Author Archives: Jake O'Neill

IoT driving digital transformation

Research by global mobile satellite communications company, Inmarsat, has found that 92% of organisations put Internet of Things (IoT) as their top priority for digital transformation. Conducted independently on behalf of Inmarsat by Vanson Bourne, The Inmarsat Research Programme report ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise 2017’, surveyed 500 senior respondents from across the agritech, energy production, transportation, and mining […]

Vans are vital for 860 million parcels

The van and its driver are vital to the UK economy with more than 4 million of them on the road according to the FTA Logistics Report 2016, which shows the dramatic shift in the way the public shops; by the end of 2015, retailers predicted they would be delivering more than 860 million parcels to UK homes – thanks […]

UK spends £21.1 billion on servicing and repair

UK motorists spend a collective £21.1 billion a year on servicing and repair, according to a new report published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The report, The Importance of the Aftermarket to the UK Economy, commissioned by SMMT from independent research consultancy Frost & Sullivan, reveals that UK consumers spend an average £695.39 on car […]

Paints industry boosted by dedicated degree

The paints and coatings industry in Europe has been given a boost with the launch of its first dedicated chemical engineering master’s degree programme. Backed by PPG and the ITECH Engineering School in Lyon, the European Council for Paints, Printing Inks and Artists’ Colours Industry (CEPE) has introduced the ITECH European master’s degree to attract students to the coatings industry. […]

Calling all transport execs

An online recruitment platform has revealed a huge shortfall in non-executive directors from the transport sector. has 6,000 names on its database but has revealed that just one per cent of those are from the transport industry, despite there being no shortage of skills in the sector. CEO of, Matthew Roberts, said, ‘We want more people from this […]

CVC Capital Partners forms partnership with GIC to invest in the RAC as Carlyle Group exits

The Carlyle Group (Carlyle), CVC Capital Partners (CVC) and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, announced today that funds advised by CVC have entered into a partnership with GIC and will become a co-shareholder in the RAC through the purchase of Carlyle’s stake. The investment was made from CVC’s Strategic Opportunities Platform, established in response to growing demand from large investors […]

Ageas UK confirms leadership appointments

Ageas has announce a number of key internal leadership appointments in its Retail business, reporting to Ant Middle, CEO, Ageas Retail, from 1 January 2016. Adam Clarke will become managing director for Ageas Retail Direct, the business responsible for the Ageas-owned brands RIAS and Castle Cover. Adam takes up this important role following the departure of Peter Corfield earlier in […]

Volvo announces record sales month

Volvo Cars reports that November was its best sales month in its 88-year history. Volvo posted a 26% increase in retail sales for the month of November, selling 49,055 cars globally, which represents a new all-time high result for a single month. In the medium term, Volvo is targeting annual sales of 800,000 cars globally following a complete renewal of […]

Project proves gas truck savings

Cenex – the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies – has added a truck performance simulation to its existing Fleet Carbon Reduction Tool to inform and educate fleets of the environmental and cost implications of operating heavy duty gas trucks, following a three-year R&D project, funded by Innovate UK, as part of the UK’s Low Carbon Truck […]

Call for schools to teach driving

An early driver education programme is continuing with its campaign to get driving on the school curriculum. A competition has been launched to offer four secondary schools the chance to win a Young Driver at School event for up to 60 children, to show the impact early tuition can have on youngsters. Young Driver is Britain’s largest provider of under-17 driving […]

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