Leasing brokers celebrate decade’s achievement at first BVRLA Lunch
By Kyle Linsay
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:54
LUNCH: BVRLA broker membership celebrated
Ten years of British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) broker membership was celebrated this week, at the organisation’s first ever Leasing Broker Lunch.
More than 70 guests attended the lunch at the Landmark London hotel, including leasing brokers, vehicle manufacturers and other representatives from the wider industry.
The event was sponsored by four of the leasing broker sector’s key funders: Arval, Lex Autolease, Network – a LeasePlan brand – and Ogilvie Fleet.
PHVC Vehicle Management’s Paul Huxford, who chairs the BVRLA Leasing Broker Committee, said the last ten years had been a very successful partnership.
“We have worked really hard to raise standards of professionalism – embracing the BVRLA Code of Conduct and conciliation service and sharing best practice within the industry,” he said.
“Meanwhile, the BVRLA has provided us with a huge amount of information and advice, ensuring that we are prepared for any upcoming legislative challenges and giving us valuable extra credibility with both funders and manufacturers.
“I believe that BVRLA leasing brokers are now really beginning to reap the rewards from this relationship.”
The BVRLA currently have around 130 leasing broker members, and are looking to recruit the remaining 10-20% of the mainstream B2B broker sector not yet in membership.
Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the BVRLA, said: “BVRLA leasing brokers make a large contribution to the association and the industry.
“As well as being active participants in association’s activities and events, the broker channel is also responsible for much of the vital new leasing business coming from the SME sector.”
The BVRLA are the national trade body for companies engaged in the leasing and rental of cars and commercial vehicles.
Its members operate a combined fleet of around 2.75million cars, vans and trucks, buying nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK.