Ben shines spotlight on workplace bullying

Published:  12 November, 2018

Ben has launched new web resources to help people cope with bullying in the workplace, just in time for National Anti-Bullying  Week, which is taking place this week (12-16 November).


Andrew Page to supply new Castrol GTX range

Published:  09 November, 2018

Andrew Page and Castrol have entered into a partnership to supply the new Castrol GTX range, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.


NGK go for mower power

Published:  08 November, 2018

NGK and Seven-times British Pro Mod drag racing champion and race car builder Andy Robinson have teamed up to launch the MO70 project to transform a standard ride-on lawn mower in to a speed machine capable of reaching  more than 70mph.


Ben appoints Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees

Published:  08 November, 2018

Ben has announced the appointment of Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees.


Best in show – Comline awarded ‘Best Stand’ at Auto Trade Expo Dublin

Published:  08 November, 2018

Comline Auto Parts has received the accolade of ‘Best Stand’ at this year’s Auto Trade Expo Dublin.


Morris Lubricants build up head of steam for 150th

Published:  08 November, 2018

Morris Lubricants has reached its 150th year,  and to celebrate the company  has joined forces with their customer and friend Alex Sharphouse to build a John Fowler, Talisman B6 Road Locomotive. The Talisman will be on show at the Classic Car Show taking place at NEC Birmingham from tomorrow (Thursday 9 November) until Sunday (11 November) 


Servicesure network signs 500th member

Published:  08 November, 2018

The Servicesure garage network has hit its second major milestone in a matter of weeks with Birmingham-based Manor Motor Company becoming the 500th member.


Cheers! TRICO celebrates European 90th with 'Brew 18'

Published:  08 November, 2018

Following the success of last years TRICO beer ‘Brew 17’ the windscreen wiper blade developer and supplier has launched another new beer, this time named ‘Brew 18’, to celebrate its 90th European anniversary.
 
With a generous amount being donated to the local Community Trust last year following TRICO’s sponsorship of Redditch United, Brew 18 is again exclusively on sale at the TRICO stadium, where once more, a percentage of the profits will go to the local charity.
 
The local Community Trust engages with the Redditch community to deliver  outcomes combating antisocial behavior and crime, working with underprivileged children, reducing health inequalities and providing education to help support employability.
 
Product and Brand Manager Sam Robinson said: “Brew 17 was extremely well received last year, so we decided to launch another new and exclusive beer to celebrate our 90th European anniversary and once again donate a percentage of the profits to the Community Trust.”
 
Sam added: “Look out for the many promotions/giveaways we will be running until the end of the year to get your hands on a bottle or gift pack.”
 


Snap-on sign up as Top Technician/Top Garage 2019 sponsor

Published:  29 October, 2018

Snap-on has signed up with Top Technician and Top Garage 2019, becoming the first sponsor put its full support behind the  two competitions .


Top Garage 2019 launches

Published:  29 October, 2018

Top Garage is back for 2019, and is open for entries.


TV’s Helen Fospero to host Top Technician and Top Garage Awards Dinner 2019

Published:  25 October, 2018

TV presenter and journalist Helen Fospero is to be the host at the Top Technician and Top Garage Awards Dinner 2019, being held on Saturday 22 June 2019.


Southbound – New RMI Academy opens in Winchester

Published:  15 October, 2018

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is to expand its MOT training offering by opening a new training centre in the South of England.


RMI calls on government to agree best Brexit deal

Published:  12 October, 2018

“It is vital that the government and the EU come together and agree that frictionless, tariff-free terms of trade are in the interests of the whole sector, in order for the retail motor industry to progress and thrive in a stable environment,” said RMI Chairman Peter Johnson, speaking at this year’s RMI Annual Dinner in London last night (11 October 2018).


Top Technician 2019 launches

Published:  01 October, 2018

Top Technician 2019 is back for 2019, and is open for entries.


The Parts Alliance to launch Champion air compressors range

Published:  02 October, 2018

The Parts Alliance has struck an exclusive automotive UK distribution agreement with Champion air compressors.


