Bill Jackson, the founder and first editor of Fleet News, has died aged 77.
Jackson, along with his elder brother, Ross Jackson, published Fleet News for the first time in 1978. He was also pivotal in the formation of the fleet representative body ACFO.
Bill, who hailed from the Wirral, was instrumental in creating a focus for the corporate fleet market that was previously unheard following a conversation with an accountant who was saddled with trying to run his company’s fleet with no expertise.
Speaking about Bill, his nephew Ross Jackson, CEO of Fleet Operations, said: "Bill was a visionary and had an uncanny ability to spot niches within various market sectors, the most significant for me being 'fleet'.
“What he created within the fleet sector, brought a focus to a market sector that previously had no voice or real focus.”
Following the creation of Fleet News 38 years ago, it has continued to be the leading source of news and expertise for decision-makers of the £40 billion company car and van industry.
“When my father and I last saw Bill only two weeks ago, although visibly unwell, we fondly discussed the industry characters and development of the title, since sold to EMAP and then taken over by current owners Bauer Media.
“Bill, along with my father also Ross, made a difference – these people, and that difference, are fundamental to the reasons I work in the fleet industry today and why I have had an almost life-long association with the industry.
“Bill will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.”
Bill is survived by his wife, Christine, and his son, Michael.