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24/9/20 - 12:44   Government - announce new job support scheme to replace furloughing; longer to pay back your VAT or business loan
   
24/9/20 - 12:12   ABP Club is 16 years old today - launched on 24 September 2004; list of the 54 members who attended first meeting - is your name there?
   
24/9/20 - 11:50   Sherwoods Motor Group - achieve Kitemark after bodyshop invests in training and equipment
   
24/9/20 - 11:43   Excel Automotive Group (EAG) - introduces new vehicles to its delivery fleet
   
24/9/20 - 11:33   Admiral - data reveals 22% of road accidents involving cyclists over the last decade have taken place in the last two years
   
24/9/20 - 11:25   Jato - EVs continue to gain traction, representing more than 1 in 5 new cars registered in Europe
   
24/9/20 - 11:17   ONE Insurance - first digital full-service insurance provider in Europe using Hyperscience to streamline motor
   
24/9/20 - 11:09   The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) - appoints commercial drone scheme with specialist broker, Flock
   
24/9/20 - 10:55   70-plate cars are already on sale at used car prices as dealers strive to meet registration targets
   
24/9/20 - 10:48   BookMyGarage and JustPark partnership - to generate an extra 1,900 garage bookings a month
   
24/9/20 - 10:36   insurethebox - young women get a 3% higher discount in telematics renewal
   
24/9/20 - 10:12   Vauxhall Motors - officially unveils “confidently British” logo design
   
24/9/20 - 10:03   New BCA Saturday online auction attracts hundreds of buyers - conversion rates of over 80%
   
24/9/20 - 09:53   ONS - the economy is 11.7% smaller than it was pre-lockdown, despite recovering some ground since April
   
24/9/20 - 09:40   Highways England - new resources to make it easier for disabled people to use England’s motorways and major A roads
   
24/9/20 - 09:37   Axalta Coating Systems - Hadi Awada to lead Transportation Coatings business; Executive Vice President, Steve Markevich, departs
   
24/9/20 - 08:12   AA - confirm a consortium of TowerBrook Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus are pursuing an all-cash offer for company; deadline 29 Sept
   
23/9/20 - 12:46   COVID - from tomorrow: staff in retail (bodyshops) must wear facemasks; businesses open to public (bodyshops) must display an NHS QR code
   
23/9/20 - 11:28   PPG - announces partnership with Bradford Science Festival to support next-generation STEM workforce
   
23/9/20 - 11:07   HMG Paints partner Aston Martin Racing - win iconic Le Mans 24 Hour
   
23/9/20 - 10:57   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - encourages dealers to ensure staff wear face coverings
   
23/9/20 - 10:55   Caura - new car ownership management app launches
   
23/9/20 - 10:44   Auto Trader - "indicators from our marketplace suggest that there are reasons to remain positive"
   
23/9/20 - 10:39   Citizens Advice - "pleased" FCA cracking down on insurance loyalty penalty
   
23/9/20 - 10:35   FCA - launches consultation on the regulation of international firms
   
23/9/20 - 10:12   ECA Business Energy - resolve billing queries and secure refunds for bodyshops across the UK
   
23/9/20 - 09:41   Copart UK - ambitious growth programme inc increasing overall storage capacity by over 10% (6,000 vehicles) ahead of the winter
   
23/9/20 - 08:20   NAHL (National Accident Helpline) - receive takeover approach from Frenkel Topping ("a specialist asset manager and IFA")
   
22/9/20 - 14:14   Body Repair Industry Trailblazer(BRIT) - the combined apprentice standards group appoint Christine Maskill of NCR Bodyshops as Chair
   
22/9/20 - 14:07   James Alpe bodyshop - annual charity golf day is this Friday (25th September) at Accrington Golf Club
   
22/9/20 - 12:07   ABI - responds to the publication of the FCA General Insurance Pricing Practices Market Study
   
22/9/20 - 12:05   GoCompare - reports 107% increase in quotes for motorhomes and campervans
   
22/9/20 - 12:01   Tracker – signs new partnership with North West used car dealer Motor Range for stolen vehicle recovery solutions
   
22/9/20 - 11:57   Axalta - agree to multi-year paint partnership with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe
   
22/9/20 - 10:38   Consumer Intelligence - "how Admiral's £25 refund won hearts, minds, and renewals"
   
22/9/20 - 10:25   FCA - sets out proposals to tackle concerns about motor insurance pricing
   
22/9/20 - 10:12   CRASH Services - independent audit describes vehicle repair and hire management practices as ‘best in class’
   
22/9/20 - 09:59   Activate Group - invest £15m to open 15 new technology-led sites; appoint Victoria Turner as CEO of Activate Accident Repair
   
22/9/20 - 09:38   USA: PPG & BASF feature in CNBC news video - "Why Car Colors Are So Boring"
   
21/9/20 - 23:40   Toyota Insurance Services - join the ADAS risk platform from Swiss Re
   
21/9/20 - 14:16   Petrol Retails Association (PRA) - calls for extension of business rates relief
   
21/9/20 - 14:14   Honcho - van insurance reverse auction marketplace across the Honcho iPhone and Android
   
21/9/20 - 14:10   GEM - good motorway lane discipline helps reduce the queues; "forget the fast lane – there’s no such thing"
   
21/9/20 - 14:00   The FCA - writes to CEOs at insurance companies to settle valid BI claims promptly
   
21/9/20 - 13:53   Tool Connection - new Connect Workshop Consumables Tech Van
   
21/9/20 - 13:28   Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months
   
21/9/20 - 13:18   Axalta - new PercoTop CS388 SupraSand high-build epoxy primer for CVs decreases drying and sanding times by 50%
   
21/9/20 - 12:42   Glass's - SMMT new car sales data suggests that August 2020 "not quite as bad as first impressions show"
   
21/9/20 - 12:35   BCA - average LCV values and sold volumes rise at BCA in August
   
21/9/20 - 12:31   Tracker - "new breed of cat-burglar": those that target hybrid vehicles for their catalytic converters; 6-fold increase in thefts
   
21/9/20 - 12:20   Auto Windscreens - new members of the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP)
   
21/9/20 - 10:04   Groupe PSA - introduces Audatex Bodyshop Image Capture technology to its Accident Repair Programme
   
21/9/20 - 10:01   Auto Trader - used car prices continue strong growth in September; 7.4% price increase last week (7–13 September) on the same period
   
21/9/20 - 09:22   RAC Insurance - data confirms "the morning rush hour has fully returned"
   
21/9/20 - 09:12   WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence - first 20 colleges to be a part of Centre of Excellence revealed
   
19/9/20 - 00:51   Kwik Fit - put up for sale by Itochu, the Japanese trading company that bought it in 2011 from the French private equity firm PAI Partners
   
