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BVRLA celebrates its 50th anniversary and presents annual awards

BVRLA celebrates its 50th anniversary and presents annual awards

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) recognised the contributions of outstanding performers in the vehicle rental and leasing industry at its annual dinner in London, with three sets of awards presented.  

The Industry Achievement Awards were presented to the top performers who participated in BVRLA training or accreditation programmes during 2016.

The Certificate for Rental Operator Skills is a benchmark of quality and an endorsement of professionalism in daily vehicle rental, and the City & Guilds Achievement Award goes to the individual who attained the highest pass mark in the 2016 examinations. The 2017 recipient was Christopher Hume, of Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, who achieved a score of 98%. 

The BVRLA’s Fleet Consultant Development Programme was set up eight years ago, and it continues to give senior sales people a greater understanding of the needs of their customer - the typical fleet manager. The top performer in 2016 was Jonathan Ellis, from Volkswagen Financial Services, who gained a pass with distinction.

The final accolades on the night were the Industry Hero Awards, rewarding the unsung stars of the sector who had been nominated by their managers.

Each year, the BVRLA asks its members to nominate colleagues who have shown exceptional levels of service and made measurable contributions to their organisations. A team of BVRLA judges then assess the merits of each entry to name the Industry Heroes. The three winners this year were: Ashley D’Alanno, of Licensed Carriage Hire; Janine Lemon, of LeasePlan UK; and Jennifer Thomas, of ALD Automotive. 

Each winner picked up their awards in front of over 900 industry colleagues at the association’s ‘big event’ in the London Hilton on Park Lane.  

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “Our awards recognise the very best individuals in the rental and leasing industry. Whether it’s the top performers from our accreditation and training courses, or the Industry Heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, our winners are excellent ambassadors for our sector.”  

The dinner celebrated the BVRLA’s 50th anniversary and during his address chairman Simon Oliphant paid tribute to some of the former officers of the association, many of whom were in attendance. He also unveiled the organisation’s refreshed logo.

Mr Oliphant said: “It is people that make the real difference in business. I am the 26th chairman of the BVRLA, and I have benefited from following in the footsteps of the many talented and dedicated officers who have served the association over the years and helped it to evolve.”