Transparency in how much you’re spending is essential to boost the profitability of any business and with Fuel Card Services that is precisely what we aim to deliver.
Indeed, tree surgery and landscape maintenance specialist Golden Tree Surgeons have said that’s one of the many benefits they’ve seen from working with us.
Tracking your spend with ease
Sandra Wood, office manager at Golden Tree Surgeons, recently got in touch to say how easy it now is to keep track of her team’s fuel usage, as well as the savings that the company’s been able to make since switching to Fuel Card Services.
“We are very pleased with the pricing, as we find that the cost per litre is less than we would be paying at the pump,” she said.
“The drivers don’t find any difference, they always know their registration number, and just need to check the mileage before they go to the kiosk. They also haven’t had a problem finding a site which takes the cards.”
She added that being able to have all of the information held in a single space has also been extremely beneficial in terms of keeping track of spending, as well as in reviewing the overall profitability of jobs.
Overall, Ms Wood stated working with Fuel Card Services has been a “really good experience, which I would recommend to anyone with several vehicles and a team [that’s regularly] out and about”.
Golden Tree Surgeons operates a fleet of five vehicles and makes use of the KeyFuels fuel card. The company spends an average of £1,200 per month on its cards and draws diesel only.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “We’re happy to hear of the fantastic savings that Golden Tree Surgeons have been able to make since working with us, while the ease of tracking your spending is a benefit we deliver to every client.”
Fleet owners have been advised to do all they can to protect their vehicles from theft after the number of vans being stolen increased significantly last year.
According to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles using official police statistics, 32,056 vans were taken over the last four years, with almost 10,000 thefts in the past 12 months alone. This marked a four per cent year-on-year rise for 2018-19 and a 45 per cent increase since 2015-16.
In terms of areas most affected, the Metropolitan Police reported the most commercial vehicle thefts, but Leicestershire saw the biggest yearly increase. North Wales saw a doubling of van thefts and police records in West Yorkshire showed a 67 per cent rise.
Extra security measures may help
Volkswagen urged fleet managers to take extra precautions to look after their vehicles, such as fitting lockable racking solutions and storage boxes to house expensive tools that could tempt opportunistic criminals.
Tracking devices are also available that could allow owners to find out where their vans are and aid police in the event of a theft.
Other tips from the company included always parking in well-lit areas, positioning vans where their doors cannot be opened and adding security film to windows so thieves cannot smash them.
Volkswagen‘s David Hanna said: “Vans are the lifeblood of so many businesses and it’s not only the emotional stress of replacing the vehicle but also the days and weeks of letting customers down and the cost of replacing tools, often worth thousands of pounds, before you can get back to ‘business as usual’.”
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “It’s shocking to see on paper just how many commercial vehicle thefts are taking place up and down the country. We’d also advocate taking extra security measures to protect your vans if you’re in a position to do so.”
Halloween is always an exciting time of year and at Fuel Card Services we like to give our staff any excuse to let their hair down and get into the party mood.
As a result, this year, our account management team are going above and beyond to get into the Halloween spirit.
Fancy dress and fun and games
Spooky fun will be the order of the day in our Leeds office this week, with the chance for our teams to take part in apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and limbo. Our account managers have been partnered up and they’ll be vying to earn points in their teams throughout the day to win some top prizes.
They’ll be earning points for great customer service, sales and taking part in all the games. As well, each participant will receive points for their commitment to coming into the office in their best fancy dress.
At the end of the day, a range of prizes will be handed out to the winning pairs, including vouchers for shopping – a fantastic prize in the run-up to Christmas – as well as paid time off for the best performers.
It’s always great to give something back to our staff who work so hard to support our clients, so the opportunity to get into the Halloween party spirit was just too good an opportunity to pass up!
At FCS Europe, our people are the heart of our business and we are constantly striving for excellence. We are always looking for new people to join our ever-expanding team, from a new office in Halifax to a new office in a new country: Germany.
Join us today and fuel your career with FCS Europe.
View our current vacancies at www.fuelcardservices.com/current-positions/
We are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed this year’s ISO audit by external auditing body SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
We have maintained our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management, ISO 14000:2015 Environment Management and ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems.
The IMS Department would like to say thank you to all of those who were ready and willing to participate in the audit.
Jennifer Mason, our Senior Management Systems Coordinator remarked, “the reason we achieved certification was due to the hard work and assistance of personnel all year round.”
Well done to everyone involved for retaining this great accomplishment!
Whether Brexit’s hard or soft, it isn’t going to be easy on fleet maintenance budgets. With so many parts and labour) coming from Europe, costs will rise.
Savvy fleet managers aren’t waiting.
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