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What are YOU doing that you want to talk about?

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“The Buckinghamshire Business First membership includes 174 charities and 263 not-for-profit organisations. This provides them with access to networking events, training opportunities and funding opportunities, as well as promotion via our online member directory, social media channels and newsletters. This unique blend of businesses, charities and not-for-profits within the same membership creates ample opportunities for partnership building across the sectors.” Buckinghamshire Busine... Read the full story

The Road That Led to The House of Fen1x

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A contemporary community in a world of isolation. Just as the world keeps turning, society keeps changing, adapting and evolving. So what is the tipping point that makes us change? How do we know when to evolve and when to remain firm, secure in our beliefs and our lives? Complacency is known as the enemy of progress and more often than not, it takes a tragedy or divine inspiration to jolt us out of our comfort zone and force us to take action. Like most, I work hard and I do... Read the full story

Short-time work because nothing works, or does nothing work because of short-time work?

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LIQUI MOLY Managing Director Ernst Prost on the industry's way of dealing with the corona crisis COVID-19 and its effects have taken on huge proportions and put the economy under tremendous pressure – by now, even the car industry and suppliers are impacted. LIQUI MOLY boss Ernst Prost describes how the German economy deals with this in today's circular to his colleagues. Ernst Prost is surprised at how some companies, as well as some people in Germany, are reacting to the drastic cuts. Read the full story

What are YOU doing that you want to talk about?

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“In the last two years we have invested £350,000 in training and development of directly employed staff and apprentices and have appointed an in house trainer. Typical training includes role based occupational health and safety such as scaffolding, asbestos and manual handling courses. Development is encouraged at all levels and is part of our culture to improve skills and performance.” Robert Woodhead LTD GOLD ACCREDITATION 05/19 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE UK Our Accredited companies a... Read the full story

Hybrid power in perfect form ABT gives Audi Q5 TFSI e an aero package and 425 hp

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From a sports perspective, the 55 TFSI e quattro is a real hidden champion of the Audi Q5 range. After all, the system performance of the standard plug-in hybrid is already a staggering 367 hp (270 kW). This is even more than what the SQ5 delivers. ABT Sportsline is bringing the power SUV directly into the limelight with an extensive aero package: The scope of delivery includes front skirt, door strip attachments, rear skirt and 102-mm twin carbon endpipes. A rear spoiler can be fitted upon r... Read the full story

Why the biggest threat to your online security is you

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Why the biggest threat to your online security is you Did you ever hear the saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link? When that chain is your digital security chain, that saying has never been truer. Cybercrime is now the most profitable way of making money illegally, and unfortunately many people make it easy for criminals by ignoring the links of their security chain. Why you are the weakest link As human beings we tend to have an inherent trust in other people,... Read the full story

What are YOU doing that you want to talk about?

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“The impact we make through our community work is measured in a number of different ways, one of which is through the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT) Social impact calculator which in financial terms demonstrates the impact on an individual’s life, for example progressing from unemployment into employment. Another measure we use is the Local Multiplier 3 Toolkit, the Group have invested in the toolkit and we are intent on monitoring and improving the economic impact perfor... Read the full story

Electric Mobility: EIT InnoEnergy Invests over 4 Million Euro in Electric In-Wheel Drive Pioneer Elaphe Propulsion Technologies

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EIT InnoEnergy Invests over 4 Million Euro in Electric In-Wheel Drive Pioneer Elaphe Propulsion Technologies EIT InnoEnergy, one of Europe’s leading investors in sustainable energy and electric mobility innovations has announced a 4.2 million Euro A+ investment in Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd. (Elaphe), a world leader in electric in-wheel-drive technology for electric vehicles. EIT InnoEnergy’s investment will serve as a springboard to secure further growth, while giving Ela... Read the full story

What are YOU doing that you want to talk about?

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“We have undertaken an initiative to reduce waste created by protective gloves (required as part of our PPE), which were traditionally incinerated. We have identified a washing process for used gloves whereby they could be washed and re-used rather than going for incineration as hazardous waste. Over 6000 items have now been washed and returned to service saving over .5 Tonne of material that would have been incinerated. This has the associated benefits to the environment, the raw materi... Read the full story

A third of motorists don't feel safe driving behind caravans

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HOW THE SURGE IN SUMMER CARAVAN SALES IS IMPACTING SAFETY ON THE ROADS As caravan sales soar, research reveals over 60%motorists don’t know the rules of the road – from speed limits to weight restrictions, resulting in a fine of up to £1,000 Those considering purchasing a caravan could be invalidating their insurance – as over half don’t know if they’re covered. Over a third of motorists admit driving behind a caravan makes them feel unsafe. As a growing number of c... Read the full story

Don’t be proud and stubborn. Stop trying to go it alone. Collaborate with others in your plans and see your dreams come true.

