Employee Spotlight - Emma Flood 2

Employee Spotlight – Emma Flood

Employee Spotlight - Emma Flood 2

What is your position and how long have you worked at FOD Mobility Group?

Hi, I'm Emma and I've been at FOD Mobility Group for about 2 years and 7 months. I was part of the Rental Team in our SDC department for around a year and I’ve progressed to the role of Support Engineer.

What does your job role entail?

My job role entails assisting operators, suppliers and customers with support queries and the general management of their mobility platform. I also lead the Team Yellow development catch-up meetings each morning and liaise with our team of in-house developers to ensure that their schedule of work is prioritised correctly.

What projects are you currently working on?

Alongside my daily tasks, I’m learning to be a Scrum Master. This involves leading the team using the Scrum methodology and Agile project management, so we can learn through our working experiences, self-organise while working on problems and reflect on our wins and losses to continuously improve our solutions.

What are your goals within the next 12 months?

I’m about to become involved in the setup and onboarding of new customers. This is something I would like to be proficient at over the next 12 months. I'm really looking forward to learning more about this process as I feel it will broaden my current skills and help to develop my career further within the business.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

I like the fact that there are always new challenges to take on in my role and I’m constantly learning new skills and broadening my knowledge of our technology and processes. I have also had the opportunity to progress within the company from Rental Executive to Support Engineer and I find these two aspects the most rewarding about my role at FOD.

What do you enjoy most about working at FOD Mobility Group?

The thing I find most enjoyable about working at FOD Mobility Group is the friendly people and the company culture.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join the business?

My advice would be to give it your all right from the very start if you are looking to join a growing and dynamic company.

What motivates you in your career?

My biggest motivation is constantly learning new skills and expanding on my existing knowledge.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned to date?

The best career lesson I have learned so far is that, when you are faced with something new don’t freeze and overthink the situation. Make a start and ask questions as you go.

What things do you enjoy outside of work?

I like socialising with my friends, going to gigs, reading, swimming, being out in nature and watching films and the odd TV series. Stranger Things is my current favourite. I have a 15 year old daughter named Niamh and two cats called Kiwi and Tallulah, so I like spending time with them too.

What three words best describe you as a person?

Inquisitive, friendly and free-spirited.

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

I really wanted to be a vet because I’ve always loved animals.

Who would you most like to meet and why?

I'd like to meet someone from 500 years in the future so I can find out how the world is set to change.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

My favourite destination so far would have to be Thailand for the clear blue sea, culture and great food.

What are your top three songs of all-time?

This changes frequently to be honest, but right now my favourite songs are - Masterpiece by Big Thief, Pretty Pimpin by Kurt Vile, and Disco//Very by Warpaint.


Employee Spotlight - Tracy McCulla

What is your position and how long have you worked at FOD Mobility Group?

My current position is Quality Manager, which I started in January 2021. Prior to that I was Customer Success Manager in the Service Delivery Centre (SDC). Before that I was a Rental Product Specialist in the vehicle rental development team. In total, I’ve been at FOD for three years.

What does your job role entail?

My job is to look after three teams within the Technical team:

  • Quality – Ensuring that the output of work throughout FOD's Mobility Technology team is of the highest quality.
  • Support – This team looks after our customers & end users from a technical perspective, including indepth training of the systems.
  • Release Management – This team ensures that our development releases have passed the stringent Quality Assurance process and go out on time.

What projects are you currently working on?

My current project is all around efficiencies. For tech – this means introducing automated testing within our codebase to allow for quicker release turnaround. I’m also working closely with the SDC and Finance departments to maximise their team's output by using system automations.

What are your goals within the next 12 months?

My main goal for this year is to grow and settle the team, and hopefully not move roles again. 😉

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

Solving a problem for someone and finding solutions can make someone’s day/week/month/year. I love getting feedback from people that shows how appreciative they are about what we are doing as a team here at FOD.

What do you enjoy most about working at FOD Mobility Group?

The people. It’s the friendliest place I’ve ever worked at. I've wanted to work at FOD since my first visit as a customer back in 2014.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join the business?

