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Fleet News readers recommend their top suppliers

Fleet News readers have chosen their preferred suppliers in the latest 'Reader Recommended'.

The initiative allows fleets to have  their say about the companies they believe offer the best service.

Through extensive research we can highlight companies which offer the best service from 10 sectors: accident management; breakdown & recovery; contract hire; fleet management; fuel cards; remarketing; rental; SMR; software; and telematics which all received a significant number of recommendations.

Below is the list of every category, with the shortlisted recommended companies.

 To find out more about the recommended companies click on the download pdf link 



Category: Breakdown




The AA is the UK’s most popular breakdown cover provider, with 65% of the UK’s top 20 fleets benefiting from its 24/7-365 assistance.

The company also develops products and technologies that help drivers reduce risk and manage costs, such as CarGenie, a device that predicts and prevents breakdowns, and Rescue Tracker, an app that updates drivers on the whereabouts of breakdown assistance.                                                                               

The AA continues to work closely with manufacturers and clients to implement driver training, risk and route management, and operational vehicle technology. It also frequently acts as a voice for the fleet industry to government, working with fleet managers to raise awareness of key issues. The annual Operational Fleet Insight Report, which is developed and published in partnership with BT Fleet, surveys fleet managers on numerous industry challenges, such as clear air zones and fuel costs.

For more information, please visit theaa.com/business.






The RAC has more than 120 years’ experience providing breakdown and roadside rescue services to business customers and individual members.

Now with more than eight million customers, we offer vehicle and breakdown services through a nationwide, branded patrol force, focusing mainly on vehicle repair and recovery.

Customer service and innovation at the roadside have always driven progress at the RAC, which was the first to introduce trailers in patrol vans and the multi-fit wheel, as well as using the most advanced technology in our diagnostic systems and battery testers.

The RAC is well known for its breakdown services, but can offer the business customer so much more. From insurance and vehicle inspections to legal services and real-time driving data through our telematics service, the RAC offers a solution to meet every business motoring challenge.

To find out more visit our website, or call our team on 0330 111 1714, or email business@rac.co.uk.



Category: EV



Chargemaster, now part of BP, is one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and operates POLAR – the UK’s largest public charging network. As well as providing intelligent workplace charging solutions, including load management technology where power is limited, Chargemaster manufactures and installs Homecharge units.

The company has installed over 50,000 charging points and is recommended by more vehicle manufacturers than any other supplier.

Chargemaster can provide fleets and their drivers with seamless access to thousands of public charging points nationwide, including the largest network of rapid chargers, with a single corporate account and one simple monthly bill, for an unlimited number of vehicles.

With 10 years of experience, it can serve a fleet’s every need, including charging at home, at work and on the road.

To find out how Chargemaster could help your business, call 01582 399413, email sales@chargemasterplc.com or visit www.chargemasterplc.com.


Category: Fuel and fuelcard




BP are committed to providing the best possible offer for our fleet customers.

Users of the BP fuel card have access to a network focussed on quality and the needs of businesses, located on motorways and A-roads ensuring fleets don’t have to drive out of their way to refuel. With over 70 motorway sites, the largest number of any fuel retailer, we are positioned where customers need us.

Combined with tailored pricing options, time saving online tools and advanced fraud prevention measures we are confident that whatever the size of your fleet we can help reduce the size of your costs.

From offering BPme, the first mobile payment app in the UK for fuel card customers, to investing in BP Chargemaster and EV charging we continue to evolve to ensure we meet the needs of businesses.

To find out more about how BP fuel cards can help your business visit www.bpplus.co.uk.






With 55 years of experience, Shell continuously tailors and refines its offering to provide fuel and mobility solutions that help customers manage their fleets more effectively.

The Shell Fuel Card gives access to high quality petrol, diesel and alternative fuels, across some 3,500 Shell and third-party UK stations. Drivers have a simple, cashless solution that they can use to settle on and off the road costs.

Shell Card Online allows managers remote control of their fleets, with the ability to monitor all transactions, set parameters and develop insights. A fraud team is in place 24/7 to identify and tackle any red flags, helping protect fleets from losses.

Dedicated account managers use their knowledge of Shell’s offer and the industry to provide fleet managers with advice on the business solutions that could help manage costs and drive business efficiencies.

Get your Shell Fuel Card for greater control, convenience, security and savings.

Website: www.shell.co.uk/shellfuelcard

Telephone: 0800 915 6022


Category: Leasing



As one of the UK’s leading vehicle leasing companies, we’re proud to support customers of all sizes, and across a broad range of industry sectors. We do this thanks to the expertise of our great people and through the full range of funding, fleet management and mobility solutions.

