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28/5/20 - 14:09   Nissan - unveils 4-year transformation plan to prioritize sustainable growth and profitability
   
28/5/20 - 12:45   IMI - 1 in 5 automotive businesses temporarily closed or paused trading - will 1st June bring respite?
   
28/5/20 - 12:36   Ford - awards £13k to support student-led projects tackling the impact of COVID-19 in 9 countries
   
28/5/20 - 12:32   ŠKODA - first stage of retailer re-opening programme to start on 1 June
   
28/5/20 - 12:29   Motorpoint - is set to re-open all branches in England on Monday, June 1
   
28/5/20 - 12:27   The IMI - LIVE webinar TODAY at 2pm - “Preparing your business for the new normal”
   
28/5/20 - 12:21   79% of businesses in the UK had applied for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 42% of businesses had less than 6 months of cash
   
28/5/20 - 12:19   Government - issue updated 29-page booklet "Working safely during COVID-19 in or from a vehicle"; covers delivery drivers and sales reps
   
28/5/20 - 12:16   Lightfoot - launches FNOL service to fleet managers; notification within 10-minutes of incidents
   
28/5/20 - 12:09   CBI Service Sector Survey - service sector sentiment "plummets at record pace"
   
28/5/20 - 11:41   BSI - publishes UK Safe Working Guidelines
   
28/5/20 - 11:41   ABI - announce annual motor insurance conference will be on 4 Nov and titled "The end of the road? Motor insurance in the 2020s and beyond"
   
28/5/20 - 11:29   MOT test - new guidance that the MOT extension will no longer apply if you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails
   
28/5/20 - 11:13   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - support available for ABP Club Members during the COVID-19 recovery
   
28/5/20 - 10:56   Kia - dealers in England back in business from Monday 1 June
   
28/5/20 - 10:32   Auto-Motivate - 1-hour 'Return to Work' course to help bodyshop staff
   
28/5/20 - 00:31   Government - new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will support business with the challenges resulting from the impact of coronavirus
   
27/5/20 - 23:56   FMG - baptism of fire for new managing director Claire Owens who succeeded Harvey Stead now promoted to MD of Redde
   
27/5/20 - 21:00   Thatcham Research - bid a fond farewell and happy retirement to Andy Hutchins after 40 years of service
   
27/5/20 - 14:08   France - launches £7.1bn rescue plan for their car industry including scrappage scheme worth up to £10,700 towards an electric vehicle
   
27/5/20 - 14:04   COVID-19 - furlough scheme covers 8.4 million workers at cost of £15 bn; self-employed scheme covers 2.3 million people at cost of £6.8bn
   
27/5/20 - 14:03   RWC - resumes bodyshop training on Monday, 1 June, in Milton Keynes
   
27/5/20 - 13:57   73% increase in haggling as lockdown eases
   
27/5/20 - 13:53   Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi Alliance - announce new development agreement to take advantage of each companies strengths
   
27/5/20 - 13:41   Geneva Motor Show - cancelled 4 days before 2020 show; now "very uncertain" for 2021 as organisers reject loan; exhibitors want show in 2022
   
27/5/20 - 13:40   GRM Bodycraft in Edinburgh - audited remotely by BSI auditor via video call and email (and they passed!)
   
27/5/20 - 12:43   What Car? - Britain’s best brands for servicing and mechanical repairs revealed
   
27/5/20 - 12:35   Insure the Box - 1,060 accidents prevented with "innovative" communication
   
27/5/20 - 12:20   Copart - 90% 76-strong engineering team either fully qualified or studying towards AQP standard, ATA VDA or IMI NVQ VDA 3/4
   
27/5/20 - 12:02   Tracker - reduces cost of vehicle protection to help dealers safeguard their assets
   
27/5/20 - 11:55   Old Mill (financial advice firm) - the five key risks COVID-19 has brought to your business and what to do about them
   
27/5/20 - 11:23   Vertu - sell 215 retail cars on Tuesday, passing the 200 sales mark for the first time since lockdown
   
27/5/20 - 11:09   Hertz Global Holdings - paid $16.2 million in cash bonuses to 340 senior managers, including new chief executive, 3 days before bankruptcy
   
27/5/20 - 10:55   National road safety campaign kicks off with advice for drivers and business owners
   
27/5/20 - 09:51   IMI - how to network digitally
   
27/5/20 - 09:19   Caffyns plc - trading update: aftersales operations at all its sites have re-started; showrooms will re-open on 1 June
   
27/5/20 - 02:08   Daily Mail - insurance industry's £1bn excuse as it refuses to pay out over Covid claiming policies were 'never intended' to cover pandemics
   
26/5/20 - 17:53   McLaren Group - official press release on the corporate restructure process to ensure their long-term future success
   
26/5/20 - 15:14   Glasurit (BASF’s premium paint brand) - renews its 2-year partnership with WorldSkills International in car painting category
   
26/5/20 - 14:00   Thatcham Research - webinar Monday 1 June: 'Repair and ADAS: challenge or opportunity?'
   
26/5/20 - 13:59   McLaren Group - to cut 30% of its workforce; 1,200 of its 4,000 staff to lose their jobs reports Sky News
   
26/5/20 - 13:57   EU trade unions and auto sector call for an ambitious recovery plan
   
26/5/20 - 13:47   Europcar - demand for vans and trucks growth during Covid pandemic
   
26/5/20 - 13:43   Fix Auto UK - acquires Fix and Go site in Paignton (part of Rodgman and Williams) and will turn it into a structural repair centre
   
26/5/20 - 13:40   ABI - responds to open letter from small business owners and representatives
   
26/5/20 - 13:31   APD Insight - are we going to be driven back to using our cars?
   
26/5/20 - 13:06   Peugeot, Citroën, DS & Vauxhall - roadside assistance plan on new full electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to 8 years
   
26/5/20 - 12:11   FTA - NI Infrastructure Minister announcements provide "vital support" for logistics
   
26/5/20 - 12:03   AB Dynamics - new global testing service division to meet shortage of resources after "significant increase" in vehicle complexity
   
26/5/20 - 11:57   CPP Group UK - to handle new claims for keys that are lost, broken, stolen, or locked inside a vehicle under RAC’s breakdown membership
   
26/5/20 - 11:33   ARAG Group - provider of legal expenses insurance warns drivers should take care as lockdown lifts
   
26/5/20 - 11:13   Investors in People - 5 tips for motivating your team during uncertain times
   
26/5/20 - 11:00   Consumers spend nearly 60% less on fuel in April
   
26/5/20 - 10:57   Employers (<250 staff) who have paid SSP to staff taking coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today
   
26/5/20 - 09:42   Marshall Motor Holdings - welcome the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday and confirm their car showrooms will reopen from 1 June
   
26/5/20 - 09:27   CAPS - latest data shows motor claim numbers increased substantially during w/e Fri 22 May from 39% of normal to 52% of normal
   
26/5/20 - 09:05   Volvo Cars - launches its new Volvo Valet maintenance pick-up and delivery service across selected European markets, including the UK
   
26/5/20 - 09:02   Aston Martin - confirm the appointment of a new CEO, Tobias Moers (currently CEO of Mercedes-AMG) on 1 Aug to replace Andy Palmer
   
26/5/20 - 02:15   Drive Vauxhall - close Haverhill dealership, which includes a bodyshop, with immediate effect
   
26/5/20 - 01:38   Volkswagen - Germany's highest court rules that German car owners who bought VW cars fitted with the diesel cheat device must be reimbursed
   
26/5/20 - 00:31   Australia - largest bodyshop group - AMA Group (CEO Andy Hopkins) - updates market on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic
   
26/5/20 - 00:00   SMMT and NFDA - welcome government announcement that car showrooms can re-open on Monday 1 June
   
25/5/20 - 21:22   Australia - AMA Group and Suncorp Insurance agree revised terms with "increased average repair pricing"
   
25/5/20 - 20:08   Government - the official wording on re-opening of car showrooms from Monday 1 June; other retail can open from 15 June but not hairdressers
   
25/5/20 - 01:53   Hertx - official statement; our "principal international operating regions including Europe are not included in the Chapter 11 proceedings"
   
24/5/20 - 23:31   Aston Martin - CEO, Andy Palmer, to leave company; to be replaced by Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG who supply engines to Aston Martin
   
23/5/20 - 15:58   Jaguar Land Rover - seeks temporary UK government funding of well over £1 billion to overcome coronavirus crisis reports Sky News
   
23/5/20 - 15:27   USA: Hertz - files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; continues to trade as it restructures £15.6 billion of debt; European operations not included
   
22/5/20 - 14:08   TRL - interesting article on "COVID-19 Lessons" and how changing attitudes will impact car use
   
22/5/20 - 13:47   Direct Line Group - 13 million Brits to request permanent flexible working once lockdown is lifted
   
22/5/20 - 13:43   BLM - recent court decision "a useful tool in the armory of credit hire practitioners"
   
22/5/20 - 13:38   By Miles - the PAYG car insurer for people who drive less than 7k miles per year raises £1.5 million
   
22/5/20 - 13:28   FCA - to strengthen protection for customers using payment firms
   
22/5/20 - 11:52   NFU Mutual - gives over 600,000 customers RAC home breakdown cover during lockdown
   
22/5/20 - 11:51   Ford - "creating an early-payment program for a small group of our key component suppliers" to help them with cash flow and working capital
   
22/5/20 - 11:49   Physical distancing "affecting sectors differently"
   
22/5/20 - 11:38   Plan Insurance - discussion guide to help employees understand post-COVID return to Work Action Plan
   
22/5/20 - 11:34   Euro Car Parts (ECP) is launching a new solution to help customers with essential maintenance, that supports the independent aftermarket
   
22/5/20 - 11:17   Ford Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) - keeping emergency blue-light fleets on the road
   
22/5/20 - 11:09   RAC - quietest Spring bank holiday on the roads in at least seven years expected - half the number compared to last year
   
22/5/20 - 11:00   McKinsey - hardest-hit European export industries bounced back fastest from last recession
   
22/5/20 - 10:33   Synetiq - click and collect service for vehicle parts
   
22/5/20 - 10:17   Spies Hecker - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team’s new livery and new colour ahead of potential summer F1 start
   
22/5/20 - 09:05   SMMT - call for car showrooms to re-open, as new calculations reveal £61 million daily cost of closure
   
22/5/20 - 01:30   BMW Group - applies AI solutions of dust particle analysis to increase the quality of paint finish in their Munich factory
   
21/5/20 - 20:48   Vauxhall - UK boss says "reopening of car showrooms is vital for our industry.....we can't wait until June" reports Sky News
   
21/5/20 - 14:14   Hertz - "wants to keep European business solvent as it eyes US bankruptcy" says New York Post
   
21/5/20 - 14:08   IBIS Africa - event in Johannesburg cancelled as it becomes a live online simulcast called IBISConnect Africa for 3 hours on 23 July
   
21/5/20 - 13:58   The Claims Bridge International - Chris Ashworth, Enterprise Holdings, & Peter McAninch, AGL, join online panel discussion
   
21/5/20 - 13:56   Tractable - article in Wired mag on Tractable's AI solution for the motor insurance industry (as used by Ageas); next is buildings damage
   
