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Below are the latest bodyshop news headlines. Click a headline to read the introduction to the story. The full bodyshop news stories appear on the ABP Club members' forum.

25/7/24 - 10:32   Auto Trader - the Honda e:NY1 is July’s most in-demand brand-new electric vehicle, moving from 254th place to 7th
   
25/7/24 - 10:25   SMMT - UK car production down -7.6% in first half of 2024 as manufacturers continue switch to electric models
   
25/7/24 - 09:52   Vint-tro - launch vehicle import and export service
   
25/7/24 - 09:33   Activate Group (5th largest bodyshop group) - average EV repair costs down 1.6% year on year and cycles times down down from 2022 peak
   
25/7/24 - 09:06   Clear Insurance Group - two businesses suffer a cyber attack - but only one has Cyber Insurance. What happens next?
   
24/7/24 - 12:59   Survey of over 2,000 drivers - more thank half of UK motorists fall victim to hit-and-run car damage
   
24/7/24 - 12:18   Confused.com / WTW - average cost of car insurance in the UK up 14% to £882 per year
   
24/7/24 - 12:09   Power-Tec - PDR repairs to wings and wheelarches with new tyre support
   
24/7/24 - 12:05   AA - vehicle theft stubbornly high while theft from vehicle drops by 12%
   
24/7/24 - 12:00   FCA - confirms plan to protect access to cash for consumers and small businesses
   
24/7/24 - 11:50   IFB - UK insurers reported a 6% rise in Ghost Broking activity in 2023
   
24/7/24 - 11:36   IMI - motor trades industry stays at number 2 in ‘Vacancies by Sector’ chart
   
24/7/24 - 11:16   1 in 5 admit to filling up their car with the wrong fuel - 86% car insurance policies WON’T cover the costs of misfuelling
   
24/7/24 - 11:13   Steer Automotive Group - open first purpose-built electric vehicle repair bodyshop, Steer Electric Eastleigh
   
24/7/24 - 10:56   Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Repair Partner Awards 2024 bodyshop winners announced
   
24/7/24 - 10:49   Thatcham Research - solutions to address repair industry's ongoing skills crisis include raising apprenticeship funding caps & training
   
24/7/24 - 00:29   Quotezone - UK motorists are increasingly opting to settle minor accidents out of pocket rather than claiming on their car insurance
   
23/7/24 - 16:30   Porsche - significant supply shortage of special aluminium alloys used for body components will hit production levels for several weeks
   
23/7/24 - 16:07   bodyshop mag awards - finalists announced for the 10 non-technical categories
   
23/7/24 - 15:17   Rapid Repair Network - Simon Downing (ex Total Bodyshop Solutions, GRM, ADR and Express Bodyworks) Joins as Strategic Key Account Manager
   
23/7/24 - 14:21   Ageas - Aurore Lecanon appointed as new Chief Risk Officer (CRO)
   
23/7/24 - 13:58   Ageas - new crash for cash trend involving vans and mopeds in urban areas
   
23/7/24 - 13:54   Winn Group - Jeff Winn (Britain’s richest lawyer): "I’ve gone from ambulance chaser to lord of the manor"; set to sell business for £350m
   
23/7/24 - 13:50   SYNETIQ - train more than 560 people as part of Carbon Literacy Project
   
23/7/24 - 13:42   The AA - NAO report “damning indictment of the state of UK local roads and their upkeep”
   
23/7/24 - 13:26   National Audit Office - RAC comments on pothole report into state of England’s roads; industry estimates backlog at £15.6 bn to fix
   
23/7/24 - 12:26   Akzo Nobel - Q2 profits up 1% boosted by volume growth and higher prices
   
23/7/24 - 11:55   Ramping up apprenticeships “will take time” - sector “will need to look more widely to fill staffing shortages for some time”
   
23/7/24 - 11:08   RAC - number of drivers ignoring Red X motorway signs “terrifying”
   
23/7/24 - 10:59   VW Group’s battery company PowerCo and QuantumScape - to build next-gen solid-state lithium-metal battery tech to power 1 million vehicles
   
23/7/24 - 10:52   IAM RoadSMart - 53,000 drivers have been caught by cameras ignoring Red X signs since police started enforcing; 10 X increase in 3 years
   
23/7/24 - 10:39   MADE NE (Manufacturing, Automation, Digitalisation, Electrification North East) - £14.6 million EV battery project led by Nissan
   
23/7/24 - 10:24   Kiwi Fit - holidaymakers will drive an average of 367 miles on UK holidays, 635 miles overseas
   
23/7/24 - 10:17   Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS) - to join up with the Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS) at the NEC in Sept 2025
   
23/7/24 - 10:05   Eco Fleet Solutions - Ecomotive Logistics announces opening of new PDI Centre in Rugby
   
23/7/24 - 09:19   Dacia (Renault Group) - £13,795 Sandero is Europe’s best-selling new car with globale sales in the first half of 2024 up 18.5% on last year
   
23/7/24 - 09:05   Revive! - Shortlisted for Business of the Year in the SME National Business Awards 2024.
   
22/7/24 - 18:21   Steer Automotive Group - 7 new EMTEC apprentice cohorts join taking total apprentice tally to over 300
   
22/7/24 - 13:47   Quick Waste - acquired by director of Reclamet; Quick Waste to remain as its own business entity
   
22/7/24 - 12:43   Trackm8 - UK drivers more aware of connected car insurance and 4 x more likely to be offered policies than other European countries
   
22/7/24 - 11:51   Solera - files intent for a partial floation to raise $1.5 billion (to reduce debt), valuing business at $10 billion to $13 billion
   
22/7/24 - 11:41   The AA - Friday and Saturday traffic warning; last summer the AA saw 400,000 breakdowns, including 18,000 suffering a failure on a motorway
   
22/7/24 - 11:20   Skills England - appoint Richard Pennycook, former chief exec of the Co-operative Group, as interim chair for overhaul of training & skills
   
22/7/24 - 10:44   Bentley Motors - new state-of-the-art Design Centre part of the £2.5 billion investment to transform the site into a ‘Dream Factory’
   
22/7/24 - 10:38   EU - 2035 deadline to end sales of all new CO2-emitting cars and vans remains, says newly re-elected EU President Ursula von der Leyen
   
22/7/24 - 10:26   Davies Group - appoints Craig Brooks as Technical Director - Motor TPA
   
22/7/24 - 09:53   Steer Automotive Group - 7 new EMTEC apprentices join taking total apprentice tally at largest UK independent bodyshop group to 60
   
22/7/24 - 09:34   Chorley Group - multimillion-pound Blackpool development integrates MG & Peugeot into a new three-franchise operation along with Citroen
   
22/7/24 - 09:24   FLP - automotive and industrial paint manufacturer becomes a ‘Made in Britain’ Member
   
22/7/24 - 09:12   RAC - traffic warning for the week ahead with 27million trips planned for Summer getaway
   
19/7/24 - 14:02   e2e - higher repair costs means a surge in modern car total losses: insurers' new normal
   
19/7/24 - 13:56   3M - innovation to deliver end-to-end automotive solutions includes Automotive Films and Robotic Paint Repair System for paint defects
   
19/7/24 - 13:43   Brandon Accident Repair Centre - achieves full multi brand approval status for the Stellantis Approved Bodyshop Network
   
19/7/24 - 13:36   Autoglass - opens in Kendal and Nelson, and Gloucester and Worsley sites reopen after refurbishment
   
19/7/24 - 13:24   ABI - sign MoU with Insurtech UK
   
19/7/24 - 13:14   Global IT outage update from CrowdStrike - defect found in a single content update for Windows hosts
   
19/7/24 - 12:30   EY - 49 profit warnings were issued by UK-listed companies in Q2 2024, the lowest quarterly total since Q2 2021
   
19/7/24 - 12:11   Vertu Motors (13 bodyshops) - sponsors awards that recognise students from primary and secondary schools across the North East
   
19/7/24 - 11:55   FixMyCar - 34% drivers pretend to understand technician "jargon"
   
19/7/24 - 11:45   HELLA - C240 LED combination headlamp available in aftermarket
   
19/7/24 - 10:10   AkzoNobel - ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions by 50% across the value chain by 2030
   
19/7/24 - 09:56   Steer Automotive Group - Miguel Harvey wins GOLD at The SATA Challenge in Toronto, Canada
   
19/7/24 - 09:48   Renault Group - 6.7% in Europe growth attributed to complementary brands (Dacia, Alpine)
   
19/7/24 - 09:48   Global IT outage - affecting banks, trains, planes, Sky News, GPs; appears to be linked to Microsoft and Crowdstrike data security
   
18/7/24 - 20:26   WTW - a third of companies plan to invest in a greener fleet
   
18/7/24 - 13:47   Revive - New cosmetic car insurance deal signed by Assurant and Revive as dealers report increasing demand
   
18/7/24 - 13:19   The BBA Review - newly published magazine includes a review of the RECORD-BREAKING 2024 British Bodyshop Awards event
   
18/7/24 - 13:06   Synetiq - CEO, Tom Rumboll, leaves with immediate effect "tp pursue other oppoertunities"
   
18/7/24 - 12:30   cinch - launches new retail stores across the UK, in Northampton, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester
   
18/7/24 - 12:25   TTC - Employers urged to focus on the fatal five road risks
   
18/7/24 - 10:46   Whocanfixmycar - renames as FixMyCar
   
17/7/24 - 21:57   The Employment Rights Bill - plans to ban exploitative practices and enhance employment rights are "significant", says the IGA
   
17/7/24 - 21:55   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - strong support for several key legislative measures introduced
   
17/7/24 - 21:53   Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) - adopts owl sculpture to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice
   
17/7/24 - 21:51   Easy2Recruit - calls on Gov to add mechanics to the Immigration Salary List
   
17/7/24 - 21:27   National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) - motorcycles should be allowed to use bus lanes by default
   
17/7/24 - 21:23   Autoglym - dangerous quick-fix hacks for tree-sap removal touted on social media include razor blades and rubbing alcohol
   
17/7/24 - 21:03   IMI - welcomes the focus on skills with the proposed creation of "Skills England" in the King's Speech
   
17/7/24 - 15:51   King's Speech - Government will "reform the apprenticeship levy" and introduce Skills England to deliver a " new partnership with employers"
   
17/7/24 - 09:58   Group 1 Jaguar Land Rover - internship solution helps dealership navigate the skills shortage
   
17/7/24 - 09:44   SYNETIQ (part of consortium) - visit EV battery tech specialist, Allye Energy
   
17/7/24 - 08:09   Inflation rate – CPI inflation unchanged at 2.0% for the 12 months to June 2024; RPI inflation falls slightly to 2.9%
   
17/7/24 - 07:55   Silverlake - awarded two Police contracts for vehicles disposal via recycling or auction: Sussex & Surrey and Hampshire & IOW
   
16/7/24 - 21:25   UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) - Kia ranked number one in the automotive sector, with a UKCSI score of 81.4 points
   
16/7/24 - 21:12   Axalta - partnership with collision repair industry R&D company, CESVIMAP and the Move2Green Sustainability Program for bodyshops
   
16/7/24 - 21:07   A1 Remote Diagnostics - surge in demand for its remote and mobile diagnostic and ADAS services which reduce key-to-key times
   
16/7/24 - 13:58   Auto Trader - 1,800 retailers achieve Highly Rated status on Auto Trader
   
16/7/24 - 13:55   UK PM - King’s Speech "puts growth at the heart of legislative agenda"
   
16/7/24 - 13:15   Intercounty Truck & Van - Mercedes-Benz dealer injects £2 million investment into Dunstable dealership, creating dozens of jobs
   
16/7/24 - 13:02   ACEA - 31 European business associations call for "ambitious, open trade policy to boost competitiveness and prosperity"
   
16/7/24 - 12:58   British Safety Council - employers and staff optimistic about impact of new technologies, despite uncertainty about safety
   
16/7/24 - 12:56   UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) - Kia ranked number one in the automotive sector, with a UKCSI score of 81.4 points
   
16/7/24 - 12:33   Autocar - luxury 4x4s, especially Range Rovers, "have moved far enough upmarket to compete with exclusive furniture"
   
16/7/24 - 12:05   AA Accident Assist - one in 10 single vehicle collisions hit a wall
   
16/7/24 - 11:50   BPI Asset Advisory - acquires Plant & Machinery Division of Michael Steele & Co
   
16/7/24 - 11:38   Marshall Motor Group (9 dealer-owned bodyshops) - announces two senior appointments
   
16/7/24 - 09:36   Valeo - 48-volt hybrid vehicle systems more common as car parc shifts towards full electrification
   
15/7/24 - 21:12   ChargeUK - new public charge point is being installed every 25 minutes
   
15/7/24 - 21:03   The IMI - automotive skills must be a priority; IMI highlights key issues for the sector ahead of the State Opening of Parliament
   
15/7/24 - 19:41   ATF - call for bodyshops to enter the ATF Professional Vehicle Recycling Awards 2024!
   
15/7/24 - 19:31   MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) - Operation M62 sees 290 vehicle stops and 52 vehicle seizures
   
15/7/24 - 17:54   FMG Repair Services - appoints tech & innovation champion, Michael Massey
   
15/7/24 - 17:42   Causeway Technologies - UK heading for "gridlock" in the face of rapid roadwork growth
   
15/7/24 - 13:56   Direct Line - average of 26,440 breakdowns per month across June, July, and August
   
15/7/24 - 13:31   Aviva - new software partnership provides real-time awareness capability for motor, home and travel
   
15/7/24 - 13:24   ABP Industry Yearbook - a look back over the last decade of data
   
15/7/24 - 13:17   Auto Body Professional - David McKeown and Miguel Harvey talk about final preparations ahead of WorldSkills Lyon 2024 in September
   
15/7/24 - 12:42   James Alpe - Lee Shaw, Oliver Cross and Gary Hickling to take on 72-hole golf challenge to raise money for Pendleside Hospice
   
15/7/24 - 12:29   ABP CLUB EXCLUSIVE - interview with Hannah Wilcox, CEO, Activate Group
   
15/7/24 - 12:26   Kwik Fit - new motor insurance product with Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe (AND-E)
   
15/7/24 - 12:21   Alton Cars - Huddersfield bodyshop panel beater, Kevin helps to plant 4,000 free trees in courtesy car swap scheme
   
15/7/24 - 12:10   Thatcham Research - challenge of wide-ranging technical change in the industry, and a demand for updated skills
   
15/7/24 - 12:03   Venson - 48% drivers do not support autonomous vehicles
   
15/7/24 - 11:45   The BBA Review - newly published magazine includes a review of the RECORD-BREAKING 2024 British Bodyshop Awards event!
   
15/7/24 - 11:33   The Association of Consumer Support Organisations (ACSO) - latest figures contradict insurers claims that claims costs are driving premiums
   
15/7/24 - 10:31   Autofinity - multiple systems are the "scourge of the modern car dealership"; 20 different passwords required to perform jobs
   
15/7/24 - 10:16   ACIS – record reduction in cost per sold hour for customers using inventory management system
   
15/7/24 - 10:13   RAC - cost of dropping off friends and family reaches record high as fees increase at seven UK airports
   
12/7/24 - 14:08   IIHS-HLDI - research finds little evidence that partial automation prevents crashes
   
12/7/24 - 14:02   Daimler Truck UK - sells Wentworth Park site
   
12/7/24 - 13:54   TfL - Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels will cost up to £4 at peak times
   
12/7/24 - 13:25   Auto Trader - 90% 17-24-year-olds said car ownership was important to them
   
12/7/24 - 13:22   Northgate Vehicle Hire - introduces new business car hire offer
   
12/7/24 - 13:05   RMI Academy - opens new Avonmouth Academy
   
12/7/24 - 12:53   AA - M25 closure, Wimbledon and likely port rush for England’s European football final could lead to "travel chaos" this weekend
   
12/7/24 - 12:17   Private equity in the bodyshop - UK bodyshop market "ripe for private equity"
   
12/7/24 - 12:01   Prasco UK - more than trebles cooling systems range in a year
   
12/7/24 - 11:54   Fix Auto Penzance - invests in laser-guided diamond-tipped cutting machine to bolster alloy wheel refurbishment capabilities
   
12/7/24 - 11:49   GT Motive - enhancing supply chain efficiency
   
12/7/24 - 09:13   Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - new Government should target pro-growth policies at small businesses and self-employed people
   
12/7/24 - 09:07   Trenhams Accident Repair Centre - efficiency benefits and a new revenue stream with Repairify for Scarborough-based bodyshop
   
12/7/24 - 08:57   The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) - VMs urge 5G patent pool Avanci to lead by example in SEP licensing
   
12/7/24 - 08:51   MIB (Motor Insurers' Bureau) - uninsured vehicles seized along the 107 mile stretch of M62 carriageway as 5 police forces work together
   
11/7/24 - 15:14   Autocar - average weight of new cars in the UK has risen by nearly 400kg in seven years
   
11/7/24 - 14:02   Morelli Group - storing pallets for a charity that supports children and young people in the care system
   
11/7/24 - 13:57   3M - masking tips to consider for efficiency and better results
   
11/7/24 - 13:46   HELLA - highlights 289 parts for Ford Fiesta
   
11/7/24 - 13:38   ONS - GDP up 0.4% in May
   
11/7/24 - 13:27   Chartwell (Derby) - current projects include Ferrari 365 Berlinetta
   
11/7/24 - 13:19   Cap HPI - appoints Paul Titchmarsh (ex JCT600) as UK Forecast Manager
   
11/7/24 - 13:08   (blog) EU opens its consultation on block exemption regulations - Andy Hamilton, President & Executive Managing Director, LKQ Europe
   
11/7/24 - 12:53   INEOS Automotive - hints at future 4x4s, with a troop of Grenadier prototypes
   
11/7/24 - 12:37   FMG Vehicle Recovery Assistance (VRA) - outsource solution to help bodyshops
   
11/7/24 - 12:07   Euro NCAP - publishes crash test results for 9 cars
   
11/7/24 - 11:58   Group 1 Automotive UK (13 bodyshops) - acquire four Mercedes-Benz dealerships from L&L Automotive
   
11/7/24 - 11:32   Ben - providing support for families unable to afford food & living costs as Charity sees demand for services in the past year up 15%
   
11/7/24 - 09:57   Glyn Hopkin Group - dealer group sold to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)
   
11/7/24 - 09:44   M25 between junctions 10 and 11 - closing for the third time this year: from 9pm on Friday 12 to 6am on Monday 15 July
   
11/7/24 - 09:29   IMI Skills Competitions - Body Repair and Refinishing finalists announced
   
10/7/24 - 13:52   ABP Club Chairman, David Cresswell - presented with 'Compere of the Decade' Award as Plunky's All Stars auctioneer!
   
10/7/24 - 13:31   Steer Automotive Group - UK's largest independent bodyshop group cuts CO2 emissions by 5.3%
   
10/7/24 - 13:17   ALLDATA Europe - busting some common bodyshop technical data myths!
   
10/7/24 - 12:25   Plunky's All Stars - final fundraising football match raises more than £26k for charity taking total tally to incredible £119k
   
10/7/24 - 11:55   Thatcham Research - Paint and Panel Apprentices, Rosie and George, join Thatcham Research team at school careers fair
   
10/7/24 - 11:02   Autoglass - new EV training for all technicians to meet increase in demand
   
10/7/24 - 10:54   GKN Automotive - signs Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with Recurrent Energy covering 65% of its European electricity load
   
10/7/24 - 10:33   GSF Car Parts - opens new branches in East Manchester (Openshaw) and south east London (Crayford)
   
10/7/24 - 10:27   RAC - Devon’s Niki Rowles is named ‘RAC Western Patrol of the Year’
   
10/7/24 - 09:09   ZIGUP (formerly Redde Northgate) - owner of FMG; results for y/e 20 April 2024: turnover up 23% to £1,833m, profit down 9.3% to £162m
   
10/7/24 - 08:30   Direct Line Group (4th largest UK motor insurer) - to launch Direct Line on price comparison websites (PCW) as 90% customer buy via a PCW
   
10/7/24 - 08:08   Purchase Direct - donates £2,495 to Dementia UK
   
09/7/24 - 14:01   Veetec Motor Group - customer service and profitable growth at the UK's 18th largest independent bodyshop group
   
09/7/24 - 13:40   Dyson (car project scrapped in 2019) - plans to cut 1,000 UK jobs due to "increasingly fierce and competitive global markets"
   
09/7/24 - 13:21   Mipa Paints - appoints Katie Jones as Customer Support Executive
   
09/7/24 - 12:33   BCA - completes significant expansion at Thurleigh centre to more than 200 acres, creating more than 100 new jobs
   
09/7/24 - 12:18   SMMT - CO2 emissions per vehicle produced by UK VMs halved since 1999
   
09/7/24 - 12:00   Bloomberg - BYD could overtake Tesla as BEV-exclusive manufacturers burn €660 billion
   
09/7/24 - 09:58   V2X Innovation Programme - businesses invited to take part in free charger for fleet/workplace EV charging trial
   
09/7/24 - 09:55   Page Automotive Group - Mike Pearce, Group Managing Director, talks to ABP about the company's 120-year history and its future
   
08/7/24 - 10:48   Auto Body Professional - Summer issue out now in print and online (link below)
   
08/7/24 - 17:52   Wakam - new insurer for the UK Motor market, receives FCA and PRA approval; one of the underwriters for Cuvva policies
   
08/7/24 - 14:05   BCA – LCV sold volumes in May reach highest point this year but average value (£8,013) down £334 month-on-month
   
08/7/24 - 13:58   Thatcham Research - bodyshop sector will "boast some of the most highly skilled people in the entire UK workforce"
   
08/7/24 - 13:43   RAC - AI speed cameras to be rolled out nationwide
   
08/7/24 - 13:32   British Safety Council (BSC) - call for people’s health, safety and wellbeing to be "at the heart of future economic growth"
   
08/7/24 - 13:31   Motability Operations - Andy Broadfield (ex-Direct Line) appointed as MD Electric & Insurance
   
08/7/24 - 13:09   eBay - newly converted 1975 Mk1 Ford Transit at Goodwood on Thursday with TV presenter and architect George Clarke behind the wheel
   
08/7/24 - 12:45   Spies Hecker - unveils new UV primer surfacer for to small, fast cosmetic repairs
   
08/7/24 - 12:26   Copart - new 19-acre site in St Helens to boost northwest storage capacity by 50% due to open in the Autumn
   
08/7/24 - 12:18   IAM RoadSmart - calls on new Government to prioritise road safety and focus on skills, infrastructure, and enforcement
   
08/7/24 - 12:17   Insurance Times Tech & Innovation Awards - full list of finalists for the 15 awards; ceremony on 19 Sept
   
08/7/24 - 12:09   School of Thought - working with Sandwell College and Automechanika to offer work experience
   
08/7/24 - 11:48   Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (AVRO) - management of accident-damaged is "critical area that demands attention" from new Gov
   
08/7/24 - 09:53   GSF Car Parts - visits more than 300 customers nationwide in three-day tour
   
08/7/24 - 09:44   Intelligent Speed Assistance mandatory on all new cars from Sunday 7 July - RAC comment
   
08/7/24 - 09:22   China: AkzoNobel - upgrades Chinese site to boost daily capacity by more than 40%, part of £14m investment to double capacity
   
05/7/24 - 14:03   Auto Body Professional - Summer issue out now in print and online (link below)
   
05/7/24 - 14:01   The BBA Review - newly published magazine includes a review of the RECORD-BREAKING 2024 British Bodyshop Awards event!
   
05/7/24 - 13:59   Consumer Intelligence - quoted car insurance premiums up 34% in a year
   
05/7/24 - 13:24   AGM Services - read about the newly launched spraybooth energy tracker in Auto Body Professional
   
05/7/24 - 12:32   Mipa Paints - appoints Ian Rossall as Regional Business Development Manager
   
05/7/24 - 12:28   BPI - revolutionises access to circular economy principles through end-to-end Asset Disposal Solutions
   
05/7/24 - 12:21   SMMT - new LCV market down -4.5% in June after record-equalling 17-month growth run ends
   
05/7/24 - 12:19   TrustFord - receives prestigious CICMQ Accreditation
   
05/7/24 - 12:12   MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) - 10% British public are not aware that motor insurance is compulsory for any vehicle used on a public road
   
05/7/24 - 12:09   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - call on Labour to get private EV market moving and overhaul apprenticeship levy
   
05/7/24 - 11:54   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - "imperative to keep fuel duty low for motorists"
   
05/7/24 - 11:27   SMMT - ready to "continue productive partnership with government to ensure the long-term success of the sector"
   
05/7/24 - 11:17   General Election reaction: RAC - urges new Government to "reduce the motor insurance burden"
   
05/7/24 - 11:07   General Election reaction: LKQ UK & Ireland - (Labour's) plans to restore the 2030 phase-out date for ICE vehicles "most immediate impact"
   
05/7/24 - 11:05   Markerstudy - Atlanta Group and Markerstudy merger completed
   
05/7/24 - 10:50   Motofix Accident Repair Centres - SYNETIQ hosts meeting for bodyshop group
   
05/7/24 - 10:14   Rapid Repair - mobile vehicle repair industry appoint Phill Gatens (ex Cazoo) and Simon Yarwood (ex FMG Repair Services) to leadership team
   
05/7/24 - 09:55   Autovista Group (JD Power) - residual values slump to lowest level of 2024 with BEVs a "particularly poor performance"
   
05/7/24 - 09:31   General Election reaction: The Independent Garage Association (IGA) - focus on attracting new talent and apprenticeships
   
05/7/24 - 09:26   General Election reaction: IMI - Labour party was "the only party" that recognised the role the motor industry plays in net zero
   
04/7/24 - 14:01   Solus Accident Repair Centres - Steph Brindley nominates Body Repair Technician Georgia Spybey as an #InspiringAutomotiveWomen
   
04/7/24 - 13:49   Ben - confirms new details about the automotive charity's two biggest fundraising events of the year with £150k target
   
04/7/24 - 12:37   Devonshire Motors Hyundai Barnstaple - win ‘EV Frontier’ award at Global Dealer Awards
   
04/7/24 - 12:30   Chorley Group - to open three new Peugeot businesses
   
04/7/24 - 12:23   Autorisa - wholesale used diesel demand strong; prices up 0.7%; diesels account for 19% Q2 sales
   
04/7/24 - 12:06   Avant - Q&A with Chris Ryder in Auto Body Professional as Avant celebrates 20th anniversary
   
04/7/24 - 11:52   School of Thought (Automotive) - attending The British Motor Show
   
04/7/24 - 11:43   ABP CLUB EXCLUSIVE - interview with Hannah Wilcox, CEO, Activate Group
   
04/7/24 - 10:34   ABP Industry Yearbook - a look back over the last decade of data
   
04/7/24 - 10:31   Euro NCAP - Commercial Van safety performance improving significantly with 40% of vehicles tested rated ‘Platinum’
   
04/7/24 - 10:12   Thatcham Research - Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) explainer
   
04/7/24 - 10:07   USA: Axalta - completes acquisition of The CoverFlexx Group
   
04/7/24 - 09:52   Arval - Chery brands launch in UK
   
04/7/24 - 09:15   SMMT - new car market up 1.1% in June and hits ‘million motors’ milestone at half year
   
04/7/24 - 00:13   London - drivers of electric cars will have to pay daily Congestion Charge (currently £15) from Christmas 2025; they are currently exempt
   
03/7/24 - 23:40   British Insurance Awards from Post mag - full list of all winners and finalists from Wednesday night's ceremony
   
03/7/24 - 18:15   FMG Repair Services - appoints Michael Massey (ex 3M) as Head of Technical Capability & Innovation
   
03/7/24 - 18:09   Video: Rhodes Accident Repair Group - is the Steer acquisition of Gemini good news for "smaller, decent repairers?"
   
03/7/24 - 14:09   Thatcham Research - Intelligent Speed Assist explainer
   
03/7/24 - 14:01   Auto Body Professional - read about private equity in the bodyshop industry in the new ABP Club magazine
   
03/7/24 - 13:40   GYS - new price point for P-Series GYS AUTO and trade in scheme to help bodyshops upgrade equipment
   
03/7/24 - 13:16   Thatcham Research - Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) to be fitted as standard on new cars
   
03/7/24 - 12:34   RWC Training - exhibiting at the NAPFM 50th Anniversary conference in Telford
   
03/7/24 - 12:06   Consumer Intelligence - appoints Neil Orton (ex ControlExpert, Vizion and Audatex) as new Commercial Director
   
03/7/24 - 11:53   Steer Automotive Group's Commercial & Procurement Manager Jade Johnson - named in Automotive 30% Club's Inspiring Automotive Woman campaign
   
03/7/24 - 11:03   Airmax - new telematics supply deal with North Yorkshire Police, and 5-year extension for 900 Norfolk & Suffolk Constabulary vehicles
   
03/7/24 - 09:42   Enterprise Car Club - expanding Edinburgh City Council’s electric vehicle fleet with 12 EVs for hourly / daily rental at key locations
   
03/7/24 - 09:33   Copart - new 30-acre site Operation Centre in Chelmsford, Essex, increases vehicle storage capacity in this region by 25%
   
03/7/24 - 09:26   Suzuki - to cut 4 models (Swift Sport, Jimny LCV, Ignis and Swace) and introduce first fully electric car by 2025
   
02/7/24 - 15:34   Gemini Accident Repairs - to maintain its brand under the name, Gemini Accident Repairs, part of the Steer Automotive Group
   
02/7/24 - 15:10   Advanced Propulsion Centre UK - converting black mass to "battery gold" (video)
   
02/7/24 - 14:49   The BBA Review - newly published magazine includes a review of the RECORD-BREAKING 2024 British Bodyshop Awards event!
   
