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The BVRLA toasted the success of the leasing and rental industry at its annual dinner earlier this week.

The awards presented included the first Freddie Aldous Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of the BVRLA’s Honorary Life President, who passed away in 2017.

Brian Back won the inaugural award for his contributions to the association, which has included him sitting on its board for more than two decades.

“I am delighted that the inaugural lifetime achievement award was presented to Brian Back in honour of the support and leadership Brian has shown within the BVRLA over the years. It is fitting that Freddie was instrumental in helping to recruit Brian into an active role with the BVRLA. Brian has provided wise counsel to BVRLA chief executives at some of the post pivotal moments in the association’s 50-year history,” said Gerry Keaney, the BVRLA’s chief executive.

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Stephen Best of Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental and Jennifer Wilson of Inchcape Fleet Solutions, meanwhile, scooped the Industry Achievement Awards as they were the top performers in BVRLA accreditation programmes during 2018.

The winners of the Industry Hero Awards were named Ashlee Lanchbery of Alphabet and Mark Gallagher of Grosvenor Contracts Leasing.

“As an industry, we have taken new challenges such as air quality, congestion, road safety and urban mobility and used our expertise, insight and financial acumen to come up with solutions and services,” said Matt Dyer, the body’s chairman, during his opening address. “During 2018, the BVRLA engaged with a more diverse membership than ever before and spoke to a record number of policymakers to raise the profile of the industry, engaging with officials in town halls, in Westminster and at Number 10.”