Author Archives: Alan Feldberg

Industry heading for ‘complete disruption’

Industry Insights has urged the industry as a whole to come together to raise awareness of the bodyshop skills crisis at a high-level AutoRaise event in London. Steve Thompson,director, Industry Insights and AutoRaise trustee, said, ‘The current issues are an ageing demographic of technicians and attrition from the industry due to retirement – plus the unwelcome news that 50% of apprentices […]

Fix celebrates franchisee double

Fix Auto UK has announced two new franchisees joining the network. Grimsby-based Wilson & Co and C&M Bodyshop Ltd of Coventry will now operate as Fix Auto Grimsby and Fix Auto Coventry respectively. Robin Wilson, owner of the Grimsby bodyshop is no newcomer to the network after joining with his first repair centre as Fix Auto Bolton in 2016. Both […]

ABI welcomes Autumn Budget

The ABI has welcomed the Autumn Budget today, believing it is good news for the insurance industry. Huw Evans, director general, ABI, said, ‘We are pleased that the chancellor has done the right thing by not increasing Insurance Premium Tax. ‘IPT already brings in more than £6bn a year for government and it would have sent out completely the wrong […]

Pothole pledge not enough

British drivers spend £1.7bn repairing damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes every single year, according to figures from the UK’s largest online marketplace for car repairs and servicing. The figures have been released after the Autumn Budget revealed the government will spend an extra £420m on repairing potholes around the UK. Figures from the UK’s largest car […]

Eminox secures first CVRAS

Lincolnshire based retrofit solutions company, Eminox is the first company to be approved for the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) for the UK’s best-selling coach, the Volvo B9R, with just six months to go before the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) comes into force. The company will work with Hampshire based luxury coach hire business, Lucketts Travel, amongst […]

Mobility paper unveiled

Europcar UK has published a new white paper exploring the evolving world of vehicle ‘usership’ and its potential for fleet managers in a challenging landscape. Titled, ‘Charting a Safe Path Through the Minefield of Challenges Facing UK Businesses’  this white paper reveals a mood of caution and mild pessimism amongst UK businesses. In today’s unpredictable economic climate, businesses and decision makers are facing […]

Mazda names new designer

Mazda Motor Europe has named Jo Stenuit as the brands new European design director. Jo, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, has been part of the Mazda design team in Europe for over 20 years and has held various positions at Mazda’s European design center in Oberursel, Germany. Jeff Guyton, president and CEO of Mazda Motor […]

Parts donations welcome

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) is calling on all south coast used vehicle dealers and consumers to donate any unwanted running vehicles or part-exchanges to its charity auction for The Chestnut Tree House. The charity auction takes place on Monday 19 November and this year is extended into the light commercial vehicle (LCV) auction on Tuesday 27 November. The auctions take […]

Fix Auto backs Moto-Cirque

Fix Auto UK is lending its considerable support to Moto-Cirque, a ground-breaking live show that will take place up to three times a day at Motorcycle Live, NEC, Birmingham from 17 to 25 November. Motorcycle Live is the only all-sector motorcycle exhibition in the UK, and is in the enviable position of showcasing the entire motorcycle industry; from the giants of the […]

Wright investment in Hoddesdon

Two years after Fix Auto UK franchisee Matthew Wright and fellow director Grant Ealey announced a major investment which saw them take over a third bodyshop and increase their footprint into Hertfordshire, they have completed their goal by officially opening a new flagship repair centre in the region. Local MP Charles Walker OBE this morning officially opened the 17,500 sqft […]

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