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SPAR Brand revamps ready meal designs with fresh, ingredients photography

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SPAR has redesigned its ready meal range with a fresh and foodie new look, and moved half of the range from a landscape to a portrait design. These changes will help to make the most of the space on SPAR retailers’ shelves, and to make room for more SPAR Brand products. SPAR Brand’s new ready meal designs use lifestyle photography to showcase the range’s products and their fresh ingredients. The price mechanic on SPAR Brand standard ready meals will move to two for £5.50, bringing i... Read the full story

DriveTech licence checking getting fully charged with electronic checking

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The majority of responsible fleet managers and business owners understand the core imperative to make sure their business drivers are legal and safe on the road – and this starts with the basic essential practice of driver licence checking. It can be an onerous task, especially with larger fleet and driver numbers, but one that will underwrite your insurance risks, and ensure that your drivers are legal and authorised to drive the type of vehicle you expect them to drive for work. As part... Read the full story

Blakemore Retail Colleague Sleeps Rough for Homeless Charities

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Blakemore Retail Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies took part in a rough sleep out to help raise awareness of homelessness and raise £650 for local homeless charities in Newtown, North Wales.Organised by the Newtown Rotary Club, the Big Rough Sleep Out took place on the 18th May and saw 31 volunteers from the Newtown community tasked with building shelters out of cardboard boxes and sleeping rough for the night.NPTC Newtown College Campus provided a venue for the sleep out’s cardboard cit... Read the full story

Exol announces improvements to streamline its Wednesbury operations

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Exol has announced a series of improvements at its Wednesbury-based production facility, aimed at streamlining its site operations and enhancing its business offering to customers. New racking installations and an FLT Blue-Spot Safety feature have been introduced at its warehouse in Wednesbury, West Midlands, ensuring the highest health and safety requirements for operators, other employees and visitors on site.Ideal for the storage of bulk goods, Exol’s Push Back Roller racking can provide... Read the full story

CAWSTON PRESS RAISES £1M FOR AMBITIOUS EXPANSION PLANS

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Today, leading British soft drinks company Cawston Press announce that they have successfully raised £1m in an equity fundraising round to support continued expansion at home and overseas. The total has been reached through existing shareholders, members of the Cawston Press team from the UK, Australia and USA as well as a select number of private investors in the food and drink industry. Steve Kearns, Managing Director of Cawston Press commented: “Our team is made up of people who want... Read the full story

Plunkys All Stars lift the cup in Team Mirka charity football match

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It was a night of thrills and drama as Plunkys All Stars narrowly beat Team Mirka 3-2 at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on 24 May to win the inaugural Mirka Cup in aid of Willen Hospice, Mirka’s chosen local charity for 2018. The brainchild of Mirka’s national accounts business development managers from the ART (automotive) division, Karl Horsley and Paul North, the showdown raised almost £700 through the raffle. The majority of the prizes were donated by customers and players and included... Read the full story

STOATS PARTNERS WITH EMMA BRIDGEWATER FOR A MUGNIFICENT PROMOTION THIS SUMMER

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company, Stoats, has partnered with iconic British pottery brand Emma Bridgewater to create a limited-edition mug in a collaboration offering consumers the perfect combination for the perfect cuppa. Through a UK wide on-pack promotion consumers have the chance to win 800 beautifully designed ½ pint mugs featuring the natural elements that are core to Stoats’ bars - oats and fruit - as well as VIP experiences and Stoats Goody Bags.Stoats has collaborated with Emma Bridgewater due to the si... Read the full story

TRIUMPH ANNOUNCES NEW JUNE OFFERS

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Triumph is celebrating the start of the summer riding season with a number of additional new offers to run until the end of June. Customers interested in buying a Street Twin, Street Cup or Street Scrambler can now take advantage of a low rate 7.9% APR TriStar finance offer alongside a £500 personalisation contribution that can be used in a variety of ways, such as for additional accessories. Both offers extend to purchases of the Bonneville T100 and T120, as does the personalisation offer... Read the full story

Oil change for automatic transmissions now even easier

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Fully automatic ATF change with the new Gear Tronic II by LIQUI MOLY  May 2018 – An oil change for automatic transmissions is a tricky business and not to be compared to a motor oil change. The new Gear Tronic II by German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY fully automatically deals with it. "This makes an ATF change a cinch and is no longer reserved only for specialist garages," says David Kaiser, Head of Research and Development at LIQUI MOLY.  An oil change for automatic transmissi... Read the full story

