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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

Electrical firm switches on new branch in Watford

 An award-winning wholesale electrical distributor, based in Colnbrook, is expanding into Watford with a pledge to support the needs of local electrical contractors and builders merchants, following its acquisition of a trade supply business in Croxley Business Park. Rapid Electrical Distributors, started by St Albans entrepreneur Nick Edwell in 2004, which counts Crossrail as one of its clients, has merged with Watford Electrical Solutions, that’s traded from Greenhill Crescent for over 15 years. Having rebranded its unit Rapid Electrical (Watford), the business, which ... Read more

Local joinery firm celebrates FSC Friday

As retail brands seek to innovate and differentiate, St Albans based commercial joinery firm, Hannaford, is increasingly being called upon to deliver unique projects using wood, often blended with other materials to create stunning interiors. Hannaford excels in the production of unique reception desks, bars, counters, storage units and other contemporary furniture. Where visual impact, accuracy, durability and restrictions on space are critical elements, Hannaford’s project team always strives to exceed client expectations. As well as being highly creative, the business is also ... Read more

Oxfordshire MP applauds efforts to tackle hi-tech vehicle theft

The pioneering work of a Banbury-based automotive security firm, which has innovated a device called PORTECTOR, to stop vehicles being stolen without the keys, has won praise from Victoria Prentis MP, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire. In response to the growing nationwide problem of keyless theft of cars and vans, On Board Defence, based in Haslemere Drive, developed the signal-blocking PORTECTOR, which is the first solution to gain certification from the motor insurers’ centre, Thatcham Research. Mrs Prentis was invited by the ... Read more

More urban glass needs security film says AGT

Glass has cemented itself as the architects’ medium of choice. Renzo Piano’s majestic ‘Shard’ in London is Europe’s tallest building and the envelope continues to be well and truly pushed elsewhere around the globe in pursuit of construction utopia. Whilst designed to be aesthetically pleasing and more environmentally efficient, modern office blocks and other notable public buildings, shrouded in vast, architect-inspired expanses of glass, still remain vulnerable in the event of a terrorist attack. Buildings with significant areas of unprotected glass ... Read more

Car security innovation wins international acclaim

A British developed device for preventing vehicle theft without the keys has won a major international award for innovation, just six months after being launched. Pioneered by Banbury based automotive security specialist, On Board Defence, the signal-blocking PORTECTOR triumphed at the prestigious Innovation Awards, organised by Automechanika in Frankfurt, Europe’s largest automotive trade show (13-17 September). Taking the winner’s laurels in the Electronics and Systems category, PORTECTOR was applauded by the panel of nine expert judges for its efficacy in preventing the growing ... Read more

British innovation unplugs cyber car criminals

Efforts to eradicate the growing nationwide problem of keyless car theft have moved into top gear thanks to the launch of a pioneering ‘anti-hack’ device called PORTECTOR, that’s been developed by an Oxfordshire business. Over a year in development and having been subjected to months of rigorous testing, the non-invasive, tamper-proof Portector system is the brainchild of Banbury based automotive security innovation firm, On Board Defence and is the first of its kind to achieve certification from Thatcham Research, the UK motor ... Read more
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