Independent fleet management provider Fleet Logistics has set up a preferred dealer network in the UK.

The new preferred dealer network, which comprises 11 dealer groups and dealerships, provides UK fleet customers with access to 25 different makes throughout the UK, and includes all the most popular fleet manufacturers.

The company said that the dealers’ performance will be reviewed quarterly to ensure they continue to meet Fleet Logistics’ standards.

If successful in the UK, Fleet Logistics plans to roll out the preferred dealer network initiative to a number of its major European markets, including France, Belgium and Germany. A similar system already exists in the Netherlands.

Fleet Logistics’ head of UK and Ireland, Sue Branston, said the new initiative was designed to formalise the existing dealer network that Fleet Logistics already had in place in the UK and to complement some clients’ desire to maintain their choice of dealer.

Branston said: "This is one part of a new supply chain strategy that we are developing for our markets in Western Europe and beyond.

"We have been operating with an informal preferred dealer network in the UK for some time now. But this new arrangement puts it on a more formal footing with new terms and conditions, service levels and KPIs.

"We believe that, as a result, it allows us to more effectively leverage our buying power based on the scale of orders our customers place in the UK, leading to improved service levels, dealer discounts and better prices for our customers."

Last month, Rainer Laber, chief executive officer at Fleet Logistics, spoke to Leasing Life and Motor Finance about the company’s full-year results as well as the strategy behind the recent acquisition of two companies.

Fleet Logistics, which has more than 180,000 vehicles under contract in 27 countries worldwide, placed more than 4,000 new vehicle orders in 2015 in the UK. Its most popular marques currently with fleet customers are BMW, Volkswagen, Vauxhall, Audi and Mercedes.