19/9/20 - 00:34   Motor Trader awards - full list of finalists for the 30 awards; ceremony scheduled for 21 Oct at the Grosvenor
   
18/9/20 - 22:23   Post mag - British Insurance awards on 6 October cancelled; replaced by on-line awards event on 17 Nov
   
18/9/20 - 17:18   Admiral - ceo, David Stevens, retires and gifts £1,000 to all 7,500 full-time staff and £500 to all 3,500 part-time staff; total cost £9.25m
   
18/9/20 - 16:40   Ireland: competition commission findings allege AIG, Allianz, Axa, Aviva, FBD were engaged in "anti-competitive cooperation" 2015 - 2016
   
18/9/20 - 14:21   ABP Bodyshop Excellence Awards - 5 new awards announced today; on-line entry open to ALL bodyshops; entries close at 4pm Fri 9 Oct
   
18/9/20 - 13:30   iRG (Innovative Repair Group) - sign lease on new 6,000 sqft site in Kings Norton, Birmingham to open as an Express Centre
   
18/9/20 - 12:10   HELLA Aftermarket and Special Applications - under new management
   
18/9/20 - 12:07   NFDA's post-lockdown automotive retail survey - 53% franchised dealers have brought back 75% staff; increase in bookings for service depts
   
18/9/20 - 11:02   IFB Research Foundation - coronavirus–hit family businesses in the transportation and storage sector are "the backbone of the economy"
   
18/9/20 - 10:52   The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - Comprehensive Spending Review
   
18/9/20 - 10:48   Power-TEC - new shrinking hammer added to bodyshop tools
   
18/9/20 - 09:46   Ford - university graduate's self-driving taxi concept wins ‘New Designers’ Ford Award
   
18/9/20 - 09:36   BuyaCar.co.uk - online car sales offer 7% faster sales at higher profit
   
18/9/20 - 09:09   Bristol Street Motors, Worcester - joins Citroën dealer network
   
17/9/20 - 18:46   Insurance Times Tech & Innovation Awards - full list of all winners and finalists from Thursday evening on-line awards event
   
17/9/20 - 13:53   ABP annual State of the Industry survey - closes at 6pm TONIGHT (Thursday); over 250 bodyshops have already taken part
   
17/9/20 - 13:22   Distrigo Parts Distribution (PSA) UPDATED PRESS RELEASE - new Relay sites in Aldershot, Colchester, Deeside, Scunthorpe and Southampton
   
17/9/20 - 13:18   KVF Consultants - Canopy Safety software updates tested and have gone LIVE!
   
17/9/20 - 13:08   Department for Transport (DfT) - traffic on Monday (14 Sept) was 3% lower than equivalent Monday in the first week of Feb
   
17/9/20 - 13:02   Polestar - Volvo's EV performance brand calls on automotive industry to become transparent about environmental impact
   
17/9/20 - 12:32   Hills Salvage - awarded ‘VRAC Certified Vehicle Recycler’ certification (reclaimed parts from end-of-life vehicles)
   
17/9/20 - 12:26   JMK Solicitors - proud QUB student Hannah Lyttle receives prestigious JMK Solicitors prize
   
17/9/20 - 12:21   ECA Business Energy - using LPG or gas/oil? bodyshops could be overpaying for energy
   
17/9/20 - 12:15   Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle charged over fatal crash - "highlights key liability and safety considerations" (Thatcham Research)
   
17/9/20 - 10:06   Autocar's Great Women in the British Car Industry - congratulations to Libby Price (Gemini) and Jane Pocock (Copart)
   
17/9/20 - 09:04   Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP - Toyota Yaris first to score five-stars in updated Euro NCAP tests
   
16/9/20 - 14:08   Retro Motor - Britain has its oldest car parc ever according to data from new website
   
16/9/20 - 14:01   YouGov - UK has Europe’s lowest electric car consideration (at 14%) vs 40% in Spain
   
16/9/20 - 14:00   The Vella Group - new bodyshop in Liverpool is officially OPEN!
   
16/9/20 - 13:55   Thatcham Research - Variant Code vehicle dataset gives insurers "greater insight and data granularity" on vehicle risk
   
16/9/20 - 13:36   BLM Law - analysis of outcome of FCA business interruption insurance test case
   
16/9/20 - 13:25   Mercedes-Benz Vans business barometer - greater adaption for local businesses to keep afloat, but van drivers still not seen as key workers
   
16/9/20 - 13:18   France: Carglass (owned by Autoglass's parent company, Belron) achieves country-wide ADAS certification from the IMI in France
   
16/9/20 - 13:05   CRASH Services' Riverpark Training Scholarship - two young apprentices excel in first year
   
16/9/20 - 12:34   ABP Club EXCLUSIVE: Groupe PSA - to launch a new Multi-Brand Accident Repair Programme for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles and Vauxhall
   
16/9/20 - 12:26   SYNETIQ - British Gas reduces environmental impact of fleet with SYNETIQ
   
16/9/20 - 10:38   Nationwide Accident Repair Services Ltd - the 3 subsidiary trading companies all changed their names on 4 September
   
16/9/20 - 10:19   CMA - find that the purchase of Bennetts by Ardonagh (Carole Nash & Swinton) could lead to higher prices for UK motorbike insurance
   
16/9/20 - 09:55   Zurich - update on UK business interruption
   
16/9/20 - 09:50   CarGurus - Scotland’s M74 is the UK’s most EV-friendly motorway, with the most charge points per mile
   
16/9/20 - 09:45   Autocar - names PSA Group UK’s Alison Jones the most influential woman in the British car industry
   
16/9/20 - 08:30   RSA - yesterdays court ruling on BI (Business Interruption) insurance payments related to COVID will cost us £109m
   
16/9/20 - 07:54   Redde Northgate - results for y/e 30 April 2020: pre-tax profits down 78% to £13.5m on turnover up 4.5% to £779m
   
15/9/20 - 15:21   Autoraise - helping to create opportunities for the 40 young people who were in apprenticeships at Nationwide and have now lost their jobs
   
15/9/20 - 14:20   Motoring contributes £5.5bn to suffering economy – apprenticeships available now
   
15/9/20 - 14:15   Europcar - flexible rental is "the answer for CHOs/bodyshops feeling the pinch"
   
15/9/20 - 14:12   Renault - 62% parents say COVID-19 has increased likelihood of driving children to school
   
15/9/20 - 13:48   Mirka - inventor of dust-free sanding celebrates 20 years of the Abranet net abrasive
   
15/9/20 - 13:42   ThingCo - selected for Virtual Trade Mission by UK Dept of International Trade
   
15/9/20 - 13:31   ABI - insurers respond to the judgment in Business Interruption test case brought by the FCA
   