FOD Mobility Group is growing rapidly and the next two years will shape how we travel, not only as a business, but as a consumer. If you want to be a part of that, you need to apply now!

What motivates you in your career?

I’m motivated by improvement. Improving myself, improving our team, improving our products. If I can finish the week knowing that my input has improved something – that makes me happy.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned to date?

Go with your heart. I mentioned earlier that I’ve wanted to work for FOD since 2014, and it took me five years to make the leap. I don’t look back with regrets usually, but in my mind it was time wasted.

What things do you enjoy outside of work?

I am an outdoorsy person so you’ll find me out walking, building dens, splashing in puddles and streams with my family at weekends or early in the morning. I have a daughter (Molly, 17 years), a son (William, 5 years) and a dog (Riley, also 5 years). If you’ve ever spoken to me on MS Teams, then you’ve almost certainly met Riley. They keep me active and on my toes.

What three words best describe you as a person?

Organised, sarcastic and nosey!

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

I wanted to be a police detective. I think it sits nicely with my love of problem solving. Sadly, it wasn’t to be.

Who would you most like to meet and why?

My grandfather. He passed away before I was born and I’m told that we are a lot alike. My nosey nature obviously means I want to find out for myself.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere there’s culture (and maybe a beach). I look forward to tasting local dishes and embracing different lifestyles.

What are your three all-time favourite songs?

House of Pain – Jump Around

Crayon Pop – Uh-ee (don’t judge)

Alphabeat – 10,000 Nights

Tracy's songs


Employee Spotlight – Josh Illingworth

What is your position and how long have you worked at FOD Mobility Group?

I’m the Digital Marketing Manager at FOD Mobility Group and I’ve worked here since June 2015, going on seven years now! Fresh out of a foundation degree, I started as an apprentice through FOD’s brilliant apprenticeship scheme and worked my way up from Marketing Apprentice, to Assistant, to Executive and now Digital Marketing Manager.

What does your job role entail?

As Digital Marketing Manager, my job is to oversee the digital marketing strategy for the business. This involves planning, implementing, optimising and tracking the results of all our digital marketing activities and providing support to the Marketing Director and all other departments within the business.

This includes a lot of content creation and campaign building to assist the sales team in generating leads for new business opportunities. This can be through direct marketing campaigns or the maintenance and building of our existing product and service brands.

My background is very content creation heavy, so I am highly skilled in digital design, copywriting, video production, website production and animation. Working at FOD has given me the opportunity to gain a plethora of skills to help me along the way with my progression. I also get involved in mentoring and training other members of the marketing team and providing a consultative view on everything the team produces to ensure we are creating the best content we can as a business.

What projects are you currently working on?

Projects I am currently working on in Q2 2022 include working with the HR team on recruitment marketing campaigns, including this great new series of employee spotlight blogs. I’ve also been supporting the new business development team, creating tender and bid response content for a number of large opportunities. I’m currently designing a new website for our client HITRANS to promote their Go-Hi rural MaaS app (powered by FOD’s Mobilleo platform).

My favourite creative projects to work on are the big meaty ones like websites and recruitment campaigns with multiple requirements. These provide something I can really get my teeth into and constantly be working on. The weeks fly by when I’m working on a big project!

What are your goals within the next 12 months?

My goal within the next year would be to really knuckle down on marketing campaign production and measurement to further my skillset as a Digital Marketing Manager. I love to see a direct impact of my work, whether it be generating new business for FOD or compliments from colleagues, customers and suppliers on the ‘agency standard’ marketing we produce in-house!

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

The thing I find most rewarding about my role is seeing solid results from something that I created or had involvement in producing. This could be FOD winning a bid for a new large business opportunity or just simply positive comments on the campaigns we put out. I think it’s also rewarding and important when senior members of the business recognise your hard work and give compliments where due. It’s nice to know you are appreciated and your hard work is really making a difference.

What do you enjoy most about working at FOD Mobility Group?

For me, working for FOD is all about the culture, environment and the support I’ve been given over the past seven years. Not knowing what to expect from the get-go, I was welcomed into the business with friendly faces and a relaxed, open and positive atmosphere. There’s a certain level of trust there and it especially helps in a creative position like my role.

