Posts

Showing posts from June, 2018

Scottish Berry Grower Triumphs at Industry Awards

Image
Scottish berry grower and supplier, Angus Soft Fruits has been announced as a winner at the 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 won the top prize in the ‘best new edible crop variety’ category. Developed by Angus Soft Fruits’ research and design division, Angus Innovate, AVA™ Star has been carefully bred to have... Read the full story

Colman’s launches new Seasoning Blends – Step changing the Meal Maker category

Image
Colman’s, the market leader in dry packet mixes[1], is bolstering its portfolio with four new Meal Makers, which will be the first in the category that are reduced in salt, contain no added sugar and are gluten-free. The launch of Colman’s Seasoning Blends aims to step change category perception by dialling up the range’s more natural credentials. Rolling out nationwide, new Colman’s Seasoning Blends include: Smoky Mexican Tacos, Blazin’ Chilli Con Carne, Kickin’ Jamaican Jerk and... Read the full story

TT legend John McGuinness supports TyreSafe’s Don’t chance it, change it motorcycle campaign

Image
“I give loads of consideration to the tyres that my bikes are equipped with because it’s so, so important; it’s the only bit that connects you to the road,” said Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness as TyreSafe launches its 2018 campaign aimed at motorcyclists. Don’t chance it, change it focuses on the message that it’s safer to change your tyre than repair it, a sentiment supported by McGuinness. “There’s absolutely no chance that I would repair a tyre. To be honest, it woul... Read the full story

Those who serve their country ‘missing out’ on car deals

Image
thousands of men and women in the armed forces - and those who have retired - are missing out on huge discounts on new cars offered by most of the major motor manufacturers to military personnel. The discounts are offered specifically to those who serve their country and their families but most Armed Services personnel are missing out because they are completely unware of the specially negotiated deals. The CEO of Forces Cars Direct, Steve Thornton, who served in Iraq with the Army, expl... Read the full story

UK drivers spent over £100k in two weeks on air con servicing due to heatwave

Image
The UK’s biggest online garage and car repair marketplace has revealed that drivers in the UK have spent more than £100k on air conditioning services in the last two weeks due to the heatwave. Based on internal data, 2,862 air conditioning jobs were posted on site since 11th June 2018. The marketplace has predicted there will be over 1 million air con units serviced in total in the months of June, July and August, having already seen a 2500% increase in requests in May compared to April.Th... Read the full story

Pothole money pit: Crumbling roads a pricey problem

Image
· Tyre, suspension and wheel damage on the rise· AA calls on Government for road improvement with #FlagitFunditFillit campaign Drivers are suffering more than ever as a result of potholes, the AA says, as vehicle damage caused by defective road surfaces is sending breakdown numbers and repair costs soaring. The number of jobs attended by the AA for tyre, suspension and wheel related damage – which is often caused by potholes - jumped by nearly 14,000 in a year, from around 587,500 in 20... Read the full story

TRIUMPH OPENS DOORS TO NEW TALENT WITH MOTORCYCLE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Image
Applications are open for the Triumph Advanced Apprentice Programme as the premium motorcycle manufacturer prepares to take on and train the next generation of budding dealership technicians.  During the three year course, successful apprentices will carry out a variety of tasks from routine motorcycle maintenance to servicing and fault diagnosis, equipping them with the skills and qualifications to work as an expert technician in the motorcycle industry. All of those chosen for the program... Read the full story

Mycarcheck.com: Sales spikes for alternative fuel cars and 126-650cc bikes

Image
Used car of the month: Dacia Sandero Stepway (2016-)Used bike of the month: Yamaha MT–10 (2016-) Mycarcheck.com’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month. Vehicle valuation manager at mycarcheck.com, Stuart Wilson, said: “Since Dacia arrived in the UK, in 2013, it has grown year-on-year, offering affordable, award-winning vehicles. The Stepway is a crossover to the Sandero, which has won What Car?’s best small... Read the full story