15/9/20 - 13:09   Result of FCA’s Business Interruption test case - High Court rules some insurers should have paid out for losses caused by lockdown
   
15/9/20 - 12:37   Axalta - new Imron 2K high durability clearcoat for CVs delivers 4x better gloss retention
   
15/9/20 - 12:25   Fix Auto Leeds - new bodyshop site on course for November opening
   
15/9/20 - 09:35   ABP annual State of the Industry survey - closes 6pm Thursday; see below for highlights from analysis of first 200 responses
   
15/9/20 - 09:27   Audatex - helps bodyshops meet the new Thatcham IIR requirements ahead of March 2021
   
15/9/20 - 09:20   Estimated number of jobs in “wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles” increased by 51k (March-June 2020)
   
14/9/20 - 12:16   Distrigo Parts Distribution (PSA) - continues UK expansion with new Relay sites in Aldershot, Exeter, Oldham, Sheffield and Trowbridge
   
14/9/20 - 11:50   The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) - redundancy notifications by employers are running at more than double 2008 recession
   
14/9/20 - 11:40   The Motor Ombudsman - highlights "six golden rules" for consumers making a motor-related complaint
   
14/9/20 - 11:35   EV sales from carwow - Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Peugeot E-208 take the top 3 spots in '2020 Best Selling EVs' list
   
14/9/20 - 10:39   YouGov poll (end of August) - a quarter of bosses become ‘work from home’ converts
   
14/9/20 - 09:59   SMMT - only weeks left to save EU and UK auto sectors from €110 billion ‘no deal’ Brexit disaster
   
14/9/20 - 09:46   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - EV Group meets to discuss key issues facing dealers
   
14/9/20 - 09:21   IMI - resources for schools include interesting market data about the number of job posts in the body repair sector
   
14/9/20 - 09:04   BCA - sold record numbers of vehicles online in August
   
12/9/20 - 17:39   Highways Agency - 4 short stretches (5 miles) of motorway on M1, M5, M6, M602 to be reduced to 60mph 24/7 to reduce air pollution
   
11/9/20 - 14:11   MIB (Motor Insurers' Bureau) - to cut 10% of its 559 staff
   
11/9/20 - 14:06   Autovista Group’s COVID-19 tracker - residual values (RVs) in UK at 104.8% peak in first week of September
   
11/9/20 - 14:01   Activate Group (AGL) - appoint Lorna Turner (ex Pukka Insure and Action 365) to Head of Commercial role
   
11/9/20 - 13:20   UK and Japan agree "historic free trade agreement"
   
11/9/20 - 12:45   Fix Auto UK - appoints Grace Weddell (ex Goodwood Festival of Speed, Red Bull and Motorcycle Live) as Communications Manager
   
11/9/20 - 12:35   AW Repair Group - ninth bodyshop in Sherburn in Elmet near Leeds confirmed as an LV= GI sole supply site
   
10/9/20 - 14:38   EXCLUSIVE: Nationwide - the 32 sites still available from administrators of which 24 are "workshops"; list includes Witney Head Office
   
10/9/20 - 14:35   EXCLUSIVE: Nationwide - full list of the 77 bodyshop sites acquired by Redde
   
10/9/20 - 12:15   Warning to all bodyshops: recent Scam highlighted on ABP
   
10/9/20 - 12:05   BVRLA - 80% of all battery electric vehicles sold in the UK in 2019 were rental, leasing and fleet sector
   
10/9/20 - 12:02   Axalta - announces new Partnership with Brabham Automotive in Australia
   
10/9/20 - 11:24   More than 4 in 10 workers would be "plunged into financial hardship" if forced to self-isolate
   
10/9/20 - 11:17   Lloyd's of London - expects to pay out up to £5bn for coronavirus-related claims thanks to "exceptionally challenging" year
   
10/9/20 - 11:08   ABI - Helen Pickford (Zurich's CFO) appointed new Chair of ABI’s Audit Committee
   
10/9/20 - 10:56   ONS: coronavirus and the economic impacts on the UK - 28% of businesses reported they had no or less than 3 months cash reserves
   
10/9/20 - 10:05   AkzoNobel - continues to see improving trend in Q3 2020
   
10/9/20 - 10:02   Changes to DVLA and insurance COVID-19 temporary arrangements - 95,000 more driving tests to be made available from 14 September
   
10/9/20 - 09:50   Groupe Renault - test a blockchain project with IBM to certify compliance vehicle components
   
10/9/20 - 09:38   Japan: SkyDrive - Japanese company confirmed first public manned test flight of a flying car
   
10/9/20 - 09:28   AA Cars - Liverpool has Britain’s best value used cars with average asking price of £10,557
   
10/9/20 - 01:25   Nationwide - Judgment reveals: 20 May banking covenant breached; 24 June search for buyer began; 10 July PwC advised Co it was insolvent
   
09/9/20 - 23:05   ICDP - managing director Steve Young asks "What we can learn from the Nationwide administration?"
   
09/9/20 - 14:10   ABP annual State of the Industry survey - ABP Club bodyshop members PLEASE spend just 5 minutes to complete survey
   
09/9/20 - 13:03   FCA - Amerdeep Somal appointed as Complaints Commissioner
   
09/9/20 - 12:58   VBRA Commercial - publishes new truck and van recommended retail charge guide for its members
   
09/9/20 - 12:51   Institute of Directors (IoD) - calls for urgent extension of coronavirus insolvency measures
   
09/9/20 - 12:09   12.5 million motorists could have skipped car service because of COVID-19
   
09/9/20 - 11:56   SYNETIQ - appoints 3 new IT team members; boosting software development and Amazon Web Services (AWS) capability
   
09/9/20 - 11:55   Nationwide Accident Repair Services (and 8 subsidiary companies) - formal notice of Appointment of Administrators
   
09/9/20 - 11:45   "One-in-10 new cars sold in the UK last month were electric - things are definitely moving in the right direction when it comes to take-up"
   
09/9/20 - 11:39   AutoRaise - offer help to any Nationwide Accident Repair Centres Apprentices who have been made redundant
   
09/9/20 - 10:18   LKQ Europe - appoints Andras Lorincz (ex Hella) as CEO for the company’s Central and Eastern European business
   
09/9/20 - 09:56   Government - £12 million in funding announced to propel EV research projects on first World EV Day
   
09/9/20 - 09:44   Uber - will be fully 100% emission-free by 2040 (fully zero-emission platform in European cities and US and Canada by 2030)
   
09/9/20 - 09:30   Co-op - launches “T-plate” pilot to help young drivers with telematics feel safer on the roads
   
08/9/20 - 14:39   ABP Annual Convention and Night of Knights - confirmation that it will take place on Tues 3 Nov at larger venue, the ICC Birmingham
   
