Drinks double bills and black
tie house parties… yes, that was December

Photo of a sprig of hollyOnce again, December proved that the leasing industry,
despite not being perceived as the most glamorous segment of the
financial services sector, is perfectly capable of holding its own
when it comes to throwing a party.

Last month’s first highlight
happened on its first day, when a lunchtime gathering organised by
Peter McDonnell of Cordoba bled smoothly into the FLA’s Christmas
Drinks to form a truly formidable double bill.

One could have easily put together
a who’s who of UK leasing from the attendance lists of the two
events, and the informality of lunchtime pints in Williamson’s
Tavern was perfectly balanced out by the sophistication and smooth
organisation of the FLA’s event at Inner Temple.

Later in the month, a smaller group
met with D&D Leasing chief Bill Dost, who reinforced his status
as a man who knows how to live the good life by throwing a
top-notch black tie event in his own home.

Live musicians, hot food and a
world-class cocktail bartender kept a smile on everyone’s face,
while by the end of the evening guests had offered a healthy volume
of donations to Street Child of Sierra Leone, the supported charity
for the night.

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Tweets of the

@KeyFleet KeyFleet

Dis [sic] you know? Apparently alex ferguson gets a new audi
every 12 months even AFTER he retires….

Given the crime rate in
Salford, that’s probably just enough to make sure he has a car for
half the year at least.


would like to wish all their followers a ‘Merry Christmas’ and a
‘New Year’.

Are you uncertain as to whether
these events occur or that people actually use these terms? I’m
sure there will be a ‘new’ year, but you really need the context of
an adjective like ‘happy’. Otherwise your tweets just sound


Audi A1s in FC Barcelona, Real Madrid Liveries Draw Skid Mark

We think Sir Alex did


If opec decided to make the euro the worldwide currency for oil
the ecb could start building a golden bridge to america

They’d start, maybe. Then three
pillars would crumble, Germany and France would hold a committee to
discuss the merits of drowning, and Britain would build its bit
pointing a different way.


A sense of
perspective is a valuable thing
Illustration of a nuclear bomb destroying the globe
us to illustrate. As the year drew to a close last month many
people offered their predictions for the New Year, as you do. Among
the sound observations, of which there were many, was the following
on rising oil prices which, we feel, requires a little

“Uncertainty surrounding Iran’s
nuclear capability could hasten major hostilities in the region,
Israel having reportedly already threatened a pre-emptive nuclear
strike. If that should happen, expect a major war and a leap in oil

Ahem. If that should happen expect
vast, incalculable loss of life and a catastrophic nuclear conflict
likely to draw insane despots and itchy trigger-fingered world
leaders into firing the roughly 23,000 nuclear weapons available to
the nuclear states.

Next, a cacophony of
earth-shattering cracks, pulsing, searing white light, the utter
destruction of civilisation, the relentless wailing of incomparable
pain and the darkened sky of a nuclear winter.

Bands of cannibalistic hunters will
sweep across the wilderness in search of the remaining population,
trying to ignore the radiation sickness and the memories. The

Yes, oil prices will rise too.
Perhaps a canister of diesel will cost you all the food you have or
the club you carry around for protection in the long, dark night.
But I doubt it would be the greatest of your worries.

See, perspective is valuable.


We love

Statistics can be surprising. We at
Leasing Life recently learned for example there are more
company car accidents on Tuesdays than any other day – 1% more to
be exact.

Initially this seemed a minor data
anomaly; 1% more is hardly noteworthy. However, it turned out that,
given the survey size, 1% was statistically significant – nearly
300 more on a Tuesday in fact.

In a way that only fleet data can,
this got us thinking about our own Leasing Life

Much of what we came up with was
not statistically significant.

However, we are confident you will
fascinated to know that the most frequently occurring word in
Leasing Life in December 2011 was… leasing. It accounted
for 1.66% of the words in the issue and over a 20,000-plus word
magazine that is statistically

We really do love leasing.