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Fleet Management Live 2017 guide: Best Practice and Insight Theatre


Fleet News has released a guide to the Best Practice Sessions and Insight Theatre events at the biggest show in fleet, Fleet Management Live 2017.

The largest event in the industry’s calendar will welcome thousands of managers from every industry sector, covering the smallest to the largest fleets of cars, vans and trucks.

Managers with a combined fleet of more than 700,000 vehicles will pack the halls at the event, where more than 100 exhibitors will be on hand to provide advice and information about the changing face of fleet management.

This year’s show, supported by headline sponsor Mobileye, is bigger and better than ever as it has undergone record expansion to incorporate the Commercial Fleet Van & Truck Show.

So every area of the industry is covered under one roof.

There will be benefits for everyone, whether they operate cars or commercial vehicles and whether their role is fleet or any other essential fleet-related title, such as HR, procurement, purchasing, finance, risk management, transport, corporate mobility or business travel.

To accommodate the growth, the event has moved to a new, larger hall at the NEC to make this year’s show the largest ever.

The expansion reflects the wishes of vehicle operators, many of whom operate both cars and commercial vehicles.

It also ensures visitors can extract the maximum value from their day by meeting a range of suppliers covering all their needs, while also networking, discovering the latest innovations, learning industry best practice and obtaining important advice on future fleet developments.

To pack the maximum value into the two-day show, Fleet Management Live includes a series of presentations, best practice sessions and seminars on a range of key industry subjects.

There are also special exhibition areas that focus on key fleet issues, including a Bluelight Zone and Fleet Technology Zone.

The importance of Fleet Management Live is recognised by a range of leading industry associations.

Supporters of the event include fleet operators’ association ACFO, the ICFM (formerly the Institute of Car Fleet Management), the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence programme, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the National Association of Police Fleet Managers.

One of the UK’s leading HR publications, HR Grapevine, is partnering with the show to reflect the wide range of executive roles that encompass modern fleets.

Other publications supporting the show, in addition to hosts Fleet News and Commercial Fleet, include Fleet Leasing and Driving Business.

A focus on in-depth research will also be provided by Sewells Research & Insight.

Chris Lester, event director, said: “Managers from every area of the market will visit to assess, evaluate and learn, in areas from fleet management to finance, HR and procurement. 

“Our growth reflects the interest shown by fleet operators who attend this event and benefit enormously from what it has to offer.”


Who should attend?

  • Fleet
  • Finance
  • Procurement
  •  HR
  • Transport
  • Business travel
  • Corporate mobility
  • SMEs


New for 2017 – Intelligent Fleet Technology 

The Intelligent Fleet Technology Zone is the latest cutting-edge addition to this year’s Fleet Management Live.

Visit the eight specialist interactive ‘pods’, to gain information about the latest vehicle innovations currently/imminently available and how they can support your fleet. 


Insight Theatre: Discover Fleet Theatre 

The Discover Fleet Theatre recognises the wide range of roles involved in organising and supporting modern fleets.

The theatre will provide expert sessions where guidance will be designed specifically for the specialist roles that support mobility outside the traditional fleet management department.

The Discover Fleet Theatre is aimed at professionals in finance, procurement and HR as well as SME owners/managing directors.

Each area will be covered by an expert speaker during sessions that promise to deliver an unparalleled level of knowledge and insight into the key mobility-related challenges and opportunities facing each business area. 

A total of six sessions will run over two days at the event on October 3-4, offering a value-added element to the show for visitors.

The SME session will cover fleet essentials, offering a blueprint for running vehicles that saves time and money.

During the session, presentations will be made by Paul Hollick, chairman of the ICFM, and Alan Asbury, director of CLS Energy.

Finance executives can attend a seminar on funding a cost-effective fleet, offering flexible strategies to enhance return on investment in vehicles.

These sessions will be hosted by David Rawlings, fleet consultant with BCF Wessex Consultants, and Alastair Kendrick, employment tax partner at Harwood Hutton Specialist Tax Services.

HR managers who are involved in fleet will benefit from a session on balancing risk and reward, which looks at how to maintain an attractive choice list and develop strategies to keep drivers safe.

These sessions will be hosted by Caroline Chapman, consultant at Chapman HR Consulting, and Brian Cooper, senior manager, people advisory services at Ernst & Young.

Finally, decision-makers in procurement will be briefed on how to drive efficiencies in fleet purchasing during insightful presentations from David Oliver, procurement manager at Red Bull, and Graham Short, fleet manager at Zip Water UK.

On the first day of the show, there will be sessions for HR, procurement and finance, while on day two, there will be sessions for finance, SMEs and HR.

Each session will last a little more than half an hour, with plenty of time at the end for visitors to seek face-to-face guidance on specific issues.


Best practice seminars: must-attend sessions for fleet and transport managers

Best practice advice for employees in every department dealing with fleet is on offer at Fleet Management Live.

A wealth of industry expertise is available for visitors from fleet managers, industry suppliers and fleet experts.

Speakers will be presenting during a series of best practice sessions covering a range of key issues for fleet operators.

