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A.F. Blakemore Takes Steps to Reducing Food Waste

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A.F. Blakemore is the latest convenience store retailer to trial the food waste fighting app, Too Good to Go.The company has registered 15 of its Blakemore Retail SPAR convenience stores based in Lincolnshire on the Too Good to Go food waste fighting app, which enables people to purchase short-dated food for a reduced price.The app, which was launched in the UK in June 2016, was set up to help tackle the 10 million tonnes of food wasted each year by saving the fresh and short-dated food often... Read the full story

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Identifying your own influencing style

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If you don't influence others the way they like to be influenced you will fail! Identify your own preferred styles and then you can identify others' preferred styles to influence them effectively. Get cracking now!Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceWhat are the different ways to influence people? How can I improve the way I influence people? How can I influence others in a more effective way? The key to successful influencing is to influence others the way they like to be influenced. Many man... Read the full story

TyreSafe Briefing to return to St George’s Park in September 2020

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Following the success of last year’s event, the TyreSafe Briefing and Evening Awards will again be held at St George’s Park, home of the National Football Centre, located in Burton Upon Trent. Returning to this state-of-the-art venue on the 17th September, the Briefing will feature a line-up of road safety stakeholders presenting the latest information on tyre safety and a range of demonstrations and interactive exhibits. As regular attendees would expect, the Briefing will also launch r... Read the full story

Global ticketing platform AXS selects Cover Genius to power its ticketing experience

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AXS UK partners with global insurtech, Cover Genius, to raise the bar on event booking refund insurance Customers will benefit from seamless in-path distribution, simple policy documents, a fast, easy claims experience and instant payments Global insurtech leader Cover Genius has today announced a partnership with premier global ticketing platform AXS, raising the bar on customer insurance offerings for their millions of UK customers; at venues such as The O2, The SSE Arena, Wembley and the... Read the full story

Data Reveals: THESE Manual Workers have the Best Chance at Getting a Job

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When it comes to employers fighting over you, some jobs are better than others.But what about manual labour? Are there some you have a better shot at securing a role in? Showerstoyou.co.uk has investigated this.Scouring CITB’s Construction Skills Network report, the top 15 in-demand manual labour jobs and corresponding annual recruitment requirements (ARR)* have been identified.For each of these, average yearly search volumes have been obtained (via SEMrush) to determine which offer the bes... Read the full story

Globalsat Group, Inmarsat and Cobham sign multi-year contract to provide Rumo with satellite communications across Brazilian railway network

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Brazil’s largest rail-based logistics operator set to use mobile satellite connectivity to increase delivery speed and improve health and safety of operations Globalsat Group, through its Brazilian affiliate Globalsat do Brasil, has signed a multi-year contract with Rumo SA, the largest transport and logistics company in Latin America. In a deal that is set to significantly improve the running of Rumo’s Brazilian rail infrastructure, Globalsat Group will provide a solution leveraging sat... Read the full story

How To Structure A Presentation

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Managers must be able to structure different types of presentation. Why? They will fail to communicate points clearly, concisely and memorably. A must for any manager. Learn how.How To Structure A Presentation Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceHow should I structure a presentation? How can I use visual aids effectively in my presentations? What are the different structures for making presentations? Managers must be able to make effective presentations. To be able to do this they need to be... Read the full story

Reliable, worry-free motoring options this winter

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22 January 2020 – The winter price list from the Motability Scheme has been released, with a range of over 2,000 cars available, offering affordable, worry-free motoring to disabled people in the UK.There are over 300 cars available with no Advance Payment including popular choices such as: Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Turbo SRi Premium Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 160 Iconic Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 95 SE Ford Ecosport 1.0 Ecoboost Zetec Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDI Hybrid PremiumLeasing a vehicle through the Motabi... Read the full story

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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 StudyTHE UK is preparing for one of the coldest winters in almost a deca... Read the full story

Creative Problem Solving

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Creative problem solvers can achieve phenomenal results.They can achieve breakthroughs and step changes. Want to know the skills? Then don't delay.Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceHow can I improve my problem-solving skills? What is creative problem-solving? How can I use creative thinking to solve problems?Being an effective manager involves being an effective problem-solver. In their rush to solve problems the tendency for managers is to try and create solutions without first determining... Read the full story

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BUMBLING HERO’S EPIC MOTORCYCLE ODYSSEY

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Join self-proclaimed ‘idiot’ Richard Georgiou on his unforgettable odyssey from England to Greece and back on his trusty Honda Transalp, with entertaining encounters and amusing mishaps along the way.One Man on a Bike recalls an epic 6000-mile voyage as Richard is hampered by his own vindictive sat-nav and propensity for disaster while bumbling through Europe and endeavouring to absorb the wonder of his remarkable surroundings.With a sense of adventure and a sense of humour, but no sense... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY launches its new Special Tec AA 0W-16 on the market