The HR team have been excellent with continuous support and you are very well looked after. They had a huge challenge on their hands with the pandemic. They handled the situation really well and the business has adapted to the flexible working model with ease. I think the culture that was built in the years prior to Covid had a lot to do with that success.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join the business?

For someone looking to join FOD my advice would be to bring an honest, open and friendly attitude. Always do your best and be yourself. One thing I love about our workforce is the diverse set of personalities we have here!

What motivates you in your career?

My key motivation is to bring a fresh, up to date perspective to our marketing activity and see results from that input. I also love seeing my progression and how far I’ve come in the last seven years. I also like how my career interlinks with my personal hobbies. I have an interest in marketing theory and the psychology behind it. I have been able to transfer skills I have learnt in the workplace, to my personal projects outside of work.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned to date?

That would be to value your own professional opinion but also be open to constantly learning more. In the creative process, there are many directions you can take a project. If you are part of a team it is especially important to explain and give reasoning behind your thinking, and to work with others to reach the best possible outcome.

What things do you enjoy outside of work?

Outside of work I am heavily involved in music events and DJing. Having started the hobby when I was about 14, I’ve since created my own music event platform called Wave. We run events in the local area, both in nightclubs and outdoors in the summer. My skills in marketing have transferred over amazingly and it has allowed me to develop the Wave brand to where it is today.

Other than my music I’m an avid gamer. I spend a lot of time socialising with my friends, going to festivals in the summer (the highlight being Boomtown Fair) and I’m partial to a drink or 10 during my downtime!

What three words best describe you as a person?

Ooh this is a tricky one! I’d say creative, practical and determined.

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

When I was younger, I never really knew what I wanted to do specifically. I knew I wanted to do something I enjoyed and that made me happy (with enough money to be comfortable). I got a job at McDonalds when I was 16 and that job, although it paid me enough to enjoy my later teen years, made me even more determined to find something I didn’t dread having to do. I can confidently say I am really enjoying the career path I chose and definitely made the right choice.

Who would you most like to meet and why?

I think the person who I’d most like to meet, who is sadly not with us anymore, would be film director, Stanley Kubrick. He was a creative visionary when it came to filmmaking, even to the extent of having an unfortunate disregard for others sometimes.

I would have loved to know how he ticked, which is shrouded in mystery to this day. The Shining is my all-time favourite film, not just because it’s the best horror film out there but because of the way he adapted the original Stephen King text. The whole set design of the film with everything you see being there for a reason, and the way he got the best performances out of the actors, despite his approach being considered quite controversial at times.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

My favourite holiday destination to date was probably Egypt. I went there in 2007 and it was a baking hot, beautiful beach resort. I’ve been interested in the culture and history of Egypt ever since I saw The Mummy films as a child.

The standout moment for me was a trip to a walkway out to sea that was half a mile long, and jumping off the edge of it where the surface of the seabed dropped down like the edge of a cliff onto the most amazing, untouched coral reef. It was like a scene from Finding Nemo. I saw different types of exotic fish swimming through the multicoloured coral. It was a beauty!

What are your top three albums of all time?

Wow, this is a very difficult question for me, but I would have to go with albums that shaped my musical taste. The first one would be ‘Hold Your Colour’ by Pendulum, this was the album that fueled my love for Drum & Bass really. This opened me up to the whole genre which is key for me today.

The next one would have to be ‘The Fat of the Land’ by The Prodigy. I’ve always been heavily into electronic music, but this album is probably one of the earliest I listened to. A child of the 90s, several hits from this album influenced the genre from its 1997 release. Too many stand out tracks from this album that are engrained into popular culture even to this day are ‘Breathe’, ‘Firestarter’, ‘Smack My B*tch Up’ and my personal favourite ‘Mindfields’. Phenomenal. RIP Keith Flint x.

The last album was a split decision between ‘Homework’ by Daft Punk or ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ By Pink Floyd. Both are outstanding and influential albums but I’m going to have to go with the latter as I don’t listen to electronic music 24/7. This record is such a journey from start to finish. I can put it on for its 42-minute run time and get lost in my own head. It’s almost like therapy and sounds so fresh even to this day. Pink Floyd were really masters of their craft and this is one album everyone should listen to at least once in their life.