IRI retail data shows sales of sparkling wine and baking products up during Royal Wedding week as shoppers toast the happy couple

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£1.68 billion spent in UK supermarkets during a week of wedding fever  Bracknell, UK; 25 May 2018 – While an estimated 1.9 billion people watched the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May, it was UK supermarkets that were smiling as shoppers pushed up sales of sparkling wine, cakes and baking products. According to analysis from IRI, a leading provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, shoppers spent a total of £1.68 billion... Read the full story

Most expensive counties for car repairs in UK revealed

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The UK’s biggest online garage and repair marketplace has revealed which counties are the most expensive for the average car repair - with Cornwall topping the list. The average cost for Cornwall sits at £303.99 per repair, whilst Derbyshire is the cheapest county in the UK at £172.40 per repair. The UK’s biggest online garage and repair marketplace has revealed which counties in the UK are the most expensive for the average car repair.  WhoCanFixMyCar.com analysed its internal price... Read the full story

Powerful medicine for powerful pick-up trucks

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Additives by LIQUI MOLY especially for pick-up trucks – tested in everyday use and at the Baja 1000 May 2018 – To ensure powerful workhorses remain powerful, the German motor oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY has developed its own additive line especially for pick-up trucks. With it the engine remains powerful and a creeping loss of performance is avoided. "This helps in everyday life and in situations where it's important that the pick-up can deliver its full performance," says D... Read the full story

DMT delivers a RAPID Response to GDPR

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The deadline for GDPR compliance has arrived, but DMT Development Systems Group Inc., a globally-renowned name in lead management technology with offices across North America, the UK and the EU, has been working for more than a year to make it easier for its customers to meet the requirements of the legislation.DMT Group, which works with more than 2,500 clients across three continents, has updated its RAPID! Response™ lead management SaaS (software as a service) - based solution, ensuring... Read the full story

April retail sales “hop” fuelled by fuel

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Small growth in this morning’s retail sales for April 2018 gave hope to a spring bounceback. But there was disappointment behind the figures as fuel price increases propped up sales volumes in other sectors. The key findings from the Retail Statistics showed:· In April 2018, the quantity of goods bought in the retail industry remained relatively flat with a slight increase of 0.1% in the three-month on three-month movement.· When compared with March 2018, the quantity bought in April incr... Read the full story

TRIUMPH UNVEILS NEW 2018 COLOUR OPTIONS

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Triumph Motorcycles UK has announced new colour options for a number of its Modern Classics and the Street Triple RS. Competition Green is now available on the Thruxton R, in place of Matt Jet Black, while the Bonneville T120 sees Cranberry Red and Aluminium Silver replaced with a Fusion White and Aegean Blue colourway. Matt Black arrives in place of Matt Graphite on the Bonneville T120 Black, with Ironstone giving way to Khaki Green on the Bonneville Bobber. There are also two changes on... Read the full story

At global Summit, ministers debate safety and security of transport

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Largest gathering of transport policy makers kicks off with keynote by Prince Michael of Kent / Three-point plan to halve road deaths  Leipzig, 22 May 2018 Transport ministers from around the world meet for a summit on transport safety and security in Germany this week. The three-day conference will kick off on Wednesday (23 May) in the city of Leipzig with a keynote address by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.The Leipzig summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and policy... Read the full story

Scottish Berry Grower Keeping it Sweet with Two Industry Award Nominations

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Scottish berry grower and supplier, Angus Soft Fruits has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at this year’s Horticulture Week Business Awards, which recognise excellence across the UK’s horticulture industry. Recognised for high-quality taste, texture and appearance, Angus Soft Fruit’s AVA™ Star strawberry has been nominated in the “Best New Edible Crop Variety” category. Developed by Angus Soft Fruits’ Breeding Programme, AVA™ Star has been carefully bred to have im... Read the full story

Positive signs for petrol hybrid plug-ins. Bike and scooter sales rise

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Mycarcheck.com’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month. Valuation services team manager at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said: “If you’re in the market for a popular petrol hybrid plug-in family car, you should certainly consider the BMW 330e. With claimed economy figures in excess of 140mpg, and the ability to cover short distances using pure electric, it makes for cost-effective motoring. Excellent build qualit... Read the full story

British Athletics Partner SPAR to Boost Community Sport With ‘The People’s Podium’

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New campaign will see SPAR celebrate the individuals at the heart of community sport People across the UK will have the chance to nominate individuals supporting sport in their community for the chance to win £10,000 for their chosen project and a place on a special ‘People’s Podium’ at the Müller Anniversary Games Campaign continues SPAR’s long heritage of supporting community sport and will feature a host of athletes including Dina AsherSmith, Andrew Pozzi, Eilidh Doyle, Tom Gale... Read the full story