21/5/20 - 13:48   Coronavirus - Scotland details 4-phase plan out of lockdown beginning on 28 May; phase 4 allows "mass gatherings to resume"
   
21/5/20 - 13:43   JTAPE - run competition for children to create a unique design to go on Disposable Face Shields
   
21/5/20 - 13:33   JMK Solicitors - recent appointments brings NI-based team of Legal Advisors to more than 30
   
21/5/20 - 13:08   Global car sales - the FT says "health concerns are driving sales as consumers shun public transport"
   
21/5/20 - 12:52   IMI - asks government to pause Apprenticeship Levy clawback; only 9% of employers say they will keep apprentice numbers at pre-COVID level
   
21/5/20 - 12:47   By Miles - the new pay-by-the-mile car insurer has secured £15m funding from investors led by CommerzVentures says Sky News
   
21/5/20 - 12:22   Hendy Group - has now opened all of its aftersales departments
   
21/5/20 - 11:57   National Windscreens - Leicester contact centre team say thanks to their management
   
21/5/20 - 11:41   ABI - responds to open letter from beer and pub industry coalition
   
21/5/20 - 11:31   Admiral - drivers hitting parked cars now the most common road accidents
   
21/5/20 - 11:22   AX Webinar - webinar on how businesses will offer test drives, post-lockdown
   
21/5/20 - 11:14   Inchcape - trading update: open for business in 25 countries, remain closed in 8 countries; company is well placed for the future
   
21/5/20 - 11:05   Pendragon - Q1 trading update: 125 out of 145 service departments now open, but only 20% of technicians working; dealerships reopen 1 June
   
21/5/20 - 11:02   Peugeot, Citroën, DS & Vauxhall - new Complete Anti-Bacterial Refresh service across dealer networks to minimise spread of Covid-19
   
21/5/20 - 10:58   Aviva - Q1 trading update: "solid first quarter"; estimated "£160 million net of COVID-19 related claims"
   
21/5/20 - 10:49   What Car? - extends free access for dealers and manufacturers to New Car Buying platform until September
   
21/5/20 - 10:37   insurethebox - resumes black box fitting service
   
21/5/20 - 09:20   Sabre Insurance - Q1 trading update: "we introduced price decreases....to reflect significantly lower claims frequency"
   
20/5/20 - 14:12   Inflation rate - falls to lowest level since April 2016; CPI down to 0.8% for the 12 months to Apr 2020; RPI also down sharply to 1.5%
   
20/5/20 - 14:09   Audatex - free live 30-minute webinar at 11.00am TOMORROW (Thursday 21 May) - on how to get the best out of AudaIntel
   
20/5/20 - 13:58   Drivers lack confidence in government EV ownership advice - as consumer appetite to reduce emissions grows, EV ownership doubts prevail
   
20/5/20 - 13:50   Thatcham - say that updated crash tests are "the biggest change to Euro NCAP’s impact testing protocols in a decade"
   
20/5/20 - 13:47   Thatcham Research - webinar Monday 1 June: 'Repair and ADAS: challenge or opportunity?'
   
20/5/20 - 12:50   Revive! - two women from Revive! recognised in top franchise industry awards
   
20/5/20 - 12:17   Bodyshop Solutions – now selling the 'AIR2 SAN' Automatic Vehicle Sanitiser from TEXA; eliminates all viruses and bacteria
   
20/5/20 - 11:49   H&L Motors - Twickenham-based bodyshop using Power-Clean AC; "tested and proven to eliminate 99.99% of viruses, including Covid-19"
   
20/5/20 - 10:24   Euro NCAP - overhauls safety ratings and toughens test protocols
   
20/5/20 - 10:23   Euro NCAP - latest overhaul of its Safety Rating test protocols
   
20/5/20 - 10:06   Goldman & Fine Group - offer ABP Club members recruitment support and discount on temporary staffing solutions
   
20/5/20 - 10:03   Volvo - every new Volvo is now limited to a 112mph top speed
   
20/5/20 - 09:39   Jaguar Land Rover - first Range Rover manufactured under new social distancing measures rolls off production line in Solihull
   
19/5/20 - 19:24   Midlands Future Mobility - work begins on the 300km test environment, spanning from Coventry to Birmingham
   
19/5/20 - 14:24   Audatex - free live 30 minute webinar at 11.00am on Thursday 21 May - on how to get the most from AudaIntel
   
19/5/20 - 13:56   Chaplane Accident Repair Centre - VM-approved bodyshop share tutorial video they've made to help customers provide vehicle damage images
   
19/5/20 - 13:39   Aviva - appoints George Culmer (also NED at Rolls Royce) as Chairman
   
19/5/20 - 13:35   BVRLA - "surge" in battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations
   
19/5/20 - 13:28   HM Treasury - £22 billion provided to half a million businesses through Covid-19 lending schemes
   
19/5/20 - 13:19   Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - employers will be able to make claims from Tues 26 May
   
19/5/20 - 13:02   National Accident Repair Group (NARG) - Paul Wrigglesworth (ex Smart Fleet Solutions, Nationwide & JCC) joins NARG as Operations Director
   
19/5/20 - 12:41   HELLA - launches its first work lamp with plastic housing; PS1000 work lamp from the VALUEFIT range
   
19/5/20 - 11:51   Coronavirus - excellent easy to understand 7 minute video showing what face masks actually do against COVID-19
   
19/5/20 - 11:43   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) - HMRC now say you must "keep a copy of all records for 6 years" of your claim
   
19/5/20 - 11:17   Government - cars made in the EU will be subject to 10% import tax (currently 0%) from 1 Jan 2021; cars made outside EU already pay 10% tax
   
19/5/20 - 10:33   Mercedes-Benz Vans UK - welcomes Andrew Lawson back to UK as Sales Director after 4 years with MBUSA
   
19/5/20 - 10:27   The IMI - on managing the IMI’s awarding activities: "we're making progress to keep you developing"
   
19/5/20 - 10:15   USA: PPG - listed in Fortune Magazine's Fortune 500 for the 26th consecutive year
   
19/5/20 - 10:01   IFB - as more cars return to the road, motorists are urged to watch out for 'Crash for Cash' attempts
   
19/5/20 - 09:54   Admiral - insurer has seen a 46% increase in bicycle theft in the last 7 weeks
   
19/5/20 - 09:19   Government - UK unemployment soared by 856,000 in April to 2.1 million
   
19/5/20 - 09:07   Redde Nortgate - trading update; "accidents and incidents remained low during April..we expect them to increase as traffic volume increases"
   
18/5/20 - 14:13   CAPS - data shows claims numbers fell 75% to a low of 25% of 'normal' in w/e 17 April, climbing since to '39%' of normal in w/e 8 May
   
18/5/20 - 14:03   SMMT - British HGV market down -22.5% in Q1 2020
   
18/5/20 - 14:01   The Parts Alliance - ‘Colour for Hope’ competition for children
   
18/5/20 - 13:55   HMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - 1.1 million claims made in two days
   
18/5/20 - 13:45   ABI - insurance industry launches £100 million fund to support people worst affected by Covid-19
   
18/5/20 - 13:40   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – to receive a payment by the end of May, you need to apply by Weds 20 May
   
18/5/20 - 13:40   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – to receive a payment by the end of May, you need to apply by Weds 20&#8204;&#8204; May
   
18/5/20 - 13:30   Aviva - update on senior manager remuneration
   
18/5/20 - 12:08   Novares - advanced automotive plastics injection tech firm resuming operations in Europe following a "major liquidity injection"
   
18/5/20 - 12:04   CDL Vehicle Information Services (VIS) - used car sales 89% down in April compared to March – similar to the impact on new cars
   
18/5/20 - 11:26   The FCA - calls for examples of business interruption insurance during the coronavirus pandemic for High Court test case
   
18/5/20 - 10:46   Business Cost Reduction Associates - useful cost management advice to fellow ABP Club members
   
18/5/20 - 10:21   The IMI - more than half of automotive retail apprentices have been furloughed
   
18/5/20 - 01:13   Dyson electric car - project cancelled in October 2019 cost James Dyson £500m of his own money; lithium-ion batteries gave it 600ml range
   
15/5/20 - 20:16   Rodgman and Williams (Fix Auto Plymouth and Paignton) - notice of creditors meeting on 29 May
   
15/5/20 - 14:15   Formula 1 - deal reached to hold British GP but quarantine questions remain
   
15/5/20 - 14:09   Motofix Group - all eight sites remain open and fully functional; working closely with BSI to ensure continued compliance to BS10125
   
15/5/20 - 14:07   Motofix Group - update: all 8 sites remain open and fully functional
   
15/5/20 - 12:33   The Floow - UPLIFT, a 21-month project designed to strengthen the UK’s position in the motor insurance sector
   
15/5/20 - 12:25   Scrap Car Comparison - fuel prices hit an all-time low for the first time since 2016
   
15/5/20 - 12:05   Pirelli UK - to recommence production at its plants in Carlisle and Burton-on-Trent from Monday (May 18)
   
15/5/20 - 12:02   AX - Dealers "rushing" to provide unaccompanied test drives after latest official reopening guidance
   
15/5/20 - 11:49   London - congestion charge returns early on Mon 18 May; on 22 June it goes up 30% to £15 a day and will apply 7 days a week from 7am to 10pm
   
15/5/20 - 11:35   Snoop - consumer spending app warns insurers to "step up to the plate and reimburse customers for worthless policies – now!"
   
15/5/20 - 11:30   Ageas - Q1 trading update: Gross revenue £365m (down 1.5%) with reduced loss of £2.7m; motor GWP down 6.6% to £181m
   
15/5/20 - 11:24   JMK Solicitors - "pioneering approach" helped when COVID-19 hit
   
15/5/20 - 11:18   Hats on 4 Ben next week (18-24 May) - fundraising during Mental Health Awareness week
   
15/5/20 - 10:40   Castle Coachworks - first bodyshop in the UK with Sanity System
   
15/5/20 - 10:39   Castle Coachworks - first bodyshop in the UK with Sanity System
   
15/5/20 - 10:07   BCA Valuations - near total accuracy during lock down period; pre-sale valuations averaging 100.2% of the final sold price
   
15/5/20 - 02:31   Audatex and Willis Towers Watson - fascinating detailed analysis of motor accident damage claim costs and volume in the UK during lockdown
   
15/5/20 - 00:18   Vauxhall - production at its Luton van factory will resume on Mon 18 May
   
15/5/20 - 00:11   Government - lay out their vision for the rapid chargepoint network in England; 2,500 high powered chargepoints on motorways by 2030
   
15/5/20 - 00:02   Jaguar Land Rover - production at Solihull and Wolverhampton engine plant to restart on Mon 18 May
   
14/5/20 - 21:46   Ford - production at its Dagenham Engine Plant and Bridgend Engine Plant to resume on Mon 18 May; all Ford of Europe will be back at work
   
14/5/20 - 21:11   Honda - production at its Swindon factory will resume on 1 June
   
14/5/20 - 21:03   Nissan - in talks to build Renault Kadjar and Captur models in Sunderland says FT report
   
14/5/20 - 18:16   CarFest 2020 - rescheduled to 2021; CarFest North Bolesworth Estate 23 - 25 July 2021; CarFest South Laverstoke Park 27 - 29 Aug 2021
   
