Auto Windscreens and Michelin join ICFM’s New Corporate Investors

Posted On : 18th Apr, 2017

Two of the best known brands in the fleet industry – Auto Windscreens and Michelin – have become the latest companies to sign-up to ICFM’s recently-launched Corporate Investor Programme.

Both companies have joined at Affiliate Investor level, which enables them to participate in ICFM events and gain access to the organisation’s vast wealth of resources.

Designed to appeal to employers that provide a wide-range of products and services to fleets, ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme is in addition to its long-established three levels of individual membership.

The aim of the Corporate Investor Programme is to further raise the standards of fleet industry professionals and overcome a possible skills and knowledge shortage inside many employers. Additionally, member businesses also become more closely involved in ICFM initiatives, which include training for employees, the organisation’s annual conference and Masterclasses on key industry issues.

Rupert Armitage, managing director of the automotive glass repair and replacement company, said: “Auto Windscreens is looking forward to working with ICFM and its membership to help provide education on the rapidly changing world of glass and the requirement to recalibrate the front-facing cameras that are used or a variety of the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems on today’s vehicles.”

Operating a 300-strong fleet of mobile units and scheduled to double its nationwide network of fitting hubs from 30 to 60 by the beginning of September, Mr Armitage said: “Our long-term support for ICFM will also see Auto Windscreens engage with the organisation for any training needs our employees require.
“ICFM can be the conduit for Auto Windscreens to increase its work with fleet decision-makers and provide advice and information and key vehicle glass repair and replacement issues, while we can tap into the organisation’s knowledge base and the experiences of its members.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan Layton, national fleet sales manager at the leading tyre company, said:
“Having been associated for many years with the ICFM conference, Michelin is very pleased to strengthen its ties with the organisation as an Affiliate Investor.

“When good tyres are combined with an effective tyre management policy, they can help fleet mobility managers save money at the same time as keeping their drivers safe. We really welcome the opportunity to contribute to the ICFM’s Masterclass programme by sharing our experience and expertise throughout the fleet sector.”

ICFM sales director Peter Eldridge said: “We are delighted that such well-known fleet industry suppliers as Auto Windscreens and Michelin have each recognised the value that ICFM can deliver through the Corporate Investor Programme and have joined at Affiliate level.

“We hope that many other businesses will clearly see the value for money benefits of membership and the training and learning opportunities available and then enrol their employees in the various courses and attend our events, whether that be the ICFM’s annual conference or its Masterclasses tackling key fleet decision-maker issues.

“Investment in ICFM adds credibility and value to businesses and their employees and provides an invaluable network of contacts and benefits.”

Background information

ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme provides employers with four levels of membership tailored to employee numbers and specific employer requirements:

    • Affiliate Investor – for businesses that have no immediate requirement for staff engagement as members of ICFM, but recognise the benefits of association. A range of added value benefits are available, including the ability to prominently display ICFM membership and attend and participate in the organisation’s events including the annual Conference as well as seminars so as to understand key industry issues. Affiliate Investor membership is £1,000 for 12 months.
    • Corporate Investor – targeted at businesses employing 10-50 people engaged in fleet-related activity. The benefits are similar to that for Affiliate Investors. Corporate membership is available in blocks of 10 at £50 per employee with a minimum charge of £500 for 12 months membership.
    • Tailored Corporate Investor – targeted at businesses employing more than 50 people engaged in fleet-related activity. The cost is bespoke to individual organisations based on the number of employees to be included. The benefits are similar to that for Affiliate Investors and, additionally, entitle an exhibition stand at the ICFM Annual Conference.
    • Tailored Corporate Investor Plus – provides an increased level of support to Tailored Corporate Investor membership via a consultancy service geared to analysing, assessing and accrediting organisation’s internal training processes and procedures specifically involving the fleet operation. ICFM will work in tandem with an employer’s own internal trainers and offer those individuals Associate Member status at no additional cost. The cost is on application.

Notes to Editors:

The ICFM (formerly known as the Institute of Car Fleet Management) is the UK’s only independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the education, recognising the achievements and advancing the profession of car and light commercial fleet management.

Established in 1992, the Institute connects people involved in car and light commercial fleet management, promotes excellence in fleet management practices and delivers the industry sector’s premier education programmes. Externally accredited vocational qualifications include the Introductory Certificate, the Certificate and the Diploma in Car Fleet Management.

ICFM was the winner of the first Fleet News Training Award in 2010.

For further press information on ICFM, contact Peter Eldridge, director on:
Office 01462 744914 or e-mail: peter@icfm.com.

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