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Changing your car in 2020? Get the facts from Financing Your Car

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If you’re thinking about changing your car in 2020, but unsure where to begin when it comes to researching finance, the FLA’s impartial website, Financing Your Car (FYC), is a good place to start.  FYC is designed to find the product that best fits your circumstances, so the first port of call on the site should be ‘Your Finance Options’, which will explore whether you want a new or used car, how often you’ll want to change it, and whether you want the option to own it outright.Alt... Read the full story

Help me regain my Freedom

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In 1995 I met a man who I believed shared my values and dreams of having children and a rural content family life on a farm.  It was a few years before I found that my dreams weren’t quite panning out as we had planned. By that time my husband (yes I married him) had moved us (my son and I ) into the depths of the countryside and closed most of my previous life doors!  We had married when I gave birth. I thought this was his strong family value and with hindsight realise it was just an... Read the full story

Profile Resourcing Brings Outstanding Customer Service to the Recruitment Industry

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Forward-Looking Recruitment Agency Established to Deliver Leading Levels of Customer Service Milton Keynes, United Kingdom — A Milton Keynes-based recruitment agency, Profile Resourcing, has established itself as a provider of affordable, highly-effective recruitment solutions to clients seeking to hire outstanding candidates.Profile Resourcing was set up with the intention of streamlining the whole recruitment process, which can often be lengthy and convoluted. The company’s simpler and... Read the full story

HRH The Prince of Wales shows support for farmers affected by flooding

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HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Prince’s Countryside Fund today (23rd December) visited Congreave Farm, Stanton-in-the-Peak, to meet with farmers affected by the flooding of the River Derwent in November 2019.Farms in the Matlock valley were damaged by flood water up to seventeen foot higher than usual, losing stock and forage. HRH met with local families who had been affected, including Peter and Deborah Bettney, Michael and Ellie Wynne, Dean Greatorex, Ken and Kimberley Trickett, and... Read the full story

Escape from the chains of coercive control

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In 1995 I met a man who I believed shared my values and dreams of having children and a rural content family life on a farm.  It was a few years before I found that my dreams weren’t quite panning out as we had planned.  By that time my husband (I married him) had moved us (my son and I) into the depths of the countryside and closed most of my previous life doors!  We had married when I gave birth.  I thought this was his strong family value and with hindsight realise it was just an own... Read the full story

Project Pilgrim - £33 Million Investment to Immingham Container Terminal

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Currently, there are six electric rubber tyre gantry cranes travelling from China to the Port of Immingham as part of the Project Pilgrim.Project Pilgrim is a £33 million upgrade to Immingham Container Terminal to future proof the terminal and extend its footprint.The cranes are due to arrive in Immingham in January, and will be used to stack containers in the largest port, by tonnage, in the UK.Simon Bird, Regional Director of ABP Humber, said: “The investment in this infrastructure is ke... Read the full story

Fisker Ocean CES Public Debut + Electrify America Revealed as Charging Network + California Mode Video Via App

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Fisker’s Patented California ModeFisker has patented a unique experience called “California Mode.” This feature, inspired by the Fisker brand’s roots and passion for the Southern California coastline, lowers/slides nine glass windows/panels to open the entire cabin with one touch – creating an open-air feeling, while still maintaining a full “roll cage” safety structure around the passengers.   The feature adds functional utility by allowing the rear hatch glass to drop – ena... Read the full story

MIA host world-class energy-efficient motorsport business growth conference

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The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) is hosting its 17th annual Energy-Efficient Motorsport Conference (EEMS) in association with AVL RACING. The event brings together more than 200 industry experts and engineers, from a range of disciplines, on 8th January 2020 at the NEC in Birmingham. With topics ranging from future sporting regulations to sustainability, delegates from motorsport, high-performance engineering, automotive, marine and defence will question and discuss technology devel... Read the full story

