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Indeed. What suits your SME business best? The SME Company Car of the Year Awards judges the best cars in the sector for the SME business user.
Manufacturers enter the cars they think are best in sector – and our independent panel of judges decides which is the best based on value, running costs, BIK and overall appeal.
Paul is the managing director of The Miles Consultancy (TMC), the fuel purchasing and mileage management specialists, as well being chairman of the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM).
A qualified chartered accountant, Paul began his fleet career at Inchcape Fleet Solutions where he was head of finance and for four years before joining Alphabet in 2007.
At Alphabet, Paul was part of their executive team where he headed up all their sales and marketing activities, while leading innovation, development and delivery of new products into the UK market.
Paul was also chairman of the Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2015 and 2016.
Martin Brown is the managing director and a shareholder of vehicle finance and fleet management specialist Fleet Alliance Group, which has a fleet of around 25,000 vehicles under management.
Although still only 41, Martin has been MD at Fleet Alliance for the last 14 years, making him one of the youngest and longest-serving MDs in the fleet industry.
At Fleet Alliance, he has an active and hands-on role in managing all aspects of the business – particularly the sales and marketing functions – and has been responsible for overseeing the company’s tremendous growth rate.
He has also served as chairman of the BVRLA’s leasing broker committee.
Steve, who is now in his 25th year at Lloyds banking group, is now director of Lex Autolease Broker Division. Steve has led broker teams for Bank of Scotland, Lex and now Lex Autolease.
The broker business continues to go from strength to strength, having reached a fleet of 70,000 vehicles early this year they look set to surpass 80,000 through 2017.
Todd Williams is the head of broker at Arval UK, working closely with specialist brokers throughout the UK to provide vehicle leasing solutions to SME businesses.
Todd joined Arval in 2000 working in various areas of the business including, fuel, accident management, operational leasing and has recently returned to the UK having spent the last four years working in international business at the Arval headquarters in Paris.
Colin is a management consultant specialising in the automotive fleet and asset finance markets in the UK and overseas. He is also a prolific author, with eight books including ‘Managing Your Company Cars’, ‘Company Car & Van Tax 2016-17’ and ‘Do The Maths – How to decide whether you should lease or buy’.
He is a 38 year leasing industry veteran, the former managing director of CitiCapital Fleet and the co-founder of the International Auto Finance Network.
Jim is Head of Asset Risk at Alphabet. He is also the BVRLA RVR Committee Chairman.
He has worked in the motor industry for over 20 years, predominantly in pricing and risk related roles. He has a passion for all things motor related, and has a keen interest in motor racing, four wheels and two.
Married with two children, he has the dubious joy of supporting Arsenal.
For car manufacturers, it’s the opportunity to have their cars and SME company car programmes validated independently.
For SME businesses, it takes away the difficulty of selection: here are the best company cars and company car programmes on the market for the SME sector.
|2013||SME Company Car of the Year||Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid G-Tronic Plus|
|2014||SME Company Car of the Year||Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi Design ecoFLEX|
|2015||SME Company Car of the Year||BMW 520d SE auto|
|2016||SME Company Car of the Year||Jaguar XE 2.0d R-Sport 163PS|
|Best Value SME Company Car||Mercedes C 350e PHEV Sport Auto Saloon|
|Best SME Compact Company Car||MINI Cooper D five-door|
|Best SME Large Company Car||Jaguar XE 2.0d R-Sport 163PS|
|Best SME Director’s Company Car||Jaguar XF 2.0d R-Sport 180PS Auto|
|Best SME Green Company Car||Audi A3 Sportback e-tron|
|Best SME Company Car Programme||BMW Business Partnership|
|Best SME After Sales Programme||Hyundai|
|Special recognition award||Volvo SME Co-Pilot programme|
|2017||SME Company Car of the Year||To be awarded|