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Matlock joins Fix network

The owners of Fix Auto UK’s newest repairer, Derbyshire-based Lant Lane Ltd have invested heavily in their facilities to ensure it instantly met the network’s brand standards. Now operating as Fix Auto Matlock the business, managed by Philip Maycock and his brothers Colin and Mathew, has built a new reception complex designed to complement Fix Auto’s branding, created a tarmacked […]

New CEO for Allianz Partners

Allianz Partners in the UK and Ireland has appointed respected industry figure, Tim Tozer, as its new CEO. Tim Tozer will join Allianz Partners on 1 September 2018, bringing extensive expertise in leading multi-million pound businesses on an international scale and structure. His most recent position has been group operations director at Vertu Motors plc, the sixth largest motor retailer […]

Investigation snares 77 fraudsters

A series of trials in which a total of 77 fraudsters either pleaded or were found guilty for their role in a major insurance fraud scam has concluded. It follows the second phase of one of the largest investigations into car insurance fraud in the UK. The operation was carried out by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) in collaboration with […]

Marmalade appeals for free trade

One of the UK’s leading insurers of young drivers is appealing to the industry to support free trade by not trying to trademark key terms. The insurer was forced to act after a member of its driving instructor membership group – Marmalade Network – was challenged over its use of the term ‘young driver’ by a company trying to trademark […]

Hitachi and eCars247 collaborate

Personal, motor, and retail finance provider, Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance, has collaborated with eCars247 to offer a brand new and highly innovative end-to-end e-commerce experience for used car buyers across the UK. eCars247 is the UK’s only entirely online used car retailer with a complete and instant finance service included. Buyers can benefit from competitive pricing, time-saving customer services, and […]

Volkswagen hosts startup competition

As part of their growing digital ambition, Volkswagen Financial Services UK is hosting the second VWFS STARTUP BATTLEFIELD in Milton Keynes on 20 July 2018. The aim is to help identify and promote the latest innovative business solutions to support their customers and business strategy. In October 2017, VWFS Portugal ran the first VWFS STARTUP BATTLEFIELD putting together Europe’s top […]

UK firms ask for flexible rates

The UK’s SMEs are overwhelmingly calling for business rates to be made both simpler and more flexible, research from Close Brothers Asset Finance reveals. Overall, the figure stands at 71%, with businesses at the larger end of the scale feeling particularly frustrated (see table, below). Business Rates are a tax on business properties set by the government; they are collected […]

Volvo invests in automotive sensor company

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has completed the first strategic investment via its newly-founded investment fund by taking a stake in Luminar, a leading start-up in the development of advanced sensor technology for use in autonomous vehicles. The investment in Luminar, based in Palo Alto, California, and Orlando, Florida, deepens Volvo Cars’ existing collaboration with the firm, which currently […]

Marcus Eckermann succeeds as Porsche MD

Marcus Eckermann will join Porsche Cars GB and Porsche Retail Group as managing director on 16 July, taking over from Alexander Pollich who is the new managing director at Porsche Deutschland. Alexander Pollich commented, ‘I am sorry to be leaving Porsche Cars GB and Porsche Retail Group – especially so soon – and appreciate the faith the Porsche AG board […]

Volvo steps up recycling

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announced its ambition that from 2025 at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. Volvo Cars also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with […]

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