14/5/20 - 17:39   Formula 1 - for the many ABP Club members who are F1 fans, "potential" calendar starts in Austria on 5 July and ends in Abu Dhabi on 13 Dec
   
14/5/20 - 15:30   Insurance Age - 45% of brokers rate the service from insurers on claims logged in relation to Covid-19 as "poor or very poor"
   
14/5/20 - 14:41   Fix Auto Plymouth and Fix & Go Paignton (Rodgman and Williams) - goes into a creditors voluntary liquidation
   
14/5/20 - 14:07   Direct Line Group - appoint Danuta Gray as Chair (formerly CEO of Telefónica O2 Ireland), to replace Mike Biggs
   
14/5/20 - 13:58   New study shows an increasing number of people are more likely to drive in the future
   
14/5/20 - 13:57   Allianz - appoints John Berry as chief risk officer for Allianz Holdings and Allianz Insurance
   
14/5/20 - 11:57   IMI - joins automotive trade bodies to provide the Aftermarket with COVID-19 Protective Measures Best Practice Guide
   
14/5/20 - 11:54   KVF - return to work with COVID 19 policy and risk assessment packs
   
14/5/20 - 11:50   44% of businesses who had not permanently ceased trading (20 April - 3 May) reported that cash reserves would last less than 6 months
   
14/5/20 - 11:30   Ford - quick to transform warehouse operation to manufacture ventilators for NHS
   
14/5/20 - 11:17   FCA - confirms measures to help insurance customers who may be suffering financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus
   
14/5/20 - 11:08   SMMT - sector-specific COVID-19 guidance for automotive aftermarket
   
14/5/20 - 10:51   McKinsey & Co - 'Beyond coronavirus: the road ahead for the automotive aftermarket'; automotive aftermarket "fundamentally changed"
   
14/5/20 - 10:19   Goodwood - Members Meeting (due to take place in March 2020) now rearranged to April 2021
   
14/5/20 - 09:48   Solera Audatex - 'Accelerating Digital Transformation for the Future of Automotive Claims' white paper
   
13/5/20 - 14:00   NFDA and SMMT - NFDA and SMMT publish safe restart guidance for dealers
   
13/5/20 - 13:44   3M - free webinar on PPE: Wednesday 20 May @ 10am
   
13/5/20 - 13:34   PwC's weekly UK Economic Update
   
13/5/20 - 13:22   CRASH Services - accident management company's "pioneering approach" helped when COVID-19 hit
   
13/5/20 - 13:09   GDP fell 5.8% in March
   
13/5/20 - 11:43   new British Motor Show - planned for 20-23 Aug 2020 is postponed to August 2021
   
13/5/20 - 11:08   Ducati - extends the warranty for three months free of charge on both new motorcycles and those incorporating the “Factory Ever Red” warrant
   
13/5/20 - 10:52   JMK Solicitors - ‘call for action’ to protect children involved in accidents successfully leads to proposed legislative intervention
   
13/5/20 - 10:44   Aston Martin - Q1 results: sales revenue down 60% to £79m with pre-tax loss of £119m; 2020 is the year in which the business is being reset
   
13/5/20 - 10:36   Compare the Market - motor insurance premiums plummet to lowest level in four years: av. in April £679, down 6% Y-O-Y
   
13/5/20 - 10:24   Highways England - tells motorists the check their vehicles before driving
   
13/5/20 - 10:17   Audtex - launches free of charge online product overview programme for repairer customers
   
13/5/20 - 10:07   CarGurus UK - searches for used cars increase by 17.5% after government guidance recommends avoiding public transport
   
13/5/20 - 01:45   Vertu - CEO Robert Forrester says "our Aftersales Departments are now welcoming customers back for servicing, MOTs and accident repairs"
   
13/5/20 - 00:51   Enterprise - named as a Which? Recommended Provider for the 7th year year running
   
12/5/20 - 14:20   Autovista Group - impact of Covid-19 on residual values
   
12/5/20 - 13:19   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - furloughing extended to end October; from August will allow part-time work and employers share cost
   
12/5/20 - 12:57   IMI - 'Motivation, Mental Health and the Motor Industry' webinar at 2pm on Thursday (14 May)
   
12/5/20 - 12:20   SMMT - UK used car market falls -8.3% in Q1 2020; -30.7% decline in March as dealers close
   
12/5/20 - 12:16   Enterprise - car rental brands implement Complete Clean Pledge
   
12/5/20 - 12:07   Allianz Holdings Group (Allianz + LV) - Q1 trading update: now second largest general insurer in the UK; no staff have been furloughed
   
12/5/20 - 10:38   Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) - driver distraction levels higher when using touch screen technologies vs voice activated systems
   
12/5/20 - 09:58   National Windscreens - appoints Nigel Paling as commercial and service director
   
12/5/20 - 09:51   Copart - awarded ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard
   
12/5/20 - 02:18   Government - publishes new guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely
   
11/5/20 - 21:36   Coronavirus - Chancellor Rishi Sunak set to announce extension of Furloughing scheme to September but at reduced level of 60% of salaries
   
11/5/20 - 21:25   Coronavirus - new Government guidance document issued today (Monday) called "Staying alert and safe (social distancing)"
   
11/5/20 - 17:08   Car dealers - government's COVID-19 recovery strategy appears to suggest that car dealers can re-open from 1 June: NFDA seeking clarity
   
11/5/20 - 14:56   Government - "OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy"; link to full document
   
11/5/20 - 14:24   Government - 50-page plan for lifting lockdown is revealed; "Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government's Covid 19 recovery strategy"
   
11/5/20 - 14:15   Fix Auto UK - Ian Pugh calls for Government ‘Cobra’ style cross-sector emergency committee for vehicle repair industry
   
11/5/20 - 14:09   ABP Club Training Hub & Improve Online - employee training during COVID-19 webinar: Tues 12 May @ 10am
   
11/5/20 - 13:51   AXA and Brightmile - offer safe driving app for fleets providing essential services
   
11/5/20 - 13:44   Insure The Box - 11,000 new drivers lost their driving licence last year
   
11/5/20 - 13:43   PSA merger with Fiat Chrysler - EU antitrust regulators will decide by Wed 17 June whether to allow the merger to go ahead
   
11/5/20 - 13:39   Supermarkets cut price of unleaded petrol to less than £1 per litre
   
11/5/20 - 13:30   Government - Boris Johnson to hold news conference tonight (Monday) at 7.00pm; 50-page "lockdown guidance document" to be issued later today
   
11/5/20 - 12:49   Lotus and Centrica (parent company of British Gas) - develop new model of integrating connected vehicles
   
11/5/20 - 11:37   LV= Insurance - to pay "all Audatex assessment, Auda VIN+ and AudaInvoice fees" for our repair network as part of package of assistance
   
11/5/20 - 11:22   Daily Mail group - launches £3m scheme to give £3,000 of free advertising in its newspapers to each of 1,000 small local businesses
   
11/5/20 - 11:20   MoT extension "confusion" and vehicle neglect could cause chaos for businesses and their drivers as lockdown is eased
   
11/5/20 - 11:04   Tracker - 43% of Caravan Guard claim payouts in 2019 were for when vehicles were not in use
   
11/5/20 - 10:49   Audatex - Bodyshop Image Capture solution is free-of-charge to new and existing customers from May – September 2020
   
11/5/20 - 10:44   Audatex - offers its Bodyshop Image Capture solution free-of-charge to repairers until September
   
11/5/20 - 10:43   Which occupations have the highest potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
   
11/5/20 - 10:30   Arlington Automotive Group - major tier-1 supplier to Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Daimler and Renault Nissan goes into administration
   
11/5/20 - 10:19   Thatcham Research - webinar on Thurs to share short, medium and long-term plans in the 1+2 Business Plan
   
11/5/20 - 09:41   SmartDriverClub Insurance - customer journeys have jumped over 100% in lockdown (data from w/c 23 March and w/c 27 April)
   
11/5/20 - 09:36   The Parts Alliance - encouraging garages to proactively offer a battery testing service to their customers
   
11/5/20 - 09:30   Government tells councils to reallocate roadspace for significantly-increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians
   
10/5/20 - 20:03   Government - encourage people back to work this week "if possible by car" - avoid public transport; you can drive to take unlimited exercise
   
10/5/20 - 11:23   USA - major car rental companies, including Hertz and Avis, working with car manufacturers to cancel their purchases of new cars
   
10/5/20 - 11:15   China - could the roll-out of self-driving 'robotaxis' ease fears of using public transport due to coronavirus?
   
10/5/20 - 11:13   RAC - 23% more miles were driven last week compared to week two of lockdown with 11% more cars on the road
   
10/5/20 - 00:12   ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) - produce app for emergency services showing the fastest and safest way to cut open cars
   
09/5/20 - 16:51   Volvo - wants autonomous vehicles (only on particular areas of motorway) to make up one-third of its deliveries by 2025
   
09/5/20 - 16:42   Government - latest figures show motor vehicle traffic on Thursday 7 May was at highest level since lock-down began - 50% down on normal
   
07/5/20 - 17:47   Hertz - receives lifeline from its lenders until 22 May; failure could mean worldwide 568,000 used vehicles flooding the used car market
   
07/5/20 - 17:01   Irish Auto Trade EXPO - postponed from October 2020 to October 2021; one month after Automechanika Frankfurt; will overlap with Equip Auto
   
07/5/20 - 15:06   MG Cannon - On The Road to Reopening: How We’re Preparing to Welcome You Back and Key Steps We're Taking to Keep You Safe.
   