Employee Spotlight - Sunjay Kalsi

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight series, which showcases the talented individuals that make up our amazing team here at FOD Mobility Group. Each month we provide insights into their role and what they get up to in their downtime. Our latest post features iOS Developer, Sunjay Kalsi.

What is your position and how long have you worked at FOD Mobility Group?

I'm an iOS Developer in the tech team, working on our market-leading Mobilleo MaaS platform. I joined FOD back in August 2021.

What does your job role entail?

My key focus is the ongoing development of the native iOS version of the Mobilleo MaaS platform. My job mainly entails taking the functionality and designs from the UX/UI team, implementing them into native iOS code and ensuring Mobilleo is bug-free and operational.

What projects are you currently working on?

Recently I’ve been working on development of the process flow for the Car Club booking feature within Mobilleo. This includes how each user moves from reserving their vehicle via the Car Club feature, through to when they actually get into the car and start their journey.

What are your goals within the next 12 months?

This year I want to level up my skill set and become a solid mid-level iOS developer. The technologies I would like to focus on are Swift UI and levelling up to UI-Kit knowledge as well.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

What I find most rewarding about my role is that there is so much new stuff to learn. Programming is not really a job, it’s more a lifestyle which I love. I enjoy the technical aspect and being precise with my work.

What do you enjoy most about working at FOD Mobility Group?

I find the concept of Mobility as a Service (Maas) interesting and how it is improving the way we travel from one place to another using a single application. Our long-term vision is to expand Mobilleo to become the world's first truly global MaaS platform and I'm excited to be a part of that. I love being able to see and experience the work I've achieved when we push each new release to the app store.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join the business?

My advice would be to show your enthusiasm, showcase what you can offer and bring your A-Game.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned to date?

The best careers advice I have read is summed up in this quote by Paul Hudson. ‘Programming is an art - don’t spend all your time sharpening your pencil when you should be drawing’. This is something that really hits home and resonates with me as there is a time to be studying your craft and reading books but ultimately I think the majority of your time as a dev needs to be hands-on programming.

What things do you enjoy outside of work?

Outside of work, my hobbies are pretty typical for a developer. I enjoy online gaming with my mates, which is always good fun and thankfully lockdown didn’t really impact that at all. I go to the gym regularly with my wife, which is a mutual hobby we share.

What three words best describe you as a person?

Thoughtful, tenacious and meticulous!

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

My dream job when I was younger was to be a train driver! I’ve never really shown much interest in it since then so it must have been something I latched onto as a child!

Who would you most like to meet and why?

I would like to meet F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. I’m a big fan of his, especially when it comes to promoting equality outside of his sport. I saw him complete his first test drive for McLaren back in 2007 and have followed his progress ever since.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

My favourite holiday destination has to be Mauritius. I went there with my wife for our honeymoon and it was a once in a lifetime holiday. It was very luxurious and an amazing destination, so if I ever win the lottery that would probably where I would want to go again.

What are your three all-time favourite songs?

The first one would be ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters. My next one is ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac, which is quite close to my heart. The last one would have to be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen which is the best song of all time as it doesn’t age!


Employee Spotlight - Cesar Alcocer

Welcome to our new Employee Spotlight series, which showcases the talented individuals that make up our amazing team here at FOD Mobility Group. Each month we'll be featuring insights into their role and what they get up to in their downtime. Our first post features Cesar Alcocer, our in house UX/UI Lead.

What is your position and how long have you worked at FOD Mobility Group?

I’m working as the new UX/UI Lead and I started with FOD in January 2022.

What does your job role entail?

I work on the full range of products that FOD Mobility Group offers, including the Fleetondemand vehicle rental platform, our market-leading Mobilleo MaaS platform, and our latest Movezero eMaaS platform. My focus is on managing the design, development and implementation of the full user experience and user interface fundamentals across all three products.

What projects are you currently working on?

One of the current projects I am working on is building a presentation which outlines the concept of effective UX/UI to my team and key stakeholders in the business. The point of this is for the company to gain greater understanding of how I plan to further enhance the user experience for all our products with a customer centric approach so we can produce the best possible outcome for the future development of our products.

