Posts

Showing posts from January, 2020

Pastorfrigor to exhibit at EuroShop

Image
Pastorfrigor GB, the UK’s leading supplier of energy efficient refrigerated equipment, is delighted to announce it will be showing at EuroShop from 16-20 February 2020. Exhibiting in hall 16 at stand C21, EuroShop is the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment. During the state-of-the-art trade fair, Pastorfrigor will be showcasing a complete range of integral equipment on natural refrigerant focusing on energy efficiency and environmental concerns. Its stand will be presented... Read the full story

IHS Markit Analysis and Commentary Coronavirus Impact on Automotive Industry

Image
IHS Markit Analysis and CommentaryCoronavirus Impact on Automotive IndustryJanuary 31, 2020 IHS Markit PerspectiveBesides the human tragedy, the Coronavirus is starting to severely impact the Chinese economy and in light of that, the automotive industry as well.  This report has incorporated the most recent information available at the time of publishing. Over the last few days, IHS Markit has been evaluating and analyzing announced vehicle assembly plant shutdowns (and impacted daily prod... Read the full story

A super-fast family Audi RS 6, RS 7, RS Q8 and RS 4 receive up to 700 hp of ABT Power

Image
What began with the solitary Audi RS2 in 1994, and led to the first official RS 4 in 1999, has now become an entire RS family. Its youngest members include the freshly updated Audi RS 4 and the latest versions of the RS 6 and RS 7, as well as the unprecedented RS Q8. Although the stated models have only just come onto the market, appealing ABT Power Performance Upgrades* are already available for all four, and are supplied together with TÜV certification and comprehensive guarantees. In... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

Image
Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

Coaching For Performance Improvement

Image
Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceHow do I tackle a poor performing employee? How should I deal with under-performing employees? What are the reasons for poor employee performance? Every manager at some time has to address the issue of a poor performing employee. The problem is that managers often lack the capabilities and confidence to do this well and so instead they avoid tackling these under-performance issues. As a result they lose their personal credibility as a team leader and worse s... Read the full story

Turbulent year for commercial vehicle manufacturing as output falls -7.8%

Image

Green Motors most desired in brand new report into Britain's used car buying habits

Image
Almost half of Britain's used car buyers would go green and choose an electric or hybrid model if they had the option, a new study by CarFinance 247 has revealed. Despite the choice of used eco-friendly motors still being relatively limited, making up only a tiny proportion of the country's 8 million used car sales every year, 49% of buyers would get an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid if they could, compared to 32% wanting petrol models and 19% opting for diesel.   Unfortunately... Read the full story

FORS join Mates in Mind to transform mental health across UK workplaces

Image
This month, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) joined Mates in Mind’s community of Supporter organisations and have partnered with the charity to improve the mental health of their workforce and members. The partnership has arisen as Mates in Mind, initially established to tackle the challenges of mental ill-health specifically within the construction sector, has expanded the support and services it offers within the supply-chain, to incorporate transport and logistics companies,... Read the full story

Online gift brand opens first bricks and mortar store

Image
Roadchef to bring first Prezzybox store to the UKLeading motorway service operator partners with online gift specialists to bring on-the-go gifts to the motorway networkOnline gift specialist Prezzybox has signed a deal with leading motorway service area (MSA) operator Roadchef that will see the first Prezzybox bricks and mortar store open its doors this February.Landing in Roadchef Strensham South (M5), the opening will be a high street and roadside first for the brand, bringing convenient,... Read the full story

DriveTech delighted to celebrate Neil Renaut’s Great British Fleet Event Award Win

Image
Neil Renaut of East of England Co-op awarded “Fleet Management Superstar” in 2020 Great British Fleet Awards, 30th January 2020, London DriveTech is delighted to share in the success and recognition afforded to Neil Renaut as winner of the 2020 “Fleet Management Superstar” award.At a champagne reception and awards luncheon in West London today (Thursday 30th January), Neil was recognised for his and his teams’ significant achievements in “showing a strong grip on, and a complete... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

Image
Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

Choosing the Best Strategy

Image
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

Differing forecasts make it imperative to be tyre safe for all conditions

Image
It’s not uncommon to have uncertainty in weather forecasts but 2020 has begun with less clarity than usual on what British motorists should expect out on the roads this winter. The country has already experienced startling gales force winds and flooding – now, after a period of sunny days and low temperatures, it’s likely snow is on its way. Once again, being prepared for whatever the weather will do is the best advice, and that begins with ensuring your vehicle has every chance possibl... Read the full story

Take the Stress out of Social Media For Your Business.

Image
Over the years, the way to promote your business has changed. In yesteryear, if you wanted to get your wares noticed, there were limited options, local leaflet drops, advertising in the local papers, a listing in Yellow Pages and of course word of mouth. Of course, these are all still viable ways (Although Yellow Pages are now online only.) The most powerful way of getting your message across is via social media, platforms such as Facebook and Instagram with over one and a half and one billio... Read the full story

Be crowned Supplier of the Year 2020 at the Creative Retail Awards

Image
The Creative Retail Awards are one of the most distinguished accolades within the design and display industry and recognise projects and products that have demonstrated the very highest level of innovation and excellence.  The 2020 Awards have introduced new categories including Omni-Channel Experience, Bar and Restaurant Design and Best Shopfitting/Fit-Out.  There is also a new category specifically to vote for your favourite suppliers - the Supplier of the Year Award.  Whether you wish t... Read the full story