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Don’t be proud and stubborn. Stop trying to go it alone. Collaborate with others in your plans and see your dreams come true. Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com Read the full story

StreetDrone Unlocks Autonomous Vehicles with Ground-Breaking Subscription Service

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World-first subscription service means autonomous solutions no longer need to cost millions - thanks to a pioneering solution to remove cost barriers New cost-effective, subscription-based autonomous software Safety-first built-in solution runs in simulation and on vehicles out-of-the-box Supported by StreetDrone engineers, including full trials and autonomous deployment services Comprehensive training programme to enable knowledge in-housing Hardware platform-agnostic so... Read the full story

Generation Z drive away from social media to reduce their stress levels

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The average 17-24 year old spends 16 hours and 6 minutes feeling stressed over the course of a week Nearly a third (30%) say they find it hard to stop checking social media 52% of 17-24 year olds have gone or would consider going for a drive to reduce their stress levels Auto Trader’s latest report, Good Carma combines insights from a Chartered Psychologist with British drivers’ attitudes towards stress to reveal the common causes and home remedies for stress relief GENERATION... Read the full story

28% YOY increase in interest for popular family cars ahead of September plate change

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BRITS TURN TO FAMILY MOTORS: PREDICTIONS SUGGEST AN INCOMING BABY BOOM 1 in 3 couples admit to more ‘intimate time’ since lockdown, leading to baby boom prediction Auto Trader reports a 28% YOY increase in interest for popular family cars ahead of September plate change The most common change parents make in preparation for welcoming a new baby is upgrading to a bigger or more suitable car (36%) To find September plate change deals, visit: autotrader.co.uk/cars/deals... Read the full story

John Carey, former BP and ADNOC senior executive, appointed as GripHero Chairman

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GripHero, the company behind the award-winning hand-protection for fuel retailers, has appointed former BP and ADNOC senior executive John Carey as Chairman. The move comes as GripHero looks to meet increased demand for safe, convenient and environmentally friendly hand-protection at forecourts and fuel stations globally. GripHero’s internationally patented hand-protection system is ATEX-certified and anti-static, allowing it to be fitted on fuel pump handles, which improves conven... Read the full story

‘Don’t panic!’ says ParcelHero. ‘There’s no need to stockpile.’

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As online grocers report a spike in orders and shoppers post pictures of newly emptied shelves, ParcelHero says we must all learn the lessons of March and avoid panic-buying ahead of a second coronavirus wave. It also warns pandemic profiteers, who buy cleaning products now to sell at a higher price during lockdown, won’t get away with it a second time. There’s plenty of loo-roll and baked beans for everyone, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. It says shoppers must resist t... Read the full story

Castrol and Leadec: fluid management partnership for Factory 4.0

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Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, and the Leadec Group, a global provider of industrial services, have agreed a partnership to offer industrial fluid management across Europe. The partners will pool their extensive experience in the fields of lubricants and manufacturing services to offer industrial customers a complete package, including engineering and planning, standardised on-site services and lubricants. This partnership brings together robust soluti... Read the full story

Lotus Evija: stunning new film reveals driving characteristics of the world’s first British electric hypercar

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Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, delivers new insight into driving characteristics and why Evija is a true Lotus Shot on the Hethel test track, on-board cameras reveal new views of the Evija Film premieres as Evija wows the crowds at UK’s Salon Prive car show (Hethel, UK – 22 September 2020) – Lotus today reveals further details on the Evija all-electric hypercar in a stunning new film featuring an engineering development vehicle testing on the 2.2-mile track at H... Read the full story

Successful Community Store & Post Office in the Cotswolds

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SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY STORE & POST OFFICE IN THE COTSWOLDS UP FOR SALE THROUGH CHRISTIE & CO september 2020 Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, is pleased to bring to market, Rendcomb Stores & Post Office, a community store located in the charming village of Rendcomb, within the Cotswolds area of Gloucestershire county. Situated in a prominent position within the centre of the highly desirable village, the store benefits from both repeat and passing trade and is... Read the full story

Become the CSR Enabler in your workplace…

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We are delighted to announce the 3rd season of our online CSR Training Course. Starts October 1 comprising 6 hour modules over 6 weeks. Identify the social values of your organisation to improve business performance, increase staff satisfaction and drive profits. It is for those who wish to develop their CSR policy including CEOs/MDs, executive teams, HR managers and CSR professionals. Also suitable for those who wants to gain a better understanding of the importance of CSR in the workplac... Read the full story

What impact will Covid-19 and the recession have on purpose?

