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Olympic fleet chiefs to speak at Congress

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The line-up has been confirmed for one of the most valuable and insightful events on the fleet calendar and this year’s event, taking place on 16 October in Gaydon, will allow attendees to learn from the London Olympic Games fleet.

John Wood, fleet operations manager and John Fryer, fleet services manager, for the Olympic fleet of 4,000 vehicles, have been confirmed as speakers at the event. They will outline the challenges for providing seamless transport for people involved in the largest international sports event.

Other speakers include Dennis Turner, who was chief economist at HSBC, heading a team advising bankers on UK economic trends. He will provide an overview of the economy, looking at when we are likely to emerge from recession and how long it will take for the UK to fully recover from the last few years.

He will also assess the impact of the on-going Eurozone issues on businesses in the UK and look at which areas of the industry are likely to emerge strongest from the recession.

Turner will also look at how businesses can achieve optimum performance, providing advice and guidance that are just as relevant at board level as they are in the fleet operation.

David Rawlings, director at BCF Wessex Consultants, will consider the impact of the significant changes announced in the 2012 budget on fleets.

He will outline any actions they should be taking as a result of changes to capital allowance and lease rental restrictions thresholds, including advice on both the threshold reduction from 160g/km to 130g/km next year, and the 100% first year allowance reducing from 110g/km to 95g/km, including how the exclusion of leasing companies from the 100% allowance will influence fleet policies.

He will ask whether companies should now consider blended funding option by analysing the financial case.

His presentation will also consider the implications of changes to BIK thresholds in employees’ tax payments and employers’ National Insurance Contributions.

There will also be a breakout session before and after lunch, giving attendees the chance to take part in discussions on the following topics:

  • Funding
  • Wholelife costs
  • Accident management
  • Telematics/journey management
  • Grey fleet management
  • Duty of care
  • Fleet software
  • Accident prevention

There will be opportunities to meet with other like-minded fleet managers and share information and experiences, helping delegates in their roles by providing access to other fleet decision makers throughout the day.

In addition, there will be a range of exhibitors with new products and services on offer.
The Fleet News Congress will be chaired by television’s Quentin Willson, held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, on October 16.

Delegate places are available for fleet operators only. To book a place, visit http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/fleet-news-congress/, or contact Nicola Baxter on 01733 468289 or email nicola.baxter@bauermedia.co.uk

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