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14 May 2019

Total Motion’s Actual Whole Life Cost system kinder to planet

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Total Motion’s Actual Whole Life Cost system kinder to planet

Green credentials – and making the best choices for the planet – should be at the forefront of fleet managers’ decision-making when calculating a fleet’s actual whole life cost.

But, being environmentally-sound means looking far beyond the running costs and purchase price of your fleet.

To truly support decisions around climate change and clean air, fleet managers need to be able to assess the real impact of the manufacturing process, shipping and the sourcing of car parts.

Total Motion’s Actual Whole Life Cost system is the only system in Europe able to calculate the environmental implications of running a fleet.  And, by adding this function to your current dataset covering cost, reliability and sustainability, we can help decision makers to be as sympathetic to the planet as possible.

Our AWLC system was first developed in 1998, and, since that time, it has proved to be the most accurate and transparent whole life cost system in Europe.

It plays a crucial role in assisting our customers with issues such as which manufacturers and vehicles to select, which funding products to use, what time period and/or mileage should be applied to life cycles and contracts and how vehicle grading works.

It also helps clients with setting and developing cash allowances and flexible benefits, identifying driver and vehicle trends and budgeting. With a maximum variance of +/- 3%, no other system can provide this level of accuracy.

The Actual Whole Life Cost calculator covers depreciation, corporation tax, capital allowances and National Insurance Contributions, service, maintenance and repair spend (SMR), non-scheduled repair spend (accident damage, glass replacement etc.) and finance costs

It also allows for fuel, road fund licence, return on funds, recovery services, average unrecoverable costs per vehicle, administration costs and vehicle usage.

Unlike other fleet management providers, Total Motion uses updated data, not estimates or calculations based upon leasing rentals, with our dataset drawn from a vast range of sources. Our data comes from fuel and fuel card suppliers, contract hire and leasing suppliers, insurers and brokers, vehicle manufacturers, ICME repair times and costs, Rospa (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and the DfT (Department of Transport). 

It is also calculated by looking at finance house net rates, residual values from auctions, dealers and our own disposals department, the historic maintenance spend from our own database of vehicles and that of more than 100 large fleet operators – and more than 1.9 million live UK and European vehicles.

Simon Hill, managing director of Total Motion said: “In order to reduce their fleets’ carbon footprint, it is essential fleet managers calculate the true environmental impact of every vehicle leasing or purchasing decision they make.

“By using the data available via our AWLC system, they can make clear and informed choices which are not only better for their business but kinder to the planet.”

08 Mar 2019

Total Motion apprentices are well on their way to vehicle management careers

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Total Motion apprentices are well on their way to vehicle management careers

Total Motion apprentices Neil Spurling and Ross Matthew really enjoy working at the sharp end of vehicle management.

In their respective roles in data reporting and sales, the two Leicestershire teenagers are playing an integral part in ensuring our customers get the best levels of service and competitive prices.

The two are among several apprentices we recruited last summer following a drive to find bright young people looking to train for a rewarding career in the automotive sector.

Neil, who is 19 and from Braunstone, joined the company in June, after completing a course in games development at Leicester College.

He came along to Total Motion’s Open Day in April and, after looking around all departments, decided on an apprenticeship in Data and Reporting.

Neil said: “My job involves getting hold of data and giving reports, such as letting clients know when their MOT is due. I also input information about new cars and new drivers on to the system.

“It’s great being on the computer and I like the team I work with. Everyone here is warm and friendly and I’m getting good on the job training.”

Eighteen-year-old apprentice Ross from Kibworth found out about Total Motion’s recruitment drive via a friend of his dad.

Ross, who has worked in SME Sales since he joined Total Motion in July, also attended Leicester College, leaving with a level 3 extended diploma in IT.

Now, as part of his apprenticeship, he is furthering his qualifications by taking a level 2 business course and is assessed in the workplace. 

He added: “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after college but I’m really enjoying my job.

“I check vehicle funders’ deals, so we get the most competitive vehicle prices, then I load them on to the website.  It involves a lot of market research so my IT qualification comes in handy.”

“It’s nice here. We’re like a family and my team is close-knit. We all work to help each other.”

