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Round-Up: Fleets using ‘outdated ownership models’, New Renault LCV boss, New Motorpoint COO

Fleets ‘wedded to outdated asset ownership models’

Delivery Vans

Businesses “continue to be wedded to outdated asset ownership models”, and are missing out on the benefits of the subscription economy according to research commissioned by Northgate Vehicle Hire.

The findings show that 81% of business owners buy their vans rather than rent or lease them, with 48% of respondents saying that they aren’t comfortable with not owning their assets, adding almost a fifth (18%) of respondents claimedthat they do not understand the pricing of renting vans. This causes a greater barrier to businesses hiring their vehicles, as there is a worry around.

Tim Bailey, fleet director at Northgate Vehicle Hire, said: “There is clearly a lot more that we all can do to educate businesses about the benefits of vehicle hire. Whether it is purely financial, or by removing the administrative burden, organisations can release valuable resources by opting for vehicle hire. At times of great political and economic instability, this model of van ownership gives businesses the much-needed flexibility and allows them to focus on what’s at the heart of their business.”

Whitcombe named as Renault LCV boss


Stephen Whitcombe has been appointed as head of brand for Pro+ Commercial vehicles at Groupe Renault UK.

His promotion follows a year in a Regional Director role for the group, before which he spent three years as Head of Total Customer Experience and Network Engagement.

He said: “Not only have we just launched New Master and New Trafic, Renault continues to lead the way with its range of all-electric Z.E. products, from the Twizy Cargo through to the New Master Z.E. With such a diverse line-up the Pro+ Commercial Vehicle operation continues to deliver products that continue to have strong appeal to businesses and trades, and we are looking forward to building on the division’s considerable success over the past year as we accelerate into 2020”.

Motorpoint names new COO

Andy Smyth, Chief Operating Officer, Motorpoint

Motorpoint has appointed Andy Smyth to its newly-created role of chief operating officer and joins from equipment and servicing specialist JLA where for the last six years he worked as Group Operations Director..

As part of his role, he will oversee vehicle preparation and logistics together with operational excellence and business improvement across the company’s network of branches throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

“Motorpoint is a hugely ambitious business, and the opportunity to affect change and really make a difference to the car buying experience for our customers, is one I am extremely excited about,” he said.  “I’ve been incredibly impressed from day one by the vision of the executive team as well as the culture of continuous improvement which, when backed by the quality of the cars and the spirit of the teams on the ground, makes Motorpoint a very compelling proposition.”