02/7/24 - 13:58   Fix Auto Coalville - Leicestershire bodyshop celebrates 50th anniversary
   
02/7/24 - 13:55   JEL Consulting - Eddie Longworth named Claims Champion of the Year award at the 2024 Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards
   
02/7/24 - 13:48   Silverlake - nine members of the Brazilian Automotive Recycling Association visit to champion cross border collaboration
   
02/7/24 - 13:18   SYNETIQ - fundraising team triumphs in Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £4,000 for charity, ANDYSMANCLUB
   
02/7/24 - 13:11   Circle Leasing - partnership with One.funding for bodyshops aset finance options
   
02/7/24 - 13:06   IMI - Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony 2025: Wednesday 12 March in London
   
02/7/24 - 12:58   RAC - petrol down 3ppl and diesel by nearly 4ppl
   
02/7/24 - 10:48   Auto Body Professional - Summer issue out now in print and online (link below)
   
02/7/24 - 10:01   Onyx BMS - new bodyshop management system originally developed for the Activate Accident Repair launched as "challenger to legacy systems"
   
02/7/24 - 09:56   S&P Global Mobility - survey of 8,000 consumers in 8 countries shows ADAS awareness and take up increasing
   
02/7/24 - 09:48   Motor Insurers​ Bureau (MIB) - exiting CEO, Dominic Clayden, reflects on his time after 6 years at the MIB
   
02/7/24 - 09:48   Motor Insurers'​ Bureau (MIB) - exiting CEO, Dominic Clayden, reflects on his time after 6 years at the MIB
   
01/7/24 - 14:13   Aviva - identified fraud on more than 51,000 motor policy applications, up 64% on 2022
   
01/7/24 - 13:59   JTAPE - Gillian Allan (ex Morelli Group) joins the JTAPE UK Sales Team
   
01/7/24 - 13:53   EV Bodyshops - happy 3rd birthday to Enfield-based bodyshop
   
01/7/24 - 13:19   Steer Automotive Group (#1 independent bodyshop group) - acquires all 38 Gemini Accident Repair Centre (#3 inde bodyshop group) sites
   
01/7/24 - 13:01   MAHLE Powertrain - expands dedicated hydrogen powertrain testing capabilities at Northampton
   
01/7/24 - 12:48   AA - calls for graduated driving licence for new drivers, inc limiting peer passengers in first 6 months
   
01/7/24 - 12:20   Gallagher - 43% employers did not know the law had changed on flexible working: info for employers
   
01/7/24 - 11:59   Autoglas - opens 10 new branches in 2024 in response to ADAS take-up
   
01/7/24 - 11:29   Aviva - the UK's 3rd largest motor insurer detected 39% more claims fraud in 2023; fraudulent claims for motor damage up 123%
   
01/7/24 - 11:08   JLR - hired an average of 150 veterans a year since 2014; celebrates 10th anniversary of signing Armed Forces Covenant
   
01/7/24 - 10:52   Honda - My Honda+ connected car application now covers e models
   
01/7/24 - 10:05   Renault - Adam Wood appointed Managing Director Renault brand UK and Country Head Renault Group UK
   
28/6/24 - 13:56   BCA - updates Commercial Vehicle Grading scheme to help buyers to identify and compare condition
   
28/6/24 - 13:54   Alton Cars (4th largest independent bodyshop group) - senior leadership team raise more than £5k for charity that supports young people
   
28/6/24 - 13:48   ABI - Director of Policy, Yvonne Braun, awarded OBE for services to the pensions industry and socio-economic diversity
   
28/6/24 - 13:44   Henkel - repairing an EV battery pack by replacing individual modules can save up to 77% of costs and 91% of emissions
   
28/6/24 - 13:23   Japan - 230 million tonnes of EV battery metal deposits found; enough to meet the country’s cobalt consumption needs for 75 years
   
28/6/24 - 13:15   FMG - three staff celebrate 20-year anniversary with FMG and two mark a decade at the company
   
28/6/24 - 13:08   Carlac - confirm exclusive UK distribution deal with UV lamp and curing solutions provider, Teslacure
   
28/6/24 - 12:44   The Sunday Times Hundred 2024 - insutech and EV rental firm make listing of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies
   
28/6/24 - 12:27   Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) - parts supplier and manufacturer, Elring Parts, joins IAAF
   
28/6/24 - 11:20   MOTORS (network of sites includes Gumtree and eBay) - acquires Cazoo brand
   
28/6/24 - 10:22   M&A Coachworks (Powered by Steer) - raise more than £10,000 for charity by auctioning scrap parts art; Lotus bonnet for Plunkys All Stars
   
28/6/24 - 09:36   MIB - 71% of British public don't understand the green card system (international certificate of insurance for driving abroad)
   
28/6/24 - 09:10   SMMT - UK CV manufacturing down -59% in May
   
27/6/24 - 15:02   Tesla - appoints Mark Smith as head of fleet sales and certified pre-owned cars; in-house refurbishment teams introduced
   
27/6/24 - 13:59   LKQ Academy - first bodyshop-dedicated proposition introduces 12 new courses designed to upskill bodyshop professionals
   
27/6/24 - 13:43   The Vella Group - acquires Brocksford Motors in Stoke-on-Trent, taking The Vella Group to 15 bodyshop sites
   
27/6/24 - 13:07   Qover - motor insurtech launches AI-powered embedded insurance solution to streamline claims for "settlement in minutes"
   
27/6/24 - 12:54   AX - accident management co launches EValuate scheme to offer EV replacement vehicle to drivers while their petrol / diesel car is repaired
   
27/6/24 - 12:43   Laser Tools - rechargeable cordless hot-blade scraper to remove stubborn gaskets, sealants, stickers and labels
   
27/6/24 - 12:01   Auto Trader - Mercedes-Benz GLC is the UK’s current fastest-selling used car
   
27/6/24 - 11:41   Plunkys All Stars Charity Football Match - fundraising hits c£23k ahead of match on Friday (28 June) 18:30 KO
   
27/6/24 - 11:20   Private parking industry launches its own code of conduct - reaction
   
27/6/24 - 11:02   The AA - hand-held mobile phone convictions reach seven-year high; court convictions up 90% in a year
   
27/6/24 - 09:02   SMMT - UK car manufacturing down -11.9% in May
   
27/6/24 - 08:51   LKQ - host "School Safari" to encourage young people to think about a career in the automotive industry
   
26/6/24 - 14:04   TrustFord - Ford of Britain & Ireland Chair and MD, Lisa Brankin, opens two dealerships in Scotland: Aberdeen & Glasgow
   
26/6/24 - 14:00   Motor Auction Group - one-off sale raises nearly £5,000 for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
   
26/6/24 - 13:57   Auto Windscreens - AST Signs' Nathan Aston crowned Auto Windscreens Grand Prix 2024 Champion
   
26/6/24 - 13:48   A1 ADAS Solutions - appoints Kieran Eastwood (ex Motorserve and JLR) as operations manager
   
26/6/24 - 13:10   Nissan - CEO Makoto Uchida receives honorary award from the United Kingdom
   
26/6/24 - 13:00   Stellantis Charity Golf Day - 3rd Annual Charity Golf Day for DEBRA, sponsored by 3M
   
26/6/24 - 12:36   Tracker - 72% increase in the number of illegal chop shops shut down in partnership with the police
   
26/6/24 - 12:13   The Vella Group - eight more Vella Group bodyshops join AkzoNobel's Sustainable Repair Network
   
26/6/24 - 11:32   The IMI - Vacancy Rate Tracker for May 2024 shows small drop from 4.1 to 3.7 vacancies for every 100 employees
   
26/6/24 - 11:27   ECA Business Energy - Market Drivers May 2024 Report: supply and demand and wholesale prices
   
26/6/24 - 10:43   Aston Barclay - higher interest rates impacts June LCV desirability index with Citroen Relay on top
   
26/6/24 - 10:40   Europcar - provides support vehicle and sponsorship for 4-day Yorkshire Beast
   
26/6/24 - 00:37   Rivus Fleet Solutions (formerly BT Fleet Solutions) - bought out of administration by its largest customer, the Metropolitan Police Service
   
26/6/24 - 00:23   Fisker - US electric car maker heads for liquidation after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week
   
25/6/24 - 23:21   Volkswagen - to invest $5 billion in joint venture with Rivian to create next generation software-defined vehicle (SDV) platforms
   
25/6/24 - 14:27   HB Accident Repair Network - Mick Callaghan appointed as Production Manager
   
25/6/24 - 14:01   Peritus Learning - ABP Members get £100 off per person new ILM Level 3 Online Course
   
25/6/24 - 13:56   TTC - casualties in relation to drug-driving increase 260% in the past 12 years
   
25/6/24 - 13:44   RAC - drivers heading to Glastonbury (M5 and A303 will be busy); vehicles allowed to park on-site from 9pm today (Tuesday)
   
25/6/24 - 12:59   Ring - encourages bodyshops to sell headlight alignment service
   
25/6/24 - 12:53   Venson Automotive Solutions - the rise of carbon-neutral, green hydrogen, could be a "gamechanger" for fleet managers
   
25/6/24 - 11:55   SMMT - automotive industry can deliver £50 billion of growth over the next decade
   
25/6/24 - 11:37   Newbridge ARC - an update on progress at the new London bodyshop
   
25/6/24 - 11:17   Inrix - London is most congested city in Europe; drivers in the capital spent an average of 99 hours sitting in traffic in 2023
   
25/6/24 - 11:02   The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) - nine new members join used car sector organisation
   
25/6/24 - 10:26   MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) - hosts COB General Assembly in 75th anniversary year to help maintain frictionless travel across the regions
   
25/6/24 - 09:32   Vertu - trading update: "high margin aftersales business benefiting from investment in technician resource"
   
25/6/24 - 09:26   Saga - trading update: "market conditions for insurance remain challenging"...."we are continuing to explore partnership opportunities"
   
24/6/24 - 18:59   Vizion - Stellantis Charity Golf Day, sponsored by Vizion, raises more than £20,000 for rare skin condition charity, DEBRA
   
24/6/24 - 17:56   KECO - new K-Tower with Vacuum Base and KECO Pulling Accessories for faster GPR repairs; available to pre-order
   
24/6/24 - 17:28   British Insurance Technology Awards from Post mag - full list of all 17 winners
   
24/6/24 - 17:08   Direct Line Group - appoint Maz Bown (ex Aviva) as Group Chief Risk Officer
   
24/6/24 - 13:55   Europcar - EVs account for 12% fleet, 379% YOY increase
   
24/6/24 - 13:41   ACG - recognised as a North West Fastest 50 Company
   
24/6/24 - 13:11   Standovision- training video focuses on fading out and polishing with Standocryl VOC Performance Pro Clear K9590
   
24/6/24 - 10:46   Amazon - Future of Work & Career Development study in the UK: 61% say apprenticeships are more valuable than university
   
24/6/24 - 10:39   EV Bodyshops - team take part in the London to Brighton EV rally 2024
   
24/6/24 - 10:25   The IAEA's magazine - The Assessors Journal, published by ABP Club, is out now!
   
24/6/24 - 10:07   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - 82% dealerships seeing shortage of skilled technicians
   
21/6/24 - 13:42   BCA - continues to win and retain volume dealer business inc TrustFord
   
21/6/24 - 13:38   Purchase Direct - retain the Investors in People accreditation
   
21/6/24 - 13:32   Silverlake - more than 5,100 people attend MotoFest ’24 at the Silverlake Stadium (home of Eastleigh Football Club)
   
21/6/24 - 13:28   IMI - analysis of manifestos to help automotive businesses navigate policies
   
21/6/24 - 13:21   Thatcham Research – rebalancing focus across safety, security, and sustainable repair @ LexisNexis event
   
21/6/24 - 10:05   NBRA - vehicle repair sector needs government support re skills shortages, EV standardisation and business rates
   
21/6/24 - 09:56   Carpenters Group - joint-owner and Director, Donna Scully, wins ‘Metro Choice Award for Social Impact’ at Employer’s Excellence Awards 2024
   
21/6/24 - 09:49   Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) - car rental manager fined after unlawfully obtaining customer data
   
21/6/24 - 09:40   MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) - shocking levels of uninsured vehicle on UK roads
   
20/6/24 - 14:00   Global Car Recycling Day - car industry worldwide strive for a circular economy for 1.4 billion cars
   
20/6/24 - 13:51   Motofix Accident Repair Centres - sponsor a new two-post ramp at RWC Training Milton Keynes to mark training partnership
   
20/6/24 - 13:40   Mercedes-Benz - upgrade ex factory or over-the-air updates for Automatic Lane Change function for 15 Mercedes-Benz models
   
20/6/24 - 13:30   RAC - respond to Lib Dems’ pothole pledge to spend £300m on ‘filling in’ 1.2m potholes a year
   
20/6/24 - 11:30   Revive! - 58% increase in demand for its alloy wheel repair services over the past two years
   
20/6/24 - 11:23   RAC - the Wirral’s James Jones is named ‘RAC patrol of the year’
   
20/6/24 - 11:21   ABP Club Golf Day - all the photos from the Charity Golf Day at the Worsley Golf Club
   
20/6/24 - 11:16   Copart UK - supporting Global Car Recycling Day
   
20/6/24 - 09:20   Thatcham Research - New Scientist study finds Automated Vehicles (AV) are as safe as human drivers (but low-light conditions more tricky)
   
20/6/24 - 09:12   Carwow - one in three used car buyers have found previous owner’s data in the car
   
20/6/24 - 09:07   Insurance fraud - next government must appoint dedicated fraud minister to tackle UK scams epidemic, says Which?
   
19/6/24 - 13:25   ABP Club Golf Day at Worsley Golf Club - 79 golfers take part in first ABP Charity Golf Day of 2024
   
19/6/24 - 13:06   Silverlake - wins Climate and Sustainability Award at UK Green Business Awards
   
19/6/24 - 13:00   Autoglass - Technician George Pim from Grantham, Lincolnshire, finishes second in Windscreen World Championship
   
19/6/24 - 12:57   Fix Auto Pontypridd - Fix Auto Swansea West owners purchase S&F Motors
   
19/6/24 - 12:42   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - new Barnstaple site (video)
   
19/6/24 - 12:15   Startline - Xpeng, Omoda and BYD are Chinese car brands most likely to succeed in UK, dealers say
   
19/6/24 - 12:14   Startline - Xpeng, Omoda and BYD are Chinese car brands most likely to succeed in UK, dealers say
   
19/6/24 - 11:43   Steer Automotive Group - 17 team members attend Steer Management Development Programme (MDP)
   
19/6/24 - 11:20   Bosnia and Herzegovina - tops list of European countries with the lowest percentage of electric vehicles
   
19/6/24 - 10:41   Carwow - seven in 10 car buyers can’t identify a car that’s been in an accident
   
19/6/24 - 10:29   Cifas - insurance sector sees ‘no claims’ fraud soar by a fifth
   
19/6/24 - 10:25   GSF Car Parts - opens new branch in Birmingham
   
19/6/24 - 09:54   SMMT - Manifesto 2030: 5 requests from the industry for "Automotive Growth for a Zero Emission Future"
   
19/6/24 - 09:29   Which? - "rip off" 'Super Collision Damage Waivers' from car hire firms cost up to 12X more than alternatives
   
19/6/24 - 08:06   Inflation rate – falls again: CPI inflation falls to 2.0% for the 12 months to May 2024 (lowest for 3 years); RPI inflation falls to 3.0%
   
18/6/24 - 14:08   Simply Brands (automotive aftermarket brands) - establishes European presence with German office
   
18/6/24 - 13:51   QBE - UK fire services attended 46% more fires linked to lithium-ion batteries in 2023 than 2022
   
18/6/24 - 13:44   Mipa Paints - experienced bodyshop professional, Adam Taylor appointed as Technical Consultant
   
18/6/24 - 13:04   Fisker - EV startup files for bankruptcy
   
18/6/24 - 12:55   M25 closure - junctions 10 and 11 will be closed from 9pm Friday 12 July to 6am Monday 15 July 2024
   
18/6/24 - 12:51   Repairify - expands technical sales team with Jon Davies appointed as Technical Sales Executive
   
18/6/24 - 12:42   HELLA - talks to technicians about ADAS at GSF Car Parts TechFest
   
18/6/24 - 12:15   eBay - 83% Brits don’t understand what a CAT N (cosmetic repairs needed) insurance classification means
   
18/6/24 - 11:42   Which? - "distress and inconvenience" was invoked in two-thirds of upheld claims for motor insurance (66%)
   
18/6/24 - 11:05   Defaqto - new portal for insurers reveals the lived experience of 14,500 UK insurance customers
   
18/6/24 - 10:51   USA: Briolf Group (Roberlo owner) - to invest more than $30 million (£23.6 million) in its first production plant in the United States
   
18/6/24 - 10:42   BCA - average used car values at auction down £132 (May vs April) to £7,376
   
17/6/24 - 14:26   Polestar - Matt Galvin appointed as Managing Director of Polestar UK  & Ireland
   
17/6/24 - 14:01   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - reduced fuel volumes post-pandemic partly to blame for high fuel costs
   
17/6/24 - 13:57   YouGov - nearly 60% of global consumer open to buying used cars
   
17/6/24 - 13:54   SYNETIQ - carbon footprint calculation project to calculate the carbon footprint of auction vehicles
   
17/6/24 - 13:51   Chinese EV maker BYD - scores early Euros goal as ad views soar on Auto Trader
   
17/6/24 - 13:18   Thatcham Research - launches ADAS Aware training to address UK bodyshop tech knowledge gap
   
17/6/24 - 12:59   RAC - UK drivers (except those in NI) getting "extremely poor deal every time they fill up"
   
17/6/24 - 12:34   Lookers Leasing & Trakm8 - join forces to deliver telematics for fleets
   
17/6/24 - 12:22   Liberal Democrats - to expand Rural Fuel Duty Relief to cut petrol prices for drivers in countryside
   
17/6/24 - 11:01   McLaren Manchester - named one of McLaren’s top 12 performing retailers globally
   
17/6/24 - 10:53   Tesla - Model Y crowned New Car of the Year 2024
   
17/6/24 - 10:45   Osprey Charging - acquires land for largest EV charging hub in Scotland, installing 16 ultra-rapid chargers in Paisley, Glasgow (near M8)
   
17/6/24 - 00:30   Aviva - ceo Amanda Blanc says Labour manifesto plans to address rising motor insurance prices are “fundamentally flawed"
   
17/6/24 - 00:09   Tesla - shareholders approve £35 BILLION pay package for Elon Musk for second time
   
15/6/24 - 20:31   SMMT - ceo Mike Hawes gets OBE for services to the UK automotive industry
   
14/6/24 - 11:44   ALLDATA Europe - celebrates record license milestone
   
14/6/24 - 13:58   Devonshire Motors - team celebrates successful completion of the first DM Excellence Academy module
   
14/6/24 - 13:50   Colourcube Automotive - independent bodyshop based in Huddersfield secure CARSQA accreditation for Full Structural Repair for 2nd year
   
14/6/24 - 13:45   GRIDSERVE - learner drivers want electric car lessons but can’t find EV instructors
   
14/6/24 - 13:38   Carwow - motorists fined £2.15bn as DVLA sells driver details
   
14/6/24 - 12:52   Solus - Paul at Solus' Warrington bodyshop Secure Automotive
   
14/6/24 - 12:36   ABI - British insurers sign Memorandum of Understanding with Gibraltar Insurance Association (GIA)
   
14/6/24 - 12:13   The Vehicle Remarketing Association- “Good and bad” for remarketing in Labour Manifesto, says VRA
   
14/6/24 - 12:05   Mercedes-Benz - publishes campaign film “Dreamer – a DRIVE PILOT Story” about first system for SAE Level 3 for series-production vehicles
   
14/6/24 - 11:31   EngineeringUK - data shows small but worrying spike in women aged 35 to 44 leaving engineering
   
14/6/24 - 11:25   Gemini Accident Repairs - 3rd largest independent bodyshop group opens bodyshop number 37, a new-build site in Darlington
   
14/6/24 - 08:49   (Comment) Labour Manifesto - more chargepoints needed for reintroduction of the 2030 new car zero emission deadlines
   
14/6/24 - 08:33   Re: Thatcham Research - ongoing repair sector skills crisis a key factor in increased insurance cost due to a lack of trained technicians
   
13/6/24 - 13:45   Eyebox Training and Conference Centre - full industry support for well-attended Eyebox Centre and supplier showcase
   
13/6/24 - 13:20   GSF Car Parts - automotive sector facing a skills gap “timebomb”
   
13/6/24 - 13:14   RAC - road maintenance and EV transition “on Labour’s list of priorities”
   
13/6/24 - 13:10   Labour - Manifesto: five missions to ‘rebuild Britain’; “wealth creation” and no increase to NI, income tax or VAT and corp tax cap @ 25%
   
13/6/24 - 11:54   Car Wash Association (CWA) - non-compliant hand car washes “ blatantly disregarding employment laws”
   
13/6/24 - 11:37   DAC Beachcroft's Claims Solutions Group (CSG) - partner, Paul Greaves, joins Complex Injury team.
   
13/6/24 - 09:50   IFED - moped garages visited by officers as part of drive to tackle moped-enabled ‘crash for cash’ fraud
   
13/6/24 - 09:43   Ring - the LED law change in Ireland and how it impacts the UK automotive industry
   
13/6/24 - 09:35   Laser Tools - easy fuse extraction with this fuse removal set
   
13/6/24 - 09:33   Winn Group - promotes five members of First Response Team team to Senior Technical Claims Handler roles
   
12/6/24 - 13:52   Thatcham Research - ongoing repair sector skills crisis a key factor in increased insurance cost due to a lack of trained technicians
   
12/6/24 - 13:48   Auto Trader on EU Tariffs - "We hope the UK isn’t tempted to take similar action"
   
12/6/24 - 13:45   The Labour Party - to tackle rising car insurance costs with regulators "cracking down" on the causes of soaring prices
   
12/6/24 - 13:19   Kindertons Accident Management - to walk 4,269 miles for #DestinationFloridaChildrensCharity
   
12/6/24 - 13:18   JLR - invest more than £1m in police operations to target organised vehicle theft gangs; only 0.2% of new Range Rovers have been stolen
   
12/6/24 - 13:03   Reuters - EU to impose tariffs of up to 38% on Chinese electric vehicles
   
12/6/24 - 12:51   Allianz UK - achieves CII accreditation for 14th year in a row
   
12/6/24 - 12:32   Andrew Doncaster - former Regional Training Consultant at Audatex UK joins FMG Repair Services as VDA Technical Trainer
   
12/6/24 - 12:26   Winn Group - Associate Director Amy Graham celebrates 15-year anniversary at Winns
   
12/6/24 - 12:23   Winn Group - Associate Director Amy Graham celebrates 15-year anniversary at
   
12/6/24 - 12:07   Allianz - England national team Captain and FC Bayern footballer, Harry Kane, appointed as as global Allianz brand ambassador
   
12/6/24 - 10:55   What Car? - 52% motorists feel safer using voice control over buttons and touchscreens as driver distraction causes 17% accidents
   
12/6/24 - 10:20   Venson Automotive Solutions - voted for by fleet managers as one of the UK’s most trusted Leasing & Salary Sacrifice businesses
   
12/6/24 - 10:07   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - partners with Mac Tools UK for bodyshop apprentice kit
   
12/6/24 - 09:45   TEROSON - brand’s Instagram page targets bodyshop audience
   
12/6/24 - 09:36   RAC - reacts to Conservative manifesto transport pledges
   
11/6/24 - 23:12   Charge Cars Ltd - new EV start up in West Drayton appoints adminstrators; company is next door to LAB364, the new "ultimate paint shop"
   
11/6/24 - 16:45   RWC Training - hosts another enrichment day for college students
   
11/6/24 - 14:11   Race report 3: Industry Insights - Steve Thompson secures 1st in class in both races and Driver of the Day at Silverstone
   
11/6/24 - 14:03   The Motor Ombudsman - underinflated tyres costing motorists at least £112 million annually in wasted rubber
   
11/6/24 - 13:55   Kudos Bodyworks - automotive industry charity, Ben, check in on the bodyshop teams' health and wellbeing
   
11/6/24 - 13:46   RAC - calls on political parties to ‘deliver for drivers’ and other road users
   
11/6/24 - 13:33   Conservatives - manifesto pledges to ban road pricing, cancel London ULEZ, create 100,000 more apprenticeships in England every year
   
11/6/24 - 13:25   Race report 2: SYNETIQ & LKQ-sponsored duo - on-track BTCC talent from Josh Cook and Aiden Moffat
   
11/6/24 - 13:11   Race report 1: Rick Kerry, Ipswich ARC - "strange but successful" weekend at Oulton Park
   
11/6/24 - 12:29   NFDA - reaffirms cooperation with European counterparts following 2024 European Parliament election
   
11/6/24 - 12:08   Vauxhall - just 2.3% of the UK’s on-street EV chargers are adapted to be accessible for disabled motorists
   
11/6/24 - 11:59   Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) - tyre issues cause almost 50% of motorway breakdowns
   
11/6/24 - 10:35   PPG - becomes Premium Sponsor of WorldSkills Europe
   
11/6/24 - 09:02   ONS - latest UK labour market figures: unemployment up 4.4% (Feb to April) from the previous 4.3% - highest since Sept 2021, wages up 6%
   
11/6/24 - 08:50   The RAC and the AA - reaction to Liberal Democrats' 2024 election manifesto: more £ for roads and reinstating the plug-in car grant
   
11/6/24 - 08:40   Mipa Paints - appoints experienced paint technician, Tim Hall, as Technical Support
   
11/6/24 - 07:48   Liberal Democrat - manifesto pledges include restoring 2030 deadline for electric cars and vans, replacing the apprenticeship levy
   
10/6/24 - 13:54   HORIBA MIRA receives King’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development in the development of net zero mobility
   
10/6/24 - 13:30   Motor Trader - Inchcape named top dealer groups with most increased profits (added £21.2m to its profits)
   
10/6/24 - 13:14   esure - 20% drop in vehicle damage claims in Wales since 20mph speed limit was introduced
   
10/6/24 - 13:04   DEBRA UK charity - industry team complete 53+ miles of walking and a 1-mile swim to raise funds
   
10/6/24 - 12:39   Thatcham Research - support "ground-breaking" hydrogen fuel cell Hilux pick-up project, now at final phase
   
10/6/24 - 12:04   Europcar Mobility Group UK - user guides and insights help new EV drivers and businesses dispel myths
   
10/6/24 - 11:35   Bolton College - to host the WorldSkills UK National finals for Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Refinishing in November
   
10/6/24 - 10:52   Toyota GB - IMI ‘There’s More to Motor’ digital campaign features Toyota GB apprentice, Callum, and colleagues
   
10/6/24 - 09:10   PPG - announced as Premium Sponsor for 2024-25 WorldSkills Europe vocational skills organization
   
10/6/24 - 09:00   SMMT - 17th month of growth in LCV market as volumes up 1.9%
   
10/6/24 - 08:59   AA - Pothole Partnership with JCB, British Cycling, National Motorcyclists Council) push 5-point plan Manifesto plan
   
10/6/24 - 08:54   GKN Automotive - reduces direct CO2e emissions by 10.5% in 2023
   
09/6/24 - 22:58   Cazoo - administrators close to a deal to sell business to motors.co.uk reports Sky News
   
09/6/24 - 17:24   British Claims Awards (from Claims Media - Barker Brooks) - full list of winners and finalists from last weeks ceremomy
   
07/6/24 - 14:12   Keco - Chris Sugden joins Keco as UK Sales Manager
   
07/6/24 - 14:09   The ITAI 'Crash Day' 2024 - ABP Club joins insurers, engineers and accident investigators at research day in Derby
   
07/6/24 - 14:08   Bolton College - to host the Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Refinishing WorldSkills UK National Finals 2024
   
07/6/24 - 14:08   Bolton College - to host Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Refinishing WorldSkills UK National Finals 2024
   
07/6/24 - 14:07   Bolton College - to host Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Refinishing WorldSkills UK National Finals 2024
   
07/6/24 - 14:07   Bolton College - to host Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Refinishing WorldSkills UK National Finals 2024
   
07/6/24 - 13:40   Grove - study shows 70-85% paint waste in bodyshops
   
07/6/24 - 13:12   Arval UK - Autoglass named preferred automotive glazing partner to fleet and leasing company
   
07/6/24 - 12:58   Repairify - commits to scaled-up presence at this year's at Best of Belron 2024 in Portugal
   
07/6/24 - 12:34   Solus - to open three new bodyshops: Sheffield, Sunderland, and Exeter, taking Solus to 24 sites
   
07/6/24 - 12:16   Mustoes Specialist Vehicle Body Repairs - join Fix Auto UK as Fix Auto Caldicot
   
07/6/24 - 09:40   ABP bodyshop member - recommendation for new spraybooth oven for vans
   
07/6/24 - 09:17   FMG Repair Services - opens new bodyshop in Chadderton, Greater Manchester
   
07/6/24 - 09:05   RAC - speed limit signs obscured by overgrown foliage
   
07/6/24 - 09:00   Which bodyshop management system would you recommend? - Question on the Forum from a Club Member
   
05/6/24 - 21:24   USA: Focus Advisors - why private equity firms have invested more than $9 billion in the US collision repair market in last 6 months
   
05/6/24 - 14:00   NFDA - "extremely positive first half of the year in the new car market"
   
05/6/24 - 13:57   ACG - new bodyshop client case study features Care & Repair Sevenoaks' Financial Director, Sam Huke
   
05/6/24 - 13:53   ALLDATA Europe - fuels automotive stars of the future with ‘education licence’ for ALLDATA Repair
   
05/6/24 - 13:49   The IMI - ‘Wish List’ for next Government includes focus on automotive education, skills and tech
   
05/6/24 - 12:54   James Alpe - carbon-neutral status in accordance with PAS2060 for the third consecutive year
   
05/6/24 - 12:35   Markerstudy Sustainability Report 2023 - update on the insurer's Sustainable Supply Chain Programme roll-out
   
05/6/24 - 11:49   Northgate Vehicle Hire - 29% businesses unaware of the planned Clean Air Zones (CAZ) charges
   
05/6/24 - 11:39   SMMT - new car registrations up 1.7% in May; battery electric vehicle (BEV) market share reaches 17.6%
   
05/6/24 - 09:10   RAC - petrol down 2.4ppl and diesel down 4.5ppl in May
   
05/6/24 - 08:59   Autovista 24 (part of JD Power) - hybrid residual values outperform wider market in May
   
05/6/24 - 08:45   CarComm Coachworks - achieve BS10125:2022, the updated British Standard for repair
   
04/6/24 - 14:06   The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) - “Covid cars” causing valuation issues
   
04/6/24 - 13:56   ECA Business Energy - get behind the Plunkys All Stars football match
   
04/6/24 - 13:39   Laser Tools Racing 2024 - non-slip wing cover for ultimate paintwork protection
   
04/6/24 - 13:23   C&P Panelcraft - celebrates BS10125:2022 transition and being carbon neutral in accordance with PAS 2060 for the 4th year in succession
   
04/6/24 - 13:06   Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - next Government must use first 100 days to revitalise 'Brand Britain'
   
04/6/24 - 12:31   Steer Automotive Group - acquire Chartwell in Derby and M&A Coachworks 4 sites; expands Steer's prestige capabilities
   
04/6/24 - 12:26   Parklodge International - Electrical Vehicle Fire Investigation Course in Norway demos EV battery in thermal runaway from firearm
   
04/6/24 - 12:03   RS Motors - Richard Smith responds to ABP posts about repair times, skills and claims volumes
   
04/6/24 - 11:56   The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) - Chief Operating Officer, Lesley Woolley, retires
   
04/6/24 - 11:39   National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA) - 7 key ‘asks’ in manifesto include overhauling apprenticeship levy & boosting MOT capacity
   
04/6/24 - 11:05   Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles - 45% UK van drivers report ADAS tech has prevented at least one accident in the last year
   
04/6/24 - 08:46   AA Driving School - one in four driving test passes will be in automatic cars by 2026
   
04/6/24 - 08:39   National Windscreens - Mark MacKenzie to lead UK regional sales team
   
03/6/24 - 17:24   Gemini Accident Repairs - acquires Swindon bodyshop, NCR Bodyshops
   
03/6/24 - 17:03   *** CORRECTION *** Eyebox in Coventry - hosting an Open Day and Networking Lunch on Thursday 13 June: RSVP to attend!
   
03/6/24 - 12:11   Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) - analysis of The Automated Vehicles Act
   
03/6/24 - 12:00   Direct Line Group - shuts down Caha car ownership app
   
03/6/24 - 11:21   Eyebox in Coventry - Open Day and Networking Lunch: Thursday 13 June at 11am
   
03/6/24 - 11:12   IMI - free webinars for IMI members aim to address key issues to improve Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
   
03/6/24 - 10:33   Hyundai - appoints Eduardo Ramírez as the new Chief Designer of Hyundai Design Europe
   
03/6/24 - 10:09   Express Bodyworks Group - newly acquired bodyshop in Nuneaton fully refurbished and receives positive recommendation for BS 10125 Kitemark
   
03/6/24 - 09:55   Automotive Engineering Insight from James Scoltock - five technologies that could revolutionise automotive
   
03/6/24 - 08:41   Sandicliffe Group - become the first School of Thought (Automotive) dealer group Partner
   
31/5/24 - 21:03   Geneva Motor Show - cancelled for ever, despite returning in 2024 after 4-year Covid abscence; Qatar spin-off still on for Nov 2025
   
31/5/24 - 13:43   Plunky’s All Stars - Vizion, WRC and Autoflow pledge their support for fundraising football match
   
31/5/24 - 13:35   Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology - AI-controlled stations can charge electric cars at a personal price
   
31/5/24 - 13:32   Fix Auto UK - 150th successful candidate undertakes two-day Mental Health First Aiders course
   
31/5/24 - 11:54   Spain: SEAT - operating the Volkswagen Group’s first electric paint drying oven in Martorell
   
31/5/24 - 10:42   AA - calls on all political parties to commit to scrapping ‘smart’ motorways
   
31/5/24 - 10:22   Auto Trader - launches New Woman of the Year Award to support Automotive 30% Club’s ‘Moonshot’ initiative
   
31/5/24 - 09:52   Fix Auto Dagenham - Directors Chris Oliver and Paul Cunningham complete 100-mile cycling challenge!
   
31/5/24 - 09:48   Purchase Direct - The Big Switch off (extended to 31 January 2027 instead of 2025)
   
31/5/24 - 09:08   Allianz - shortage of skills in the motor repair sector is fuelling claims costs and pushing up motor insurance premiums
   
31/5/24 - 08:54   Delphi Academy - new hydrogen training course; progression from IMI Accredited Hydrogen Awareness course
   
30/5/24 - 13:44   Activate Group - average repair costs for the Renault Zoe (£3,196) are 72% higher than the ICE-powered Clio (£1,861)
   
30/5/24 - 13:28   Learning and Work Institute - cuts to skills funding are creating a "great skills divide" and putting £20 billion of economic growth at ris
   
30/5/24 - 13:04   FMG - handle all cases for ZIGUP (formerly Redde Northgate) with "an average response time of 72 minutes"
   
30/5/24 - 12:13   Purchase Direct - reminds businesses about The Big Switch off in 2025
   
30/5/24 - 12:02   The AA - one in 40 drivers and one in 20 front passengers not wearing a seatbelt and mobile phone abuse up 2.5 times at night
   
30/5/24 - 11:55   SMMT - UK CV manufacturing down -19.9% in April BUT best year to date since 2010 (13.6% lead in first 4 months)
   
30/5/24 - 11:52   National statistics - reported road casualties in Great Britain in 2023 down 3%
   
30/5/24 - 11:47   Ennis & Co Group - mobility and energy specialist Claire Miller joins as an Associate
   
30/5/24 - 10:31   SMMT - UK car manufacturing output down -7.0% in April
   
30/5/24 - 10:29   ECA Business Energy - April was a "highly volatile" month for gas markets due to heightened geopolitical tensions
   
30/5/24 - 10:18   Autoglym - car care products range honoured with a Royal Warrant from His Majesty King Charles III
   
30/5/24 - 07:29   RAC - Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh introduce Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charges
   
30/5/24 - 07:23   Vizion Network - Darren Axon appointed as Regional Business Manager
   
29/5/24 - 13:57   DEBRA UK - win a BMW E36 M3 Evolution Convertible, owned by TV presenter of Car SOS, Tim Shaw
   
29/5/24 - 13:46   ABI - four out of five people unaware of common motor insurance scam
   
29/5/24 - 13:40   Standox - new special effect red mixing tint: Basecoat Hybrid Special Effect Mix 107 Volcano Red
   
29/5/24 - 13:26   HMRC - webinar on expenses and providing benefits to your employees
   
29/5/24 - 13:15   IONITY (multi-VM joint venture) - reduces the price of its EV charging across the UK
   
29/5/24 - 11:50   Plastrepair - Auto Additive 3D printing business discussion and launch at IBIS Global Repair Summit
   
29/5/24 - 11:45   RAC - UK has the most expensive diesel in Europe
   
29/5/24 - 11:39   Bumper - 10% payday loans are used for car or vehicle expenses
   
29/5/24 - 11:20   Euro NCAP - test results for VW Tiguan, Maxus MIFA 7, Ford Tourneo Custom and ZEEKR 001 and the X
   
29/5/24 - 09:21   AA Accident Assist - more than 16,000 drivers helped in 2023 following a rear-end crash
   
29/5/24 - 09:09   ProXL - new all-in-one car Bumper and Plastic Repair Kit for bodyshops
   
29/5/24 - 09:02   Junair - 3 Series spraybooth oven installation project update
   
28/5/24 - 13:52   Plunky's All Stars (Friday 28 June in Norwich) - 20+ auction prizes now available to bid on!
   