07/5/20 - 14:12   Tokio Marine - to use Tractable’s AI to analyse auto damage across Japan
   
07/5/20 - 14:06   AA - results for y/e 31 Jan 2020: pre-tax profits double to £107m on £995m turnover; 19% growth in motor policies to 869,000
   
07/5/20 - 12:24   Fix Auto UK - offer ALL bodyshops a template to apply for the Government’s Small Business Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
   
07/5/20 - 11:54   EDT Automotive - emerges from April troubles for opportunities ahead
   
07/5/20 - 11:43   Industry Insights - Connected Solutions Partners shortlisted for this year’s British Insurance Industry Awards (BIA2020)
   
07/5/20 - 11:38   KVF - 5 things to consider before opening your motor trade business
   
07/5/20 - 11:27   insurethebox - telematics insurer celebrates 10th anniversary
   
07/5/20 - 11:21   GlobalData - despite car usage being substantially reduced due to coronavirus, UK motor insurance GWP to witness marginal increase in 2020
   
07/5/20 - 11:13   GlobalData - despite cars rarely being used, UK motor insurance GWP to witness marginal increase in 2020
   
07/5/20 - 10:55   ONS - 75% motor trade & repair businesses continue to trade; 34.7% said turnover decreased by more than 50%
   
07/5/20 - 10:32   Aston Martin - phased return to work for manufacturing staff: St Athan factory went back 5 May; Production workers at global HQ to follow
   
07/5/20 - 10:24   SMMT - Paul Heard appointed CEO of SMMT Industry Forum
   
07/5/20 - 10:17   The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) - 298 VM factories operating across Europe, new data shows
   
07/5/20 - 10:10   RSA - Q1 trading update: "strong results"; "sustaining supply chains through prompt and interim payments";
   
07/5/20 - 09:46   Vertu - trading update: 98 of the Group's 133 dealership aftersales operations reopened end March; showrooms ready and waiting to open
   
06/5/20 - 16:29   Automechanika Frankfurt - knock-on effect of its postponement to Sept 2021 for other 2021 trade shows; Automechanika Birmingham, Equip Auto
   
06/5/20 - 16:15   Germany - announce further easing of their lockdown; social distancing (1.5m) remains until 5 June; Bundesliga football to restart 16 May
   
06/5/20 - 13:59   ERS (formerly Equity Red Star) - Francois-Xavier Boisseau (CEO of Ageas UK 2013 - 2018) appointed as non-executive director
   
06/5/20 - 13:46   Hanover Motors in Craigavon and JMK - increase in ‘hit and run’ accident damage repaiduring COVID-19 Lockdown
   
06/5/20 - 11:56   ACEA - VAT on vehicle sales, servicing, repair & parts in the UK contributes £12.29 billion in tax contributions
   
06/5/20 - 11:44   PwC's weekly UK Economic Update - COVID-19 crisis will lead to a sharp fall in GDP in Q2 2020 by around 12% to 16%
   
06/5/20 - 11:28   Audatex webinar: Thursday 7 May @4pm - digital transformation & "the touch-less claims journey of the future"
   
06/5/20 - 11:17   Axalta Refinish - online bodyshop training videos a "perfect resource" for refinishers while they stay at home
   
06/5/20 - 11:00   PPG - short video on how the refinish paint company is protecting "our people, customers, and communities"
   
06/5/20 - 10:48   RAC - cost of refuelling a car at lowest level in four years after oil price plummets
   
06/5/20 - 10:45   Tracker - London followed by Essex top list of 10 regions where cars were most stolen and recovered in 2019
   
06/5/20 - 10:40   AX - ‘digital dealership’ services inc 'electronic signature’ facility to validate insurance for courtesy car loans
   
06/5/20 - 10:17   GT Motive and Service Certainty imageproof - develop integration to simplify processes for bodyshops
   
06/5/20 - 09:55   IAA Commercial Vehicle show - due to take place in Hannover (24-30 Sept 2020) has been cancelled; next show will be September 2022
   
06/5/20 - 09:04   Automechanika Frankfurt - postponed from September 2020 to September 2021; will then take place in odd-numbered years
   
06/5/20 - 08:58   AXA Group - Q1 trading update: "Group performed well in the first quarter of 2020"; UK motor revenue up 4.4%
   
06/5/20 - 08:14   Cambria Automobiles - results for 6 months to 29 Feb 2020: "Group performed ahead of the prior year and marginally ahead of expectations"
   
06/5/20 - 08:04   Direct Line - Q1 trading update: motor premiums up 6.2%; motor claims notifications down 70% in April;
   
06/5/20 - 00:03   Mitsubishi Motors - appoint Toby Marshall as Director of After Sales; Toby takes over from Richard Weller who has retired
   
05/5/20 - 20:23   Coys of Kensington Automobiles - one of London's oldest auction houses specialising in classic car sales, has gone into administration
   
05/5/20 - 14:00   British Bodyshop Awards (BBA) due to take place today in London - instead we look ahead to celebrating together in Jan 2021
   
05/5/20 - 13:42   Kwif Fit - little use of cars during lockdown has led to car battery sales doubling in last four weeks, to levels normally seen in January
   
05/5/20 - 13:36   Nissan - update on European operations
   
05/5/20 - 13:15   SMMT - new van market in UK down 86.2% in April
   
05/5/20 - 13:11   Auto Trader - respond to this morning's news of a 97.3% fall in new car sales in UK in April
   
05/5/20 - 13:06   MiX Telematics - renews 268-vehicle fleet telematics contract for the Post Office
   
05/5/20 - 12:54   REPOST from the Forum: PPE - "non compliant and ineffective"
   
05/5/20 - 12:49   A message from Ben, the automotive industry charity - #HatsOn4Ben
   
05/5/20 - 11:16   67% of road accidents happen on urban roads
   
05/5/20 - 11:13   The Credit Hire Organisation (CHO) - "public need their cars"
   
05/5/20 - 11:02   CarGurus - nearly half of taxi & ride sharing users plan to decrease or cease use post-lockdown; 53% say they'll use their own car more
   
05/5/20 - 09:38   SMMT - new car sales crashed 97.3% in April to just 4,321; top two sellers both battery powered: Tesla 3 and Jaguar i-Pace
   
04/5/20 - 16:28   Which?- why aren’t car manufacturers doing more about keyless car thefts? Only 2 VMs have implemented fixes across their entire range
   
04/5/20 - 13:17   IMI - launches new programme of webinars to help individuals and businesses
   
04/5/20 - 11:28   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider, InAutomotive - recruiters: offering the right salary for a role
   
04/5/20 - 11:20   Jaguar Land Rover UK - 3.3 million people have used JLR's online sales service since May 2019; higher proportion of female buyers
   
04/5/20 - 11:08   Synetiq - Team BRIT acquires new racing car through SYNETIQs auction
   
04/5/20 - 10:42   GoCompare - urges drivers to contact their insurer now if they are worried about paying premiums
   
04/5/20 - 10:28   WorldSkills UK - five-point action plan in response to COVID-19: supporting schools, online role models & assessment, & digital outreach
   
04/5/20 - 10:01   Coronavirus - BBC see draft of post-lockdown workplace rules in government document: PM to reveal "roadmap" out of lockdown on Sunday 10 May
   
04/5/20 - 08:51   Inchcape - announce Duncan Tait to join as Group Chief Executive Officer to replace Stefan Bomhard on 1 July 2020
   
04/5/20 - 08:47   Pendragon - "confirms that it held outline discussions with Lookers" on a possible merger; "these early discussions have now ceased"
   
04/5/20 - 08:44   Lookers - "snubbed a tentative merger approach from rival Pendragon" says SKY News report
   
02/5/20 - 02:34   Autocar - reports that car industry executives were in discussion with government on Friday about opening car showrooms from Mon 11 May
   
02/5/20 - 02:22   LV - make £30m available to to direct car insurance customers (giving between £20 - £50 to a customer) to those hit hardest by coronavirus
   
02/5/20 - 01:37   Morelli - provide great advice with a "Back to Work Checklist" containing a number of items to consider for your business
   
01/5/20 - 22:55   Fix Auto Slough - managing director, Ranjit Gill, receives apology from local council for delay with his coronavirus business loan
   
01/5/20 - 21:42   Formula E - cancels the season finale at the London ExCeL Centre on 25/26 July 2020 as it is now a temporary Nightingale Hospital
   
01/5/20 - 15:14   A message to bodyshops regarding BS10125 compliance from Dean Lander, chair of the SVS/20 committee
   
01/5/20 - 14:08   The Floow - Covid19 traffic: sudden 25% drop around 24 March but this has subsequently increased to 20%
   
01/5/20 - 14:08   How to EASILY and QUICKLY find what government help (grants, loans etc) is available for your business
   
01/5/20 - 13:53   FE Week - expose impact of coronavirus on apprenticeship starts as 304 providers saw an 80% drop in April; 2,693 starts v planned 13,732
   
01/5/20 - 13:41   Ford - manufacturing face masks in the UK and face shields at Ford in Europe sites
   
01/5/20 - 13:27   ABI: SMEs and business interruption - "welcome step from the FCA and insurers will look to work closely with the regulator"
   
01/5/20 - 13:23   Average new car driven 28 miles per day - new Teslas clocking up most mileage
   
01/5/20 - 13:01   IMI - Government needs to act now to avoid window of lost talent in five years time
   
01/5/20 - 12:02   Hertz - prepares for potential bankruptcy as it misses lease payment reports the Wall Street Journal; company has $17 billion of debt
   
01/5/20 - 11:52   insurethebox - records 24% increase in speeding between February and March 2020
   
01/5/20 - 11:27   RAC - pothole-related breakdowns jump in first three months of 2020
   
01/5/20 - 11:21   Number of diesel cars in Britain drops - first annual reduction in quarter of a century
   
01/5/20 - 11:08   FCA - seeks legal clarity on business interruption insurance alongside package of measures to help consumers and small businesses
   
01/5/20 - 10:55   Pinetree (ACTIVEWEB Claims Management System and ADVANCE Bodyshop Management System) - supporting customers through Covid-19 crisis
   
01/5/20 - 09:55   Allianz - launches digital claims hub and App with end-to-end claims notification and tracking
   
30/4/20 - 13:59   Honda - all new Jazz includes ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure technology and front centre airbag technology
   
30/4/20 - 13:53   MoneySuperMarket - av fully comprehensive policy costs up year-on-year from £480 to £485 in Q1 2020
   
30/4/20 - 13:45   Nissan - production at Sunderland plant suspension to continue throughout May; phased resumption of production planned for early June
   
30/4/20 - 13:38   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - huge savings in future energy costs available now.
   
30/4/20 - 13:32   Seat UK - over half of motorists drive more carefully with their dogs on board
   
30/4/20 - 13:30   Euro Car Parts (ECP) - London, Sheffield and Hastings branches support Covid-19 relief efforts
   
30/4/20 - 13:24   AXA - sign C-19 Business Pledge along with another 250 other companies globally
   
30/4/20 - 11:28   Ben - advice (including link to online support) tools to help you manage your money & prepare for the next few months
   
30/4/20 - 10:56   Autoglass - donates 2,000 protective masks to local care homes
   
30/4/20 - 10:26   Smart Business Link - offer cashflow support to bodyshops inc short-term working capital to support furlough payments until Gov funding
   
30/4/20 - 10:12   SMMT - UK car production falls -37.6% in March; £8.2bn cost to industry if factories closed until mid-May
   
30/4/20 - 09:51   GlobalData - Admiral’s plan to refund policyholders will set precedent
   
30/4/20 - 09:51   Norton Motorcycles - acquired for £16 million from administrator by TVS Motor Company, the third largest 2-wheeler manufacturer in India
   
30/4/20 - 09:34   Monday's vehicle traffic at highest weekday level since lockdown began
   
30/4/20 - 09:23   Thatcham Research - advice to drivers on the 5 speeding risks to be aware of when driving during lockdown
   
30/4/20 - 00:59   Vertu - bring back 1,000 staff from furlough as 90% of their dealers are open for service; 1,816 future service bookings made on Monday
   
29/4/20 - 16:36   BMW - issue brief details and disguised photos of new 4-series; features aluminium bonnet, front wings, doors and front suspension towers
   
29/4/20 - 15:00   Total Loss Settlement Services (TLSS) - David Patten, founder and managing director, announces his departure
   
29/4/20 - 14:10   Volvo Cars - cuts 1,300 white-collar positions in its Swedish operations plus review and reduction of consultancy contracts
   
29/4/20 - 13:52   Audi - drops plans to introduce its level-3 eyes-off autonomous driving technology (called Traffic Jam Pilot) on current A8 model
   
29/4/20 - 13:46   JATO - worldwide vehicle sales fell by 39% in March to 5.5m; Europe hardest hit with 52% fall in March; worldwide Q1 sales down 26% to 17.4m
   
