‘Big benefits for smaller companies’: Europcar launch SME-friendly Business Connect
By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 13:00
BETTER: Business Connect helps SMEs
Europcar are aiming to give small businesses access to many of the vehicle hire services usually available just to higher-volume users.
The continent’s leading car hire provider have launched Business Connect, giving SMEs more choice, flexibility and preferential rates on a range of services.
There are several options available in Business Connect, focused on the flexibility often required by SMEs.
A fixed service option enables companies to select the rental product that will be most suitable for their business needs throughout the year
To make it easier to budget for the annual costs of car hire, a defined set of competitive rates is then provided.
Alternatively, businesses can choose a flexible product, with variable rates, including discounts on Europcar’s standard web offering.
A choice of payment options – including credit facilities or no-contract credit card payment – are offered.
It also provides access to Europcar’s online booking system to reserve vehicles at the company’s network of 200 locations across the UK.
An Affinity scheme is also available for SMEs to provide their employees with access to competitively priced car hire for personal travel.
Ken McCall, Managing Director of Europcar UK Group, said: “The launch of Business Connect is part of Europcar’s commitment to our small business customers who are the engine room of the UK economy.
“Business Connect delivers big business benefits to smaller organisations, helping them get the best out of Europcar’s services by creating a rental solution that meets their specific needs.
“We know that SMEs have to be even more conscious of costs but can often find that they are excluded from the discounts and benefits that are afforded to big volume rental users.
“Business Connect brings certainty on costs with discounted rates to keep UK SMEs on the move.
“Plus our Affinity programme offers staff, friends and family discounts on vehicle rental booked via our consumer website, providing savings on leisure rentals.”
Other benefits usually only available to larger volume buyers of rental are also included in Business Connect.
These include a guaranteed diesel option, a light damage option which waives any damage costs up to £400 and dedicated account manager support.
Delivery, collection and one-way rentals also come as part of the Business Connect package which provides access to over 45,000 vehicles across the UK.