The biggest show in fleet – Fleet Management Live 2017 – attracted 50% more visitors to the NEC, Birmingham compared to 2016.
Initial figures suggest that 1,800 fleet industry professionals attended the annual event on October 3-4, with every area of the industry covered under one roof.
More than 100 exhibitors were on hand to provide advice and information about the changing face of fleet management.
This year’s show, supported by headline sponsor Mobileye, was expanded to incorporate the Commercial Fleet Van and Truck Show, reflecting the wishes of fleets, many of whom operate both cars and commercial vehicles.
It also ensured visitors extracted the maximum value from their day by meeting a range of suppliers covering all their needs.
Visitors had access to leading industry experts in nine best practice seminars which covered a range of hot topics, from funding and compliance to telematics and risk management.
They were complemented by six sessions held in the Discover Fleet Theatre, which recognised the wide range of roles involved in organising and supporting modern fleets.
Content was tailored for professionals in finance, procurement and HR, as well as SME owners/managing directors, with each area covered by an expert speaker providing insight into the key mobility-related challenges and opportunities they faced.
Six sessions ran over the two days and, much like the best practice sessions, it was standing room only as fleet decision-makers were eager to hear from industry experts.
Elsewhere, a new Intelligent Technology Zone brought the future into the present as fleets reviewed and tested hi-tech equipment that could revolutionise the way people work and travel.
Bluelight fleets were also catered for with an all-new Bluelight Fleet Zone, developed in association with the National Association of Police Fleet Managers.
And nine of the FN50 top 10 leasing companies – and 18 funders overall – were kept busy offering advice on a range of topics, including the new rules on cash allowances and salary sacrifice.
During downtime fleets could network and enjoy the hospitality of the VIP lounge, sponsored by BT Fleet Solutions.