Holman has taken over the contract for BT Group’s 37,000 commercial vehicles.

The deal includes all of BT’s light commercials, large commercials and specialist vehicles, HGVs, plant and ancillary equipment.

The majority of the fleet resides in the Openreach unit delivering full-fibre broadband across the UK.

The initial seven-year contract includes service, maintenance and repair, portfolio management, glass replacement, and pool vehicle/rental management.

Holman confirmed to MT that, although it is too early to go into specific numbers, it will be managing BT Group vehicles of all sizes and specialities, just as it does for a number of large mixed fleets in sectors such as utility and construction,

These will be looked after through Holman's own network of garages using existing relationships with main dealers where relevant.

MT also understands that the BT Fleet garage network became the Rivus garage network when it was sold so it does not form part of the offering.

To support the contract, which begins on 30 September, Holman is expanding operations into Birmingham with a new facility and new roles ranging from Leadership through to Trainee.

Designed to be the benchmark for fleet management in the UK, Holman said the partnership has been built from the ground up to deliver innovation, flexibility, and service delivery.

Nick Caller, Holman UK MD, said: "We are delighted to have been selected by BT to win what is arguably the largest fleet management contract ever awarded in the UK.

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“Our flexible and transparent solutions will ensure we maximise BT Group's investment in its commercial fleet, supporting the business to achieve its objectives and business commitments.

“This contract will set the standard for fleet management in the UK – and is a testament not only to the dedication, growth and innovation of everyone involved at Holman, but to the partnership approach employed by BT Group throughout our discussions over the last 12 months.

“Adding such a significant fleet to our portfolio allows us to accelerate products and services already in the pipeline. Additionally, our partnership with BT Group has identified areas where we wish to invest further to support all customers, partners and prospects alike.”

Cyril Pourat, BT group chief procurement officer, said the move was down to Holman's superior service levels: “One of the core strategies of the partnership will be to bring enhancements for BT Group and its drivers, with a particular focus on EV and sustainability initiatives and investment in technology to streamline and enhance service delivery," he explained.

“The contract will focus on transforming the driver experience, bringing innovation and transformation ideas for engineers on the road. With a network extending to over 400 locations across the UK, Holman is closer to the majority of BT Group’s workforce, supporting the migration of their fleet to electric and net zero carbon vehicles between now and 2030.”