Author Archives: Alan Feldberg

Fine issued for data sale

A former employee of Nationwide Accident Repair Services (NARS) has been fined for illegally downloading and selling motorists’ personal data. The employee, Phillip Bagnall, was caught after bosses at NARS noticed he was accessing suspicious volumes of customer data from his laptop outside of work hours. The company promptly called in cyber security consultants and after monitoring Bagnall’s system use […]

GDPR workshops are go

Scaremongering and fake news surrounding GDPR might be causing confusion but ignoring the regulations is not an option for any business according to Dragon2000. To counter, the dealer management system and automotive website provider has introduced free GDPR Awareness events where it will explain the key points of the regulations and what this means for garages and workshops. Mark Kelland, […]

Credit hire scammer given prison term

A Manchester man has been sentenced to an eight month prison term following a credit hire scam. The landmark case – believed to be the first of its kind by law firm Weightmans – heard how the Manchester man claimed to have been involved in an accident with a national courier in August 2014. He subsequently made a series of […]

Dacia marks fifth birthday

This year Dacia is celebrating five years in the UK. Since launching back in 2013, Dacia set out with a mission to shake up the UK car market with its no-nonsense cars and offer functional vehicles with proven quality and reliability. The UK’s most affordable SUV, the Dacia Duster, arrived in early 2013, soon to be followed by the Sandero […]

‘There is room for improvement’

The automotive industry would benefit by strengthening relationships with its influential female customers through the content it shares on mobiles, according to research by CitNOW. Analysis of 2,000 consumers found that women were over 60% more likely than men to watch video content on their mobile phones. And, while research suggests that nearly half (43%) of women don’t trust the automotive industry, […]

IMI launches new channel

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched a new video channel – IMI Channel 1 – which will feature a new programme each week, plus discussions, vlogs and user generated content. Kicking off with a look at Ford’s innovative sales training events, IMI Channel 1 has a packed schedule with features covering every aspect of the motor industry. […]

Good news day for Automechanika

Automechanika Birmingham has appointed specialist PR agency Impression Communications to raise awareness and increase visibility in the run-up to this year’s show, as it announces exciting new plans to attract even more visitors to this year’s event. The Midlands-based PR agency was appointed based on its expertise and experience in the automotive sector, as well as its successful handling of […]

BP brings digital to the forecout

BP has announced the national rollout of its new app, BPme, which allows customers to buy fuel over their phones. Customers can also connect their Nectar account, view transaction history, locate their closest BP service station and offset their carbon emissions caused from driving through BP’s Target Neutral programme for less than the price of a coffee. Nicola Grady Smith, […]

Award winners revealed in Birmingham

The second annual Garage Awards, held in Birmingham last night, has been hailed a success, with 19 winners taking home awards. There were 51 nominees for the 18 categories – chosen out of more than 10,900 garages and mechanics registered onsite. The categories include ‘Best Garage’ for certain regions, ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘Best Newcomer’, with 51 nominees competing […]

Ginetta backs F1 Schools competition

Yorkshire race car manufacturer, Ginetta, is supporting young engineers of the future by sponsoring a team in the annual Formula 1 in Schools competition. Ginetta will be sponsoring a team of five students aged between 16 and 17 from St Peter’s School in York. The competition is a chance for passionate young engineers and entrepreneurs to design and manufacture a […]

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