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Will purpose-led SMEs stay the course or be forced to compromise? Take this short survey – developed by brand agency ABA and launched in partnership with CSR-A – and discover what fellow business leaders are thinking when it comes to the future of purpose. Are you a trendsetter, trend-bucker of ‘fitter in’? https://survey.cmix.com/954FB839/810072EE/en-US?clpid=19&CSRAccreditation=1 #csr #csra #profitwithpurpose #TVCC #BBF #Silverstonetechnologycluster Read the full story

BSP Consulting Achieve a Gold CSR Accreditation!

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We are absolutely delighted to announce that BSP Consulting https://bsp-consulting.co.uk have achieved a Gold CSR Accreditation. ‘We first formalised our CSR activities in 2010 making commitments to give back – raising money for charity and giving pro-bono advice - providing work experience and training for young people. We are fully committed to adding value to the communities within which we work. Being a good neighbor means we actively interact with community groups and support... Read the full story

Is it time to take a deep dive into your business and get to see it from a different angle? Re-evaluate where you could take it.

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Quote by Jeremy Francis: Is it time to take a deep dive into your business and get to see it from a different angle? Re-evaluate where you could take it. Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com Read the full story

F430 Designer Analyzes The FERRARI ROMA

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Frank Stephenson is back with his latest video, turning his attention this week to the Ferrari Roma. The former Ferrari Design Director lets you in on his initial thoughts about Ferrari's latest model, sharing some tales along the way from his career to date. Make sure you check out the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H7Lnj8zhM8&ab_channel=FrankStephenson To stay up to date with Frank's channel, make sure you like and subscribe! Frank Stephenson Offi... Read the full story

Van insurance quotes increase by a third in ‘quiet’ month of August

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Insurance price comparison specialist The Van Insurer has reported a significant year-on-year increase in quote requests from van drivers for August, which is typically considered a quiet month for the industry The online price comparison expert registered 30 per cent more users during August compared with 2019 and processed 32 per cent more quote requests throughout the month. The news comes as the latest data from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicates that, y... Read the full story

LIVE! Largest vessel on East Coast to call on Port of Savannah.

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Tune in to Facebook Live at 2 p.m. Friday (Sept. 18) as GPA and CMA CGM officials welcome the largest ship on the U.S. East Coast to the Port of Savannah. The 1,200-foot long CMA CGM Brazil is the length of four football fields and has a capacity of 15,072 twenty-foot equivalent container units. Time: 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 Where: Georgia Ports Authority Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gaports) Read the full story

MFG Opens New Flagship Forecourt On Jersey

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Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the UK’s largest independent forecourt operator, has just opened a new-to-industry station on Jersey. Operated under MFG’s Roberts Garages brand, Roberts West is MFG’s fourth station on the island. Located beside Jersey Airport, this Esso branded station is the largest petrol forecourt in the Channel Islands. It offers the full range of Esso fuels, a 2000 sq. ft. convenience store, extensive valeting facilities and a ‘state of the art’ Auto Centre. The... Read the full story

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Achieve a GOLD CSR Accreditation!

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We are absolutely delighted to announce that Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust https://www.northumbria.nhs.uk have achieved a GOLD CSR Accreditation. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a top performing ‘outstanding’ rated healthcare provider. As well as providing vital healthcare services to the communities we serve, we are committed to wider social responsibilities as a major organisation. We employ over 11,000 people, many of whom live in the local communiti... Read the full story

Cloudy Group Achieve a Silver CSR Accreditation!

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We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cloudy Group ( https://www.cloudygroup.co.uk ) have achieved a Silver CSR Accreditation. “Cloudy Group puts people first, which is why practices for looking after our people, our customers and our community is at the heart of what we do. We have a rich history of supporting our local community through various philanthropic giving activities and in the last 5 years have honed this socially responsible action into a more structured programme... Read the full story

Kay Group launches new Beighton service station

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Blackburn-based forecourt specialist, The Kay Group, has opened the doors to its new service station in Beighton, Sheffield. After postponing the original June opening date due to lockdown, the company has unveiled its latest new-to-industry site, which is situated just off the M1, on the main A57 towards Sheffield. Work began on the Beighton service station in January 2020, and the site will serve the nearby areas of Swallowsnest, Aston Aughton and commuting traffic in and out of Sheff... Read the full story

Triumph custom competition

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TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE 2020 VOTING OPENS All-new Bonneville Build-Off custom competition revealed Nine Triumph dealerships competing for the 2020 build-off title Voting opens 16 September until 14 October Fans can go to the website to vote for their favourite custom build Winners to be revealed 28 October on social media Triumph UK is launching its all-new Bonneville Build-Off Challenge for 2020. An exciting national dealer competition to build the... Read the full story

When can you call yourself an expert?