29/4/20 - 13:25   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - Need to recover cash in your bodyshop? – Historic Energy Audits
   
29/4/20 - 13:22   Ford Motor Company - will begin reopening its European plants on 4 May after implementing new protections for workers
   
29/4/20 - 12:39   Bentley - 250 new hygiene and social distancing processes in place for team ahead of phased return to work on 11 May
   
28/4/20 - 14:01   British Insurance Awards (aka Post mag awards) - shortlist for the 27 awards announced; ceremony postponed to 6 Oct at Battersea Evolution
   
28/4/20 - 13:57   CBI - motor traders report rapid fall in sales in the year to April (balance of -100% in April, from -15% in March)
   
28/4/20 - 13:40   Bentley - to supply Cheshire care sector, NHS and other local community services with over 30,000 3D printed face-shields
   
28/4/20 - 13:35   FCA - restarts production at Sevel plant in Atessa, Italy
   
28/4/20 - 12:40   ŠKODA Auto - resumes production at its Czech plants
   
28/4/20 - 12:38   Ducati - production at Italian factory restarts
   
28/4/20 - 12:27   83% EV users still reliant on their EV for essential travel and almost 3/10 still using the public charging network
   
28/4/20 - 12:22   Kwik Fit - free tyres competition for local "NHS and emergency services heroes"
   
28/4/20 - 11:09   Spies Hecker - 5 steps every bodyshop can take to improve their environmental sustainability
   
28/4/20 - 11:00   Polestar 2 - first fully electric vehicle to be crash tested
   
28/4/20 - 10:42   Excel Automotive Group (EAG) - 73% spike in the total number of orders placed via B2B e-commerce solution portal
   
28/4/20 - 10:29   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - Have you closed your bodyshop down correctly?
   
28/4/20 - 09:40   Government - traffic volumes for all motor vehicles in UK is at its highest level since before lockdown was announced
   
28/4/20 - 09:15   BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) - issue revised provisional 2020 calendar; 9 events, 27 races; staring 1 Aug and ending 15 Nov
   
28/4/20 - 09:02   Government - launch new FREE online platform - The Skills Toolkit - to help people build their skills during the coronavirus outbreak
   
27/4/20 - 21:07   Ireland - Allianz, Axa, FBD, RSA and Zurich bow to government pressure and have agreed to offer refunds to customers due lockdown
   
27/4/20 - 16:41   Government - new 100% government backed loan scheme (£2,000 to £50,000) for small businesses available from Monday; no interest in year 1
   
27/4/20 - 16:01   NBRA - publish a "Guide to Suggested Temporary Corona-19 Charges"; adds £410 on an average job
   
27/4/20 - 15:22   Great 2 minute video showing how car factories in Europe have adapted allowing production to resume whilst still observing social distancing
   
27/4/20 - 14:15   KVF Consultants & Canopy Safety - useful info for members: template for social distancing & hygiene risk assessment
   
27/4/20 - 13:58   Plunkys All Stars 2020 (19 May 2020) - how you can help now the match has had to be postponed
   
27/4/20 - 13:42   SUD union - urges staff at Renault’s Flins plant not to return before 11 May
   
27/4/20 - 13:07   Axalta - Voltatex electrical insulating resins used in ventilators and devices producing n95 facemasks in fight against coronavirus
   
27/4/20 - 12:58   Slippery roads, spray and dazzling sun were contributory factors for almost 9,000 reported vehicle accidents in one year
   
27/4/20 - 11:46   WorldSkills UK - monitoring coronavirus developments
   
27/4/20 - 11:34   TRL - 1% increase in av speed can mean 3% increase in serious injury crashes & 4% increase in fatal crashes
   
27/4/20 - 11:24   Transport Committee - invites contributions on impact of coronavirus on UK transport
   
27/4/20 - 11:17   Valeo - 2020 Q1 sales down 8%
   
27/4/20 - 10:40   Treasury Committee - urges insurers to be "clear and fair" with coronavirus claimants
   
27/4/20 - 10:34   comparethemarket.com - furloughed staff could be £500 worse off this pay day
   
27/4/20 - 10:14   ACEA - impact of COVID-19 on UK: 65,455 employees affected and production lost amounts to 167,144
   
27/4/20 - 10:13   Formula 1 - no fans will be allowed at this year's Silverstone Grand Prix
   
27/4/20 - 10:04   Formula 1 - season to start on 5 July in Austria, followed by Silverstone on 19 July, ending in Abu Dhabi in Dec; "early races without fans"
   
27/4/20 - 09:45   Government - PM says they cannot yet spell out how changes to the lockdown policy will be implemented - or how quickly
   
27/4/20 - 07:38   Admiral - suspends special dividend in light of regulatory guidance, but still pays normal dividend; no staff have been furloughed
   
25/4/20 - 09:39   ABI - insurers estimate £1.2 billion payout to UK customers due to Covid-19 inc £900m business interruption claims and £275m travel claims
   
24/4/20 - 14:13   USA: Driven Brands - today officially announces its acquisition of Fix Auto USA
   
24/4/20 - 13:59   Tractable - donate $25,000 (£20,000) to Ben "to do something to help those in need within our industry"
   
24/4/20 - 13:59   Advantage Parts Solutions - 7% of Advantage's dealer clients reopened for supply last week
   
24/4/20 - 13:44   Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK (FCA UK) - offers car@home service to dealers
   
24/4/20 - 13:35   FCA - implement a "3-month payment freeze to customers who are having difficulties meeting finance or leasing payments due to coronavirus"
   
24/4/20 - 12:43   Jaguar Land Rover - additional information with regards to parts supply information to support essential repairs to key worker vehicles
   
24/4/20 - 11:56   Pilkington Automotive - advanced OEM-quality glass tech distribution and service to repairers
   
24/4/20 - 11:44   Euro Car Parts - Aldershot branch supports local community’s nurseries and residential homes for the elderly
   
24/4/20 - 11:41   Markerstudy - announces new senior management team appointments
   
24/4/20 - 11:19   Total Composite Solutions (TCS) - Ramsol Sanitiser Disinfectant Spray with 10% profit donated
   
24/4/20 - 11:03   RAC on "lockdown speeders" - more drivers seen breaking the limit
   
24/4/20 - 10:54   Aston Martin - new car warranties extended (end of June) & service interval requirements relaxed during Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide
   
24/4/20 - 10:27   Volkswagen Group - supports its 40,000 suppliers with instructions for protective measures in production
   
24/4/20 - 09:39   WNS - "non-recurring impairment charge of $4.1m relating to the remaining goodwill balance of the WNS Auto Claims business"
   
24/4/20 - 09:28   AGL - looks ahead with transition plan that includes Gumball Rally in April, a major insurance and fleet charity fundraiser
   
24/4/20 - 08:10   Lookers - trading update: fraud investigation found £4m of misrepresented debtor balances from bonus receivables and expenses frauds
   
24/4/20 - 07:59   Hastings - chairman (and former CEO) Gary Hoffman to step down next month; Tom Colraine becomes interim chairman
   
23/4/20 - 16:20   Government - companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus
   
23/4/20 - 14:33   Jaguar Land Rover - plans to gradually resume production in UK from Monday 18 May
   
23/4/20 - 14:11   LEVC - Coventry-based maker of the London electric taxi, owned by Chinese firm Geely, halts supplier payments for "at least a month"
   
23/4/20 - 14:00   McLaren Automotive - carbon fibre body structures and components will remain a primary enabler in delivering superlight supercars
   
23/4/20 - 13:56   HMG Paints - utilises its manufacturing knowledge to produce "First Thing Sanitiser" (70% alcohol); priority is essential services
   
23/4/20 - 12:07   Fix Auto Daventry - loan courtesy car to a community COVID-19 volunteer after her vehicle was vandalised
   
23/4/20 - 11:46   Car-O-Liner - Tesla approved five Car-O-Liner welders
   
23/4/20 - 11:40   UK Finance - £2.8 billion provided to SMEs through coronavirus lending scheme
   
23/4/20 - 11:18   67.8% motor trade (inc repair) reported turnover was "substantially lower than normal" (23 March to 9 April 2020)
   
23/4/20 - 11:00   Office for National Statistics (ONS) - 27% motor repair trade paused or temp closed, 73% continuing to trade (23 March to 9 April 2020)
   
23/4/20 - 10:20   Copart - invest in 42 JCB loaders with plans to double this number to support further customer demand into 2021
   
23/4/20 - 09:01   USA: Mondofix (Fix Network World) "disappointed and alarmed" to read the announcement that Driven Brands has acquired Fix Auto USA
   
23/4/20 - 08:27   Aston Martin - majority of workforce are furloughed; factory in St Athans which makes new DBX to reopen on 5 May
   
23/4/20 - 01:07   Government- BEIS confirms that car dealerships CAN sell cars online and deliver them during the lockdown.
   
22/4/20 - 14:42   Vizion - Chris McKie says notifications have picked up slightly, now down 68% from a peak of 75%; advises shops to plan for end of lockdown
   
22/4/20 - 13:54   Auto-Motivate - offering free of charge Mindset Booster Sessions for bodyshops owners and their staff
   
22/4/20 - 13:50   PARTS SUPPLY UPDATE: TOYOTA (GB) - from Monday 27 April will move a step closer to a "normalised" parts distribution
   
22/4/20 - 13:47   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - you need to apply today (WEDS 22 APRIL) for payment before the month end
   
22/4/20 - 13:46   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - you need to apply today (Weds 22&#8204;&#8204; April) for payment before the month end
   
22/4/20 - 13:42   Auto Trader - 56% of UK driving licence holders who don’t currently own a vehicle, now considering one post-lockdown
   
22/4/20 - 13:27   Ben - advice (including link to online support) that you can send to your team to help tackle stress
   
22/4/20 - 12:28   SMMT - Birmingham has the second highest number of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles after Greater London
   
22/4/20 - 12:24   Final details of Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan
   
22/4/20 - 11:59   REPOST from the Forum: "What help do repairers need?
   
22/4/20 - 11:50   AX - vehicle thefts surge by 21% in three years
   
22/4/20 - 11:42   Prasco UK - open for business and pay tribute to staff who have “gone above and beyond the call of duty”
   
22/4/20 - 11:41   Euro NCAP - mobilizes four new partners (DEKRA, GDV (UDV), OAMTC and TCS) to promote safer and cleaner mobility in Europe
   
22/4/20 - 11:28   Tracker - protects young drivers with self-install insurance telematics solution
   
22/4/20 - 10:43   comparethemarket - average motor premium in March 2020 fell by 3.1% to £712 from February's £735; year-on-year premiums up 3.3%
   
22/4/20 - 10:05   RAC - in theory petrol prices could fall below £1 per litre if lower wholesale costs were reflected at the pumps..
   