Roadchef appoints new Chief Executive

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Roadchef, one of the UK’s largest Motorway Service Area (MSA) operators, has today announced that Mark Fox has been appointed Chief Executive of the business, succeeding Simon Turl, who is moving into a new role as Chairman of Roadchef. Mark joins the business with experience in senior roles in the UK and international hospitality industries, working at big names including KFC, Pizza Hut UK and Ireland, Starbucks and most recently Chief Executive of casual dining brand Bill’s. Mark commen... Read the full story

British drivers set to save £1.8bn thanks to first MOT repair calculator

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The UK’s biggest online garage and car repair marketplace could save drivers £1.8bn* thanks to the first MOT repairs calculator. The calculator has launched in time for the new MOT test changes which come into effect on 20th May. Drivers will be able find out how much various MOT repairs will cost in their local area.  UK motorists could save £1.8bn* thanks to the first ever MOT test repair cost calculator for drivers ahead of the new MOT changes, which come into effect on 20th May. T... Read the full story

EDESIX LAUNCH NEW VIDEOTAG VT-100

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The VT-100 combines the discreetness of an incident recorder with the longer recording times of a traditional Body Worn CameraEdesix, a market leader in the provision of Body Worn Camera solutions, is delighted to announce the launch of its new VideoTag VT-100 - where the incident recorder meets the Body Worn Camera.The VT-100 is recording device specifically designed to meet the needs of retailers, lone workers and other public facing businesses. It is similar to the VT-50 incident recorder,... Read the full story

New oil for Jaguar and Land Rover

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Special Tec LR 0W-20 by LIQUI MOLY May 2018 – The trend for ever less viscous motor oils as a contribution to lower fuel consumption and emissions can be found in all car markets. The German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY has developed a new oil just for Jaguar and Land Rover: Special Tec LR 0W-20. Special Tec LR 0W-20 is officially approved by Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. This STJLR 51.5122 approval is required in the latest petrol engines in Jaguars and Land Rovers. "0W-20 is a partic... Read the full story

DIESEL BOUNCES BACK: PRICES OF USED DIESEL CARS JUMP 2.4% AFTER HISTORIC SLUMP IN 2017

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Prices for used diesel cars are up £322 (+2.4%) on average since start of 2018. This comes after diesel prices dropped 5% through 2017 Equivalent petrol car prices fell 0.7% since the beginning of the year as the market re-balances Nine out of ten major car brands saw diesel prices drop between Q1 2017 and Q1 2018, compared to half of petrol variantsLondon, 17th May 2018 -- The average price of a used diesel car has increased by 2.4% since the start of 2018. This puts an end to the downwar... Read the full story

RED STAR BRANDS SECURE HAT-TRICK OF NEW FORECOURT LISTINGS

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RED STAR Brands has won three new listings in two of the UK’s leading forecourts. Two of its ‘better for you’ beverage brands will be rolled out into over 200 BP garages, which will soon see five flavours of Sparkling Ice on its shelves, as well as six flavours of Bai, including the new and deliciously fruity São Paulo Strawberry Lemon.Family-owned business and growing convenience retailer Euro Garages will also be welcoming protein bar Fulfil into 354 of its stores across the UK. This... Read the full story

ANGUS BERRY GROWERS TO COMPETE IN EDINBURGH MARATHON (IN AID OF LOCAL FOOD BANK CHARITY)

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Local berry grower Angus Soft Fruits has announced it will send a team of runners to compete in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival Hairy Haggis relay race in aid of Angus Foodbank, a charity that provides a lifeline to local people in crisis. As food bank use continues to rise across Tayside and Fife, local berry grower Andrew Gray, who has farms in Angus, said that supporting the local food bank was an easy decision to make for the company and that the team are training hard for the... Read the full story

DADS - HANDS OFF YOUR WIFE'S BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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The Rose Tree is noticing a growing trend for Dads to swipe their wives' beauty products as demand for organic grooming products grow. The multiple award-winning brand offers its luxury organic skincare, body, bath and shower oils, and its natural wax aromatherapy candles to stressed out women but has noticed a growing trend from their predominantly female customer base with husbands and partners swiping their organic favourites. Rose Tree founder Olga said:  "I set The Rose Tree up to cat... Read the full story