28/5/24 - 13:40   H Samson Bolton - paint technician Arvind Tailor to retire after 51 years' bodyshop service
   
28/5/24 - 13:23   Darren Coia (33), West College Scotland refinish paint mature student - reaches last 18 of IMI Skills Competitions 2024
   
28/5/24 - 13:16   Post Office - first electric Mobile Post Office successfully trialled in Wales (currently 67 diesel vans in use)
   
28/5/24 - 13:12   Subaru, Toyota, and Mazda - commit to new engine development for the "electrification era"
   
28/5/24 - 12:52   National Highways - unmarked HGV cabs catch drivers using mobile phone & laptop; steering with knees eating fast food; & applying make up
   
28/5/24 - 12:41   IMI - automotive vacancies down slightly to 22,000 but the sector still has the highest unfilled job rate of all industries
   
28/5/24 - 11:44   ALLDATA Europe - celebrates record license milestone
   
28/5/24 - 09:50   First Central (UK's 11th largest motor insurer) - join forces with Keoghs to defeat organised fraud ring and win £140k in damages
   
28/5/24 - 09:09   AkzoNobel - Interpon A3000, AkzoNobel's first single layer powder coating range for two-wheelers
   
28/5/24 - 09:01   USA: Tesla - sells more than 30 Cybertrucks a day 2024
   
27/5/24 - 22:40   Spanesi - new distribution partnership agreement with LKQ Europe for the entire range of Spanesi bodyshop equipment
   
24/5/24 - 13:55   Fix Auto Dagenham - reminder to sponsor Chris & Paul as they cycle 100 miles on Sunday fundraising for The Bone Cancer Research Trust
   
24/5/24 - 13:46   Thatcham Research - 25 students from local school visit the Thatcham Research HQ to inspire young people to join the bodyshop sector
   
24/5/24 - 13:46   ABP British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - £6,577 raised for Autoraise
   
24/5/24 - 13:37   Auto Windscreens - recruits 23 new Service Centre Managers to meet growing demand for ADAS calibrations
   
24/5/24 - 13:10   The Car Charging Shop (part of the Grove Group) - EV charging guide for bodyshops
   
24/5/24 - 13:01   Robotics and AI - history tells us companies that fail to embrace tech changes will be left behind
   
24/5/24 - 12:37   RSA Insurance - launch management liability product for the motor trade with Q Underwriting
   
24/5/24 - 11:45   G3 Remarketing Vehicle Auctions - acquires the Cazoo Wholesale business, rebranded as G3 Bedford facility
   
24/5/24 - 11:30   FCA - four companies permitted to recommence GAP insurance sales following FCA action
   
24/5/24 - 10:29   Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards - full list of all winners and finalists from last nights ceremony in London
   
24/5/24 - 09:13   JDK Technology - integrates platform with Winn Solicitors to triage correct jobs into Winns’ repairer network
   
24/5/24 - 09:08   AD Williams - High Wycombe bodyshop transitions to the new BSI10125:2022 standard
   
23/5/24 - 20:13   Oxbow Partners - UK motor insurance will return to profitability in 2024; profit to reach £1.25bn (5X increase vs 2023)
   
23/5/24 - 13:46   British Claims Awards (from Claims Media - Barker Brooks) - full list of all finalists
   
23/5/24 - 13:28   Trend Tracker - comment on ABP Club Forum posts about falling work volumes
   
23/5/24 - 13:15   AA EV Recharge Report - public network grows by 50% in a year and AA sees less callouts for EVs that have run out of charge
   
23/5/24 - 12:56   Car-O-Liner - Managing Director, Stuart Alexander, long-standing supporter of the IMI Skills Competitions
   
23/5/24 - 12:35   Evolution Repair Group - group parts discount "averaging around 7-10% more than many independent bodyshops get"
   
23/5/24 - 12:11   Silverstone Park - shuttle bus service from Milton Keynes helps businesses at tech park recruit more young people including apprentices
   
23/5/24 - 11:05   BCA - ongoing national shortage of vehicle repair capacity continues to impact budget end used car demand at auction
   
23/5/24 - 10:49   Nvidia - record sales of AI chips boost semiconductor manufacturer's revenue by 262%
   
23/5/24 - 10:18   Silverlake - Tom Harvey joins VRA Management Committee
   
23/5/24 - 09:11   RAC - analysis uncovers major disparities in how road defects such as potholes are defined by councils
   
23/5/24 - 09:04   Aviva (3rd largest motor insurer) - Q1 results: "excellent first quarter with strong growth across the Group"
   
23/5/24 - 09:03   IMI - 4 July General Election: IMI "welcomes the opportunity to engage with every party" on automotive issues
   
23/5/24 - 08:52   Sabre Insurance (24th largest motor insurer) - trading update: "strong year-on-year growth" - total motor premiums up 46% to £86m
   
22/5/24 - 21:50   USA: LKQ - win Court of Appeal ruling over design patent on a GM front wing design
   
22/5/24 - 13:57   Copart UK - despite growth in number of sites the business has retained over 155 acres of green space across the UK
   
22/5/24 - 13:39   Fix Auto Dagenham - Chris Oliver & Paul Cunningham are fundraising for The Bone Cancer Research Trust in the Ride100 London to Essex
   
22/5/24 - 13:06   Stellantis UK - expands Eurorepar parts range to include front and rear bumpers for Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall
   
22/5/24 - 12:38   Allianz - appoints Hanna Kam (ex Hiscox) as chief risk officer and promotes Jason Howes to chief transformation officer role
   
22/5/24 - 12:20   S&G Response - highlight "the 5 most common cars with engineering challenges and the 5 which take the top spot for engineering excellence"
   
22/5/24 - 12:19   Consumer Intelligence - rising cost of claims and repairs fuelled by parts prices push quoted van insurance premiums up 33% in a year
   
22/5/24 - 11:51   School of Thought (Automotive) - NFU Mutual Partnership continues into 2024
   
22/5/24 - 11:44   Marshmallow (UK's 28th largest motor insurer) - joins the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB)
   
22/5/24 - 10:56   Stocklytics - carmakers worldwide have grossed over $20 trillion (£15.7 trillion) since 2014 or more than China`s GDP
   
22/5/24 - 10:47   Nottingham College - annual Apprenticeship Awards, winners include Steer Apprentice, Nathan Hoe
   
22/5/24 - 09:24   Autoglass - reported a 23% surge in bookings on the Tuesday after the last Bank Holiday Monday
   
22/5/24 - 09:09   Autotech Training - 14% of automotive businesses consider ADAS training a priority
   
22/5/24 - 08:54   esure Group - bodyshop teams help raise £4,000 for Shelter at inaugural esure Claims Team Quiz Night in Manchester
   
22/5/24 - 08:18   Inflation rate – big drop: CPI inflation falls to 2.3% for the 12 months to April 2024 (lowest for 3 years); RPI inflation falls to 3.3%
   
21/5/24 - 18:22   Cazoo - appoint administrators; company continues to trade with 208 staff; confirm 728 redundancies made between 1 March and 17 May 2024
   
21/5/24 - 17:35   cap hpi - in the UK, electric vehicles (EV) are written off and scrapped 50% LESS frequently than internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE)
   
21/5/24 - 16:45   Axalta - announce partnership with Solera; Axalta refinish systems to be integrated with Solera’s Sustainable Estimatics platform
   
21/5/24 - 14:03   Cambridgeshire Police - 18 keyless car thefts (mainly Land Rovers or Range Rovers) reported in one county
   
21/5/24 - 13:59   Prasco UK - boosts stock of car and LCV replacement doors
   
21/5/24 - 13:42   Department for Transport (DfT) - new laws to be introduced to prosecute dangerous cyclists
   
21/5/24 - 13:22   Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles - Wates Group invests in 60 Volkswagen vans to its Property Services fleet
   
21/5/24 - 12:40   RAC - late May bank holiday (Monday) set to be busiest on the roads since COVID
   
21/5/24 - 12:30   ACG - find the golden piggy bank hidden on the new ACG website to be in with a chance of winning a luxury Harvey Nichols Hamper
   
21/5/24 - 11:58   GSF Car Parts - announces a new near-500,000 sq ft national distribution centre to open in Wolverhampton
   
21/5/24 - 11:29   Europcar Mobility Group UK - 63% private drivers said the purchase and maintenance costs of EVs put them off of buying one
   
21/5/24 - 11:15   Fix Auto UK - acquires former Fix Auto Blackpool business two years after it moved away from the network; 10th Fix-owned UK bodyshop
   
21/5/24 - 08:41   Automated Vehicles Act becomes law - just 15% drivers think they’ll make the roads safer
   
20/5/24 - 23:22   Government - self-driving vehicles set to be on UK roads by 2026 as Automated Vehicles Act became law today (Mon 20 May)
   
20/5/24 - 14:02   Average worker produced £149 more in Q1 relative to a year earlier - at the cost of working three additional hours
   
20/5/24 - 13:42   Allianz - 500 SMEs survey: inflation and the cost of living named as the biggest threat in 2024
   
20/5/24 - 13:26   GYS Super Pro EV Charger - flexible and affordable EV charging solution for bodyshops
   
20/5/24 - 13:16   Ben - calls on automotive people to step up to new Big Walk challenge (May is National Walking Month)
   
20/5/24 - 12:40   AX Group - reinforces commitment to Consumer Duty and encourages other companies to adopt customer-focused framework
   
20/5/24 - 12:17   GB Type Approval - DfT announces three-year programme of reform to retained EU regulations
   
20/5/24 - 12:10   Leasys UK - new Allstar Chargepass fuel and EV payment solution enables businesses
   
20/5/24 - 11:59   Employers - join two free SMEappswebinars to help you recruit and support apprentices
   
20/5/24 - 11:35   $17m (£13.3m) Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta - check out the repair job for megacar which crashed during a Croatian supercar meet
   
20/5/24 - 10:46   DfT - call for evidence launched on how to future-proof classic cars and back drivers
   
20/5/24 - 10:30   PartsXchange - message from one of the company's Directors to mark the end of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
   
20/5/24 - 09:28   The IMI - congratulate automotive competitors, Robert and Miguel, and wish them the best of luck at the WorldSkills final
   
20/5/24 - 09:11   DLG Auto Services - all 23 bodyshop sites transitioned to the new BS 10125:2022 standard
   
18/5/24 - 18:07   Ford - asks suppliers to reduce costs as EV division makes $1.5 billion loss in Q1
   
17/5/24 - 14:00   Car-O-Liner – proud sponsor of the IMI Skills Competitions 2024
   
17/5/24 - 13:56   McGurk Performance Cars - Aston Martin Master Technician, Gary Crosby, joins McGurk Performance Cars
   
17/5/24 - 13:46   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - host the Ben Bus at several Gemini bodyshops to talk about well-being
   
17/5/24 - 13:34   The Automated Vehicle Bill - Royal Assent scheduled to take place on Monday 20 May
   
17/5/24 - 13:21   ASM Auto Recycling - acquires 350 flood-damaged JLR cars (with a market value exceeding £10m) for green parts supply to bodyshops
   
17/5/24 - 13:14   Digilog UK - voice analysis tech speeds up motor claims risk detection
   
17/5/24 - 12:50   Mirka UK - next generation Mirka tools deliver up to 20% more sanding power
   
17/5/24 - 12:44   Thatcham Research - support the launch of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) Manifesto for Road Safety 2024
   
17/5/24 - 11:27   OMC Motor Group - Bodyshop Manager, Anthony Bamford, is fundraising for cancer care charity, Maggie’s, in support of his mum
   
17/5/24 - 10:50   IAM - number of uninsured younger drivers up 200% since 2021 a consequence of "soaring costs of insurance premiums"
   
17/5/24 - 09:24   SMMT - Britain’s bus market begins 2024 with green boost
   
16/5/24 - 17:07   Direct Line Group - appoint Lucy Johnson (ex Hastings) as Managing Director of Motor
   
16/5/24 - 14:04   IMI - take part in survey on skills and apprenticeships (link below)
   
16/5/24 - 13:55   National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) - assists Hertfordshire Police in £2 million car finance fraud investigation
   
16/5/24 - 13:51   TTC - helps Willmott Dixon halve driver offences and own-fault claims
   
16/5/24 - 13:42   National Windscreens - "Movement for Mental Health"
   
16/5/24 - 13:39   LKQ Bodyshop Division - fundraising from James Alpe Charity Golf Day helps construct ‘The Baby Remembrance Garden’ at Burnley Crematorium
   
16/5/24 - 13:34   Auto Windscreens - opens service centre in North Circular area in response to 20% rise in ADAS demand
   
16/5/24 - 13:00   AkzoNobel - Como site achieves highest automotive industry quality certification
   
16/5/24 - 12:42   SMMT - UK new heavy vehicle market falls slightly following bumper two years, down -3.9%
   
16/5/24 - 12:35   HSE - recycling company fined £1.2m after 32-tonne skip wagon collision
   
16/5/24 - 12:32   Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) - facing "record levels" of theft as well as increases in business rates
   
16/5/24 - 11:20   The British Motor Show - new-to-market EV manufacturers and campaign to encourage women to join the motor trade
   
16/5/24 - 11:05   Europcar Mobility Group UK - official Mobility Partner for the 2024 London to Brighton EV Rally (22 June)
   
16/5/24 - 10:38   RAC - raises issue of high retailer fuel margins with Energy Secretary as margin on diesel hits 18ppl and petrol reaches nearly 12ppl
   
16/5/24 - 09:23   Belron - celebrates ruling from Regional Court of Cologne that access to "Secure Gateways" for vehicle data must be fair and level
   
16/5/24 - 09:16   Automotive Data Publishers Association - European Court of Justice ruling will allow independent repair shops access to car repair data
   
15/5/24 - 14:05   Activate Accident Repair - interviews Ben Routh, #BBA2024 Thatcham Research Apprentice of the Year
   
15/5/24 - 14:00   ABP Club - last call for advertisers for the next issue of Auto Body Professional magazine *** JUST 5 PAGES LEFT ***
   
15/5/24 - 13:53   WorldSkills 2024 - David McKeown from James McKeown Accident Repair Centre and Miguel Harvey from Steer Stratford-Upon-Avon represent the UK
   
15/5/24 - 13:52   BASF - exclusive sponsor of Car Painting category at September's WordSkills 2024 in Lyon with waterborne paint system Glasurit 100 Line
   
15/5/24 - 13:40   Action Fraud - issue warning as WhatsApp work chats group are targeted by fraudsters
   
15/5/24 - 13:37   RAC - number of cars on the road at record high (33.6million) up 10% since 2014; number of vans up 32% in same period
   
15/5/24 - 13:05   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - brand refresh and new website
   
15/5/24 - 12:53   Subaru (UK) - Simpsons Subaru named Aftersales Retailer of the Year and Mark Robbins, Celtic Subaru wins Aftersales Person of the Year
   
15/5/24 - 12:03   Mercedes-Benz - signs MoU with TSR Recycling for the recovery of secondary materials through “urban mining”
   
15/5/24 - 11:46   TIP Group - showcases trailer and truck hire and trailer refurbishment services at Road Transport Expo 2024
   
15/5/24 - 11:33   Vertu - full year results: profits up 6% on turnover up 18%; accident and smart repair revenue up 21.8% to £23.9m; operate 13 bodyshops
   
15/5/24 - 11:32   The AA - zero emission cars up 18% in 2023
   
15/5/24 - 11:24   Ben - mental health issues affecting 1 in 4 automotive industry workers; a "bigger issue" for people working in the industry vs all sectors
   
15/5/24 - 10:39   Renault Group - to launch level 4 autonomous vehicle for public transportation
   
15/5/24 - 07:57   Redde Northgate plc - trading update before today's General Meeting to approve name change to ZIGUP plc
   
14/5/24 - 15:28   Go.Compare and Carwow - announce new partnership to give Carwow drivers info about their car insurance
   
14/5/24 - 15:05   Enterprise - inaugural five-a-side tournament supporting Alzheimer’s Society has so far raised nearly £20,000
   
14/5/24 - 14:07   ABP Club - confirms dates for 2024 and 2025 Night of Knights (NoK) and 2025 and 2026 British Bodyshop Awards (BBA)!
   
14/5/24 - 13:59   NFU Mutual - Lee Noble (25 years at Hastings) appointed as Head of Motor Claims Operations
   
14/5/24 - 13:50   DWF - recent trends in HSE enforcement notices
   
14/5/24 - 13:48   City of London Police - crackdown on e-bikes results in seizure
   
14/5/24 - 13:35   Covéa Insurance - raising awareness during Dementia Action Week
   
14/5/24 - 12:28   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - Rachel Clift, Health and Wellbeing Director from Ben guests on Gemini's podcast
   
14/5/24 - 12:18   Hyundai Motor UK (UK's largest VM approved bodyshop network) - named Sunday Times Best Place to Work 2024
   
14/5/24 - 11:45   CrowdCharge tech - EV charging emissions slashed by up to 89% by new technology
   
14/5/24 - 11:32   Markerstudy - more than 20 colleagues have spent over 150 hours volunteering this year to support children’s charity
   
14/5/24 - 10:47   Delphi Academy - half-a-million-pound investment at Warwick hybrid and EV training Academy to support workshops
   
14/5/24 - 10:31   Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK - 52% EV van drivers believe it’s more cost effective to run than a petrol or diesel van
   
13/5/24 - 14:03   IMI Skills Competitions 2024 - Body Repair and Refinishing national qualifying rounds (15-17 May) at Eyebox
   
13/5/24 - 13:58   British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - get your official #BBA2024 photos now!
   
13/5/24 - 13:56   NFDA - car dealers concerned about solicitors and CMCs "seeking to raise complaints on behalf of their clients" about finance commissions
   
13/5/24 - 13:48   AESIN - industry body for automotive electronics & software systems conference at the British Motoring Museum in Gaydon in July
   
13/5/24 - 13:31   Axalta - acquire The CoverFlexx Group (manufacturer of automotive refinish coatings for North America) for $285 million
   
13/5/24 - 13:31   Plunky's All Stars - ABP Club back the football fundraising finale as Plunky breaks the £16k for 2024 barrier
   
13/5/24 - 13:21   Resolution Foundation - ‘unproductive wage growth’ won’t last
   
13/5/24 - 13:06   Kwik Fit - drivers hit with £1.48 billion of pothole damage in 2023
   
13/5/24 - 11:54   Mirka UK - highlights the occupational risks associated with sanding and steps to protect
   
13/5/24 - 11:48   The UK is the 7th least-affordable European countries for owning a car - ownership unachievable at £30K for UK learner drivers
   
13/5/24 - 11:06   McKinsey - micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) account for more than 90% of all businesses
   
13/5/24 - 10:59   Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - launches Tax & Green Investment Report
   
13/5/24 - 10:32   Claims Management & Adjusting - stolen vehicle recovery in SE England is a postcode lottery which is pushing up insurance premiums
   
13/5/24 - 10:15   Auto Trader - Peugeot 208 (petrol, up to 1 year-old) is currently the UK’s fastest-selling used car
   
12/5/24 - 14:24   Guardian - "bizarre and wasteful way that car insurers pay claims ....feels like a massive scam"; the insurers "have lost control of claims"
   
10/5/24 - 14:01   UK Select (bodyshops in Ross on Wye and Ludlow) - an unusual recovery for bodyshop team
   
10/5/24 - 13:39   Ring - more than half of vehicles have dangerous tyres
   
10/5/24 - 13:21   Arriving in style, celebrating award-wins and snaps with Vernon - check out the #BBA2024 photos
   
10/5/24 - 13:15   Suzuki GB - former Technician & Aftersales Services GM, Jon Coles, appointed as new General Manager for Dealer Development
   
10/5/24 - 12:52   SMMT - new van market records best April for three years but electric transition needs boost
   
10/5/24 - 12:43   Devonshire Motors - Hyundai partner wins EV Advocate of the Year at the AM Awards
   
10/5/24 - 12:40   BMW Group UK - BMW Marketing Director, Michelle Roberts, to join Park Lane as Managing Director
   
10/5/24 - 12:31   Brake - 24% of car drivers and 26% of passengers who die on Britain’s roads aren’t wearing a seat belt
   
10/5/24 - 12:24   Roberlo - automotive coatings company expands market reach with new subsidiary in Poland
   
10/5/24 - 12:24   LKQ - sell their business in Poland, Elit Polska, to MEKO; follows last months sale of their businesses in Slovenia and Bosnia
   
10/5/24 - 12:19   Mobil 1 - partners with hypercar front runners Hertz Team JOTA for WEC 2024
   
10/5/24 - 12:14   SMMT - 80,000 second-hand Ford Fiestas sold in first half of 2024 making it the best-selling used car
   
10/5/24 - 11:53   Auto Trader's used car transactions commentary - "exceptionally positive start to the year"
   
10/5/24 - 11:47   UK GDP - up 0.4% in March after 0.2% rise in Feb - UK officially exits recession
   
10/5/24 - 10:33   SYNETIQ - debuts podcast series 'Let's Talk About EV'
   
10/5/24 - 10:12   Fix Auto Harlow - named Fix Auto UK’s Bodyshop of the Year and the National Conference in Birmingham
   
10/5/24 - 09:55   SMMT - used car market up 6.5% in Q1 2024; 2nd hand zero emission car sales up 71% to take 2.1% market share
   
10/5/24 - 09:46   Autoglym - car owners risk £2-£5k car reprays by cleaning motors using scouring pads, scrubbing brushes and laundry detergent
   
09/5/24 - 16:11   Plunky's All Stars 2024 - shirt sponsors and players purchasing their shirts boosts fundraising total
   
09/5/24 - 14:29   Purchase Direct - "revolutionises" the way bodyshops take payments
   
09/5/24 - 14:09   Ageas - launches new sustainable motor repairs workshop
   
09/5/24 - 13:56   ABP Club - confirms dates for 2024 and 2025 Night of Knights (NoK) and 2025 and 2026 British Bodyshop Awards (BBA)!
   
09/5/24 - 13:22   Plunky's All Stars 2024 - shirt sponsors and players purchasing their shirts boosts fundraising total
   
09/5/24 - 13:00   RAC comment - second weekend of M25 closure
   
09/5/24 - 12:49   1,400 official #BBA2024 photos are now available - free to view, download and share!
   
09/5/24 - 12:42   Supertracker - STR1 Mobile laser wheel alignment for vans
   
09/5/24 - 12:28   Financial Ombudsman Service - complaints about car insurance see sharpest rise in last six months of 2023
   
09/5/24 - 12:18   Confused.com - more parents support with the cost of car insurance (40%) than the purchase of a car (37%)
   
09/5/24 - 12:13   Venson - price overtakes battery as the most important factor for drivers considering buying an EV
   
09/5/24 - 12:05   ABP Charity Golf Days sponsored by Mirka - last few golf place for June (North) and and October (South)
   
09/5/24 - 11:51   Power-TEC - portable bodyshop dry-vacuum dust extractor for use with both air and electric power sanders
   
09/5/24 - 10:50   What Car? - Toyota Yaris Cross (most efficient) and Audi S8 (least efficient) new cars
   
09/5/24 - 10:13   LKQ Euro Car Parts and SYNETIQ - sponsored BTCC Speedworks Motorsport team, drivers Aiden Moffat and Josh Cook, head to Brands Hatch
   
09/5/24 - 09:57   ACIS - planted 6,000 trees in 2023 as TrustFord bodyshop supplier; representing a tree for each TrustFord bodyshop repair
   
09/5/24 - 09:41   The IMI - ADAS upskilling not keeping pace with UK car parc
   
08/5/24 - 23:32   Cazoo - on brink of insolvency and preparing to go into administration after failing to get further funding
   
08/5/24 - 15:51   JLR - offer £150 per month towards cost of Land Rover Insurance (underwitten by Allianz) on new Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports
   
08/5/24 - 15:22   REMINDER: M25 - closed completely between Junc 8 and Junc 10 from 9pm this Friday (10 May) to 6am Monday 13 May
   
08/5/24 - 15:12   Wayve - raises over $1 billion to develop Embodied AI products for automated driving which could "eliminate 99% of traffic accidents"
   
08/5/24 - 13:53   1,400 official #BBA2024 photos are now available - free to view, download and share!
   
08/5/24 - 13:51   DataLabs report - motor remains the most complained about product line with more than 2.5 million complaints over the last five years
   
08/5/24 - 13:47   Eguchi-Iwao - cost-effective STRONG 3000 powder coating machines
   
08/5/24 - 13:41   Direct Line - car crashes into a giant wedding cake outside Blenheim Palace to warn wedding guests about drink driving
   
08/5/24 - 13:16   Currently no provision in the law for uninsured Automated Vehicles (AVs) - Thatcham Research comments on cyberattack risks
   
08/5/24 - 13:08   DAC Beachcroft - law firm's claims solutions business launches credit hire automation tool
   
08/5/24 - 12:54   Thatcham Research - despite the AV Bill's positive progress a number of insurance questions remain
   
08/5/24 - 12:21   epyx - price of (mechanical) parts for fleets up by more than 35% in four years
   
08/5/24 - 11:50   Howden Insurance - drivers in Greater Manchester "embracing" electric cars
   
08/5/24 - 11:31   WorldSkills 2024 - David McKeown from James McKeown Accident Repair Centre and Miguel Harvey from Steer Stratford-Upon-Avon represent the UK
   
08/5/24 - 11:12   HB Accident Repair Network - estimating and bodyshop production stalwart, Harry Lofthouse, to retire after 30 years in accident repair
   
08/5/24 - 10:48   Autotech Training - launch Autolearn, a dynamic Learner Management System (LMS), for technician CPD
   
08/5/24 - 07:35   Direct Line Group - Q1 trading update: motor gross wirtten premiums up 18%
   
07/5/24 - 14:00   NFDA - year-to-date electric vehicle market share just 0.3% higher when compared to the same point last year
   
07/5/24 - 13:48   Trend Tracker - sponsoring the match shirts for the Plunky's All Stars charity football match next month
   
07/5/24 - 13:42   Graduated Driving Licence Bill to be brought before Parliament today - RAC comment
   
07/5/24 - 12:53   L&I Eaton ARC - congratulates Chloe Lewis from L&I Eaton Aberdeen Central on #BBA2024 Direct Line Group award win
   
07/5/24 - 12:47   Toyota Insurance Services Europe - Shine! UK's "commitment to customer excellence truly shines through"
   
07/5/24 - 12:38   1,400 official #BBA2024 photos are now available - free to view, download and share!
   
07/5/24 - 12:22   Stellantis UK Accident Repair Programme - congratulates the Stellantis ARC Network members who were #BBA2024 winners
   
07/5/24 - 12:17   Petrol Retailers Association - "constantly having to correct inaccurate narrative offered by some commentators about pump price increases"
   
07/5/24 - 12:03   AirPro Diagnostics - remote diagnostics and ADAS calibration solutions firm named preferred supplier for Fix Network
   
07/5/24 - 11:11   PPG - Training Centre in Stowmarket hosts colleagues from EMEA for training session
   
07/5/24 - 11:03   GEM Motoring Assist - warning motorcyclists to be alert to potholes and poorly-maintained road surfaces
   
07/5/24 - 10:54   School of Thought - join the team at The British Motorshow at Farnborough Exhibition Centre in August
   
07/5/24 - 10:50   Leasys (Stellantis JV) - celebrates first birthday since the consolidation, posting strong FY 2023 results
   
07/5/24 - 10:05   BSI - congratulates the winners of BSI-sponsored awards at the British Bodyshop Awards
   
07/5/24 - 09:44   SMMT - new car registrations record 21st month of growth, up 1% in April; BEV market share up c17% thanks to business
   
07/5/24 - 09:23   CarGurus - number of new models with a manual gearbox down 50% since 2018; manual gearboxes could be "extinct" by 2029
   
03/5/24 - 14:48   BBA in Manchester (Wed 1 May 2024) - over 1,400 official photos now available for you to view and download free of charge
   
03/5/24 - 14:11   Zap Map - predicting that the UK will hit 100,000 charge points by Summer 2025 (currently at 60,000)
   
03/5/24 - 13:52   #BBA2024 - the WINNERS from the record-breaking event!
   
03/5/24 - 13:43   Plunky's All Stars - The Vella Group back the football fundraising finale as Plunky breaks the £10k for 2024 barrier
   
03/5/24 - 13:26   MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) - announces Angus Eaton as its new CEO
   
03/5/24 - 13:06   Copart UK & Ireland - CEO Jane Pocock named in the 2024 Autocar Great Women Top 100
   
03/5/24 - 12:15   NFDA - Navendu Mishra MP visits Lookers Volvo dealership situated in the MP’s constituency of Stockport
   
03/5/24 - 11:43   Keoghs, and LV= General Insurance (LV=) - joint criminal enterprise busts street racing claimant
   
03/5/24 - 11:31   The IMI - leads initiative backed by Skills Minister to improve Further Education resources
   
03/5/24 - 11:27   Westminster - tops the list as the UK area most likely to run a red light (followed by Doncaster and Bradford)
   
03/5/24 - 11:04   RAC - Academy apprenticeship graduates complete a 30-month scheme
   
03/5/24 - 10:41   Eyebox, Sherwin-Williams and DeBeer - work with the Car SOS team on fantastic restoration job
   
03/5/24 - 08:08   AM Awards - full list of all the winners and finalists for the 28 awards announced last night in London (no bodyshop categories)
   
02/5/24 - 13:32   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - #BBA2024 Triple Triumphs!
   
02/5/24 - 13:29   Purchase Direct - retain the Investors in People accreditation
   
02/5/24 - 13:17   Solus - named 'Apprentice Employer of the Year' alongside Activate Accident Repair
   
02/5/24 - 13:08   Allianz Commercial - appoints Faith Kitchen (ex Ecclesiastical and Zurich) head of client relationship management for mid-market
   
02/5/24 - 13:03   Fix Auto Slough - Ranjit Gill celebrates winning the Kindertons Approved Repairer of the Year Award at #BBA2024
   
02/5/24 - 12:50   IMI - Policy and Public Affairs Lead Hayley Pells recognised in the Autocar Great Women 2024 Top 100
   
02/5/24 - 12:24   Direct Line Group - appoint Martin Milliner (Ex Allianz / LV=) as managing director claims
   
02/5/24 - 10:56   Motofix - Prestige Paint and Body Centre in Cirencester now JLR Manufacturer Approved
   
02/5/24 - 10:43   RAFA Racing Club - enters two-year partnership with Porsche Cars GB
   
02/5/24 - 10:39   Rise of the unparkable - fewer than one-in-10 UK councils plan to increase the size of parking bays despite trend towards bigger cars
   
02/5/24 - 10:35   Arval - towing reduces EV real-world range by 23-31%
   
02/5/24 - 10:20   The 2024 British Bodyshop Award winners! – ANNOUNCED LAST NIGHT in front of 1,026 guests
   
01/5/24 - 14:06   Allianz - rebrands personal lines from LV= Broker to Allianz with Carolyn Rich as Director of Brand
   
01/5/24 - 13:51   BBA2024 - SEE YOU AT 6PM IN MANCHESTER!
   
01/5/24 - 13:27   Axalta - Q1 results: sales up 1% but pre-tax profits fell 22%; refinish net sales grew 4% year-over-year
   
01/5/24 - 10:33   ALLDATA – latest tech tip solves 2015 SEAT León 1.4 TGi issue
   
01/5/24 - 10:30   LKQ Academy - to open 10 new training centres across the UK
   
01/5/24 - 10:23   The IMI - reached over 200,000 young people last year
   
01/5/24 - 10:09   Vauxhall - 75% motorists are depending on Local Authorities to install on-street charging
   
01/5/24 - 09:49   Autocar 2024 Great Women Awards - Ford UK and Ireland boss Lisa Brankin named most influential woman in the British automotive industry
   
01/5/24 - 09:40   Fix Auto Leicester - achieve carbon neutral status with PAS 2060, working with Purchase Direct to develop Carbon Management Plan
   
30/4/24 - 18:10   Equate Group - Sales Director Alex Davis' Manchester Triathlon underway at 9am Weds at Manchester Aquatic Centre (before #BBA2024!)
   