Fujitsu announces FRAM with a capacity of 8 Mbit

Image
New product is an alternative to battery-powered SRAM / Highest storage density in Fujitsu portfolio to dateLangen, June 26, 2018 – Fujitsu introduces a new FRAM product with a storage density of 8 Mbit. The MB85R8M2T is particularly suitable for use in industrial automation and financial logging systems, where a high data throughput is required, and the integrity of the data is essential.The new product is equipped with a SRAM compatible parallel interface, offering a much more efficient a... Read the full story

Don’t get the AdBlue breakdown blues

Image
- AA deals with 23,000 AdBlue errors in last year- Many drivers don’t know what it is or does   The AA dealt with more than 23,000 breakdowns linked to AdBlue last year, almost twice the total for the previous 12 months.  The problem arises as many drivers simply don’t know what is or what it does. Many diesel cars built after 2015 are equipped with SCR – or ‘Selective Catalytic Reduction’ – which uses a liquid solution of urea, called AdBlue, (also known as Diesel Exhaust F... Read the full story

Digraph ‘Leeds’ the Way

Image
First of 16 planned new Digraph branches opens in Leeds The first of 16 planned new Digraph branches has opened in Leeds as the commercial vehicle (CV) factor makes good on its growth promise. The new branch, situated close to Leeds city centre, occupies a 10,000 sq ft site, with a newly installed mezzanine floor, stocking an extensive range of original quality parts from all leading manufacturers.  Officially opened on June 11, 2018, the new Leeds branch is already providing fast, off-the... Read the full story

“Forecasts for drones are wrong” says leading British drone expert at China summit

Image
Robert Garbett, Founder and Chief Executive of British Company, Drone Major Group Ltd, the UK’s first global trade organisation for the drone industry, delivered a keynote speech on Saturday 23 June at Drone World Congress in Shenzhen, China, one of the world’s leading forums for the drone industry. Mr Garbett said, “Less than a month ago, leading accountancy firm PwC, forecast that the drone industry in the UK alone would be worth £42billion by 2030… but they were wrong. And two ye... Read the full story

Fastned opens first fast charging station in Germany

Image
First step in the roll-out of a nationwide network of hundreds of stations Amsterdam, 22 June 2018. Fastned, that is building a European network of fast charging stations where all electric cars can charge, will today open its first station in Germany. The fast charging station is located along the A3 highway at Limburg an der Lahn (exit Limburg-Süd) and has several 350 kW chargers. This allows electric drivers to charge up to 100 times faster than at home, making it possible to travel long... Read the full story

WIN A VIP BRITISH GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE WITH TRIUMPH

Image
Triumph Motorcycles customers that book in for a Speed Triple or Street Triple test ride before 31 July will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of VIP hospitality tickets and one night’s accommodation at the MotoGP™ British Grand Prix. The winners will be granted access to the MotoGP VIP Village™ located at Silverstone Circuit’s iconic high-speed Copse Corner from 25-26 August. Guests will receive a guided Paddock Tour with opportunities to win an additional pit wall experien... Read the full story

Knorr expands stock range with two new organic offerings

Image
Knorr, the UK’s number one stock brand[1], is expanding its highly successful portfolio with a new organic range to include Organic Liquid Stock and Knorr Organic Stock Pots. Supported by a highly targeted ATL campaign across digital, Ecommerce and shopper marketing, the new ranges are set to attract new customers to the category by tapping into the growing trend for organic foods. Launching in June, the new ranges are organic, as well as being gluten-free, and are designed to tap into the... Read the full story

AVA Berries to bolster brand awareness at Royal Highland Show as part of new summer marketing drive

Image
Angus Soft Fruits will sample their delicious range of AVA Berries at this year’s Royal Highland Show as part of an ambitious PR and marketing drive set to increase demand for their premium berry line. The varieties included under the AVA Berries banner have all been bred with flavour, yield and sustainability in mind. At the Royal Highland Show, consumers will be able to sample the full range of AVA Berries, including Scottish grown AVA™ strawberries, Karaka Black Blackberries, and Lago... Read the full story

NIO EP9 - World's Fastest Electric Supercar to Participate in 2018 ‘Festival of Speed - The Silver Jubilee’ at Goodwood

Image
NIO to Participate in 2018 ‘Festival of Speed - The Silver Jubilee’ at Goodwood- NIO Performance Programme will see its electric supercar, the EP9, take on the iconic Hillclimb - The NIO 004 Formula E Gen2 car shall be on display for the first time18th June 2018, Oxford, UK: NIO will be showcasing its Performance Programme vehicles for the first time in Europe during the ‘Festival of Speed - The Silver Jubilee’ event at Goodwood House, England, 12th - 15th July 2018.The world’s fast... Read the full story

Creative Retail Awards hailed a huge success.