22/4/20 - 09:41   Fix Auto UK - secures Government grants and business rates relief of over £860,000 for their franchisees to help safeguard their businesses
   
22/4/20 - 09:33   Halo - announce decision to top-up their furloughed staff to 100% of their salaries
   
22/4/20 - 09:19   Thatcham - lockdown should not bring a premature end to auto apprenticeship ‘learner journeys’
   
22/4/20 - 08:53   Inflation rate - CPI down slightly to 1.5% for the 12 months to Mch 2020 (pre-coronavirus lockdown); RPI up slightly to 2.6%
   
22/4/20 - 08:41   NBRA - publish letter to Work Providers calling for temporary improved Covid-19 terms; c£400 per job OR GTA rates OR direct cash injection
   
22/4/20 - 02:22   Government - average salary for February (pre-coronavirus) was £26,674 (EXC bonuses), up 2.9% on 12 months ago; £28,449 INC bonuses, up 2.8%
   
22/4/20 - 02:09   Government - labour market data for February (pre-coronavirus); record high employment level at 76.6%; unemployment just 4.0%
   
22/4/20 - 01:27   ABI - comment on decision of Ministry of Justice to delay Whiplash Reform Programme
   
22/4/20 - 01:25   Whiplash Reform Programme - further delayed until April 2021; "Government remains firmly committed to implementing these measures"
   
21/4/20 - 14:03   Mirka - launches first global Automated Industrial Programme to enable advanced robotic surface finish solution for industrial customers
   
21/4/20 - 12:15   2020 Fix Auto UK National Conference - rescheduled for March 2021
   
21/4/20 - 12:09   ŠKODA - Parts Center in Mladá Boleslav operating in three shifts to supply more than 94 countries with genuine parts
   
21/4/20 - 12:00   BVRLA - FCA and government must work together to support motor finance customers
   
21/4/20 - 11:46   Fix Auto Lichfield - repair 18 ambulance vehicles in April for the West Midlands Ambulance Service
   
21/4/20 - 11:40   Most popular car on the road is a black, 8-year old supermini – most likely a Ford Fiesta (1.61m) or a Vauxhall Corsa (1.16m)
   
21/4/20 - 11:17   Admiral - confirms return of £110m via automatic £25 refund to all motor customers
   
21/4/20 - 11:05   IMI - Steve Nash, IMI CEO: up to an 84% downturn in aftermarket business
   
21/4/20 - 10:53   SYNETIQ - opens new location in Central London making it the only business in its industry with a site in Central London
   
21/4/20 - 10:44   SMMT - 40.4 million cars, vans, trucks & buses registered in the UK; 19% new cars joining UK roads in 2019 were ultra-low/zero emission
   
21/4/20 - 10:23   SMMT - record 40 million vehicles on UK roads
   
21/4/20 - 10:18   OEC’s OEM Parts Sourcing Support - team available to help bodyshops locate and deliver OEM parts, nationwide
   
21/4/20 - 08:39   Goco Group (Go Compare) - Q1 Covid-19 update: "strong trading performance"; "Board remains confident of long-term group strategy"
   
20/4/20 - 17:50   AutoFlow - managing director, Chris Yates, announces COVID-19 Stimulus Initiatives for customers including cancellation of May's price rise
   
20/4/20 - 17:37   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - in first 8 hours over 140,000 firms applied for the grant to help pay wages of over 1 million people
   
20/4/20 - 14:27   JTAPE - change our production lines to produce disposable face shields
   
20/4/20 - 14:20   XL Motors in the latest issue of Auto Body Professional magazine
   
20/4/20 - 14:13   AutoVista Group article - electric vehicles produce a third less CO2 across their lifetime
   
20/4/20 - 14:08   Defaqto - maximum amount bikes can be insured for has increased to an average of £14,550
   
20/4/20 - 14:02   Cuvva Insurance - CEO says UK motor insurers will get a £1 billion windfall over a 3-month lockdown if claims fall 50%
   
20/4/20 - 13:50   PwC - makes made its Digital Fitness App available to download for free (library of resources for professional and personal well-being)
   
20/4/20 - 12:31   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider, InAutomotive - now's the time to "successfully stockpile CVs" with CV Discovery
   
20/4/20 - 11:53   NAHL Group - COVID-19 update: "board remains confident in the Group's ability to emerge from this period as a sustainable business"
   
20/4/20 - 11:46   Aston Martin - statement from new Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll; most pressing objective is to start production of the DBX (new SUV)
   
20/4/20 - 11:25   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - claim portal now open and available 24/7; claim by Wednesday and get the money in your bank by 30 April
   
20/4/20 - 11:01   Vauxhall - Ellesmere Port factory - "Home of the Astra" - begins preparations to re-start production
   
20/4/20 - 10:54   Confused.com - car insurance index shows average price over last 12 months up 6% to £809, but down 1% in last quarter
   
20/4/20 - 10:34   Fix Auto Lichfield - supporting their local NHS with 18 ambulance vehicles repaired on site in April for West Midlands Ambulance Service
   
20/4/20 - 10:26   Interflex 2000 in Nottinghamshire - automotive manufacturer offers factory for Covid-19 equipment use
   
20/4/20 - 10:16   Thorpe Garage - Staines-based garage offering to carry out essential repairs on NHS/key workers' vehicles with FOC labour
   
20/4/20 - 09:54   Cnina - car sales have rebounded with dealers surprised at how quickly consumers have returned to showrooms says Bloomberg
   
20/4/20 - 09:54   Markerstudy - Vision providing replacement vehicles to Markerstudy policyholders to fill shortage of courtesy cars
   
20/4/20 - 09:37   European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) - publishes guidelines for re-launch of EU auto industry
   
20/4/20 - 09:20   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - goes live; full details and links to calculate and make your claim; payment within 6 working days
   
20/4/20 - 02:58   USA: claims-automation provider Snapsheet - March motor insurance claim count may be the lowest in 50 years
   
20/4/20 - 02:55   USA: Insurance Information Institute - US motor insurers will be giving customer refunds, discounts, dividends and credits totalling $10.5bn
   
20/4/20 - 02:43   Axa - TV programme finds thousands of Axa write-offs failed to be recorded on MIAFTR due to an IT problem
   
20/4/20 - 02:27   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - updated information published over weekend plus how to calculate what you can claim
   
20/4/20 - 02:19   Ireland - Minister of Finance says fall in claims due to coronavirus “provides a strong case for some type of refund" on motor insurance
   
18/4/20 - 10:23   Furoughing - government extends Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended by one month to end of June; full official details
   
17/4/20 - 18:40   USA - Progressive Insurance gifts $2.5 million to its 2,000 Network bodyshops "to be used for any purpose at the shop's discretion"
   
17/4/20 - 14:12   Covea - 2019 results: £3.7m profit on £780m of premium; "high levels of motor claims inflation" including "higher repair costs"
   
17/4/20 - 13:57   Car manufacturers - some are slowly and cautiously resuming production in Europe including Volvo, VW, Toyota, Hyundai and Ferrari
   
17/4/20 - 13:54   Business Cost Reduction Associates - What Insurance is needed during closure or to cover reduced business hours?
   
17/4/20 - 13:40   Impression Communications - over 60% of "garages" have closed as have 25% of factors; demand for product down by up to 85%
   
17/4/20 - 13:24   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - HMRC confirm the portal will go live on Monday with first payments made 10 days later; full details
   
17/4/20 - 11:41   Auto Windscreens vans and Markerstudy volunteers - help vulnerable people in Kent
   
17/4/20 - 11:38   ABP Club Training Hub with Peritus - free ‘working from home’ employee engagement survey
   
17/4/20 - 11:36   Euro Car Parts - Crawley branch donate 200 Easter eggs to doctors, nurses and other key workers at East Surrey Hospital
   
17/4/20 - 11:31   ACEA - EU passenger car registrations down -25.6% first quarter of 2020; -55.1% in March
   
17/4/20 - 11:25   ENGIE - GeniePoint network offer free charging for key workers during Covid-19 crisis
   
17/4/20 - 11:22   RAC - third of drivers say having access to a car is more important during the coronavirus pandemic
   
17/4/20 - 10:56   EDAM Group - invests in LexisNexis' process automation platform, Visualfiles
   
17/4/20 - 10:46   Society of Claims Professionals (CII) - interesting article: "Keeping insurance in business"
   
17/4/20 - 10:26   FCA - temporary measures to help cover motor finance agreements
   
17/4/20 - 09:56   Thatcham Research - "determined to see automotive industry bounce back from crisis and return to normality in a swift, seamless & safe way"
   
17/4/20 - 09:46   Markerstudy - recognised by Celent as a ‘Model Insurer’
   
16/4/20 - 14:17   Accident Credit Group (ACG) - offers 24hr repair invoice funding to vehicle repairers
   
16/4/20 - 14:14   BASF - donates more than 100M protective masks & production capability for 1M litres of disinfectant for FOC supplies to healthcare
   
16/4/20 - 14:06   Tracker - keyless van theft increases in 2019; 92% of the stolen LCVs it recovered were taken without the owner’s keys
   
16/4/20 - 12:27   The Floow - Karshare release Karmate App to help mobilise COVID-19 Workers
   
16/4/20 - 10:46   ABP Club Training Hub & Improve Online - FREE SME course for remote workers for Club Members
   
16/4/20 - 10:27   DuPont - new specialized Tyvek fabric to boost PPE production to 15 million garments a month
   
16/4/20 - 09:56   AA - Bank of Ireland and AA extend partnership (90,000 customers & balance sheet of c£700m) until 2028
   
16/4/20 - 09:48   British Insurance Awards from Post mag - postponed from 8 July at the Royal Albert Hall, to Tues 6 Oct at the Battersea Evolution
   
15/4/20 - 22:45   Thatcham - sad news that Barry Hodgetts (Group Rating Coordinator) has passed away following his long fight with cancer
   
15/4/20 - 15:38   Wales - the population in Wales is "more vulnerable to coronavirus"
   
15/4/20 - 14:22   Mazda UK - launches new remote photo-based accident damage repair quotation service
   
15/4/20 - 13:41   Vauxhall - dealers offer "Fixed Price (mechanical) Repairs" with two levels of service: "Vauxhall Genuine" and "Vauxhall Approved"
   
15/4/20 - 13:25   FCA - letter to insurers telling them to quickly pay valid claims under business interruption insurance
   
15/4/20 - 13:01   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy team - offer repairers COVID-19 Advice and Support
   
15/4/20 - 12:56   Apple - makes mobility data available to aid COVID-19 efforts
   
15/4/20 - 12:50   What Car? - reveals the least (BMW’s iDrive system) and most distracting (G’s 8.0-in touchscreen) infotainment systems
   
15/4/20 - 12:42   AA - review of more than 15,000 daily cars journeys reveals 60% drop (weekdays) and near 80% drop on Sundays
   
15/4/20 - 12:21   PPG - commits more than $1.5M (£1.2M) to support global COVID-19 relief efforts
   
15/4/20 - 12:13   Drivers struggling with car finance payments told to expect help this week - FCA
   
15/4/20 - 11:48   Auto Shield - "thinking ahead when we return to work"
   
15/4/20 - 11:43   Driving for Better Business and Fleet News - COVID-19 webinar tomorrow (Thurs 16 April @ 2pm)
   
15/4/20 - 10:54   The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - more than 500 "left-out" business owners contact email hotline
   
15/4/20 - 10:43   SEAT - adapting to Covid-19 lockdown by offering ‘virtual tours’ from staff driveways
   
15/4/20 - 10:36   Lotus Evija - all-electric two-seater hypercar where customers buy using advanced gaming software configurator
   
15/4/20 - 09:05   bodyshop magazine - temporarily halt production of the printed version; will only be available on-line for next 3 issues: May, June and July
   
15/4/20 - 08:52   Hastings - Q1 trading update: "claims transformation programme has made ongoing progress on 3rd party repair costs and claims income"
   
14/4/20 - 17:42   Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme - "portal should open on or around Mon 20 April"; will take a "period of several days" to get the money
   
14/4/20 - 16:08   Write-off - interesting story in Autocar about retired teacher who didn't want her car written-off, so she took on the insurer ...and won!
   