30/4/24 - 17:59   OEC - partners with Toyota (GB) to deliver Trade Parts Programme
   
30/4/24 - 13:28   British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - FIVE important things to remember for tomorrow!
   
30/4/24 - 13:05   Activate Group - now a real Living Wage (£12ph) employer (Activate Accident Repair is the 5th largest independent bodyshop group)
   
30/4/24 - 13:00   SYNETIQ - teams up with ANDYSMANCLUB as Charity of the Year in support of Stress Awareness Month
   
30/4/24 - 12:00   LAB.364 - "ultimate paint shop" opens in West Drayton, London
   
30/4/24 - 11:47   AXA - UK's 6th largest motor insurer signs five-year extension as Liverpool FC and Official Global Training Partner
   
30/4/24 - 10:05   FMG - global healthcare company Abbott extend accident management contract with FMG after saving c£220k per year
   
30/4/24 - 09:57   Expend - expense management fintech calls for end to ‘outdated' business mileage rate
   
30/4/24 - 09:09   Steer Automotive Group - Miguel Harvey gets 2nd place in Abu Dhabi at the Emirate Skills National Final Competition for Car Painting
   
29/4/24 - 14:05   BPA and IPC (private parking industry) - to launch its own 'code of conduct'; RAC "flabbergasted"
   
29/4/24 - 14:01   FULL #BBA2024 joining instructions - all the info for Wednesday (1 May in Manchester); NB earlier start time of 6pm
   
29/4/24 - 13:58   #BBA2024 guest list, seating plan, timings and the finalists - check out the BBA Programme now before Wednesday!
   
29/4/24 - 13:56   LV - claims director, Matin Milliner (56), leaving to join Direct Line says Insurance Age
   
29/4/24 - 13:47   AA EV Recharge Report - freeze in prices as charging costs get advertised on price boards
   
29/4/24 - 13:37   RAC - 16m drivers predicted to hit the roads for the first bank holiday weekend in May
   
29/4/24 - 13:29   Repairify Technology - attending Fix Auto Conference to boost ADAS awareness
   
29/4/24 - 12:59   Send us your song requests for #BBA2024 - post-awards D I S C O!
   
29/4/24 - 12:55   Marshall Leasing - 28 million people in the UK live in areas with 20mph zones
   
29/4/24 - 12:29   Tesla - WILL build "more affordable models" to grow volumes "during uncertain times" as 2023 deliveries were 9% down YOY
   
29/4/24 - 11:39   School of Thought (Automotive) - thank businesses who supported Work Experience Week
   
29/4/24 - 10:44   HELLA - joins Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
   
29/4/24 - 10:35   Hyundai - 9,000 children to take part in school trips during Hyundai’s National School Trips Week
   
29/4/24 - 07:59   ABI - motor premiums in Q1 increased by just 1% to £635; "insurers continue to absorb growing costs, with the average claim paid rising 8%"
   
26/4/24 - 14:06   #BBA2024 guest list, seating plan, timings and the finalists - check out the 2024 British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) Programme now!
   
26/4/24 - 13:59   Shorade - Bristol site now officially PAS 2060 carbon neutral
   
26/4/24 - 13:53   Consumer Intelligence - welcomes Ben Evans as new Head of Partnerships
   
26/4/24 - 13:42   Vizion Network - #BBA2024 Diamond Partner supports more than 1,000 accident repair centres in the UK
   
26/4/24 - 13:07   Autoglass and Sheffield United Women - joint Partnership Day in Bedford to promote and support women in male-dominated industries
   
26/4/24 - 12:41   Bromley Garage Services - Winnersh, Berkshire bodyshop works with ECA Business Energy to achieve Carbon Neutral PAS 2060 status
   
26/4/24 - 12:30   Devonshire Motors ARC - celebrates passing two audits in five days
   
26/4/24 - 12:00   U-POL - #BBA2024 Diamond Partner, part of the Axalta family of brands, has 70 years of experience in the bodyshop industry!
   
26/4/24 - 11:55   Coventry University - developing dynacov (dynamic charging of vehicles) tech to charge EVs as they drive
   
26/4/24 - 11:33   #BBA2024: Thatcham Research - cutting-edge research, dedicated Academy and outstanding Apprenticeships from BBA Diamond Partner
   
26/4/24 - 11:20   Brake - every day, nine young children are killed or injured on roads in Britain
   
26/4/24 - 11:08   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - shoplifting hits record high in England and Wales
   
26/4/24 - 10:49   Michelin - EV owners could gain c700 miles of additional mileage and pocket £119 in savings per year, by simply having EV suitable tyres
   
26/4/24 - 10:44   NFDA - dealers want price incentives and harmonisation of VAT in public and domestic charging to boost EV sales
   
26/4/24 - 10:29   PassMeFast - intensive driving school introduces Payl8r driving lesson scheme as cost up 215% in 30 years
   
26/4/24 - 10:16   Europcar - 12% of the rental fleet was battery electric (BEV) or Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) by the end of 2023 - up 379% YOY
   
26/4/24 - 09:48   ABI - to improve transparency and affordability in motor insurance payments when drivers pay monthly
   
26/4/24 - 09:34   Allianz - Nicola George (Portfolio Pricing Director) to replace Mike Crane as MD at Allianz’s personal lines broker business
   
26/4/24 - 09:09   Redde Northgate - to change name to Zigup - part of a "refreshed strategic framework"; no change to operational brand names
   
26/4/24 - 07:03   MG Cannon - install new waterborne basecoat system, Glasurit 100 Line, at all six sites
   
25/4/24 - 13:48   BBA - hits new record attendance with over 1,000 guests; last few tickets now available
   
25/4/24 - 13:04   SMMT - best first quarter for CV production since 2008 despite March drop
   
25/4/24 - 13:02   SMMT - UK car production down -27.1% in March
   
25/4/24 - 12:26   Plunky's All Stars - hits the £100k club fundraising mark; Nationwide Vehicle Assistance confirmed as Pitch Sponsor
   
25/4/24 - 12:06   The Motor Ombudsman - reports highest quarterly volume of service and repair case submissions; 7% were for bodywork
   
25/4/24 - 11:53   SEAT and CUPRA UK - Martin Gray appointed as National Fleet Manager
   
25/4/24 - 11:28   ChipsAway - Karl Heeley (Technician) and Rebecca de Chair (B2C Group Marketing) complete the London Marathon for The Brain Tumour Charity
   
25/4/24 - 11:05   IMI Skills Competitions 2024 - 18 Body Repair and 18 Refinishing Competitors through to National Qualifiers at Eyebox in May
   
25/4/24 - 10:10   Thatcham Research - Ben Townsend promoted to new role as Head of Automotive; to focus on "safe, secure, and repairable mobility"
   
25/4/24 - 09:06   #BBA2024 guest list, seating plan, timings and the finalists - check out the 2024 British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) Programme now!
   
24/4/24 - 21:48   USA: Fisker - "substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern"; expects to seek bankruptcy protection within 30 days
   
24/4/24 - 13:54   Newbridge ARC - bodyshop group with three sites (Essex, London, Kent) developing new London site
   
24/4/24 - 13:30   Mipa Paints - appoint Leigh Duke as Marketing Manager
   
24/4/24 - 13:11   *** ONE WEEK TO GO! *** - full BBA joining instructions for event on Wed 1 May in Manchester; NB earlier start time of 6pm
   
24/4/24 - 12:56   20mph limit in Wales - 50% drivers who admit to speeding on 20mph roads say they do so because they feel the limit is "inappropriate"
   
24/4/24 - 12:53   FMG Repair Services - #BBA2024 Diamond Partner confirmed as Platinum Sponsor of IMI Skills Competitions
   
24/4/24 - 12:43   EU - 40% offences by foreign drivers not followed up (offender not identified or payment of fine not enforced)
   
24/4/24 - 12:21   Copart - ready for first auction next month at Copart's new 30-acre site in Gloucester
   
24/4/24 - 12:12   Fix Auto Loughborough - now part of the Stellantis vehicle manufacturer approval programme
   
24/4/24 - 12:04   IMI - Motor Trades Vacancies data: March 2024 reveals 23,000 automotive jobs still need to be filled
   
24/4/24 - 11:55   Warrington - garage owner jailed for 12 months "for dangerous car repair" following Trading Standards investigation
   
24/4/24 - 11:55   Euro NCAP - reveals details of the first ever Heavy Truck safety rating tests at NCAP24
   
24/4/24 - 10:57   Ben - launches new health checks for automotive industry people
   
24/4/24 - 10:53   e2e Total Loss Claims Management - post-accident services and "navigating the complexities of total loss claims"
   
24/4/24 - 10:40   Autotech Recruit survey - significant challenge of filling vehicle technician positions remains
   
24/4/24 - 10:13   Komoo Rugby - 16th Komoo bodyshop opens, first location in the Midlands
   
24/4/24 - 09:53   Sad news - death of Andy Moore, 57, announced (MD of 20/20 Automotive Consultancy & Training and former MD of EMTEC Colleges)
   
24/4/24 - 09:45   SMMT - zero emission HGV use trebles in a year but accounts for just 0.05% of HGVs on the road with end of sale in 2035
   
24/4/24 - 09:41   USA: Consumer Reports - Tesla is the lowest cost car to maintain (US & Global brands but no Chinese models were compared)
   
24/4/24 - 01:12   Lithia - new US owner of Pendragon (Stratstone and Evans Halshaw), to close 16 of its CarStore used-car sites with loss of 250 jobs
   
23/4/24 - 15:28   School of Thought - (DC Lomas), Motofix Accident Repair Centres, Repairify Europe and Junair to support at British Motor Show
   
23/4/24 - 14:08   Equate Group - Sales Dir Alex Davis to do 78 Triathlons in 9 months, raising £ for National Paralympic Heritage, AutoRaise & Oxford Hospital
   
23/4/24 - 13:52   BP Rolls Group - Jamie Sopp (co-founder of Sopp & Sopp) appointed as BP Rolls' Group Operational and Procurement Director
   
23/4/24 - 13:16   LKQ - Q1 results: turnover up 10.6%,; pre-tax profits down 36%; growth in European business offset by below expectations in North America
   
23/4/24 - 12:47   ABP Club's News editor completes the London Marathon - Kelly is fundraising for automotive industry charity, Ben, still time to donate!
   
23/4/24 - 12:08   Infamous jet car renowned for Top Gear accident – on display at Schaeffler’s REPXPERT Conference next month
   
23/4/24 - 11:49   International Energy Agency (IEA) - 1 in 5 cars sold worldwide this year will be electric
   
23/4/24 - 11:28   Apprenticeships offer "graduate beating salaries with no student debt" - apprenticeships gaining popularity (The Telegraph)
   
23/4/24 - 10:44   FCA - confirms anti-greenwashing guidance and proposes extending sustainability framework
   
23/4/24 - 10:20   BCA – LCV values at auction up £115 (1.3%) to £8,855 in March 2024
   
23/4/24 - 09:46   Edge report - 88% think education should focus more on teaching young people skills that will be useful for the workplace
   
23/4/24 - 09:36   Leasys UK - launches short-term rental service for personal or business use for between 1 and 28 days
   
23/4/24 - 09:27   House of Lords Committee Inquiry on Skills and Training Policy - effectiveness of current apprenticeship and in-work training policies
   
23/4/24 - 08:27   RAC - pothole-related breakdowns up 50% in 2024
   
22/4/24 - 23:38   PPG - Q1 results: solid growth for refinish coatings in Europe
   
22/4/24 - 16:39   Hertfordshire Police - gang who stole more than 75 cars in a £2million fraud conspiracy sentenced
   
22/4/24 - 14:17   Government - rules out any changes to VAT rules for EV charging; will not introduce new incentives for plug-in retail car market
   
22/4/24 - 14:14   M25 - to close COMPLETELY BOTH WAYS between junction 9 and junction 10 from 9pm Friday 10 May 10 to 6am Monday 13 May
   
22/4/24 - 14:10   Pnorama - tonight at 8pm on BBC1 "Smart Motorways: When Technology Fails"
   
22/4/24 - 13:58   BBA - full joining instructions for event on Wed 1 May in Manchester; NB earlier start time of 6.00pm
   
22/4/24 - 13:45   Warranty Solutions Group (WSG) - average car warranty claim rose by 13.5% last year due to global parts shortages and rocketing labour rates
   
22/4/24 - 13:35   SMMT - no of vehicles on UK roads up 1.7% to 41.4m (inc 35.7m cars & 5.0m vans); average car age up to 9.0yrs; 2.7% of cars are now EVs
   
21/4/24 - 22:12   Wales - some roads will go back to 30mph after 500,000 drivers petitioned an end to the blanket 20mph speed limit
   
19/4/24 - 13:54   Car-O-Liner's Tru-Point - one-stop system for calibrating ADAS in the bodyshop
   
19/4/24 - 13:22   Denver Rollings, Managing Director at UK Select (bodyshops in Ross on Wye and Ludlow) - running the London Marathon for RFU Injured Players
   
19/4/24 - 13:13   Whaley Bridge Accident Repair Centre (WBARC) - Derbyshire repairer recognised as the UK’s first Carbon Negative Bodyshop
   
19/4/24 - 12:53   The Vella Group - acquires Axiom Accident Repair Centres (2 sites: Peterborough and Daventry) taking Vella to 14 bodyshops
   
19/4/24 - 12:39   PJB Accident Repairs - refurb for Birmingham bodyshop
   
19/4/24 - 12:31   Sabre Insurance - appoint Rebecca Shelley as Chair of the Company
   
19/4/24 - 12:27   Quentin Willson, Motoring Journalist & Transport Campaigner - "maintenance cost of EVs is significantly less than ICE"
   
19/4/24 - 12:20   Direct Line - tradespeople hit with 3.5 million parking fines costing £177 million in the past year
   
19/4/24 - 12:12   The IMI - what the Automated Vehicles Bill could mean for motor skills and regulations
   
19/4/24 - 12:11   Modern Claims Awards (from Modern Insurance mag) - all the winners from last night's ceremony; Vella won twice inc Bodyshop of the Year
   
19/4/24 - 12:04   ABP Club News Editor, Kelly Dalwood - running the London Marathon raising money for Ben in tribute to her dad, Robin, a bodyshop manager
   
19/4/24 - 11:46   Auto Trader - omnichannel solution, Deal Builder, available to all FCA authorised used car dealers to trial
   
19/4/24 - 10:10   Mirka UK - boosting bodyshop productivity and efficiency... it's #BBA2024 Diamond Partner, Mirka!
   
19/4/24 - 09:57   BCA - used car values at auction remain stable to £7,522 average
   
18/4/24 - 14:07   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - appoints Roxanne Cosby as Business Development Manager
   
18/4/24 - 13:50   Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) - rising car thefts and plummeting recovery rates increasing motor premiums
   
18/4/24 - 13:38   MotorAssist (AX) - pace of EV adoption could see huge rise in electric-only fleets
   
18/4/24 - 13:28   L&I Eaton – further expansion planned in the South of England for the UK's 7th largest independent bodyshop group
   
18/4/24 - 13:17   FMG Repair Services - 65-site repair specialists are #BBA2024 Diamond Partners
   
18/4/24 - 13:11   WTW / Confused.com - car insurance premiums down 5% (£54) to £941 average
   
18/4/24 - 12:26   HELLA - ABP Club attends IMI approved training facility, HELLA Academy in Banbury, to see ADAS kit and bodyshop tech training in action
   
18/4/24 - 11:35   The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) - launches EV scheme with NOVO Insurance; repairs by "UK wide EV repair network"
   
18/4/24 - 11:24   Europcar - saves 76,000kg CO2 with recycled parts working with BS10125 approved Tier A repairers, de-fleets & mechanical repairers
   
18/4/24 - 10:51   Allianz Commercial appoints Alex Ktenidis as Director of Digital Trading & Allianz Legal Protection
   
18/4/24 - 09:06   Revive! - four smart repair franchisees are part of the network's "£1m turnover club"
   
18/4/24 - 08:54   NFDA NI - ongoing backlog of MOTs in Northern Ireland
   
17/4/24 - 20:55   Motofix - invests in equipment from GYS to standardise welding and dent pulling kit across the Group's nine sites
   
17/4/24 - 13:37   Geotab - UK most suited market in Europe for electric vehicles despite “current pessimism”
   
17/4/24 - 13:32   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - situation in the Middle East could raise pump prices
   
17/4/24 - 13:29   HELLA - Cyber security challenge tackled in latest mega macs software update
   
17/4/24 - 09:47   Automotive Work Experience Week (#AWE24) - School of Thought's Dave Reece shares his story after joining the industry back in 1966
   
17/4/24 - 09:24   Purchase Direct - launch new waste tyre collection and disposal service through sister company, Outsourced Waste
   
17/4/24 - 09:10   #BBA2024 Diamond Partner: Enterprise - providing replacement vehicles and courtesy cars to bodyshops for more than 60 years
   
17/4/24 - 09:05   ALLDATA Europe - to dispel technical data misconceptions at MECHANEX Harrogate
   
17/4/24 - 08:25   Saga - results for y/e Jan 2024: "insurance remains challenging"; policies down 9%; exploring options for partnerships; underwiting loss
   
17/4/24 - 07:27   Inflation rate – drops to lowest for over 2 ½ years: CPI inflation falls to 3.2% for the 12 months to March 2024
   
16/4/24 - 13:46   #BBA2024 Diamond Partner: Circle Leasing - nine-times winner of 'Repairers' Courtesy Car Provider' supports bodyshop awards next month!
   
16/4/24 - 13:36   Business Success Global (BSG) - deliver keynotes at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Collision Repair Expo
   
16/4/24 - 13:29   Percayso Vehicle Intelligence - signs deal with e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management so e2e network can use Companion claims tool
   
16/4/24 - 13:24   BMW - #BBA2024 Diamond Partner, BMW, introduces a new proactive Borderline Total Loss Avoidance service
   
16/4/24 - 12:45   Polestar - reduces relative greenhouse gas emissions by 9% per sold car and discloses 2040 climate roadmap
   
16/4/24 - 12:32   HELLA - sponsors own driver, veteran kart racer Alex Magee, in British Kart Championships
   
16/4/24 - 12:19   Price of petrol up 8p per litre since start of year - adds £5 to the cost of filling up an average family car
   
16/4/24 - 12:17   WhoCanFixMyCar - appoints Amanda Webb as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Craig Livings as Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
   
16/4/24 - 11:51   Carwow - 19% drivers are not sure if their car is Clean Air Zone (CAZ) compliant for where they regularly drive
   
16/4/24 - 11:38   Institute of Directors (IOD) - growth in economic inactivity rate is concerning for business
   
16/4/24 - 11:30   OSRAM and Ring - boosts fleet of dual branded fleet of Technical Demonstration Vans
   
16/4/24 - 11:02   Automotive Work Experience Week (#AWE24) - Mark Armitage, Autotech's CRO, on how early work experiences can spark a love for the automotive
   
16/4/24 - 10:55   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - Kia has the highest profit returns for car dealers and Jaguar has the lowest
   
15/4/24 - 23:15   Tesla - reduction of "more than 10%" in global headcount of 140,000; for those remaining a "difficult job remains ahead"
   
15/4/24 - 14:02   LV= - plans for the insurer's approved repair network
   
15/4/24 - 13:55   :Dribe - Danish car subscription service to roll out concept in the United Kingdom
   
15/4/24 - 13:49   Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - reminds motor finance firms "they must maintain adequate financial resources at all times"
   
15/4/24 - 13:30   It's officially Automotive Work Experience Week (15 - 19 April) - get involved with the IMI / School of Thought and Autotech initiative
   
15/4/24 - 13:29   It's officially Automotive Work Experience Week (15 - 198 April) - get involved with the IMI / School of Thought and Autotech initiative
   
15/4/24 - 13:09   NFDA-NI - MOT testing backlog and EV charging infrastructure top issues for Members
   
15/4/24 - 12:28   #BBA2024 Diamond Partner: 3M - join us in Manchester in May to celebrate the industry at the World's BIGGEST bodyshop awards
   
15/4/24 - 12:26   IMPORTANT REQUEST FOR BBA GUESTS - we need all guest names by 4pm TODAY (Monday 15 April) LATEST
   
15/4/24 - 11:56   ECA Business Energy - ABP Recommended Business Service offering all ABP Members a free utility bills price-check
   
15/4/24 - 11:51   Sassenheim: AkzoNobel - invests €8 million in Dutch Automotive and Specialty Coatings businesses research labs
   
15/4/24 - 11:44   The AA motoring manifesto - 96% members say road maintenance is top transport issue
   
15/4/24 - 11:37   CarComm Coachworks - CV bodyshop cuts carbon emissions by 8.3% in second year of Carbon Neutrality, working with ECA Business Energy
   
15/4/24 - 11:21   RAC - National Highways installs 52 new emergency areas on smart motorways in the South East
   
15/4/24 - 10:57   PartsXchange - 'meet the team' with Calum Phillips, co-founder & director of bodyshop parts marketplace, PartsXchange
   
15/4/24 - 09:54   SMMT - recognised as one of Britain’s top workplaces (top 17%) with Investors in People Gold award
   
15/4/24 - 09:47   HELLA - new range of aftermarket Tesla and BMW lights
   
15/4/24 - 09:30   GWM ORA UK (part of International Motors) - new mobile inspection team will assess battery after an accident; in-house battery refurbishment
   
15/4/24 - 09:21   Inchcape - confirm sale of UK retail operations (80 sites, 3 bodyshops, 3,600 staff) to Group 1 Automotive for £346m
   
12/4/24 - 14:01   Autoflow - promote Josh McAree to Head of Sales & Customer Experience
   
12/4/24 - 13:57   HELP PLEASE - we need your BBA guest names by 4.00pm on MONDAY to include them in the programme and to produce name cards
   
12/4/24 - 13:17   MIB (Motor Insurers' Bureau) - working with police along 170 miles of M4 from Cardiff to Slough to seize ununsured vehicle
   
12/4/24 - 11:56   Carwow - 7 out of 10 Brits can’t identify if a car has been in an accident and don't understand the write-off categories
   
12/4/24 - 11:47   Pendragon - renamed as Pinewood, following sale of its dealerships to Lithia; £358m to be returned to shareholders on 7 May
   
12/4/24 - 11:35   Auto Trader - Peugeot 3008 is UK’s fastest-selling used car; hybrid demand up 55%, now fastest-selling used car fuel type
   
12/4/24 - 11:27   IMI / School of Thought / Autotech - call all employers to get involved in Automotive Work Experience week (AWE24), 15 - 19 April
   
12/4/24 - 11:12   Andrew Long (ex Verex and PPG) - details of funeral service on Wed 24 April, following his sad death on Easter Sunday
   
12/4/24 - 10:49   Lotus - 2023 results: record loss of $750m from record sales of $679m from record deliveries of 6,970 cars
   
12/4/24 - 09:34   RAC Foundation - poor mobile phone reception at EV chargepoints causing big problems when trying to recharge and pay via phone app
   
12/4/24 - 01:36   Anthony Heard's THAO One Ltd - acquire their 5th site, Cragg & Roberts Ltd in Preston with 22 staff; full list of all 5 sites in group
   
11/4/24 - 13:57   esure - open new esure bodyshop in partnership with Halo ARC in Saffron Walden
   
11/4/24 - 13:48   GT Motive - comment on ABP State of the Industry report and show how they can support the global parts shortage and overcome technology fear
   
11/4/24 - 13:35   ACG - expands sales presence with the appointment of Roxanne Cosby as its latest business development manager
   
11/4/24 - 13:14   SYNETIQ - achieves milestone as entire management attains leading professional safety qualification
   
11/4/24 - 13:08   James Alpe Ltd - Charity Golf Day has created The Baby Remembrance Garden at Burnley Crematorium
   
11/4/24 - 12:55   Keyloop - enters into definitive agreement to acquire ATG
   
11/4/24 - 12:50   Enterprise Flex-E-Rent - recruiting over 100 CV technicians for its 28 depots around the UK
   
11/4/24 - 07:53   #BBA2024 Diamond Partner: Activate Group - join us in Manchester in May to celebrate the industry at the World's BIGGEST bodyshop awards
   
11/4/24 - 07:47   Thatcham Research - BYD product showcase event features in Auto Body Professional magazine (p47-49)
   
10/4/24 - 19:09   Accident Credit Group - introducing the fantastic BBA2024 Diamond Partners!
   
10/4/24 - 18:53   IMPORTANT REQUEST FOR BBA GUESTS - we need all guest names by 3pm on Monday 15 April LATEST
   
10/4/24 - 15:12   Luton Aiport - 6 months after fire, 75% of the 1,300 vehicles affected have been removed by salvage experts on behalf of insurers
   
10/4/24 - 13:08   Trend Tracker - vehicle repair supply vs demand is a "changing picture"
   
10/4/24 - 12:57   eBay UK - 67% drivers put off getting MOT advisories fixed because they can't afford the repairs
   
10/4/24 - 12:44   The 2024 British Bodyshop Awards finalists - full list of 169 #BBA2024 finalists; winners announced in Manchester next month
   
10/4/24 - 12:40   Tesla Cyberbeast - sets new auction record, selling for $262,500 (£206,640)
   
10/4/24 - 12:23   AES UK - Volvo truck and bus dealer, Thomas Hardie Commercials, cuts vehicle downtime in half with
   
10/4/24 - 12:16   Delphi - first-to-market EV brakes; offers opportunity for workshops
   
10/4/24 - 11:55   Automotive Work Experience Week - bodyshops... get involved! (15 – 19 April 2024)
   
10/4/24 - 11:34   C&D Services in Basildon - Essex accident repair business acquired by Evolution Repair Group (Braintree Motor Works)
   
10/4/24 - 09:50   Direct Line Group - appoints Jane Poole (ex Aviva) as Group Chief Financial Officer
   
10/4/24 - 09:48   Cowens - independent Midlands-based insurance broker appoints Mark Wilson as Managing Director of its General Insurance division
   
09/4/24 - 14:04   AGENDA: ABP Club Charity Golf Day: North - Thursday 11 April at Worsley Park in Manchester, sponsored by Mirka
   
09/4/24 - 13:57   2024 British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - ALL 44 awards, each with their finalists
   
09/4/24 - 13:40   Allied Vehicles (Fix Auto Glasgow N) - buys Fix Auto Wigan from owner, Andy Sankey (who will continue to run the site) remains as Fix Auto
   
09/4/24 - 13:05   Morelli - check out the transformation of training and conference centre, Eyebox!
   
09/4/24 - 12:50   HSE - information and guidance on health and safety in the motor vehicle repair (MVR) sector for Stress Awareness Month
   
09/4/24 - 12:03   Innovative Repair Group (iRG) - national recognition for bodyshop apprentice programme
   
09/4/24 - 11:32   Churchill - parking bay dimensions still based on guidelines from the 1970s causing est £424m damage every year
   
09/4/24 - 11:01   Enterprise - Flex-E-Rent recruiting 100 CV Technicians to meet surge in demand for commercial vehicle repair
   
09/4/24 - 10:55   National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) - moped and motorcycle sales down -3.7% (March 2024 vs 2023); modest EV growth
   
09/4/24 - 10:46   BCA - renews five-year Auto Solutions Services Agreement with BMW Group UK
   
09/4/24 - 10:32   Silverlake - expands fleet to service increasing bodyshop market demand
   
08/4/24 - 13:58   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - MINI and Kia named the top brands by UK dealers for the third time in a row
   
08/4/24 - 13:45   New Fix Auto UK - Bressingham Car Bodyshop (Fix Auto Diss); Autodoc (Fix Auto West Norwich) and Red Rocket ARC (Fix Auto Great Yarmouth)
   
08/4/24 - 13:12   Reuters - "entry-level Tesla car won’t be built"; VM to focus on self-driving taxis after Tesla battles China EV makers
   
08/4/24 - 12:16   Toyota - extends authorised repair network
   
08/4/24 - 12:09   GBB - research and forensic investigation company (part of Davies) looks at moped "critical damage" to help insurers with repair costs
   
08/4/24 - 12:00   ABL 1Touch - Sustainability at the forefront for ABL 1Touch
   
08/4/24 - 11:42   Uswitch - 1 in 4 new drivers "unaware" of true cost of car insurance
   
08/4/24 - 11:30   AGENDA: ABP Club Charity Golf Day: North - Thursday 11 April at Worsley Park in Manchester, sponsored by Mirka
   
08/4/24 - 10:32   Europcar - invests in 25 MG4s as Delivery & Collection ‘runner’ vehicles
   
08/4/24 - 10:19   NFDA - Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and Shadow business Minister visits M53 Ford
   
08/4/24 - 10:14   West Midlands Police and (MIB) Motor Insurers’ Bureau - more than 100 vehicles seized in crackdown on uninsured drivers
   
08/4/24 - 09:32   Markerstudy (7th largest UK motor insurer) - invites suppliers to sign new Sustainable Supply Chain Charter
   
08/4/24 - 00:04   India: Nippon Paint - opens Master Craft, the first of a planned chain of 30 of its own bodyshops by 2026
   
07/4/24 - 22:14   Guardian - asks why car insurance premiums in UK increased by 34% last year but only by 2% in France, 5% in Spain and 12% in Germany
   
07/4/24 - 21:51   USA: Classic Collection - 262-site national collision repair multi-site operator, acquired by TPG Capital private equity
   
07/4/24 - 21:39   Gartner - cost of EV production to fall, but cost of accident repair to increase by 30% by 2027
   
06/4/24 - 01:14   ABI - average motor premium up 25% in 2023; total £9.9 billion of motor claims paid (up 18%) of which vehicle repairs up 31% to £6.1 billion
   
05/4/24 - 23:31   Tesla - Reuters reports plans for $25,000 Tesla 2 model have been cancelled due to cheap Chinese EVs; Robotaxis to be produced instead
   
05/4/24 - 14:11   Autocraft Solutions Group - secures £24m to expand REVIVE facility which can triage, repair and remanufacture 1,400 EV battery packs a year
   
05/4/24 - 13:55   Oil prices - hit 5-month high today amidst fear of tensions in Middle East
   
05/4/24 - 13:50   Autorola - hybrids took the used car market by storm in Q1 2024
   
05/4/24 - 13:45   BBA - ALL 44 awards, each with their finalists
   
05/4/24 - 13:45   BBA - ALL 169 finalists, each shown with the award they are competing for
   
05/4/24 - 12:30   NAHL Group PLC - Response to speculation
   
05/4/24 - 10:29   #BBA2024: last finalists announced, those for the BMW Bodyshop Apprentice of the Year Award, winner revealed at BBA on 1 May
   
04/4/24 - 14:07   RAC - petrol up 6p a litre so far this year after a 2p rise in March; diesel up for third consecutive month
   
04/4/24 - 14:01   F.J. Church and Sons Ltd - catalytic converter recycling business in Rainham, Essex, fined £200,000 after employee’s arm severed
   
04/4/24 - 13:55   Auto Trader - used cars took an average of just 25 days to sell in March, a new record; average price was £16,695, down 9% on March 2023
   
04/4/24 - 13:43   Farecla - enhance G360 Super Fast Polishing System with two low-cost polishing kits; G360 sales rose 20% last year
   
04/4/24 - 13:18   SMMT - new van sales up 11.1% in March to best level for 3 years
   
04/4/24 - 13:09   JTAPE - launch new Tacky Booth Protection Film for protecting spary booth surfaces
   
04/4/24 - 10:55   SMMT - new car sales up 10.4% in March, 20th consecutive month of sales growth and best March since 2019; battery car sales only rise 3.8%
   
03/4/24 - 20:10   Royal Mail - propose to only deliver second class mail on "every other weekday"
   
03/4/24 - 19:21   RightIndem - Ollie McGuiness steps down as CEO, to be replaced by Julie Rodilosso
   
03/4/24 - 16:14   The IAEA - ABP Club to publish the IAEA's new magazine for Members: called The Assessors Journal
   
03/4/24 - 15:15   Thatcham Research - landmark partnership with Chinese manufacturer Chery to embed ‘insurability by design’ as a primary vehicle attribute
   
03/4/24 - 14:06   Auto Body Professional Magazine - 80-page Spring 2024 issue now available on-line for everyone to read
   
03/4/24 - 13:56   UK Government - to commission independent study into headlight glare following RAC campaign
   
03/4/24 - 13:50   EXCLUSIVE: Motofix - appoint Vic Turner as executive director of holding company Ryemarc
   
03/4/24 - 13:44   Lookers - COO Duncan McPhee is latest to depart; CEO and CFO left in December following acquisition in Oct by Canadian Alpha Auto Group
   
03/4/24 - 13:28   RightIndem - chosen by AND-E (Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe) to provide FNOL and repair decision making solutions
   
03/4/24 - 13:20   JLR - 12 bodyshop finalists announced for their 4 awards at BBA on Wed 1 May
   
03/4/24 - 11:45   Australia: AMA Group - settle legal case against Andrew Hopkins, former CEO
   
03/4/24 - 11:10   Australia: AMA Group's legal action (for poaching staff) against Dave Calder and 2 others has been resolved
   
02/4/24 - 14:03   Andrew Long - sad news of death of Andrew Long, former MD of Verex and director of PPG
   
02/4/24 - 13:45   esure - 2023 results: turnover up 16% but a pre-tax loss of £17m, compared to £50m profit in 2022; transforming customer claims experience
   
02/4/24 - 13:12   Ford - becomes latest manufacturer to cancel plans to move to agency sales model in Europe; dealer network will be downsized
   
02/4/24 - 10:35   Inchacpe - US giant AutoNation considering £350m bid for Inchcape's UK dealerships says Sky News
   
01/4/24 - 21:18   Patons ARC Glasgow - drop their legal battle against Glasgow council's LEZ scheme
   
28/3/24 - 14:06   Northern Ireland: Charles Hurst - confirmation that from tomorrow it will become the Dumurry branch of Wrights ARC
   
28/3/24 - 14:03   James Alpe - wins Ribble Valley Awards ‘Workforce Development’ Award
   
28/3/24 - 13:55   Repairify - expanding business in Europe with the opening of a new office in Italy
   
28/3/24 - 13:39   Komoo - open third bodyshop in as many months: Komoo Eastleigh, which is Komoo's 15th site
   
28/3/24 - 13:37   Northern Irelance: Charles Hurst - confirmation that from tomorrow it will become the Dumurry branch of Wrights ARC
   
28/3/24 - 13:26   A1 ADAS Solutions - working with the NBRA and the VBRA to promote ADAS services to repairers
   
28/3/24 - 13:16   Auto Windscreens - Bradford sees highest increase in ‘pothole’ jobs
   
28/3/24 - 13:09   SMMT - UK commercial vehicle production up 98% in February (Feb 24 vs Feb 23)
   
28/3/24 - 13:04   NBRA - "significant impact" of shortcomings in valuations of total loss vehicles
   
28/3/24 - 12:41   ELV Training - end of life vehicle sector losing vehicle depollution and dismantlers to the bodyshop industry
   
28/3/24 - 12:21   Birmingham petrol stations - “hotspots” for vehicle crime last year
   
28/3/24 - 10:09   SMMT - UK car production up 14.6% in February; electrified vehicles account for 36% vehicles built; YTD UK production up 17.8%
   
28/3/24 - 09:31   European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) - 10,000 killed on rural roads in the EU in 2022
   
28/3/24 - 07:29   Autoglass - Belron UK (Autoglass and Laddaw) named as a finalist for the Employee Benefit Awards 2024
   
27/3/24 - 20:04   British Insurance Awards from Post mag - full list of finalists; ceremony on 3 July
   
27/3/24 - 19:23   British Insurance Technology Awards from Post mag - full list of finalists; ceremony on 18 June
   
27/3/24 - 15:51   Fisker - shares suspended; "we do not currently have sufficient cash reserves"; production suspended; prices slashed by 39%
   
27/3/24 - 13:50   FCA - TikTockers and 'finfluencers' who promote dodgy or "risk-free" financial advice could end up in prison
   
27/3/24 - 13:03   RECORD-BREAKING British Bodyshop Awards! - 972 tickets sold for #BBA2024
   
27/3/24 - 12:45   Veetec Motor Group - new state of the art accident repair centre in Hayes, West London (replaces Veetec's previous Hayes bodyshop)
   
27/3/24 - 12:12   ABP Charity Golf Days - please get in touch if you can donate prizes for fundraising auctions for the Muscular Dystrophy Support Centre
   
27/3/24 - 11:49   Euro NCAP - crash avoidance ratings for 8 vans published as Euro NCAP calls for more ADAS in small panel vans
   
27/3/24 - 11:32   The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - concerned about insurers’ valuations of written-off or stolen vehicles
   
27/3/24 - 11:15   Enterprise Car Club launches in Derby
   
27/3/24 - 10:53   FCA - identify issues with insurers valuations of total losses; provide "areas for improvement" and outline "good practice"
   
27/3/24 - 10:07   Audatex UK - paint material pricing inceases by average 5% from 26 March
   
27/3/24 - 09:48   The IMI - motor trade sector ties with hospitality sector for most vacancies, 55% above the average for all sectors
   
27/3/24 - 09:43   The AA - cheaper per mile to use ultra-rapid off-peak charger than petrol
   
27/3/24 - 09:39   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - National Sales Manager, Phil Hodkinson, retires after 33 years
   
26/3/24 - 14:45   Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards - full list of finalists for the 15 awards; ceremony on 23 May
   
26/3/24 - 13:56   Kudos Bodyworks - second bodyshop opens, in Biggin Hill, Bromley
   
26/3/24 - 13:49   Grove - more than half of Grove's customers sign up for new accounting management system, Grove Connect
   
26/3/24 - 13:44   MotoFest ’24 - a new motoring extravaganza event launches in Hampshire
   
26/3/24 - 13:31   ABP British Bodyshop Awards - the 2024 BBA finalists are...
   
