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Industry heads for London

Gemini’s Dave Sargeant and bodyshop’s Alan Feldberg will be amongst some 40,000 athletes to take on the Virgin Money London Marathon this Sunday (23 April). Both runners have clocked up hundreds of miles since the turn of the year in preparation for this year’s 26.2 mile run through the streets of London – from Greenwich Park to The Mall. Dave, […]

Eight apprentices signed up

Eight apprentices have started work at North East Accident Repair Centres as the firm looks to grow its workforce. The seven body repair technicians and one business administration apprentice are the latest editions to the firm’s expanding team. All recruited and supported through their apprenticeship by Remit Training, the youngsters are at the start of their training and looking ahead […]

Need for speed tops drivers’ priorities

The environment is bottom of the list of priorities for British car buyers. Instead, price, fuel economy, style and comfort remain the issues motorists value more. A new study by online motor retailer www.BuyaCar.co.uk also found that safety was a low priority. A survey of nearly 1,000 drivers found that three times as many people still said high speed performance […]

Drivers back three-year MOTs

British motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to the results of new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In a YouGov survey more than three quarters (76%) of car owners said the test should continue to take place when the vehicle is three […]

Drivers unaware of speeding fine changes

More than eight out of every 10 British motorists are still unaware of new speeding fines, which come into force on Monday. Under new rules laid out by the Sentencing Council, the changes mean that magistrates have the power to fine motorists by up to 150% of their weekly take-home income, while even minor offences can lead to fines of up […]

Automotive apprentices look to WorldSkills

Five automotive apprentices from Central College Nottingham’s Emtec Centre in Ruddington are a step closer to representing the UK at the international WorldSkills competition, after impressing the judges at a regional competition. The heats of the new Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Skill Auto Competition have been held at Emtec over the past month. The three winners and two […]

Insurance premiums to keep rising

The rising cost of motor insurance shows no signs of falling, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) Motor Premium Tracker. The ABI’s Tracker, the only survey of what motorists actually pay for their motor cover, shows that the average premium, at £462, has risen by eight per cent since the first quarter of 2016, adding an extra £34 […]

Nationwide shines at Donington Park

Nationwide Repairs driver Daniel Cammish put on an incredible display of driving skill at Donington Park to net an impressive points haul. Supported by the Nationwide Motorglass team, Daniel endured a difficult qualifying session when he collided with a slower car meaning he lined up 10th and 20th on the grid for the two races. But despite that setback he […]

Automechanika Birmingham 70% larger

Automechanika Birmingham will host more than 800 exhibitors when it opens its doors at the NEC from 6-8 June. That will make the event 70% larger than its inaugural year in 2016. Of those exhibiting, 50% will be from 35 countries, creating a truly international automotive networking event for the aftermarket and supply chain. The exhibition boasts national pavilions from […]

BCF campaigns against solvent abuse

Creeping use of non-compliant solvents in bodyshops needs to be challenged. This is according to British Coatings Federation (BCF), which is launching a campaign to change the law to make it illegal to use solvent-based paints in bodyshops, as opposed to the status quo which only outlaws their sale. According to BCF, which represents 95 per cent of the UK’s […]

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