Award winning café, Spill the Beans sold through Christie & Co

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Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has sold award winning café, Spill the Beans, located in the heart of the Perthshire village of Dunkeld.Having previously been on the market with another agent for well over a year, our client was glad to eventually sell the business for a well-earned retirement.Dunkeld is a hive for tourists, attracting visitors year-round, especially those travelling to Inverness via the A9. In addition to visitor trade the café has a loyal local cliente... Read the full story

WINTER IS COMING: BRITS CLUELESS ON HOW TO DRIVE IN SNOW-COVERED UK

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More than 1 in 4 drivers (28%) are scared to drive in the snow – and many are unaware of the guidelines for driving in wintry conditions Brits’ winter driving blunders revealed – from not knowing what colour black ice is, and not knowing the stopping distance for driving on ice, to driving with their head out of the window with an iced over windscreen Car drivers’ habits have been revealed in the Winter Driving Study19th December 2019 – THE UK is preparing for one of the coldest... Read the full story

Vehicle Licensing Statistics reveal demand for electric vehicles will surge as we enter the new decade

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London, 19.12.19 – Today the Vehicle Licensing Statistics have revealed that the number of electric cars has more than tripled in the third quarter compared to 2018, increasing by 234%[1]. The ‘Road to Zero’ deadline is fast-approaching, and the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.[2] This unprecedented transition to electrification will see the demand for lithium-ion batteries grow 19 fold by 2030 – vastly outstripping supply[3].Kevin Bru... Read the full story

Giant in Seven-League Boots ABT coaxes a confident 510 hp from the SQ7 – widebody kit planned

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Following a late summer facelift, the Audi SQ7 is now even more attractive. Engine-wise, the slightly modified standard V8 diesel still delivers 435 hp (320 kW) and 900 Nm. However, ABT Sportsline dares to up the ante and offer the proud customer the option of a steadfast 510 hp (375 kW), whereby the maximum torque is boosted to 970 Nm. With sports air suspension and progressive steering as standard, the SQ7 with ABT Power performance upgrade delivers superior handling at all times. "The engi... Read the full story

Top Ten Booklet!

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Top Ten mistakes by owner managed businesses is a short booklet produced by Dr David Cliff looking at some of the classic mistakes business people make on their entrepreneurial journey. The booklet explores the ten most common errors David has come across in his years of working with dozens of companies and individuals in his consultancy, coaching and mentoring practice. The first 500 booklets went out across the north east very quickly and a further supply of 100 have been reprinted and is... Read the full story

A strong boost Sportservice Lorinser tunes the new A-Class Saloon

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Mercedes-Benz highlights the sporty 3-box design of the new A-class Saloon. The renowned tuner Sportservice Lorinser is delighted with the comeback of compact sports saloons with the star logo. Among other things, the company uses attractive aero parts to strongly underline the sporty design of the A-Class Saloon. The front is further enhanced with an additional front splitter (€820) and aero flaps (€642). The 19-inch Lorinser alloy wheels type RS8 with spokes resembling turbine blades ad... Read the full story

bioarmor-nano® signs landmark deal with distributor, Bluechipworld

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December 2019: bioarmor-nano® has recently announced a new distribution partnership with Bluechipworld (BCW), the specialist manufacturer and distributor of mobile device and consumer electronic accessories.  bioarmor-nano® joins the likes of Philips projectors, Duracell lighting, Polaroid power, Mio and MiPOW as part of BCW’s impressive distribution portfolio of brands supplied to both large general multiple retailers & supermarkets and small independent retailers throughout the UK and... Read the full story

Mycarcheck.com Xmas dream machines: ‘epic’ McLaren MP4-12C and ‘impeccable’ Honda RC213V-S

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Mycarcheck.com market guide: December 2019•    Used car of the month: McLaren MP4-12C (2011)•    Used bike of the month: Honda RC213V-S (2015)Mycarcheck.com’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month.Head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said: “Our Christmas dream machine this year is the epic McLaren MP4-12C. Launched in 2011, it was faster and handled better than rival supercars, but w... Read the full story

