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Fleet News Awards 2003: the results

BRITAIN'S best in fleet were rewarded yesterday at the industry's gala night of the year. The 15th Fleet News Awards placed the spotlight on the hard work, determination and innovation that drives Britain's fleet industry and keeps UK business on the move.

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
Vehicle awards
Winner Highly commended Sponsor
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
Best MPV
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

Best innovation
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

Special awards

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.

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