08/9/20 - 14:34   NBRA - finalising new RepairJobs website to help the 540 Nationwide staff and others who have lost their jobs; to be launched this week
   
08/9/20 - 14:26   To all bodyshop members - please spend 5 minutes to complete the annual ABP State of the Inistry survey
   
08/9/20 - 14:08   The Floow and Direct Line Group - launch app-based telematics insurance proposition
   
08/9/20 - 13:54   Autovista Group Insights - Brexit uncertainty and the automotive industry (video)
   
08/9/20 - 13:36   Small Torque - offer bodyshops a 30-day free trial on specialist 'done for you' social media management service
   
08/9/20 - 13:23   Hyundai - New Live Chat Video function launches today
   
08/9/20 - 13:21   British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) - businesses need flexible financial support to recover from pandemic
   
08/9/20 - 12:45   The British Motor Show - inaugural UK Automotive Industry Group breakfast meet hailed as "huge success"
   
08/9/20 - 12:38   RWC Training - introduces online training option for ADAS and EV courses with Our Virtual Academy
   
08/9/20 - 12:20   React Accident Repair Group (John Pattinson, Barry Whittles & Chris Elton) - expand into Lincolnshire with new bodyshop in Scunthorpe
   
08/9/20 - 10:06   Carrot - urges MPs to remove IPT for young drivers using black box insurance policies as data shows they cut accidents by 40%
   
08/9/20 - 09:58   HSE - carrying out spot inspections to ensure all workplaces are COVID-secure
   
08/9/20 - 09:45   Big Motoring World - used car supermarket group sold 2,715 cars in August, 46% increase vs 2019
   
08/9/20 - 09:34   Tempcover - temporary car and van insurance provider appoints Graeme McDermott (ex AA & Addison Lee) as Chief Data Officer
   
08/9/20 - 09:21   RAC - introduction of low traffic initiatives brought in at short notice since the coronavirus lockdown
   
07/9/20 - 17:50   bodyshop magazine -announce finalists for their awards; ceremony scheduled for 15 December in Wales
   
07/9/20 - 13:48   GoCompare - record new registrations add to the "September car insurance rush"
   
07/9/20 - 13:43   iRG Pontypridd site reopens after 7 months (the car and LCV bodyshop sites flooded back in February)
   
07/9/20 - 13:05   ABI - 107,000 fraudulent insurance claims worth £1.2 billion uncovered by insurers in 2019; motor fraud up 6% (£605 million)
   
07/9/20 - 12:52   OEC (formally Bluegrasscoms) and Mercedes-Benz Van - continue strategic partnership
   
07/9/20 - 12:40   Redde acquisition of Nationwide - NBRA comment
   
07/9/20 - 12:28   Lightfoot - company see 100% reduction in dangerous driving thanks to in-cab tech
   
07/9/20 - 10:05   Standox - adds a new clear to its Xtreme System to make bodyshops even more efficient
   
07/9/20 - 09:59   SMMT - LCV market drops by -16.1% as businesses wait for plate change
   
07/9/20 - 09:30   NFDA - 2020 Summer Dealer Attitude Survey
   
07/9/20 - 09:11   IMI - reviewing National Occupational Standards that feed directly into qualifications, now including Bus and Coach
   
07/9/20 - 07:41   NAHL Group - Group CEO, Russell Atkinson, resigns with immediate effective
   
06/9/20 - 15:29   Ageas - rejects takeover approach from BE Group, a "mysterious investment firm backed by former Lazard banker", reports Bloomberg
   
04/9/20 - 14:53   IBIS Global Summit - 2-day event in Monaco in November is cancelled; replaced by IBISTV, a 4-hour on-line TV programme on 19 Nov
   
04/9/20 - 14:19   How does a pre-pack administration work? A simple guide - the Redde Northgate / Nationwide deal was done via a pre-pack
   
04/9/20 - 14:18   Pre-pack administrations - how do they work with company pension funds? Nationwide had a £32m pension scheme deficit in last accounts
   
04/9/20 - 11:53   Ben - advice from the automotive industry charity on redundancy
   
04/9/20 - 11:41   Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) response to Unite EV statement - infrastructure includes having trained technicians
   
04/9/20 - 11:35   Unite union - Government support needed for UK electric vehicles
   
04/9/20 - 11:27   SMMT new car registrations - comparethemarket.com: "much more needs to be done to increase electric vehicle demand across the UK"
   
04/9/20 - 11:23   SMMT - billions invested in electric vehicle range but nearly half of UK buyers still think 2035 too soon to switch
   
04/9/20 - 11:12   Amazon - order 1,800 electric Mercedes-Benz Vans for European delivery fleet
   
04/9/20 - 10:55   Women in Automotive - interesting article on Australian car insurance start-up Stella Insurance (Sam White, CEO Freedom Group in UK)
   
04/9/20 - 10:42   carwow - leads from buying comparison website generate 7% of all new car sales in August
   
04/9/20 - 10:20   Nationwide - administrators confirm 540 redundancies as 30 sites closed
   
04/9/20 - 10:12   SMMT – August 2020 new car sales down 5.8% on last year; diesels drop 40% to take 16.4 % of market; hybrids up 227% to take 20.6% of market
   
04/9/20 - 10:10   Hastings Direct - app hits 1million downloads
   
04/9/20 - 09:55   Audatex - launches digital-driven FNOL & repair allocation solution, AudaTarget, in Ireland
   
04/9/20 - 07:08   Redde Northgate - acquire "certain businesses and certain assets of Nationwide" (77 of the 102 bodyshops) from the administrator for £11m
   
03/9/20 - 11:53   TTC Group and Collision Management Systems Ltd (CMS) - partner to create "world-first" for fleet driver safety
   
03/9/20 - 11:45   Volvo - all-inclusive Care by Volvo'car subscription includes ar payment, vehicle tax, maintenance and wear-and-tear cover
   
03/9/20 - 11:38   Nissan - achieves breakthrough in carbon fibre parts production; new process cuts development time for components
   
03/9/20 - 11:16   Auto Trader - August sees five months of consecutive growth for used car prices, increasing 6.1% year-on-year
   
03/9/20 - 11:11   August sees third consecutive monthly fuel price rise but prices not expected to rocket
   
03/9/20 - 10:55   Glass's - market shift from 86% manual cars to 14% automatic cars (in 2000) to 64% manual and 36% automatic (in 2019)
   
03/9/20 - 10:35   The Parts Alliance - invites repairers to join ‘The Big Gadget Giveaway’
   
03/9/20 - 09:17   Zurich Insurance - announce Tim Bailey (currently COO for Zurich EMEA) as new UK CEO from 1 Jan, succeeding Tulsi Naidu
   
02/9/20 - 17:07   Cenex-LCV (low-carbon vehicle) show - 18/19 Nov show at Millbrook is cancelled; on-line event to replace it; show returns in Sept 2021
   
