Motor Spy

Brokers’ favourites
The NACFB awards dinner which took place on November 9 honoured the
stars of the broking world, with Lombard winning best Asset Finance
provider and its fleet arm Lombard Vehicle Management winning the
gong for best Motor Vehicle Finance provider. NatWest was voted
best business bank by the association’s members, while former NACFB
president Stuart Barton won the lifetime achievement award. Prizes
were presented by comedian Ronnie Corbett. NACFB chief executive
Adam Tyler said: “This year’s event has been one of the
Association’s most successful. The industry awards are designed to
recognise those lenders in the industry who go the extra mile for
the commercial finance broker. All winners and finalists are voted
for by NACFB members – so to appear on the shortlist effectively
means that brokers really value the service and products that the
lender offers.”

PICTURE CAPTION: l-r: Stuart Barton, David Parkin of Lombard VM,
Ronnie Corbett

Grey hypocrisy?
The issue of the grey fleet (see p17) is one that fleets must
become more aware of, before disaster strikes. The government’s new
legislation in the area of corporate manslaughter means no business
can afford to be complacent when it comes to the safety of
employees on the road. But wait, which organisation has the largest
grey fleet of them all? Well, according to one well-informed
insider, that would be… the government itself, with an estimated
400,000-500,000 employee-owned vehicles regularly used on official
business. Of course, all these vehicles are closely monitored, with
the proper controls in place to watch over driver safety, and we
can count on the fabled efficiency of local councils, government
departments and the like. Nothing to worry about at all, then.

Start line in sight for Atlantic rowers
Capital Bank’s Rachel Smith and her friend Lin Griesel, who are
rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for breast cancer
research, received a big boost when the staff of Bank of Scotland
Dealer Finance (BoS DF) gave a generous £5,448 at a fundraising
event during the BoS DF annual conference in Cardiff. Rachel and
Lin begin their oceangoing odyssey on December 2 and we wish them
the very best of luck, and look forward to reading their updates
once they’ve set off.
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Great North Run for charity
Staff at icenet took part in the recent Great North Run
half-marathon – and raised £2,500 for a local hospice. Leena
Kinnunen, Rob Carrington, Sara Evans and Steve James (see photo
l-r) from icenet ran the race, with the fastest team member
managing a very respectable time of 1 hour 45 minutes.