What are your goals within the next 12 months?

In terms of production, I would like to implement UX fundamentals and adopt constant usability testing and detailed research to improve the development of our products. This includes a deeper analysis and understanding of our current systems and how we can enhance them based on user behaviour and requirements.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

What I find most rewarding about my position as UX/UI lead is my ability to have an influence on overcoming any challenges presented by the projects I am working on.

What do you enjoy most about working at FOD Mobility Group?

During my limited time at FOD Mobility Group so far, I have experienced a very welcoming atmosphere with many promising opportunities ahead of me. I love the way everyone connects with each other, there is a really good vibe at FOD. This will be a very challenging role, but I feel very comfortable with the support I’m receiving and the calm, can-do attitude of everyone around me.

The company is investing in a new workplace environment this year, and I am very much looking forward to settling into that and making use of the new facilities.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join the business?

The way people travel is changing rapidly, everything is moving to the digital space in terms of how we manage our mobility and interactions with providers. If you are interested in working in the mobility sector (vehicle rental, travel), this is a great place to learn and understand the industry itself. It’s also a great place to grow as a professional.

What motivates you in your career?

What motivates me is to use my intuitive nature, creativity and improvisation to solve problems in a better way. Over the years I have learned that this is something I really enjoy doing and I put this into practice both in and out of work.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned to date?

I have learned how to solve problems by producing clear concise solutions that leave very little margin for error. If you approach a problem with the knowledge, confidence and mindset to overcome it, the sky is the limit.

What things do you enjoy outside of work?

I have a dog, I am a very pet-friendly person. I like the outdoors, walking, trekking, riding bikes. I do this a lot at weekends and in the evenings. I have found it easier to combine my work life and professional life here in the UK. The culture and flexibility that FOD provides has allowed me to do this.

What three words best describe you as a person?

Creative, hyperactive, and orderly!

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

I was always keen to help other people or be around art and creativity. That’s something that motivated me a lot when I was younger. When I wanted to do something, I would do my best to go and learn as much as I could about it. I always wanted to express my thoughts and ideas in the best way I could and live by them.

Who would you most like to meet and why?

I would like to meet Sir Richard Branson, not because of what he does or what he has achieved, I just think it would be interesting to spend a weekend with him brainstorming ideas on his private island!

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

I like to be anywhere near the ocean and a beach. I recently visited Scotland in the winter, which was a nice contrast between the beautiful Caribbean-like beaches and the cold weather!

What are your top three favourite songs of all time?

That would have to be Wonderwall by Oasis, Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses and Natural Mystic by Bob Marley.


Mobilleo streamlines Cat Tech’s international business travel operations

Catalyst handling specialist Cat Tech is using FOD Mobility Group’s market-leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform Mobilleo to streamline its international business travel operations.

Cat Tech was managing global travel and accommodation for the company’s engineers and senior management team in-house using a variety of separate online booking tools and websites. This involved the co-ordination of connecting flights, hotels and car rental for as many as 50 staff at once to get everyone from Cat Tech’s seven global offices to customer locations around the world.

The process was de-centralised, with some overseas staff often having to book and pay for their own flights, hotels and ground transportation, then re-claim the expenses via payroll.

Cat Tech needed access to their employee’s travel expenditure in relation to each individual customer project so they could accurately quote for future projects. This involved a time-consuming process of collating travel costs expensed by staff through payroll, travel booked via company credit cards, as well as invoices processed from the various flight, accommodation and car rental providers.

The procedure of gathering and analysing financial information from the various overseas offices and cost centres and preparing an accurate quotation for each customer project would often take two to three weeks to complete.

Fleetondemand’s Founder and CEO, Justin Whitston commented: “Cat Tech were already a customer of Fleetondemand, using our industry-leading rental management system to manage their daily hire vehicles.

“We arranged a demo of our Mobilleo MaaS application and showed them how it could vastly improve their existing travel booking and payment processes. Mobilleo offered Cat Tech the immediate opportunity to switch from using their disparate booking tools to managing all their international business travel quickly and conveniently using a single platform.”

