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Brayleys reports surge in electric car sales

The popularity of more sustainable transport among Milton Keynes residents continues to grow, boosted by record numbers of plug-in electric car sales in the run up to Christmas. That’s according to Westcroft based dealership, Brayley Renault, which reported more than 30 sales of the Renault ZOE model in December alone, a record for a single month. The surge in electric cars on the roads of Buckinghamshire reflects the national demand for more environmentally friendly motoring. Plug-in car registrations in the UK totaled 20,992 ... Read more

Aftermarket must prepare for windscreen recalibration says AGA

A rapid increase in new vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featuring windscreen cameras brings challenges and also opportunity for the whole automotive aftermarket in regard of recalibration, claims the newly rebranded Automotive Glazing Academy (AGA). Industry estimates put the level of windscreen replacements involving ADAS-equipped cars in 2014 at about 1%. This is predicted to surge to over 40% by 2020, driven partly by EuroNCAP encouraging greater use of camera-reliant safety systems. Windscreen mounted cameras help to control safety systems ... Read more

CATLOC warns fleets following spike in catalytic converter theft

9 December 2015 Fleet operators are being urged to review their site security procedures in the run up to Christmas following a spike in the number of catalytic converter thefts. More than 50 vehicles were targeted recently in nighttime raids in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and South Wales. According to the leading UK manufacturer of catalytic converter protection systems, CATLOC, which is warning fleets to take extra precautions, immobilised stock results in fleets being hit with average repair bills of at least £2,000 each, ... Read more

Terrorist attacks bring business security into sharp focus says AGT

24 November 2015 London based secure glazing and counter-terror buildings specialist, Advanced Glass Technology (AGT), is urging major businesses operating in heavily populated areas across the UK to review their security risk management strategy, in response to the terrorist atrocities in Paris. “In the wake of such devastating attacks, we would recommend that businesses undertake a threat and vulnerability assessment, as part of a wider review of their security,” said Martin Westney, Managing Director of AGT. He continued: “This would help to identify any additional ... Read more

Brayleys Cars expansion in Enfield opens door to new jobs

4 November 2015 A major seven figure investment in a brand new Kia franchise on Great Cambridge Road in Enfield by award-winning car retailer, Brayleys Cars, has created 15 new jobs, including the opportunity for apprentices to enter the motor industry. Following its five-month construction, adjacent to Brayleys’ existing Honda dealership, the new Kia showroom, which is the Korean manufacturer’s first outlet in North London, was officially opened by the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Patricia Ekechi. According to Brayleys, which has been operating in ... Read more

Flood warning system keeps watch across Rhondda Cynon Taf

15 September 2015 The risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses across Rhondda Cynon Taf is set to be managed further as the Council becomes the first to use an innovative maintenance-free camera system. Monitoring new flood alleviation works at ten locations, across the County Borough, the British made system, developed by Meteor Communications, uses solar-powered GPRS wireless technology for transmitting images both day and night, providing round the clock surveillance of the council’s network of storm grilles and debris-catching trash ... Read more

Automotive glazing blazes a trail for new apprenticeship

22 July 2015 With the advancement of vehicle glass demanding ever more technical skills, the automotive glazing repair and replacement industry has received a shot in the arm from the Government with its approval for the development of a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship. Recognising that auto-glazing is a highly specialised area within the wider automotive arena, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has rubber-stamped a joint bid from a number of leading vehicle glazing employers to develop a new apprenticeship standard for the ... Read more

St Albans switches on the Electric Revolution

7 July 2015 Efforts to reduce air pollution in St Albans through the adoption of more sustainable modes of transport have moved into high gear with the launch of the first fully electric taxi and rapid charging point in the City. A new scheme, under the title #ElectricRevolution, run by St Albans based business, Electric Blue, is introducing the City’s 300 licensed taxi drivers to the benefits of switching to all-electric cars, which are emission free and significantly more cost-effective to operate than ... Read more

New jobs for Enfield as Brayleys expands with Kia

6 July 2015 Up to 20 new jobs in the motor industry are being created in Enfield over the next few months thanks to a seven figure investment in the construction of a brand new Kia dealership by award-winning regional car dealership group, Brayleys Cars. Having operated the Honda franchise on Great Cambridge Road for over six years, Brayleys acquired the adjacent site in 2014 and secured planning permission to build an eight-car showroom and workshop. Brayley Kia in Enfield will be the second ... Read more

First 90 days is critical to reducing sales staff turnover says Symco

9 June 2015 With the average franchised dealership losing nearly a third of its sales staff every year, typically double that of most other industry sectors, the retail motor trade continues to lose millions of pounds unnecessarily, mainly due to historic challenges with training staff from day one. That’s according to automotive training specialist, Symco, which is on a mission to help dealers to chip away the automotive sector’s stubbornly high staff turnover rate of around 30%. It has introduced a unique online ... Read more
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