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Avon Tyres to reveal new motorcycle tyre at INTERMOT 2018

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MELKSHAM, UK, 27 September, 2018 – Avon Tyres will reveal a brand new tyre at the 2018 INTERMOT motorcycle expo next week. Running from 3 to 7 October, 2018 in Cologne, Germany, Avon Tyres’ stand will feature its full range of motorcycle tyres, special guest appearances and custom bike exhibits. Visitors to the stand will get to meet former MotoGP racer and Avon Tyres ambassador Steve Parrish, contemporary street artist D*Face and Nub Grafix of Orange Country Choppers fame, who will pin... Read the full story

One in five married Brits say their other half is a dangerous driver

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One in five married Brits reckon their partner is dangerous driver, according to a new study. New research of the nation’s motorists has revealed the extent to which UK couples literally drive each other round the bend - with 26 percent of Brits having REFUSED to get in the car with their partner in the past year because they fear for their own safety.Taking too long to get out of a junction, driving in the wrong gear, parking too far from the kerb and breaking too hard were some of the com... Read the full story

New for radiators and brakes

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LIQUI MOLY: Relaunch of radiator antifreeze and brake fluids September 2018 – the German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY expands its range of radiator antifreeze and brake fluids. "This underlines our aspiration to offer everything related to automotive chemistry in one place," says David Kaiser, Head of Research and Development at LIQUI MOLY.The radiator antifreeze range has been expanded to include five products. "In so doing we are covering almost one hundred specifications from... Read the full story

Farm Shop & Deli Awards consumer voting now open press release

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As the 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards entries closed for another year on 21st September, with over 85 entries received from all over the UK and Northern Ireland, the online consumer voting stage of the Awards has now commenced and will finish on 31st October.Retailers who have entered will receive a voting pack with all the tools they need to raise awareness of their entries and drive their consumer votes before the October deadline.The Awards, which has already received over 750 votes for subm... Read the full story

Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence Division Now Provides Newly Integrated Solutions and Platforms for Autonomous Vehicle Development

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Acquisition of U.S.-based AutonomouStuff now completeCALGARY, Alberta, Sept 27, 2018— Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division (Hexagon PI) is pleased to welcome AutonomouStuff following the completion of the acquisition as announced by Hexagon AB. AutonomouStuff being part of Hexagon PI will boost collaboration between the organizations to provide superior solutions for autonomous vehicle development.“Combined with Hexagon PI’s leadership in high accuracy, functionally-safe and hi... Read the full story

Largest ever attendance at Cenex-LCV2018 demonstrates accelerating UK low carbon vehicle capabilities

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Record-breaking event brings community together and showcases innovationLoughborough, UK – 27 September 2018Showing the growth of the UK low carbon vehicle (LCV) industry, Cenex-LCV2018 saw a record 4,385 visitors and exhibitors attend the UK’s largest event for the low carbon vehicle community. This was a 13.5% rise on 2017 numbers, which were themselves a record. Held at Millbrook, Bedfordshire between 12-13 September 2018, Cenex-LCV2018 was opened by Rt Hon Richard Harrington, Parliame... Read the full story

Semcon tests autonomous snowploughs at Oslo Airport

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Earlier this year, autonomous snowploughs cleared snow from the runway at Fagernes Airport in Norway for the very first time. This project, which goes by the name of Yeti, is now embarking upon the next phase in its implementation and the snowploughs will go into live operation at Oslo Airport this winter. Autonomous snow clearing will allow airports over the world to streamline their activities and reduce delays for their passengers. And now autonomous snowploughs have to prove what they can... Read the full story

Roadlink champions UK remanufacturing in Frankfurt

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Roadlink International says UK remanufacturing is still the “envy of the world” following its successful attendance at Automechanika Frankfurt.The leading commercial vehicle parts supplier, exhibiting as part of the SMMT’s ‘Business is Great’ pavilion in Hall 5.1, promoted its comprehensive range of new and remanufactured braking solutions, including calipers, brake shoes, pads, discs and drums, as well as a market-leading range of UK manufactured Bryden brake shoe riveting machines... Read the full story