14/4/20 - 15:31   Insurance fraud - Dr Asef Zafar, who made £350,000 a year by writing fraudulent personal injury reports has been struck off
   
14/4/20 - 14:18   OBR - UK economy could shrink by 35% (April-June)
   
14/4/20 - 14:14   Former chair of ABI to lead flood insurance review
   
14/4/20 - 13:41   Repairer member request for help: finance houses still charging full cost for courtesy cars
   
14/4/20 - 13:06   Smart Business Link - offer cashflow support to bodyshops inc short-term working capital to support furlough payments until Gov funding
   
14/4/20 - 12:53   SYNETIQ and AGL - partner up to drive green parts supply with SYNETIQ exclusively handling AGL’s total loss salvage
   
14/4/20 - 12:48   Axalta - donating PPE and hand sanitiser to hospitals
   
14/4/20 - 11:11   Met Police - 151mph speeding driver on M1 near London
   
14/4/20 - 10:57   honcho - Durham-based insurtech disruptor (reverse auction marketplace for motor insurance) closes £1.2m investment round
   
14/4/20 - 10:43   AkzoNobel - global SOS Children’s Villages partnership helps 20,000 children and young people
   
14/4/20 - 10:40   Solera Audatex UK - launches free online portal to identify operational repairer sites
   
14/4/20 - 10:26   Porsche - pays €9,700 (£8,450) voluntary employee bonus for "very successful" 2019 financial year
   
13/4/20 - 20:49   France - extends strict nationwide lockdown until Mon 11 May; they began their lockdown on 17 March, 6 days before UK's began on 23 March
   
11/4/20 - 23:47   Which? - exposes serious security flaws with 2 new ‘connected’ cars - VW Polo and Ford Focus; no regulations exist for car cybersecurity
   
11/4/20 - 22:02   insurethebox - "the miles driven by our customers reduced by 69% between 1st March and 31st March 2020"
   
11/4/20 - 20:54   USA - corononavirus: top 5 motor insurers have all announced credits against premiums as a response to reduced driving due to lockdowns
   
11/4/20 - 14:57   ABI - warns people to be on their guard against scammers looking to cash in on the financial hardship that Coronavirus is causing
   
11/4/20 - 14:24   Coplus - brings help to repairs through Cobalt launch of Covid-19 parts sourcing solution
   
11/4/20 - 14:19   Aviva - announces donation to NHS Charities Together as part of package of Covid-19 support; also offer deferred payments for policyholders
   
10/4/20 - 21:18   Coronavirus - Ireland extends their lockdown to Tues 5 May; Italy extends their lock-down to Sun 3 May
   
09/4/20 - 20:34   Solera - hosting a 40-minute COVID-19 global webinar next week (Wednesday at 2:30pm)
   
09/4/20 - 20:19   Cambridge ARC - thank Morelli and Total Concept Paints Chichester for helping the bodyshop donate PPE to key workers
   
09/4/20 - 14:25   Vizion - start planning for exit from lock-down, whenever that happens; 10 key considerations for the industry when it returns
   
09/4/20 - 14:18   Front line NHS, Blue Light, MOD and care worker staff are in desperate need of help and PPE
   
09/4/20 - 14:16   esure - 2019 results: £3.3m profit compared to £15.4m loss in 2018; motor trading profit £63.5m, up from £15.2m in 2018
   
09/4/20 - 13:31   Ezi Methods - bodyshops forced to close during the Coronavirus pandemic will have their subscriptions extended
   
09/4/20 - 13:24   ABP Club Training Hub with Peritus - free ‘working from home’ employee engagement survey
   
09/4/20 - 12:53   Claims Media article: Willis Towers Watson & Solera - what the lockdown means for the motor repair, insurance and claims industry
   
09/4/20 - 11:36   OECD - provisional data point to significant rise in unemployment due to the COVID-19 shock
   
09/4/20 - 11:35   Post magazine - motor webcast: "falling motor claims frequencies may mean insurers reconsider what they’re charging policyholders"
   
09/4/20 - 11:30   The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - confirms temporary financial relief for customers impacted by coronavirus
   
09/4/20 - 10:50   Axalta’s Spies Hecker and Standox - become two of Kia Motors (UK) bodyshop network preferred paint partners
   
09/4/20 - 10:29   LKQ Europe - positioned for continued growth after the crisis; security of supply chain "guaranteed by ability to deliver"
   
09/4/20 - 10:21   Fixter - introduces vehicle sanitisation service for customers
   
09/4/20 - 10:03   LKQ Europe - positioned for continued growth after the coronavirus crisis
   
09/4/20 - 09:57   PPG - main board elect to reduce their base salaries until end September by at least 25% in response to the impact of COVID-19
   
08/4/20 - 22:27   Post Magazine Claims awards - postponed from 17 June to join up with Fraud awards on 1 October, the same date as Ins Times Claims awards
   
08/4/20 - 14:43   Vizion and Audatex - announce series of COVID-19 stimulus initiatives to support repairers, supported by 7 major insurers
   
08/4/20 - 14:21   AXIOM accident repair centres - The TDN Group invests more than £1m in new bodyshop group
   
08/4/20 - 14:14   Auto Trader - used car like-for-like prices for March remain flat at -0.2%
   
08/4/20 - 14:10   KVF Consultants - providing remote H&S advice on the phone and by email, & using Zoom to speak to partners and customers
   
08/4/20 - 14:06   NFU Mutual - extends contract with SYNETIQ for two years
   
08/4/20 - 13:58   GoCompare Car Insurance study - 4.7 million drivers caught out by the auto-renewal trap costing motorists £1.2bn a year in higher premiums
   
08/4/20 - 13:53   Speeding - increase in high-speed offences (up to 132mph)due to quiet roads during lock-down; "lower-level" speeding offenders being let-off
   
08/4/20 - 13:14   SYNETIQ - launch online Live Chat facility to help repairers find matching vehicle parts
   
08/4/20 - 13:10   IMI - clarification of 6-month extension to accreditations (ATAs) announced on 14 March; applies to those expiring 1 March to 30 June 2020
   
08/4/20 - 13:09   insurethebox - ‘Critical Workers’ are allowed to still take their practical and theory driving test(s)
   
08/4/20 - 12:58   What Car? - waiting times for latest EVs expected to be the same as petrol and diesel cars post-coronavirus crisis
   
08/4/20 - 11:45   Rhodes Accident Repair Group (PJ Rhodes) - donate 200 PPE kits to West Midlands Ambulance Service
   
08/4/20 - 11:32   Circle Leasing - put together a set of FAQs to help bodyshop customers
   
08/4/20 - 11:17   ThingCo - solar power is set to energise connected car services from insurers
   
08/4/20 - 11:17   Pendragon - coronavirus impact: pay cuts of 10% to 20% for management and board members
   
08/4/20 - 11:12   Aston Martin - welcome back Vikram Bhatia as the company's Interim Chief Financial Officer
   
08/4/20 - 09:44   Nottingham College’s EMTEC Centre - automotive college donates PPE to local hospitals
   
08/4/20 - 09:21   MG Cannon's HR Team - share handy guide with advice and tips to help you look after the wellbeing of you and your family at home
   
08/4/20 - 09:16   RSA - coronavirus update: currently "not possible to accurately predict" the impact on the company; bonuses for the board suspended
   
08/4/20 - 09:09   Direct Line - coronavirus update: "early signs indicate a reduction in claims, particularly in motor, as customers stay at home"
   
08/4/20 - 09:08   Which? - latest COVID-19 email and text phishing scams include fake HMRC goodwill payments and fake lockdown fines
   
08/4/20 - 09:02   Aviva - coronavirus update: "we do not intend to use the UK Government funded scheme to furlough Aviva employees"
   
08/4/20 - 08:58   Anexo - legal division has 8,000 clients in the VW emissions case; a win would have "a significant positive impact" on Group's profits
   
08/4/20 - 08:23   Aviva - Board of Directors agrees to withdraw recommendation to pay the 2019 final dividend to shareholders
   
08/4/20 - 07:32   Allianz - switches to hybrid power with new Toyota and Lexus 200-vehicles-per-year fleet deal
   
07/4/20 - 14:01   IMI - launches dedicated COVID-19 hub for automotive professionals
   
07/4/20 - 13:51   ITAS - further developments to their industry information portal allow bodyshops to update their profiles on-line
   
07/4/20 - 13:51   Women in Automotive (WinA) - 2020 plans (leadership training and mentoring) and the WinA Board
   
07/4/20 - 13:47   Coronavirus - US car sales down 38.6% in March; sales in Germany down 38%
   
07/4/20 - 13:46   Mycarcheck.com - tells anyone considering buying a used car during the coronavirus crisis: STOP!
   
07/4/20 - 13:41   WebSafety - launch new smartphone app in effort to reduce distractions while driving
   
07/4/20 - 13:39   Will the coronavirus reduce emissions long term?
   
07/4/20 - 13:37   Coronavirus- survey reveals effect on bodyshop market with 49% having already closed; 27% plan to stay open for the foreseeable future
   
07/4/20 - 13:05   E-Type UK - Kent-based bodyshop restores 1964 Series 1 3.8 FHC Jaguar E-Type
   
07/4/20 - 13:01   Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - sets out priorities for 2020/21
   
07/4/20 - 12:48   Pirelli - launches new digital training for tyre dealers and the salesforce
   
07/4/20 - 12:31   Lightfoot - office supply company cuts accident numbers from 15 over twelve months to just one in five months
   
07/4/20 - 12:16   Inchcape - COVID-19 Business Update: Board & senior management taking a 20% pay cut in Q2; company remains "well placed" for the future
   
07/4/20 - 11:51   Car-O-Liner UK - running on skeleton staff at Rugby Office but able to answer bodyshop requests, enquiries or equipment concerns
   
07/4/20 - 11:46   Bodiwork by Devey - former Dragon Hilary Devey’s new bodyshop chooses to work exclusively with Spies Hecker
   
07/4/20 - 11:40   Venson - motorists reconsider electric vehicle switch in the wake of Covid-19
   
07/4/20 - 11:12   Laser Tools - new trim clip remover with built-in plastic protector to prevent damage to trim, clips and paintwork
   
07/4/20 - 11:00   Impacts of COVID-19 on Insurance Businesses
   
07/4/20 - 10:34   BuyaCar.co.uk - van sales in March increased 20-fold
   
07/4/20 - 10:32   Ageas UK - Andy Watson hands over to Ant Middle as CEO
   
07/4/20 - 10:27   Government - postpones implementation of Clean Air Zones until 2021
   
07/4/20 - 10:20   Sabre - 2019 results for 21st largest motor insurer: £57m pre-tax profit on £197m of gross written premium; focused on profit over growth
   