26/3/24 - 13:17   Valeo - appoints Michael Gougeon as Key Account Manager
   
26/3/24 - 13:06   HORIBA MIRA - invests in upgrades to Warwickshire-based crash lab to extend safety centre by more than 40%
   
26/3/24 - 12:53   ACIS - appoints John Matthews (ex Retail Automotive Alliance, AutoRestore, Fix Auto and Audatex) as its new CEO
   
26/3/24 - 12:44   Prima car insurance - one in seven Brits involved in an accident or near miss due to driving whilst tired
   
26/3/24 - 11:39   Car insurance up 58% in a year - to average £995
   
26/3/24 - 11:11   The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) - calls for car dealers to be licenced
   
26/3/24 - 10:58   Autoglass - new Pro Lifting tool available to all technicians who require additional support when lifting larger windscreens
   
26/3/24 - 10:52   Polestar and Volvo Cars - statement confirms Polestar will still use Volvo approved Bodyshops for Polestar Bodynetwork
   
25/3/24 - 19:26   Volkswagen - the first vehicle manufacturer to develop an autonomous Level 4 service vehicle for large-scale production
   
25/3/24 - 19:20   SYNETIQ - CEO Tom Rumboll wins ‘Green Leader’ Award at Yorkshire Leadership Awards
   
25/3/24 - 19:14   ZF - rebrands its Passive Safety Systems division to ZF LIFETEC
   
25/3/24 - 14:05   Thatcham Research - ‘Search of Vehicle’ training services recognised at Border Force Outstanding Achievement Awards
   
25/3/24 - 13:50   Fix Auto Manchester East - bodyshop becomes a patron of local community centre, Mahdlo Youth Zone
   
25/3/24 - 12:56   Austria: FORVIA HELLA - receives John Deere Award for sustainability
   
25/3/24 - 12:45   D Gawthrope ACR - West Yorkshire bodyshop gains Ford and Toyota manufacturer approval AND first BSI9001 bodyshop for vehicles 5 tonnes +
   
25/3/24 - 12:17   RAC - more than one-in-10 UK supermarkets now offer EV charging
   
25/3/24 - 11:53   WhoCanFixMyCar - appoints Kevern Thompson as new CEO (official press statement from WhoCanFixMyCar)
   
25/3/24 - 11:32   Cost of car insurance up 46% YOY - typical premium now £892
   
25/3/24 - 11:17   Markerstudy Insurance Services (7th largest UK motor insurer) - wins Celent Model Insurer Award
   
25/3/24 - 11:13   BCA - used car values averaged £7,564 in February, down 0.4% vs January but up 9.4% vs December
   
25/3/24 - 11:07   BBA - alphabetical list of 154 finalists. Is your bodyshop on the list?
   
25/3/24 - 11:02   Easter traffic warning - 14m trips planned by car as school holidays and Easter weekend clash
   
25/3/24 - 10:51   Hyundai Motor UK (largest VM approved bodyshop network) - to reduce the number of dealer partners it works with in the UK
   
24/3/24 - 20:55   Luton Airport car park fire - investigation by fire service says it was accidental caused by fire in diesel car and NOT a hybrid or electric
   
23/3/24 - 09:30   McLaren Group - sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain takes full ownership; supercar company can now invest in long-term business plan
   
23/3/24 - 09:11   Ageas - confirm they do NOT intend to make an offer for Direct Line
   
22/3/24 - 14:05   BBA (British Bodyshop Awards) - finalists to be announced at 11am on Monday 25 March; 930 tickets now sold for event on 1 May in Manchester
   
22/3/24 - 13:42   AM Awards - full list of finalists for the 28 awards
   
22/3/24 - 13:30   Nissan GB - appoint Nicolas Belaud as new Aftersales Director, succeeding Chris Marsh
   
22/3/24 - 13:25   Nissan Motor GB - appoint Diana Torres as Managing Director
   
22/3/24 - 12:36   Evolution Repair Group - acquire 3rd site, C&M Body Shop (Fix Auto Coventry) with 11 staff; exiting Fix immediately; expect 10 sites by July
   
22/3/24 - 10:32   Aston Martin - Adrian Hallmark (ex CEO of Bentley) joins in Autumn as Aston Martin CEO
   
22/3/24 - 10:20   Bentley - Adrian Hallmark, CEO since 2018, leaves with immediate effect
   
22/3/24 - 10:20   Aston Martin - Adrian Hallmark, CEO of Bentley, has left with immediate effect to join Aston Martin as CEO in Autumn
   
21/3/24 - 14:38   Ben Ball 2024 - tickets on sale for fundraising event booked for Wednesday 11 December at Old Billingsgate Market
   
21/3/24 - 14:33   Polestar - opens first Scottish Space in Glasgow; 7th Polestar retail space in the UK
   
21/3/24 - 14:00   ONE WEEK TO GO! - 2024 WorldSkills UK/IMI Skills Competitions registration closes Thursday 28 March
   
21/3/24 - 13:31   IDES - install Solar PV Panels at Fix Auto Wrexham and Oswestry
   
21/3/24 - 11:46   Thatcham Research - Gigacasting and repair costs in Automotive Testing Technology International magazine
   
21/3/24 - 10:28   Volkswagen and Mobileye - Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsche to use new automated driving functions to series production
   
21/3/24 - 10:14   Škoda - decarbonising the sales and service network and doubling the amount of recycled plastics in cars from 2025
   
21/3/24 - 10:08   Direct Line - a few interesting snippets from 2023 report: including plan to have "online repair booking and claims tracking" for customers
   
21/3/24 - 10:05   What Car? - 90% of UK motorists prefer physical buttons and switches to touchscreen controls
   
21/3/24 - 09:56   Stansted Audi - recognition for Sales and Aftersales and named Audi UK's Centre of the Year 2023
   
21/3/24 - 09:32   Auto Windscreens - MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon visits Harlow fitting centre to discuss training and apprenticeships
   
21/3/24 - 08:47   Direct Line - 2023 results: £3,106m gross written premium (up 27%); £189m overall operating loss (£320m operating loss on motor)
   
20/3/24 - 14:02   OUTSORC - MONITRR network management and improvement platform achieves milestone
   
20/3/24 - 13:36   More than half of the local road network in England & Wales could fail in the next 15 years - £16.3bn needed to fix the backlog of repairs
   
20/3/24 - 12:32   Allianz - digital motor insurance business, Flow, rebranded as Allianz; available direct or via comparison websites
   
20/3/24 - 12:22   Auto Trader - ONS figures use Auto Trader’s market pricing data for the UK's inflation statistics
   
20/3/24 - 12:11   How to reduce EV insurance premiums - annual battery health checks
   
20/3/24 - 11:51   Fix Auto Lichfield - Andy Johnson raises £12K with 3,000km Panda Raid driving challenge across the Moroccan desert
   
20/3/24 - 10:50   PartsXchange - announce LKQ Academy partnership
   
20/3/24 - 10:42   DfT - 44 more councils across England to benefit from funding to boost chargepoint rollout, part of £381m fund
   
20/3/24 - 10:39   Solera - owners Vista Equity "seeking to hire investment banks for a U.S. initial public offering of Solera" says Reuters
   
20/3/24 - 10:26   Cornerstone Technologies - working with Mackins ARC in Northern Ireland to deliver plastic and paint training
   
20/3/24 - 10:09   New Economics Foundation (NEF) - employers spending a fifth less on employee training than a decade ago
   
20/3/24 - 10:01   Motor Ombudsman - saving money is biggest driver for consumers buying a used car in 2024
   
20/3/24 - 09:43   Komoo - new 17,000 sq ft Gateshead bodyshop opens in Team Valley; site number 14 for Komoo
   
20/3/24 - 09:33   Silverlake Automotive Recycling - celebrated #GlobalRecyclingDay with £350 donation to Udonateacar after driver donates written-off Mondeo
   
20/3/24 - 09:21   The IMI - Supporting Carers in the Workplace Webinar: Weds 27 March at 12midday
   
20/3/24 - 08:38   AutoRaise - seek Charity Manager
   
20/3/24 - 08:08   Inflation rate – big drop in February: CPI inflation down to 3.4% for the 12 months to February 2024; RPI inflation down to 4.5%
   
19/3/24 - 14:00   ALLDATA Europe - to support Schaeffler at REPXPERT Academy Conference
   
19/3/24 - 13:55   NBRA - expresses concern over Government's new immigration rules
   
19/3/24 - 13:44   Ring and OSRAM - announce sponsorship of BTCC NAPA racing team
   
19/3/24 - 13:38   Auto Windscreens - Health Safety Manager, Bruce Bahlaj, passes NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational H&S
   
19/3/24 - 13:18   Farécla - receives gold business sustainability ratings award from EcoVadis
   
19/3/24 - 13:11   Cooper Barnes - Cambridgeshire-based bodyshop expands operations into second site to offer in-house ADAS, MOTs and PPF wraps
   
19/3/24 - 11:55   Solera - 53% drivers “genuinely concerned” about the environmental impact of vehicle repairs and maintenance
   
19/3/24 - 11:49   CRG Diagnostics - appoints Tony Hartley as as Regional Account Manager North
   
19/3/24 - 11:00   Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) - Kevin Kelly of Robert Bosch becomes IAAF vice-president
   
19/3/24 - 10:56   ONS data (analysed by Howden Insurance) - driver error is the leading cause of road collisions in the UK
   
19/3/24 - 10:05   Revive! - Cambridge tops list of vehicle repair hotspots, Guildford is next, then Lincoln, Portsmouth and High Wycombe
   
19/3/24 - 09:54   Venson Automotive Solutions - UK is now the biggest market in Europe for Chinese EV brands
   
19/3/24 - 07:55   Sabre Insurance (24th largest motor insurer) - 2023 results: profits up 68% to £23.6m on gross written premiums up 31% to £225m
   
18/3/24 - 23:58   Fleet News awards - full list of all 36 award winners
   
18/3/24 - 22:35   WhoCanFixMyCar - appoint Kevern Thompson (ex CAPS and Toyota) as CEO
   
18/3/24 - 22:03   Lunaz Applied Technologies - which installs electric engines into commercial vehicles such as bin lorries has gone into administration
   
18/3/24 - 13:32   Trend Tracker - repair volumes down (or are they?)
   
18/3/24 - 13:20   Mirka - next generation tools with long-life electric motor deliver 20% more sanding power
   
18/3/24 - 13:19   Mirka - next generation tools with long-life electric motor deliver 20% more sanding power
   
18/3/24 - 12:49   Activate Group - support local Halifax charity, HappyDays UK
   
18/3/24 - 12:34   IMI Skills Competitions - register NOW for automotive body repair and automotive refinishing
   
18/3/24 - 12:29   LKQ Euro Car Parts - reminds technicians to complete their 2023/24 MOT CPD before the end of the month to avoid disqualification
   
18/3/24 - 12:25   Vizion Drive - first BYD EVs, BYD Dolphin, available for bodyshops
   
18/3/24 - 12:07   Salvage Wire and ELV Training- new qualification for the vehicle dismantling industry covering core elements of vehicle depollution
   
18/3/24 - 11:59   Potholes - councils face an estimated £14 billion repair backlog
   
18/3/24 - 10:57   eBay - to host pop-up garage at Woburn Safari Park offering guests a pre-MOT check-up on their vehicles
   
18/3/24 - 10:45   Department for Transport - "crackdown" on anti-driver road schemes and blanket 20mph limits
   
18/3/24 - 10:13   Howden Insurance - Birmingham has the most cars or vans per household
   
18/3/24 - 08:08   Government - Prime Minister will today announce a major reform package to boost apprenticeships for thousands of small businesses
   
18/3/24 - 07:56   Australia: AMA Group - appoint David Goldstein, Chief Growth Officer at Caliber, as a non-executive director
   
17/3/24 - 20:38   Hertz - replacesCEO after disasterous bet on electric vehicles (inc 100,000 Teslas) hit firm with expensive repairs and low resale prices
   
17/3/24 - 19:05   Direct Line - new CEO Adam Winslow has to lay out his plans for transforming the business on Thursday says Mail on Sunday
   
17/3/24 - 18:58   Ageas - Sunday Times reports CEO has flown to China to get support from their largest shareholder in battle to acquire Direct Line
   
15/3/24 - 14:05   Solera - 80% 17-24-year-olds are ready to "embrace" pre-loved automotive parts
   
15/3/24 - 13:53   Agmors Coachworks - new Glasgow bodyshop opens
   
15/3/24 - 13:30   SEAT Leon - the UK’s fastest selling (10 days) used car
   
15/3/24 - 13:14   ABP Club's News Editor, Kelly Dalwood - running the London Marathon next month to raise money for industry charity, Ben
   
15/3/24 - 12:42   AkzoNobel - boosts capability of North American powder coatings sites (used in automotive coatings industry)
   
15/3/24 - 12:27   M25 - shut between junctions 10-11, 9pm Friday 15 - 6am Monday 18 March; first scheduled daytime all-lanes shutdown since it opened in 1986
   
15/3/24 - 12:00   Autotech Recruit - survey reveals UK automotive industry's hiring challenges and trends for 2024
   
15/3/24 - 10:55   Pontardawe College - Mipa Paints supports College's Motor Vehicle Centre of Excellence Skills Competition for bodyshop apprentices
   
15/3/24 - 10:40   PPG Refinish UK & IE - new Automotive Refinish Training Program 2024 inc practical face-to-face & online training for PPG & NEXA AUTOCOLOR
   
15/3/24 - 10:13   Solus - Welsh-born Amanda Blanc, Aviva CEO, formally opens the Aviva-owned Solus vehicle repair centre in Newport, Wales
   
15/3/24 - 09:57   RAC - 98% of top 100 yellow box junctions for fining drivers in London and Cardiff are larger than necessary
   
15/3/24 - 09:49   Autoglym - launch a dedicated store on eBay
   
15/3/24 - 09:02   Mipa Paints - appoints James Fox as Partner Relationship Manager
   
15/3/24 - 00:45   Ageas - faces investor opposition to their attempt to buy Direct Line; analysts now think deal is unlikely
   
14/3/24 - 14:15   Fix Auto UK - congratulates IMI Award winner, Alena Woolacott (Fix Auto Mid Devon & Newton Abbott)
   
14/3/24 - 13:59   Fix Auto UK - congratulates the IMI's 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐚 𝐖𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭
   
14/3/24 - 13:55   Thatcham Research - IMI award win for first delivery partner of Accredited Technician Awards (now IMI Accreditations) for body repair sector
   
14/3/24 - 13:45   SMMT - automated vehicle tech could prevent 53,000 serious accidents by 2040
   
14/3/24 - 13:39   IMI 2024 awards (official IMI release) - diverse pool of winners demonstrates commitment to the industry and passion for driving change
   
14/3/24 - 13:27   National Highways - new campaign urges lane hoggers and tailgaters to change their driving style
   
14/3/24 - 13:08   Sweden: New truck front concept - to significantly reduce fatal crashes in car-truck collisions
   
14/3/24 - 12:57   Standox – enabling more efficient refinishing with One Visit Application
   
14/3/24 - 12:39   AXA Commercial - offers free health checks to improve fleet safety of SMEs who don't have dedicated fleet managers
   
14/3/24 - 12:10   Markerstudy Group (7th largest UK motor insurer) - Markerstudy Broking has been renamed Markerstudy Distribution
   
14/3/24 - 11:54   The FCA - to investigate use of personal guarantees in certain small business lending after FSB "super complaint"
   
14/3/24 - 11:41   Scorpion Trackers - secure Isuzu D-Max with 96% recovery rate
   
14/3/24 - 10:52   A1 ADAS Solutions - ADAS, diagnostic and garage equipment specialist achieves world’s most recognised standard for bodyshop services
   
14/3/24 - 10:43   Leasys UK (Stellantis JV) - announces a new sponsorship supporting driver, Edward Pearson, for the 2024 Championship season
   
14/3/24 - 10:21   BPI Asset Disposal Solutions - West Yorkshire-based company appoints Kevin Gardner as Commercial Manager
   
14/3/24 - 09:29   IMI Awards - full list of winners from last nights ceremony; Thatcham win "IMI Partner of the Year"Award
   
13/3/24 - 13:43   AirPro Diagnostics - Auggie mobile static calibration device meets EURO NCAP safety standard
   
13/3/24 - 13:08   AF Accident Repair Centre - host walk-in Wednesday at West Midlands bodyshop
   
13/3/24 - 12:48   Copart UK - former Cazoo Gloucestershire site (#27) substantially increases storage capacity in the Southwest by 30,000 vehicles per year
   
13/3/24 - 12:39   Fix Auto Tewkesbury - owner Kevin Dunlop to open second bodyshop: Fix Auto Hereford, due to open 1 June and repair c40 cars a month
   
13/3/24 - 12:28   ABL 1 Touch - Executive Leadership Team swap the Boardroom for the Bodyshop
   
13/3/24 - 11:49   Ageas - submit improved possible offer to Direct Line valuing company at £3,171 milllion
   
13/3/24 - 11:22   AA Business Services - general insurance provider Protector Insurance UK appoints The AA to supply accident management services
   
13/3/24 - 10:58   Direct Line - reject second improved proposal offer from Ageas as "uncertain, unattractive, and significantly undervalues DLG"
   
13/3/24 - 10:56   UK Carbody - JDK Technology team spend the day with Bristol bodyshop
   
13/3/24 - 10:47   Aviva (3rd largest UK motor insurer) - expand autonomous vehicle insurance project with Darwin
   
13/3/24 - 09:46   ONS - GDP grew by 0.2% in January
   
13/3/24 - 09:27   Mercedes-Benz - the world's first car manufacturer to X-ray a crash test
   
13/3/24 - 09:12   AkzoNobel - 82 locations using 100% renewable electricity and 31 locations have installed solar panels
   
13/3/24 - 08:55   Silverlake Automotive Recycling - completes IMI accredited EV dismantling training after seeing 172% YOY increase in high voltage vehicles
   
12/3/24 - 23:19   Modern Claims Awards (from Modern Insurance mag) - finalists for the 19 awards; ceremony on 18 April
   
12/3/24 - 13:59   HELLA - headlight condensation guidance from OEM headlamp manufacturer
   
12/3/24 - 13:48   Roger Young - to become Suzuki dealership and aftersales facility in Saltash, Cornwall,
   
12/3/24 - 13:41   Volvo Cars - invests in Breathe Battery Technologies (Breathe) for next generation fast charging
   
12/3/24 - 13:38   Start Rescue - EVs are 59% less likely to break down
   
12/3/24 - 13:10   ONS - average earnings up 6%, or 1.8% when adjusted for inflation
   
12/3/24 - 12:36   The IMI - 23,000 vacancies in the automotive aftermarket; 52% all job adverts is for roles like Vehicle Technicians
   
12/3/24 - 12:13   What Car? - calls for realistic mileage tests as winter range study reveals EVs can fall nearly 40% short of official figures
   
12/3/24 - 11:38   Autotech Group - Founder Gavin White announces new role of Automotive Ambassador for Activate Business Finance
   
12/3/24 - 11:26   WorldSkills UK - registration for Body Repair and Refinishing National Competitions is OPEN!
   
12/3/24 - 11:22   Aviva, Esure, Markerstudy, Mulsanne & Sabre - with IFED & IFB as ghost broker sentenced for selling bogus car insurance
   
12/3/24 - 10:47   Revive! Stoke - wins the West Midlands Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Franchise of the Year award
   
11/3/24 - 21:49   Copart - appoint Jeff Liaw as CEO and Director; Jay Adair becomes Executive Chairman
   
11/3/24 - 13:11   Boost your business with night time networking – 50% tickets to ABP's Networking Race Evening already SOLD, don't miss out!
   
11/3/24 - 13:05   Nottingham College (inc automotive apprenticeships & training provider, Emtec) - achieves outstanding Ofsted grade for residential provision
   
11/3/24 - 12:58   Auto Windscreens - MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney, visits Auto Windscreens to discuss ADAS tech
   
11/3/24 - 12:52   Allianz Commercial - appoints Baillie Peacock (ex Aon) branch manager for Chelmsford
   
11/3/24 - 12:48   PartsXchange - announce two new partnerships... communications partner: All Things CX and remote technicians: Complete Diagnostics
   
11/3/24 - 12:38   Turners - 5-site Yorkshire bodyshop gp management structure changes: Stuart (Chairman), Tom (MD) & Graham (Director of Ops) & Dawn (HR Dir)
   
11/3/24 - 12:27   FMG - Connells Group extends incident management contract with FMG
   
11/3/24 - 12:22   LD Autovogue - Norfolk-based bodyshop gearing up to celebrate 25th anniversary
   
10/3/24 - 23:46   EuroNCAP - their new testing rules from Jan 2026 will penalise safety ratings of vehicles which rely too heavily on touchscreen controls
   
10/3/24 - 23:38   Jaguar - to end production at Castle Bromwich (home of XE, XF and F-Type) in June; plant will then make body panels for new electric range
   
10/3/24 - 23:25   Inchcape - say review of UK retail business is continuing "following approaches from a number of interested parties"
   
10/3/24 - 23:20   Direct Line - Adam Winslow, new CEO, to set out how firm will become more "tech-savvy" and cut costs to repel Ageas bid
   
10/3/24 - 23:13   Direct Line - founder Peter Wood says firm deserves to be taken over as it has been run "so abysmally" but is worth more than Ageas offer
   
10/3/24 - 23:05   Ageas - bring in additional advisors to help them press ahead with bid for Direct Line says Reuters
   
08/3/24 - 17:49   Auto Express - asks "Why is car insurance so expensive?" and exposes the truth about the rising cost; 5 easy steps to solve the problem
   
08/3/24 - 14:10   S&G Response - racing against time, S&G take a Formula 1 approach tp total loss and salvage
   
08/3/24 - 14:06   National Insurance Awards (from Insurance Today) - fill list of all 31 winners from last nights ceremony
   
08/3/24 - 13:59   Avant Recruit - joins NBRA as a Supply Member
   
08/3/24 - 13:56   Northern Ireland - Lookers propose that Charles Hurst ARC (Dunmurry ARC) transfers to Wrights Accident Repair Centres Ltd on 28 March
   
08/3/24 - 13:52   Nova Automotive Group - new Witham bodyshop achieves BSI Kitemark in just 4 weeks
   
08/3/24 - 13:33   Revive! - celebrates record year with £21m sales at 20th anniversary
   
08/3/24 - 13:24   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - no mention of Apprenticeship Levy, or Apprenticeship reform in Budget
   
08/3/24 - 13:14   Morelli Group - Ruth Moring-Beale, Director of Strategy and Growth, on what makes Morelli an inclusive employer
   
08/3/24 - 12:45   LKQ Euro Car Parts - Helen Robinson, Corporate Communications Director on inclusivity in the industry
   
08/3/24 - 12:35   Lloyds Motor Group (=12th largest dealer owned bodyshop group) - Q&A with Kia Richardson, Bodyshop Administrator at Lloyd Bodyshop Carlisle
   
08/3/24 - 11:58   British Safety Council - UK’s health, safety and wellbeing charity comments on Budget statement to support people in work
   
08/3/24 - 11:39   Bridgestone & Kwik Fit - announce a return to The British Motor Show in new a multi-year deal
   
08/3/24 - 11:21   Valeo - to celebrate 20 years of stop-start tech with IMI event
   
08/3/24 - 11:14   HELLA - raises £6,400 in Ben’s ‘Race Across Britain’
   
08/3/24 - 11:00   Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust - inspirational stories of women who made, sold, and drove Jaguars at new exhibition
   
08/3/24 - 10:32   Axalta Refinish (largest refinish paint company) - sign 5-year preferred supplier deal with LV= and Allianz (2nd largest UK motor insurer)
   
08/3/24 - 09:49   FMG Repair Services - announces bodyshop site number 66, in the Greater Manchester town of Chadderton
   
08/3/24 - 09:36   International Women’s Day 2024 - Accident Credit Group's (ACG) co-founder & female entrepreneur Debbie Nowell speaks exclusively to ABP Club
   
07/3/24 - 13:53   British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - sponsor the largest bodyshop awards in the world (3 spaces left!)
   
07/3/24 - 13:39   Bloomberg Intelligence - European drivers still favour ICE cars and hybrids (just 18% want an EV)
   
07/3/24 - 13:28   Aviva and Admiral results - end of motor insurance price rises? Motor insurers benefit from higher premiums AND private health boost
   
07/3/24 - 13:07   AA - disappointed that the Chancellor did not review "levy on responsible motoring", Insurance Premium Tax (IPT)
   
07/3/24 - 12:53   Southend-on-Sea - has the worst roads in England, based on the percentage of A, B, and C roads requiring maintenance
   
07/3/24 - 12:47   Thatcham Research (report) - "disappointing (non) showing at 2024 Geneva International Motor Show"
   
07/3/24 - 12:01   Straightset - design and fit 40,000 sq ft bespoke training workshop customised for Kia UK, to accommodate 1,500 delegates every year
   
07/3/24 - 11:42   Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles - 60% van drivers report an increase in working hours, on average 35 minutes more per day
   
07/3/24 - 09:27   Spring Budget 2024: fuel duty kept at 52.95p per litre but no cut to insurance premium tax (IPT)
   
07/3/24 - 09:20   Euro NCAP - cars with overreliance on touchscreens penalised in crash testing
   
07/3/24 - 09:13   NBRA - decision to raise the VAT registration threshold from £85,000 to £90,000 "well received"
   
07/3/24 - 08:58   IMI - “A budget for an election – but not for a greener environment”
   
07/3/24 - 08:54   Osprey Charging - Spring Budget "huge missed opportunity" for public EV charging
   
07/3/24 - 08:12   Aviva - 2023 results: operating profit of £1,467m, up 9%; UK general insurance business had a "strong year with healthy profitability"
   
07/3/24 - 07:58   Admiral - 2023 results: UK motor insurance profits up 13% to £593m on turnover up 35% to £3,372m
   
06/3/24 - 23:19   Rethinking repair partnerships - reports of claim volumes reducing are rumbling around the industry. Is it a blip or a growing trend?
   
