Fuel Card Services ‘floors’ company fleet management with £5k saving

Fuel Card Services ‘floors’ company fleet management with a 5k saving

A nationwide flooring retailer has become one of the latest firms to be wowed by Fuel Card Services.

Flooring Superstore has enjoyed healthy growth since its formation in 2012 and today, its fleet of more than 40 vehicles completes in excess of 400 deliveries a day out of six dedicated stock warehouses dotted around the UK.

With deliveries and fleet size constantly on the up, the County Durham-headquartered firm needed to keep a tight leash on its fuel costs if it was to avoid hefty wastage.

That’s where Fuel Card Services came in.

Craig Richards, head of logistics at Flooring Superstore, explained that delivery plays a crucial part not only in the company’s business but also its customer experience.

“As our fleet continued to grow, we needed to effectively manage our fuel consumption – hence the need for Fuel Card Services,” he said.

“Choosing which provider to go for was easy due to the vast array of fuel cards available. From major fuelling stations such as BP and Shell to leading Supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons, the UK coverage from Fuel Card Services is brilliant.”

As a result, the location of its drivers was irrelevant because fuel is easily accessible without any delay.

“Using Fuel Card Services also meant we could access real-time reports 24/7,” Mr Richards added. “This enabled us to set purchase controls in order to monitor exactly how much fuel is used and improve driver fuel consumption.”

Another major benefit was having a dedicated account manager, which Craig says “made things a whole lot easier”.

“We have saved over £5,000 from using Fuel Card Services and would recommend them to any business looking to re-evaluate their fuelling process,” he concluded.

Fuel Card Services is one of the largest independent agents of fuel cards in the UK, working as agents on behalf of most of the major oil companies including BP, Esso, Shell and Texaco.

Apply online for your fuel card and start saving today.

Property replenishment firm calls in Fuel Card Services for ‘wheely’ impressive savings

A company specialising in property replenishment and exterior cleaning has polished up its fleet operating costs thanks to Fuel Card Services.

Mr Wheely Shine’s trio of vehicles may only just qualify as ‘a fleet’ in dictionary terms, but the opportunity to slash monthly fuel spend is appealing regardless of fleet size.

Gary Richards, managing director of Mr Wheely Shine, was approached by Fuel Card Services account manager Lee Puxty towards the end of last year after identifying how the firm could save money when buying fuel – the head of Denbighshire-based independent firm was understandably very keen to investigate the potential.

“Everything we spoke about was aimed at saving us money, and for a small business, this is vital,” explained Mr Richards.

Commenting on Lee Puxty’s value to Mr Wheely Shine, Gary added: “With Lee’s excellent customer service skills, we feel that he is now apart of our team.”

Operating a fleet isn’t always predictable and Mr Richards witnessed first-hand the flexibility of Fuel Card Services when his usual petrol station switched brands unexpectedly.

“Our local petrol station changed overnight from Texaco to BP, so I phoned Lee and within 48 hours, we had our new cards and pins,” he revealed.

With Mr Richards now a fully fledged supporter of fuel cards, he is spreading the word of how they can benefit companies of all sizes.

He signed off by saying: “We have already highly recommended Fuel Card Services for small and large businesses in our area.”

Fuel Card Services is one of the largest independent agents of fuel cards in the UK, working as agents on behalf of most of the major oil companies including BP, Esso, Shell and Texaco.

Apply online for your fuel card and start saving today.

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DPD Local: ‘We’d recommend Fuel Card Services to anyone’

DPD Local: ‘We’d recommend Fuel Card Services to anyone’

An increasing number of companies and organisations are switching on to the benefits of having a fuel card and one of the latest to take advantage is DPD Local UK Ltd.

Local delivery experts DPD Local completes parcel deliveries from out of 90 depots around the UK, providing a more local service for shippers with smaller volumes.

To do so requires a hefty delivery fleet that needs fuelling and with more than 700 vehicles, DPD Local’s delivery vehicles can be a regular sight on fuel stop forecourts.

Such a sizable fuel spend made DPD Local ideal for fuel cards, making petrol and diesel more competitively priced and helping create fleet savings.

Steve Twist, franchise commissions co-ordinator at DPD Local, approached Fuel Card Services with a view to obtaining some fuel cards and was pleased by the level of service from his account manager Jackie Ellerbeck.