Impression Communications to sponsor 2018 IAAF Annual Conference

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Leading automotive full-service PR and marketing agency, Impression Communications, has announced it will be headline sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Conference, taking place on 6 December.No stranger to the event, Impression Communications Managing Director Mark Field and his team have been supporting one of the annual highlights on the industry calendar for the past six years, overseeing all PR and marketing activity in the run-up, offering their specialist expertise and taking an acti... Read the full story

Crawshaw Group Announces Three Store Trial with Blakemore Retail

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Crawshaws Group Plc, the UK’s leading value fresh meat & food-to-go retailer, has joined forces with the country’s largest independent convenience store operator, to trial a pioneering fresh foods concept. Crawshaws will launch a three-store trial partnership with SPAR operator Blakemore Retail, which forms part of the A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Group of companies, on October 5th. The introduction of the Crawshaws retail concept at Blakemore Retail include stores in Sheffield and Doncaste... Read the full story

A solution for areas with poor natural light

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Led Sky Ceilings  Led Sky Ceilings original business focus was to provide a more relaxed and less stressful ambiance in clinical settings. As people began to see the potential for this technology, sky ceilings and wall panels have now been adopted by many different business sectors. Healthcare “led” the way and now Retail, Hotel, Leisure, Education and Commercial premises have adopted this novel product. Over 1,500 businesses in Europe and the Middle East have now installed sky panels.... Read the full story

BYTON and Bosch Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

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Dusseldorf, Germany, September 24, 2018: BYTON, the premium smart electric vehicle brand, and the Bosch Group, a leading global provider of technology and services, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Germany, focused on powertrain technology, braking systems, and driver assistance systems. Wu Zhenglong, Governor of Jiangsu Province, Feng Haiyang, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Dusseldorf, Lutz Lienenkaemper, Treasury Secretary of North Rhine-Westphalia and other g... Read the full story

Crazy Jack helps trampolining team spring to gold

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Organic brand, Crazy Jack, sponsored the Northamptonshire Trampoline and Gymnastics Academy (NTGA) in its bid to win at the British Championships (22/23 September) and were rewarded by the team winning an impressive tally of medals from Bronze through to Gold.Tracy Kane, brands director, comments: “We know that sportspeople snack on our organic dried fruit products so this was a perfectly aligned sponsorship for us and we are thrilled that the Northamptonshire team did so well. They now hav... Read the full story

AIPUT expands its Heathrow presence with strategic acquisition at Hatton Cross Hatton Cross future Concept

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[London: 25 September 2018]: Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) today announces the acquisition of multinational car rental company, Sixt’s main Heathrow premises at Hatton Cross for just under £5 million. The 1.5 acre freehold site, which Sixt will continue to use for both car rental and maintenance operations, sits directly opposite Hatton Cross Underground and Bus Station on the A30 Great Southwest Road, immediately adjacent to the airp... Read the full story

Oil for the newest Mercedes engines

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The new LIQUI MOLY Top Tec 6300 0W-20 is one of the first with the Mercedes approval 229.71 September 2018 – The newest car engines by Mercedes require a very special oil. The new Top Tec 6300 0W-20 by LIQUI MOLY is one of the first oils to be officially approved by Mercedes for them. "This is a double leap in development - both for the engine technology of Mercedes and for our oil technology," says Oliver Kuhn, deputy manager of the LIQUI MOLY oil laboratory.The current E-Class models by... Read the full story

SPAR Gabalfa Announced as SRS 2018’s £100,000 Big Investment Winner

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Blakemore Trade Partners has presented SPAR Gabalfa, Cardiff, with a transformational £100,000 investment award to further develop the successful family-run business.The announcement was made at Blakemore Trade Partners’ annual SRS event on 6th September, where an awards ceremony recognised the outstanding performance of suppliers and retailers alike.The King family, who own the store, were chosen for the Big Investment award based on their detailed business plan, which clearly demonstrate... Read the full story

