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New Business Speed Networking Events Big Hit

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Find Us On Web held a series of breakfast Speed Networking events, the most recent in Bournemouth.Speed networking is fast a furious and a fun way to meet lots of different businesses in one go.“Our events have been received very well with lots of very positive comments from those attending” say Find Us On Web Bournemouth organizer Matthew Wildeman “it’s a different way to meet lots of other business owners in a short space of time. You have just 1 minute to tell someone about your bu... Read the full story

Broker fights back with 60 Second Promise

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Mortgage Customers need advice not self-service. Broker fights back with 60 Second PromiseThe world we live in demands an immediate need to have information to hand but when it comes to the important things in life like buying a house then how important is speed?Many consumers believe having the information instantly available is the holy grail but for most this will end up costing hundreds or thousands of pounds over the life of a mortgage.The problem starts with the aggregators systems who... Read the full story

Five Tips for Leading Today VIDEO

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Jeremy Francis shares five tips to be an effective leader in today's environment which is often unpredictable, fast changing and complex. Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

ABP’s Annual Oil Spill Exercise on the Humber

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The Port of Hull was the location of ABP’s annual oil spill exercise on the Humber. The Incident Management Team (IMT) took part in a fast-paced Incident Management Exercise to test the existing Oil Spill Contingency Plan. This training opportunity was facilitated by Adler and Allan and tested all aspects of the plan from strategy and resources to other matters such business continuity, public health, and environmental concerns.‘Exercise Rotra’ presented an oil spill scenario in which a... Read the full story

ZF Services UK hails Coach & Bus UK event

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Investment in all areas to support customers Demand for ZF content on vehicles increases ZF Services UK “service ready” on next-generation vehiclesZF Services UK has hailed the recent Coach & Bus UK event a success, as the company continues to invest in the commercial vehicle industry.Speaking immediately after the event, Head of CV, David Wakeling said: “The demand for ZF content continues to rise and we have had productive conversations with many transport operators at the show who w... Read the full story

Pulling with electricity, Rameder offers convenient towbar for Audi e-tron

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The long charging periods of early electric cars probably sometimes made their owners wish for a caravan while out on the road. Although this would often not have been possible, as many models did not have an approved towing load. Modern premium electric cars such as the Audi e-tron are in a whole different class: With their high starting torque, large batteries and powerful fast-charging function, they are actually ideal for towing trailers on short and medium distances. The suitable towbar... Read the full story

Young drivers pay 149% more in insurance

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1 in 3 turn to parents to pay for some or all of car insurance 42% have taken out or considered less comprehensive cover to reduce their premium THE UK’S youngest drivers are paying 149% more on their car insurance than the national average and are taking worrying measures to afford to drive as a result, according to new research. A survey of 750 drivers aged between 17-24, commissioned for The Young Driver Rip-Off Report, has been released to mark the launch of revolutionary car insuran... Read the full story

Pronounce Adds Video To The Mix!

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Pronounce Media a leading platform for distributing content, news & PR to both the main-stream media and its own huge social media audience, has announced that it has now added video posting to its mix. Professional and Premium members will now be able to attach a video to their posts as part of their plan.Mark Bradshaw co-founder of Pronounce said:“We had always intended to include the facility to attach videos to our service but after several requests from our users we have brought this d... Read the full story

British-made innovation blazing a trail across land, sea and air in some of world’s harshest conditions

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One British-made innovation is celebrating more than 25 years of making a big impact in some of the world’s toughest environments. The 677 series LED panel indicator lamp is a robust, resilient, high-performance, British-made product used in some of the most challenging conditions on land, sea, and in the air. More than 1,000 of the indicators are now sold every month all over the world - including Asia, Australasia, North and South America and across Europe. Used in the likes of defence... Read the full story

MANAGING EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT WORK WELL TOGETHER.

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What do you do? It is not uncommon that as a manager you are faced with two employees who just don't get on.  You have probably met with each one separately to reinforce the need to exhibit behaviours towards the other which can be clearly seen as supportive of the other person. You may also have met with them together to try and resolve the difficulties they have with working with each other.  But let's say the problem persists and it is effecting team morale and their results. Clearly you... Read the full story

SPAR Brand unveils Scottish-sourced fish range

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Dynamic Infrastructure implements deep AI technology to prevent bridges and tunnels from collapsing

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The New York and Tel Aviv based startup Dynamic Infrastructure is implementing the world's first deep-learning solution which allows bridge and tunnel owners and operators to obtain visual diagnosis of the assets they manage. The system provides live, cloud-based, 3D views of the bridge or tunnel and automatically alerts when changes are detected in maintenance and operation conditions - before the issues evolve into large-scale failures.With huge Opex and Capex positive impact, Dynamic Infra... Read the full story

Feeling like an imposter?

