Barchester Healthcare has turned to vehicle fleet management specialist Alphabet to supply up to 450 cars, vans and disabled-access minibuses.
Trade magazine FleetWorld reports that the UK’s third largest independent care home operator will operate its own vehicles, rather than giving staff car allowances.
The move will give Barchester greater control over the fleet and, the company believes, will be seen as a perk by employees.
Kevin Inns, Barchester’s fleet manager, told FleetWorld: “We want to recruit good people so we offer a car scheme that allows a good choice of car. Bearing in mind that many of our roles involve high mileages, we want our drivers to be in cars that are safe, sound and meet all their needs.
“Of course company cars help with staff retention too, because employees know that if they leave us the chances are they will have to go back to providing a car themselves. And from my point of view, it’s much better to operate a company fleet than a grey fleet.”