Volkswagen Group Leasing (VGL) has confirmed its presence in the public sector market with 30 client wins in its first month of trading with a new automotive self-service deal for public sector fleet users. The new service covers organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), local authorities and government ministries. New clients include Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust and NHS Blood & Transport.
Early in 2011 VGL, the fleet and corporate leasing arm of Volkswagen Financial Services, was shortlisted as one of the preferred government suppliers in the Buying Solutions contract bidding process. At the end of May VGL launched its online CALMS2 procurement solution and since then the bespoke system has generated over 25,000 quotes.
Graham Wheeler (pictured), managing director of Volkswagen Financial Services and Volkswagen Group Leasing, said; “This is an exciting time for VGL and it was impressive to see our first month’s trading deliver such a wide range of clients. The top brand ordered was ŠKODA but, typical of VGL’s multi-marque solution, orders were placed for vehicles from over 15 brands.”
To meet the public sector opportunity, VWFS implemented the CALMS2 fleet management platform from White Clarke Group.
Ed White, chairman, White Clarke Group: “This whole project has very much been one of partnership, the way we like to work with all our clients. And its modern object-oriented architecture makes CALMS2 an ideal candidate for any fleet management undertaking, particularly where significant bespoke work may be required. We are delighted to have had this opportunity to help VWFS open up a rich new seam of sales opportunities.”