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ICE outsources commercial and car fleet to IFC
Industrial Cleaning Equipment has outsourced the management of its light commercial vehicle and car fleet to Ampthill,Bedford-based IFC Fleet Services - with excellent results.
With annual group sales of more than £10 million, ICE operates in the retail, leisure, transport and commercial sectors throughout the UK. The company runs a fleet of more than 50 light commercial vehicles, primarily Renault Master, Trafic and Kangoo models, for service and compliance engineers. It also has a further 11 company cars for sales and sales support personnel and company directors, with a mix of brands including BMW, Volkswagen and Renault.
The company originally contract hired its vehicles from a well-known contract hire and leasing company, but a series of disputes over poor service and cost escalations led it to seek an alternative supplier.
ICE selected IFC Fleet Services following a recommendation from Commercial Director, Martyn Crowfoot, who had worked with IFC at a former company.
The move proved to be an inspired one and IFC took over the day-to-day running of the ICE fleet, fully automating all aspects of the fleet management of the company's vehicles.
IFC now handles all operational aspects of the ICE fleet, including new vehicle sourcing, replacement and hire cars, servicing, maintenance and repair scheduling and management, driver communications and mileage management, acid ent management, supplier management, and invoice management and consolidation.
The ICE fleet falls under the responsibility of the finance department, and Martyn Orchard, Director of Finance, says: "We appointed IFC to improve efficiencies and reduce costs on our vehicle fleet following an internal recommendation.
"It has proved to be an excellent decision from our point of view and has taken away the headache we had previously in running the fleet.
"Now, instead of liaising with a number of different suppliers and receiving dozens of supplier invoices, IFC handles all supplier negotiations and we receive one consolidated monthly invoice.
"Everything is fully automated, replacing the system of spreadsheets we used previously, and IFC's involvement has reduced our administrative burden and the time taken to run the fleet enormously."
Paul Talbot, Managing Director of IFC Fleet Services, comments: "We are delighted to include Industrial Cleaning Equipment in our portfolio of corporate customers.
"Our objective is to provide our customers with a complete outsource for the financial and day-to-day management of their company fleet, although we can also offer a scaled down, 'lite' version featuring a number of service modules to suit each client's needs.
"With ICE, we have aimed to introduce cost efficiencies, avoid duplication and basically deliver first rate customer service through the day-to-day management of its fleet, and it is great to hear that the company believes we are meeting those objectives."
Picture: Paul Talbot, Managing Director of IFC Fleet Services
30th January 2014