“In all my dealings with Fuel Card Services, I have found all their staff to be helpful and efficient,” he said.

“The customer service operation is UK-based, and unlike some organisations, you can always get through to your account manager and the customer service you receive is first-rate.”

Mr Twist added: “Email queries are also dealt with quickly and efficiently. I would recommend Fuel Card Services to anyone considering using them.”

DPD Local now uses fuel cards from BP, Esso, Texaco, Shell, Keyfuels and UKF with a monthly fuel spend of £210,000.

The company rebranded from Interlink Express to emphasise its level of local knowledge and service. It employs more than 11,000 people in the UK and delivers over 200 million parcels a year.

Mobility provider moved by “transparent, clear and personal” experience with Fuel Card Services

Mobility provider moved by “transparent, clear and personal” experience with Fuel Card Services

Here at Fuel Card Services, we like to think we’re the finest and most comprehensive provider of fuel cards in the UK.

With 55,000 happy customers pumping around two millions litres into their vehicles every day, we’re certainly one of the busiest, but also one of the most personable, according to client Ableworld UK.

The mobility specialist operates a 32-strong fleet of large goods vehicles for providing mobility scooters, wheelchairs and stairlifts throughout the UK.

With so many vehicles racking up a hefty mileage, Ableworld was primed to benefit from the introduction of fuel cards.

Chris Dugdale-Wilde, facilities manager for Ableworld UK, had been approached by several companies offering fuel cards in the past and their pushy nature was an instant turn-off.

However, Fuel Card Services doesn’t pressure customers to come onboard, something that Mr Dugdale-Wilde found refreshing.

“Helen [Simpson] at Fuel Card Services had a personal, well-informed approach, not a ‘sell, sell, sell’ angle which never gets too far,” he wrote in his testimonial of the company.

Pleasant experience

Mr Dugdale-Wilde was keen enough to give it a shot and took on a limited amount of cards, but it was only a matter of weeks before the entire fleet was covered by Fuel Card Services.

He added: “The overall experience has been a pleasant one and I feel we have benefitted from this change bringing more flexibility to our fleet and how we keep the vans going.”

Chris’ comments suggest Ableworld UK will be with Fuel Card Services for quite some time.

“The nature of the industry means others will always be cheaper at some point but if the transparency and clarity continues we will remain a customer to Fuel Card Services in the future,” he concluded.

Discover how fuel cards can benefit your organisation by applying for a fuel card here.

FORS member cuts costs with Fuel Card Services

Barwit Control Systems uses Fuel Card ServicesTonbridge-based Barwit Control Systems makes life easier for countless thousands of people every day. While its people work around the clock refurbishing, servicing and repairing escalators and lifts, Barwit benefits from the help of Fuel Card Services. The company has been enjoying significant cost savings since switching from its previous fuel card supplier in 2015. Its membership of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) entitles it to exclusive extra savings.

Jane Dodd, Barwit accounts director, said,”Cost management is essential and Fuel Card Services offers us much more than our former supplier. As a FORS Bronze member, we now pay significantly less than the pump prices we were previously charged and no longer have to pay a transaction fee every time that a driver refuels. If we ever need anything, I always call Rachel Pearson and get fast, friendly help. Talking to the same person every time is so much better than joining a call centre queue to talk to a random stranger.”

Barwit’s continuing success, with headcount more than trebled in under 20 years, means that fleet expansion is always on the cards. Its field engineers and other staff currently run three vans and six cars, using both diesel and petrol vehicles. They are all refuelled using fuel cards from Fuel Card Services. An exact fit with their requirements is achieved by providing drivers with a mixture of Shell and Texaco fuel cards.

Steve Clarke, group marketing manager for Fuel Card Services, said, “Barwit Control Systems, whether refuelling with petrol or diesel, are never far from discount fuel with no surcharges. Any of the 3,000 FORS-registered fleets can enjoy the same exclusive benefits. Saving money on thousands of forecourts is only the start. Fleet operators are increasingly concerned with knowing whole-life vehicle costs and we offer real help there. If they face stakeholder pressures on sustainability, we offer comprehensive emissions monitoring and a wealth of allied expertise.”

FORS members receive impartial advice on the most appropriate fuel cards for their individual needs, from a range that includes fuel cards that valid at BP, Esso, Shell and Texaco sites as well as independent chains, supermarkets and specialist diesel networks.