06/3/24 - 14:33   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - nice 'before & after' photo of former apprentices, James Gough and Brandon Bacciocchi
   
06/3/24 - 14:04   Autocraft Telford - secures Toyota and Lexus Manufacturer approvals, taking tally to 25 VM approvals
   
06/3/24 - 13:59   Europcar Vans & Trucks - popular electric van, Mercedes-Benz eVito, available from Europcar locations aligned to ULEZ and Clean Air Zones
   
06/3/24 - 13:54   Spring Budget 2024 - 0.8% growth forecast for Britain's economy; 2p reduction in National Insurance; extension to the 5p cut in fuel duty
   
06/3/24 - 13:52   Cazoo - stops selling used cars and becomes an on-line used car platform, supporting interactions between consumers and car dealers
   
06/3/24 - 13:25   Plastrepair EU - selected as a finalist in the Stellantis and Mobilitech Capital Circular Economy Innovation Challenge
   
06/3/24 - 13:17   LKQ Bodyshop Division - exhibit at Revive! UK's 20th Annual Conference
   
06/3/24 - 12:50   Steer Automotive Group - video interview with two bodyshop apprentices to mark International Women's Day (Friday 8 March)
   
06/3/24 - 12:35   (Reuters) Telsa - letter from far-left group claiming responsibility for an arson attack that forced Gigafactory to shutdown
   
06/3/24 - 12:30   SMMT - van registrations up 2.2% to best sales since 1998
   
06/3/24 - 12:00   IMI - register your Body Repair and Refinishing Apprentices for the 2024 National Qualifiers
   
06/3/24 - 11:13   Allianz Commercial - regional team: Victoria Ashman (South); Viral Patel (Midlands & SW); Mark O’Brien (North); Julie O’Donovan (London)
   
06/3/24 - 11:01   Self-Driving Industry Awards 2024 - entries open now until September
   
06/3/24 - 10:46   Vizion Network - 4th time for Vizion to be included in The Financial Times' FT 1000, Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies
   
06/3/24 - 01:06   Aviva Canada - new programme aims to create a net-zero supply chain by educating their suppliers incuding bodyshops
   
05/3/24 - 19:14   J.D.Power - sets sights on European expansion as it completes acquisition of Autovista Group (which includes Eurotax, Glass’s, Schwacke)
   
05/3/24 - 17:49   Gemini Accident Repair Centres - open new bodyshop in Barnstaple, their 35th site
   
05/3/24 - 14:20   Steer Automotive Group - appoint Harry Abraham (ex-Halo) as Group Operations Director
   
05/3/24 - 14:01   Thatcham Research - LexisNexis Risk Solutions to deliver "transformational automotive risk intelligence" to UK insurance industry
   
05/3/24 - 14:01   IMI - finalists for their annual awards revealed; ceremony takes place on Wed 13 March
   
05/3/24 - 13:57   Fylde Coast Accident Repair Centre - named ‘SME Employer of the Year’ at Blackpool and The Fylde College's Apprenticeship Awards
   
05/3/24 - 13:49   Morelli Group - sad news of the passing of retired Morelli team member, Brian Opsblum
   
05/3/24 - 13:32   Chorley Group - Northwest motor group appoint Stuart Leatherbarrow (ex Partnership Director at Autotrader) as Group Used Strategy Manager
   
05/3/24 - 13:27   Europcar - official vehicle provider for 2024 EV Rally (1,400 e-miles over five days)
   
05/3/24 - 13:15   Activate Accident Repair - to open 10th bodyshop; new Hampton, Greater London accident repair centre
   
05/3/24 - 12:56   Grove - Dan Sutac appointed as Regional Development Manager (Northern Territory) & Caitlyn Ingram promoted to Cardiff Warehouse Supervisor
   
05/3/24 - 12:44   FCA - to investigate use of personal guarantees in certain small business lending
   
05/3/24 - 11:45   AX Track - working with Gloucestershire Police to tackle agricultural machinery theft
   
05/3/24 - 11:32   PartsXchange - announce new tie-up with bodyshop funding partner, Smart Business Link
   
05/3/24 - 11:21   IAM RoadSmart - cost of motoring pressures and potholes biggest concern for motorists
   
05/3/24 - 11:16   RAC - drivers suffer biggest monthly fuel price rises in five months
   
05/3/24 - 11:12   TrustFord - opens state-of-the-art dealership in Aberdeen
   
05/3/24 - 09:15   SMMT - new car market records best February for 20 years; registrations up 14%; HEVs up 12%, PHEVs up 29%, BEVs up 22%
   
05/3/24 - 09:09   The Vella Group - becomes first UK bodyshop to be certified to AkzoNobel’s new Sustainable Repair Network
   
04/3/24 - 17:39   Tesla - Elon Musk claims one version of new Roadster will do 0 - 60mph in less than 1 second; shipments to begin next year
   
04/3/24 - 17:22   eBay - appoint Amanda Gibson as Senior Communications Manager for its UK automotive category
   
04/3/24 - 17:18   Nissan - in advance talks to invest $400m in Fisker, thus giving them a lifeline as they currently have "insufficient" financial resources
   
04/3/24 - 12:14   Cornerstone Technologies - Solus commit to a second year of apprentice training with courses booked from March to September 2024
   
04/3/24 - 12:07   CMA - anti-theft number plate bolt best value way to combat car crime and reduce premiums
   
04/3/24 - 11:57   Scottish Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March 2024) - just 4% of apprenticeship starts in Scotland in the past three years have been female
   
04/3/24 - 11:21   Auto Trader - av used car prices stabilising: £16,656 in February, down -8.3% year-on-year, but -0.6% month-on-month
   
04/3/24 - 11:05   Organised Vehicle Crime Unit - £350,000 Ferrari stolen from Gerhard Berger at 1995 San Marino Grand Prix recovered 28 years later
   
04/3/24 - 11:05   Organised Vehicle Crime Unit - £350,000 Ferrari stolen from Gerhard Berger at 1995 San Marino Grand Prix recovered 28 years later
   
04/3/24 - 10:48   Volkswagen Group - 26 employees use Leap Day to attend Carbon Literacy Trust’s training; now 75 WMG staff certified Carbon Literate
   
04/3/24 - 10:28   Motor Assist - AX's motor claims and incident management service joins Managing General Agents Association (MGAA)
   
04/3/24 - 10:14   StoreDot - on track with production-readiness of XFC cells that can deliver 100 miles charged in 5 minutes this year
   
04/3/24 - 10:10   ChargeUK - Chancellor must cut VAT on public charging to end "EV injustice"; 38% EV drivers disadvantaged by public higher VAT rate
   
04/3/24 - 09:59   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - 2024 Spring Budget (Wednesday) "pivotal moment" for addressing petrol retailers' concerns
   
04/3/24 - 08:24   Aviva - acquire Probitas (syndicate 1492) for £242m; enables entry into Lloyds market for their Global Corporate & Specialty (GCS) business
   
04/3/24 - 08:06   Vertu - trading update: "used car prices stabilised; new vehicle market uncertain; aftersales robust"' accident & smart repair sales up 18%
   
03/3/24 - 10:54   Thatcham - Chief Research & Operations Officer Richard Billyeald asks about diagnostic-based repair of vehicles vs. scenario-based repair
   
01/3/24 - 16:43   Steer Automotive - acquire 6 of iRG's 12 sites, 3 in South Wales and 3 in England; iRG keep 6 sites
   
01/3/24 - 16:41   Steer Automotive Group (largest independent bodyshop group) - acquire six Innovative Repair Group (IRG) sites (14th largest inde group)
   
01/3/24 - 14:01   Hyundai Motor UK - Aftersales Retailer Group: Marshall Motor Group and Aftersales Retailer – Milton Keynes Hyundai
   
01/3/24 - 13:57   UK AutoLinks - wins WhoCanFixMyCar's 'Best Bodyshop' award, sponsored by LKQ
   
01/3/24 - 13:51   NBRA and VBRA - join School of Thought's automotive work experience initiative #AWE24
   
01/3/24 - 13:45   Direct Line Group - new CEO, Adam Winslow, joins today; he will be visiting sites and repair centres over the next few weeks
   
01/3/24 - 13:45   JLR - to generate >25% UK electricity from new onsite and near site renewable energy projects
   
01/3/24 - 13:18   PartsXchange - confirm new partnership with airbag and SRS specialist, Airbag Team
   
01/3/24 - 12:49   FMG Repair Services - ChargedEV (part of the Redde Northgate Gp) install brand new EV charging facilities at our Technical Training Centre
   
01/3/24 - 12:37   School of Thought - new website launches today!
   
01/3/24 - 12:05   Cogent Hire - sponsoring Ben Taylor in Mini Challenge Trophy Championship Season
   
01/3/24 - 11:49   Autoglass - George Pim from Grantham, Lincolnshire, named the UK’s best windscreen technician
   
01/3/24 - 11:33   Autotech Group - new leadership structure under CEO, Simon King inc Mark Armitage (CRO) and Laurence Abbott (CTO & Autotech Connect MD)
   
01/3/24 - 11:17   TIDAL - distribution partner, Allparts Refinishing, appoint Ben Groves (ex Valspar / Sherwin Williams) as Technical Development Manager
   
01/3/24 - 08:56   HORIBA MIRA - receives Euro NCAP accreditation to conduct active safety testing at proving ground in Warwickshire
   
01/3/24 - 08:24   Techworks - trade association warns domestic semiconductor market essential for future of UK automotive electronics industry
   
29/2/24 - 14:38   Fleet News - fleet manager tells Fleet News about delays to body repairs for Teslas; Tesla responds
   
29/2/24 - 14:35   Chiltern Capital (former investors in Steer) - completed an investment in Rapid Repair Network
   
29/2/24 - 14:27   AA - drivers say they are being blinded by headlights AND brake brake lights due to popularity of SUVs
   
29/2/24 - 14:21   SMMT - UK CV production up 26.9% in January, 28% up on pre-COVID
   
29/2/24 - 14:10   MoneyGram Haas F1 Team - appoints EY for finance and supply chain solution
   
29/2/24 - 14:05   Ben - TV-series inspired fundraiser Race Across Britain has (so far) raised more than £100,000
   
29/2/24 - 13:49   Which? - surveyed 2,793 car insurance customers and awards just two 'Recommended Provider (WRP) award': NFU Mutual and LV=
   
29/2/24 - 13:06   Plunky’s All Stars - goalkeeper needed for charity football match: Friday 28 June 2024 at Norfolk FA
   
29/2/24 - 12:48   Allianz Commercial - Lynn Taylor (ex Aviva) appointed as Birmingham branch manager
   
29/2/24 - 12:38   Premier Group - Staffordshire-bodyshop achieves Ford Approved Accident Repair Centre status
   
29/2/24 - 11:46   Auxillis - Mel Bebbington (ex Somerset Bridge) appointed as new Managing Director
   
29/2/24 - 11:31   SMMT - British car manufacturing output up 21% in January
   
29/2/24 - 09:36   AkzoNobel - targets growth in Pakistan with new €26 million 25-acre automotive and specialty coatings manufacturing plant
   
29/2/24 - 09:32   What Car? - automatic tests up 238% in a decade; 70% cars registered in 2023 were automatic
   
29/2/24 - 02:02   Direct Line - board reject "uncertain and unattractive" proposal from Ageas as "it significantly undervalues Direct Line"
   
28/2/24 - 14:37   Ageas - confirms possible offer for Direct Line Insurance Group valuing it at £3,095m; offer of 233p share (42.8% premium to current 163p)
   
28/2/24 - 13:53   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - appoints Amy Dowle (ex Collision Solutions, Connexus & Plantec) as Business Development Manager
   
28/2/24 - 13:48   Komoo Huddersfield - 13th bodyshop for Komoo with several more planned this year
   
28/2/24 - 13:43   Activate Accident Repair - gains updated vehicle repair kitemark across all sites
   
28/2/24 - 13:33   ABI - launches new guide at Annual Conference to help firms use AI responsibly
   
28/2/24 - 13:24   TTC - regional e-scooter trial extension gets the thumbs up from "green mobility enthusiasts and time-poor commuters"
   
28/2/24 - 13:17   Express Bodyworks - Wolverhampton bodyshop shows fully electric Maxus T90 EV to promote repair services
   
28/2/24 - 12:21   Motofix - invests £2.5m investment in the Group's first dedicated Prestige Paint and Body site, in Cirencester
   
28/2/24 - 11:59   ECA Business Energy - work with more than 400 bodyshops, generating total savings of more than £4 million
   
28/2/24 - 11:06   Tata - confirms Somerset location for £4bn battery factory; "catalyst to kick-start the electric vehicle revolution in the UK"
   
28/2/24 - 10:37   Steer Automotive Group - Steer Apprentice Body Repair & Refinishing Skills competitions hosted at EMTEC Colleges & 3M
   
28/2/24 - 10:26   Keoghs - "fundamentally dishonest" case in £145,870 credit hire charge for 511 days in motorcycle from Direct Accident Management Ltd
   
28/2/24 - 10:16   Ben - 27 teams taking part in Race Across Britain to raise money for the automotive industry charity
   
28/2/24 - 00:21   HPI - warn of increase in 'crash data clearing' services which bring life back to locked airbag modules after the airbags have gone off
   
27/2/24 - 23:57   Apple - cancels Project Titan, their multi BILLION dollar project to build an electric car, that began in 2014 and employed 2,000 people
   
27/2/24 - 14:29   BBC - car insurance quotes 33% higher in ethnically diverse areas
   
27/2/24 - 14:00   AA - 44% of drivers have dangerous blind spot in their cars
   
27/2/24 - 13:57   Venson - repair of potholes is top priority for motorists
   
27/2/24 - 13:41   BMW UK - Lloyd Carlisle wins BMW UK Retailer Award for Aftersales
   
27/2/24 - 13:14   Cornerstone Technologies - Solus commit to a second year of apprentice training with courses booked from March to September 2024
   
27/2/24 - 12:59   Gallagher - cost and length of repairs and parts delays, and higher PI claims, driving up claims costs in haulage
   
27/2/24 - 12:15   £4.7billion reallocated HS2 funding - invested directly into the North and Midlands through the Local Transport Fund
   
27/2/24 - 11:36   FCA - to "increase the deterrent impact" of its enforcement actions, focus on "streamlined portfolio" and publish updates on investigations
   
27/2/24 - 10:08   ABI - more details on how they will "support the repair sector"
   
27/2/24 - 10:03   HELLA - opens IMI approved training facility, HELLA Academy, in Chipping Warden, Banbury, offering ADAS training
   
27/2/24 - 10:01   ABI - reveal the 10 Steps the Industry is taking to combat the rising csts of motor insurance; includes "supporting the repair sector"
   
27/2/24 - 09:53   GYS - appoint Kevin Thirlaway (ex Premier Car Care) as Car Body Technical Sales Engineer for the North East
   
27/2/24 - 09:47   Car Wash Association (CWA) - 78 hand car washes across the UK fined c£1.5 million for ‘right to work’ offences in first 9 months in 2023
   
27/2/24 - 09:43   AA - argue for Government to cut Insurance Premium Tax by 25% for all drivers
   
27/2/24 - 08:53   JLR - cancel plans to move to fixed-price car sales (agency sales) in UK and stay with traditional dealers
   
27/2/24 - 08:38   National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) - Tesla Model 3 fastest-selling in strong auction market
   
27/2/24 - 08:32   L&I Eaton ARC - four latest sites: Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Aberdeen Central relocates
   
26/2/24 - 17:35   Axa Group - 2023 results: underlying profit up 6% to 7.6 billion euro on GWP up 3% to 102.7 billion euro; increase in motor claims frequency
   
26/2/24 - 15:46   esure - Dawn Marsden promoted to Head of Claims Supplier Management and Engineering Services
   
26/2/24 - 13:58   1st CENTRAL - braking hard for potholes causes more damage, study shows
   
26/2/24 - 13:50   AXA UK & Ireland - appoints Gwenaël Fourré as Chief Operating Officer
   
26/2/24 - 13:41   British Safety Council - SMEs, apply by 1 March to attend a free 3-hour workshop to help you develop a wellbeing strategy
   
26/2/24 - 13:30   Evolution Repair Gp - Lesley Warwick (Artura Consultancy claims team) & Peter Peet (Evolution Repair Group national procurement specialist)
   
26/2/24 - 13:21   £26 billion - total of unpaid overtime during the last year by UK workers
   
26/2/24 - 13:20   £26 billion - total of unpaid overtime during the last year by UK workers
   
26/2/24 - 13:12   eBay - appoints Amanda Gibson (ex Volta Trucks & Mitsubishi) as Senior Communications Manager to lead its UK automotive category
   
26/2/24 - 12:47   SMART Bodyshop Solutions - opens 7th bodyshop after major refurbishment to 20,000 site in Hereford (former Cavanaghs bodyshop)
   
26/2/24 - 12:31   WorldSkills UK - registration for Body Repair and Refinishing National Competitions is OPEN!
   
26/2/24 - 11:58   MG (est 93 approved bodyshops in the UK) - new MG3 hybrid supermini launches
   
26/2/24 - 11:40   ALLDATA Repair - OEM repair data provider shares Tesla Model Y ‘tech tip’
   
26/2/24 - 11:14   RAC - Council road maintenance in England drops to lowest point in five years
   
26/2/24 - 10:54   FMG Repair Services - Technical Training Centre in Goole now PASMA-approved to deliver Working at Heights training
   
26/2/24 - 10:46   LKQ Bodyshop Division - promotes Jodie Mullard (Head of Channel) to role of Channel and Technical Director
   
23/2/24 - 13:53   Roberlo - invests €2 million into its training center, Crom Competence Center
   
23/2/24 - 13:34   EY - appoints new UK Financial Services Partner, Matt Taylor, to its financial crime consulting business (inc insurance)
   
23/2/24 - 13:28   BASF Coatings - signs Global Preferred Partnership agreement with INEOS Automotive for INEOS's Global Body and Paint Program
   
23/2/24 - 13:08   Aviva (3rd largest motor insurer) - offering internship opportunities for young adults with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP)
   
23/2/24 - 12:03   Vauxhall - to manufacture Vivaro Electric at Luton plant from 2025
   
23/2/24 - 11:59   Ben - how to create an inclusive workplace
   
23/2/24 - 11:44   BBA2024 is already breaking records! - 854 tickets sold during the early bird sale
   
23/2/24 - 11:26   Allianz - 2023 results for UK general insurance: GWP £4,259m, up 7.4%; profit £242m, up 65% ; average Commercial motor repair cost up 13.4%
   
23/2/24 - 10:02   AA - despite energy price increases, off-peak rates for ultra-rapid chargers continues to remain cheaper per mile compared to petrol
   
23/2/24 - 09:59   ev.energy - UK-based company secures £32 million grant to expand EV charging solutions across California
   
23/2/24 - 09:55   Ofgem - energy price cap (maximum rate per unit that can be charged to customers) will fall by 12.3% from 1 April
   
22/2/24 - 21:55   Copart - worldwide Q2 results: revenue up 6.6% to $1,020m, pre-tax profit up 8.9% to $411m; H1 results: pre-tax profit up 20.8% to $928m
   
22/2/24 - 13:58   LKQ Corporation - full year results: turnover up 8.4% to $13.9 billion; pre-tax profit down 18.6% to $1.2 billion
   
22/2/24 - 13:55   Heritage Volkswagen in Dorchester - wins Aftersales award at Volkswagen UK retailer awards
   
22/2/24 - 13:49   Denver Rollings, Managing Director at UK Select (bodyshops in Ross on Wye and Ludlow) - running the London Marathon for RFU Injured Players
   
22/2/24 - 13:46   BBA early bird sale ends TODAY - Book BBA tickets BEFORE 4pm to secure £120 discount (ABP Members only)
   
22/2/24 - 13:43   Zurich Insurance Group - record operating profit of $7.4 billion; strong growth for Zurich UK with a business operating profit of £411m
   
22/2/24 - 11:05   Lichfield Accident Repair Centre (Fix Auto Lichfield) - Andy Johnson & Sam Randon taking part in Panda Raid 2024 across Morocco
   
22/2/24 - 10:58   RAC - just 2.12% of all vehicles stolen from July 2022 to June 2023 were arrested and charged by police
   
22/2/24 - 10:56   2024 Spring Budget - "urgent focus needed to support the automotive businesses that are critical to the road to zero" (IMI)
   
22/2/24 - 10:40   Richard Billyeald, Chief Research & Operations Officer at Thatcham Research - EV agenda "so polarised" and "full of hyperbole"
   
22/2/24 - 10:29   AkzoNobel - major €21 million capacity expansion completed at Powder Coatings site in Como, Italy, inc two automotive primers lines
   
22/2/24 - 10:23   Stone Tyres - wheel alignment specialist using TreadReader DriveOver tyre measurement system to flag up where wheels are out of alignment
   
22/2/24 - 08:51   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - calls for EV prince incentives in Spring Budget
   
22/2/24 - 08:45   The Sandicliffe Group - becomes the first dealer group Partner for School of Thought
   
21/2/24 - 22:46   US collision repair market - top 3 MSOs [Caliber, Boyd and Crash Champions] had combined 22.5% market share in 2022, rising to 32% by 2027
   
21/2/24 - 21:52   National Windscreens - further consolidation within the brand as largest member Cary Group acquires 2nd largest member J Huggins & Son
   
21/2/24 - 21:32   The Guardian - asks "Is the car insurance industry driving up prices to take us for a ride?" "Is it time for a CMA investigation?"
   
21/2/24 - 13:21   Rapid Repair Network - new investment in same-day accident repair solutions provider from Chiltern (ex Steer) Capital
   
21/2/24 - 12:45   BBA – Time is running out! Last chance to secure your Early Bird Discount by 4pm TOMORROW (Thurs)
   
21/2/24 - 12:40   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - retailers "remain competitive" amidst rising costs and *declining sales*
   
21/2/24 - 12:38   JTAPE - awarded the Global Media Award for Innovation at SEMA 2023
   
21/2/24 - 10:37   Ageas (10th largest UK motor insurer) - UK Claims Director, Stephen Linklater & Jonathan Hewitt, Thatcham Research CEO (video)
   
21/2/24 - 10:11   Quantum Technical / iSalvage - Mick Walker (ex RAC and AX) joins as Chief Commercial Officer
   
21/2/24 - 10:09   AutoCommercial - new website for online platform for buying and selling automotive businesses and properties
   
21/2/24 - 10:03   PartsXchange - hits 600 bodyshop users milestone
   
21/2/24 - 09:57   RAC - price of petrol up 3p and diesel by 4p in just three weeks
   
21/2/24 - 09:18   Hastings - 2023 results: gross written premium up 32% to £1,484m; profit up 12% to £113m; policy count up 8%; "solid results"
   
20/2/24 - 13:51   NFDA - welcomes HMRC rules on double cab pickups tax (double cab pickups will continue to be taxed as a van from July 2024)
   
20/2/24 - 13:29   British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - 727 tickets sold and just 48 hours left to secure early bird prices (save £120 per ticket)
   
20/2/24 - 13:20   Silverstone Force Racing team - the niece of Tim McCarthy (ex FAB Recycling) is part of a team in the F1in Schools National Finals
   
20/2/24 - 12:38   Express Bodyworks Group - Wolverhampton-based bodyshop acquires Smith & Hughes in Nuneaton
   
20/2/24 - 12:35   Express Bodyworks - Wolverhampton-based bodyshop acquires Smith & Hughes in Nuneaton
   
20/2/24 - 12:23   RAC - hits 150 mobile mechanics milestone providing nationwide fleet servicing and repairs
   
20/2/24 - 12:14   LKQ UK and Ireland - award winners from recent Branch Manager Conference announced
   
20/2/24 - 12:01   Last call for advertisers for ABP Club's magazine - just 5 pages left in the Spring edition of Auto Body Professional
   
20/2/24 - 11:56   BCA – LCV values up 9% to £8,764 average
   
20/2/24 - 11:04   Ring - asks "has price replaced safety in the aftermarket?" as it finds bulbs that are not road legal in testing lab
   
20/2/24 - 10:59   IMI - latest analysis reveals 22% of technicians are EV qualified; 6,700 technicians EV qualified in just 6 months
   
20/2/24 - 10:16   Plunky’s All Stars – the finale!
   
20/2/24 - 07:23   HMRC - changes its guidance and double cab pickups will continue to be taxed as a van from July 2024
   
19/2/24 - 14:13   HELLA - welcomes focus on lighting issues after RAC research found 83% drivers said headlamp ‘glare’ is getting worse
   
19/2/24 - 14:06   SMMT - UK’s new truck market grows for second consecutive year, up 13.5%
   
19/2/24 - 13:52   WorldSkills UK - registrations open on Monday 26 Feb for Body Repair and Refinishing (registration closes Thurs 28 March)
   
19/2/24 - 13:35   PPG - confirmed as the first paint company to support School of Thought as a partner
   
19/2/24 - 13:33   IRLA - launches New Future Leaders Programme for insurance professionals
   
19/2/24 - 13:29   A1 ADAS Solutions - appoints Matt Hume (ex Alliance Automotive Gp) as UK sales manager to head up new bodyshop and garage equipment business
   
19/2/24 - 12:43   Planet First Energy (Steve Silverwood, ECA's social enterprise business) - advice centre offers help with rising fuel costs
   
19/2/24 - 12:36   Churchill - Police received 164,386 reports of criminal damage to vehicles – over 3,000 per week
   
19/2/24 - 12:22   LKQ - reopens part of its site in Tamworth as a dedicated area to support bodyshop customers
   
19/2/24 - 10:28   Coventry University (CU) - 40 Ford students studying for a degree or master's degree at CU London campus
   
19/2/24 - 10:22   Auto Windscreens - Area Manager, Gary Vickers, raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action by taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge
   
19/2/24 - 10:09   British Safety Council - guide for employers to manage risks posed by storing and charging lithium-powered e-bikes and scooters
   
19/2/24 - 09:48   ABI - "we’re increasingly moving from being the country that had the weakest necks in Europe to the weakest knees in Europe"
   
16/2/24 - 14:04   JLR - delaying launch of electric vehicles due to increased demand for PHEVs (plug-in hybrids)
   
16/2/24 - 14:01   Vehicle Damage Assessors - recommendations for Desktop and UK wide Physical inspection services
   
16/2/24 - 14:00   Fix Auto Felixstowe - 100% pass rate, with no minor or major nonconformities, to secure the new BSI standard
   
16/2/24 - 13:56   JTAPE - celebrates National Inventor’s Day with family post about the founders, creators and innovators, the Jevons
   
16/2/24 - 13:45   Thatcham Research - launch automotive intelligence platform, AiQ, to support on price, claims and repair process
   
16/2/24 - 13:40   Vizion Vehicle Replacement - Listers Group supplies bodyshop courtesy cars to Vizion Drive
   
16/2/24 - 13:38   Axalta - 2023 results: sales up 6.1% to $5,180 million, pre-tax profit up 38% to $355 million; refinish sales up 7.3% to $2,084 million
   
16/2/24 - 12:41   Kia (147 approved bodyshops) - new Kia Academy opens in Derby; for Kia training of 1,500 adult learners and apprentices every year
   
16/2/24 - 12:27   YOU spoke, WE listened! - changes made to make the ABP British Bodyshop Awards 2024, sponsored by PPG, EVEN BETTER
   
16/2/24 - 12:15   Allianz - Judges dismiss disease dishonesty duo (mechanic and famer) who were claiming for noise-induced hearing loss
   
16/2/24 - 11:45   KGM Motors UK - welcomes Abbeygate Group Norfolk to its franchise
   
16/2/24 - 11:25   Volkswagen and Mahindra - sign supply agreement for purpose-built electric platform INGLO
   
16/2/24 - 11:23   Vauxhall - new Vauxhall electric vehicle (EV) customers get one year’s free charging credit at Tesco stores
   
16/2/24 - 11:02   NFDA - responds to Government consultation on the design of the rapid charging fund (RCF)
   
16/2/24 - 10:54   FORVIA HELLA - "pioneering sustainable headlamp” concept half as light and cuts lifecycle CO2 emissions by up to 70%
   
16/2/24 - 10:48   HEVRA - EV and hybrid vehicles vehicle repair and maintenance information provider expands vehicle support to cover 40 brands, inc Dacia
   
15/2/24 - 17:55   Thatcham Research statement - "EV insurance costs about more than just data"
   
15/2/24 - 16:45   Automotive manufacturing - "growing labour costs & skills shortages" is biggest challenge followed by "parts shortages"! Sounds familiar?
   
15/2/24 - 15:27   Politics - Shadow Minister for Roads says Labour will reinstate the 2030 date for a ban on internal combustion engine vehicle sales in UK
   
15/2/24 - 13:53   NFDA - new Drive My Career campaign to boost new recruits in the automotive sector
   
15/2/24 - 13:51   D. M. Keith Motor Group - acquire Colin Appleyard Motor Group; takes them to to 19 businesses across 14 sites and £300m turnover
   
15/2/24 - 13:49   R H Bodyworks - Suffolk-based car and CV bodyshop secures BS10125:2022
   
15/2/24 - 13:37   CHO - Supreme Court's unanimous verdict in favour of Auxillis/Helphire in the Armstead v RSA case
   
15/2/24 - 13:26   UK economy - in recession after two consecutive quarters of negative growth
   
15/2/24 - 12:52   ONE WEEK LEFT! - book your BBA tickets before the early bird sale ends (Thurs 22 Feb) to save £120 per ticket
   
15/2/24 - 12:36   Northamptonshire Police - shares video of e-scooters that have been used on public roads (illegal) being crushed
   
15/2/24 - 12:06   Eyebox Training & Conference Centre - paint tech Miguel Harvey from Steer Automotive Group trains for Worldskills Lyon (Sept 2024)
   
15/2/24 - 11:50   Autocar - car buyers hate haggling and 55% drivers would prefer to buy their next car directly from a manufacturer at fixed prices
   
15/2/24 - 11:33   Activate Group (5th largest independent bodyshop group) - to open 10th Activate Accident Repair site next month in Hampton (SW London)
   
15/2/24 - 11:15   NFU Mutual - Cornerstone Technologies delivering Advanced Repair Over Replace course to repairer network VDAs and NFUM engineers
   
15/2/24 - 10:59   Roberlo - expands Halley UV curing range with UV20 putty; filling process ready in 3 minutes boosting efficiency and productivity
   
15/2/24 - 10:46   PartsXchange - joins the Vehicle Recycling Association (VRA) as a new member
   
15/2/24 - 10:32   The Financial Conduct Authority - asks top 20 financial adviser firms about charging clients after advice has been given, re Consumer Duty
   
15/2/24 - 10:14   The IMI - hosts webinar (Thurs 29 Feb 12-2pm) for the MOT community following conclusion of DfT MOT Consultation
   
15/2/24 - 09:28   Cazoo - "seeks cash lifeline to escape insolvency" says Telegraph; company valued at $8 BILLION in 2021 is now worth just $38 million
   
15/2/24 - 09:18   Arrival (electric van start-up) - appoints administrators for its UK business; company valued at £9.5 BILLION in March 2021 is now worthless
   
15/2/24 - 08:17   Sabre Insurance (UK's 24th largest motor insurer) - trading update: "we expect to deliver a strong result for 2023" with 31% growth
   
14/2/24 - 15:07   IMI - motor industry has real problem with poor image; now has the highest job vacancy rate in 21 years
   
14/2/24 - 14:02   What Car? - discounts on electric cars have increased by 204% in 12 months
   
14/2/24 - 14:01   Norway: LKQ Atracco (recycled parts business) - expands by opening new warehouse in Moss due to growing demand
   
14/2/24 - 13:59   Carwow - acquires Autovia, publishers of magazines Auto Express and Evo, and websites Carbuyer and DrivingElectric, for undisclosed sum
   
14/2/24 - 13:45   Fix Auto UK - TV personality, Fred Sirieix, former Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King, and corporate finance expert Rex Green, Conference keynotes
   
14/2/24 - 13:20   GYS - hold prices for 2024 thanks to "softening of some commodity prices, such as steel and copper"
   
14/2/24 - 13:14   Admiral - core insurance operations, including insurance policy administration and digital systems, now be powered by Google Cloud
   
14/2/24 - 13:04   Independent Garage Association (IGA) - asks for automotive sector focus in Government Apprenticeship Levy letter response
   
14/2/24 - 12:58   Venson's Valentine's Day story - the way to a woman’s heart is through Park Assist
   
14/2/24 - 12:49   Repair volumes - quiet in the South, busy in the Midlands... is your bodyshop busy or not?
   
14/2/24 - 12:07   Allianz - new in-house Financial Lines claims team dedicated to Allianz Directors & Officers and Professional Indemnity customers
   
14/2/24 - 09:52   Altilium and SYNETIQ - new commercial collaboration to recover and recycle batteries from LV= total loss vehicles
   
14/2/24 - 09:42   FCA - financial watchdog stops thousands of misleading ads and promotions; number withdrawn or amended in 2023 up 17% YOY
   
14/2/24 - 09:06   Inflation rate - CPI inflation unchanged from 4.0% for the 12 months to January 2024; RPI inflation down slightly to 4.9%
   
13/2/24 - 13:59   ABP Networking Race Evening - join ABP and sponsor, Mirka, on Thursday 23 May 2024 at Sandown Park!
   
13/2/24 - 13:39   School of Thought - Enterprise UK confirmed as new School of Thought partner
   
13/2/24 - 13:26   Official opening of the LKQ Academy site at T1 - ABP Club joins LKQ colleagues and customers in Tamworth
   
13/2/24 - 12:53   The IMI - campaign to improve the perception of the automotive sector achieved 35,000 conversions in just 3 months
   
13/2/24 - 12:15   Churchill - 64% increase in the number of parking fines (2020 - 2022)
   
13/2/24 - 11:55   Motor Assist - AX's motor claims & incident service joins the MGA Association to help drive innovation in the insurance sector
   
13/2/24 - 11:09   ABP British Bodyshop Awards 2024, sponsored by PPG - your celebrity host is... Vernon Kay!
   
