The fourth quarter of 2019 proved a busy period of activity for APD – with events, presentations and sponsorships all forming part of the schedule.
The quarter kicked-off with attendance at the Leasing Broker Federation’s conference which took place at the National Motorcycle Museum in October and attracted over 100 delegates.
Speaking at the event APD director, Rob Whalley provided an insight on the research undertaken for the latest edition of the LBF survey report, highlighting how contract hire and PCP are still the mainstay of products, while 95% of broker business comes from SMEs with between one and 49 vehicles – up from 91% last year. He also highlighted how key new products being asked for were short term leases, maintenance and insurance contracts.
November saw APD attend the FleetNews Fleet Mobility Conference which provided a unique insight into the trends, developments and challenges that affect the way businesses move their people, goods and services around the UK.
This was backed up by APD’s sponsorship of the FN50 Dinner which took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge later the same day.
‘The FN50 is a fantastic annual occasion – bringing together the UK’s leading fleet and leasing influencers for an evening of entertainment and networking, and of course the revealing the UK’s top 50 for the year,’ explained APD UK managing director, Kathryn Courtenay-Evans. ‘We were delighted to support the event as Associate Sponsor.’
The final official engagement of the year saw APD’s executive chairman, Paul Turner attend the IAFD Annual Conference in December and participate in a compliance question and answer session.
‘Quarter four 2019 proved to be a very productive period with us having a strong presence at a number of significant industry events and participating in several influential agendas – helping to support the rapidly evolving automotive market,’ explained Paul.
‘We’re excited to continue to support the market as we move into 2020 and apply our expertise and insight to those businesses keen to adapt in-line with market evolution.’
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