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“Our lowest viscosity motor oil” LIQUI MOLY launches its new Special Tec AA 0W-16 on the market January 2020 – “This is the lowest viscosity oil that we have ever launched”, explains Tim Keller, Export Area Manager at LIQUI MOLY and responsible for the UK and Irish market, when talking about the new Special Tec AA 0W-16. It is suitable for selected models from Honda, Lexus, Suzuki and Toyota.It is mainly Japanese car manufacturers that stipulate a viscosity of 0W-16. However up un... Read the full story

Ben is increasing its mental health services for automotive industry people

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●      Ben is extending mental health services to respond to growing need●      New digital services will enable Ben to support more people with mental health issues●      Ben’s online self-help, digital platform, telephone and face-to-face mental health services offer individuals more choice in how they receive support Today, on Blue Monday, Ben announces it is increasing and enhancing its range of services for automotive industry people who need mental health support.... Read the full story

Combining cycling and electromobility with Tesla’s Model 3

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Rameder offers towbar especially for bike carriers Which mode of transport is even more ecological than an electric car? Correct – a bicycle. Those looking to combine the two, however, soon encounter a transport problem – even for the mega-hyped Tesla Model 3. While the mid-size electric car does almost everything right, the notchback does not offer a lot of trunk space. But Rameder now puts a stop to all spoilsports, Tesla haters and electric-car doubters by offering a special towbar fo... Read the full story

“Exciting new Digital Transformation company looks for the right investor”

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OBT Synergy – Brief OverviewWe have identified a massive market opportunity to help small and medium size companies and organisations, understand the opportunities and threats of digital technology. Based on conservative projections and two years cash flow forecasts, we expect a turnover of 6.2 million in year two, with a net profit of 1.8 million. With the right investment and additional expertise, both could be much higher.Digital transformation is disrupting business models and a cultur... Read the full story

The Van Insurer Presents A Positive Outlook for The Van Market

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Data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) earlier this month painted a very positive picture for the van sector. Not only were 2019 registrations up by 2.4 per cent over the year, but it was the most successful year for van registrations since records began. The latest statistics from insurance price comparison experts The Van Insurer have further reinforced this positive outlook. According to their latest data, they processed a hefty 7 per cent more van quotes... Read the full story

Super pole astonishment! NIO 333 showing more progress

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Santiago, ChileThe 2019-2020 ABB FIA Formula E championship finished its first race of new decade with a thrilling classic in Santiago this afternoon. NIO 333 FE team driver Oliver Turvey astounded the whole paddock by getting into the Super Pole. However, the British driver just missed out on scoring points after a tough race. Turvey’s teammate Ma Qinghua successfully finished the race after an incident in free practice.After a near miss on points in Saudi Arabia, the Chinese team came to... Read the full story

TNS Returns to its Roots to Define the New Standard in Catering

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TNS, the catering service provider to the business & industry, healthcare and education sectors, is, from 2020, set to rebrand as ‘TNS - The New Standard, catering with honesty and integrity’. The move is a natural progression for the proudly independent, multi award-winning caterer; the result of 15 years of sustainable growth in a highly competitive market.  Coming into effect from now, the company, co-founded by chefs Tim Smith and Phil Tyas – both of whom still head up the busines... Read the full story

Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards aims to showcase excellence

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Scotland has long enjoyed an enviable reputation worldwide for the outstanding quality of its natural larder and its thriving £14bn food and drink industry is testament to the passion and commitment that almost 19,000 Scottish food and drink businesses bring to this vital sector.The huge growth in consumer interest in food provenance over recent years has led two food and drink media specialists to launch a brand new awards programme to recognise and reward the many producers, suppliers and... Read the full story

On to South America we go, NIO 333 is ready to go again!

