The PVS Group team including (far right) managing director Marcus Puddy

The awards recognise PVS Group’s success as a provider of fleet advisory and management services

Management services provider PVS Group has been named Small Business of the Year in the 2019 Somerset Business Awards.

The awards, organised annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, look for the ‘wow factor’ in companies and how they stand out from the crowd in areas including ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people.

PVS Group, which provides a cradle to grave advisory and management service was founded by 30-year fleet veteran Marcus Puddy and is now in its fifth year of business.

After being presented with the Small Business of the Year Award, which recognises companies employing up to 10 people, Marcus, whose career background is as a fleet manager and director of a major contract hire and leasing company, said: “This is an absolute honour. It is a tick in the box for us that says we are doing the right thing for our customers, staff and the business.”

From its embryonic foundations delivering fleet consultancy with a difference including recommendation implementation, in-life management and fleet decision-maker training PVS Group, now employing nine people, operates through four divisions to meet customer demand and sustainability:

Fleet – a one-stop shop service offering a pick ‘n’ mix range of solutions comprising consultancy, vehicle acquisition and disposal and in-life management.

Business finance – via a panel of independent funders, customers are able to obtain the finance required to assist in purchasing new and used assets.

Development – support for suppliers with their sales and marketing activities including tender responses and training.

Innovation – the newest element of PVS Group delivering alternative fuel consultancy and web-based fleet management information that sees data feeds, relating for example to telematics, fuel usage and tyre consumption, taken from clients’ contract hire and leasing providers and ‘sliced ‘n’ diced’ to provide a comprehensive all-vehicle operational overview.

PVS Group currently manages around 1,200 company cars and commercial vehicles and through its four channels ‘touches’ more than 9,000 units.

Marcus added: “PVS Group’s ‘four pillars’ ensure it has the tools to provide customers with financing, fleet management and web-based management information via a single dashboard. Additionally, the company’s sales and marketing support allows the business to support clients in a number of key areas enabling them to drive profitability.”

Looking forward, Marcus said: “In the next five years I would like PVS Group to be managing about 6,000-7,000 vehicles; and be the ‘go to’ business for consultancy and funding requirements.

“We are a boutique fleet supplier and I want PVS Group to grow organically with a reputation for delivering bespoke services to customers. The company offers a range of services and solutions and clients can select what they want from the portfolio.”

The awards are in their 15th year with the winners announced at a glittering black-tie event at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, in Weston-super-Mare. Almost 400 business people from across Somerset attended the gala evening, which was hosted by Somerset cricket legend Peter Trego.

Somerset Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stephen Henagulph said: “I am extremely proud of our county’s businesses; we were all blown away by the quality of the entries and what Somerset’s businesses are achieving and producing.”

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