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If you've ever hoped for something better in your life, and certain things have gone right for you — then you may have felt uncomfortable with what you've achieved. Alas, you may have had or have impostor syndrome. Imposter syndrome is the idea that your success is down to luck — rather than talent or hard work. It's the fear of being uncovered as a fraud, and that you're not good enough and don't deserve your accomplishments. A new challenge often activates self-doubts. The feelings co... Read the full story

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars, comments:

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“Finance providers have done an excellent job of offering customers a wide and flexible range of products designed to make buying and running a car easier.“But too often customers are not presented with the full range of options, meaning they may miss out on good deals or pay more than they should.“The FCA has concluded, quite rightly, that there is no inherent problem with car finance products themselves. However customers are poorly served if they are not shown all the options best su... Read the full story

POSITIVE TRENDS FROM MAJOR LONG-HAUL MARKETS FOR EUROPEAN TOURISM

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Despite prolonged trade tensions and a weakening global economy, travellers from Brazil, China, India and Russia are positive about visiting Europe before the end of 2019 Brussels, 15 October 2019: The European Travel Commission, the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and Eurail B.V. published the results of the Long-Haul Travel Barometer (LHTB) for September – December 2019. Findings indicate that Europe is gaining increased attention as a tourism destination from overseas markets for th... Read the full story

WHY DO CORPORATE VALUES & CULTURE IMPACT THE BOTTOM LINE?

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A Story- Joe was a picker in the warehouse of a company selling products to dentists. He knew all about the company's value of customer first and its importance.  One Friday he was particularly keen to leave work on time at 5 pm. He had a commitment that evening he could not be late for. The day came. Joe glanced at his watch. It was 4.56 pm , just enough time to pick his last item of the day.  There it was - a syringe. As he picked it up, he noticed its glass case was cracked. Should he ju... Read the full story

SPAR WINE WINS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

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The South African Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2017 lands gold  SPAR’s Regional Selection Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2017 has been awarded Gold in the internationally recognised International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). The wine was described by the judges, of whom include some of the greatest wine experts in the world, as “an outstanding varietal example with great texture and a lengthy finish”. It is an incredibly smooth Chenin Blanc filled with peach and ripe pear flavours, and... Read the full story

Textar powers Newell & Wright to race win at Pembrey

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Braking brand Textar powered Newell & Wright Motorsport to victory at the recent round of the British Truck Racing Championship in Pembrey, with the braking brand playing a major role in helping secure first place.In an eventful weekend’s racing, with inclement weather playing its part, Newell & Wright clocked up first, third and two fifth places to consolidate third in the championship with one race weekend remaining.Fitted with Textar brake pads and discs, the Newell & Wright truck made s... Read the full story

HAVE WE LOST THE ART OFCONVERSATION?

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Is it just me or do you feel that you have to make all the going when meeting someone for the first time?  I generally introduce myself to the person and then ask some straightforward questions like: - How did they come to know the host.? Who else do they know at the gathering.? How do they spend their time these days? What does that entail? Who else is involved?  Those questions might lead to others about their partner, their children/family, their interests, holidays etc. And do you... Read the full story

VREDESTEIN ALL-SEASON TYRES EXCEL IN TOP TYRE TESTS

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The brand-new Vredestein Quatrac Pro, the first all-season tyre fully focused on the ultra-high-performance segment, has done very well in the all-season tyre test carried out by the respected German magazine Auto Bild for its October issue. The Quatrac Pro came second out of 31 models in the test on tyres in the size 225/45 R17. Next to this great result, the Quatrac Pro came in top position in an independent third-party test organised by Tire Rack in the United States. Tire Rack describ... Read the full story

SEMCON NEW PARTNER FOR VW ELECTRIFICATION IN BRAZIL

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Electric vehicle development is moving at a rapidly increasing pace. There is great potential for heavy-duty vehicles, but it involves different and challenging demands. Within the framework of an e-Mobility-consortium, Semcon Brazil is entering a partnership with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus to develop the e-Delivery truck as the first step.”At Semcon, we contribute to a better climate through the products and solutions we develop for our customers. This new partnership is a further exa... Read the full story

