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16 people charged over injury claims

The reports that 10 men and six women will appear today before Cork District Court at Anglesea Street following a major Garda investigation called ‘Operation Nascar’. The investigation was launched following suspicions about organised motor insurance fraud revolving around personal injury and motor damage claims. The operation was launched in 2012 and resulted in multiple arrests over the past […]

UK car market grows strong

Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the UK new car market has grown for a 36th consecutive month – a record growth period. In February, traditionally one of the quietest months of the year ahead of a number plate change in March, the market grew 12% year-on-year with 76,958 new cars registered, […]

Balgores sees Permahyd Hi-TEC results

Balgores Motor Group, which runs 11 approved car body repair centres throughout Essex and Suffolk, introduced the Spies Hecker Permahyd Hi-TEC system into all its bodyshops in 2013 and continues to be ‘delighted with the results’. Andy Pennell, Balgores’ group operations manager, has been with the company for over 30 years. He believes the secret to its success is providing […]

Inefficiency costs businesses £28,000

A study has revealed 48% of UK employees waste three hours or more a day working with inefficient systems, which over a year costs the average UK business at least £28,000, more than a full time employee earning the average UK salary. The survey by Access Group on 2,000 UK business employees also reveals that due to inefficient systems, over […]

Businesses partner for Climb4Cancer

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society, Peter Daly, the managing director of AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Ireland Ltd, has teamed up with Frank Byrnes from Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs Ltd of Galway to co-ordinate Climb4Cancer. To donate please visit: Walkers will be challenged to climb the highest peak in each of Ireland’s four provinces, with the goal of raising […]

Pugh takes on Prudential RideLondon

Richard Pugh, general manager of Nationwide Accident Repair Centre Coventry, will be riding in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Taking place on 2 August 2015, the event it is the UK’s largest cycling festival, with the main event compromising of a 100 mile cycling sportif. This year over 26,000 entries are expected to […]

Fix Oswestry launches second site

Fix Auto UK’s flag will be raised above Wrexham this spring after the Hitch family, owners of Fix Auto Oswestry Welsh Borders, announced plans to invest in developing a new bodyshop in the North Wales town. The brainchild of managing director Lee Hitch, the move is the first expansion for the family-owned business which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013 […]

JCC moves into Scotland

Just Car Clinics has added another two bodyshops to its network, this time in Scotland, Dundee and Forfar, with both businesses being acquired from RDW Bodyshops. With an impressive acquisition plan announced in the third quarter of 2014, it really is full steam ahead at the Just Car Clinics group and these two latest acquisitions have come right on the […]

Record motor performance for Lookers

Lookers, one of the leading UK motor retail and aftersales service groups, has announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2014. Revenue increased 23% to £3.04bn (2013: £2.46bn). Operating profit also increased 31% to £76.6m (2013: £58.4m). Adjusted profit before tax increased 35% to £65.0m (2013: £48.1m), whilst profit before tax increased to £59.2m (2013: £43.9m). The […]

Weakening Euro to benefit VMs

Prolonged weakness of the Euro against many other currencies could be beneficial to European vehicle manufacturers, although the effects will vary, according to a report by Moody’s. Prolonged weakness of the euro against many other currencies could be beneficial to European automotive manufacturers, although the effects will vary. Automotive manufacturers are amongst Europe’s largest exporters, with most exports headed to […]

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