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  • Highest Accolade for Cancer Charity Hope for Tomorrow

    Winner of Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation

    Hope for Tomorrow Trustees Ted Langston, Pat Barnard, Phil Williams, Christine Mills, MBE (Founder), Lord MacLaurin (Chairman) and Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Hope for Tomorrow Trustees Ted Langston, Pat Barnard, Phil Williams, Christine Mills, MBE (Founder), Lord MacLaurin (Chairman) and Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow, which launched the world’s first Mobile  Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) in 2007, has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category.

    The Award, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, was made in recognition of Hope for Tomorrow’s achievements since its founder, Christine Mills, MBE, set up the charity with a single aim: to bring cancer care closer to patients. Today ten Units have been successfully launched and are in operation in partnership with NHS Trusts around the country. They bring vital cancer treatments to patients, reducing travel, waiting times and the stresses and strains of busy hospitals.

    The Queen’s Awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

    Christine Mills said: “Without our very special team, including staff, supporters, patrons, trustees, the nursing teams and our partners in the NHS, we wouldn’t be here today. Our simple and innovative business model has enabled the public sector to adopt our Mobile Chemotherapy Units, easing pressure on Oncology Units, staff, and most importantly, patients.

    “Hope for Tomorrow is delighted and honoured to have won the Queen’s Award and to be recognised for our work. We hope the Award will help us achieve our aim of having at least one Unit in every county, bringing cancer care closer to patients.”

    Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was instrumental in helping Hope for Tomorrow set up the first MCU in Cheltenham in 2007. On hearing of the Award, he said: “I’m delighted to hear that Hope for Tomorrow has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, of which it is thoroughly deserving. The charity has achieved a huge amount through its dedication, efficiency and focus on patient centred care, increasing both capacity and flexibility of service for the NHS Trusts it partners. I look forward to seeing more Hope for Tomorrow Units reaching more cancer patients around the country.”

  • Nigel Trotman has more than 25 years’ experience in the fleet industry.

    As fleet manager at Whitbread he scooped two Fleet News awards – fleet manager of the year (large fleets) and UK fleet of the year – before making the switch to consultancy at major leasing companies Lex Autolease and Alphabet.

    Read the full interview on Fleet News here.

  • Workshop calls on joint approach to secure best terms

    Procurement experts and other stakeholders have a key role to play in fleet supplier appointments

    The key to a successful fleet and supplier long-term business partnership is to define what is required from potential suppliers, commercially and operationally, while always ensuring that very best value is obtained.

    Read the full article on Fleetpoint

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    Geoff Bray the chairman of FIAG hands over a cheque for £1,500 to Christine Mills the founder and Chief Executive of Hope for Tomorrow.

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  • The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) has handed over a cheque for £1,500 to Hope for Tomorrow, the national charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes by providing a mobile chemotherapy unit to every oncology centre within the UK.

    The money was raised from a FIAG dinner held at the House of Lords and hosted by Hope for Tomorrow trustee Lord MacLaurin, a former chairman and chief executive of Tesco and chairman of Vodafone.

    Almost 40 FIAG members and their guests attended the function, which was preceded by a private guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, which included visiting both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

    Dinner group


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    Geoffrey Bray, chairman of the Fleet Industry Advisory Group, explores how in-vehicle telematics technology can give organisations the vital ‘inside’ information they need to streamline flow operations.

    Telematics is revolutionising the way in which companies run their vehicles and employees drive them.

    Vehicle telematics has its roots in the HGV sector but, in more recent years, has become a popular tool for LCV fleets and today the technology is increasingly finding its way into company cars.

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    The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG), which is dedicated to developing and sharing best practice among fleet decision-makers, has published its second white paper.20right) with workshop speakers (left to right) Martin Carter, Michael Appleby, Graham Bellman, Ian Brooks and Mark Edwards

    Called “Telematics Explained”, publication of the white paper coincided with FIAG holdings its second workshop today (Wednesday, 12th November) focusing on fleet use of the increasingly in-demand technology.

    FIAG chairman Geoffrey Bray said: “Telematics is revolutionising the way in which companies run their vehicles and employees drive them. The telematics market is moving at a rapid pace making what was considered the future of fleet management now a central part of operations for many.”

    The white paper includes case studies on four businesses that have introduced telematics to their fleet operations.

    FIAG founding members – Graham Bellman, director of fleet services, Travis Perkins; Martin Carter, operations director, Stannah Management Services; Ged Raymond, fleet manager, Autoglass; and Ian Housley, health, safety, environment and quality director, Clancy Group – each explain how telematics has benefited their respective operations.