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Santiago, ChileAfter almost two months break, 2019-2020 ABB FIA Formula E championship is finally preparing for the first round entering a new decade in Chile. Coming into Circuit Parque O’Higgins in the nation’s capital, NIO 333 FE Team is ready to fight for some well-deserved points after a near miss in Saudi Arabia.Season 6 marks the toughest season to date in the world’s premier electric motorsport championship. With the much-anticipated news of “upgrading” to a World Championsh... Read the full story

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Creating a Personal Development Plan

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Creative problem solvers can achieve phenomenal results.They can achieve breakthroughs and step changes. Want to know the skills? Then don't delay.Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceWhat is a Personal Development Plan? What should I include in a Personal Development Plan? How can I improve my Personal Development Planning? The words Personal Development Plan can mean different things to different people. For some it relates to all of their activities both in and out of work. For others it re... Read the full story

VW T6.1 – fully loaded performance

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ABT Power updates of up to 226 hp including suspension or rims The latest evolution into model T6.1 has made the VW Bulli even more desirable. No other large van evokes such an emotional response as the legendary Volkswagen that can be driven almost as casually as a car and is at least as cool as a trendy SUV. The ABT’s new programme for the T6.1 follows on seamlessly from the sales success of the T5 and T6 components. It all starts, of course, with the ABT Power performance upgrades that... Read the full story

DriveTech appoints Oliver Stevenson as National Sales Manager for fleets

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DriveTech, part of the AA, is pleased to announce that Oliver Stevenson has been appointed to the role of National Sales Manager for fleets.Oliver joins Drivetech from BMW Group where he spent over 15 years in various commercial roles, including a period working in the retailer network. Most recently Oliver was Head of Affinity Partnerships at Alphabet GB, responsible for developing partnerships with large corporate entities including Rivus Fleet Solutions (formerly BT Fleet Solutions), Auxil... Read the full story

REVEALED: BLACK VW GOLF IS THE NATION'S FAVOURITE

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VW Golf takes the title of the UK’s most popular new car model for the second year Audi is the public’s most desirable brand for new cars, rising up above BMW Black cars found to be the nation’s favourite, followed by classic blue and silverThis year, the UK’s most popular new car is a black Volkswagen Golf, according to a study of the nation’s tastes, including analysis of over 38 million new car ad views online.The research published in the UK’s Most Popular Cars 2019 report,... Read the full story

Electromobility in Latin America: Frost & Sullivan Reveals Key Strategies and Technologies through 2025

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Nine Latin American countries have set crucial milestones and programs to develop attractive EV markets and technologyBUENOS AIRES, Argentina – January 15, 2020 — As local governments across Latin America define their electromobility strategies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are framing their electric vehicle (EV) roadmap for the region. In 2018, only 23,400 hybrid EVs (HEVs) and 3,700 battery EVs (BEVs) and plug-in HEVs (PHEVs) were commercialized in Latin America. By 2025, the... Read the full story

2020 starts with a bang for SPAR UK

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2020 has started with a bang for leading convenience store group SPAR UK with like-for-like Christmas retail sales up by 2.6% over the four weeks to 29 December 2019. The symbol group attributes the spike in sales to its focus on fresh and availability. This benefited them during the week ending 29 December when SPAR stores saw like-for-like sales rise by 7% . Louise Hoste, SPAR UK Managing Director, said: “Our performance over the festive period shows that we are responding well to shopp... Read the full story

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Achieving Your Personal Goals

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Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceHow should I set goals for myself? What should I do to achieve my personal goals? What is a process for achieving personal goals?An important part of any manager’s job is to deliver results through a team of people. In other words a manager first and foremost needs to deliver organisational objectives. But to grow achievements in this area the wise manager will also attend to the achievement of personal goals. Doing this s/he will be more likely to contrib... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY continues to grow in spite of problems

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Software conversion spoils year-end results – record turnover nevertheless January 2020 – Despite considerable difficulties, the German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY remains on course for growth. The year 2019 was closed with a record turnover of 569 million euros, an increase of four percent over the previous year. “This shows that we can be successful even under adverse conditions,” says Managing Director Ernst Prost with regard to the software problems suffered a year ago... Read the full story

Show us what you've got!

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Rameder offers clever presentation stand for bike carriers  Towbar carriers for bicycles and e-bikes can provide lucrative additional sales for workshops and car dealerships. After all, this segment is booming. If accessories are hidden away on a spare parts shelf or only ordered on request, though, it is not surprising if demand remains low. Rameder, the leading supplier of transport solutions for cars, therefore offers not only an unrivaled selection of bike carriers but also the matching... Read the full story

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Empowering People Effectively

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Are you empowering your people to do more? No? Then you are failing as a manager! You will only grow if you grow your people. So get started!Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceWhat is empowerment? How do I empower my staff/employees? What are the processes/skills for empowering people? If these are questions for which you need answers then this resource will provide those answers. You will be able to assess your level of empowerment skills in the five key skill areas of empowering people. The... Read the full story

New research reveals over half of businesses in the financial sector believe Brexit will have a long-term positive impact