Total Motion managing director Simon Hill said the apprentices had settled in well and were making good progress.

He added: “They have been with us for six months now and are a welcome addition to the teams.

“As a progressive, go-ahead company we see it as vital to invest in the future of our young people, benefiting not just our business but also the communities we serve.

“Our apprenticeships provide a great chance for bright young people to train for an exciting, well paid job in the motor industry, without going to university and racking up huge amounts of student loan debt.”

15 Jan 2019

Total Motion drives ahead with new product innovations for 2019

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Total Motion drives ahead with new product innovations for 2019

Since taking on our first fleet management client more than 20 years ago, Total Motion has quite literally been an industry driving force.

In fact, we have delivered more actual savings for our clients than any other provider in the vehicle management sector, and we are the only company who provides a guarantee.

As a business which has achieved prominent industry firsts, we are always keen to innovate, and 2019 will be no exception.

During the next 12 months, Total Motion will be rolling out a number of new and exciting products – all of which are designed to meet the changing needs of fleet management in the UK.

Our new products include:

  • Van Manager – A specific funding and management product for vans
  • Mobility Card Solution – A solution to replace fuel cards and offer the ability to pay for other items such as trains and taxis
  • 12-month Non-Regulated Employee Car Ownership Scheme – Based on an ECOS scheme, this is a zero BIK option for company car drivers
  • 3-12-month Flexible Lease – A solution for temporary cars for between 3-12 months

Simon Hill, Total Motion managing director, said: “In recent years our innovative products such as multi-bid leasing, no-cost fleet audit, road charging and toll management, hybrid leasing and Actual Whole Life Costs, have allowed us to deliver a minimum 18% reduction in fleet cost for every single Total Motion client. All told, we have saved our clients more than £240 million.

“This commitment to finding workable, cost-effective solutions for our clients is what continues to drive us forward.

“The far-reaching environmental and economic challenges currently facing our industry are well documented, and as a business we are constantly looking at proactive ways to address them.”

To find out how Total Motion can help you with your fleet, please contact Lee Cobb, Total Motion’s national business development manager at lee.cobb@totalmotion.co.uk or call 07590 881722.

18 Dec 2018

Total Motion Vehicle Management have become Stoke City’s Official Vehicle Partner

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Total Motion Managing Director, Simon Hill (left) with Stoke City Chief Operating Officer Paul Lakin (right)

The Potters already had a long-standing relationship with the Leicestershire-based company, the UK’s largest family run and privately owned fleet management and leasing provider.

The new partnership will allow Total Motion to promote personal lease deals exclusively to City supporters, whilst also aiming to provide the cheapest quotes in the country on specific deals – from small cars, to company vehicles and van fleets.

City’s Chief Commercial Officer Paul Lakin said: “We are delighted to welcome Total Motion to our group of Platinum Partners.

“They are long serving and trusted friends of the club who have strong buying power in the lease car sector. That will significantly benefit our fanbase who will receive weekly exclusive personal lease deals, often at genuine unbeatable prices, through our social media platforms.”

Managing Director Simon Hill said “Having worked with the club for over 10 years becoming a partner seemed like a natural progression and we are keen to support the club and supporters.

“Our aim is to give the Potters faithful deals on cars and vans that are market leading keeping it all in the family. So whether it’s a car or van for a business or a personal lease we will make experience simple, easy and of course deliver the best possible price.

“We are really excited about the next phase of our relationship and what the future holds”.

12 Dec 2018

Total Motion celebrates a year of award wins and exciting partnerships

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As this year draws to a close, we are proud to look back on some of our biggest achievements during 2018.

One of the main highlights has been, without doubt, Total Motion’s exciting partnership deal with Premiership rugby club Leicester Tigers.

As Tigers’ official vehicle supplier, we now look after the motoring needs of the club and its supporters – giving Tigers’ fans exclusive access to the Total Motion Affinity Scheme so they can enjoy discounted rates on a wide selection of vehicles.

Through this deal we have also supplied the Leicester Tigers Foundation community minibus and the club’s new training equipment and kit van.