Personalised Champagne with Next Day Delivery

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Personalised Champagne Labels With Next Day DeliveryTo vew our fantastic range of Champagne labels to personalise from Say It With Champers with next day delivery service available, please click labels.If you need an alternative birthday gift, anniversary treat, Valentine's surprise, or simply want to help someone with a speedy recovery, personalised Champagne is the great new way to gift your friend or family member.Personalised Champagne LabelsWe believe we have taken a different approach t... Read the full story

Personalised Wedding Champagne

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Sayitwithchampers.co.uk have a launched an alternative gift concept aimed primarily for the wedding industry with a range of wedding related personalised Champagne labels.  There are 5 great wedding designs to choose from and are perfect as an alternative wedding gift, or a gift from the couple of parents and the bridal party, or to buy for guests to drink on the day, or even from suppliers like wedding planners to give to the happy couple on their special day.There are 5 dedicated wedding l... Read the full story

Presentation Skills Training is vital

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Why presentation skills training is vital for career success. I am amazed at the number of people in business, and other organisations, who have not received formal presentation skills training.   Consequently, they:-  Fail to project confidence in their communications with others Fail to exhibit personal credibility. Fail to sell their ideas and influence effectively. Fail to lead effectively. Fain in achieving their career aspirations. If you have not attended a Presentation Skills Cou... Read the full story

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020: Consumer voting has commenced

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As the 2020 Farm Shop & Deli Awards entries closed for another year at the end of September, with 90 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 entered have received 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 3,000 votes for submi... Read the full story

The Nemesis of Neglect

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“There floats a phantom on the slum’s foul air Shaping, to eyes which have the gift of seeing,Into the spectre of that loathly lair. Face it – for vain is fleeing.Red-handed, ruthless, furtive, un-erect, 'Tis murderous crime, the nemesis of neglect.” The attached image was drawn in 1888 by John Tenniel (1820–1914), the first illustrator of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the same year of the Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel. The above illustration a... Read the full story

A QUICK THOUGHT ON INFLUENCING

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A QUICK THOUGHT ON INFLUENCING Make sure you influence others the way THEY LIKE TO BE INFLUENCED not the way you like to be influenced!  Jeremy Francis Read the full story

Making concessions

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Making concessions in negotiations; Tips 1. NEVER give a concession for free. You MUST always get a valuable concession in return. e.g. 'If you were to consider payment up front I could consider speeding up the installation process which would result in additional costs for us'.  2. VALUE your concessions as BENEFITS to the other party. e, g. ' Payment upfront would therefore mean quicker access to our system which would mean boosting your sales by 20% immediately.'  3. Make a PROPOSAL So... Read the full story

Soil Association opens Brexit readiness helpline for organic farmers

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The Soil Association has today (10 October) launched a Brexit readiness support service to help organic businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.The service consists of a Brexit support phone line, email address and online chat system.The dedicated team will help answer questions and provide up to date information to the sector. A new Brexit support web page has also been launched, including key information and requirements needed in order for the organic sector to prepare for Br... Read the full story

Ben’s new whitepaper reveals that mental health could cost automotive industry employers up to £1.2bn a year

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A whitepaper released today by automotive charity, Ben, has found that mental health is still one of the biggest issues affecting the industry’s workforce and could cost employers as much as £1.2bn a year[1] collectively. Ben’s new whitepaper called Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gear examines evidence and provides practical solutions for employers on how to support the mental health of their workforce. Today, on World Mental Health Day, Ben seeks to make automoti... Read the full story

Willing followership

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A QUICK TIP ON LEADERSHIP A Leader is someone who has willing followers. Spell out in simple everyday language the win for people for your people if they follow you in your plans.  e.g. 'You will be able to gain promotion faster as a result of our expansion. You will win as well as the organisation.'  Win the hearts and minds of people! Excite them. energise them.  Show them you are concerned about them!  Remember Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech Read the full story

The Power Is In Your Hands

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Many of us struggle with overwhelming emotions that when energised, can feel akin to a tsunami, hitting us with a force we feel challenged to stay afloat from. The more we try and keep a lid on these emotions, the worse they get, simply because they’ve been suppressed for so long that each new event will be like a rolling stone gathering moss. The need for personal expression is natural, but when we’ve been taught that to do that equals danger in some way, we bottle emotion up which is a... Read the full story