Image
The Creative Retail Awards organised by Shop and Display Equipment Association and Retail Focus held at the quirky venue Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden, on 5th June, were an outstanding success. Individuals from the highly creative retail industry gathered together to celebrate the innovation and excellence throughout the entire spectrum of retail design and display.   inaugural Creative Retail Awards received an incredible amount of interest and provided an unparalleled selection of inspiration... Read the full story

Somerset cider orchard wins innovation prize

Image
West Bradley Orchards wins ‘Best Innovative Cider Apple Orchard’ at Bath & West ShowA Somerset orchard has won the top prize for the Best Innovative Cider Orchard at the Royal Bath & West Society Show 2018.West Bradley Orchards, near Glastonbury, was described by the judges as “containing more experimental trials than any of the other orchards which we judged. Four apple varieties, four support systems, and three different tree spacings will guide growers of future orchards in Somerset... Read the full story

TRIUMPH MOTO2™ TEST BIKE TO MAKE UK PUBLIC DEBUT AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Image
Triumph Motorcycles will run its Moto2™ test bike up the iconic hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month – the first time it will be seen in public in the UK. Ridden by four-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty and two-time Isle of Man TT winner Gary Johnson, this is the perfect opportunity for fans to see the future of the global race series with Triumph set to become exclusive engine supplier to Moto2™ from 2019. Both riders will also head up the storied Goodwood... Read the full story

Why barbering is a great career choice:

Image
Be your own boss:The freedom to choose your own prices and working hours, the ability to set your own dress code – these are just some of the benefits of being a barber.The barbering industry offers plenty of chances for you to take on your own business. And, for those that might find the idea of running their own business a little daunting, you could rent a chair in someone else’s shop. This gives you the freedom of managing your own chair, without having the stress of running the entire... Read the full story

Watch student racing car winners go head-to-head following the Grand Prix

Image
To mark the 20th anniversary of Formula Student, the student engineering design event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, we are holding a one-off race at Silverstone on Qualifying Day of the Formula One British Grand Prix. The 100m acceleration race will see the winning car from the first event in 1998, from The University of Texas Arlington, go wheel to wheel against last year’s winner from Cardiff University. Formula Student challenges university teams from across the world t... Read the full story

Weather and a wedding lift retail sales

Image
This morning’s May 2018 retail sales revealed significant growth compared to April 2018, following several months of anaemic increases, thanks, in part, to better weather and the Royal Wedding. However, retailers need to do more to maintain that growth if they are to survive in these changing times. The key findings from the Retail Statistics showed:· In May 2018, the quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 1.3% when compared with April 2018 with growth across all main sectors.... Read the full story

IAN WRIGHT TAKES A STADIUM TOUR WITH A DIFFERENCE COURTESY OF TRIUMPH

Image
Goal-scoring hero Ian Wright has gone on a journey down memory lane courtesy of Triumph as the former Arsenal, Crystal Palace and England star climbed aboard his Bonnevile Bobber Black to visit the London stadiums where he made his name. Starting at Wembley Stadium in the north-west of the capital, he made his way to the Emirates Stadium. Now home to his beloved Arsenal, it was actually down the road in Highbury where Wright became a true Gunners legend, scoring a then club record 185 goals.... Read the full story

65% of used car buyers say outstanding finance is a deal breaker …but 1 in 4 cars have debt secured against them

