
|Best mini MPV|
|Vauxhall Zafira||Citroen Xsara Picasso, Renault Scenic||ARVAL PHH|
|SEAT Alhambra||Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Sharan||ARVAL PHH|
|Best van under 2.1 tonnes|
|Ford Transit Connect||Vauxhall Combo||BT Fleet Ltd|
|Best van 2.1 - 2.8 tonnes|
|Renault Trafic||Citroen Dispatch, Ford Transit FWD||BT Fleet Ltd|
|Best van 2.8 - 3.5 tonnes|
|Mercedes-Benz Sprinter||Citroen Relay, Ford Transit RWD||BT Fleet Ltd|
Supplier company awards
|ARVAL PHH||BCA Europe, Lloyds TSB autolease||Sixt rent a car|
|Best online solution|
|FleetPro||GM Operations, Manheim Auctions, IMS||Audi (UK)|
|Best contract hire/fleet management company|
|Lloyds TSB autolease||Fleetlease, Lex Vehicle Leasing||Toyota (GB) PLC|
|Best daily rental company|
|Hertz UK||Avis, Northgate|
|Best risk management company|
|Peak Performance Management||Risk Answers||Vauxhall Motors Ltd|
|Best disposal/remarketing company|
|BCA Europe||Manheim Auctions|
|Best alternative company car scheme|
|Whitechapel Corporate Services||Alphabet||Jaguar|
|Best breakdown company|
|AA Business Services|
|Best glass repair/replacement company|
|Autoglass||RAC Auto Windscreens|
|Best fast-fit company|
|ATS Euromaster||Kwik-Fit Fleet, Micheldever Tyres|
|Best telematics system|
|TRACKER||Cybit (Fleetstar Online)|
Fleet manager awards
|Fleet risk management award|
|Charlie Shiels, Geopost UK||Zoltan Horvath, Barry Illing||Kwik-Fit Fleet|
|Fleet environmental award|
|Barry Illing, EWS Railway||David Graham, Zoltan Horvath||BP Oil UK|
|Fleet manager of the year Sub-100 vehicles|
|Gill Garrett, Premiere Products||Zoltan Horvath, Margaret Welsh||Northgate PLC|
|Fleet manager of the year 101-400 vehicles|
|Graham Hine, Adult Learning Inspectorate||Vauxhall Motors Ltd|
|Fleet manager of the year 401-plus vehicles|
|Richard Flint, Strathclyde Police||Barry Illing, Charlie Shiels||Peugeot Motor Company|
|European fleet of the year|
|Canon Europe||Volkswagen UK|
|UK fleet of the year|
|Barry Illing, EWS Railway||Stephen Forster, David Graham||Mazda UK|
|Environmental manufacturer of the year|
|Ford||Honda, Volvo||in association with the BVRLA|
|Fleet manufacturer of the year|
|Volkswagen||Audi, Toyota||DRIVE Software Solutions|
|Fleet News Platinum Award|
|Vauxhall||AA Tyre Fit|
Six month search for the best
FLEET News this week revealed the best cars and service companies in fleet, following a search stretching back more than six months.
Back in October, we asked fleet decision-makers to write in to us naming the cars, manufacturers and suppliers they felt deserved a Fleet News Award.
Our postbag was bursting with the responses, which were then used to create a shortlist of more than 200 companies for judging by a panel of 12 experts.