The Yelo ski carrier from Rameder helps you with loading

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Winter sports fans love Yelo! No, not the Spanish mountain village of the same name with a population of less than 40 and five dovecotes in a row as its main attraction. We are talking about the convenient premium ski carrier from the Rameder range with the clever pull-out function. For the winter season 2019/20, it is available in the supplier's online shop at www.rameder.eu.  SUVs and vans are popular means of transport when larger groups or families go on a winter holiday. The roof usuall... Read the full story

Complex technical development, Lorinser shows pioneering spirit with the attractive RS10 for the Mercedes GLE

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The latest generation of the Mercedes GLE, which has been available since 2018, practically begs for extrovert alloy wheels. The wheel bolts, which are thicker than usual for Mercedes, prevented any such endeavor, though, at least where aftermarket products are concerned. "As one of the most well-known tuners for the Mercedes brand, however, we took on this challenge," explains Managing Director Marcus Lorinser. Just in time for tire changing season in the autumn, the company from Germany wil... Read the full story

New Personalised Champagne Business - Say It With Champers

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A new gift business has been set up by Bury St Edmunds man Didier Penine which enables people to send personalised bottles of bubbly to loved ones. Say it with Champagne is an idea Didier - known as Dids has been toying with for the past 10 years and combines family heritage with a sense of entrepreneurship and fun.People can order single or multiple bottles of bubbles and personalise the labels for any occasion. Businesses can also purchase champagne with company logo labels for special even... Read the full story

Fleet Evolution Aim to ‘Bust EV Myths’ Common to Electric Vehicles and Employee Car Schemes this Autumn!

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As we approach Green Great Britain Week, Fleet Evolution is doing their part to ease the misconceptions surrounding electric cars. Thus, the green car scheme specialists are holding a series of webinars on ‘Busting EV Myths’. Furthermore, they will be looking at the top ‘reasons’ organisations give for not switching to electric. What’s more, they’re seeking to ‘bust’ them with hard facts and case studies.Working in partnership with businesses and civil organisations, the secon... Read the full story

Willing followers

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New CEO’s and MD’s – WHAT MAKES YOU SUCCESSFUL. You may find this checklist helpful: Has the organisation got;  A clear vision? Clear, measurable objectives and success measures? A clear strategy? The right level/quality of Resources (finance, people, premises, equipment, I.T. system suppliers etc? An appropriate, client focused internal structure? The right type/level of management systems/ process to provide critically important information?  The right type/level of employee and m... Read the full story

SPAR CONVENIENCE STORE IN THE COTSWOLDS SOLD TO EXPERIENCED INDEPENDENT REGIONAL RETAILER

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has sold the leasehold interest of the SPAR convenience store in Toddington on behalf of Sam Storer.Situated on a busy roundabout next to Toddington train station, the store benefits from an excellent trading position which captures passing trade and tourists visiting the Cotswolds.The previous owner, Mrs Storer operated the SPAR convenience store for over 15 years, having previously worked as a commission operator for some of the UK’s lar... Read the full story

Choosing a new supplier

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How a new supplier treats you in the PROCESS of selling their services/product to you is a strong indicator as to how they will treat you as a customer! Use the quality of their sales process to assess how they will treat you as a customer! Make this a part of your supplier selection criteria as one of the criteria when it comes to choosing a new supplier! Read the full story

Narcissists

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I cannot remember where I found this or who wrote it, but it the best description of a narcissist I have ever read, and I kept it all these years for a reason.Dear Co-Dependent Partner,What I am about to say is not something I’d ever say or admit (to you), because to do so would end the winner-takes-all-game that is my main source of pleasure in life - one that effectively keeps you carrying my load in our relationship.And that’s the whole point.When I say ‘I love you’ I mean that I l... Read the full story

Dream Job Seminar Invitation!

