SPONSORED CONTENT: The last year has highlighted just how much work – often behind the scenes – Facilities Managers take on and the challenges you face. From rethinking how employees can work safely in the office, managing energy requirements and building refits to meeting sustainability goals through to ensuring that business vehicles are available when and where they are needed, says Debbie Wallace, Head of SME, Europcar Mobility Group UK.
With such a wide remit, flexibility, reliability and a can-do-attitude are just some of the traits that those working in the facilities sector need to stay ahead. At Europcar Mobility Group UK we work to those same standards so that we can support you with best-in-class, flexible mobility solutions –from car and van rental by the hour to operating car pools on your behalf and long-term rental for 28 days plus.
Fit for purpose for the peaks and troughs of business
In research carried out last year nearly 30% of fleet managers said that they did not currently have the flexibility to up or down-size their fleet at short notice. Having vehicles sitting around idle or not having the right vehicle available when a new job comes up is expensive, not only financially but also in terms of the damage it can do to your reputation if you cannot fulfil a job on time.
Whether you’re looking for vehicles to carry you through a busy period or want to preserve cash to grow your business, long-term rental can offer a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to outright purchase or leasing.
Sustainability a key focus
For many Facilities Managers the need to move to a more sustainable way of working is also a high priority. 70% of our survey respondents said that their company's sustainability policy affects how they can acquire and operate fleet. And with 41% of their average fleet being over 3 years old, it means that there are many older vehicles that will need replacing to meet green targets.
The number of clean air zones is increasing across the country. The ability to access these areas without risking a penalty charge is another important business consideration – 68% of those surveyed said that at least some of their fleet enter clean air zones regularly. Renting cars and vans with the latest technology ensures that hard earned cash isn’t wasted on fines. And rental provides access to the latest Euro6 compliant LCVs and specialist vehicles, which can be fitted out with everything from tow bars to racking and shelving – without having to make a capital investment in purchase or leasing.
Keeping vehicle options for business flexible is vital in the current challenging environment. Working in partnership with a rental company that understands how you work and can provide you with the right vehicle at the right time, is the perfect way to help you reach to achieve that.