HayMax Goes Platinum and Receives Award from Janey Lee Grace

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HayMax is proud to announce that its famous organic drug-free allergen barrier balm has scooped the prestigious 2018 Janey Loves Platinum Award for Best Allergy Product. Celebrity judges include radio personality, Zoe Ball, Dempsey and Makepeace actress and nutrition author, Glynis Barber, organic living guru Jo Wood, as well as BBC Radio 2 host and Best Selling Author Janey Lee Grace. HayMax is a best-selling product that has been helping those allergic to dust, pet, mold and pollen, for ove... Read the full story

Welsh construction firm completes BP project with mental health message

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The construction division of The Premier Group has completed a project for BP following being appointed to undertake a knock down and rebuild project at a petrol filling station based in Swindon. The Swansea-based company carried out a full site decommission including the demolition of existing sales buildings and canopy structures. The site’s fuel infrastructure was also decommissioned, which saw the removal of existing underground storage tanks. The rebuilding of the site included the i... Read the full story

Mycarcheck market guide: Desirable SUVs boost used car sector

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Mycarcheck.com market guide: September 2018Desirable SUVs boost used car sector. Ready-to-retail used bikes in short supply. Used car of the month: Alfa Romeo 4C (2014-)Used bike of the month: Ducati Scrambler (2015-) 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: “The Alfa Romeo 4C is a stunning looking two-seater sports car with an... Read the full story

APPLES AND PEARS RIPE FOR THE PICKING AT WEST BRADLEY ORCHARDS

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Our apples and pears are ready for picking! So please join us once again for our Pick Your Own Weekends during September. West Bradley Orchards will be open to the public for two more ‘Pick Your Own’ weekends this year, on 21 – 23 September and 28 – 30 September 2018. As one of Somerset’s oldest apple orchards, we look forward to showing off our hard work and welcoming visitors to pick from a wide selection of apple and pear varieties, each weekend of the month of September. We w... Read the full story

Blakemore Retail Launches New INSOMNIA Coffee Shop at Thurcroft

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Blakemore Retail has extended its INSOMNIA Coffee offer by opening a brand new coffee shop at the location of its recently relaunched SPAR Thurcroft store in Rotherham.The INSOMNIA Coffee Shop was launched on Thursday 13th September and is located in the unit next door to the SPAR store and offers a selection of fresh coffees and cakes, along with breakfast and lunch sandwich options.The launch of the new coffee shop was made special by local resident Fred Gething who donated a series of old... Read the full story

Ben & Jerry’s launches new line of lighter ice cream in euphoric flavours

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Light on fat but heavy on flavour, chunks and swirls, new Moo-phoria contains just 128-132 calories per serving, making it the lightest way to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s.Rolling into freezers nationwide, the new Moo-phoria family has been designed to tap into the growing trend for low-calorie ice cream[1] by offering consumers a lighter treat, without compromising on taste. The new range gives flavour fans all the chunks and swirls they know and love from Ben & Jerry’s, but with 60- 65% less fat... Read the full story

Changeable weather affects seasonal sales figures for August

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It was a bad month for clothing stores as the month of August cooled off from the unseasonably warm weather. However, the retail sales figures were offset by the increase in online sales, yet again.The key findings from the statistics showed:· In August 2018, the quantity bought increased by 0.3% when compared with the previous month, with increases across all sectors except food, clothing and petrol.· The month-on-month growth rate in the quantity bought in food stores at negative 0.6% and... Read the full story

Tornador Gun from LIQUI MOLY

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September 2018 – German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY launches Tornador Gun, a cleaning gun that uses compressed air. Many car cleaning experts swear by it. "Now our Universal Cleaner can produce even better results," says David Kaiser, Head of Research and Development at LIQUI MOLY.It is the original gun from Dehn's Innovations. Customers can order the cleaning gun at the same time as they order their cleaning agent from LIQUI MOLY and avoid having to order from multiple suppliers... Read the full story

