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Charities join up for bulk buying scheme

A CONSORTIUM of 14 different charities is using its bulk buying power to source competitive fleet deals.

It has just announced the results of a major vehicle supply deal after going out to tender to five different manufacturers.

As well as the children’s charity Barnardo’s, the consortium represents fleets including Help the Aged, the Prince’s Trust, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, the Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The biggest fleet totals about 350 vehicles while the smallest has about 50, although each benefits from the same competitive buying terms.

Barnardo’s corporate transport and insurance manager Terry Loizou, who leads the consortium, said: ‘It is a really difficult task bringing everyone together, but we have achieved great results. Each charity can have its own criteria, but once an action plan was agreed we were able to go out to tender.

‘There are quite a few areas in fleet that we can use our bulk-buying power and it’s been really successful so far. Everyone benefits, from the largest fleet involved through to the smallest.’

The consortium has been able to secure deals in areas like car hire and tyre provision and has also just signed a new three-year agreement with Vauxhall for its combined fleet of more than 2,300 vehicles.

The bulk of the agreement will be for Corsa and Astra models but each individual charity can choose Vauxhall vehicles that suit their individual fleet strategies and can use funding methods ranging from outright purchase to contract hire.

Loizou said Vauxhall’s choice of vehicles, including environmentally friendly LPG models and its Euro IV compliant diesel engines, was one of key the reason why the manufacturer was successful in re securing the contract.

He said the deal had helped the Charities’ Commission drive down its fleet costs considerably.

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