Cat Tech’s employees have access to the Mobilleo app on their mobile phones to find, book and pay for their own flights, accommodation and ground transportation in-line with Cat Tech’s travel policies. The in-app payments are linked directly to Cat Tech’s company account and invoiced on a monthly basis, eliminating the need for staff to expense their journeys via payroll.

Cat Tech’s in-house travel co-ordinator is using Mobilleo’s middle office desktop application to create individual profiles and set monthly mobility budgets, which provide accurate forecasting on spend for each employee. Detailed management reporting and real-time expenditure can also be viewed and exported, providing an insight into the total cost of mobility throughout the business.

Bruno Da Silva, Personnel Co-ordinator at Cat Tech, commented: ““Mobilleo has streamlined our entire travel management process, from journey planning and booking, right through to billing and reporting. The centralised billing and detailed management reporting suite have helped us to improve the accuracy of our quotation process and reduce the time taken to produce customer quotes from a few weeks to a few hours.

“Cat-Tech employees also benefit from the additional support of Mobilleo’s dedicated Concierge team, who are available to offer technical advice and assist with the booking of more complex indirect flights to remote locations.”

Read the full customer case study at https://www.mobilleo.com/case-studies/cat-tech


FOD Mobility Group Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 2021

FOD Mobility Group will be open at the following times during the festive period.

Date Open Close
Thursday 23rd December 2021 8:00am (Normal working hours) 6:00pm
Friday 24th December 2021 8:00am 3:00pm
Saturday 25th December 2021 Closed
Sunday 26th December 2021 Closed
Monday 27th December 2021 Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 28th December 2021 Closed (Bank Holiday)
Wednesday 29th December 2021 8:00am (Normal working hours) 6:00pm
Thursday 30th December 2021 8:00am (Normal working hours) 6:00pm
Friday 31st December 2021 8:00am 3:00pm
Saturday 1st January 2022 Closed
Sunday 2nd January 2022 Closed
Monday 3rd January 2022 Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 4th January 2022 8:00am (Normal working hours resume) 6:00pm


CONTACTING THE FLEETONDEMAND DAILY RENTAL TEAM

Telephone: 0330 123 1089 | Email: res@fleetondemand.com


CONTACTING THE MOBILLEO TRAVEL TEAM

Telephone: 0330 311 5135 | Email: customerservice@mobilleo.com

To enable us to service your business during the busy festive period, please can we request that you place reservations, and manage extensions / off-hires wherever possible in advance of Tuesday 21st December. It is strongly recommended that you book your requirements for this period as soon as possible.

Please note that terminations, off hire times and reservations over Christmas for daily rental vehicles are different from SelectPlus vehicles, as outlined below.


DAILY RENTAL VEHICLES

TERMINATIONS, OFF-HIRE TIMES AND RESERVATIONS OVER CHRISTMAS

Any termination requests for vehicles requiring collection must be submitted by 10:00am on Thursday 23rd December. We will only accept off hire requests for vehicles requiring collection up to 2:00pm on Thursday 23rd December. For any collection requests received after these dates and times the vehicle may not be collected and will remain on rent and charged until 12:00pm midday on Wednesday 29th December.


NEW YEAR COLLECTIONS / OFF HIRES

Any termination requests for vehicles requiring collection must be submitted by 10:00am on Thursday 30th December. We will only accept off hire requests for vehicles requiring collection up to 2:00pm on Thursday 30th December. For any collection requests received after these dates and times the vehicle may not be collected and will remain on rent and charged until 12:00pm midday on Tuesday 4th January (Wednesday 5th January for Scotland).


NEW RESERVATIONS / DELIVERIES

Deliveries to start after Christmas must not start before 12:00pm midday on Wednesday 29th December. Subject to availability.

Deliveries to start after the New Year must not start before 12:00pm midday on Tuesday 4th January. Subject to availability.


SELECTPLUS VEHICLES

TERMINATIONS, OFF-HIRE TIMES AND RESERVATIONS OVER CHRISTMAS

Collection requests need to be received by 3:00pm on Thursday 23rd December and vehicles be ready for collection no later than 12:00pm midday on Friday 24th December. If any off hires are received after 3:00pm on Thursday 23rd December, the vehicle will remain on hire until 8:30am on Tuesday 4th January.