Christmas guilt for 40% of those working in the hospitality industry

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Bidfood call for Christmas Gift nominations to give Christmas back to hospitality workers  With 93.4% of hospitality workers accepting there is a chance they will need to work Christmas or Boxing Day[1], it’s no surprise that 40% admitted to feeling guilty about not spending the festive period with their families.[2] The new research from Bidfood also revealed that 45.5% of the 750 hospitality workers surveyed, felt a sense of community with colleagues also working on Christmas or Boxing... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY partners up with the Chicago Bulls

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Electrifyingly fun to drive: the Audi e-tron

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World premiere of the first all-electric series production model from the brand Ample space and a long range provide a high level of everyday usability Virtual exterior mirrors as high-end option–premiere in a series production automobileThe Audi e-tron is the first fully electrically powered series production model from the brand with the four rings. The company will present its sporty full-size SUV – which is suitable for everyday use – to the world for the first time in San Francisco. Read the full story

Barrett-Jackson to Auction Petty’s Garage Warrior Ford F-150 Truck Proceeds to Benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Woodbury, NY (September 17, 2018) – Military AutoSource (MAS) in partnership with Petty’s Garage will auction off a Warrior Edition Ford F-150 truck to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America. World renowned car auction house, Barrett-Jackson, will auction the truck on Thursday, September 27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Petty’s Garage Warrior Edition Ford F-150 is specifically built and designed in honor of our nation’s heroes. This custom truck is a pr... Read the full story

Exol presents its first 1 million litre ‘Purchases Award’ to Chemodex

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Exol Lubricants has awarded Chemodex a Certificate of Excellence for becoming the first distributor to hit one million litres of purchased Exol product within a calendar year.The one million litre purchases award comes during a buoyant period of growth for the leading lubricants supplier, which has been reflected by the Nottinghamshire-based distributor embracing the full Exol range for the many industries it serves.Due to a recent expansion of Chemodex’s delivery fleet, as well as the recr... Read the full story

GOFUELS moves on plans to cater for electric car drivers

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GOFUELS Ltd is working with leading electric vehicle charging firm InstaVolt to give customers access to pay-as-you-go, contactless charging.InstaVolt has flicked the switch on its first rapid charger for the forecourt company at its site in Horwich and is currently installing another two at its site in Worsley, Manchester.The 50kWh charging stations can get drivers topped up and back on the road in minutes and, unlike many others, are available for any EV driver to use with no subscription o... Read the full story

Drive Midlands launches new programme for the automotive industry

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Drive Midlands unveils new partnership programme to support region’s automotive firms The programme will be launched at an event on 19 September in Coventry Drive Midlands has engaged with 500 automotive companies across the region Drive Midlands, which supports and promotes the region’s automotive industry, is launching a new programme for the supply chain within the area. The Drive Midlands Automotive Partnership will provide sector-specific support to local firms, regardless of size.... Read the full story

Record month for LIQUI MOLY

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German oil manufacturer is looking forward to a record September – successful Automechanika in Frankfurt September 2018 – The oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY is heading toward a record September: “For the first time we will have a monthly turnover of more than 50 million Euro”, Managing Director Ernst Prost announced at the currently running Automechanika trade fair in Germany. The fair itself is contributing to the success. LIQUI MOLY is presenting its entire assortment of au... Read the full story

Painted caliper range expands

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Brake Engineering has expanded its range of original colour painted calipers for the independent aftermarket, as it continues to meet demand from garages.The brake calipers have been specially designed to match the caliper colour originally fitted on a vehicle, making the process more efficient for technicians and offering additional reassurance that the part will fit first time, every time.The calipers have already proved extremely popular among motor factors, with Brake Engineering now grow... Read the full story

News from Westfield Technology Group

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Following on from the UK's first commercial Driverless vehicle contract between Westfield Technology Group (WTG) and North Gyeongsang Province, the largest local government of South Korea, delegates from North Gyeongsang have visited LDNP, WMG, Ordnance Survey and Westfield at the Cenex-LCV2018 event to look at further collaboration.We are now pleased to announce that WTG and OnCar are to co-design and build a 12-14-seater POD for use in higher density areas and to complement the existing 4-6... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY remains the most popular oil for commercial vehicles

