Garage sees advert banned for being "sexist"

Published:  25 June, 2019

A Leeds-based garage has seen an advert it placed in a magazine banned by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) due to its perceived sexist content.

When the rain comes down: Record TRICO annual sales

Published:  25 June, 2019

Sales of TRICO wiper blades have surged year-on-year at Autoparts UK, with the brand’s Exact Fit and Flex range going up 65% during the period.

Here comes the flood: The Parts Alliance open evening attracts 250

Published:  25 June, 2019

he unprecedented rain and flooding that lashed much of Britain recently did not deter keen garage owners in the midlands from attending an open evening at The Parts Alliance’s new Midpoint Distribution Centre in mid-June, during the worst of the weather. A total of 250 attendees including 25 key suppliers made it for the event

Brexit deal must be next PM’s top priority urges automotive sector

Published:  25 June, 2019

A favourable Brexit deal is absolutely vital for the UK automotive sector, and securing one should be the top priority for the UK’s next Prime Minister, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said today (Tuesday 25 June) at the industry’s annual International Automotive Summit.

Top Garage 2019 winners revealed

Published:  22 June, 2019

The following businesses have been named as the winners of Top Garage 2019.  

Top Technician 19 winner named: Neil Currie

Published:  22 June, 2019

The winner and runner up for Top Technician 2019 have been announced. Neil Currie from Robertson Gemini in Dumfries & Galloway is 2019’s champion Meanwhile, Declan Robinson, who works at Philips Volkswagen in Lisburn, Northern Ireland was runner up.  

Hickleys: Key programming presentations

Published:  12 June, 2019

Hickleys are running a series of key programming presentations that will show the opportunities available in key programming. The evening sessions are being held around the country in June.

Excelr8 joins Draper Tools at Automechanika

Published:  31 May, 2019

Draper Tools will be bringing in a special guest at their stand at Automechanika Birmingham 2019, as the company be joined by British Touring Car Championship race team Excelr8 Motorsport

Top Garage 2019 finalists announced

Published:  30 May, 2019

The finalists for Top Garage have been named. The following businesses will compete to become winner within their own group, as well as for the overall championship for the year.  

Your Car – Your Choice awareness widens

Published:  22 May, 2019

The IAAF’s Your Car - Your Choice pilot project in Chesterfield has taken another step forward following the first ever garage awareness day.More than 100 people attended the event, held at Bilstein Group, Markham Vale as garages were able to find out more about their rights under Block Exemption Regulations (BER) and hear presentations from automotive aftermarket suppliers supporting their right to service and repair vehicles within the warranty period.

Free MOT certificate copy service launched

Published:  17 May, 2019

MOT centres are less likely to need to provide replacement copies of lost MOT certificates for customers going forward, thanks to a new online service that has been launched. It is estimated that businesses made £6 million per year as a result of providing MOT certificate replacement copies

Automechanika Birmingham: Guy Martin to open Big UK Garage Event

Published:  17 May, 2019

Morris Lubricants brand ambassador, television personality and mechanic Guy Martin will open the Automechanika Birmingham Big UK Garage Event on Tuesday 4 June.

“Be primed for digital revolution” says IAAF

Published:  07 May, 2019

Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) will be taking to the stage of the Aftermarket Seminar Theatre at Automechanika Birmingham next month in order to discuss the challenges faced by the aftermarket in the digital era.

Lord Coe speaks at Aftermarket Power Network: Automechanika Birmingham

Published:  03 May, 2019

Automechanika Birmingham has announced that Lord Sebastian Coe will be addressing the Aftermarket Power Network, premiering at Automechanika Birmingham on Tuesday 4th June, in Hall 20, NEC.

Second hand car dealer fined £53k

Published:  02 May, 2019

A second-hand car dealer based in West Yorkshire has been ordered to pay £53,567 for misleading consumers. The fines were handed down at Leeds Magistrates Court after the company entered guilty pleas relating to six breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. 

IGA publishes 2019 Garage Work Provider Report

Published:  02 May, 2019

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has published its latest report into consumer facing websites that provide work to independent garages.

Osram completes acquisition of Ring

Published:  02 May, 2019

Following approval being granted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK for the takeover of Ring Automotive by Osram, a partnership between the two companies has officially started.

Get fresh with Spring Garage Essentials

Published:  02 May, 2019

The Parts Alliance’s Spring Garage Essentials catalogue has been released, and features a huge number of new suppliers and exclusive products.

Smooth online operator: New Morris Lubricants website

Published:  30 April, 2019

Morris Lubricants has launched a new corporate website. This new online presence has been designed to give a cleaner view, and knits together information that visitors want and need in an easy to read layout that incorporates both text and video content.

Queens Award double for Snap-on

Published:  30 April, 2019

Snap-on has been awarded two Queen’s Awards, in the Innovation and International Trade categories respectively. Snap-on is one of a small number of companies to be awarded in multiple categories.

Top Technician 2019: Finalists named

Published:  30 April, 2019

The finalists for Top Technician 2019 have been announced: 

IAAF welcomes FIGIEFA ExVe ‘Proof of Concept’ testing

Published:  24 April, 2019

The IAAF has welcomed the news that FIGIEFA, together with other stakeholders, is conducting ‘Proof of Concept’ testing of a ‘Remote Diagnostic’ use case as part of the investigation of the Extended Vehicle (ExVe) concept.

Primalec seals deal with Unicorn

Published:  11 April, 2019

Primalec has established a strategic partnership with the Holland-based Unicorn Tools.