Image
65% of used car buyers say that outstanding finance is “always a deal breaker”, according to a new survey by mycarcheck.com, which is a problem when you consider that 1 in 4 cars on UK roads have debt secured against them.  The vehicle history checker asked 100 callers to its Glasgow call centre in May 2018: “When buying a used vehicle, is outstanding finance always a deal breaker?”. 65 answered “Yes” and 35 “No”. Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which o... Read the full story

FISKER INC.’S FUTURISTIC ‘ORBIT’ SMART SHUTTLE TO FEATURE PROTEAN ELECTRIC’S WORLD-LEADING IN-WHEEL eDRIVE

Image
The world’s most appealing electric autonomous shuttle, the Fisker Orbit, will feature Protean Electric’s In-Wheel eDrive Technology to maximize interior space and enhance passenger experience A new era in exciting and stylish short shared trips: features like the Orbit’s mood zones and bold digital experiences for passengers are set to change urban travelLOS ANGELES (June 13, 2018) – Fisker Inc.‘s Orbit, the world’s most appealing autonomous electric shuttle, will feature Protea... Read the full story

WORLD CUP 2018: THE LAST TIME ENGLAND FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP IN 1994 THERE WERE 134,297 RUSSIAN-MADE LADAS REGISTERED TO DRIVE ON UK ROADS … TODAY THERE ARE 179!

Image
With the World Cup due to kick off in Moscow on Thursday (14th June), car buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk thought it would be fun take a look at one of Russia’s greatest exports; not vodka, not caviar, not dolls, but the car once the butt of jokes about its reliability – the Lada.The last time England failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1994, there were 134,297 Russian-built Ladas, registered to drive on UK roads. Today, the number has dwindled by 99.9% to 179. Between 1994 an... Read the full story

Men’s Health Week: What are the biggest health issues affecting men?

Image
On average 1 in 5 men in the UK die before retirement age of 65, with more than 2 in 5 not making it to 75.This Men’s Health Week, we’re highlighting some of the top health issues that affect men so you know what to look out for, how to make healthier choices and where to go if you need help.1. DiabetesThe theme for this year’s Men’s Health Awareness Week is diabetes - and with good reason. 1 in 10 men have diabetes with men 40% more likely to die prematurely of the disease than women... Read the full story

Real Ale supports local team for charity bike ride in aid of prostate cancer

Image
Real Ale, the London based specialist craft beer and wine retailer, is a kit sponsor of a team of seven cyclists taking part in the 145 mile annual Football to Amsterdam bike ride, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The ride takes place from 1st-3rd June 2018. One of the team of seven is Graham Goodden, aged twenty-nine, and a Real Ale, Richmond, regular customer. Graham works as the Communities Engagement Manager at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.  Two weeks before the World Cup kicks off,... Read the full story

Diesel driving bans: here is the solution!

Image
In Hamburg, Germany’s first diesel driving ban was introduced on 31.05.2018. For this reason, car drivers have many questions: Is my vehicle affected? How can I avoid the driving ban and how do I reach my destination despite it? The answers are available on the free Green-Zones App. Once you have downloaded the application on your mobile phone, all information about areas with traffic restrictions can be checked during the journey!In Hamburg, two roads are affected which, in turn, have diff... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY at the courts in Stuttgart

Image
Company continues to sponsor the MercedesCup tennis tournament June 2018 - for the seventh year running LIQUI MOLY is a premium sponsor of the MercedesCup tennis tournament which takes place in Stuttgart from June 9 to 17. "Long-term partnerships with suppliers, customers and advertising partners are important to us," explains Peter Baumann. He is responsible for the global marketing of motor oil and specialist additives. Sporting quality meets high-tech quality: "Weissenhof tennis club in... Read the full story

Majority of GB consumers want more government support for the independent retailer

Image
Awareness of smaller retailers is on the up, but winning the high street battle will come down to a niche product offering and personalised shopping experience LONDON, 7 June 2018: Following the announcement of 100 planned store closures by M&S and House of Fraser announcing closures, the latest in a long line of large retailers reporting financial difficulties, new research for marketing automaton suite Pure360, has revealed that nearly three quarters (72%) of GB consumers want the governme... Read the full story

