Automotive e-commerce solutions specialist epyx is the latest company – and also the first in its sector – to sign-up to ICFM’s rapidly expanding Corporate Investor Programme.
The initiative is designed to appeal to employers such as epyx that provide products and services to fleets, further raising the standards of fleet industry professionals.
Additionally, member businesses also become more closely involved in ICFM initiatives, which include training for employees, the organisation’s annual conference and Masterclasses on key industry issues.
The ICFM, now in its 26th year, is the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the education and advancement of car and light commercial vehicle fleet management.
epyx’s 1link platforms cover functions including vehicle procurement, maintenance, hire, disposal and relicensing. They have been adopted by fleets totalling more than four million vehicles, around 18,000 service providers, and nearly all motor manufacturers on behalf of their franchise networks.
Tim Meadows, commercial director at epyx, said: “We work closely with fleets on virtually all of their major purchasing activities, so we already have a strong knowledge base but, by joining the ICFM, we aim to both expand on our knowledge and experience, especially when it comes to making use of the organisation’s well-known and respected training courses.”
ICFM sales director Peter Eldridge said: “We are delighted that epyx has recognised the value that ICFM can deliver through the Corporate Investor Programme and joined at Affiliate level.
“We hope that many other businesses will clearly see the value for money benefits of membership and the training and learning opportunities available and then enrol their employees in the various courses and attend our events, whether that be the ICFM’s annual conference or its Masterclasses tackling key fleet decision-maker issues.
“Investment in ICFM adds credibility and value to businesses and their employees and provides an invaluable network of contacts and benefits.”
Among companies that have also joined ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme since its launch are: Accident Exchange Group, Ambit, Auto Windscreens, CD Auction Group, Chargemaster, Fleet Operations, Geotab, Kwik Fit, Michelin, Pendragon Vehicle Management, SG Fleet, Sign Language, Thrifty Car & Van Rental and TMC.
ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme provides employers with four levels of membership tailored to employee numbers and specific employer requirements:
- Affiliate Investor – for businesses that have no immediate requirement for staff engagement as members of ICFM, but recognise the benefits of association. A range of added value benefits are available, including the ability to prominently display ICFM membership and attend and participate in the organisation’s events including the annual Conference as well as seminars so as to understand key industry issues. Affiliate Investor membership is £1,000 for 12 months.
- Corporate Investor – targeted at businesses employing 10-50 people engaged in fleet-related activity. The benefits are similar to that for Affiliate Investors. Corporate membership is available in blocks of 10 at £50 per employee with a minimum charge of £500 for 12 months membership.
- Tailored Corporate Investor – targeted at businesses employing more than 50 people engaged in fleet-related activity. The cost is bespoke to individual organisations based on the number of employees to be included. The benefits are similar to that for Affiliate Investors and, additionally, entitle an exhibition stand at the ICFM Annual Conference.
- Tailored Corporate Investor Plus – provides an increased level of support to Tailored Corporate Investor membership via a consultancy service geared to analysing, assessing and accrediting organisation’s internal training processes and procedures specifically involving the fleet operation. ICFM will work in tandem with an employer’s own internal trainers and offer those individuals Associate Member status at no additional cost. The cost is on application.