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Thank you Juliana Lax for your kind words: When can you call yourself an expert? This year was about a lot learning and here’s my thoughts on completing the CSR Accreditation training course... I find that the more I know the less I know! It doesn’t get better than that! Every module comes with reading material and a quick test at the end. At the end of each session there’s enough time to chat about questions and to discuss more in depth issues. Both Richard Collins and Jennif... Read the full story

The Forty Thieves keep out Aladdin the hacker with a password manager

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The Forty Thieves keep out Aladdin the hacker with a password manager If the story of the Forty Thieves and their treasure had taken place today, the ending might have been quite different – if only those thieves thought to use a password manager. Instead of opening to the old command ‘Open Sesame!’, the treasure trove would have remained closed and secure under an updated password. These days, it seems we need passwords to access everything, from our bank accounts to our medical... Read the full story

The Top Three Items that British Consumers Couldn’t Find During Lockdown

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How COVID has changed our relationship with waste Reusable nappy sales soar during lockdown, with one company seeing 300% rise Reusable mask market is set to multiply by 2.1X through 2030 Swapping to one sustainable sanitary product could save approximately 2,400 disposables Product: Time to decompose Time of usability Alternative product Time of usability Disposable nappies... Read the full story

SPAR Brand sees huge opportunity in food-to-go

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SPAR’s own label range of food-to-go products has grown in line with changing consumer habits and market trends. This has allowed the leading convenience symbol group help its independent retailers stay relevant and successful while fulfilling the important food-to-go shopping mission. As a significant category within convenience and forecourt retail, SPAR is grabbing a bigger slice of the food-to-go opportunity especially as consumers lead ever increasingly busier lives. As a result... Read the full story

Globalsat Group, Inmarsat and Cobham support Rumo with rail telemetry and communications solution across Brazilian railway network

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BENEFITS OF RAIL TELEMETRY AND COMMUNICATION SOLUTION: Reliability: operates on Inmarsat’s global satellite broadband network (BGAN), which is highly reliable and allows secure communications with 99.9% uptime. Real-time voice communication and visibility: provides real-time telemetry data from locomotives to provide visibility, wherever they are located, and the ability to speak via push-to- talk radio (PTT) anywhere. Safety: improves operational effic... Read the full story

Kia Motors accelerates business transformation to become a leading EV brand

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Kia reveals first stage of future product plans – seven new dedicated BEVs to launch by 2027 across several vehicle segments Brand’s first dedicated BEV, codenamed CV, to launch in 2021 and reveal Kia’s new design direction BEVs to account for 25% of Kia global vehicle sales by 2029 Kia to work with worldwide network to expand EV charging infrastructures Full BEV lineup will establish Kia’s position as a leading EV brand in the market (SEOUL) September 16, 2020 – Kia Mo... Read the full story

Design, Engineering & Innovation Leaders PARAMEX Accelerate Growth With Appointment Of Wayne Burgess

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Acclaimed automotive designer Wayne Burgess joins global design and engineering consultancy Paramex New digital studio, based in the heart of the British automotive landscape, set up to cater for rapidly expanding team September 2020, Coventry, UK – Renowned design and engineering consultancy, Paramex, has today announced that British designer, Wayne Burgess, is to oversee the group’s expanding design operations. Established in 1999, Paramex is currently undergoing a period... Read the full story

Use digital learning daily. Speed the growth of your knowledge and skill. Get qualified quicker. Increase your competitive advantage.

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Use digital learning daily. Speed the growth of your knowledge and skill. Get qualified quicker. Increase your competitive advantage. Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com . Read the full story

The Extreme E adventure begins ABT starts in new racing series with CUPRA and Mattias Ekström

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ABT Sportsline is taking on perhaps the most spectacular challenge in international motorsport: the company is competing in the Extreme E racing series, which will be running with purely electric SUVs from early 2021. At spectacular locations such as Brazil, glaciers or Greenland, eight teams, each with one woman and one man as the drivers in the team, will be competing against each other, while at the same time drawing attention to climate change. ABT is tackling the new project toge... Read the full story

LEGAL COMMENT: Dangerous driving legislation changes

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Paul Loughlin, senior associate solicitor at Stephensons: “The impact of dangerous and careless driving often has far reaching consequences, not only for those involved but also for their families and friends. Much of the criticism surrounding legislation in this area is that it doesn’t provide sufficient justice for those who are killed as a result of dangerous driving, or those seriously injured as a result. These proposals would transform the sentencing guidelines for this offence... Read the full story