Nissan Qashqai unveils the secret to a stress-free Christmas road-trip

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Packing up the car for Christmas needn’t be a stressful experience with these tips by Kate Simon co-author of the Lonely Planet guide ‘How to Pack for Any Trip’. Kate found the Nissan Qashqai to be the perfect solution to a stress-free road-trip Get preparedTake out anything languishing in its dark corners – say goodbye to those old wellies and make space. And give the boot a Christmas spring clean before getting on with a trial run - it will relieve stress by revealing what’s reall... Read the full story

Life Saving Solution for Traffic Pollution Set to Pilot in the UK

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The founder of a revolutionary traffic pollution system, which has potential to save thousands of lives every year, is in discussions with local authorities and a major highways agency to launch a pilot in the UK.   Tech entrepreneur and founder of Pollution Solution, Thomas Delgado, has plans to install cat's eye-style filters at all majorly polluting junctions across the UK, with a view to reduce pollution and bring the UK inside the legal air limits. The system can capture around 30... Read the full story

INEOS Automotive announces engineering partner for series development of the Grenadier

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Magna to undertake series development of the new utilitarian 4x4 INEOS Automotive partners with Magna Steyr for series development of the Grenadier. Individuals pictured: Left front, Dirk Heilmann, INEOS Automotive, CEO. Right front, Helmut Gasser, Magna Steyr, Vice President. Left back, Hans-Peter Pessler, Magna Steyr, Project Leader for INEOS Automotive. Right back, Vadim Ustinov, Magna Steyr, Sales. Car pictured: Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer 4x4, developed by Magna Steyr since 1969, and p... Read the full story

Tuning with the seasonal cycle Lorinser presents photo calendar for 90th company anniversary

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The German Lorinser company as a car dealership will be 90 years old on March 1, 2020. But world-wide fame only came with the Sportservice Lorinser tuning division, which was founded in the newly built Winnenden branch in 1976. Today, the division also resides at the headquarters in Waiblingen near Stuttgart. The vehicle tuner takes fans through the upcoming anniversary year with an attractive A3 photo calendar which summarizes the best photo shoots from this year. Whether a Restomod based o... Read the full story

Where are the new environmental zones?

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In which city do I have to prepare for fines and penalties? Here is your preview for the year 2020/2021. Germany:The situation is particularly hectic in the most densely populated Land of North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). In many cities, diesel driving bans are under discussion. Particular attention is being paid to the Westphalian city of Münster, where several settlement negotiations before the Higher Administrative Court are scheduled in the first weeks of 2020. On 14.01.2020, for example, t... Read the full story

Increasing Uncertainty is Placing Strain on UK Business Leaders

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81% of UK business leaders admit to being placed in situations where they found it difficult to remain calm and clear-headed More than a third (37%) of leaders said they found it hard to prepare and express their thoughts under pressure Failing to maintain eye contact (30%), slouching (25%) and physically shaking (21%) named as the most common physical symptoms of leaders under stressUK business leaders are struggling to cope with the pressures of a rapidly changing world. Increased competit... Read the full story

Ben Ball 2019 at the Roundhouse raises over £87,000 to fund life-changing support for the automotive industry community

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Ben Ball 2019 at the Roundhouse London – a spectacular show and huge success Automotive industry Christmas Ball raises funds to support colleagues in need Ben announces its biggest and most challenging Industry Leader Challenge to date – The Climb On Wednesday 11th December, hundreds of people from the automotive community gathered at the new home of Ben Ball, the iconic Roundhouse, and helped raise over £87,000 for Ben on the night at its annual Christmas ball. Over 650 guests were h... Read the full story

Sheffield store brought to market through Christie & Co

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Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has brought to market, Manor Park Post Office, a successful mixed-business post office and convenience store, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.The store benefits from high footfall due to its ideal location in a busy residential and commercial area of town. Comprising a hot food sandwich bar and convenience store in conjunction with the Post Office, it has become an established local business, popular with locals looking for an alternative to t... Read the full story