Thurcroft SPAR Re-launched as New Flagship Store

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Blakemore Retail has relocated its Thurcroft SPAR store to a new site at Unit 1-2, Green Arbour Road, Rotherham.The 3,000 sqft store, which is a brand new build, opened its doors on Friday 20th April on the site of the former Thurcroft Hotel.Featuring a new Greggs department, with a Subway coming soon, the store has been updated to provide a wide range of food-to-go options and will be Blakemore Retail’s biggest flagship store to open this year.The store has also been developed to include a... Read the full story

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week: Ben shows support for those working in the automotive industry

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Anxiety and depression are most popular content topics on Ben’s website Mental health is second biggest concern for industry people, after money worries Ben launches new online anxiety and stress checker tool  This Mental Health Awareness Week, Ben is showing support for automotive industry colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues, by launching new content and tools to help them. Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide s... Read the full story

Carsharing Fleet Size to Grow by 13.2 Percent Globally as Shared Mobility Becomes Mainstream

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New business models such as Mobility-as-a-Service to gain traction with the integration of multiple mobility platforms, finds Frost & Sullivan London, 10th May 2018 – The overall carsharing vehicle parc is expected to expand from 983k in 2017 to 1237k in 2018, driven by motorists’ desire to use alternative modes of transport, the rise in employee mobility options and environmental concerns. Existing providers of recent mobility solutions like carsharing, ridesharing, ridehailing, on-dema... Read the full story

PORK FARMS LAUNCHES PORK FARM-ERS’ MASH-UP COMPETITION

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Pork Farms, the UK’s no.1 Pork Pie brand, is on the look-out for the next big rap star. The Pork Farmers’ Mash-up campaign, which launches at the National Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs AGM on Friday, 4th May, is offering hopeful contenders the chance of winning a £1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to record and produce a Pork Farms’ track and music video.The Pork Farmers’ Mash-up judges, DJ and Presenter, Chris Stark and Music Producer & Founder of Hot Money Studios, Patric... Read the full story

MFG Opens First Post Office

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Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the opening of its first Post Office on its 438-strong UK network. Offering a 7-day a week Post Office service to forecourt customers and the local community, this new service at the Shell King William Service Station in St Albans was officially opened by Anne Main, MP for St Albans. Tony Walker, trading director for MFG, said: “With our company’s head office being based in St Albans, we could see how ideall... Read the full story

British-Romanian researcher wins global award for analysis of drink-driving crashes

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Young Researcher of the Year Award 2018 for George Ursachi for innovative approach to better target drivers prone to alcohol crashes Paris, 09 May 2018 | The winner of the International Transport Forum’s 2018 Young Researcher of the Year Award is Dr George Ursachi, a Romanian national and Senior Research Analyst with British transport consultancy Agilysis. Dr Ursachi pioneered an innovative statistical analysis of which drivers are most likely to be involved in alcohol-related crashes. His... Read the full story

SPAR Brand revamps crisps & snacks line-up with brand new products and range redesigns

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SPAR Brand is relaunching its crisps and snacks range with seven new lines and a fresh new design for the entire range. An all-new range of party mix snacks and pretzels will join the SPAR Brand snacks portfolio, as well as two new impulse variants.Sour Cream & Chive Party Mix, Salt & Black Pepper Party Mix and Salted Pretzels (PMP £1) are the new additions to SPAR Brand’s sharing bags, which are currently growing by 13%.SPAR Brand’s premium hand cooked crisps have also been redesigned t... Read the full story

Blakemore Retail Colleagues Help Feed Over 70 at Worcester Street Kitchen

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Colleagues from Blakemore Retail joined forces with the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to serve up meals to some of Worcester city’s most vulnerable people.Blakemore Retail colleagues, along with Community Affairs Officer Liz Blakemore, visited Worcester in April to support a street kitchen event in the city and launch the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal’s new food van.The new van worth more than £5,000, which was purchased with fundraising support from Blakemore Retail and the company’... Read the full story

The Contactless Ticketing Market Continues to Grow Despite Challenge from Mobile

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 07 May 2018Despite ongoing debate on the mobile ticketing displacement impact on the traditional contactless ticketing smart card market, the contactless ticketing market will continue to grow. Shipments are expected to rise from 447 million in 2018 to 550 million in 2023, according to a new report by ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologiesThere is no silver technology bullet to cov... Read the full story

Nidec ASI presents the new Ultra Fast Charger for speedy recharging of new-generation electric vehicles: an important asset for the development of the electric car market