13/2/24 - 10:38   National Windscreens' largest member, Cary Group - acquires 2nd largest member, J Huggins & Son, consolidating 95% Nat Windscreens' centres
   
13/2/24 - 10:30   SYNETIQ - achieves Gold Carbon Literacy Accreditation with over half of its colleagues certified as Carbon Literate
   
12/2/24 - 20:05   Government - changes to car benefit mean double cab pickups - eg Ford Ranger Wildtrak and VW Amarok - to be taxed as a car from 1 July 2024
   
12/2/24 - 18:29   SJ Curtis ARC Bristol – Rybrook Lotus Bristol's bodyshop partner now a Lotus Approved Bodyshop
   
12/2/24 - 17:42   L&I Eaton ARC - complete the purchase of the building trading as Brooklands Auto Body Lincoln South; to rebrand as L&I Eaton
   
12/2/24 - 14:58   Dacia - recycled tyres, sofas made with plastic bottles – Dacia’s new look interiors are eco-smart
   
12/2/24 - 13:29   Allianz (2nd largest motor insurer) - detected £77.4m worth of claims fraud in 2023 - up from £70.7m in 2022
   
12/2/24 - 13:20   MINI - Cotswold Hereford crowned ‘MINI Retailer of the Year’
   
12/2/24 - 13:11   National Apprenticeship Week - tell ABP about how you celebrated NAW2024
   
12/2/24 - 12:44   Farécla - newly redesigned website launched
   
12/2/24 - 12:33   LKQ - Chief Exec sets out vision for sustainable growth
   
12/2/24 - 11:08   MotorEasy - 25% EV drivers claim to have faced challenges finding a qualified garage or technician to conduct service, maintenance or repair
   
12/2/24 - 10:40   Westminster - has the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles, according to new data from GOV.UK
   
12/2/24 - 10:35   Enterprise Mobility - with National Literacy Trust donate 25,000 books to children across the UK as book ownership falls to 5-year low
   
12/2/24 - 10:31   NFDA - common disclosure and Martin Lewis; high number of solicitors and claims firms seeking to prosecute on vehicle finance commissions
   
12/2/24 - 10:25   SYNETIQ - donate 10 pit bikes to Bromley Beacon College
   
12/2/24 - 10:08   Copart - expanss Operation Centre in Peterlee, County Durham
   
11/2/24 - 20:18   Tesco - 12 drivers from London depot operated an unprecented in scale "crash-for-cash" scheme with at least 50 staged accidents
   
09/2/24 - 13:27   Trend Tracker - new Motor Claims and Body Repair Report published; includes data analysis and insight from ABP Club
   
09/2/24 - 12:55   JCB Group - renew two-year exclusive remarketing deal with BCA
   
09/2/24 - 12:47   School of Thought - launch work experience programme with Autotech Group and the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event
   
09/2/24 - 12:25   Autocraft Telford - celebrates 19-year-old Ally Roberts' apprenticeship success
   
09/2/24 - 12:15   Allianz (2nd largest motor insurer) - launch nationwide festivals with Youth Sport Trust to help UK school children ‘MoveNow’
   
09/2/24 - 11:54   The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - GAP insurers representing 80% market agree to suspend sales following FCA concerns over fair value
   
09/2/24 - 11:11   Axalta Refinish - "sustainability is good business"; BELEAF (products, tools & resources) for bodyshops
   
09/2/24 - 10:16   EDAM Group - commits to ethical AI practices by joining 'Code of Conduct' initiative for insurance claims management:
   
09/2/24 - 10:02   e2e - Marc Trent, CEO of Charles Trent, to retire from the Board of Directors; e2e to double tech investment
   
09/2/24 - 09:53   Greenhous Group - re-acquires Cold Meece Cazoo site (previously sold as part of the Smart Fleet Solutions sale to Cazoo in 2021)
   
09/2/24 - 09:45   Markerstudy - UK's 7th largest motor insurer celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with 30% increase in recruits
   
09/2/24 - 09:27   National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2024) - free toolkit includes guide to sharing stories of success and editable Apprentice Graduation tools
   
09/2/24 - 09:16   Gemini Accident Repairs - celebrate ‘Learning and Development' award win at the Insurance CX Awards
   
09/2/24 - 09:10   Silverlake Automotive Recycling - supporting NAW2024 & Steer Apprentice Month by providing reclaimed door panels for Steer Apprentices
   
09/2/24 - 08:17   Car-O-Liner - appoints Ben Alexander as new aftermarket manager
   
09/2/24 - 08:08   Direct Line - confirm that Adam Winslow (ex Aviva) will join as Chief Executive Officer on 1 March 2024
   
09/2/24 - 07:50   Tesco - sell banking operations (credit cards, loans and savings) to Barclays but retain insurance
   
08/2/24 - 20:22   2024 Insurance CX awards (from Modern Insurance mag) - full list of all 20 winners; Vella Group were winners of Repairer Award
   
08/2/24 - 14:04   SMMT - 7.2 million used cars changted hands in 2023, up 5.1% on previous year; most popular colour was black with 21,4% of market
   
08/2/24 - 13:56   Trak Global Security Solutions (TGSS) - Andy Christopher (now CEO) after IMS commercial director, Dave Turnock, leads MBO of telematics co
   
08/2/24 - 13:46   Spectrum VR Group - Essex & Kent based CV bodyshop group invests £6m to expand Thurrock site
   
08/2/24 - 13:36   Pro-Align - bodyshop equipment provider appoints Kasia Rzepka (ex Manheim Auctions) to the newly created role of Head of Operations
   
08/2/24 - 13:30   NFU Mutual - first insurance company to support School of Thought as a partner
   
08/2/24 - 13:11   SMMT - there are 5,000 Apprentices in the UK automotive sector
   
08/2/24 - 12:59   Auto Windscreens - Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield visit Contact Centre during National Apprenticeship Week to meet Apprentices
   
08/2/24 - 12:38   A B Crush Panelcraft - Canterbury bodyshop is carbon neutral to PAS 2060
   
08/2/24 - 12:19   Yodel - parcel courier preparing to call in administrators says the Telegraph
   
08/2/24 - 12:19   BMW and MG Motor - Advertising Standards Authority rules VMs cannot describe EVs as "zero emissions" in ads
   
08/2/24 - 11:38   David Sargeant from Gemini and Michael Golding from LV= - represent AutoRaise at Nottingham College Apprenticeship open evening
   
08/2/24 - 10:27   RWC Training - bodyshop training centre appoints James Haydon (ex AutoRestore & Rivus) as Training Manager
   
08/2/24 - 10:20   ONS - fuel prices up 15% vs Jan 2023
   
08/2/24 - 10:03   RAC - four-in-10 motorists would still drive regardless of how much snow is on the roads
   
08/2/24 - 09:34   A1 ADAS Solutions - business growth for calibration specialists supporting bodyshops with mobile ADAS calibration and diagnostics
   
07/2/24 - 21:58   Dane Loosley - details of Memorial Service on Fri 23 Feb in Dunstable; will also be available live on-line
   
07/2/24 - 13:59   Bodyshop businesses - find training and employment schemes to help with staff recruitment and skills development
   
07/2/24 - 13:53   Nova Automotive Group - new bodyshop opens in Witham, Essex
   
07/2/24 - 13:41   Steer Automotive Group - Emtec host the Steer Apprentice Skills Competition (video)
   
07/2/24 - 13:29   Startline Motor Finance - 37% don’t trust autonomous cars but only 18% think that humans are generally better drivers than the technology
   
07/2/24 - 13:24   ABL 1 Touch Group (6th largest independent bodyshop group) - apprenticeship strategy focuses on developing multi-skilled technicians
   
07/2/24 - 11:06   Auto Trader - average price of a used car was £16,868 in January, down -7.5% YoY and -1.9% MoM
   
07/2/24 - 11:00   House of Lords committee report on electric vehicles - "bizarre anomaly" of VAT on charging an EV at home vs charging in public
   
07/2/24 - 10:53   66% drivers wouldn’t consider buying an EV - drivers put off by the cost, range and charging infrastructure
   
07/2/24 - 10:45   RSA - appoints Sonya Bryson (ex Direct Line Group) as Commercial Lines Managing Director
   
07/2/24 - 10:38   Repairify - hundreds of free jobs have been completed by repairers using Remote Services 3 months free offer
   
07/2/24 - 10:25   EY - (automotive) "market is showing robust momentum as it heads into 2024 with further volume increases forecast for the year"
   
07/2/24 - 10:19   Farécla – entry for the Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition 2024 is now open!
   
07/2/24 - 10:05   Autotech Connect - new appointments for Laurence Abbott, Managing Director and Darren Dowling as Client Services Director
   
06/2/24 - 15:04   Autocraft Group - meet bodyshop Apprentices Harmoni, Ally, Morgan, Lewis and Mark
   
06/2/24 - 14:37   PPG - recognized by Fortune Magazine as a ‘World’s Most Admired Company’ for 16th consecutive year
   
06/2/24 - 14:28   BCA - average used car values up 9.8% month-on-month to £7,597 in January
   
06/2/24 - 14:06   NFDA - drop in new with lightweight and heavy sized LCV registrations attributed to supply constraints.
   
06/2/24 - 14:03   IMI - "we strongly advocate targeted support for technicians in upskilling"
   
06/2/24 - 13:57   Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) - fuel pricing competition is "working as it should be"
   
06/2/24 - 13:52   Storey's Accident Repair Centre - newly installed PPG MoonWalk paint system and one of the 1st bodyshops to have Delfleet One system
   
06/2/24 - 13:38   NAW2024: Gemini - UK's 3rd largest bodyshop group has hired 132 apprentices since 2017 with 88.8% retention rate
   
06/2/24 - 13:04   CRASH Services & JMK Solicitors - accident management company & PI firm announce NI Hospice & Children’s Hospice as 2024 Charity Partner
   
06/2/24 - 12:34   NAW2024: Emtec - quick benefits of hiring an apprentice
   
06/2/24 - 11:45   It's National Apprenticeship Week 2024 (5 - 11 February) - tell ABP about your plans to celebrate NAW2024 and "Skills for Life”
   
06/2/24 - 11:42   SMMT - UK new van registrations in January up 8.4% YOY
   
06/2/24 - 10:58   Environment and Climate Change Committee - UK's EV strategy needs "rapid recharge" (report)
   
06/2/24 - 10:13   AutoCommercial - new online platform launches for buying and selling automotive businesses and properties (currently 1 bodyshop listed)
   
05/2/24 - 13:40   SYNETIQ and LKQ Euro Car Parts - join forces and unveil new team in the British Touring Cars Championship
   
05/2/24 - 13:06   Volvo - to stop funding EV brand Polestar
   
05/2/24 - 12:56   General Motors - working with Llink Technologies to produce and sell remanufactured headlamps
   
05/2/24 - 12:39   Finesse Accident Repair Centre - new Bracknell bodyshop open for business
   
05/2/24 - 11:52   Solus - Aviva-owned bodyshop network has spent more than 275,000 hours mentoring apprentices since 2012
   
05/2/24 - 11:42   UK hits one million electric vehicles milestone - RAC reaction
   
05/2/24 - 11:28   Europcar - exclusive rental partner for The EV Café
   
05/2/24 - 11:22   School of Thought - Mirka signs as a School of Thought partner for 3rd year
   
05/2/24 - 11:02   Markerstudy - UK's 7th largest motor insurer donated more than £250,000 to charity in 2023
   
05/2/24 - 10:57   Silverlake Automotive Recycling - sends recycled vehicle first aid kits to Ukraine
   
05/2/24 - 10:44   RAC - 14p difference in fuel between supermarkets’ cheapest and most expensive prices
   
05/2/24 - 10:37   SMMT - new car market up 8.2% and Britain’s millionth EV registered during January
   
05/2/24 - 10:31   FMG Repair Services - apprentices receive £600 worth of brand new tools; toolkits from Morelli specific to each apprentice’s discipline
   
02/2/24 - 14:01   FLP Group - launch the new ULTIMATE Super High Build Primer
   
02/2/24 - 13:57   Osprey Charging - "availability of public chargers are being addressed at record pace"
   
02/2/24 - 13:53   British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - the earlybird sale is ON! Members can save £120 per ticket
   
02/2/24 - 13:44   Premier Accident Repair Centre - achieves carbon neutrality (PAS 2060)
   
02/2/24 - 12:47   Steer Automotive Group - acquire 11-site Pronto ARC Group (Lovells) inc Fix Auto Norwich and Spalding; Steer now have 113 sites
   
02/2/24 - 12:45   Ben - 15% year-on-year increase in demand for automotive industry charity's services; 11,000 helpline enquiries helping 2,700 individuals
   
02/2/24 - 12:32   Evtec Aluminium - receives new $67 million (£52.5m) long term supply contract with JLR
   
02/2/24 - 12:15   Which? - 69% EV drivers said they were unhappy with the current public charger infrastructure
   
02/2/24 - 12:07   HELLA - OE HELLA ADAS components helps Volkswagen ID.7 secure What Car? Safety Award, sponsored by Thatcham Research
   
02/2/24 - 11:50   Technician rates and spiralling costs - "I have offered upwards of £55K for 45 hours based on 125% efficiency with no response"
   
02/2/24 - 11:31   Top 10 UK insurers for claims - Aviva, AXA, Direct Line, LV=, NFU Mutual, QuoteMeHappy, Saga, Sainsbury's, Sheilas' Wheels & Tesco
   
02/2/24 - 11:05   AA - purchases lost and stolen key insurance business, Keycare
   
02/2/24 - 10:58   Volvo Cars - 2023 profit increases by 43% to deliver a record year in the company’s 97-year history
   
02/2/24 - 09:17   SMMT - analysis shows a new business lead was created every seven seconds at 2023’s CV Show; CV Show 2024: 23-25 April at NEC Birmingham
   
02/2/24 - 09:00   Consumer Intelligence - cost of repairs and parts pushes van insurance premium quotes up 35.9% last year (2023 vs 2022)
   
01/2/24 - 14:00   The Bank of England (BoE) - interest rates will remain at 5.25%
   
01/2/24 - 13:58   Fixico - digital car repair management platform partners with NBRA
   
01/2/24 - 13:48   The IMI - apprentice starts up for Accident Repair Technician (2%) Panel Tech (41%) and down for Paint Tech (-11%) and MET (-4%)
   
01/2/24 - 12:39   LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ - new two-car Speedworks satellite team entry in BTCC
   
01/2/24 - 12:17   AA - fixed penalties for speeding reaches record high, while drivers caught using a mobile phone up 93% in a year
   
01/2/24 - 11:41   MBA Polymers UK - new car bumper recycling service aimed at independent approved treatment facilities (ATFs)
   
01/2/24 - 11:29   GroveShop - achieves more than 1,000 Trustpilot reviews and impressive 4.8 rating
   
01/2/24 - 11:00   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - continues its Diamond Partner Status for This Year’s ABP Club British Bodyshop Awards
   
01/2/24 - 10:13   Independent Garage Association (IGA) - 39% decrease in new Level 2 & 3 Light Vehicle apprenticeship registrations
   
01/2/24 - 10:03   Churchill - 600% increase in motorists caught driving carelessly in the past decade
   
31/1/24 - 13:57   Purchase Direct - new waste tyre service cuts costs by over 30%
   
31/1/24 - 13:53   TTC Group (fleet driver licence checking and safety) - acquires Synergie Training based in Scotland
   
31/1/24 - 13:50   Auto Windscreens - releases updated Customer Appointment Hub
   
31/1/24 - 13:11   WorldSkills UK - gold medallists from the WorldSkills UK National Finals 2023 celebrated at Houses of Parliament
   
31/1/24 - 12:43   GT Motive - announce first-ever price adjustment, 8% increase, from 1 March
   
31/1/24 - 12:13   Motor insurance up 12% to £627 average - "largest single factor" driving premiums up is repair costs (up 32%)
   
31/1/24 - 11:36   DAC Beachcroft - references ABP Guide to Retail Charges as "continued rise in repair and vehicle costs" predicted
   
31/1/24 - 10:56   Solera - partnership with IPS ScanIt Parts for parts Auto/Mate scanning solution
   
31/1/24 - 10:25   The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) - confirms plan amid "economic, political, regulatory and industry challenges"
   
31/1/24 - 09:58   IMI - 73% of MOT testers still need to take their Annual Assessment before the 31 March deadline
   
31/1/24 - 09:38   Axalta - Starry Night "dynamic black" named as the 2024 Global Automotive Color of the Year
   
31/1/24 - 09:16   Polestar 4 - now on sale in United Kingdom
   
30/1/24 - 12:34   CarGurus - study shows 430% increase in new model choice since 2000
   
30/1/24 - 12:31   Monolith (AI) software provider) and About:Energy - partner to accelerate development of next-generation EV batteries
   
30/1/24 - 11:16   Allianz - awarded for exceptional customer service eight years in row
   
30/1/24 - 10:59   ABP British Bodyshop Awards 2024, sponsored by PPG - 488 tickets already sold!
   
30/1/24 - 10:49   Laser Tools - speedy fastener removal in restricted areas with Off-line Ball-End Socket Adaptors
   
30/1/24 - 10:46   AA EV Recharge Report - ultra-rapid off-peak charging remains cheaper than petrol to end 2023
   
30/1/24 - 10:40   2024 UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) - Nationwide Insurance, LV=, Aviva and SAGA Insurance make the top 50 rated organisations
   
30/1/24 - 09:01   Caura and MoneySuperMarket - launch new motor insurance partnership
   
30/1/24 - 07:34   Saga - trading update: in insurance, market-wide inflationary environment and declining policy volumes continue to impact their performance
   
29/1/24 - 17:08   Inchcape - exploring the sale of its 70 UK dealers; would be valued at several hundred million pounds
   
29/1/24 - 14:54   ERS - UK's 15th largest motor insurer now using more data to help brokers write better business
   
29/1/24 - 13:51   GRM Bodycraft - open 4th bodyshop, an express repair centre in Dundee
   
29/1/24 - 13:16   National Apprenticeship Week 2024 (5 - 11 February) - tell ABP about your plans to celebrate NAW2024 and "Skills for Life”
   
29/1/24 - 13:02   Venson Automotive Solutions - promotions and new HQ for fleet management specialist
   
29/1/24 - 12:48   City of London Police - Police seize five illegal e-bikes and e-scooters a week
   
29/1/24 - 12:41   Tesco - delivery driver who staged crash for cash accidents ordered to pay ex-employer £18k in damages
   
29/1/24 - 11:42   Select Car Leasing - Belfast and York are the UK cities with the highest rated (Google ratings) mechanic garages
   
29/1/24 - 11:28   Suzuki - named top automotive brand for UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) for the eighth time
   
29/1/24 - 10:00   Financial Ombudsman Service - expecting "high levels" of motor insurance complaints due to widescale delays in being able to repair vehicles
   
29/1/24 - 09:43   Ben's 'Benathlon' - complete 100 miles and raise £100 in March for automotive industry charity
   
29/1/24 - 09:28   RAC - 31% drivers think Highway Code changes to give way to pedestrians at junctions waiting to cross have made it MORE dangerous
   
26/1/24 - 14:01   ABP British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - tickets for BBA are selling FAST!
   
26/1/24 - 13:40   Enterprise - to partner and invest "purposefully" to support long-term viability of EVs & maintain supplier spend with small businesses
   
26/1/24 - 13:03   Saga - issues comment on Sky news story
   
26/1/24 - 12:59   ACSO - Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) data shows lowest ever number of RTA claims Q3 2023
   
26/1/24 - 12:51   The Sunday Times Tax List 2024 - the UK’s 100 biggest taxpayers includes Widow of Arnold Clark, and the Marshall family
   
26/1/24 - 12:18   The Sunday Times Tax List 2023 - the UK’s 100 biggest taxpayers includes Widow of Arnold Clark and The Marshall family
   
26/1/24 - 11:18   Stoneacre Motor Group (18 bodyshops) - opens two new Mazda dealerships in Yorkshire: Halifax and Dewsbury
   
26/1/24 - 10:57   HELLA - Customer Centre showcases ADAS calibration in training workshop and OEM and retrofit lighting solutions for aftermarket
   
26/1/24 - 10:47   The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) - Government action needed on fuel theft (costs £88m annually across the fuel retailing sector)
   
26/1/24 - 10:42   "The Amazon name carried little weight in the insurance markets" (FT.com) - Amazon's UK insurance business closes
   
26/1/24 - 10:03   Steer Automotive Group - launch ESG Committee to oversee environmental, social and ethical governance elements of business
   
26/1/24 - 09:37   The AA - Salford in Greater Manchester is home to the UK’s best value used cars
   
26/1/24 - 09:24   LKQ, IGA and NFDA - reversal of plans to scrap annual MOT "a fantastic outcome" for motorists and the aftermarket
   
26/1/24 - 08:56   Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) - new ONS data shows 8% vehicle theft rise after "historically low levels" 10 years ago
   
25/1/24 - 13:59   Fisker - deliver first Fisker Ocean Sport electric SUV in UK
   
25/1/24 - 13:46   SMMT - UK commercial vehicle production up 18.5% YOY in 2023
   
25/1/24 - 13:35   NBRA - supports the call for Pro-Consumer Access to In-Vehicle Data
   
25/1/24 - 13:29   ABP Recommended Business Service: m3 Networks (podcast) - protect your bodyshop from cyber crime
   
25/1/24 - 13:23   IMI - MOT Consultation conclusion, with plans to consider modernising tests for EV and automated vehicles "positive"
   
25/1/24 - 12:46   Annual MOTs to remain after government consultation concludes - RAC reaction
   
25/1/24 - 12:43   eBay - BMW V8 engine & McLaren P1/675LT carbon fibre monocoque and roof were most expensive car parts sold on marketplace
   
25/1/24 - 12:29   SMMT - UK vehicle production hit 1,025,474 units in 2023, up 17% in best year since 2019
   
25/1/24 - 12:14   Henkel - LOCTITE looks forward to another successful Formula E season with TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
   
25/1/24 - 12:11   MOT - first MOT test to remain at 3 years from registration
   
25/1/24 - 12:05   JDK Technology - complete a system wide API build for partners to plug in and embed solutions
   
25/1/24 - 09:37   NFDA - investment, addressing skills shortages and increasing consumer confidence key priorities in NFDA's budget submission
   
25/1/24 - 09:19   Zurich - Mario Greco receives prestigious Insurance Leader of the Year Award
   
25/1/24 - 08:56   Rapid Repair Network - now an accredited Living Wage Employer
   
24/1/24 - 13:51   Fix Auto Basingstoke - Dale Morris opens new LCV bodyshop two weeks ahead of schedule
   
24/1/24 - 13:48   Turners Accident Repair - opens new Sheffield site, moving existing site into a new larger premises in South Yorkshire
   
24/1/24 - 13:42   Thatcham Research – hosts BYD showcase day to industry to introduce Chinese VM’s new energy vehicles
   
24/1/24 - 13:14   The IMI - 2024 annual awards shortlist includes Fix Auto Mid Devon, Solus, Thatcham Research and TrustFord
   
24/1/24 - 12:37   Which? - LV= comes out top of comparison of 15 car insurance providers
   
24/1/24 - 12:11   ABP British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - 425 tickets sold in 48 hours! Book your seat at the World's biggest bodyshop awards event
   
24/1/24 - 11:56   Komoo - Cary Clark (ex Apollo Motor Group) joins bodyshop group as Territory Manager
   
24/1/24 - 11:25   Aviva and Direct Line - tie for the title of the most trusted Auto Insurance Provider
   
24/1/24 - 10:53   QuestGates - acquires UK motor claims sector firm, Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA)
   
24/1/24 - 10:42   LKQ Bodyshop Division - LKQ Sheffield Sales Advisor Scott Jennings visits repairers with Technical Specialist, Jamie Orme
   
24/1/24 - 09:31   Used car dealers settling for "break-even" on many sales - spiralling costs inc av paint repair of £600 (4-yr-old car) "crush" profits
   
24/1/24 - 09:11   PPG - launches PPG DP7000 Air-Dry Primer to save bodyshops time and energy thanks to fast air drying
   
24/1/24 - 00:21   Energy prices - domestic prices predicted to fall 16% in April, followed by a further fall in July, before rising slightly in October
   
23/1/24 - 13:46   Earlybird booking is now open for the ABP British Bodyshop Awards 2024 - ABP Members save £120 per ticket
   
23/1/24 - 13:31   PartsXchange - desktop version of bodyshop marketplace to buy and sell genuine new and used parts now live
   
23/1/24 - 13:21   EMM (The Netherlands) and Chemicar (Belgium) - refinish paint product specialists merge
   
23/1/24 - 13:06   POXA - new salvage auction comparison website (15 UK salvage auctions inc Copart, ASM & Synetiq) offers up-to 40% savings on vehicles
   
23/1/24 - 12:53   European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) - drivers using assisted driving systems "like Tesla’s Autopilot... more likely to get distracted"
   
23/1/24 - 12:31   Transport & Environment - cars are getting 1 cm wider every 2 years and half of new vehicles are too wide for many on-street parking spaces
   
23/1/24 - 11:54   Fix Auto Mid Devon - "trailblazer in the accident repair sector" Alena Woolacott is a 2024 Inspiring Automotive Women Award recipient
   
23/1/24 - 11:14   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - dealer survey reveals range is top reason putting drivers off buying an EV
   
23/1/24 - 10:47   Trakm8 - why telematics is more important for EV fleets than non-EV fleets
   
23/1/24 - 10:36   TTC - Scottish company with 170 fleet drivers cuts number of incidents on the road by 40%
   
22/1/24 - 18:35   Activate Group - announces a major investment deal from Elysian Capital who have acquired majority share
   
22/1/24 - 13:50   PPG - Q4 results: record Q4 sales, up 4%; full-year results: record sales up 3%
   
22/1/24 - 13:47   Recycling Lives - two divisions (inc UK's largest end of life vehicle recycler) put into administration and bought by mystery buyer
   
22/1/24 - 13:44   Auto Trader - £31 million in potential profit being left on the table due to under-pricing activity
   
22/1/24 - 13:35   SMMT - Grey Ford Pumas were top selling cars in 2023
   
22/1/24 - 13:27   Allianz - cyber event is the top global business risk for 2024
   
22/1/24 - 13:06   Price of some used cars has almost halved in the last 7 months - EVs down 24% petrol cars down 30%
   
22/1/24 - 12:57   Bodyshop site near Heathrow wanted - repost from the Forum
   
22/1/24 - 11:40   ABP British Bodyshop Awards 2024 with PPG - ticket sales open for the largest bodyshop awards event in the WORLD!
   
22/1/24 - 11:12   Custom Coachworks - open third bodyshop, new Burgess Hill, West Sussex accident repair centre
   
22/1/24 - 10:47   ONS - average weekly hours worked in the labour market fell by 1.3 hours (between 1998 and 2022)
   
22/1/24 - 10:20   Kia - joins the Automotive 30% Club as a Silver Member
   
22/1/24 - 10:03   LKQ UK & Ireland - more repairers will invest in EV specialist kit to support "ever-growing part of the car parc"
   
19/1/24 - 14:40   SmartXpress Paint & Body - Lancashire bodyshop passes first CarsQA audit for BSI10125
   
19/1/24 - 13:45   Steer Automotive Group - launch Steer Apprentice Skills Competition to prepare technicians for the IMI Skill Competition
   
19/1/24 - 13:35   Tata Steel - to cut 2,800 jobs in the UK and close Port Talbot blast furnace in South Wales
   
19/1/24 - 13:13   ABP BBA earlybird sales at 11am on Monday 22 January - ABP Members save £120 per ticket
   
19/1/24 - 12:19   ACEA - EU agrees on most ambitious CO2-reduction targets globally for trucks and buses targeting 400k electric and hydrogen-powered by 2030
   
19/1/24 - 12:11   Lexus - hybrid LBX wins What Car? Car of the Year and Best Small SUV with Lexus named most reliable brand
   
19/1/24 - 12:03   LKQ Academy - new training facility at T1 Tamworth includes a Smart Repair/IRP room and solvent recycling facilities
   
19/1/24 - 11:49   Select Accident Repair Centre - South Wales bodyshop that was a Fix Auto UK second tier support centre joins as fully-branded Fix Auto Neath
   
19/1/24 - 11:36   Thatcham Research - strong ADAS score for Volkswagen ID.7 balances safety and driveability to scoop coveted What Car? Safety Award
   
19/1/24 - 11:30   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - new passenger car registrations fell by -3.3% in the EU car market in December
   
19/1/24 - 10:08   Avant Consult - rebrands as Avant Group and launch new website (avantconsult.com)
   
19/1/24 - 09:55   CMA - warns of ‘bogus buyer’ car theft increase; test drive requests from criminals posing as potential purchasers
   
19/1/24 - 09:48   TrustFord - celebrates official opening of dealership in Carlisle
   
19/1/24 - 09:14   What Car? - VW ID.7 wins Safety Award, sponsored by Thatcham
   
18/1/24 - 16:54   LKQ Euro Car Parts - announces new partnership with Protyre Autocare
   
18/1/24 - 16:46   MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) - announces departure of CEO Dominic Clayden in June
   
18/1/24 - 15:28   Ipswich Accident Repair Centre - director Rick Kerry returns to the UK Touring Car Championship for the 2024 season
   
18/1/24 - 13:57   The IMI - calls for input to Electric and Hybrid Vehicle National Occupational Standards
   
18/1/24 - 13:54   Standox - right-first-time minor repairs on plastic substrates
   
18/1/24 - 13:19   Solera - appoints Jog Lall as business development director for international fleet solutions
   
18/1/24 - 13:00   Ben - unveils new BenBus, a branded VW Transporter campervan to hit the road and raise awareness of Ben's support
   
18/1/24 - 12:33   INDASA Abrasive (UK) - new 210ml LORD Fusor cartridge sees a 30% reduction in pack size
   
18/1/24 - 12:24   Morelli Group - Eyebox Training Courses for 2024 for bodyshops include Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Awareness Levels 1 & 3
   
18/1/24 - 12:20   Hastings Group - 5th largest motor insurer to appoint Jamie Hay (ex Abacai & Goldman Sachs) as Chief Financial Officer transition
   
18/1/24 - 11:16   ABP British Bodyshop Awards - tickets will go on sale at 11am on Monday
   
18/1/24 - 11:13   Moving Intelligence - asset tracking and fleet management co partners with Echoes (OEM inbuilt telematics units)
   
18/1/24 - 10:42   Direct Line - tradespeople are owed an average £6,984 in outstanding payments
   
18/1/24 - 10:22   CitNOW Group - 70% retailers feel their aftersales teams could be doing more to maximise revenue
   
18/1/24 - 10:00   Qover - insurtech enters £19bn UK motor insurance market
   
18/1/24 - 09:36   Ian Pugh, Fix Auto UK - a tribute to Bob Linwood
   
18/1/24 - 00:03   Sad News 2 - death of Dane Loosley announced
   
18/1/24 - 00:03   Sad News 1 - death of Bob Linwood announced
   
17/1/24 - 18:54   Carlac - Chris Simpson (ex LKQ) joins as Business Development Manager as Carlac expand south into the Midlands
   
17/1/24 - 18:24   CMA (Claims Management & Adjusting Ltd) - acquired by QuestGates Group
   
17/1/24 - 13:12   Repairify - appoints Santiago Malbran (ex SnapOn and MAHLE) as business development director
   
17/1/24 - 12:33   Stellantis UK Accident Repair Programme - Stellantis UK host national brand conference at Silverstone
   
17/1/24 - 12:20   Steer - Keyhaven confirms plans to sell investment in Steer to Oakley Capital after successful 3-year investment driving acquisition & grow
   
17/1/24 - 11:56   NBRA - the 2024 Greener Body Shop Awards (GBSA) will take place on Tuesday 10 September in Coventry
   
17/1/24 - 11:52   Draper Tools - new for 2024, the Draper Tools Repair & Restore Hub British Motor Show in Farnborough
   
17/1/24 - 11:40   MG and Skoda - top the leader board of The Car Expert’s new Expert Rating Index
   
17/1/24 - 11:27   LKQ Bodyshop - appoints Chris O'Rourke as Managing Director, succeeds Andy Southby who is now Chief Commercial Officer for LKQ
   
17/1/24 - 10:57   S&G Response - analysis of the ABP Club State of the Industry Report
   
17/1/24 - 10:36   WTW/Confused.com Index - motor insurance up £366 YOY because of cost of parts, repairs & vehicle loans, labour shortage and PI claims
   
17/1/24 - 10:14   Chartwell - 11th largest independent single site bodyshop celebrates 25 years as an Aston Martin Category A repairer
   
17/1/24 - 09:42   Autovista Group - CES 2024 report: "the automotive AI journey has just begun" and how AI will impact aftersales
   
17/1/24 - 09:24   SMMT - critical UK imports including semiconductors safeguarded against global trade threats with new strategy
   
17/1/24 - 07:23   Inflation rate - CPI inflation up slightly to 4.0% for the 12 months to December 2023; RPI inflation down slightly to 5.2%
   
17/1/24 - 00:44   Allianz - to rebrand its existing digital motor insurance product from Flow to Allianz in March; LV= Broker to rebrand to Allianz in May
   
16/1/24 - 15:59   Volkswagen - avoid production disruption due to Red Sea conflict by rerouting supply ships round South Africa rather than using Suez Canal
   
16/1/24 - 15:29   School of Thought - #AWE24, the first ever dedicated work experience week for automotive, is only 13 weeks away
   
16/1/24 - 14:13   TrustFord - promotes Stuart Cresswell, Aftersales Director, to TrustFord's Board of Directors
   
16/1/24 - 14:00   Purchase Direct - is your business prepared for the "Big Switch Off" in 2025? Could impact alarms and CCTV systems
   
16/1/24 - 13:57   L&I Eaton ARC - UK's 7th largest bodyshop group open new accident repair centre in Newcastle; plans to open 4 new sites this year
   
16/1/24 - 13:45   LV= -partnership with 40 branded bodyshops across the UK to boost green part take-up
   
16/1/24 - 13:31   Ring Automotive - announce strategic business revamp in automotive aftermarket after 50 years in automotive
   
16/1/24 - 13:19   PPG - confirmed as Headline Sponsor for the British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) 2024; 13th consecutive year of BBA sponsorship for PPG!
   