Miguel Cabaça, managing director at Arval says: “We’re working really hard to support our customers with the challenges they face today, and to help them prepare for the future. Many of these customers will be readers of Fleet News  so it’s great to be recommended for vehicle leasing”.
Website: www.arval.co.uk/fleet-research/futurefleet








Category: Rental




Nexus Vehicle Rental is a Fleet News Reader Recommended company. It is the UK’s leading tech-driven business mobility provider, offering access to over 550,000 vehicles, including 100,000 specialist and commercial vehicles and 50,000 HGVs, across 2,000 UK locations.

Nexus offers daily, short, medium and long-term rental through its unrivalled network of suppliers, which is the largest in the UK. Through its unique online IRIS booking platform, Nexus can source any vehicle, anytime, anywhere, usually within two hours of a booking.

The system also identifies opportunities to reduce fleet spend, driving efficiencies and saving customers up to 20% on their rental costs each year.

Website: www.nexusrental.co.uk

Email: dean.rose@nexusrental.co.uk

Telephone: 0871 984 1947




Northgate is the UK’s biggest light commercial vehicle rental provider, with a network of 56 branches (most have workshop facilities) and a total fleet size of c.52,000 vehicles - meaning we can provide vehicles in 4 working hours within 25 miles of a branch.

Whether you want to hire one van or 1,000, we can offer flexible or minimum term hire – all with servicing, road-tax, maintenance and breakdown recovery included in one simple monthly cost.

From branding to beacons, racking to roof bars, you can tailor our hire vans to your business needs.

If you currently own your vans, through our ‘We Buy, You Rent’ we will offer a fair market value to help free up capital and offer you fleet flexibility.

We also offer tailored fleet management solutions to meet your business needs.

Find out how Northgate can help your business.

Website: www.northgatevehiclehire.co.uk

Telephone: 0333 0430 001


Category: Software


Fleet Check 

Fast becoming the industry standard in fleet management software, our highly intuitive and award-winning platform integrates with a multitude of third-party systems allowing you to handle your tasks efficiently whilst simultaneously creating a robust audit trail to underpin your legal requirements. No more relying on spreadsheets or paper-based systems.

• An online suite of Fleet Management Software for vehicles, drivers, plant and equipment.

• Scalable and flexible for any size and makeup of fleets.

• Integration with providers of licence checking, telematics, fuel cards, leasing and accident data.

• FleetCheck Driver, our inclusive mobile app for vehicle inspections and driver welfare.

• Policy management, including a drivers' handbook and driving policy as standard.

• Advanced management reporting.

• Supports companies with their FORS, Earned Recognition and Van Excellence accreditations.

Our expert knowledge, commitment and pioneering technology will give you absolute confidence that your fleet is in safe hands.

Website: www.fleetcheck.co.uk



Category: Telematics



Rather than just being a buzz word, big data for us as a telematics provider and for the industry more broadly, is essential for running greener, more cost effective fleets.

We have all got an amazing wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, but being able to capture and utilise that information, turning it into actionable insights, is key.

We are delighted to have achieved this valuable recognition from Fleet News of how our technology and services are playing a vital role in connecting the dots in fleet management and hope to be able to support many new customers as a result.

Website: www.masternaut.com

Telephone: 0113 281 4000




The Quartix vehicle tracking system has been installed in over 350,000 vehicles and helps a wide range of businesses improve productivity, cut costs and save on fuel every day. Providing commercial fleet tracking for cars, trucks, coaches and vans throughout the UK, US and France, the system offers a host of valuable features for fleet managers.

Quartix does the hard work of analysing your data, generating simple to use reports that can be accessed online. Live tracking, driver timesheets, geofencing and management dashboards allow managers to easily see where efficiencies can be made. In-depth driving style reports help to assess driving style, which if improved can save businesses up to 25% in fuel consumption as well as positively impact the safety of other road users.

Quartix offers tiered packages to help businesses identify their best drivers, make sense of mileage and fuel costs and reduce admin. Get in touch to discuss the best option for your business on 01686 806 663 or enquiries@quartix.net.    

Website: www.quartix.net  


Category: Tyres


Kwik Fit 


The Kwik Fit Group is the largest independent automotive parts, repair and replacement specialist in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Kwik Fit has national UK coverage of more than 600 service centres and 200 mobile tyre fitting vehicles, making it the UK’s leading tyre, exhaust, brake, service, maintenance and repair (SMR) and MoT specialist. 

The group was established in 1971 and is now owned by the Japanese Itochu Corporation. Kwik Fit Fleet is a major supplier to many of the country’s leading contract hire and leasing companies and outright purchase fleets.

The company’s status as the corporate sector’s number one supplier for its comprehensive one-stop shop of seven-day-a-week, out-of-hours services is underlined by the fact that it has won more than 80 industry and customer awards in its 31-year history.

Website: www.kwik-fit.com/fleet