HERMES Invests Seven-Figure Sum In PARCELSHOP Branding

Image
Consumer delivery specialist Hermes has announced a seven-figure brand refresh project at over 200 of its ParcelShops throughout the UK to increase its high street presence and attract more customers wanting a convenient way to post parcels and return unwanted items. These include 200 ambassador and branded stores which include a full front fascia, full window decals and projecting wall sign, reminding customers of the company’s many parcel options at their local shop. Kath Gill, Head of... Read the full story

Quote by Jeremy Francis

Image
Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

Building High Performance Teams

Image
Is your team performing at its highest level? I guarantee you don't know! Not unless you know what constitutes a high performance team. Find out!Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceHow can I build a high performing team? What is a high performing team? How can I improve the performance of my team?At some time or another most managers will seek answers to these questions. Under constant pressure to deliver a higher quantity and quality of results through their teams this is only natural. Buildi... Read the full story

Consumer car finance market falls by 1% in November 2019

Image
New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business volumes in the consumer car finance market fell in November 2019 by 1% compared with the same month in 2018, and remained stable in the eleven months to November 2019.The consumer new car finance market reported a fall in new business volumes of 8% in November 2019 compared with the same month in 2018. The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members was 91.2% in the twelve months to No... Read the full story

Stratford-upon-Avon development site for sale through Christie & Co

Image
Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co are currently marketing the opportunity to acquire a development site between Stratford-Upon-Avon and Chipping Camden.The site is currently operated as a hand car wash and will be available with vacant possession. It spreads across approximately 0.4 acres and is situated close to the new Meon Vale development, which has planning permission to include 1,050 homes, along with extensive leisure facilities, a primary school and 800,000sq ft of e... Read the full story

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Calls On Support Of HGV Drivers

Image
Mid Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Calls On Support Of HGV Drivers To Help Drive Up Standards  Midlands Air Ambulance is calling on HGV drivers to support its latest drive geared at raising awareness of road safety. As the number of Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) attended by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity continues to rise each year, the emergency pre-hospital service has launched ‘Drive4Life’ in partnership with M6toll - a campaign which highlights the increasing cost of RTCs to the ch... Read the full story

Port of Savannah sets calendar year record

Image
The Port of Savannah moved a record 4.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2019. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Jeremy Polston) here.    SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 28, 2020- The Port of Savannah moved 4.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2019, an increase of nearly 250,000 TEUs (5.6 percent) compared to the previous year, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Griff Lynch said... Read the full story

SPAR expands speciality breads range

Image
SPAR is tapping into health trends by adding three new products into its own label range of speciality breads. With own label dominating flavour innovation in the speciality bread category, the leading convenience store group, SPAR, is launching new lines offering consumers a healthy, convenient and good value for money products which are the top qualities that consumers look for when buying bread. Wholemeal is fuelling demand and new to the range are two wholemeal tortillas and pittas prod... Read the full story

Your chance to help children learn “It’s Okay Not to be Okay”

Image
We recently heard about a scheme that is helping thousands of children deal with the thorny issues of mental health. However, its not all good news and they need your help, here is a little more about the scheme and how you can help it continue. After the birth of his daughter in 2010, former radio presenter Chris Duke was bogged down by feeling “just not right”. When a health visitor allowed him to answer questions on his wife’s post-partum questionnaire, Chris was informed he may be... Read the full story

WhoCanFixMyCar.com is gearing up for their fourth annual awards, honouring Britain’s best garages

Image
118 nominees have been shortlisted for the 24 categories out of over 14,000 registered garages.The 4TH annual WhoCanFixMyCar.com awards are taking place on 13th February after a successful year where over two million jobs have now been completed by registered garages.With Headline Sponsor VARTA, the awards consist of 24 categories including best regional garages, best newcomer and a range of top specialist categories. For the first time, WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s partner network, made up of glob... Read the full story

RADA BUSINESS TO SPONSOR MIMA AWARDS AND HOST MASTERCLASS FOR NOMINEES

Image
RADA Business is sponsoring pro-manchester’s Made in Manchester Awards for the second consecutive year Client Director Rachel Griffiths, who leads the North West portfolio, will  judge two award categories RADA Business to develop Northern talent with masterclasses for award nominees Further RADA Business leadership masterclasses for pro-manchester members coming soonRADA Business, the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, is proudly supporting this year’s Made in... Read the full story

LINE-X RESEARCH AND TESTING LABORATORY EARNS RENOWNED ISO 17025:2005 CERTIFICATION FROM A2LA

Image
LINE-X’s Lab is Accredited in Accordance with the International Organization for Standardization LINE-X Research and Development Team Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary as A2LA Accredited Lab  HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (Jan. 27, 2020) – LINE-X – a global leader in powerful protective coatings, officially received an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification from the A2LA – a world-class accreditation body well-known in the OEM automotive and manufacturing industries for... Read the full story

Aruba Enterprise and Ducati Motor Holding develop New Generation Data Center

Image
Ducati Motor Holding to improve data security, disaster recovery plans and accelerate time to market through new IT infrastructure partnership with Aruba Enterprise      London, 27 January 2020 – Aruba Enterprise (aru.ba/enterpriseen) a division of Aruba that develops customised IT projects and solutions for companies and the Public Administration, has developed an innovative solution to meet the needs of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati Motor Holding.The It... Read the full story

A.F. Blakemore Takes Steps to Reducing Food Waste

Image
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

Quote by Jeremy Francis

Image
Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

Identifying your own influencing style

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Quote by Jeremy Francis

Image
Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com   Read the full story

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

Image
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

Image
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

Quote by Jeremy Francis

Image
Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

BUMBLING HERO’S EPIC MOTORCYCLE ODYSSEY

Image
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

Image
“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

Image
●      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

Image
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”

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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

Image
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