HIRE EXTENSIONS

Any hires with a TBA end date of Saturday 25th December to Monday 3rd January will remain on hire and be extended for 28 days.


NEW HIRES AFTER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Please be aware the earliest time we can guarantee delivery of new hires during or after the Christmas Holiday is on Wednesday 5th January.

Please note, these terms and schedules apply to all bookings & amendments made online or over the phone. Fleetondemand may be able to accommodate manual collections and returns to a branch but this is subject to the opening hours of our partner suppliers. Fleetondemand can only advise on manual collections/returns within Fleetondemand office hours.

 

 

 


Mobilleo integrates what3words to improve location accuracy

Leading Mobility as a Service platform Mobilleo has announced its adoption of innovative global addressing system what3words to help its users identify their precise location and destination more easily.

what3words has divided the world into a grid of 3 metre squares and assigned each square a unique combination of three words, known as a what3words address. For example, the precise location of the front door at Mobilleo’s head office can be found at ///client.memo.natively.

what3words addresses are more accurate than regular street addresses as they allow people to communicate a particular part of an address – accurate to 3 metres. In comparison, a traditional address will drop a pin in the centre of it - leaving buildings like large offices or shopping centres difficult to navigate. what3words addresses also make communicating places with no street addresses - such as beaches, parks and remote locations easy.

The addition of what3words will enable Mobilleo users to search for the most accurate locations of nearby mobility options and services, wherever they are in the world. The new feature will also benefit Mobilleo’s expansive network of mobility partners, including taxi and DRT providers, allowing them to pinpoint the exact pick-up location of customers.

Dr Richard Fairchild, Chief Product Officer at FOD Mobility Group commented, “Mobilleo is the leading MaaS platform on the market and it now comes with the easiest way for users to find their exact location and search for the nearest mobility options to them. The what3words integration is just one of the many new product innovation features that the Mobilleo team have been developing this year to enhance the user experience.”

what3words has been adopted by a number of mobility apps, travel providers and automotive companies around the world, including Addison Lee, Cabify, the AA, Network Rail, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and Tata Motors.

Patrick Arbuthnott, Partnerships Lead at what3words added: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Mobilleo. The integration of what3words is a clear demonstration of their commitment to introduce best-in-class technology for their customers.”


FOD Mobility Group CEO wins Transformational Leader at Northern Leadership Awards 2021

Justin Whitston, Founder and CEO of FOD Mobility Group, has been announced winner of the ‘Transformational Leader’ award at TheBusinessDesk.com’s Northern Leadership Awards 2021.

The awards ceremony, held on 29th September at The Midland in Manchester, was attended by business leaders and professionals from across the region.

Around 300 people attended the awards night, which recognised those individuals and organisations that have shown resilience, innovation, and strength over the past 18 months.

Justin Whitston commented: “It’s fantastic to be recognised as an inspiring leader among so many other incredible Northern companies and CEO’s. This award is a huge testament to the fantastic team I have behind me for every step of FOD’s journey so far. We have ambitious plans for the business over the coming years."

Yorkshire-based FOD Mobility Group was established by Justin in 2012 and has grown rapidly to become a leading multi-platform technology company focused on corporate and consumer mobility. It’s award-winning technology and services include the leading MaaS platform Mobilleo, global vehicle hire and mobility provider Fleetondemand and the recently launched eMaaS platform Movezero, for organisations looking to supercharge their shift towards electric vehicle mobility.

Shelina Begum, North West editor of TheBusinessDesk.com said: “The past 18 months has seen businesses face numerous challenges from the pandemic to Brexit to a growing skills gap and even the recent fuel crisis.

“Business leaders have had to respond to these challenges through sheer determination, strength, shared purpose, innovation, collaboration and resilience. Our shortlist and winners showcased the best of the regions leaders who were able to demonstrate those qualities that shone through, and were inspiring as well as empowering.

“We were proud to celebrate with them and it was great to see so many leaders from across the North come together for our awards evening.”