Play through: NGK Northern Ireland annual golf day

Published:  02 October, 2018

It may not have been the Ryder Cup, but competition was fierce when NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd held its 27th Northern Ireland annual golf day.


A1 members delighted with TRICO scratchcard promotion

Published:  02 October, 2018

TRICO  provided almost 100 winners with prizes recently following a promotion it recently ran with A1 Motor Stores.
 
TRICO has been working with A1 members for nearly 10 years and its latest incentive, with a minimum £50 spend on its wiper blades, offered them the chance to win an Apple Watch, Amazon Echo or iPad, along with a selection of multi tools and wiper blades through a specially designed scratchcard.
 
David Hunt, manager of Specialised Motor Components, managed to scoop the Apple Watch. He said: “I was really surprised and pleased to win. It’s good to know that through such a great incentive, they appreciate our efforts  selling these quality products.”
 
Kilgetty Motor Factors’ (KMF) owner, Alan Holt, a long-standing TRICO customer said: “We were delighted to be one of the lucky ones that won an iPad and a couple of the multi tool sets, which will come in very useful in our store, so thank you TRICO!”
 
Shabbir Rajani from Hinckley Motor Spares won the Amazon Echo. He added: “It got the work place excited as we all took turns on a scratchcard. We are over the moon with our Amazon Echo, and we hope there are more promotions to come!”
 
Mark Doney from Mon and Border Motor Factors said:  “We are very pleased to have won an Amazon voucher, which will come in very useful.”
 
Senior Product and Brand Manager at TRICO, Sam Robinson, concluded: “We have been working with both A1 Motor Stores and the members for a long time and we really appreciate their support and feedback - so this is our way of giving something back - I hope the winners enjoy their prizes.”


MOT overhaul means more changes for testers

Published:  27 September, 2018

New changes to the MOT testing rules mean that 65,000 MOT Testers must complete new annual training assessments to remain compliant.  In response, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched updated Tester training which includes a free eLearning course enabling Testers to access the new assessment via their smart device and qualify them to test under the new EU directive.  


Humorous Lemförder media campaign launched

Published:  27 September, 2018

A new tongue-in-cheek multi-media campaign with an underlying serious message for ZF brand Lemförder, is about to go live across Europe. The campaign, which deals with the Germanic obsession with precision and perfection – underlines a very serious safety message.


The Race Group announces Castrol Lubricants contract win

Published:  26 September, 2018

The Race Group has announced that it has strengthened its partnership with Castrol with a new five-year contract, extending its supply of lubricants for automotive and heavy duty vehicle customers in the South of England.


Morris Lubricants ambassador Rebecca Jackson offers a guiding hand to car buying in new TV series

Published:  26 September, 2018

Morris Lubricants ambassador Rebecca Jackson is presenting Modern Wheels or Classic Steals, a new series on TV channel Dave where, together with Elo King (the owner and founder of The London Motor Museum), she will guide confused buyers to find their ideal car, whether it be a contemporary vehicle or a vintage ride.


Malvern garage becomes 100th new Servicesure site for 2018

Published:  26 September, 2018

Malvern-based Daniels Vehicle Services has become the 100th garage to join the Servicesure garage network in 2018.


ELTA MBO leads to Lucas change

Published:  14 September, 2018

Changes  in the way the Lucas brand reaches the market in the UK and Ireland were announced at Automechanika Frankfurt this week.


NGK – Mark Hallam on track!

Published:  14 September, 2018

NGK is a big supporter of Speedway racing and now one of its managers has been testing his own skills on the track.


The Parts Alliance continue 'Big Drive' to win customers

Published:  14 September, 2018

The Parts Alliance is rolling out ‘The Big Drive’ as the latest in a series of national promotions. Billed as the ‘Luxury Edition’ and running until the end of November, the promotion gives garage customers the chance to win a Jaguar XE in either the Portfolio or R-Sport models.


IMI launches new international EV training solution  

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched a new suite of electric vehicle training solutions that are set to be rolled out worldwide
Published:  11 September, 2018

Launching today (Tuesday 11 September) at Automechanika Frankfurt, the IMI is showcasing its new Electric Vehicle eLearning modules designed to transform the way people undertake training within the workplace.