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What Brexit blues? New research reveals over half of businesses in the financial sector believe Brexit will have a long-term positive impact 51% of businesses remain confident about business growth post-Brexit, but worry short term with 33% concerned with the initial impact Economic stability, a no deal Brexit and changes to laws and legislation rank amongst the biggest concerns amongst businesses in the financial sector post-Brexit Improving negotiation skills ranks as the biggest priority a... Read the full story

EDGEPoS ESELs launches

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Henderson Technology is delighted to announce the launch of EDGEPoS ESELs which integrates into its award winning software EDGEPoS.  A beneficial tool which is used by retailers to display specific product pricing on shelves, EDGEPoS ESELs (electronic shelf edge label system) display modules are fixed to the front edge of the retail shelving. The automated ESEL system reduces time and cost for pricing management, improves pricing accuracy and allows dynamic pricing. Darren Nickels, Head o... Read the full story

Blakemore Trade Partners Pledges £100,000 Investment to Ruskington Retailer

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Blakemore Trade Partners has pledged a £100,000 investment to SPAR retailer Paul Baxter to enable him to carry out a transformational store development. Paul Baxter runs D C Baxter Motors forecourt in the affluent village of Ruskington in Lincolnshire.The investment, which was awarded as a prize at Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show, will enable Paul to extend his store by circa 350 sq ft. This will provide additional selling space and a new opportunity to change the layout and rev... Read the full story

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IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER?

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NEW RESEARCH REVEALS HOW MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) OFF YOU COULD BE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY Taking into account average salary and cost of living, Yell Business has revealed the most prosperous places in the world for popular career choices The research details 28 job roles across 25 different countries, with the aim of exploring how the UK stacks up against the rest of the world January 2020: The worldwide earnings of twenty eight of the most popular career choices has been revealed by Yell Busines... 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

The Iconic Electric London Taxi - Now On Sale In Japan

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• The world’s most advanced taxi and premium shuttle brings new standards to Japan • Offering an unrivalled passenger experience with first class space and accessibility • First models will be delivered to customers in Q2 2020 • London EV Company (LEVC) increases global green mobility footprint • For more information on LEVC go to www.levc.com Tokyo, Japan, 10th January 2020 A London icon is about to become a familiar sight in Japan, as London Electric Veh... Read the full story

Please help me break the chains

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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

A visual statement of pure power

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Complete aero package now available for 510 hp ABT SQ8 As of January 2020, the Audi SQ8 can pack an even greater punch. How come? ABT Sportsline now offers a complete aero package for the superlative SUV. Since November 2019, the Audi SQ8 can be equipped upon request with an ABT Power performance upgrade from the bavarian company. In this context, the high-tech control unit ABT Engine Control boosts the eight-cylinder 4.0 TDI from 435 hp (320 kW) to 510 hp (375 kW). At the same time, the wor... Read the full story

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Do you have a strategy? Is it the best one? Could it be better? All strategies can be improved! Find out how.

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Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceWhat is a strategy? How do you create a strategy? How do you choose the best strategy?Choosing the best strategy involves thorough research and the use of different strategic thinking and planning tools to create a number of choices from which you can select the best strategy. Managers who are involved in strategy development for their organisation must be able to answer the above questions and this resource is designed to help them do just that. Using this... Read the full story

Blakemore Foodservice Announces Contract with Soho Coffee Co.

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Blakemore Foodservice has announced a three-year contract to supply Soho Coffee Co.  The contract will generate £2.5 million in additional sales for Blakemore Foodservice per annum.Soho Coffee Co. is an independent food-led coffee chain with 34 coffee shops across the UK and Ireland, and a further seven international sites. The brand’s portfolio includes both company-owned and franchise stores. All company-owned stores in the UK are serviced via a central production kitchen in Cheltenham... Read the full story

DriveTech delighted to join the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport as a Gold Corporate Member

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DriveTech has kickstarted 2020 with its commitment to, and recognition of the importance of, the logistics and transport sector by joining the CILT (UK). As the Chartered body for the whole of the logistics and transport sector, including promoting the status of the profession through the education, training and development of all individuals throughout their careers using all possible means, there was a clear fit with the progressive fleet training and driver risk management commitments of... Read the full story

ABP Commences Work on the Humber’s Largest Roof Mounted Solar Scheme

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ABP is investing £6.8 million in the Port of Hull to install the Humber’s largest roof mounted solar scheme.Currently, installations at the Ports of Immingham and Goole produce 4.5 MW and 1.1 MW respectively. Once completed, the 6.5 MW solar scheme at the Port of Hull will more than double the Humber Ports’ renewable energy generation, increasing it to over 12 MW, which will supply almost 29% of the ports’ energy requirement.Simon Bird, Director of ABP Humber, said: “This solar insta... Read the full story