Telecoms firm rewards staff with cars

Bournemouth Echo: CARS: Neil Carlton, right, business development manager at Breeze Volkswagen, handing over the keys to Adam Sullivan, maintenance director at 4com PLC CARS: Neil Carlton, right, business development manager at Breeze Volkswagen, handing over the keys to Adam Sullivan, maintenance director at 4com PLC

A COMPANY has given up its fleet of sign-written vans in order to provide its staff with cars that they can use in their private lives.

Business telecoms firm 4Com has taken on 23 Volkswagen Golf estates for its team of engineers.

It signed a deal with Breeze Volkswagen, based at Poole’s Tower Park.

Adam Sullivan, maintenance director for 4Com, based at Aviation Park West in Christchurch, said: “We had feedback from the engineers about what they needed in their lives outside 4Com as well as in their working day.”

He added: “We’ve got the best engineers in the field and it’s really to reward them and to show that 4Com are really trying to look after their needs out of work as well as in work.”

Installation director Russ Barrett added: “After a lot of research, we found Volkswagen had a Golf estate available so we went to the local branch in Poole and found that the new estate they’ve produced meets the criteria that we were looking for.”

The new Golf estates are bigger than previous models, with enough boot space to accommodate all of the engineers’ tools. 4Com’s fleet of 2.0TDi GTs has touch screen satnav, adaptive cruise control and safety features including emergency stop at low speed.

“It was a great match for what we were looking for,” said Mr Barrett.

Support technician Marius Verenne, who has worked for 4Com for 10 years, said of his car: “It’s going to change my life completely.

“I can’t really put into words how much this means to me and my family.

“This is by far the biggest thing as engineers we’ve ever received.”

Neil Carlton, corporate department business develop-ment manager at Breeze Volkswagen, said: “This new car is the most spacious and fuel-efficient Volkswagen Golf Estate ever and fleet buyers and drivers have been impressed by the quality, safety and value of the car as well as the low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.”

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11:56am Mon 31 Mar 14

Huey says...

Fascinating stuff, not really news though is it?
Fascinating stuff, not really news though is it? Huey
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12:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Sick_of_Ants says...

I bet the staff won't be so happy with having to fill out P11D's and paying company car tax.......
I bet the staff won't be so happy with having to fill out P11D's and paying company car tax....... Sick_of_Ants
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2:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Sick_of_Ants wrote:
I bet the staff won't be so happy with having to fill out P11D's and paying company car tax.......
If their single or only need the one car then fine, its probably cheaper to pay tax on a company car than having the running costs of their own car as well?
But if they have a car already which they need to keep so the wife can run the kids around etc then paying tax on that company car too is going to hit the wallet hard, i'd guess £150-£200 per month and every year it gets higher!
[quote][p][bold]Sick_of_Ants[/bold] wrote: I bet the staff won't be so happy with having to fill out P11D's and paying company car tax.......[/p][/quote]If their single or only need the one car then fine, its probably cheaper to pay tax on a company car than having the running costs of their own car as well? But if they have a car already which they need to keep so the wife can run the kids around etc then paying tax on that company car too is going to hit the wallet hard, i'd guess £150-£200 per month and every year it gets higher! BarrHumbug
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6:19pm Mon 31 Mar 14

GAHmusic says...

One way or another no matter what this company wants to do to reward its staff the government will take something and at up to £200 a month it's the same as paying income tax on a £1000 a month raise
One way or another no matter what this company wants to do to reward its staff the government will take something and at up to £200 a month it's the same as paying income tax on a £1000 a month raise GAHmusic
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6:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

I'd rather pay £200 tax once on a £1000 bonus, than £200 every month for a car I don't need instead of a pool car for work.
I'd rather pay £200 tax once on a £1000 bonus, than £200 every month for a car I don't need instead of a pool car for work. JackJohnson
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