Month: November 2012

Smedvig Capital’s award-winning portfolio companies

myhomemove have had another award-winning year, receiving the Innovator of the Year Award for non-lenders at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards. The business was also Highly Commended at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards within the Legal Industry Pioneer category.

myhomemove’s innovative eWay service was key to many of the awards, click here to find out more.

The Picture Production Company have had another action-packed year working on some of most exciting new box office releases. Their work on the trailer for Skyfall, the latest movie in the Bond franchise, received Silver at The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Key Art Awards. PPC also won Bronze for the Shame trailer, produced for Momentum Pictures.

Watch the teaser trailer for Skyfall again here.

Tusker has been recognised for an outstanding year, winning Business of the Year at the Regional Business Excellence Awards. Tusker was also shortlisted at the National Business Awards in the Orange Innovation Award category for its market-leading salary sacrifice car scheme, SS4C. Shortlisting judge, Gideon Hyde, commented: “Tusker has pioneered the salary sacrifice market with a pipeline of innovative features to deliver impressive business growth.”

Ocean Named Outdoor Sales Team of the Year

Ocean Named Outdoor Sales Team of the Year at Campaign Media Awards

Ocean Outdoor has been named Outdoor Sales Team of the Year at the Campaign Media Awards, beating industry giants JCDecaux and Clear Channel to the prestigious title.

The award judging panel said they were impressed how a “relative minnow” had held its own in what is regarded to be a pretty tough marketplace.

The 6 strong Ocean sales team, which is led by Iain Chapman, took the award for its innovative approach and the delivery of clear and seamless strategy from brand to sales execution.

“This is an outstanding achievement for a company of our size in a market dominated by global organisations and a testament to a lot of hard work and incredible team spirit across the last 18 months,” said Iain Chapman. Ocean Outdoor Marketing Director Richard said : “It is an honour to be recognised as one of the media owners at the forefront of selling the medium. It’s not just a matter of our products and marketing, we have a team which is using the unique Ocean proposition to steal a share of other media.”

Last month Ocean Outdoor picked up a silver medal at the Media Week Awards for Media Brand of the Year.

Salary sacrifice cars greener, says Tusker

Salary sacrifice drivers generally select small engined, low carbon emitting vehicles with frugal fuel consumption, says innovative contract hire and salary sacrifice market leader, Tusker, but growing numbers are discovering that premium sector cars also offer excellent value for money.

The news comes following analysis of all new cars ordered under its market-leading salary sacrifice car scheme, SS4C. Tusker has over 95 live salary sacrifice car schemes in both private and public sectors and has seen uptake of new cars under SS4C grow dramatically this year. It is currently adding new schemes at the rate of three to four per month giving a unique insight into buying trends within the salary sacrifice arena.

A recent, unrelated survey by Tusker of over 1,000 drivers, who have recently used the SS4C scheme to acquire a new car, found that four of the top five most appealing key benefits of the scheme related to its low cost. This reflects the rising cost of motoring for drivers and the need for an alternative, more cost effective way to acquire a car, such as a salary sacrifice car scheme.

Salary sacrifice drivers typically opt for cars with as low emissions as possible to capitalise on tax and National Insurance savings, allied to the best possible fuel consumption because of the rising costs of petrol and diesel, says Tusker.

As a consequence, drivers typically opt for smaller engines, as the majority of the salary sacrifice cars selected this year were 1600cc or less. The most popular car selected by salary sacrifice drivers is the Ford Fiesta, followed by the SEAT Ibiza, Citroen DS3, Citroen C1, and Peugeot 107. The most popular salary sacrifice manufacturer was Ford, followed by Citroen, Nissan, Peugeot and Audi.

“Our analysis provides a fascinating insight into the new car ordering habits of salary sacrifice drivers,” said Chief Operating Officer, Mark Sinclair.

“Smaller models, such as the Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza and Citroen DS3 and C1, have been in demand because they offer a winning combination of lower depreciation cost, fuel consumption, carbon emissions and running costs. Our salary sacrifice drivers tend to select cars for more economical, environmental and fiscal reasons, reflecting their personal, rather than business motoring needs,” he said.

This coincides with a dramatic increase in the variety and attractiveness of cars available in the important sub 120g/km CO2 sector. Manufacturers are reacting to the rise in demand for increasing efficiency by widening their ranges with new models, derivatives and technologies.

This trend looks set to at least keep pace with the reductions in company car tax bandings over the next few years ensuring the desirability of salary sacrifice schemes into the future, says Tusker.

“Just outside of the Top 10 we are also starting to see some take up of larger, family cars with low emissions which shows that drivers are now realising that low emissions don’t necessarily have to mean small cars which may not be as suited to the hustle and bustle of family life. The BMW 3 Series has long been popular but we are now seeing BMW 5 Series and Volvo V70 and S80 with CO2’s below 120g/km,” said Mark Sinclair.

“However, it is also interesting to note that salary sacrifice drivers are discovering that premium sector cars also offer excellent value for money, reflecting what many fleets have known for some time from whole life costs analysis. It is no surprise that we see manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Audi and BMW also featuring in our top ten,” he added.