Speciality coffee roasters spill the beans on their business growth journey

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Ten years ago, Bruce Brown and Luke Jackson teamed up to run a coffee lounge in Carlisle. Back then, they could never have foreseen the whirlwind journey this venture would take them on. When the previous owners relocated to London, the two entrepreneurs took over the reins of the Foxes Café in Carlisle, fuelled with energy, enthusiasm and coffee. The learning curve was steep admitted Luke, saying “Neither of us had run our own business before but we liked the sound of it. We knew... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY becomes official partner of the Handball Champions League

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The EHF Champions League Men 2020/21 can count on a strong partner from Ulm. September 2020 – The title sponsor of the LIQUI MOLY Handball Bundesliga is expanding its commitment to handball for the coming season of the EHF (European Handball Federation) Champions League and is becoming an official partner. The LIQUI MOLY brand will be prominently displayed both on the hall floor and on the media walls. The lubricant specialist from Ulm is thus consistently pursuing its success in spon... Read the full story

Interactive Map of The UK's Cheapest Car Parks

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Dudley Road, Bell Place, in Wolverhampton is officially the UK’s cheapest car park. You’ll be charged just £1.50 for the entire day. In comparison, Liverpool Lime Street’s short stay car park is the most expensive. To park here all day, you’d have to pay a jaw-dropping £135.00. To uncover which car parks could save you the most money, we used our data to find out if parking further away from the city centre is more cost-effective for commuters. Explore and fi... Read the full story

The Lotus Elise at 25: a little green car celebrates a silver anniversary

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The Lotus Elise was unveiled 25 years ago today (12 September 1995). It is regarded by many as a once-in-a-generation car, so instilled into the culture of the motor industry that it has become a legend and an icon in its own lifetime. Clichés aside, there has been much written about the Elise over the years – the technology under the skin, how it was named after the granddaughter of the-then chairman of Lotus, and the way it switched the global motor industry back to the benefits... Read the full story

Time for fresh rubber!

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Rameder recommends replacing trailer tires more frequently – advice for basic maintenance Many people spend hours polishing their car on weekends, and only the best accessories are good enough. Trailers, on the other hand, often lead quite a sad existence with their owners. They usually only get attention when they need to be used. Tires are particularly subject to neglect, sometimes remaining fitted for ten years or more and not getting much other attention either. Rameder, Europe'... Read the full story

PIRELLI Expands Its Range Of All Season Tyres

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PIRELLI EXPANDS ITS RANGE OF ALL SEASON TYRES, WHICH CAN BE USED ALL YEAR LONG, ALSO WITH SEAL INSIDE TECHNOLOGY TO GUARD AGAINST PUNCTURES Burton on Trent, 11 September 2020 – Pirelli’s All Season range, which can be used throughout the year, has expanded as a direct response to increased demand from motorists. All Season tyres are intended for people not looking for extreme performance or covering big distances every year. Instead, they are ideal for drivers whose main priority is sa... Read the full story

Starting signal for the World Touring Car Cup WTCR with LIQUI MOLY

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First race this weekend in Belgium with the Engstler Hyundai N LIQUI MOLY Racing Team September 2020 – Touring car fans have had to exercise patience: At long last, the WTCR World Cup starts this weekend. The Engstler Hyundai N LIQUI MOLY Racing Team will also be there. This is the first time that the oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY has partnered with a works team in motor racing. Together with the Engstler Racing Team, LIQUI MOLY has been involved for years in the national and... Read the full story

AIPUT bucks Covid effect, achieving full occupancy and boosting resilience across its airport industrial portfolio

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Aberdeen Standard Investments’ AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has successfully bucked the wider commercial real estate market this Summer, achieving full occupancy across its London-focused airport industrial real estate portfolio following the completion of several key lease agreements at Heathrow Airport. AIPUT is one of the largest private landlords at Heathrow, with a portfolio of some 2.1m sq ft. The fund, which marked its 15-year anniversary in March 202... Read the full story

Whittard of Chelsea Launches New Corporate Gifting Proposition in Time for Christmas

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Beloved brand Whittard has spent over 130 years mastering the craft of extraordinary gifts. Fine tea, coffee and hot chocolate specialists Whittard of Chelsea has developed a range of classic corporate gifts, alongside Christmas-themed gift boxes and hampers. The collection spans small token gifts and extravagant tea, coffee and hot chocolate-packed wicker hampers – with each creation celebrating the same thoughtful sentiment. From hand-picking products that inspire the taste buds to... Read the full story