07/4/20 - 08:15   USA: Allstate Insurance - 4th largest motor insurer refunding £490m to 18 million customers stuck at home during coronavirus lockdowns
   
06/4/20 - 14:21   Parts Supply: Vizion update - inc Nissan and Renault / Dacia and Hyundai (Smiths Motor Group)
   
06/4/20 - 14:13   Parts Supply: Toyota (GB) - introducing an additional centralised parts supply contact for all UK bodyshops
   
06/4/20 - 14:09   European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) Brexit: UK trade deal - EU car makers call for "far-reaching agreement"
   
06/4/20 - 14:03   Volkswagen Group - lose first stage of emissions High Court action when judge rules their cars "did indeed have a defeat device" fitted
   
06/4/20 - 13:42   ABP Club Training Hub & IMPROVE - FREE SME home working course
   
06/4/20 - 13:30   Colad - introduces new 6000 ml mixing cup
   
06/4/20 - 13:18   Alton Cars - 20 courtesy cars, & £10 for every vehicle repaired donated to NHS by 3rd largest independent bodyshop group in UK
   
06/4/20 - 12:13   Copart - "task force" to collect some damaged cars stuck at now closed bodyshops, & helping to maintain the flow of parts to feed repairers
   
06/4/20 - 12:07   SMMT - new van sales fell 54.3% in March
   
06/4/20 - 11:57   NBRA - encourage bodyshops to donate unused PPE to NHS workers (link below to donate)
   
06/4/20 - 11:43   LKQ Europe - suspended appointment of Hartmut P. Roehl as Senior Advisor
   
06/4/20 - 11:43   LKQ Europe - suspended appointment of Hartmut P. Roehl as Senior Advisor
   
06/4/20 - 11:25   Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) - KC Autos, 5th largest independent bodyshop group, Highly Commended at virtual awards ceremony:
   
06/4/20 - 10:02   FREE Epidemic Strategy Planner for bodyshops - written by Wayne and Louise Mason-Drust from Accident Express group
   
06/4/20 - 09:57   eBay - exclusive interview with Laura Richard from eBay on plans to introduce a parts certification scheme for reclaimed car parts
   
06/4/20 - 09:43   CV-Library - applications to automotive jobs have dropped by 20% year-on-year and 17% month-on-month
   
06/4/20 - 09:41   SMMT - new car sales down 44.4% in March; diesel sales down 62%; battery cars trebled to take 4.6% of the market
   
06/4/20 - 09:31   SMMT - URGENT: PPE Manufacture – support required – 5 April
   
06/4/20 - 02:14   Ford - extend temporary suspension of all European production at least until 4 May
   
04/4/20 - 16:07   Coronavirus Job Retention Grant - Sat 4 April, Government issue new extended furloughing rules; read the new official guidance here in full
   
04/4/20 - 02:17   Clothing retailer New Look - suspends all outstanding payments to its suppliers indefinitely
   
03/4/20 - 14:17   Brockford Accident Repair Centre - Auto Body Professional magazine article with bodyshop MD, Mike Ribbons
   
03/4/20 - 14:11   Standox - updated product label design for ease of use: names & mix codes larger for better readability
   
03/4/20 - 14:04   GT Motive - offers COVID-19 support package for UK bodyshops with free estimating solution until the end of May
   
03/4/20 - 14:03   GT Motive - offers COVID-19 support package for UK bodyshops with free estimating solution until the end of May
   
03/4/20 - 13:57   ITAS - extend platform to give insurers and acc man cos FREE info on which dealers and open and providing parts service
   
03/4/20 - 13:57   East Bilney Coachworks - helping to support the three major hospitals in Norfolk / Suffolk with courtesy cars and donating PPE
   
03/4/20 - 13:46   Audatex UK - notification of temporary changes to Audatex Service Desk Support hours (now 8am - 5:30pm)
   
03/4/20 - 13:41   Anexo Group (inc DAMS) - trading update: in line with expectations; "Group's operations are categorised as essential businesses"
   
03/4/20 - 13:39   HMRC - update to new coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
   
03/4/20 - 13:28   Low oil price leads to sharpest drop in petrol and diesel prices in 12 years - potential for petrol to fall to 98p per litre
   
03/4/20 - 13:19   Nissan - extend suspension of car production in Sunderland until end April
   
03/4/20 - 13:13   Tracker - shortage of new parts could boost ‘chop-shop’ market and increase organised crime
   
03/4/20 - 13:04   Consumer Intelligence - car insurance premiums up 5.5% in last 12 months to £829; claims costs are driving the continued upward trend
   
03/4/20 - 13:01   Advisory note from BMS and EMACS - offering customers a three-month payment holiday
   
03/4/20 - 12:14   The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CLIT) - online database for organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources
   
03/4/20 - 12:05   Honda UK - Michael Doyle promoted to Head of Network and Commercial Development
   
03/4/20 - 11:38   Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - expanded to more SMEs, personal guarantees cannot be taken for facilities below £250k
   
03/4/20 - 11:12   Coronavirus Businesses Bulletin – 02 April 2020
   
03/4/20 - 10:41   e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] - "staying connected is important"; mental health first aiders, team huddles and isolation comps
   
03/4/20 - 09:50   LV= - "we’ve increased the amount we pay bodyshops"
   
03/4/20 - 09:13   SYNETIQ - protects itself and clients from software failure with The Cloud
   
03/4/20 - 00:52   Carrot Insurance - issue double rewards to all their young drivers to leave their cars at home during the coronavirus lockdown
   
02/4/20 - 21:20   Auto Body Professional - Spring issue out now, in print and online (link to digital edition, below)
   
02/4/20 - 21:05   Automechanika Dubai - postponed from 7 to 9 June 2020; will now take place from 19 – 21 October 2020
   
02/4/20 - 20:59   Post - Motor Insurance World Live: free 1-hour audio event next week (Weds 8 April); info and register below
   
02/4/20 - 14:15   Jarvis - to provide transactional estimating remotely to support the bodyshop industry
   
02/4/20 - 14:12   BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker - 44% businesses expect to furlough at least 50% of workforce in the next week
   
02/4/20 - 14:01   FCA - proposes temporary financial relief for customers impacted by coronavirus
   
02/4/20 - 13:51   Advice for Glasurit mixing machines during temporary shutdowns (via Waregrain group)
   
02/4/20 - 13:46   International Applications Ltd (IAL) - Banbury-based coatings and consumables firm divests Supply 360 division to Japanese company
   
02/4/20 - 13:40   Ford Motor Company Fund’s new COVID-19 Donation Match programme - to support nonprofits and community groups in more than 20 countries
   
02/4/20 - 13:28   New car sales in March - France down 72%; Italy down 85%; Spain down 69%
   
02/4/20 - 13:22   Small Business Commissioner’s appeal to UK big businesses - "do the right thing and help your smallest suppliers"
   
02/4/20 - 13:18   Insurance Times Claims awards - finalists announced; winner revealed at ceremony on new date of 1 Oct (rearranged from 21 May)
   
02/4/20 - 12:58   Comparethemarket - motor insurance premiums jump by £24 in latest quarter
   
02/4/20 - 12:48   Farécla - 2020 Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting competition postponed
   
02/4/20 - 12:41   GT Motive & DAC holdings - GT Motive UK to take back direct distribution of all GT Motive products & solutions under dir. of David Vella
   
02/4/20 - 12:18   ACIS continue to operate - 2 ACIS distributors, Granlyn and Coachfinish, are closed
   
02/4/20 - 12:06   Trakm8 - self-install telematics solutions play vital role in bridging insurance telematics gap during crisis
   
02/4/20 - 11:44   L & I Eaton ARC - go the extra mile for NHS worker who had all 4 courtesy car tyres slashed
   
02/4/20 - 11:22   McLaren and University of Southampton - developing prototype protective equipment for frontline healthcare staff
   
02/4/20 - 11:04   AA - launches free breakdown service for all NHS workers during Coronavirus crisis
   
02/4/20 - 10:45   Parts supply - TW White, the UK’s largest wholesale parts department for Mazda, Hyundai, Kia and Suzuki are open and they deliver nationwide
   
02/4/20 - 09:52   APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) - annual conference postponed from 14 & 15 May to 19 & 20 November
   
02/4/20 - 09:01   Saga - trading update for y/e 30 Jan 2020: anticipate £300m pre-tax loss on £797m turnover; underlying profit down 39% to £110m
   
02/4/20 - 01:10   Calling all mobile glass companies - can you help an ABP Club member with tailgate glass
   
02/4/20 - 00:42   AELP (Association of Employment and Learning Providers) - 1 in 6 apprentice training providers warn they may go bust
   
01/4/20 - 17:56   Wimbledon tennis - 2020 tournament due to take place 29 June to 12 July has been cancelled
   
01/4/20 - 17:27   British Grand Prix - Silverstone and Formula 1 have until the end of April to decide if the race can ahead as planned on 10 July 2020
   
01/4/20 - 16:19   Enterprise Car Club - offer FREE membership to help those helping during the Covid19 outbreak (saving them up to £60)
   
01/4/20 - 14:09   Parts supply: Advantage Parts Solutions UPDATE - partner with national courier; able to source parts for all brands
   
01/4/20 - 14:04   LKQ Europe - appoints Hartmut Roehl as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs
   
01/4/20 - 13:54   bodyshop magazine awards - postponed from 18 September "until later in the year"
   
01/4/20 - 13:49   Autotader - free advertising to support customers led to record 540,000 cars on website; board to forego half their salaries and all bonuses
   
01/4/20 - 13:33   Rye Street Group - Happy 30th Birthday to the UK's 10th largest independent bodyshop group!
   
01/4/20 - 13:28   AW Repair Group - make PPE available to local community care homes
   
01/4/20 - 13:24   Parts Supply - TPS Centres (VW Group) remain open to support bodyshops; key worker priority, delivery only, current TPS customer base only
   
01/4/20 - 12:57   National Minimum and Living Wage increases come into effect today (Weds 1 April)
   
01/4/20 - 12:49   Business Cost Reduction Associates - 7 ways to manage your energy billing during challenging trading conditions
   
01/4/20 - 12:35   Fix Auto Leeds - a network first: Sam and Stephen Smith's new bodyshop will be first repair centre to be built entirely from scratch
   
01/4/20 - 12:29   The Motor Ombudsman - upgrades 'Knowledge Base' to help answer motorists’ questions in response to Coronavirus
   
01/4/20 - 12:23   PRA (Petrol Retailers Association) - petrol consumption is down 75% and diesel consumption is down 71% under government lock-down
   
01/4/20 - 11:41   Spain: SEAT - adapting windscreen wiper motors, gearbox shafts and 3D-printed gears to produce ventilators
   
01/4/20 - 11:34   Nationwide Vehicle Recovery (NWVA) - helping bodyshops deliver courtesy cars safeguarding technicians
   
01/4/20 - 10:56   The Corporate Finance Network - 18% of all SMEs are set to collapse within the next 4 weeks, unless the government steps in
   
01/4/20 - 10:22   BLW Law - Credit hire and COVID-19: new rules come into effect next week which impact on credit hire and replacement vehicles
   
01/4/20 - 10:02   Autovista Group (article) - How will COVID-19 shape used-car markets?
   

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