Marmite and Thomas Fudge’s team up to launch savoury Breakfast Biscuits

Image
This month, Unilever is entering the Breakfast Biscuit category for the first time with the launch of Marmite Breakfast Biscuits. The new savoury biscuit aims to target the increasing number of consumers seeking on-the-go breakfast options[1].Developed in partnership with artisan bakery, Thomas Fudge’s, the crunchy and delicious savoury biscuits feature the distinct taste of Marmite, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – and are suitable for vegetarians. Made with wholeg... Read the full story

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles Rise by 27% in the United Kingdom

Image
3.1 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain in 2017 – a fall of 6%. During 2017, over 53,000 new ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK. Ultra-low emission vehicles accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle registrations in 2017 – up from 1.2%. The most common generic model of ULEV registered for the first time in 2017: the Mitsubishi Outlander. In the UK, Birmingham holds the highest number of ULEV registrations – with 12,247 in Q4 201... Read the full story

Transatel to Offer Infotainment Services and On-Board Wi-Fi for Jaguar Land Rover !

Image
The first vehicles equipped with Transatel's technology, new and older models of the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges [1], will be available to the market end of June. The two companies recently signed a Master Services Agreement for a global cellular connectivity solution aiming to cover Jaguar Land Rovers' connected car passenger applications: internet browsing and navigation services from the vehicle console, as well as on-board Wi-Fi. Connectivity provider and technical enabler Transatel will... Read the full story

NEVS and Phantom Auto collaborating on autonomous vehicles

Image
NEVS, a leading Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer, takes another step towards autonomous drive, by using Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology to ensure safe deployment of electric autonomous vehicles. NEVS (formerly Saab Automobile) and Phantom Auto, the leading provider of teleoperation safety technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs), are collaborating to ensure the optimally safe and efficient deployment of NEVS’ electric AVs throughout the world. Phantom Auto, based in... Read the full story

GMB CALLS ON POLITICIANS TO ‘STOP DITHERING’ ON HEATHROW EXPANSION AHEAD OF CRUNCH COMMONS VOTE

Image
Parliamentary vote before end of the month on third runway plan set to give long-awaited final approvalGMB, the union for Heathrow workers, has called on politicians to “stop dithering” and back a third runway at the airport.The call came as GMB holds its 101st annual Congress in Brighton, which included a joint fringe with Back Heathrow, a community campaign with 100,000 registered supporters predominantly residing in the communities around Heathrow Airport.The benefits of a third runway... Read the full story

Ginetta Unveils ‘Proper Yorkshire’ Brand Partners For Le Mans 24 Hours

Image
Ginetta is taking the pride of Yorkshire with them to Le Mans later this month (14 – 17 June). Six of the White Rose’s leading brands have partnered with the G60-LT-P1 project ahead of what is undoubtedly the biggest race in the manufacturer’s sixty-year history.Bullion Chocolate, Harrogate Spring Water, Laurel Vines, Slingsby Gin, Wold Top Brewery and Yorkshire Tea have all joined Ginetta in taking on the Le Mans. Harrogate Spring Water will be making sure everyone stays fully hydrated... Read the full story

UK HR professionals see millennials and the ageing workforce as the biggest threat to productivity

Image
A new survey of senior HR professionals by MintCentral, an employee engagement app provider, reveals a number of concerns they are facing, relating to business productivity and employee engagement.The survey showed that an ageing UK workforce and increasing numbers of millennials entering the workplace are seen as the biggest threat to workplace productivity in the next five years, while employee apathy and remote working were cited as the main factors influencing the effectiveness of interna... Read the full story

Roadchef recycling coffee grounds to reduce its environmental impact

Image
31st May - Roadchef, the UK’s leading motorway service operator, has partnered with bio-bean – the first ever business to recycle waste coffee grounds into biofuel on an industrial scale – to reduce its environmental impact. As a nation, the UK drinks 55 million cups of coffee every day, creating 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds every year, most of which is disposed of via landfill. This is not only a costly form of waste disposal for businesses due to the UK government’s landf... Read the full story

Delicious Scottish-Grown AVA Strawberries in abundance from next week

Image