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James Wood

Leasing Foundation launches Future Leaders programme

The Leasing Foundation will launch a programme to identify and support the future leaders of the industry at its first annual conference on 30 September.

SIA Group appoint Scott Hussey as director

SIA Group, the asset valuation business, has appointed Scott Hussey as a director of the firm.

Leasing Foundation adds board roles

The Leasing Foundation has appointed existing board members Derek Soper and Tarun Mistry to lead roles within the organisation.

H1 profit up 5.9% for BMW Financial Services

BMW Financial Services revenue in the six-month period ending 30 June 2013 increased by 2.3% from the same period in 2012 to €9.9bn (£8.5bn) while pre-tax profit for the financial arm grew to €916m, an increase of 5.9% over H1 2012.

VWFS profit up 5% despite group decline

Volkswagen Financial Services generated a pre-tax operating profit of €696m (£599m) for the first six months of the year, an increase of 5% from the same period last year.

Close Brothers appoint chief executive

Close Brothers Commercial Finance have appointed Adrian Sainsbury as chief executive for the banking division.

Fleet Friday: Drops, cops and workshops

A weekly round up of European and UK fleet stories featuring LeasePlan values, Spanish data, French deals, Villanueva police, Arval and FLI appointments, UK workshop, SME rentals, Manheim qualifications and Fiat sales.

$5m Q2 profit for CIT Vendor

CIT Vendor Finance, the leasing division of CIT Group, has recorded $5m (€3.79m) in pre-tax profit for the second quarter of 2013.

IDS appoints two VPs to board

Leasing software provider International Decision Systems (IDS) has appointed two vice presidents to its board.

Two-thirds of brokers say SME leasing awareness is growing

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of UK brokers believe SME awareness of asset finance as a means of raising short-term capital is increasing, according to a survey by United Trust Bank (UTB).