02/9/20 - 14:14   Stoneacre - owner Richard Teatum, takes 3.69% stake in Vertu Motors
   
02/9/20 - 14:06   Body Repair Industry Trailblazer (BRIT) - chosen name for the new merged apprenticeship trailblazer groups for our industry
   
02/9/20 - 13:51   Catalytic converters - thefts of cats from parked cars in England and Wales increased 600% last year from 2,000 in 2018 to 13,000 in 2019
   
02/9/20 - 13:39   Swansway - survey find more parents will be driving their children to school because of coronavirus concerns
   
02/9/20 - 12:00   Zurich UK - CEO, Tulsi Naidu, leaves after 4 years to head up Zurich Asia Pacific (APAC); her replacement “will be announced imminently"
   
02/9/20 - 11:48   CarGurus - Piaggio Porter and Daihatsu Hijet microvans among UK’s most-searched rare cars
   
02/9/20 - 10:47   Eurorepar Car Service - Drive Now Pay Later initiative lets driver spread service & repair bills of more than £50 across 4 equal payments
   
02/9/20 - 10:35   "Insurers must continue to pass on claims savings" - ABI claims data (comparethemarket.com comment)
   
02/9/20 - 10:15   First Line - expanded Key Parts braking range
   
02/9/20 - 09:48   Willis Towers Watson article - hydrogen: vehicle propulsion of the future?
   
02/9/20 - 09:38   Novares Startup Program - call for automotive industry startups and small businesses
   
02/9/20 - 09:27   Europcar Mobility Group UK - reliance on home deliveries boosts Vans & Trucks business
   
02/9/20 - 09:05   ABI - motor claim volumes in Q2 fell 48% on last year; ave. claim increased 27% to £4,600; ave. personal injury claim up 34% to £19,500
   
02/9/20 - 08:52   KVF Consultants - 50% discount on all Intuity Health & Safety and HR online training courses for bodyshops
   
02/9/20 - 08:45   Zurich - accelerates roll-out of digital offering, announces key leadership appointments and new Executive Committee members
   
02/9/20 - 08:38   Pendragon - announces its 3 strategic priorities to "transform automotive retail through digital innovation and operational excellence"
   
02/9/20 - 08:16   Cambria - trading update; profit per car up 4% on last year; cost reduction programme underway with "significant reduction" in staff
   
02/9/20 - 00:10   Avant Automotive - appoint Chris Ryder (ex National Accident Repair Group) as Network Director
   
01/9/20 - 22:55   National Apprenticeship Awards - now open for entries until 25 September
   
01/9/20 - 22:33   Apprentices - government offer £2,000 cash incentive to employers for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25
   
01/9/20 - 22:08   MIMS Automechanika Moscow - November 2020 event cancelled; will now take place next year in normal calendar slot of 23 - 26 August 2021
   
01/9/20 - 14:09   Redde Northgate - background information to today's news
   
01/9/20 - 14:04   Nationwide - background information to today's news
   
01/9/20 - 13:51   QBE Insurance - Group CEO departs after an external investigation of his "workplace communications that did not meet the standards required"
   
01/9/20 - 13:43   Insurance Times awards - full list of all finalists; winners revealed at ceremony on 9 Dec; finalists include Audatex and Kindertons
   
01/9/20 - 11:26   iRG - take delivery of a brand new fleet of courtesy cars ahead of reopening Pontypridd sites next week
   
01/9/20 - 11:21   Innovative Repair Group (iRG) - take delivery of new fleet of courtesy cars ahead of reopening 𝐏𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐝 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐬 next week
   
01/9/20 - 11:21   Innovative Repair Group (iRG) - take delivery of new fleet of courtesy cars ahead of reopening 𝐏𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐝 sites next week
   
01/9/20 - 11:20   Innovative Repair Group (iRG) - take delivery of new fleet of courtesy cars ahead of reopening 𝐏𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐝 sites next week
   
01/9/20 - 10:37   Solus Accident Repair Centres - congratulates Ed Cassalls, MET Technician at Park Royal, Thatcham sponsored Apprentice Mentor of the Year
   
01/9/20 - 10:16   RAC - crackdown on rogue private car parking firms
   
01/9/20 - 10:13   Fronius - up to 70% less rework with upgraded Fronius TransSteel Pulse
   
01/9/20 - 10:07   Spies Hecker - Phoenix Cloud digital colour management: web-based database and WIFI connection between different devices in bodyshop
   
01/9/20 - 07:28   Nationwide - Redde Northgate "confirms it is in advanced discussions about a possible transaction involving Nationwide Accident Repair"
   
01/9/20 - 01:24   Nationwide - Redde Northgate "in advance talks" to buy business, tweets Sky New city editor, but warns "deal could still fall apart"
   
01/9/20 - 01:16   AA - Warburg Pincus talking to two other buyout firms - Centerbridge Partners and Towerbrook Capital - about a joint bid for the company
   
01/9/20 - 01:10   Saga - Sir Roger de Haan (son of founder) - who sold company in 2004 for £1.35 bn - to return as chairman, injecting £100m for a 20% stake
   
01/9/20 - 00:14   Government - launches consultation on ban on pavement parking
   
01/9/20 - 00:07   Government - expected to bring forward ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030; hybrid sales may be allowed until 2035
   
31/8/20 - 21:51   Capita - to permanently close nearly 100 of its 250 UK offices; many of its 45,000 UK staff will continue to work from home
   
28/8/20 - 14:12   ABP Annual Convention and Night of Knights - now confirmed to go ahead on Tues 3 Nov at a larger venue, the ICC Birmingham
   
28/8/20 - 13:47   Auto-Motivate (Mike Monaghan) - to work with Edwyn van Rooyen (ex Validus and Verisk) to bring T-Cup wellbeing app to automotive industry
   
28/8/20 - 13:24   ONS (Office for National Statistics) - around 1 in 1,980 people in England had coronoavirus last week - 28,200 out of 56 million
   
28/8/20 - 13:16   ABI - Insurers commit to extending Covid-19 customer pledges
   
28/8/20 - 12:10   25% of business energy bills are incorrect... is your bodyshop overpaying?
   
