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Part of being a business owner means continually focusing on ways to increase the growth rate of your organisation.

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You can use the credit card abroad with 0% commission on foreign exchange.

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Contract awarded for A90 Laurencekirk junction upgrade

Transport Scotland has announced the successful award of a new contract for the improvement of the A90 Laurencekirk junction in Aberdeenshire.

A £300,000 groundworks contract has been awarded to Allied Exploration and Geotechnics Ltd.
Exploratory works to inform future action

Work at the site is now scheduled to get underway from early May and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. The project will provide the detailed information needed to inform the next stage of works.

Motorists in the area are advised of some potential disruption throughout the exploration phase of the groundworks scheme, with work taking place close to the existing carriageway in some areas.

As a result, a number of traffic management schemes are to be introduced to slow down traffic and to ensure the safety of all those working at the site.

Commenting on the project, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “When completed, the scheme will help reduce accidents and delays by preventing traffic turning or crossing at the busy A90 junction to the south of the town.

“As well as grade-separating the junction, the scheme will also improve safety and accessibility for all active travel users.”

The improvement project began in summer 2018, when members of the public and interested parties had the chance to determine their preferred route for the junction upgrade.

Full details of the junction improvements will be revealed later this year, once groundwork exploration data has been assessed and final contract awards for construction have been made.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “This is great news for members of the local community and for the region in general. Improvements to the A90 Laurencekirk junction will better ensure a smooth flow of traffic and bring a number of economic gains in the future.”

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Ferndown Commercials: accurate tracking ‘a real benefit’

Weekly reporting and accurate, on-demand updates on usage are just some of the excellent benefits that keep our customers happy.

This is precisely the type of positive feedback everyone here at Fuel Card Services (FCS) likes to receive, and that’s precisely what’s happened in the case of Ferndown Commercials.

Regular updates and accurate reporting

Sam Reeves, accounts administrator at Ferndown Commercials, recently got in touch with us and described the high service levels as a highlight of our current relationship.

At the same time, access to a wide network of petrol stations for refuelling and low annual costs have helped to cement the positive sentiment the business has towards us.

Mr Reeves stated: “FCS allows us to report on our company fuel use accurately. FCS was selected due to the low annual card charge and variety of fuel stations. We used to use Allstar, but the administration charges were extremely high.”

Indeed, FCS ensures all of our customers are receiving the best price for their fuel usage, while also keeping our own administration fees to a minimum. However, the benefits don’t end there, as Mr Reeves was swift to point out.

“By getting a weekly report through it saves us hours trying to breakdown the costs, as it is all there ready, therefore we can spend more time on other areas of the business,” he concluded.

Ferndown operates a fleet of more than 20 vehicles, including vans, LCVs and HGVs. The company makes use of both the Shell and Texaco fuelcards from FCS and has a monthly spend of approximately £6,000.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “It’s great when our services can provide a real boost to our customers and that’s precisely what we’ve been able to achieve with Ferndown.”

For the most efficient way to manage your fleet costs visit the new online platform from Fuelcard Services. 

Renewing your Silver or Gold accreditation?

If you are a FORS Silver or FORS Gold accredited operator, please remember that you must have at least 30 calendar days’ validity remaining on all your current accreditations at the time of submitting an application to renew your Silver or Gold accreditation. These rules are set out in the FORS Rules and Procedures.

This means that, at the time of submitting your re-approval application, the following criteria must be met:

If you submit a re-approval application for… The following accreditations must have a minimum(*) 30 calendar days’ validity remaining
FORSLogoSilver_UD2 Bronze accreditation Existing Silver accreditation
FORSLogoGold_UD2 Bronze accreditation Silver accreditation Existing Gold accreditation

(*) We recommend around 45 days minimum validity remaining on your Bronze in case your first application is not successful and you need to submit a follow-up application.

This is to ensure there is sufficient time for compliance checks to be conducted and for the certification body to assess your submission and inform you of the result prior to your current accreditation expiring.

Your accreditation is at risk if you do not submit your application with the required 30 calendar days’ validity remaining. Failure to renew your accreditation prior to expiry will result in your organisation being downgraded. The extra year(s) you gained when becoming Silver or Gold accredited will also be lost and this in turn may affect your Bronze accreditation depending on when you last undertook a FORS Bronze audit.

So, please plan your re-approval submissions ahead. If you are unsure of when your accreditation is due to expire, you can check by going to your organisation dashboard, and then clicking on the Evidence/Logos button, which will take you to the page shown in the example below:

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For any queries regarding this, or progression to Silver and Gold in general, please call the helpline on 08448 09 09 44 or email [email protected]. You can attend the FORS Going for Silver and Gold workshop to guide and support you through the online application process. The workshop focuses on the benefits of Silver and Gold accreditation, how to upload your evidence, what the FORS compliance team checks for, and the most common reasons for failure.  Click here for more information and to book a place.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.