Affordable Winter Sun from London or Manchester with Pegasus Airlines

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Fly to affordable winter-sun destinations from London Stansted and Manchester airports with Pegasus Airlines departing daily from just £84.99 one-way. Pegasus offers British travellers its lowest fares to the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, North Cyprus & more this winter.(LONDON – 11 December 2019) --- Leading budget airline Pegasus, now flying to over 110 destinations in 42 countries, offers some of the most exciting winter-sun destinations without having to spend a fortune. Wi... Read the full story

Fisker Ocean to Make Global Public Debut at CES 2020; Electrify America Revealed As Charging Station Network

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Fisker Ocean will be seen for the first time in public at Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas: a complete production intent prototype sitting on a fully-engineered platform Practicality: customers will enjoy access to the largest open DC Fast charging network for EVs in the United States, a free miles package and a frictionless charging experience developed by Fisker and Electrify America; more than 200 miles of range may be delivered from 30 minutes of charging Unique “California... Read the full story

ABT Touareg with 500 diesel hp strikes off

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The SUV of superlatives  ABT offers 500 diesel hp and 970 Nm for the VW Touareg III The bar was set high for the 3rd generation VW Touareg. Of course, it has become the flagship of the brand portfolio. The result received much praise in the trade press. The manageability of the full-size SUV was particularly impressive. VW has delved deep into its trick bag and alongside steering rear wheels, has also installed adaptable stabilisers that come into use as and when necessary. ABT Sportsline,... Read the full story

Cornwall Garage Group sold to expanding independent operator Ascona Group

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Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Cornwall Garage Group, a portfolio of 17 petrol filling stations, located across the Midlands, Home Counties and South West of England.The portfolio, which was first established by John Murray in the early 1960s, comprises fourteen freehold and three leasehold sites. It was ranked 13 on the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indie 2019 listing.Sixteen sites traded under the Harvest Energy brand and nine sites have electric... Read the full story

Are You Getting The Most From Your Resources?

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Wasting valuable resources is something most businesses try to avoid, but how well is your business doing? Research by Stilog I.S.T. across over 5,000 client sites in Europe (including the UK) has indicated that more waste occurs when resources are poorly controlled and managed. The biggest single category came from Spreadsheet Users, where the software simply was not designed for the job.Where 3 or more resources, say Clients/Jobs, Staff and Machines were involved, spreadsheets failed to... Read the full story

Rameder offers advice on caravans and power supply

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Whether refrigerator or pump-controlled toilet flush, any caravan equipment of this kind needs electric power. While new caravans are usually equipped with a variety of different electrical connection options, this is not always the case for new cars with factory-installed towbars. This can then lead to the caravan refrigerator draining the car battery over night and the engine not starting up the next morning. To ensure that the campsite does not unintentionally turn into a permanent residen... Read the full story

SPAR Murton’s stunning refit

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G&E Murgatroyd, James Hall & Co.’s company owned stores division, is delighted to announce the significant refurbishment of SPAR Murton in the North East.Situated in County Durham, the store has been refurbished to provide local residents with the very best in modern convenience shopping including a delicious Clayton Park deli and an independent butchery counter, Graham Eyes High Class Butchers.Graham Eyes is an award winning, family business which began trading with James Hall & Co. in 201... Read the full story

“Best event for years” – IAAF Annual Awards & Dinner 2019 a roaring success

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Praise has been heaped on IAAF’s Annual Awards & Dinner 2019, with many calling it the Federation’s ‘best event for years.’The sell-out event, held for the third year running at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes and sponsored by Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK), saw around 600 guests in attendance, uniting the aftermarket as it gathered under one roof for a special evening of plaudits and entertainment.IAAF president Terry Knox kicked off proceedings, highlighting the varied and... Read the full story

Achieving a work life balance

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How should I achieve a work/life balance? How can I improve my work/life balance? What is a work/life balance?It is all too easy for managers to become workaholics to the detriment of their health, their family relationships and their long term career. A healthy work/life balance is essential if a manager is to be productive both at work and in their private life. To some extent this is a matter of self-discipline but it also requires knowledge and skills.To begin with it is useful to know th... Read the full story