“Spring” into action: New Leeds trade show

Published:  10 April, 2019

The Parts Alliance’s hosted its first major trade show of 2019 in Leeds recently.

London’s ULEZ banishes older cars

Published:  08 April, 2019

Older cars are set to be pushed off the capital’s  roads thanks to  the Central London  Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which came into force today (Monday 8 April 2019).

Top Technician 2019: Semi finalists announced

Published:  03 April, 2019

The semi finalists for Top Technician 2019 are as follows: Paul Adams; Dean Andrew; Gary Brillus; Adam Critchley; Neil Currie; Craig Hewison; Murdo Macleod; Declan Robinson; Andrew Ruellan; Dave Weston.

Trust my garage hits TV

Published:  03 April, 2019

Trust My Garage hits TV A TV campaign promoting the Trust My Garage (TMG) Code of Practice is now running.

Ring Spring Spectacular is sprung

Published:  03 April, 2019

Ring customers are in with a chance of winning £3,000 worth of prizes, including TVs, iPads, Xboxes and Amazon Echo devices through the company’s Spring Spectacular promotion.

IMI welcomes apprenticeship starts increase

Published:  02 April, 2019

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has welcomed news that apprenticeship starts have started to grow for the first time since the government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy.

Autoinform LIVE attendees get it right first time

Published:  02 April, 2019

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) plans to make this year’s Autoinform LIVE training event its most comprehensive to date, with industry experts such as Frank Massey leading informative seminars covering a wide range of topics.

Workshop robot in development: Johnny 5 is alive?

Published:  01 April, 2019

Technicians could soon be able to concentrate on the more complex diagnostic-related jobs the workshop, if a prototype drone technician proves to be as effective as its developers claim.

Supersonic: The Parts Alliance hosts first National Conference

Published:  29 March, 2019

The Parts Alliance held its first ever National Conference in Manchester last week.

DENSO hosts customer visit to Indonesia facility

Published:  29 March, 2019

DENSO hosted a trip to Indonesia last month, giving 19 distributors the opportunity to see its production processes up close.

This is a low? Ben launches new online depression support

Published:  29 March, 2019

Ben has launched new online support to help automotive industry people who are struggling with depression.

Changes in tech and training covered by IAAF Industry Briefing

Published:  26 March, 2019

The impact of technology on the garage sector and the changing face of training were just some of the topics covered at the first Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Industry Briefing of 2019.

Carcraft wins with The Parts Alliance

Published:  19 March, 2019

East Sussex garage Carcraft MOT and Service Centre Ltd has become a major prize winner in the ongoing ‘Original Experience’ promotion being run by The Parts Alliance.

Automechanika Birmingham 2019 - Get registered

Published:  07 March, 2019

Visitor registration for Automechanika Birmingham is open. The event will see leading suppliers returning to Birmingham to launch new products and technology for the last time until 2021 as the event will take a biennial frequency after 2019.

Ring backs TyreSafe

Published:  07 March, 2019

Ring has become a supporter of TyreSafe, the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres. As a supporter, Ring will help spread the key messages of TyreSafe’s campaigns and support the charity in its ongoing awareness raising.

Absolutely stocked for Brexit

Published:  07 March, 2019

Absolute Alignment  has tripled stock levels over the last three months – in preparation for the UK’s pending Brexit.   

SMPE plans UK growth

Published:  07 March, 2019

Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) has announced investment plans for its UK facility.

IMI publishes new strategy

Published:  07 March, 2019

The  Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)  has published a new strategy document. Launching last night (Wednesday 6 March)  at the IMI Annual Dinner in London.

TRICO partners with Marathon

Published:  07 March, 2019

TRICO has partnered with Marathon Warehouse Distribution, enabling motor factors to have same-day access to products from the TRICO Flex & Exact Fit ranges. 

UK garages approach Brexit through alternate sourcing and stockpiling

Published:  07 March, 2019

Nearly half of UK garages have sourced alternative, UK based suppliers ahead of Brexit on Friday 29March, according to new research.

MOT Annual Training deadline looms

Published:  07 March, 2019

More than 40% of MOT testers face being suspended from testing if they don’t complete their Annual Training and assessment by 31 March. DVSA figures show that as of 4 March 2019, 24,694 testers still needed to complete the training and assessment. Last year, 5,538 were suspended for failing to do so.

Autofirst and RAC team up for new garage network

Published:  12 February, 2019

Autofirst Network has joined forces with the RAC in a bid to create the biggest independent garage network in the country.

EV professional standard discussed by industry experts

Published:  07 February, 2019

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) hosted an Electric Vehicle Advisory Group meeting on Tuesday ( 5 February).  The forum with cross-industry experts was designed to begin the process of agreeing appropriate Professional Standards dedicated to protecting technicians working on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Andy Savva joins TechMan as Brand Ambassador

Published:  01 February, 2019

TechMan has appointed  sector expert Andy Savva, a.k.a the Garage Inspector, as its Brand Ambassador.

Draper Tools celebrates 100 Years

Published:  31 January, 2019

Draper Tools is celebrating 100 years in business. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the business is still family owned and run today by the fourth generation of the Draper family.

Exhibitor day returns for Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Published:  31 January, 2019

Automechanika Birmingham is hosting an exhibitor day designed to ensure exhibiting companies leverage as much as possible out of the show and enhance visitor experience.

The Parts Alliance urges garages to give ‘Original Experience’

Published:  31 January, 2019

The Parts Alliance is running a new national garage promotion  through February and March. The ‘Original Experience’ will see The Parts Alliance collaborate with suppliers  Delphi, Comma, MANN-FILTER and NGK.


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