Balfour Beatty Plant & Fleet Services has been awarded ‘Cost Saving Initiative of the Year’ at the 2016 Fleet News Awards. The award recognises the work supporting the Balfour Beatty Build to Last programme. The awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London where over 1,500 guests gathered for one of the biggest networking evenings of the year.
Now in its 28th year, and recognised as the most influential awards ceremony in the fleet industry, the evening recognised fleets, managers and suppliers who demonstrate best practice, innovative products and great customer service in the industry.
Balfour Beatty Plant & Fleet sources and manages all items of plant, from everyday tools to specialist overhead line equipment, as well as managing a sustainable supply of fleet vehicles, for the wider Balfour Beatty Group. As the Balfour Beatty Group’s Centre of Excellence for Plant & Fleet, the team is continually introducing new initiatives to ensure continuous improvement in its offering to the business. These activities have also received industry recognition in their own right, such as the Fleet News ‘Safe Fleet of the Year’ accolade for an innovative ‘Permit to Drive’ scheme awarded in 2015.
However, the new Build to Last programme from Chief Executive Leo Quinn drove further initiatives resulting in further savings in four key areas. These included reductions in fuel spend through standardisation and effective supply chain management, fuel management though changing spend behaviours at driver level, fleet efficiency looking at maximising utilisation and reporting to monitor and maintain improvements made.
Commenting on the award win, Fleet News judges said, “This is a comprehensive initiative that extends across all parts of the business; Balfour Beatty’s Build to Last programme demonstrates forward-thinking and is supported by clear evidence of performance improvements and on-going tracking. Well measured and monitored, it has been driven from the top with investment that yields results, both now and for the long-term”.
Andy Ormerod, Managing Director Plant & Fleet Services , said “I’m proud that we have been recognised for our cost saving efforts by the Fleet News Awards. It recognises the hard work of all those involved to continuously drive our sustainable and cost effective offering to the business. We will continue to seek further opportunities to provide additional value to our customers”.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet provide in-house management of strategic equipment, complimented by long-term, exclusive partnerships with specialist plant suppliers. Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet also provides support in the storage, tracking and issue of essential equipment for utilities and construction contracts, using innovative techniques and methodology to provide support to the customer where and when it is needed.
Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 36,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
Our main geographies are the UK, US, Middle East and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Photograph: Carl Hanson, Fleet Director at Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet (R), receives the award