We at ATF Professional went along to FAB’s site at Cinderford, Gloucestershire to meet up with and say ‘Adiós’ to FAB’s Business Development Director, Tim McCarthy and to get the lowdown on his past, present and his thoughts on the future.
Tim mentioned where it all began for him and how he ended up working at FAB alongside the team and their Managing Director, Jason Cross whom he says is ‘straight down the line’ and passionate about what he does. Having been involved in a sales career and working within a diverse range of industries which included parcel carriage; TNT, Ski yoghurt and companies within the dental industry. It was during this latter position when he met Jason Cross or as Tim affectionately names him “Crossy”. Tim found himself renting a house owned by Jason. FAB’s Cinderford site was nearby and Tim always took an interest in Jason’s enthusiasm for his successfully run ATF business with its family feel, in particular ‘mygreenfleet’.
After four years of meeting each other and of being asked to come on board at FAB, he joined them. Even though Tim was green to the industry, he was appointed initially as Business Development Manager, a position which encompassed all aspects of FAB’s business, it enabled him to point out the potential in his colleagues so that they can manage themselves efficiently without being micromanaged.
During his six years at FAB, Tim has seen the business grow and develop strongly. He has been involved in the installation and management of a system which not only works efficiently but can be trusted, the majority of police fleets utilise the ‘mygreenfleet’ scheme. Along with companies such as; British Gas, Ocado, Europcar and Avis, to name a few. During his time there he has seen a positive change in approach to the implementation of green parts. Tim has worked well with his colleagues and has always appreciated their support, he claims his success within the company is down to knowing ‘a thread’ of everything ( if not, most things) going on at FAB. He will be extremely sad to leave, but as a passionate guy, it will be hard for him to ‘put the phone down’ on his career.
Tim said “The biggest emotion he is experiencing is of retiring – My career is finishing! I will miss it but the time feels right”. He and his wife plan to relocate to a property surrounded by Almond trees in Spain, and ironically he’s spotted a dismantlers just down the road.
When asked how he saw the future of the industry he told us that people will always want green parts. In France it is mandatory that 1% of repairs are done by using green parts, if the UK were to follow suit, we need to be ready with quality and quantity of parts. He also said that efficiency needs to be improved – companies need to pull together or have an in house service to send out parts. Delivery costs are high and courier services cannot be relied on – time is a factor and customers want ‘it’ sooner rather than later. Fleet VOR times are a critical consideration. He even hinted at a major insurance company wishing to adopt a green parts philosophy, so it appears that the seed sown by FAB in the UK is starting to bare fruit!
Tim also mentioned how green parts are intrinsically connected to the future. Hybrid and Electric cars are now being driven and will continue to be driven. And because of these new breeds of vehicles, the future motorists will have no problem fitting green parts because it is already being instilled in them as a way of protecting the environment.
Tim hopes that manufacturers such as Nissan, Tesla and Toyota will use companies such as FAB. Helping them to support their own customers in repairing their brands with green parts, a Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius owner should have no issues having their vehicles repaired with green parts. And now FAB have joined forces with Motorhog, their new ELV and Hybrid Centre of Excellence will surely set the standard for these specialist parts. We hope to visit the new site in the coming months to see for ourselves.
It has been a pleasure knowing Tim and sad that we must say goodbye but we wish him all the best for his adventure in Spain.