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK’s largest business support organisation, promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small businesses.  Established in 1974 to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members.Members get an exclusive package of business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as... Read the full story

British drivers unprepared for winter weather breakdowns

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NFU Mutual and RAC urge drivers to prioritise in-car safety equipment  Car owners are more likely to carry an umbrella than basic safety equipment 62% of car owners have broken down in their lifetime NFU Mutual and RAC partner to provide advice to drivers Having surveyed more than 1,500 UK car owners on their ability to cope with a winter breakdown with worrying findings, a rural insurance company is urging drivers to prioritise in-car safety equipment.The research by the motor insurer and... Read the full story

MANN+HUMMEL appoints new Board of Management

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Ludwigsburg, December 11, 2019 – The Supervisory Board of MANN+HUMMEL Verwaltungs GmbH has appointed Kurk Wilks as the new President and CEO as of January 1, 2020. Kurk Wilks succeeds Werner Lieberherr, who left the world market leader for filtration in October by mutual agreement.Kurk Wilks will manage the group together with Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Emese Weissenbacher and Chief Operating Officer Nic Zerbst.Kurk Wilks has been with the company for around 20 years... Read the full story

Emma Loveday appointed as DriveTech’s New Business Development Manager

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DriveTech are delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Loveday to the role of New Business Development Manager in the commercial fleet business area.Emma joins us from Thames Water Utilities where she was responsible for the management of the business’ occupational road risk – looking after the road safety of over 3,000 employees, driving a diverse range of vehicles including 4x4s, tankers, plant machinery and LCV’s. During her tenure, she achieved a 20% reduction in vehicle incide... Read the full story

LinkedIn Ate My Baby

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OK, I might have gone too far with the attention grabbing, but a 'pattern interrupt' is key to a good headline, here or elsewhere.For mine to have attracted my ICA (Ideal Client Avatar), I should have included Sales Manager, or Marketing Manager in the title too.So, the trick is, to call out your ICA, then say something that breaks their beliefs, or, which is totally outrageous.Both aim to raise their curiosity, so that they read your post.You can then use the body of the post to make your... Read the full story

Savannah continues to build container volumes

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Garden City Terminal marks cargo gains 34 out of past 36 monthsSAVANNAH, Ga., Nov. 10, 2019- The Port of Savannah moved 363,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in November, a 5.4 percent increase over the same month last year, or an additional 18,460 TEUs. For the fiscal year to date (July-November), the Georgia Ports Authority has handled nearly 2 million TEUs, an increase of 109,000 TEUs, or 5.8 percent. The positive numbers achieved last month mean Savannah's Garden City Terminal h... Read the full story

Participation skyrockets as the 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai 2019 draws to a close

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The 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 3 to 6 December 2019, has recorded even more industry participation than ever before. 159,728 visitors connected with 6,590 exhibitors across the show floor. The show illustrated its automotive ecosystem through more vertical and horizontal integration in the entire value chain.  During the four-day show, activities around the fairground brought exhibition themes, emerging products, services and technology, and rising trends t... Read the full story

Improving Stress Management

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Earn 2 CPD Points with this ResourceHow can I reduce my levels of stress? How can I improve my stress management? What are the best management techniques? If these are questions for which you would like answers then this resource will answer them all for you. You will be able to; Understand Stress Recognise the importance of Stress Management. Recognise signs of Stress in Yourself and Employees. Understand the link between Stress and Performance. Be You will able to approach an Employee showi... Read the full story

The FLA’s Priorities for 2020 – an agenda for the incoming Government

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The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) has identified three improvements that the incoming Government must adopt to transform customer protection in the consumer credit market, and strengthen the growth of a sustainable and productive economy.Priorities for 2020 and Beyond highlights the fact that the 45 year old Consumer Credit Act (CCA), which underpins every consumer credit transaction in the UK, is failing consumers because not only does it require lenders to send old fashioned and sever... Read the full story

