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Van rental company commits 5% of retail profits to NHS on ongoing basis

Commercial vehicle provider Global Go! is bringing much-needed support for the National Health Service by committing to share some of its revenues on an ongoing basis while also undertaking increased charity funding and community initiatives.

Global Go! CEO Gareth Jones said the business would support the NHS now and going forwards to help mitigate the longer-term term impacts of Covid-19

The decision was announced by group CEO Gareth Jones this week and will see the firm donate 5% of all retail rental revenue generated to the NHS, not only during the lockdown period, but as a long-term plan, going forwards; as denoted by the company’s new van liveries.

The business is also establishing a new ‘Go! Foundation’ to manage its charitable activities. This will be led by group chairman Chris Webb along with Gareth Jones and will be established in the coming weeks and months.

Jones explained: “This pandemic that faces us all worldwide is unprecedented and it’s important that we don’t just get through the here and now, but more importantly that we support also the wider impacts that Covid-19 will have on our healthcare system in the future. Critical care, rehabilitation, mental health and social support are all areas where I feel resource and investment will be both necessary and welcomed.

“I have to point out that there are loads of front-line workers: drivers, couriers, supermarket workers and emergency service providers, all out there giving their all to keep us safe and well. We acknowledge this and we cannot support them all, but we can do as much as we can, for as many as we can. So, in addition, we’re creating other initiatives that support our communities too.”

Global Go!’s vans have been newly liveried to reflect the firm’s support for the NHS

The new support measures include a free van use scheme, which is being introduced this week to local charities within the communities of the Global Go! locations. Charities that require a van to do their local work can do so absolutely free, granted they provide suitable insurance cover.

Alongside this, all Global Go! team members have been offered the free use of a van to support their own charitable endeavours and community projects in their local areas.

Jones added: “It’s important that we support our communities during this time. We have to start thinking of the bigger picture. Of course, we are a business, and we need to make money just like everyone else, but if we’re able to give something back at this time and help then that’s what we’ll do. We’re in a fortunate position where we have access to these vehicles right now, so we are happy to support.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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