The sessions are designed to be an integral part of the visitor experience, offering advice that can be implemented in the long-term to provide a strategic benefit for fleet operators.

Every seminar will be delivered once each day, lasting for around 45 minutes.

The free-to-attend sessions will include presentations from industry experts, then interactive Q&A sessions, where fleet operators can delve into the detail of their individual questions.

The format of the event means fleet decision-makers will be able to attend best practice seminars and be briefed on essential actions required to maintain an efficient and effective fleet operation, before visiting suppliers at the show to discuss how they can help bring new strategic ideas to life.

Topics covered during the sessions will include funding best practice for every vehicle type, covering cars, vans and trucks.

The session on cars will be hosted by Zenith, while the one on van and truck funding will be provided courtesy of Lex Autolease.

The sessions will include a review of the range of funding options available to companies and their suitability for different business environments.

A best practice session on the role of telematics in future fleet operations will provide guidance on how to turn the increasing amount of fleet data available into actionable insights, ensuring there is clarity for managers and on-road compliance from drivers.

This session will be provided by ALD Automotive.

With companies under constant pressure to comply with a wide array of legislation, another best practice session from Jaama will cover the vehicle rules affecting companies and provide guidance on auditing and reporting.

The role of employees in running a safe and efficient fleet can’t be ignored and this is covered in a best practice session on driver and risk management provided by DriveTech, part of the AA.

It will set out the duty of care responsibilities that companies have to their drivers, including those who use grey fleet vehicles.

Alternative sources of vehicles that are cost-effective will be covered by a best practice session on vehicle rental, presented by Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, which will explore traditional alternatives to fleet acquisition and how rental can help businesses to attain efficiencies.

Free2Move Lease will be hosting a special session on connected vehicles, looking at new mobility solutions through connected services.

Headline event sponsor Mobileye will be guiding fleets through developments in vehicle technology that could have a dramatic impact on the way vehicles of all ages perform.

There will also be a session on how fleets can navigate the road towards low-emission vehicles while still maximising mobility options for drivers and retaining access to urban areas.


Delivered by a host of industry-leading experts, these sessions promise to uncover key opportunities to help lead your business with ‘next generation’ fleet management best practices:


How can vehicle rental help my business be more efficient? John Collins, sales director, Enterprise Flex-E-Rent

Discover the cost-effective alternatives to traditional fleet acquisition policies, including: strategies for developing mobility solutions, vehicle hire in the mobility supply chain, asset management, resource utilisation and more.


What legislation do I need to comply with and why?

Review what fleets need to comply with legislation, requirements and the latest standards.

Discuss: best practices for auditing and reporting, strategies for effective vehicle checks, the role of data in compliance and tachograph management. 


Connected vehicles: new mobility solutions through connected services Duncan Chumley, managing director, Free2Move Lease

Connected services give fleets an opportunity to better manage their vehicles with real-time data on usage and performance.

Discuss: the mobility affect on behaviour, opportunities connected vehicles bring to your fleet and key business considerations.


Telematics: using technology and data to save money while making vehicles and drivers safer Paul Lomas, head of sales – new business, ALD Automotive

Explore the strategies for monitoring vehicles, such as: telematics considerations, the importance of data in managing a fleet, how to develop a culture where drivers support telematics, delivering return on investment and more. 


Van and truck funding: cost-effective solutions Richard Tilden, head of commercial vehicles, Lex Autolease

Get expert advice on ensuring your fleet is cost-effective in the long-term, including: a review of funding strategies, tax considerations, calculating the cost of capital, sole supply versus multi-supply and more. 


Risk management: minimising business risks from drivers and vehicles David Richards, head of marketing, DriveTech, part of The AA

Gain practical examples of how your company can effectively evaluate risks, plan for change and introduce policies that bring tangible business benefits.


Car funding: cost-effective decision-making Claire Evans, head of consultancy, Zenith

Explore car funding options considering: tax positions, legislative changes, calculating the cost of capital, how and when to carry out funding reviews and establishing the true running cost of your fleet. 


The autonomous vehicle revolution: what does it mean for fleets? Gil Ayalon, Regional Director, Mobileye

Gain the tools you need to understand autonomous vehicles in the short-, medium- and long-term, ensuring you aren’t caught out by one of the biggest changes the industry will ever see.


What are the benefits of attending best practice seminars? 

  • Connect with and learn from 2,000-plus visitors 
  • Enable faster, better decision-making in your fleet by meeting with senior representatives from 120-plus manufacturers, service providers and fleet suppliers
  • Discover the latest fleet cost-saving opportunities
  • Understand the latest legal regulations and requirements
  • Hear about the best methods to manage vehicles and drivers – learning new techniques and skills to balance your workload


Breakfast for beginners sessions Paul Hollick, ICFM Chairman and Board Member Peter Eldridge 

Aimed at new fleet managers, answering the introductory questions, such  as vehicle funding and your legal responsibilities, plus advice on: suppliers, outsourcing, reducing emissions, insurance and maintenance.

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