PRESS RELEASE: Activa Contracts Wins Its First Fleet Industry 'Oscar'
Ian Hill (left), managing director Activa Contracts, receives the Leasing Company of the Year - up to 20,000 Vehicles from Award sponsor Jon Wackett, general manager - fleet and business sales Jaguar Land Rover
Fast-expanding and customer-focused Activa Contracts has won its first industry ‘Oscar’.
Milton Keynes-headquartered Activa Contracts was named ‘Leasing Company of the Year - up to 20,000 Vehicles’ at the annual awards hosted by industry publication Fleet News.
Activa Contracts' staff celebrate winning the Leasing Company of the Year - up to 20,000 Vehicles Award
Known as the fleet industry ‘Oscars’, the awards, which are in their 29th year, were presented at a glittering ceremony attended by around 1,450 people at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
Activa Contracts has more than 7,000 company cars and vans on its books, which it leases to a wide array of organisations ranging from blue chip businesses to SMEs and charities. Additionally, the company provides a comprehensive range of in-life vehicle management services to keep client’s vehicles on the road.
A division of Arnold Clark Finance Ltd and a member of the Arnold Clark Group, Europe’s largest independently-owned vehicle dealer group, Activa Contracts prides itself on delivering a consultancy service to customers allied to a personal service.
Activa Contracts’ ethos is summed up by its strapline ‘Company Cars Powered by People’ and managing director Ian Hill said: “We operate in a mature market where no provider has a genuine unique selling point - products offered are broadly similar. So it is not what we do that differentiates us, but how we do it. We offer the best of both worlds; the backing and stability of being part of Europe’s largest private motor group together with the service commitment of a family business.”
As a result, Activa Contracts continues to develop innovative initiatives to support customers. Recently launched solutions include:
- A web-based company car or cash allowance calculator giving employers and employees in-depth analysis on the critical costs at the click of a button thereby simplifying the decision-making process.
- A flexible mini-lease programme called Rental Plus, which bridges the gap between daily rental and contract hire enabling fleets to hire cars and vans for 84+ days and return them at any time without penalty.
- An app that helps fleet customers to manage end-of-contract vehicle wear and tear charges bringing greater transparency to an often contentious issue.
Indeed, the company’s end-of-contract vehicle damage management procedure and its process for managing subsequent charges won particular praise from the Award judges.
Activa Contracts was one of four finalists for the ‘Leasing Company of the Year - up to 20,000 Vehicles’ Award. In naming the company as the winner, the independent panel of judges commented: “Activa has an outstanding end of contract process and fines administration policy which alleviate many of the concerns and points of conflict fleets have with leasing companies. Its broad product offering, commitment to customer service and long-standing partnerships with key fleets made it a worthy winner.”
Mr Hill added: “This is a fantastic achievement. We are a people business and the award is testament to the team’s total commitment to deliver the highest quality service to our customers at all times. Winning a fleet industry ‘Oscar’ is a triumph in which everyone employed by Activa Contracts can share.
“Winning such an award is not down to luck. It is the result of hard work by a lot of people to deliver industry-leading fleet products and solutions to customers backed up by a willingness to ensure whatever clients require they receive to improve the efficiency and operational effectiveness of their transport operation.”