Total Motion Vehicle Fleet at Leicester Tigers Stadium

Additionally, we are title partner for Leicester Tigers’ Rugby World Cup Preview Dinner on March 5 2019 and will continue to be involved in branding opportunities at Welford Road and events throughout the rest of the 2018/19 season.

With regard to recent accolades, Total Motion was thrilled to be named as 2018 Leicester Mercury Company of the Year in the Leicester Mercury Business Awards.

Our phenomenal sales growth, job creation, commitment to corporate social responsibility and proven track record in innovation all helped us to secure this coveted title.

Alistair Langham/ The Studio 17/ Mercury / Biz / Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2018…… WINNERS.. Company of the Year, Total Motion Vehicle Management

And, recognition of this success has been national as well as local; for the third year running we were featured among the UK’s 1000 Most Dynamic SMEs published by the London Stock Exchange.

To make sure Total Motion stays dynamic, we constantly look at new ways to enhance our offer.  In March, for example, we introduced Personal Contact Hire – allowing individuals, as well as businesses, to enjoy the various advantages of fixed-cost motoring.  The launch of our new data and management information system in August has also helped ensure that clients receive the best possible vehicle management service

As part of our commitment to training and recruitment, we launched an apprenticeship drive in April which included an open day at our Meridian Business Park head office.

We’ve been busy recruiting bright, enthusiastic young people to work as apprentices in all areas of our business, including software and IT, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, customer services and vehicle engineering.  Trainees get chance to work in a range of departments, and they receive some of the best rates of apprentice pay in Leicester.

Elsewhere in the company, we have been strengthening our teams in key areas such as accounts administration, sales support, quote and order, vehicle marketing and data analysis.

Every year Total Motion plays an active role in supporting the wider community, and 2018 has been no exception.

At the end of January, we exhibited at a national employment and careers fair aimed at helping ex-service personnel make the transition to civilian life.

The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) event

The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) event was held at Aldershot Garrison and attracted hundreds of visitors. It was the first time we’ve exhibited at a recruitment fair and we were overwhelmed by the great response.

In June, after months of training, preparation and hard work, cyclists from Total Motion completed a 118-mile charity bike ride from Leicester to Sheringham in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Pedalling for Peyton Bike Ride in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital

We chose the hospital as our charity of the year for 2018 in recognition of the tremendous care it gives to Peyton Rowley, a little girl with an extremely rare condition whose dad, Jamie, is our logistics manager.

Our chosen charity for 2019 is Bodie Hodges Foundation (BHF), and among next year’s planned events is the second BHF Golf Day and a sponsored cycle ride from Leicester to Cromer via Bodie’s Boathouse.

Bodie Hodges Foundation working with Total Motion Vehicle Management

BHF was originally established by Nick Hodges from Leicester in memory of his baby son Bodie who died following a choking accident in 2012. We have worked with BHF recently on several fundraising events and are proud to continue our support of the foundation’s amazing work as its official charity partner.

Simon Hill, managing director, said: “It has been another busy 12 months for Total Motion across all areas of the business, with the company enjoying a number of notable highlights despite the economic uncertainty wrought by Brexit and far-reaching changes in our industry.

“We’re very proud of our achievements but we know that none of them would be possible without the support of our loyal customers and dedicated staff.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for a prosperous 2019.”

24 Aug 2018

Total Motion welcomed as official vehicle supplier to Leicester Tigers

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Total Motion Vehicle Management is partnering with Leicester Tigers in a deal which has seen us become the rugby club’s official vehicle supplier.

Our business, which has previously sponsored the Tigers annual Awards Night at Welford Road, will be supplying vehicles which meet the travel needs of both the club and its supporters.

Sales and marketing director Chris Pepper with Leicester Tigers Commercial Director Andrea Pinchen

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13 Jul 2018

Total Motion named as ONE PRO Cycling’s Official Vehicle Lease Partner

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Total Motion is proud to have been named as the official vehicle lease partner for the British men’s UCI Continental cycling team, ONE PRO Cycling.

As a business with a strong cycling culture, we’re thrilled to be associated with such a successful, ambitious cycling team – and this partnership also furthers our own efforts to encourage more people on to their bikes.

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