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How dealers can help SMEs run safer and more cost effective fleets

Corporate sales managers are being offered the opportunity to invite their top SME clients to benefit from big business fleet advice at the newly launched Small Fleet Conference.

The complimentary offer means franchised dealers can play host to up to 10 representatives from the business’ SME client base operating between five and 50 vehicles. Both the dealer representative and the SMEs can attend together free of charge.

Hosted by AM’s sister title Fleet News, the conference, which takes place at Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, on Wednesday, October 8, aims to provide insight, advice and learn best practice lessons from large operators.

Accessing high level content and insider knowledge which large fleet operators obtain from well-established industry events and training seminars, experts explore reducing costs, operational processes and legal obligations.

AM editor Jeremy Bennett said: “Franchised dealers offer the same advice and expertise to local businesses as the large fleet operators and fleet managers.

"The legislation, safety issues and operational processes faced by smaller businesses are exactly the same but they rarely have the opportunity to grapple with the complexities of fleet management.

“The latest legal implications, telematics, ways in which costs can be reduced and an employer’s obligation to their employees when driving for work and other road users are just some of the insights which will benefit SMEs and enable corporate sales managers to provide an enhanced service to all their clients.”

Speakers include David Rawlings, director at BCF Wessex Consultants, who will focus on the key concerns for smaller fleets and how to generate maximum value; Andrew Wetters, senior policy advisor for the workplace transport team at the HSE, will explore employer and employee obligations; Jay Parmar, director of policy and membership at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), will explain the fleet industry manifesto as well as taking a closer look at legislation and latest DVLA changes.

For more information visit and to take advantage of our complimentary offer contact Nicola Baxter on 01733 468289 or

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