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The readers of German trade journal "Profi Werkstatt" choose LIQUI MOLY once againSeptember 2018 – oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY adds another title. The company was awarded "Best Profi Werkstatt brand" in the oil and lubricant category at the Automechanika trade fair in Germany. In so doing, the automotive chemical specialist defended its leading position by gaining its third readers' choice award from a Huss publication."Third selection, third victory - it doesn't get any better,"... Read the full story

SRS18 Retailer & Supplier Award winners 2018

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Thirteen SPAR retailers and suppliers were honoured at the Blakemore Trade Partners SRS18 Awards ceremony hosted by comedian Jason Manford on Thursday 6th September.Congratulations to all SRS18 Award Winners! Supplier Award Winners:Fresh/Frozen Supplier of the YearK&G McAtamney is a family business started with their first butchers shop in 1933, have developed a wholesale business and have won Butcher of the Year two years running. The Tonight’s Tea lines have received phenomenal feedback f... Read the full story

Loughborough University returns to Cenex-LCV

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Loughborough University is, once again, amongst the exhibitors at this year’s Cenex-LCV event. Representatives from the University will be on hand to discuss the full range of LCV expertise to be found in Loughborough where long-standing partnerships have been established with SMEs, global brands, other research institutions and Government stakeholders. One of its many strengths is the sheer breadth of expertise that the University brings to the table, and the transdisciplinary teams it a... Read the full story

Cenex-LCV2018 opens doors to its largest and most extensive showcase event yet

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Loughborough, UK – 12 September 2018Cenex-LCV2018, the UK’s largest technology showcasing and networking event for the low carbon vehicle community begins today at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Running until Thursday 13th September 2018, the largest event yet is organised by Cenex, working with Millbrook and supporting partners from Government and its agencies.  Opened by Rt Hon Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Industry & Energy, up to 4,000 delegat... Read the full story

Volkswagen Polo revealed as cheapest hatchback to maintain

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An online car garage and repair marketplace has revealed that drivers could save considerable money if they opted for the small Volkswagen Polo over the larger Golf. The site analysed more than 300,000 data points to reveal which hatchback cars cost the most to maintain across three best-selling brands: Volkswagen, Vauxhall and Ford. A site connecting car garages and repair centres with drivers in need of repairs, servicing and MOTs has released internal data, which shows that the Volkswagen... Read the full story

Baker Street identifies new era of Breadvenience

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New consumer research¹ from bakery brand, Baker Street, has identified an emerging phenomenon – breadvenience. Whether the sun is shining or snow is falling, bread is clearly very much an essential for all ages - but the research showed convenience is also key for time pressured consumers, who expect to be able to buy bread when they want it and in the format that is most convenient to them. The research² found that bread going stale too quickly at home was the biggest frustration (49%),... Read the full story

The registration for the LEZ environmental zone in Brussels is now compulsory!

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Since January 2018, a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) has been introduced in Brussels. After an initial transition period, it is now compulsory to register foreign vehicles in order to access the zone. You can now register your vehicle on lez-belgium.be and receive a personalised Registry-Sticker with all the details of your entry permit!Older heavily polluting vehicles should gradually be excluded from the LEZ zone of Brussels. Since January, vehicles without a EURO standard and with a EURO class 1... Read the full story

Hellmann’s responds to fans’ requests by launching popular Vegan Mayo to the UK

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Following its huge success in the US, Hellmann’s is bringing its popular Vegan Mayo to the UK in response to growing consumer demand as the number of vegans in Britain continues to rise[1]. Consumers are becoming more conscious of the food they are consuming, which has led to an increase in those following specialist diets. With a third of Brits now identifying as flexitarian1, Hellmann’s is responding with a new proposition set to win over younger shoppers with an on-trend mayonnaise, c... Read the full story

Blakemore Foodservice Colleagues Tackle Banks’s 10k Run for Charity

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Blakemore Foodservice colleagues banded together to take on the Banks’s 10k run in Wolverhampton to raise over £600 for chosen charity, the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. In total, 12 colleagues took on the 10k challenge, which forms part of the yearly Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon Events. Blakemore Foodservice colleagues based in Walsall chose to support Birmingham Heartlands Hospital as their chosen charity of the year after colleague Bourne Administration Assistant Nikki Hill’... Read the full story

What More UK are celebrating their first secured, and delivered, order to Azerbaijan.

