Fleet management and car benefits specialist, Fleet Evolution, is offering a helping hand to new business start-ups and SMEs by providing access to rates and facilities that would often be out of reach due to limited financial information.
Having been a new business start-up itself no more than eight years ago, the Tamworth-based company specialises in providing fleet management and car benefits schemes to small-to-medium sized enterprises, and fully understands the problems involved in setting up a new business.
These can include a lack of corporate discounts due to insufficient financial accounting information, not being granted business account status as a result, and often having to pay retail rates for vital pieces of equipment such as cars, vans, and office furniture and IT equipment.
At the same time, sourcing vehicles to provide mobility for the new start-up to deliver goods to customers or mobilise its sales force can be a major issue, due to the lack of financial history of the new business.
As a result, Fleet Evolution is now offering corporate rates to new businesses for all their vehicle needs and aims to provide a one-stop shop in terms of fleet management and employee mobility to new start-ups.
This includes offering a number of fleet management services that small businesses may not normally be able to access, such as designing legally-compliant and environmentally-sound fleet policies; identifying relevant vehicles for the business, both cars and vans; providing both long and short term vehicles at competitive, corporate rates; carrying out licence checks on employees; and handling mileage claims.
Risk management services can include sourcing appropriate insurance policies for smaller companies who may struggle to find partners in the early days; and carrying out risk assessments on the new business start-up’s activities.
Andrew Leech, Managing Director of Fleet Evolution, explained the thinking behind the new start-up and SME initiative.
“When you start a small company it’s an exciting time with every day seeming to bring new challenges and opportunities, and small businesses need a very sharp focus to react to them.
“What you don’t need are headaches, distractions and limitations, especially when it comes to something as fundamental as ordering new business assets, mobilising a sales force or simply delivering your products out to customers.
“We understand these problems as, not too many years ago, we were a start-up ourselves and we fully empathise with those companies that are struggling to order normal business assets without the necessary credit worthiness because they have not been trading long enough.
“As experts in fleet management and employee car schemes, we are passionate about the SME market, which we see as the backbone of the UK economy.
“And we want to partner with small businesses to help them develop the right strategy for their fleets, whether that be permanent vehicle provision or just supplying temporary vehicles when needed – whatever the business needs to get up and running properly.
“We are happy to support new and small companies in these vital ways, easing both the headache and financial strain of an essential part of their business, by sharing our expertise, taking the fleet off their worry list and reducing cost, while at the same time growing the partnership as they begin to grow their business,” he said.