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About this Event Who should attend? Anyone who is unhappy in their current job and who answers ‘NO’ to these five key questions: Five Key Questions  Do you know how to identify the key causes of unhappiness in your current job? Do you know what would give you really high job satisfaction? Do you know exactly what your dream job would be? Do you know how best to get that dream job? Do you have the confidence to be successful in a job interview?If you answer is 'NO' to any of these ques... Read the full story

Three advantages electric vehicle repairs have over your fossil-fuelled car

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ClickMechanic.com, the online car repair marketplace, has looked in detail at the emergence of electric cars and its beneficial differences from the standard diesel/petrol cars that largely dominate the automotive industry. Andrew Jervis, co-founder and CEO at ClickMechanic, says: “It’s clear that the demand for electric vehicles is growing and drivers can benefit exponentially from this. From lower servicing costs to a carbon footprint reduction, cars of a purely electric nature have a... Read the full story

Is bigger really better: Why today’s cars are over 63% bigger- and what this means for the future

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Do you struggle to squeeze your car into parking spaces? Dread driving down country lanes? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. Cars are getting bigger, there’s no doubt about it, and it seems UK infrastructure can’t keep up with our ever-growing vehicles, leaving drivers in a spot of bother on the roads. To find out just how much cars are expanding, Zuto analysed 14 of the UK’s most popular cars to see the difference in size in comparison to the original versions. From the 14 m... Read the full story

UK GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS: Most Common Technical Issues and Curiosities Per Car Brand

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•    80 people a month ask how much a Mini Cooper weighs•    The technical questions car owners ask Google most are related to the sat nav •    Around 53,000 Brits ask Google every year what BMW stands for•    3,000 Brits a year wonder if Ford is a British brand Custom license plate suppliers Click4reg.co.uk have analysed data from search volume tracker Ahrefs.com in order to reveal the most Googled questions by car manufacturer. The biggest technical issues people are f... Read the full story

DriveTech launches new “PULSE Fleet Risk Health Check” service

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You need to know where you are before you can decide where you are going and this can often be the case when addressing an organisation’s approach as regards policies and procedures on driver risk management and driver safety.DriveTech have launched “PULSE” - a comprehensive and actionable fleet risk health check for the business community covering policies, drivers, vehicles and journeys – helping to appreciate where the business is currently, and what the business leaders might need... Read the full story

TAXI SURVEY: Over 60% of Brits say taxi drivers need greater awareness of basic road regulations

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Over half of survey respondents do not think taxi prices are fair67% of survey respondents agree individual taxi companies need better marketing63% of Brits believe taxi drivers need to be more mindful of road speeds and regulationsJust over two thirds of Brits do not think traditional taxis can compete with the likes of Uber29% of Brits would like taxi fleets to include a larger range of electric and eco-friendly models   Per new data released by Gov.uk, there has been a decline in taxi nu... Read the full story

What Does it Take to Become a Unicorn Startup?

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They’re rare, they’re magical and they have to be seen to be believed. But unicorns aren’t just mythical beasts: they’re what every business owner aspires to. A unicorn startup, or unicorn company, is a privately owned business that is valued at over $1 billion. Although still very much a rarity, the number of unicorn startups is higher than ever. The exact total is always in flux, but recent research by CB Insights found that there are over 390 unicorn startups globally. So how do... Read the full story

All set for web auction of the very last Saab – proceeds will go to newly established sustainability fund

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The very last Saab to leave the factory is to be offered on Bilweb Auctions’ digital auction platform in October. The proceeds will benefit research within sustainable mobility. In June earlier this year, initial news of the auction was released at the Saab Car Museum Festival in Trollhättan, Sweden, which created a major buzz among Saab fans worldwide. Now it is announced that the last Saab will be auctioned via Bilweb Auctions in October. In addition to getting ownership of the covete... Read the full story

Another independent retailer takes on EDGEPoS

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SPAR Cumbernauld, a convenience store in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, is the latest retailer to install the award winning EDGEPoS system onsite. Surinder Bhogal, store owner, said: “I contacted EDGEPoS as I knew it could be integrated with my CJ Lang/SPAR wholesaler link. I decided immediately to go for the system as it really is efficient with full security and will enable me to grow my business. “We have also received excellent customer service from EDGEPoS and I couldn’t recommend... Read the full story

NEW 2020 STREET TRIPLE RS

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New for 2020, Triumph’s top specification Street Triple RS gets a major step up in performance from a significant engine update developed by Triumph’s Moto2TM engine team. It features all new more aggressive styling, and has been designed to set the new category benchmark for capability and handling, making this the ultimate performance street bike.  A major step up in performance – more power, more torque Significant Euro 5 update to the 765cc triple engine, developed by Triumph’s... Read the full story