To view the full list of winners from the ceremony, visit: https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/yorkshire/news/2082243-winners-of-the-2021-northern-leadership-awards-revealed


Fleetondemand scoops double award win at Company Car Today Innovation Awards 2021

Leading business vehicle hire and mobility provider Fleetondemand has been announced as the only company to achieve a double award win at the inaugural Company Car Today Innovation Awards 2021.

Fleetondemand’s Mobility as a Service platform, Mobilleo won the ‘Best App’ award and the ‘Rental’ award went to their global business vehicle hire and mobility division, Fleetondemand.

The awards were launched this year as a new initiative to recognise the companies that are providing the most innovative solutions to fleets, helping them to work smarter, more cost effectively, greener or more efficiently.

Entries were split across 10 categories covering all areas of the fleet industry and were assessed by an elite judging panel with more than a century of combined fleet experience. The panel consisted of:

Paul Hollick - chair of the Association of Fleet Professionals and managing director of The Miles Consultancy

Julie Summerell - Association of Fleet Professionals director and managing director of TR Fleet

Nigel Trotman - former fleet consultant, fleet manager and ICFM board member

Paul Barker - editor of Company Car Today with more than 15 years of fleet industry experience

Tristan Young - Company Car Today contributing editor with more than 20 years of experience in the fleet sector

Company Car Today Editor Paul Barker said: “It’s brilliant to see such intelligent use of technology and systems to help fleets through what is a time of unparalleled difficulty, with problems coming from all angles. The Innovation Award winners are offering something clever and should be proud of their efforts to make life easier, cleaner and more straightforward for fleets.

“Fleetondemand is leading the Mobility as a Service sector with a very clever offering that harnesses an impressive variety of transport options into a simple package for fleet operators. An easy entry into what can be a complicated solution, Mobilleo succeeds in opening the door for fleets to a new way of working.”

Fleetondemand ‘Rental Award’ - Judges Statement

The 2021 Company Car Today Innovation Awards rental prize goes to a company with a platform that is involved in far more than just rental, but integrates car into a wider platform, including car clubs, taxis, trains and other public transport via its Mobilleo mobility platform.

It’s a second 2021 Innovation Award for Fleetondemand, which claims it has access to more vehicles, locations and choice than any other rental provider.  It says it acts as an intermediary to offer access to more than 1.6 million vehicles in 170 countries, including 600,000 from 2,200 branches in the UK, with hire available from an hour to a year.

The company claims to have saved its customer Orchid Field Marketing over £10,000 on damage claims per year via its De-Risk Light Damage Cover service, while it also says that switching to Fleetondemand saved a UK shipping firm 13% on its annual rental spend.

Mobilleo ‘Best App Award’ - Judges Statement

The Best App Award goes to a company that Is adept at using technology to integrate different functions together, as Fleetondemand’s Mobilleo platform amalgamates a variety of Mobility as a Service travel options under one smartphone app.

Also usable as a desktop application, Mobilleo is free for customers to download, and allows users to search, book and pay for a journey as a single entity, across global providers of everything from flights and train travel to car clubs, hotels and bicycle hire. The app also hosts ticketing, and can be configured to company travel policies and mobility requirements, and will also split out private and business journeys for expense claims.

The company says the app can be used as an alternative to grey fleet, or as an employee benefit or CSR tool.

“I’m aware there is a need for mobility, and the ease of the app is impressive in terms of the driver journey,” commented one judge, while another said: “It seems to do everything.”

Fleetondemand says Mobilleo is also helping shore up the short-term range concerns of electric vehicles by encouraging drivers to go electric but with the back-up of the app’s alternative transport options for longer journeys that might still be difficult or a worry for drivers only recently moving to an electric car.

Justin Whitston, CEO and Founder at Fleetondemand, commented: “We are extremely proud to have been recognised in two separate awards categories by Company Car Today. These accolades are testament to all the hard work and dedication of the outstanding team we have throughout the business.

“We’ve continued to invest heavily in recruitment and the development of our award-winning technology over the last 12 months to ensure our customers have access to the most advanced Mobility as a Service and vehicle rental technology platforms in today’s market, coupled with unrivalled customer service.“