Fleet & Mobility LIVE: Ready for BusinessBack
The UK’s most influential fleet event is back with a new name, new theatre sessions and two days of packed content to help set the agenda across the fleet and mobility industry.
The evolution of the show’s name from Fleet Live to Fleet & Mobility Live for 2020 reflects how fleets are preparing for the business mobility as a service revolution and how fleet managers’ responsibilities are expanding beyond automotive and will encompass all areas of mobility.
The event will once again be held at the NEC in Birmingham on October 6-7 and include a host of new features, including an Electric Vehicle Theatre, Mobility Theatre and Operational Excellence Theatre, as well as perennial favourite Discover Fleet Theatre. The Tomorrow’s Fleet Zone is also back and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The Commercial Fleet Zone also returns and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with new exhibitors and a host of new features and initiatives to appeal to operators of vans and trucks. The EV Theatre and Mobility Theatre (see panel) will explore two important topics in depth due to their significant impact on the future planning strategies for businesses across the UK.
Fleet decision-makers and those involved in the mobility decision-making unit, including procurement, HR and finance, will be able to gain advice, guidance and insight from more than 20 expert speakers across all four theatres over the two-day event.
David Oliver, Specsavers senior category manager and Fleet & Mobility Live Visitor Advisory Board member, said: “This show is always the most productive and comprehensive time away from the office for me. Last year’s show was filled with timely focused content seminars, amazing speakers and a wide range of fleet service suppliers.
“With the unprecedented changes in fleet, and also a shift to really embrace the mobility initiatives, there is so much to keep on top of right now.
“You’ll definitely find your questions answered at this event and you will be able to discuss with suppliers how they can help you improve your fleet efficiency and be ready for the new world.”
Fleet management software provider Jaama is sponsoring two Operational Excellence Theatre sessions this year, with the focus on providing insight from fleet professionals on how best to use data from telematics, fuel cards, connected cars and licence checks to help reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Martin Evans, managing director at Jaama, said: “The theatre sessions, alongside the Q&As, are a really good way of keeping your finger on the pulse to understand the current thinking across the industry. We’re at a really interesting time with the development of fleet as just when the desirability of the company car looks to be dwindling, electric vehicles still make them a relevant option for a lot of drivers.”
Jaama will have its team on hand to chat with existing customers and new prospects about its Maintenance Exchange compliance platform and the ability to manage pool cars from its MyVehicle app.
Fleet & Mobility Live always enjoys strong representation from the leasing sector, with the majority of the FN50 top 20 exhibiting at the show. Volkswagen Financial Services has been meeting customers there for the past two years. Tom Brewer, head of sales and marketing, said the show has become an established part of the fleet industry calendar.
“The focus this year is to decode the issues for our customers and to make sense of the complexity,” Brewer said. “We will be there to help attendees push fleet up the agenda in their organisations; but this will also mean talking more about the future of work and what that means.”
Brewer said that framing conversations around the future of work will drive better questions at the event around changes in behaviour towards non-automotive mobility the market will see in the future.
He said: “Our plan is to engage in a new piece of research prior to this year’s Fleet & Mobility Live so we can really tune in to what decisions and topics organisations are wrestling with."
So far, 42 exhibitors have signed up to exhibit at Fleet & Mobility Live 2020, including nine leasing companies, plus rental providers, software, tyres, fuel solutions and van suppliers.
Chris Connors, Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd head of facilities & fleet, believes this is one of the major draws of Fleet & Mobility Live. “It is supported by the largest of organisations as well as the smaller ones,” he said. “It’s a unique environment where you can meet with providers in a relaxed way.”
Stephen Briers, Fleet News editor-in-chief, said: “With the help of our experienced Visitor Advisory Board, we continue to shape and evolve Fleet & Mobility Live to ensure it remains relevant to every type of fleet decision-maker, irrespective of the size and make up of their fleet. This year, in recognition that ‘fleet’ is now about how businesses move their people, goods and services about, we have introduced a host of new features designed to provide advice and guidance to those responsible for making decisions about mobility and transport.”
Plan your Fleet & Mobility Live visit
When? 6th - 7th October 2020
Where? NEC, Birmingham
Entry? Free! Register your interest here until registration opens.