NGK training at Mechanex Sandown Park

Published:  07 September, 2018

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd will be holding product training sessions at the forthcoming MechanEx exhibition at Sandown Park following their success at its sister show in Manchester earlier this year.


IMI: UK garages unprepared for EV surge

Published:  07 September, 2018

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has voiced its concern for the safety of technicians after electric vehicle sales reach a record high.


New websites for Dayco

Published:  07 September, 2018

Dayco has completely redesigned its websites. In terms of content, the new sites highlight Dayco’s growing product portfolio and technical innovations.


The Parts Alliance announces Winter Trade Show for Exeter

Published:  07 September, 2018

The Parts Alliance is gearing up to run its second major event of 2018, announcing its Winter Trade Show will be held in November in the South West.


DriveTec range extended as sales continue to grow

Published:  22 August, 2018

The Parts Alliance says it is continuing to see impressive sales growth across its DriveTec range.


LIQUI MOLY to sponsor World Handball

Published:  22 August, 2018

LIQUI MOLY is continuing to expand its sport sponsorship: the company is now also the official sponsor of the 2019 World Handball Championship, which is will take place in Denmark and Germany in January. "This world championship is one of our global lead sponsorships," says Peter Baumann, Marketing Director at LIQUI MOLY.


Mechanics win NASCAR trip of a lifetime

Published:  22 August, 2018

Federal-Mogul Motorparts is sending two lucky technicians from Top-notch Motor Repairs in Tamworth to the USA to see the thrills of NASCAR at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The winners entered a prize draw sponsored by MOOG, Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ steering and suspension specialist. MOOG has sponsored NASCAR for over 50 years and supplies parts to all cars in both the European and US series.   The grand prize was a trip for two to watch a NASCAR race in the US, including flights, accommodations and track transfers. Runner-up prizes included hospitality tickets for the Brands Hatch leg of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, while over 500 limited edition prizes were also awarded, including t-shirts and caps.   “We have only just taken in the good news,” said winner Kevin Taylor. “To say we are both really chuffed is an understatement. We chose to go to the race at Daytona in Florida so that we can take full advantage of the trip and indulge our other great passion, big game fishing. We are both keen anglers and the combination of Florida, NASCAR and some time out on the sea is just about as perfect a holiday as we can imagine.”


Euro Car Parts UK network continues to grow

Published:  21 August, 2018

Euro Car Parts has added a distribution hub in Maidstone, Kent and two new branches in London and North Yorkshire to its rapidly expanding UK network.


Chicane Executive Search goes live

Published:  20 August, 2018

Automotive marketing agency Chicane has launched new recruitment service. Chicane Executive Search (CES) will find the right candidates to fill key vacancies in the sector.


Motaquip launches all-new website

Published:  20 August, 2018

Motaquip has launched its brand new website with the aim of supporting its customer base both at home and abroad.


Left: Matthew Pestridge. Right: Shaun Miller

Bosch congratulates Top Technician winner and runner up

Published:  07 August, 2018

Bosch has congratulated Top Technician 2018  winner Shaun Miller and runner up Matthew Pestridge on their achievements in the 2018 competition.


Schaeffler confirms ‘The Garage Inspector’ as first UK ‘Brand Ambassador’