28/8/20 - 12:01   What Car? - signs up Pendragon to its New Car Buying platform
   
28/8/20 - 11:59   BCA - adds Proxy Bidding to BCA Buyer app
   
28/8/20 - 11:58   Association of British Insurers (ABI) - motor insurers commit to extending Covid-19 customer pledges
   
28/8/20 - 11:48   Aviva - data shows supermarket and DIY store car parks are amongst claim hotspots for bank holidays
   
28/8/20 - 11:40   Service Certainty imageproof - recognises the first of its Professional Photographe (Pros) to complete 10K assignments
   
28/8/20 - 11:10   Inspiring Automotive Women Awards (IAW Awards) 2020 - nominations open (closing date Monday 5 October)
   
28/8/20 - 10:41   Carzam (online used car shop, set to launch in October) - former Carshop director Kirk O’Callaghan to take CEO role
   
28/8/20 - 10:35   Thatcham Research - new section on www.thatcham.org called 'Innovating in the face of challenge' includes video and blog content
   
27/8/20 - 15:18   Daily Mail This is Money site - "PUNT OF THE WEEK: Redde Northgate offers services for commercial vehicle fleets"
   
27/8/20 - 14:14   BMW - to cut agency worker 520 jobs in UK; 400 at MINI plant in Oxford, 100 at engine factory and 20 at pressing plant
   
27/8/20 - 14:09   Ineos - make offer for smart car factory in France to make new Grenadier (resembles Land Rover Defender) rather than in new factory in Wales
   
27/8/20 - 13:29   ERS (formerly Equity Red Star) - half-year results: profits up 900% to £28m om premiums down 8% to £168m
   
27/8/20 - 11:50   March 2021 could see more businesses go under than at the peak of lockdown
   
27/8/20 - 11:35   SMMT - July UK car production down -20.8%
   
27/8/20 - 11:32   insurethebox - safe drivers could save 36% with insurethebox insurance, says telematics provider
   
27/8/20 - 11:27   National Automotive Industry Day at The British Motor Show (19 August 2021) - with the IMI, featuring Thatcham Research
   
27/8/20 - 11:15   Tracker - keyless car theft continues to rise in 2020; Range Rover Sport continues to be no. 1 favourite with car thieves
   
27/8/20 - 11:07   Ben, the automotive industry charity - tips to help you and your colleagues cope with grief
   
27/8/20 - 10:55   Power-TEC - new large-sized flame-resistant welding blanket
   
27/8/20 - 10:45   Xpress Centres - repair network switches courtesy cars for Enterprise Car Club in "industry first"
   
26/8/20 - 14:12   vehicle thefts - steep rise predicted as organised thieves scramble to export stolen cars and parts before the end of Brexit transition
   
26/8/20 - 14:07   CARS show (Complete Auto Recycling Show) - postponed from Nov 2020 to 15-16 September 2021 at Stoneleigh Park
   
26/8/20 - 11:25   IMI - "use the levy money before it disappears"
   
26/8/20 - 11:13   AX: iconic Aston Martin DB5 theft - UK-wide appeal for Bond car’s safe return
   
26/8/20 - 10:53   LV= Britannia Rescue (LV= BR) - 50% increase in wheel and tyre problems during last August’s bank holiday weekend
   
26/8/20 - 10:45   IRG - providing customers with a new "Off-Lease repair service"
   
26/8/20 - 10:32   RAC - predicts "bumper bank holiday on the roads"; 18m leisure trips by car planned (1.8m more than last year)
   
26/8/20 - 10:12   IMI’s TechSafe professional standards - "getting ready for the [EV] revolution"
   
25/8/20 - 10:46   Allianz Holdings - appoints Christopher Twemlow as new chief legal officer
   
25/8/20 - 10:42   Lightfoot - sponsor Brake’s new virtual fleet safety exhibition
   
25/8/20 - 10:39   Two supercars crash in Swiss Alps as both drivers try to overtake a motor home at the same time - £3MILLION repair bill
   
25/8/20 - 10:38   Two supercars crash in Swiss Alps as both drivers try to overtake a motor home at the same time - £3 repair bill
   
25/8/20 - 10:34   Just 25% of those working in the automotive sector expect a pay rise in the next 12 months
   
25/8/20 - 10:29   SEAT - Colour in to charge up: children redesign ‘ugly’ charge points to help UK embrace EV infrastructure
   
25/8/20 - 10:27   Cromax - introduces new ChromaWeb app designed to drive bodyshop productivity
   
25/8/20 - 10:25   Allianz Partners - supports global standard for charging battery-powered EVs
   
25/8/20 - 10:06   Europcar Mobility Group UK - supporting Challenge 72 in aid of Grenfell Tower victims
   
25/8/20 - 10:01   RAC - wins three-year, 750,000-vehicle contract to inspect vehicles for BCA
   
25/8/20 - 09:57   Jenkins & Pain - Kent-based bodyshop says since lockdown "we have completely changed how we operate"
   
25/8/20 - 09:39   MoneySuperMarket - London’s Ilford and Romford postcodes have the highest rate of reported car thefts in the UK
   
24/8/20 - 11:41   National Body Repair Association (NBRA) - calls for Job Retention Scheme extensions
   
24/8/20 - 11:19   RWC Training and Auto-Motivate - collaborate to offer repairers technical training and motivational coaching
   
24/8/20 - 11:10   CAPS - connection To CAPS provides instant access to Advantage Parts Solutions
   
24/8/20 - 10:34   G3 Vehicle Auction - new £12m purpose-built facility, located off Junction 32 of the M62 in Yorkshire, inc 14 sq ft repair centre
   
24/8/20 - 09:56   RAC - court exemption allows driver with 68 points on their licence to legally drive on the road
   
24/8/20 - 09:50   insurethebox - latest campaign from telematics provider uses gamification
   
24/8/20 - 09:21   Thatcham Research - Apprentices set to return to Automotive Academy for onsite training from 7 Sept
   
24/8/20 - 09:13   Adrian Flux - Norfolk-based motor broker to hire 185 staff for offices in East Winch, King’s Lynn and Norwich
   
24/8/20 - 09:01   Volta Trucks - Volta Zero full electric commercial vehicle to be launched online on Thurs 3 Sept
   
21/8/20 - 22:52   Highways England - unveils the details of £27.4 billion investment in the strategic road network across the country.
   