UK motorists carry half of recommended items in their car, ClickMechanic study reveals

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New research shows what motorists think they are required to keep in their cars, and what they actually prioritise in case of emergency or breakdown.  Online car repair marketplace, Clickmechanic.com, questioned its extensive customer database on their knowledge of what items are required to be carried in vehicles at all times - despite UK motorists not being legally required to carry anything at all. Looking to find out how motorists stay prepared in case of emergency or breakdown, ClickMe... Read the full story

UK motorists carry half of recommended items in their car, ClickMechanic study reveals

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New research shows what motorists think they are required to keep in their cars, and what they actually prioritise in case of emergency or breakdown.  Online car repair marketplace, Clickmechanic.com, questioned its extensive customer database on their knowledge of what items are required to be carried in vehicles at all times - despite UK motorists not being legally required to carry anything at all. Looking to find out how motorists stay prepared in case of emergency or breakdown, ClickMe... Read the full story

The Supercar Capsule

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The UAE and its key players love their supercars, so SUPERFUTUREDESIGN* decided to create the SUPERCAR CAPSULE, a unique concept that gives your expensive toys a centre stage to captivate the audience. Dubai - Developed by a team of architects and designers for a taste of bespoke luxury, which includes supercars. Their passion for spectacular supercars has led them to create a distinct spatial design that enhances the car’s features. After all, your luxury car should get just as much atten... Read the full story

Henderson Technology partners SGF

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Henderson Technology is proud to announce its corporate membership for 2020 with Scottish Grocers Federation.  The SGF is the only authoritative voice for the independent Scottish convenience store industry – an industry in Scotland that has almost 5,000 stores, provides 42,000 jobs and has a value of sales of around £4 billion per annum. Darren Nickels, Head of Henderson Technology said: “We are delighted to have this partnership with SGF for 2020.  We have had fantastic support fro... Read the full story

A.F. Blakemore Signs Up to Refill Campaign

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A.F. Blakemore & Son has become the first convenience retailer to join the Refill campaign to help reduce plastic waste. The company has registered 68 of its Blakemore Retail SPAR convenience stores on the Refill app, which enables people to search for places where they can fill up water bottles for free.The app, which is part of the award-winning Refill campaign and run by plastic pollution campaigning organisation City to Sea, features more than 25,000 refill stations nationwide. With a sim... Read the full story

Get your CPD Points for this year now using our New Website.

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Need to earn CPD Points quickly and easily? Want to develop your Management Skills flexibly and in a time efficient way? Prefer to use online courses and resources?If ‘ Yes ‘ then a new website ‘ Develop Your Management Skills ‘ www.developyourmanagementskills.com may be just what you are looking for.Launched today by Jeremy Francis, a specialist in Management and Organisational Development, this new site offers: CPD Accredited Online Management Skills Courses CPD Accredited Downloada... Read the full story

Kantar research shows three-quarters of shoppers switch or boycott brands due to environmental policies

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Over three-quarters of UK grocery shoppers switch, avoid or boycott brands because of their environmental policies, says KantarYounger consumers more likely to switch or boycott brandsOver 70% of consumers agree the response from businesses to the environmental damage being caused to our planet is ‘too little, too late’New consumer research published by Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting firm, reveals that over three-quarters (77%) of UK grocery shoppers have, i... Read the full story

James Bond & Triumph Motorcycles' official brand partnership

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Triumph Motorcycles’ all new Tiger 900 and Scrambler 1200 will feature in the 25th James Bond film No Time To Die, released April 2020   Triumph Motorcycles is incredibly proud to announce a new partnership with the 25th official James Bond film, No Time To Die, and EON Productions. The Triumph design workshop team collaborated with the stunt team from the film to configure several feature motorcycles, including the special preparation of Tiger 900 and Scrambler 1200 models for extreme an... Read the full story