    Travis Perkins has installed telematics across its 3,300-strong fleet of light commercial vehicle and trucks and Mr Bellman said: “Using data delivered by telematics and interpreting it has delivered savings totalling millions of pounds year-on-year to the company’s bottom line.”Graham Bellman

    Telematics is a key tool in the fleet management armoury at Stannah, the world-leading stairlift manufacturer, and Mr Carter, in charge of 600 company cars and light commercials, said: “Telematics is not a silver bullet, but it is one thread of fleet management and an integral part in helping manage vehicles.”

    One of the major benefits for Autoglass of the introduction of telematics to its 1,400-strong fleet of vehicle glass repair and replacement vans has been a 9% fuel bill saving. Mr Raymond explained: “The huge saving in our fuel bill is the result of improving driver behaviour.”

    Clancy Group, best known via its civil engineering and utilities division Clancy Docwra, has fitted telematics to more than 1,100 light and heavy commercial vehicles. Mr Housley said: “Telematics has a major role to play within the cost management of the Group’s fleet division. It is one of the many pieces in our fleet management jigsaw, and it is difficult to imagine telematics now not being used.”Martin Carter

    The white paper looks at the legal implications for businesses of introducing telematics and the benefits of data collection from the in-vehicle ‘black boxes’ – including fuel and CO2 emission savings, productivity improvements though improved journey planning and scheduling, operating cost reduction and safety improvements as a result of driver performance management.

    It also explains that far from telematics ‘black box’ installation being viewed as “Big Brother” or a “spy in the cab”, it can be a driver’s friend if the benefits are clearly communicated to employees.

    Although many fleets have still to embrace telematics, the white paper concludes that the data delivered to fleet decision-makers from the technology can be used to improve operating efficiencies, reduce costs, increase compliance and ultimately improve customer service.

    Mr Bray concluded: “The white paper provides an insight into the role telematics technology can play in fleet operations and across the wider business environment. An increasing number of fleets will introduce telematics to their operations, but it is critical that businesses have the resources in place to handle the volume of data emanating from the technology.”

    The white paper called “Telematics Explained” is available as a free download to FIAG members at To join FIAG and for further information go to, email or telephone 05603 686869.Workshop delegates (2)


    The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) is a not-for-profit organisation created to develop and share best practice in the fleet industry.

    Through the considerable knowledge of its founding members, FIAG will provide fleet advice, consultancy, mentoring and support. FIAG will also assist with benchmarking and analysis of industry developments through the publication of white papers and the organisation of workshops.

    FIAG is also dedicated to supporting Hope for Tomorrow, a national charity which raises funds to support the introduction of mobile chemotherapy units nationwide.

    Further information on FIAG is available at and on Hope for Tomorrow at

    For further information contact: FIAG founder and chairman Geoffrey Bray on 05603 686869.

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    Telematics is rapidly being introduced into vehicles as businesses look to put the brake on fleet costs and drive forward operating efficiencies, and the technology will be the focus of the second workshop hosted by the Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG).

    The event being held on Wednesday, 12th November will also provide workshop delegates with an opportunity to quiz the founding members of FIAG, which was launched earlier this year, on key fleet issues in one-to-one sessions.

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  • Telematics Workshop & 1:1 mentoring opportunity – Agenda

    To apply, click here

    FIAG is pleased to announce its 2nd major workshop which is being held on 12th November 2014 at Arnold Clark Group’s GTG Training Academy, Bearing Drive, Wolverhampton, WV11 3SZ.

    Telematics – The aim of the workshop is to raise understanding of what telematics can do, and what it can’t, and how it can be implemented to support the business effectively.

    Mentoring – After lunch the FIAG founder members will be available to answer a plethora of questions in a series of 1:1 mentoring sessions.

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  • Fleet purchasing explained

    Article reference:- Green Fleet

    Too frequently, price is the dominating issue when purchasing new vehicles and fleet services. But there are many other aspects that should be considered if a long-term efficient fleet is to be run. Geoffrey Bray, chairman of the newly formed Fleet Industry Advisory Group, shares some procurement best practice.

    I have spent more than 50 years in the fleet industry and during the last decade or more have become increasingly concerned at the decision of many organisations to axe the post of fleet manager. The traditional fleet manager is now rare and with their passing, employers have lost the knowledge and skill necessary to deliver a cost effective fleet operation. Consequently, there is a real need to reintroduce into the fleet management process individuals with a clear understanding and the necessary skill and knowledge to deliver a professional approach.

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