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Thanks to this innovative electric system, a car can be charged, safely and efficiently, in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing 500 km travel and minimising impact on the electricity grid MILAN, 7 May 2018 – The multinational Nidec ASI, leader in the Industrial Solutions sector of the Nidec Group, presents the innovative Ultra Fast Charger (UFC), an advanced system that hooks up to the national grid through charging towers, simplifying and accelerating the electrification process of infrast... Read the full story

Revolutionary backpack start-up wins UK Business Exporter of the Year Award

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Wolffepack Limited wins at FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 Crowd-funded London start-up Wolffepack Limited has been recognised by the Federation of Small Businesses as the Business Exporter of 2018 at last night’s (3 May) FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, hosted by Jon Culshaw. The business designs and markets an innovative backpack that is the only one in the world that swings to the front of the body without having to be unstrapped. by... Read the full story

Electric Vehicle Manufacturers’ Focus on Long-Range Battery Leads to Anticipated Unit Sales of 1.6 million in 2018

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Solid-state batteries set to be game-changers in driving new growth opportunities, finds Frost & SullivanLondon, 4th May 2018 – The electric vehicle (EV) market is experiencing rapid growth as a result of several global trends. Increasing city regulations, a decline in lithium-ion battery prices, and high demand in China are expected to push global EV sales to an unprecedented 1.6 million unit sales, with China leading the market at 49.5% market share, followed by Europe with 25.6%. Frost &... Read the full story

Retailers are losing out on over a third of consumers’ planned spend during peak season

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3rd May 2018 – Peak trading periods offer retailers specific windows of opportunity to improve profitability through well thought out promotions. However, recent research conducted by Sapio Research on behalf of supply chain technology specialists, Zetes reveals that up to 35% of consumers’ peak season planned spend is being lost.Clearly, this has a significant impact on a retailer’s performance during a period where extensive planning and execution effort has gone into maximising reven... Read the full story

Save the date – IAAF Conference & Dinner 2018

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Industry’s premier networking event returns to DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that its Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 2018 will return to DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes on Thursday 6th December 2018.The event, the largest of its kind in the automotive aftermarket, is widely regarded as the industry’s premier networking event.In the day, guests will attend an information-packed industry conference that cove... Read the full story

SPAR-sponsored road cyclists join Tour de Yorkshire race!

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SPAR UK is showing its commitment to promoting active lifestyles and healthy nutrition with its fantastic sports sponsorship in the UK and worldwide.  The latest in the symbol group’s exciting run of activity is SPAR International’s sponsorship of the UCI World Tour cycling team, Team Dimension Data.  The 2018 event is the premier men's elite road cycling tour, comprising 37 cycling events around the world. This includes joining the upcoming four-day long Tour de Yorkshire, where the c... Read the full story

New MOT arrives this month

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With the new MOT arriving this month (20 May 2018), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is reminding motorists of the changes.Every year 30 million vehicles take their MOT. New tighter limits for smoke on diesel vehicles and clearer fail categories that set out that vehicles should not be driven until a dangerous defect is repaired, will help improve air quality and make roads safer.Other changes include: new checks, including: reversing lights on vehicles first used from Septemb... Read the full story

ZEFER project launches to demonstrate the benefits of zero emission fuel cell cars for large urban fleets

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Project will deploy 180 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as taxis, private-hire vehicles and police cars in Paris, Brussels and London Loughborough, UK – 02 May 2018: ZEFER* (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out) will deploy large fleets of 60 hydrogen fuelled vehicles in each of three European capitals (Paris, London and Brussels). These vehicles will be used in the applications where hydrogen fuelled vehicles are the most valuable – fleets which drive long distances ev... Read the full story

VREDESTEIN TO SHOWCASE WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TIRE COLOGNE

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Apollo Vredestein is gearing up to make a big impression at the new tyre exhibition The Tire, which will be held in Cologne from 29 May to 2 June. The tyre manufacturer will be bringing its full range of products to Cologne. The major highlight of the company's showcase will be the unveiling of a brand-new ultra-high-performance Vredestein winter tyre, called the Wintrac Pro.This brand new model is being kept under wraps for now, but all details will be announced during its official launch on... Read the full story

OPTISELLER PARTNERS WITH GS1 TO BOOST THE POWER OF THE BARCODE

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- Ensuring Product Authenticity with GTINs - One of the key challenges facing online retailers, marketplaces, brands and customers is missing, inaccurate or false Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) - the unique number commonly found within a barcode. This problem could become a thing of the past thanks to a new partnership between leading ecommerce developer Optiseller and GS1 UK, the world's largest source of trusted product information data. GTINs perform an essential role in identifying a... Read the full story