Author Archives: Alan Feldberg

Gemini adds new site

Gemini Repairs Ltd has celebrated 10 years back in the industry by announcing the acquisition of a new site. Its latest addition is a new start-up site in Redruth. Cornwall. It is 8,000sqft and follows the successful intelligent repair process of the group’s other sites. The site compliments Gemini’s Bodmin site and allows the group to cover the whole of the […]

SMMT supports government White Paper

The SMMT has welcomed the government’s Brexit White Paper, praising it for ‘replicating the benefits of the single market and customs union as we leave the EU’. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, ‘Today’s white paper is a welcome step forward in replicating the benefits of the single market and customs union as we leave the EU. The paper is […]

Happy 70th

Chris Mann, Plenham’s esteemed co-founder, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Infamous for bow-tie clad appearance, Chris, along with business partner David Young launched bodyshop magazine back in September 1987. Over the years, Chris – who had a passion for editorial – became a highly respected industry figure by bringing deep rooted issues to the fore and encouraging industry-wide debate for […]

Rebrand for Karl Vella Group

The Karl Vella Group, one of the UK’s leading repair groups, is launching a comprehensive rebranding initiative to support the evolution of the business, reflecting its legacy of credibility, trust and industry expertise. As The Vella Group, the business will continue to build on the foundation of a brand that has grown from strength to strength over 32 years, establishing […]

BAC goes climate positive

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has become the first car manufacturer in the world to go ‘climate positive’, setting a new industry standard for climate action. Becoming climate positive means that the Liverpool-based manufacturer will contribute to the removal of more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits. To deliver on its commitment to protect the environment, the maker of […]

Rolls-Royce announces significant job cuts

Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has announced it is cutting 4,600 jobs over the next two years. The cuts are expected to take place mainly at its Derby base, with middle managers and back office staff bearing the brunt of the cuts. This is part of a major restructure, which will see the company refocus its business on civil aerospace, defence and […]

Expansion enters final phase

Work has begun on site for the final phase of Howard Group’s three-phase development at Interchange Park, Bedford, to expand Motorvogue’s multi-brand dealership following the grant of planning permission last year. This last stage of the project will deliver a 3,470sqft extension of the existing 11,000sqft showroom for multi-brand dealership tenant Motorvogue, as well as the construction of a new […]

Car costs catching drivers napping

The average UK motorist spends £162 per month on running their car, or almost £2,000 per year. This is before they even take into account the cost of the vehicle itself, reveals new research from Kwik Fit. While many drivers buying a new or used car do so on finance and focus on the monthly repayments, the UK’s largest automotive servicing […]

Support grows for ‘autonomous’ clarity

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has supported calls for car manufacturers against misleading motorists with the word ‘autonomous’. Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of engineering, said, ‘The Institution welcomes the suggestion that car manufacturers should be clearer in their descriptions of new automated and assistive driving technologies. ‘It is evident that confusion exists between what a fully autonomous vehicle can do […]

Lookers continues history-making campaign

National motor retailer Lookers is taking on the North East leg of the biggest charity drive in its history – the Lookers Electric Charge. The carbon-neutral challenge is in aid of charity Ben and will see a relay of electric and hybrid vehicles travel 2,000 miles to destinations including all 153 of the retailer’s franchised dealerships, where a wide range […]

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