16/1/24 - 12:06   BCA – LCV values averaging £8,037 in December, lowest since 2020 lockdown
   
16/1/24 - 12:02   IFED - ghost broker who targeted Sudanese community sentenced
   
16/1/24 - 10:24   AX and Listers Group - renew accident aftercare partnership to drive parts and bodyshop labour sales
   
16/1/24 - 10:14   Enterprise Rent-A-Car - 5 bodyshops win newly-launched Net Promoter Score (NPS) awards
   
16/1/24 - 09:55   Steer - Oakley Capital agrees investment in Steer Automotive Group, the UK’s largest independent bodyshop group with c5% repair market share
   
15/1/24 - 21:47   Anthony Heard announces the acquisition of Manchester Accident Repair Centre
   
15/1/24 - 16:09   Valeo and Stellantis - ‘remanufacturer’ ADAS cameras
   
15/1/24 - 13:53   Direct Commercial Broker (DCL) - quick FNOL reporting from accident can save 75% on credit hire claims costs with 3rd party intervention
   
15/1/24 - 13:49   ABP British Bodyshop Awards - early bird ticket sales start on Thursday!
   
15/1/24 - 13:07   M&A Coachworks - day 1 of construction at Snetterton "super car bodyshop" and the mezzanine floor is already "taking shape"
   
15/1/24 - 12:49   Ben - new year, new focus with free FREE Life Coaching from Ben
   
15/1/24 - 12:46   Berry BMW MINI Bodyshop Thames Ditton - full refurb of paint mixing room ahead of new Axalta install
   
15/1/24 - 12:04   ABP Recommended Business Service: ECA Business Energy - discuss Market Drivers for December 2023
   
15/1/24 - 11:56   IDES Electrical Services - electrical contractor complete long-term project at ABL 1 Touch Group
   
15/1/24 - 11:26   Pothole Partnership - AA, JCB, British Cycling, National Motorcyclists Council form 5-point plan; 2023 worst for 5 years for car damage
   
15/1/24 - 10:59   Helensburgh Toyota - Toyota franchisee for 45 years sold to employees: Helensburgh Automotive Employee Trust operation
   
15/1/24 - 10:39   Volvo Cars - targets 30% average recycled content across its fleet, with new car models having at least 35% recycled content, by 2030
   
15/1/24 - 10:01   RAC - pothole-related breakdowns for 2023 jump by a third compared to 2022
   
15/1/24 - 08:52   Walton Accident Repair Centre - Manchester bodyshop gains Toyota and Lexus approval
   
12/1/24 - 14:02   Peritus Learning and Development - discount for ABP Members on a range of ILM programmes
   
12/1/24 - 13:59   ABP Daily Newsletter - opened and read 545,598 times in 2023; the best read newsletter was......?
   
12/1/24 - 13:54   British Bodyshop Awards 2024, with PPG - early bird tickets: 11am Thurs 18 Jan
   
12/1/24 - 13:37   Coachwork Renovations - green boost for Gravesend bodyshop buying zero carbon energy
   
12/1/24 - 13:30   Fix Auto Gloucester - celebrates success of second year apprentice Adrian Matthews, winner of the UK WorldSkills Automotive Body Repair
   
12/1/24 - 13:23   Top 10 independent bodyshop groups had a combined £915million turnover in 2023 - more data in the 2024 ABP Yearbook
   
12/1/24 - 13:13   OBDeleven - motorists uncover 50,000 issues using at home tyre pressure diagnostics; DfT stats show 25% accidents caused by tyre issues
   
12/1/24 - 13:02   Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - November’s rise in GDP shows need for continued focus on small business growth
   
12/1/24 - 12:59   Auto Trader - Ford Kuga takes the crown of fastest selling used car in 2023
   
12/1/24 - 12:38   NFDA - monitoring further developments on potential inflated loan rates on new and secondhand cars
   
12/1/24 - 12:18   Yeomans Group, Exeter Van Centre - new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles showroom and servicing centre
   
12/1/24 - 12:06   Which? - the new cars being launched in the UK this year
   
12/1/24 - 11:57   Lloyds Autobody (bodyshops in Liverpool & Manchester) - approved for Aston Martin structural body repair
   
12/1/24 - 11:50   Thatcham Research - What Car? Safety Award 2024 shortlist judged on on-road advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) performance
   
12/1/24 - 11:26   Beta Tools UK & Ireland - to launch UK 3D Beta and Projects division
   
12/1/24 - 11:03   Benchmark International -(M&A advisors currently taking enquiries about authorised network manager acquisition) - the "right time" to sell
   
12/1/24 - 10:38   The AA and Auto Windscreens - new collaboration to fully digitise claims reporting for insurance customers
   
12/1/24 - 10:00   UK GDP - up 0.3% in November (following a 0.3% fall in October); down 0.2% over the 3 months to end of November
   
12/1/24 - 09:56   UK GDP - up 0.3% in November (following a 0.3% fall in October); down 0.2% over the 3 months to end of November
   
11/1/24 - 22:21   Tesla - suspend production in German factory for two weeks due to parts shortage as a result of the conflict in the Red Sea
   
11/1/24 - 20:02   Hertz - to sell 20,000 EVs (to be replaced with ICE-vehicles) due to customer demand and "high expenses related to collision and damage"
   
11/1/24 - 14:05   Stellantis - brand-new, multi-million-pound parts warehouse in Ellesmere Port
   
11/1/24 - 14:04   Dick Lovett Group (2 bodyshops) - Jaguar Land Rover Melksham team undergo customer-focused training day
   
11/1/24 - 14:03   For sale - "renowned and authorised network manager of 200 accident repair centres specialising in car, van, and HGV repairs"
   
11/1/24 - 14:02   Kia - Gravells Kia Bridgend wins 'After Sales Excellence', 'Sales Excellence' and 'Dealer of the Year' Awards
   
11/1/24 - 13:59   ONE WEEK TO GO! - early bird sale tickets (save £120 per ticket) available from 11am, Thursday 18 January
   
11/1/24 - 13:48   HSE - issues cold weather working guidance to help workers stay safe and warm
   
11/1/24 - 12:06   Select Car Leasing - Bristol tops UK Car Servicing Index (most number of MOT, servicing and repairs workshops per 100,000 people)
   
11/1/24 - 11:46   Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - to immediately look at historical discretionary commission arrangements in the motor finance market
   
11/1/24 - 11:27   National Accident Repair Group - how tech is positively impacting the automotive repair sector
   
11/1/24 - 10:10   BCA - average used car values end December at £6,918, down 2.2% on November and down 22% on March 2023 peak
   
11/1/24 - 10:00   What Car? - reveals shortlist of 19 models competing for 2024 Car of the Year title
   
11/1/24 - 07:47   Tesco - trading update: "our insurance business continuing to benefit from high levels of both renewals and new business"
   
10/1/24 - 13:29   ABP British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) 2024 - save £120 per ticket with ABP's earlybird sale!
   
10/1/24 - 13:19   Entegral (Enterprise Holdings) - new Bodyshop 360 app allows repairers to use their own data to boost efficiency, £ and cust exper
   
10/1/24 - 12:52   School of Thought - 14 weeks to go before the first ever dedicated work experience week for automotive
   
10/1/24 - 12:40   Ageas (10th largest UK motor insurer) - joins Saga's panel of motor insurers
   
10/1/24 - 12:16   Consumer Intelligence - quoted motor insurance premiums up 67.2% in a year
   
10/1/24 - 12:03   Autoglass - warns UK drivers of incorrect ways to de-ice their windscreen
   
10/1/24 - 11:29   Roberlo - Gova Diamond is Roberlo's new line of high-performance ceramic abrasives
   
10/1/24 - 11:24   Europcar Mobility Group - Gary Smith returns to lead Europcar Mobility Group UK and Ireland
   
10/1/24 - 11:03   Copart - North Lincolnshire-based Sandtoft Super Centre becomes huge 130-acre site after Copart acquires ex-IAA/Synetiq 20-acre site
   
10/1/24 - 10:16   RAC - 89% drivers think some headlights on cars on the road today are too bright
   
10/1/24 - 09:58   TomTom Traffic Index - London is still the world's slowest city: av travel time for a typical 10km journey was 37 mins 20
   
10/1/24 - 09:49   GT Motive - Q&A with Steven Hames, Business Development Manager at ABP Repairers Choice Estimating System Award Winner, GT Motive
   
10/1/24 - 09:32   Ennis & Co Group (global automotive and mobility exec search and talent research co) - to launch investment services
   
10/1/24 - 00:11   Sytner (owned by Penske Automotive Group) - complete acquisition of Rybrook Group and its 15 dealerships
   
09/1/24 - 18:36   Amazon - "growth in the auto parts repair industry is positioning it as the go-to source for vehicle maintenance"
   
09/1/24 - 18:27   new Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 - small companies will need to file profit and loss accounts at Companies House
   
09/1/24 - 18:16   GSF Car Parts - Sukhpal Singh (chairman) and Steve Horne (CEO) launch their strategy at Supercharged for Success conference
   
09/1/24 - 18:08   Toyota - many of their local suppliers affected by 1 January earthquake in Japan
   
09/1/24 - 14:39   Motor Ombudsman - rising costs will pose biggest challenge for three-quarters of vehicle repairers in 2024
   
09/1/24 - 14:09   EY - automotive sector sees growth throughout 2023, but ZEV Mandate poses key challenge
   
09/1/24 - 13:57   Sabre (UK's 24th largest motor insurer) - their relentless focus on pursuing profitability over volume
   
09/1/24 - 13:52   NINE days to go! - BBA tickets go on sale at 11am on Thursday 18 January
   
09/1/24 - 13:48   Automotive Services International (ASI) - how close are the top 10 UK volume car brands to meeting ZEV mandate?
   
09/1/24 - 13:26   INDASA Mixing System (IMS) - INDASA launches new professional mixing system
   
09/1/24 - 13:07   TrustFord Barnsley - donation transforms end-of-life care at Barnsley Hospice
   
09/1/24 - 12:58   The Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) - 2024 plans include £5m investment in tackling uninsured driving
   
09/1/24 - 12:33   Summers Motors - Ashford repairer appointed as a Lotus Approved Bodyshop
   
09/1/24 - 11:30   Melett - record number of vans on road (and being kept for longer) presents opportunities for repairers
   
09/1/24 - 11:06   SYNETIQ - collaborates repurposing electric vehicle battery packs with clean-tech firm, Allye Energy
   
09/1/24 - 10:33   K&R Coachworks - Hertfordshire bodyshop joins Fix Auto UK as Fix Auto St Albans
   
09/1/24 - 09:50   Copart - 16-acre Merseyside site (formerly Cazoo) boosts Copart's storage capacity by up to 24,000 vehicles in Northwest
   
08/1/24 - 14:48   Ben - reveals new ways for automotive people to make positive changes to their health, wellbeing and career for 2024
   
08/1/24 - 14:31   The Green Insurer - new UK car insurance broker
   
08/1/24 - 14:18   SMMT - new van registrations up 21% in 2023
   
08/1/24 - 14:03   ABP Exclusive interview - Gavin Ruddick, Chief Operating Officer, Steer Automotive Group
   
08/1/24 - 14:01   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - sign deal with Evolution Repair Group to offer ACG's fast funding solutions to its members
   
08/1/24 - 13:58   Auto Trader - average used car price (£17k) down 5.6% YOY but up 35.5% vs 2019
   
08/1/24 - 13:53   IMI - solving ongoing challenge of filling vacancies top short-term drivers for skills change
   
08/1/24 - 13:42   Silverlake - supports suicide prevention charity Andy’s Man Club
   
08/1/24 - 13:35   ABP British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) - early bird ticket sales (ABP Members save £120 per ticket) open in 10 days (Thursday 18 January @ 11am)
   
08/1/24 - 13:24   FMG Repair Services - expands into new 22,000 so ft Bristol site
   
08/1/24 - 13:19   Allianz - false documentation at heart of £150k PI dishonesty claim
   
08/1/24 - 10:22   Vertu (13 bodyshops) - Neil Hall, Group Accident Repair Centre & VCR Director talks to ABP about Vertu’s rapid growth
   
08/1/24 - 10:08   Zapmap - number of public chargers up 45% YOY in 2023
   
08/1/24 - 13:51   ZEV Mandate - introduction into law today
   
08/1/24 - 13:47   Fix Auto Penzance – Cornwall bodyshop making waves on the environmental front
   
08/1/24 - 09:46   Canada: Aviva - acquire Optiom, the Canadian vehicle replacement insurance business for c.£100m
   
07/1/24 - 11:03   ALLDATA - appoint Amy Dyer (ex Head of Marketing at Audatex) as Digital Marketing Manager
   
07/1/24 - 10:26   Granlyn Specialist Coatings - West Midlands paint distributors appoint Ryan O'Neill (ex-ACIS) as sales director
   
05/1/24 - 13:56   Farécla - 2024 Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Contest: the search is on!
   
05/1/24 - 13:48   Volkswagen (VW Group 170 bodyshops) - holds lead new car market share in 2023, followed by Ford (144 bodyshops) and Audi
   
05/1/24 - 13:24   Financial Ombudsman Service - complaints relating to vehicle issues now make up 25% of all financial complaint cases
   
05/1/24 - 13:18   LKQ Euro Car Parts - offering bodyshops 25% off on a range of LKQ Academy courses
   
05/1/24 - 11:16   NFDA - new car market growth "positive conclusion to what has been a consistent year" but EV take-up stalls
   
05/1/24 - 11:03   Bumper - car repairs on credit firm raises £40m in a funding round inc backing from Porsche and Jaguar Land Rover
   
05/1/24 - 10:27   How many approved repairers do the best-selling VMs in 2023 have? - Ford, Nissan and Vauxhall top SMMT's FY2023 list
   
05/1/24 - 09:47   SMMT - new car registrations up 17.9% in 2023, best year since COVID
   
05/1/24 - 08:22   RWC Training - opens a welding training and assessment facility in Milton Keynes
   
05/1/24 - 08:11   Thatcham Research - record number of new apprentice starts in 2023: 79 learners from 28 employers and 56 sites in Autumn/Winter intake
   
05/1/24 - 08:01   RAC - second month of fall in petrol prices (but supermarket margin (13ppl) more than double the amount taken in 2021)
   
05/1/24 - 07:46   Evolution Repair Group – the inside story from Chris Weeks and Anthony Heard about the bodyshop network and its members
   
04/1/24 - 13:16   Vertu - John Jones, Vertu Accident Repair Centre Teesside named ARC Manager of the Year
   
04/1/24 - 10:52   Sikkens Vehicle Refinishes (AkzoNobel) [2nd largest paint brand with 13.5% market share] - 120 Sustainable Repair bodyshops across Europe
   
04/1/24 - 10:34   Mirka - new toolbox for bodyshop technicians
   
04/1/24 - 10:24   Autoflow - appoint Marc Evans (ex Senior Global Product Manager at Solera) as Head of Product
   
04/1/24 - 09:27   TrustFord (14 bodyshops) - to take on 81 new Apprentices in 2024 intake
   
04/1/24 - 08:40   ABP Yearbook - the largest independent bodyshop groups, top UK motor insurers by GWP and the market share of paint cos - and MUCH MORE!
   
03/1/24 - 14:42   Davies - Stacey Goodchild promoted to Head of TPA - Motor
   
03/1/24 - 13:51   ZEV Mandate - introduction into law today
   
03/1/24 - 13:47   Fix Auto Penzance – Cornwall bodyshop making waves on the environmental front
   
03/1/24 - 13:43   Winn Group – Liam Parker and Jeff Winn talk to ABP about telematics and FNOL
   
03/1/24 - 13:42   Sherwin Williams - appoint Chris Potts (ex Mirka) as Business Development Manager - Automotive Finishes
   
03/1/24 - 11:17   Auto Body Professional - the Winter edition is out now in print and online!
   
03/1/24 - 11:07   Tesla - overtakes Toyota and Mercedes-Benz as the most valuable car brand in 2023
   
03/1/24 - 11:01   SYNETIQ - working with with Master’s students at Sheffield Hallam University to investigate alternative tech for diesel trucks
   
03/1/24 - 10:48   NFDA - Government needs to boost driver confidence in EVs after missing rapid chargers at motorways target
   
03/1/24 - 10:34   Major uninsured driving crackdown in November - takes over 3,700 cars off the road in just one week
   
03/1/24 - 10:31   Purchase Direct - partnership with solar specialists for competitive rates on commercial PV installation for bodyshops
   
03/1/24 - 10:16   Fix Auto Basingstoke - opening Fix's first LCV repair centre which should be operational this month; 5 minutes from Basingstoke bodyshop
   
03/1/24 - 10:11   MIB - cost of living predicted to cause a rise in uninsured driving in 2024
   
03/1/24 - 09:16   Denver Rollings, Managing Director at UK Select (bodyshops in Ross on Wye and Ludlow) - running the London Marathon for RFU Injured Players
   
02/1/24 - 20:25   Battery electric vehicles (BEV) - Tesla outsold worldwide by Chinese firm BYD in Q4 2023, but Tesla was no 1 seller in the whole of 2023
   
02/1/24 - 15:00   Steer Automotive Group - acquire Fastlane Paint & Body Ltd (ABP Yearbook - 15th largest group) with its four sites
   
02/1/24 - 14:07   Allianz - what consumers want from insurers is "not just claims handling"
   
02/1/24 - 13:54   Covéa - customer-centric culture at insurer has supported smooth implementation of Consumer Duty Regulations
   
02/1/24 - 13:42   What Car? - train station car park thefts have increased by more than 7% compared with the same period last year
   
02/1/24 - 13:39   Winn Group (4th largest accident management co) - named Claims Partner of the Year 2023 at the Insurance Times Awards
   
02/1/24 - 12:21   RAC - target missed of 6 or more rapid or ultra-rapid EV chargers at every motorway service area in England by the end of 2023
   
02/1/24 - 12:00   The UK Body Repair Industry Yearbook 2024 Edition - published online and in print
   
02/1/24 - 11:05   ATF Professional - Tony Simpson, AGS Claims: "inaccurate & significantly exaggerated repair specifications and reserves" driving TLs
   
02/1/24 - 10:14   Porters Bodyshop - now officially BMW and MINI approved; only independent BMW approved repairer in Northern Ireland
   
02/1/24 - 10:00   Cost of car insurance is currently £951 – a £322, or 51%, uplift versus 12 months ago
   
02/1/24 - 08:58   Used car dealers - falling used car values wiped up to 20% off the value of most cars in 2023
   
01/1/24 - 21:14   Autotech Group - Mark Armitage (ex-IMI) promoted to Chief Revenue Officer; James Mackay promoted to Managing Director (Recruit and Academy)
   
01/1/24 - 13:19   Morelli - Derrick Paton (ex Strategic Accounts Manager at Axalta) joins Morelli Group as Sales Director for Scotland
   
31/12/23 - 18:36   AA - "minority non-controlling stake" acquired by Stonepark, a US-based investment company, in return for a £180m injection of funds
   
30/12/23 - 10:43   New Years Honours - Amanda Blanc, Aviva CEO, awarded Damehood; Stephen Hester, former CEO of RSA, is knighted
   
29/12/23 - 16:31   iRG - announce winners of their annual staff awards
   
29/12/23 - 16:28   Copart - appointed as lead salvage agent for the Luton Airport car park fire
   
29/12/23 - 00:36   Tesla - "blamed drivers for failures of parts it long knew were defective" says Reuters report
   
28/12/23 - 22:32   PwC - economic outlook for 2024; UK to "turn a page"; inflation to fall close to 2%; significan rise in corporate insolvancies
   
28/12/23 - 21:44   Government - Spring Budget 2024 will be on Wednesday 6 March
   
28/12/23 - 21:41   Pendragon - becomes Pinewood Technology on 24 Jan when sale of its motor dealers and leasing business to Lithia is finalised
   
28/12/23 - 09:42   Government - transport secretary, Mark Harper, says driverless cars could be on some UK roads by 2026; Ford not sure-"there is a way to go"
   
28/12/23 - 00:28   Copart - to appeal £2.5m fine from CMA for alleged failure to comply with certain aspects of the Initial Enforcement Order (IEO)
   
24/12/23 - 13:27   Innovation Group - Jack Meekings (Head of Engineering and Audit) promoted to Head of Network, Engineering and Audit
   
24/12/23 - 12:22   Government - publish updated guidance for recovery operators working with electric vehicles
   
24/12/23 - 08:20   Aviva - all senior white male recruits must get final sign-off from CEO Amanda Blanc as part of diversity drive
   
22/12/23 - 16:15   SsangYong Motor UK - renamed as KGM Motors UK with immediate effect
   
22/12/23 - 15:01   SMMT - best November for CV production in UK since 2007
   
22/12/23 - 14:30   ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) - welcome EU and UK deal to extend "rules of origin" by three years
   
22/12/23 - 14:24   SMMT - comment on government's "rules of origin" announcement
   
22/12/23 - 14:20   Government - tariffs on electric vehicles avoided as UK and EU extend trade rules "rules of origin"
   
22/12/23 - 14:11   SMMT - UK car production rose 14.8% to 91,923 in November, best November for 3 years
   
22/12/23 - 12:07   Mick Walker - former Network and Engineering Manager at AX (was Accident Exchange), joins Quantum Technical as Chief Commercial Officer
   
22/12/23 - 11:58   Shorade - aqcuire, DB Auto Repairs and Paint Ltd; becomes Shorade Cheltenham; sits between Shorade Cannock and Shorade Bristol
   
21/12/23 - 13:51   NFDA - European Council approved a three-year postponement of tariffs on EVs
   
21/12/23 - 13:34   The AA - drivers warned about strong winds and heavy rain ahead of Christmas
   
21/12/23 - 13:27   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from ABP! - today (Thursday 21 December) is the last ABP Daily Newsletter of 2023
   
21/12/23 - 13:20   ONS - number of online job adverts down 5% YOY
   
21/12/23 - 13:08   National Accident Repair Group - introduces latest end-to-end vehicle repair solution: Progression 2.0
   
21/12/23 - 12:31   Mercedes-Benz - plans to standardise the colour turquoise to show a vehicle is in an automated driving state
   
21/12/23 - 12:20   GWM ORA (Chinese VM) - 75% UK drivers surveyed say EVs produced in China "did not offer a compromise on quality"
   
21/12/23 - 12:15   AXA UK&I - appoints Matt Field (ex Chief Revenue Officer at Shepper) as Retail Intermediary Director
   
21/12/23 - 12:07   Sytner Group (51 bodyshops) - host local students for a World of Work tour at our Leicester Audi dealership
   
21/12/23 - 11:53   FMG Repair Services - Driver, Dave, and the Cambridge team, get hands-on with Star Radio's Gifting Tree appeal
   
21/12/23 - 11:40   NFDA - calls on Government to keep apace with EU counterparts as new battery electric vehicles up 16.3% in EU but down 17.1% in UK
   
21/12/23 - 11:35   SMMT - November new car pre-registration figures
   
21/12/23 - 11:26   AXA - research finds 41% of drivers are switching off vital safety features because they find them annoying
   
21/12/23 - 10:57   ABP Club - the team share their highlights from 2023!
   
21/12/23 - 10:09   3ti - Government funding awarded to project to prove EVs are assets to the grid in V2X fast hub
   
21/12/23 - 10:02   Kia - Marc Hedrich appointed as President and CEO of Kia Europe; succeeds Won Jeong Jeong, President and CEO since 2020
   
21/12/23 - 09:31   Andrew Marsh - resigns as Director of Auto Industry Consulting
   
20/12/23 - 16:24   Innovation Group - Jordan Chinn, Head of Network Repair, leaves to join Vizion as Network Manager for Nissan
   
20/12/23 - 14:49   Government - announces funding for new charging technologies; families could use their electric vehicle batteries to power their homes
   
20/12/23 - 13:58   What do repairers think about insurers, accident management companies and the industry in general? - 315 comments collected
   
20/12/23 - 13:47   HSE - made changes to your workplace, task or activities that have resulted in significantly reduced musculoskeletal risk to employees?
   
20/12/23 - 12:35   Prasco UK - operating hours for Christmas (normal, next-day delivery up to 5pm on Thursday 21 December)
   
20/12/23 - 12:28   Ben - if you or a colleague is struggling during the festive season Ben is here to help
   
20/12/23 - 11:51   ABP British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) 2024 - earlybird ticket sales start at 11am on Thursday 18 January
   
20/12/23 - 11:36   Updated Industry Diary for 2024 now available on ABP website
   
20/12/23 - 10:18   Richmond Motor Group - bodyshop team named "Aftersales Team" of the Year, up against 7 service departments
   
20/12/23 - 09:42   Autocar - fines issued to drivers who parked on the pavement netted London councils nearly £8.5m in one year
   
20/12/23 - 09:35   Resolution Foundation - economic data ends year on a high as inflation falls to a 26-month low
   
20/12/23 - 09:09   Copart - fined £2.5 million by the CMA for failure to comply with certain aspects of the Initial Enforcement Order (IEO)
   
20/12/23 - 08:54   EY - UK motor insurers expect 2023 to be worst performing year since 2010
   
20/12/23 - 08:00   Inflation rate - CPI inflation falls again to 3.9% for the 12 months to November 2023; RPI inflation down to 5.3%
   
19/12/23 - 21:04   Axalta - Derrick Paton (Strategic Accounts Manager EMEA) announces his departure on 29 December to "new and very exciting opportunities"
   
19/12/23 - 14:29   Revive! - promotes head of business, Richard Graves (ex Cazoo, SMH, and GEFCO UK), to Director of Operations role
   
19/12/23 - 13:39   Synetiq - Tom Rumboll is a finalist in the TheBusinessDesk.com’s Yorkshire Leadership Awards - Green Leader category
   
19/12/23 - 13:35   Zapmap - new survey finds motorway services more popular than supermarkets as charging location
   
19/12/23 - 12:14   Fix Auto Leeds South - fourth site for Smiths opens for business
   
19/12/23 - 11:49   R-M - new state-of-the-art Refinish Competence Training Center in Vantaa, Finland, managed by R-M importer, AMOY
   
19/12/23 - 11:39   Autocar:Bosch & Continental - (car) "industry looks to cope with disruption from electrification as car makers move parts creation in-house"
   
19/12/23 - 11:28   Dacia UK - 70% of the Dacia UK network fully re-branded ahead of Dacia Spring EV launch
   
19/12/23 - 11:04   Ernst & Young (EY) - partners with Qatar University for to advance autonomous e-mobility
   
19/12/23 - 11:01   New UK levy to level carbon pricing - new import carbon pricing mechanism by 2027 to support the decarbonisation drive
   
19/12/23 - 10:54   Competition and Markets Authority - promotes Dan Turnbull, who led the CMA's road fuel market study, to Senior Director for Markets role
   
19/12/23 - 10:43   Osprey - more than doubles number of rapid EV chargers in 2023; now has more than 1,000 installed across the UK
   
19/12/23 - 09:47   Markerstudy - 93% local schoolchildren who attended motor insurer's inaugural Future First Insight Day say it was a success
   
19/12/23 - 09:29   JLR - launch new besspoke insurance for Range Rover owners; underwritten by Highway, part of the LV Group
   
18/12/23 - 14:55   Peggs Accident Repair Centre - successfully transitions to the BS 10125:2022 standard
   
18/12/23 - 14:50   PartsXchange - commercial parts added to bodyshop parts platform
   
18/12/23 - 14:37   M&M Group (Fix Auto Stoke & North Staffs) - celebrates driver, Dave Farrington's, 25 years of dedicated service
   
18/12/23 - 14:35   M&M Group (Fix Auto Stoke-on-Trent) - celebrates driver, Dave Farrington's, 25 years of dedicated service
   
18/12/23 - 14:23   Cardiff and Vale College - Group Principal Kay Martin MBE retires
   
18/12/23 - 14:00   Reflex Vehicle Hire - fleets use AI-powered tools from Reflex to manage hidden risks on the road
   
18/12/23 - 13:58   Compare the Market - cost of car insurance increases £658 for young drivers
   
18/12/23 - 13:57   LV - 49% of drivers want to be more sustainable with their car; 78% of people have never asked where the parts come from in a repair
   
18/12/23 - 13:56   Hounslow, London - has the highest daily traffic flow with an average of 8,835 vehicles passing through each day
   
18/12/23 - 13:39   The IMI - pay for paint and panel techs "well above the government median" with bodyshop roles still in demand
   
18/12/23 - 13:14   Mercedes-Benz - one of the first OEMs to obtain approval for the conditionally automated driving road test license in Beijing
   
18/12/23 - 12:44   Auto Trader - predicts 4% increase to new and 0.9% used car market growth in 2024
   
18/12/23 - 12:16   Blackpool and The Fylde College - now providing a National Block Release Model for Panel, Paint, MET and VDA apprenticeships
   
18/12/23 - 11:40   Stellantis UK Accident Repair Programme - 2023 review: 20 applications & 16 terminations and contracts with DLG, Fleet Claims and Covéa
   
18/12/23 - 10:25   RWC Training - invest in fleet of hybrid Toyota Yaris training cars for one of the largest EV training projects to be delivered in the UK
   
18/12/23 - 09:09   RAC and INRIX - 21m pre-Christmas journeys planned as traffic this week set to rise then jump 43% from 2.2m on Thurs to 3.2m on Fri
   
18/12/23 - 09:03   Copart - pledged support for company charity, Ben, with a donation to the automotive industry charity's Christmas appeal
   
15/12/23 - 13:58   eBay - top ten features of the ultimate (home) garage inc tool chest, security and a fridge!
   
15/12/23 - 13:50   ABI - £53 million payout for damaged vehicles caused by recent Storms Babet, Ciaran and Debi
   
15/12/23 - 13:35   Glasurit - new sustainable EcoBalance portfolio for the Commercial Vehicle business
   
15/12/23 - 13:20   eBay - renew Live Stage partnership with The British Motor Show for 2024, with Tim Shaw from Car SOS, host of the Night of Knights
   
15/12/23 - 12:31   Health and Safety Executive - free eLearning resource to prevent workplace stress and support good mental health
   
15/12/23 - 12:05   Revive! Uxbridge - SME London Business Awards has nominated Revive! Uxbridge (launched just 18 months ago) for Small Business of the Year
   
15/12/23 - 11:47   ACEA - EU electric vehicle industry risks losing ground without a robust EU industrial strategy
   
15/12/23 - 11:23   ‘Smart' motorways third year progress report – AA comment
   
15/12/23 - 11:19   Chaplane Accident Repair Centre - Colchester bodyshop confirms BS10125:2022 accreditation
   
15/12/23 - 10:47   National Highways - 11 more sections of motorway will be upgraded with additional emergency exits
   
14/12/23 - 13:14   Autocar - Ford Focus tops the list of the most scrapped cars in the UK this year; 60,000 fewer cars and vans were scrapped in 2023 vs 2022
   
14/12/23 - 13:08   AA - pence per mile comparisons ultra-rapid Off-Peak (12.58) Petrol (14.30) ultra-rapid Peak (14.61)
   
14/12/23 - 12:39   TrustFord - donates to local foodbanks and charities throughout the UK after sites became donation hubs throughout November
   
14/12/23 - 12:30   Bank of England - interest rate held at 5.25%
   
14/12/23 - 12:24   Mazda - by FY2030, Mazda will reduce CO2 emissions in Japan by almost 70%, and 75% of the power used will domestically be non-fossil fuels
   
14/12/23 - 11:58   ABP Club's Media Pack for 2024 has been published - full of info; link below
   
14/12/23 - 11:43   RAC - 78% drivers would unknowingly put themselves in danger after breaking down on the motorway and stopping on the hard shoulder
   
14/12/23 - 11:31   TTC - those aged 55 and older are more likely to drive knowing they are over the legal drink drive limit
   
14/12/23 - 10:31   ABP Club Events for 2024 - dates for your diary for BBA2024, the ABP Convention & Night of Knights Charity Golf Days, & networking Race Day!
   
14/12/23 - 10:07   Fix Auto UK - ALL 9 Fix Auto UK owned repair centres achieve PAS 2060 carbon neutral status
   
14/12/23 - 09:57   Zurich - appoints Claudia Cordioli (ex Swiss Re) as Group Chief Financial Officer
   
13/12/23 - 13:40   Revive! Auto Innovations - named as one of the nation’s top ten franchise opportunities
   
13/12/23 - 13:18   cinch - Ford Fiesta is 2023's most popular car
   
13/12/23 - 13:11   Auto Windscreens - targets approved by Science Based Targets initiative
   
13/12/23 - 13:10   Urgent appeal – Wolverhampton College are in danger of closing the body and paint department
   
13/12/23 - 13:03   JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services - round up partnership with £60,000 raised for PIPS Suicide Prevention
   
13/12/23 - 08:52   Activate Group - Tesla tops list of most expensive EVs to repair (av repair cost of more than £3,000)
   
12/12/23 - 21:16   NFDA - Arnold Clark’s Innovation Centre in Glasgow hosts Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) visit with the NFDA
   
12/12/23 - 15:18   Allianz Group - Dow Jones Sustainability Index recognizes Allianz as a Sustainable Insurer
   
12/12/23 - 15:07   FMG Repair Services - Technical Training team deliver a 2-day plastic repair training session at Newport bodyshop
   
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