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25th anniversary: then and now – the changing face of Fleet News

FLEET News is celebrating 25 years as the newspaper of the fleet industry this week with a special commemorative edition.

As well as covering all the important issues of the past seven days, this issue takes a fond look back at what has been making the headlines in the industry's biggest and best fleet publication over the past two-and-a-half decades.

The first issue of Fleet News was published in 1978, with the masthead 'Fleet News – an overview of vehicle management for chief executives'.

The title was the brainchild of two brothers, Bill and Ross Jackson, and its formation came after an accountant talked to one of the brothers about having to run his company's fleet, without knowing where to turn for information.

The newspaper was eventually sold to East Midland Allied Press, the forerunner of Emap, which is still the parent company of Fleet News. Although owners, editors and staff have changed over the years, Fleet News has focused intently on the reason why it was first launched – to provide information and expert advice for fleet decision-makers on operating and managing fleet cars and vans.

The world of fleet has changed enormously since the title first appeared. But as times have changed, so have Fleet News, and as the industry looks forward to the next 25 years and what the future might hold, you can be certain that Fleet News will be at the heart of debate and development in the industry, maintaining its position as Britain's biggest and best fleet publication.

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