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Brayley Honda Enfield hosts top Japanese car dealers

One of the UK’s best performing Honda dealerships, located on Great Cambridge Road, Enfield, was selected to host a special visit from some of Japan’s best Honda car dealers. Brayley Honda Enfield opened its doors to a group of 25 Japanese sales executives, who each won a place on the four-day trip to the UK by selling the most Honda cars in their dealerships across Japan. As well as finding out more about the motor industry in the UK, the prize winners toured ... Read more

MotorServ-UK Solihull named UK’s best garage

A car service centre based in Monkspath Business Park, Motorserv-UK Solihull, which opened three years ago, has beaten hundreds of other automotive service and repair businesses across the UK to the title of ‘Garage of the Year’ 2017. The trophy was awarded to Motorserv-UK at Europe’s largest automotive aftermarket exhibition, Automechanika, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. The West Midlands workshop, owned by 35 year-old Solihull entrepreneur, Kamran Saleem, was up against 12 other garage finalists but gained the most ... Read more

Stevenage based JCA strengthens managed services business

Hertfordshire based building engineering specialist, JCA, has made a major appointment to its senior management team, as the business develops its portfolio of large scale engineering projects, involving the installation and maintenance of critical infrastructure across the data centre, healthcare, commercial office and science and technology sectors. Former National Director of Specialist Services for Mitie, Ian Coleman, has joined JCA as Managed Services Division Operations Director. Reporting to JCA’s Chairman, Ian Jackson, Coleman has responsibility for the company’s expanding programme of resident ... Read more

Ivor Searle strengthens reman engine range

The UK’s leading supplier of reman engine, gearbox, turbo and cylinder heads, Ivor Searle is pleased to announce the addition of a further unit to its range of petrol and diesel remanufactured engines, the Vauxhall A14XER reman engine. Part of the line-up of Family 0 straight-4 cylinder petrol engines, the 1.4i 16V code Vauxhall A14XER is now available from Ivor Searle’s Cambridgeshire based factory with next day delivery. The Vauxhall A14XER unit is a Generation IIII ‘Ecoflex’ version of the TwinPort engine, tuned ... Read more

PSV sector needs apprentices says Imperial Engineering

As the UK’s motor industry continues to face a shortage of skilled technicians, leading PSV parts distributor, Imperial Engineering, examines the changing landscape for apprenticeships in the bus and coach sector. The Apprenticeship scheme has entered a period of significant change.  Over the past decade, training providers have been responsible for managing 80% of all Apprenticeships in England with large employers and further education colleges making up the other 20%. From 1 April 2017, a new Apprenticeship Levy will be paid at ... Read more

Entrepreneur to give boost to Birmingham businesses

Aimed at helping aspiring and established business owners in Birmingham achieve record growth in 2017, an innovative entrepreneur is putting on a free 'How to Make it Big in Business' master class in the city for the first time. Recognised by Amazon for building one of the UK’s fastest growing car retailers, thirty-three year old Adam Stott, started his Essex-based company, Big Cars, in 2008 from his mum’s house. In just eight years, the business has grown into a £40million annual turnover operation, ... Read more

Brayleys Cars adds third Kia dealership

Award winning dealer group, Brayleys Cars, based in St Albans, has taken on its third Kia dealership, following the acquisition of the former Humphris operation in Oxford, for an undisclosed sum. The deal also sees Brayleys adding Mitsubishi to its portfolio of five manufacturers. A number of alterations are underway at the site in Rose Hill, Oxford, including the creation of a used car display area for up to 65 vehicles on the first floor, above the new car showroom. Brayleys’ expects ... Read more

Solihull car service owner launches ‘clean up’ campaign

An entrepreneur from Solihull who trained as an accountant has introduced one of the UK’s cheapest MOT tests, in a bid to combat the “unnecessary profiteering and upselling” by garages and clean up the motor industry's image amongst the public in the West Midlands. Kamran Saleem, aged 35, who owns award-winning independent Solihull car service and van servicing centre, MotorServ-UK, located in Monkspath, has introduced a no-strings £15 MOT only fee for an indefinite time period. Fed up with the motor trade’s reputation for ... Read more

Founder of Big Cars named one of UK’s top entrepreneurs

The founder of one of the fastest growing companies in the retail automotive sector has been recognised as being among the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs, in a nationwide competition. Thirty-three year old Adam Stott, from Chelmsford, who set up his business, Big Cars, from his mum’s house in 2008, was one of eight entrepreneurs from across the country lauded by the judges at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards, held in London. In just eight years, former car salesman Adam has built his ... Read more

‘Adventurous’ Christmas for St Albans firm

The fun of opening an advent calendar in the build up to Christmas has taken on a more ‘adventurous’ twist for one St Albans business, as one of its staff decided to make one out of recycled timber. Although more used to working on significantly larger projects, St Albans apprentice bench joiner Steven White, who works for Frogmore-based commercial joinery and retail fit-out specialist, Hannaford, turned his skills to building a bespoke ‘advent house’ in his own time, often staying late to ... Read more
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