21/8/20 - 14:05   Association of Consumer Support Organisations (ASCO) - personal injury claim volumes from motor fell 17.4% in the first half of 2020
   
21/8/20 - 13:51   ABP Guide to Retail Charges - reminder that 6pm Monday is deadline for submission of your values and input; will include covid charges
   
21/8/20 - 11:26   BCR Associates - range of business services available from Club Member
   
21/8/20 - 11:02   PPG Moonwalk - “Technicians better utilised painting the car rather than mixing paint, which most [can do] with this new tech," says AW
   
21/8/20 - 10:42   Bodyshops using LPG or gas / oil could be spending over £30k per year on either of these fuels per site
   
21/8/20 - 10:28   Jaguar Land Rover - upcycles aluminium to cut carbon emissions by a quarter
   
21/8/20 - 10:23   Econ Engineering (country’s largest producer of gritters and road mending vehicles) - invests £2m in new service hub & parts hub
   
21/8/20 - 10:12   LKQ Europe - Alex Gelbcke to step in as the new CEO of Fource
   
21/8/20 - 10:08   Tracker's monthly Stolen Vehicle Recovery Infographic - £942,361 recovered in July 2020
   
21/8/20 - 08:19   Which? - 7 models should be recalled for widespread faults: Nissan Pulsar, Juke, Qashqai; Range Rover Sport, Velar; Tesla S; BMW 5 touring
   
20/8/20 - 19:21   ERS Insurance - appoint Francois-Xavier Boisseau (ex Ageas and AXA) as chairman
   
20/8/20 - 11:58   LKQ Euro Car Parts - new campaign to help bodyshops sell more added value services
   
20/8/20 - 11:53   Fix Auto UK - Rob Pugh makes the '30 Under 30: Rising Stars' list
   
20/8/20 - 11:41   ECA Business Energy - offers repairers opportunity to buy energy at rates only previously available to high volume users
   
20/8/20 - 11:14   ONS - 10% businesses at "moderate" risk of insolvency
   
20/8/20 - 11:12   ONS - traffic almost back to pre-lockdown levels; currently 9% lower than in Feb
   
20/8/20 - 10:51   British Car Auctions (BCA) - introduces Click and Collect service
   
20/8/20 - 10:03   Tracker - helps dealers to safely supervise solo test drives and protect stock
   
20/8/20 - 09:57   ThingCo - Jonathon Valentine, CTO for ThingCo named Young Insurer of the Year
   
20/8/20 - 09:45   IAA UK (formerly HBC Salvage) - implement the INFORM Transportation Management System as part of their technology modernisation programme
   
20/8/20 - 09:18   Vertu - trading update: profit of £7.4m in July, compared to loss of £5.2m from March to June; acquisitions currently being evaluated
   
20/8/20 - 08:54   Lookers - trading update: material underlying PBT loss for H1; confirm closure of 27 dealers and 1,400 redundancies (22% of staff) this year
   
20/8/20 - 08:43   Lookers - update on delayed 2019 accounts; further work needed on the Group's corporate leasing division and vehicle financing arrangements
   
19/8/20 - 14:07   Thatcham Research - Matthew Avery offers their view of the Government's consultation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems
   
19/8/20 - 12:07   Inflation rate - CPI rose to 1.0% for the 12 months to July 2020; RPI also rose to 1.6%
   
19/8/20 - 11:35   LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) - authorised UK service network doubles in size
   
19/8/20 - 11:31   Lloyd’s & KPMG - COVID-19 brings intangible assets into full focus
   
19/8/20 - 11:18   Germany: Mercedes-Benz - telematics-based “InScore” can save drivers up to 30%
   
19/8/20 - 11:07   QBE Insurance - gives back over £10 million to motor fleet customers in the UK affected by lockdown
   
19/8/20 - 10:48   IMI article - diversification has provided important boost for automotive sector during pandemic
   
19/8/20 - 10:37   Volkswagen Group Paint and Body - Volkswagen ID.3 Self Study Program (SSP) now on Volkswagen Group Paint and Body's Insurer Portal
   
19/8/20 - 10:08   RAC - authorities in London and Cardiff collected £58.2m from drivers committing "moving traffic offences"
   
19/8/20 - 10:03   BookMyGarage.com - accidents in 20mph zones rise nearly 150% in three years
   
19/8/20 - 09:44   IMI - reports increased interest from Careers Advisors in automotive apprenticeships ahead of GCSE results day
   
18/8/20 - 14:07   ONS (Office for National Statistics) - 97.5% of automotive businesses now open; 73% say their operating costs have risen due to covid
   
18/8/20 - 12:49   Select Bodyshop Group (SBG) - "significant interest and initial membership applications" for new bodyshop group
   
18/8/20 - 12:08   Polestar Space at Westfield - will open to the public in October 2020
   
18/8/20 - 11:52   Allianz - research reveals cost, green credentials and technology are key drivers for fleet managers
   
18/8/20 - 11:49   Belgium: First Brands Group (formerly TRICO Group) - automotive replacement parts manufacturer renamed
   
18/8/20 - 11:40   Government - launches Automated Lane Keeping System call for evidence
   
18/8/20 - 11:39   Government - launches Automated Lane Keeping System call for evidence
   
18/8/20 - 11:31   Allianz - raises half a million pounds for charity partner Mind
   
18/8/20 - 09:34   AX - ‘major’ speeding incidents tripled during lockdown occurring on av every 32 miles in April (compared to every 94 miles in Feb)
   
18/8/20 - 09:28   Australia: All Auto Recalls (AAR) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and AAR's Australia partner to recover affected Takata airbag inflators
   
18/8/20 - 09:26   Marshalls - covid reduced turnover by £300m in H1; turned £15m profit into £10m loss;encouraging reopening, confident of long-term prospects
   
18/8/20 - 09:20   Copart - launches new vehicle grading system for condition of external bodywork
   
18/8/20 - 09:07   Glasurit - Synergy Dashboard offers repairers "best-in-class" remote technical support for the "new normal"
   
18/8/20 - 09:04   bodyshop magazine - list of all "30 under 30" winners; inc 15 from bodyshops, 7 from suppliers, 2 from Thatcham, 2 from Innovation Group
   
17/8/20 - 14:24   ABP Club bodyshop members - look out in your emails for your chance to help shape the new ABP Club Guide to Retail Charges
   
17/8/20 - 12:31   Apollo Motor Group Apprentice, Luke Hope - brave Luke remains positive despite cruel health setback
   
17/8/20 - 12:15   Hills Salvage and Recycling - donates "significant amount" to local youth charity in Wigan
   
17/8/20 - 11:26   Laser Tools - new 2020 catalogue now available!
   
17/8/20 - 11:19   IFED - couple sentenced for several fraudulent claims for made up car crashes
   
17/8/20 - 11:14   What Car? - cash discounts of more than 20% available on some of the most popular models ahead of September numberplate change
   
17/8/20 - 09:44   Guy Salmon (Sytner Group) - new Jaguar Land Rover ‘Statement Site’ & bodyshop in South West London (former JLR Thames Ditton)
   
17/8/20 - 09:37   RAC article - are older people more vulnerable on the road? Deaths among over 60s up by 8%, according to DfT figures
   
17/8/20 - 09:18   Churchill Car Insurance - millions of parents buying, or gifted second-hand car seats are unaware of the dangers
   
14/8/20 - 14:37   USA: PPG - receives US Government funding for energy-saving automotive paints and coatings
   
14/8/20 - 14:31   IBIS Monaco - FCO now "advise against all but essential travel to Monaco"; must self-isolate for 2 weeks on return; event starts 19 Nov
   
14/8/20 - 11:40   ECA Business Energy - specialist team work with more than 300 bodyshops, generating total savings of more than £3 million
   