Published:  30 July, 2018

Andy Savva – ‘The Garage Inspector’ – has become Schaeffler’s first UK Brand Ambassador.   Andy has been supporting Schaeffler’s REPXPERT team by presenting at various trade fairs and training events over recent months, sharing his expertise on building up a workshop brand and profile, while also offering tips and best practice techniques on how to make a business profitable.   Following a positive and successful start to their working relationship, Andy has now accepted an invitation to become an official ‘Brand Ambassador’, which he described as “overwhelming”.   On being offered the role, he said: “To be associated with a leading global brand, like Schaeffler, a company that I trusted for its quality of components during my years owning and running workshops, the opportunity was one that I simply couldn’t turn down.   “I am very proud; over the years, I have endorsed the use of original equipment parts, so I am a perfect match for Schaeffler. I have a passion for helping the independent sector, and this new role will only help my ambition of achieving that.”   Because of his familiarity with the workshop business, Andy will be mainly focused on supporting the REPXPERT team, as well as conducting various media duties. REPXPERT users will also be able to redeem bonus points to enrol on one of his one-day business courses held at various UK locations throughout the year.   In a message to technicians, he said: “We are here to help, guide and assist REPXPERT users. The challenges of running a workshop today, and in the future, are huge; therefore, this is a unique partnership, which will enable all users to not only access excellent technical training, but also benefit from my business acumen on the same platform”   Schaeffler Managing Director, Nigel Morgan, said: “Andy is a familiar face to most vehicle technicians, who appreciate the fact that he has been there, done that and got the T-shirt to prove it.


Progress Recruitment to roll out new MOT Tester Training more widely through IGA

Published:  30 July, 2018

Progress Recruitment Solutions (UK) Ltd is working with the Independent Garage Association (IGA) to make their MOT Tester training courses more accessible to automotive technicians throughout England and Wales.


Hats on 4 Ben is back!

Published:  27 July, 2018


Top Garage 2018 winner named – Cedar Garage

Published:  23 June, 2018


Top Garage 2018 has named its winner. Cedar Garage of Worthing was identified as the best business in the brand new competition, which launched this year.


Top Technician 2018 winner named – Shaun Miller

Published:  23 June, 2018

Berkshire-based mechanic Shaun Miller has been named as Top Technician 2018, identifying him as the best garage professional in the UK.


IAAF lends voice to anti-counterfeit campaign

Published:  27 July, 2018

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has voiced its support for a campaign by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), to raise awareness about the risks posed by counterfeit car parts. This comes as various seizures of counterfeit car parts and accessories have occurred in the UK in the past two years.


Garage sector motors ahead in survey

Published:  25 July, 2018

An annual survey of 1,000 car owners conducted by The Motor Ombudsman has revealed that consumers have an increasingly favourable perception of the vehicle service and repair sector when compared to the same period last year. The study showed that 51% of respondents enjoyed a positive experience, versus 44% in 2017, whilst 39% of individuals expressed a neutral view in 2018 compared to 45% 12 months earlier.


Mental health and money top worries says Ben report

Published:  20 July, 2018

Working age people in the motor industry are contacting Ben in increasing numbers due to financial concerns and mental health challenges according to the charity’s Impact Report for 2017-18 87% of those who contact the organisation to discuss low income, anxiety and depression are in work, according to the latest issue of the annual study.


IGA garage achieves perfect score with AA Certified

Published:  18 July, 2018

Independent Garage Association (IGA) member  Car Services Ltd in Grimsby is one of three garages that recently received a 100% score by the AA Garage guide, the provider of online bookings, Patrol referrals and the ‘Certified Garage Programme’.


VLS grows as Comline and Motaquip join

Published:  13 July, 2018

VLS (the Verification of Lubricant Specifications), the trade body which provides a means to verify lubricant specifications,  has welcomed Comline Auto Parts Ltd and Motaquip as its newest members. 


Klarius increases UK manufacturing capacity

Published:  13 July, 2018

Recent investment has provided Klarius with increased manufacturing capacity for automotive OEM and aftermarket emission control products including exhausts, CATs and DPFs.


ZF Crick facility ISO-certified ahead of schedule

Published:  05 July, 2018

ZF Aftermarket has announced that its UK warehousing and office facility at Crick, Northampton has received certification against the latest environmental management standard: ISO14001:2015 – ahead of the September 2018 deadline. Using this standard will improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and drive down costs. In addition, the 96,000 sq ft site has been recertified for OHSAS18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety standard.


WAI product arrives at Marathon branches

Published:  05 July, 2018

WAI product has begun leaving Bognor Regis and arriving at Marathon Warehouse Distribution’s national distribution centre in Redditch and a 14-branch network throughout the UK.


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