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Now shipping to 72 countries in the world, What More UK; based in North-West England, are the largest UK supplier and brand leader of plastic housewares.Tony Grimshaw, director of What More UK, said:"All of us at What More UK are exceptionally pleased to be adding another shipping destination to our extensive list. Congratulations to our brilliant International sales team and all their hard work, which has made this happen. The international market knows the ‘Made in Britain' stamp means qu... Read the full story

SPAR Retail Show Inspires with Food for Thought

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Independent retailers can thrive by staying at the forefront of innovation and capitalising on food-based shopping missions.  That was the key message from 2018’s SPAR Retail Show, themed ‘Food for Thought’.The sold out event, which is Blakemore Trade Partners’ annual celebration of all things SPAR, took place on Thursday September 6th across three halls at the Telford International Centre and was attended by more than 1,200 guests, including colleagues, suppliers and retailers from... Read the full story

Sprinting on to mass production: BYTON brand celebrates its first anniversary

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First mass-production halls will have been built by October 2018 Prototypes already undergoing pilot road tests Over 1,200 BYTON employees working on the future of mobility in China, the U.S. and GermanyNanjing, September 7, 2018: In March 2016 Dr. Carsten Breitfeld and Dr. Daniel Kirchert, together with a team of experts and investors, founded the Future Mobility Corporation (FMC) in Hongkong. A business plan, investment planning, concept development and the establishment of a global model... Read the full story

First global LIQUI MOLY advertising campaign

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A billion contacts in 128 countries September 2018 – For the first time in its history, the German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY is launching a global advertising campaign. A billion contacts are reached on the internet and on Facebook. "We are telling people that LIQUI MOLY is the oil brand that the car drivers in Germany have chosen as the best," says CEO Ernst Prost. "This allows us to boost demand for our dealers around the world."The adverts are played out via the Google netw... Read the full story

Mintel Analyst States Plant-based Menus are One of the Top 3 Foodservice Trends

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Global Food & Drinks Analyst, Ayisha Koyenikan reports for Mintel that ‘plant-based menu innovation is massively disrupting the world of foodservice’, with consumers choosing to reduce their meat intake either for ethical or health reasons [1]. And it’s not short-lived either – Koyenikan predicts that veganism is a trend that will ‘continue to grow’. She also cites Sainsbury’s, who are positioning vegan meat-style products side by side with meat, sending a strong message about t... Read the full story

A THIRD OF YOUNG DRIVERS WRONGLY BLAMED FOR MOTOR INCIDENTS

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Nextbase research reveals almost one third (29%) of 18-25-year-olds who had been involved in a car accident were either wrongly blamed or struggled to prove they weren’t at fault· Over two thirds (67%) improved their driving when a dash cam was installed in their vehicle· To support young drivers, MyFirstUK insurance offers up to 30% discount on car insurance to young drivers, when a Nextbase dash cam has been installed in the vehicle· 85% of those with a black box would happily opt for... Read the full story

SPAR customer hits the road with incredible Naked win!

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One very lucky SPAR customer is driving away with a brand new FIAT 500 Pop after taking part in a competition with PepsiCo Naked Smoothies. Rene Bateman from Northamptonshire picked up his incredible win on 4th September, scooping the fantastic prize after taking a selfie with his smoothie at the SPAR store at Baynards Green Service Station situated on the A43 at Bicester. Over 500 shoppers from all over the UK entered the competition, posing with the drink before uploading their photo on t... Read the full story