Highest Accolade for Cancer Charity Hope for Tomorrow

Winner of Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation

Hope for Tomorrow Trustees Ted Langston, Pat Barnard, Phil Williams, Christine Mills, MBE (Founder), Lord MacLaurin (Chairman) and Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustCancer charity Hope for Tomorrow, which launched the world’s first Mobile  Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) in 2007, has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category.

The Award, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, was made in recognition of Hope for Tomorrow’s achievements since its founder, Christine Mills, MBE, set up the charity with a single aim: to bring cancer care closer to patients. Today ten Units have been successfully launched and are in operation in partnership with NHS Trusts around the country. They bring vital cancer treatments to patients, reducing travel, waiting times and the stresses and strains of busy hospitals.

The Queen’s Awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

Christine Mills said: “Without our very special team, including staff, supporters, patrons, trustees, the nursing teams and our partners in the NHS, we wouldn’t be here today. Our simple and innovative business model has enabled the public sector to adopt our Mobile Chemotherapy Units, easing pressure on Oncology Units, staff, and most importantly, patients.

“Hope for Tomorrow is delighted and honoured to have won the Queen’s Award and to be recognised for our work. We hope the Award will help us achieve our aim of having at least one Unit in every county, bringing cancer care closer to patients.”

Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was instrumental in helping Hope for Tomorrow set up the first MCU in Cheltenham in 2007. On hearing of the Award, he said: “I’m delighted to hear that Hope for Tomorrow has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, of which it is thoroughly deserving. The charity has achieved a huge amount through its dedication, efficiency and focus on patient centred care, increasing both capacity and flexibility of service for the NHS Trusts it partners. I look forward to seeing more Hope for Tomorrow Units reaching more cancer patients around the country.”

Briggsamasco Constructs New Fleet Management Solution with Fleet Service GB

BriggsAmasco vanPersonal service, communication clarity and up-front cost information to aid budget setting have been among the benefits for BriggsAmasco of appointing Fleet Service Great Britain (FSGB) as its fleet management provider.

West Midlands-headquartered BriggsAmasco operates a near 80-strong fleet of company cars and light commercial vehicles and is the UK‘s leading national industrial and commercial roofing company.

BriggsAmasco, which has a network of branches nationwide, opted for a sole supply fleet management solution with FSGB.

Following a short pilot project with vehicles based at two branches, FSGB now delivers a range of services to BriggsAmasco across its 44-strong company car and 34-strong van fleets that includes: fleet management and maintenance, accident management, vehicle rental and vehicle licencing.

FSGB was launched by Marcus Bray, who with his father and stepmother was instrumental in the growth of Fleet Support Group (FSG) from a kitchen table concept to becoming the UK’s largest privately owned fleet management company managing 55,000 vehicles and drivers when it was sold in 2011. BriggsAmasco had previously been an FSG client.

Matt Jones, BriggsAmasco company accountant with fleet responsibility, said: “We want our fleet management provider to become a genuine extension of our internal fleet team taking total ownership of the function to enable our business to function at peak efficiency and focus on construction.

“The pilot was a success and, while the partnership is in its early days, we are delighted with the level of service we are receiving; nothing is too much trouble and all communication is very clear. We want a hassle-free business arrangement with our fleet management supplier that has the confidence to take decisions within the parameters we set.”

The all-diesel outright purchase fleet is focused around a sole-supply Vauxhall Insignia and Astra car fleet and predominantly Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter vans. The company currently operates a five-year/150,000-mile replacement policy but takes a discretionary view on new vehicles when either parameter is reached.

FSGB operates a National Price Promise maintenance programme that provides a genuine one price for the same job, on the same vehicle, anywhere in the UK.

Andy Smith, BriggsAmasco financial director, said: “We like the clarity of the National Price Promise as we have knowledge of costs up front and that greatly assists with our budgeting process.”

Marcus Bray, FSGB’s head of sales, said: “FSGB brings together an award-winning team with fleet management experience and industry-recognised reputations, embracing the very latest processing and information technology to deliver a personal exclusive experience that continually demonstrates exceptional value.

“Clarity and communication are fleet management critical along with personal service, but too often companies lose all that by implementing technology-based solutions without human intervention.

“We work closely with individual clients to understand their requirement and to tailor the service ultimately delivered. Technology is important, but so is personal service to deliver a first class experience and ensuring customer parameter compliance.

“We already have a strong relationship with BriggsAmasco and it is progressing nicely. I first came into contact with the company about 10 years ago and we enjoyed a good partnership for a number of years. With FSGB winning the new fleet management contract it feels as though the business has come home.”