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Advertorial: Custom Fleet brokers head for Rockingham race circuit

OVER 100 of Custom Fleet’s broker network will be heading to Rockingham Motor Speedway circuit next week to hear something to their distinct advantage.

For the first time, the annual Custom Fleet Broker Conference is being held at the Rockingham oval circuit near Corby in Northamptonshire, home to the 2005 BMW Power Festival, and delegates will be brought up to speed with the latest developments in systems and products to help them in their quest to bring in new business.

The day – Tuesday, June 21 – will include a formal presentation, but will also offer the opportunity for a lucky few to let their hair down and enjoy a number of fast laps of the famous oval circuit in the company of a professional driver.

Brokers account for over a third of Custom Fleet’s business and are an integral and essential part of the company’s offering to the corporate, SME and fleet markets.

Martin Hudson, national manager network distribution, said that the conference was aimed at updating the broker network with the latest developments and products from Custom Fleet.

“Brokers play an increasingly important role in the fleet market and we firmly believe there is a genuine place for the good professional fleet broker.

“It is therefore vitally important that we keep our brokers as up to speed as possible in terms of new systems and products that they can use in their search for new business. The conference is our way of getting that message across,” he said.


  • Martin Hudson, national manager network distribution (centre), with two of the new broker managers Paul Thurgood (left) and David Brown

    Meanwhile, Custom Fleet has appointed three new broker managers as part of a planned expansion of its business in the fleet broker market with the creation of three new territories.

    Juliette Samuels, who has over 12 years’ fleet industry experience, will be responsible for a brand new area east of the Pennines stretching from the North East to South Yorkshire.

    And David Brown and Paul Thurgood, with a combined 40 years’ industry experience between them, will assume responsibility for the West Midlands and South East regions respectively. All three new managers are looking forward to successfully developing important links in Custom Fleet’s Broker Division.

    Each will be responsible for around 25 brokers within their regions and, by boosting the broker management team in this way, Custom Fleet expects to increase the number of brokers that it trades with by approximately a third. The three new broker managers will have access to the Custom Fleet online quoting system which provides prices for any vehicle instantaneously.

    “While we expect the appointment of our three new broker managers to grow our volumes, we expect the percentage of broker business to remain roughly the same as our whole business expands in line with expectations,” said Martin Hudson.

    Torith Ltd switches to Custom Fleet

    CONTRACT hire and fleet management specialist, Custom Fleet, has been awarded a solus vehicle supply contract by Dundee-based construction group, Torith Limited.

    As part of the new contract, Torith will switch to a single badge Toyota arrangement from the Fords that it previously operated, while Custom Fleet replaces the current supplier, Lex Vehicle Leasing.

    Torith will operate an all-diesel policy for its 40 contract hired company cars, and will continue to outright purchase its commercial fleet of around 60 light commercial vehicles and 15 hgvs which are involved in construction projects throughout the east of Scotland.

    Torith company car drivers – in the main, site managers, surveyors and engineers – are switching to 2.0 T2 Corolla and Avensis models, which will be run for four years.

    The company opted to remain with diesels on “economic, taxation and environmental grounds,” said Graham Lindsay, director of support services.

    Custom Fleet managing director Tony Haslam said: ”We are delighted to welcome Torith to Custom Fleet and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding business relationship.”

    The new company cars are being supplied by local Toyota dealer, Straun’s of Dundee and Perth, in either Star Silver or Carlo Blue.


  • Diane Savage, fleet sales manager, Custom Fleet, and Graham Lindsay, Torith's director of support services, with the first of the Toyotas

    Custom Fleet launches Key Access fleet management system

    CUSTOM Fleet has launched a brand new interactive fleet leasing and management system which will improve functionality and increase the number of online options for fleet customers.

    Key Access, an adaptation of the system already used by corporate customers in Australia and New Zealand, gives fleet customers a host of online features and benefits that have hitherto been unavailable or available in only a restricted format.

    These include:

  • Online ordering of all new vehicles
  • Ability to produce customised and bespoke management and exception reports
  • Ability to update files online with details such as driver name changes or cost centre changes.

    The new system’s implementation has been overseen by manager product development, communications and training, Wendy Harcus, after a period of pilot running and staff familiarisation training.

    “We go live with Key Access around about now to our corporate customers, following a familiarisation period for staff that began in April,” she said.

    “Corporate customers will see a number of benefits, not least the ability to order all of their new vehicles online which should help to speed up the ordering process and remove much of the paper from the system.

    “We are very excited by the launch of this new system which has proved very popular with fleet customers in both Australia and New Zealand and see it as an integral part of our drive to offer improved, up to the minute services to our fleet customers in the UK,” she said.


  • Product development manager Wendy Harcus - excited by Key Access

  • For more details call Tony Haslam or Murray Stevenson on 01228 511107 or visit www.customfleet.co.uk.
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