14/8/20 - 11:19   iRG's Pontypridd site Driver, Rob Evans, nominated as a Road Haulage Association HGV Hero
   
14/8/20 - 11:13   Automotive Careers Expo - to run alongside two events in 2021 – The British Motor Show and CDX, the expo for the UK Motor Trade
   
14/8/20 - 11:03   White cars continue to enjoy surge in popularity but black remains most common
   
14/8/20 - 10:49   Fix Auto Slough - transform's £100k special edition Tesla Model X belonging to local YouTuber, Anishvin
   
14/8/20 - 10:03   iRG - welcome Mike Monaghan, Auto-Motive, hosts all-day motivational coaching session for iRG's team leaders
   
14/8/20 - 09:56   TrustFord - charity fishing match reels in over £3,600 for CRUK
   
13/8/20 - 14:12   SYNETIQ - secures contract with Stocalfe Response
   
13/8/20 - 14:05   MG Cannon - 5 of their sites confirmed as part of the new Groupe PSA UK network of 100 sites approved for Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Vauxhall
   
13/8/20 - 13:53   Admiral - fascinating insight from earnings conference; "inflation of accidental damage repair claims has been higher than normal"
   
13/8/20 - 13:29   UK traffic volumes - continue to creep up; last week cars were at 86% of normal on weekdays and 101% of normal at weekend
   
13/8/20 - 11:44   Zurich UK - H1 results: UK general insurance made "excellent progress" despite £140m hit from "COVID-19 claims" leading to £35m loss
   
13/8/20 - 10:19   Theory test failures - only 1 in 10 drivers answer questions correctly
   
13/8/20 - 10:10   Standox - "fewer steps, more distance": Standox supports bodyshops’ new ways of working
   
13/8/20 - 10:05   RAC - growth in public electric vehicle chargers (5x growth since 2015)
   
13/8/20 - 09:59   Eurorepar Car Service (PSA-backed garage network) - “Opportunities abound in the post-pandemic aftermarket”, says
   
13/8/20 - 09:39   BCA - online LCV market remains "exceptionally strong"
   
13/8/20 - 09:10   BGL - add Premier Underwriting to their panel of motor insurers
   
13/8/20 - 09:02   BGL - signs new five-year motor insurance deal with Lloyds Banking Group; customer growth and banking integration are key elements
   
13/8/20 - 08:12   Anexo Group (inc DAMS and Bond Turner) - "activity levels for our Credit Hire division returning to normal"; VW emissions case proceeding
   
12/8/20 - 14:13   Circloe Leasing - appoint Sarah Minogue as new Head of Sales
   
12/8/20 - 13:56   IMI - CEO, Steve Nash, says "Be prepared for the next challenge"
   
12/8/20 - 11:49   PPG - provides July sales update and increases third quarter 2020 sales estimates
   
12/8/20 - 11:32   eBay UK and Aviva Insurance - ebay UK holds webinars with repairers and Aviva Insurance
   
12/8/20 - 11:09   Refund-chasing and switching insurance were most time-consuming ‘money admin’ chores in lockdown
   
12/8/20 - 11:06   Venson - easing of lockdown highlights "erratic and discourteous" driving behaviour
   
12/8/20 - 10:55   Accident Credit Group Ltd (ACG) - offers an industry first - Advance Repair Invoice Funding for vehicle repairers
   
12/8/20 - 09:43   Admiral - H1 results; turnover down 4% to £1,690m but profits up 31% to £286m due to continued significant improvements in back year claims
   
12/8/20 - 08:22   UK - officially in recession for first time in 11 years as economy shrank 20.4% in Q2; economy began to bounce back in June
   
12/8/20 - 07:33   Admiral - appoint Milena Mondini de Focatiis as Executive Director (Group CEO Designate) to replace David Stevens after transition period
   
11/8/20 - 14:38   ABP Guide to Retail Charges - thank you for ideas for new items; consultation goes out tomorrow to all ABP member bodyshops on Wednesday
   
11/8/20 - 14:10   Fleet & Mobility Live (from Fleet News mag) - cancel 6 & 7 Oct event; replaced by 3-day on-line ‘virtual extravaganza’ from 17 - 19 Nov
   
11/8/20 - 12:10   LKQ Euro Car Parts - an uptick in used car sales will be "good news for the independent aftermarket" if it continues
   
11/8/20 - 12:06   ECA Business Energy - energy is one of the top costs in all businesses yet is one that is ignored by many; bodyshops can save up to 20%
   
11/8/20 - 11:56   Tracker - urges buyers and owners to protect their investment as demand for vehicles and parts rises
   
11/8/20 - 11:46   Option of furlough extension should be kept open, say small firms, as 730,000 jobs lost
   
11/8/20 - 11:43   SMMT - UK used car sales halve to 1 million as coronavirus hits Q2 demand: Fiesta, Golf & Focus top best-sellers list
   
11/8/20 - 11:43   SMMT - UK used car sales halve to 1 million as coronavirus hits Q2 demand: Fiesta, Golf & Focus top best-sellers list
   
11/8/20 - 11:32   Office for National Statistics (ONS) - number of employees in the UK on payrolls is down around 730,000 compared with March 2020
   
11/8/20 - 11:22   James Alpe - bodyshop estimator, John Holmes, named Peugeot Audatex Estimator of the Year
   
11/8/20 - 09:37   insurethebox - 1,060 accidents prevented in last four years with targeted speed-reduction campaign
   
11/8/20 - 09:33   BookMyGarage - MOT capacity "becoming a challenge"; additional repair work as part of MOT & Service bookings almost double same month 2019
   
11/8/20 - 09:28   i-Wonder - New Managing Director and other appointments at insurance aggregation specialist
   
10/8/20 - 14:09   Last chance for your ideas for new items to be included in new edition of ABP Guide to Retail Charges; thank you for ideas already submitted
   
10/8/20 - 13:55   Zurich UK - reveal 5-year deal to underwrite policies for By Miles, the specialist targeting drivers covering under 7,000 miles a year
   
10/8/20 - 13:23   Zurich - work begins this month on new "state of the art" offices in Swindon office for 950 staff; completion planned for 2022
   
10/8/20 - 12:21   6.7 million drivers caught by £1.9 billion ‘loyalty tax’ - 40% increase in drivers auto-renewing their insurance
   
10/8/20 - 12:15   BCA - used car values stabilise at BCA in July as volumes continue to rise
   
10/8/20 - 12:01   CAPS - month ending July: unique claims at 63% (against Jan 2020), up 3% since end June
   
10/8/20 - 10:03   HMRC - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinars (link below to register)
   
10/8/20 - 09:58   insurethebox - telematics company nominated in the Insurance Choice Awards 2020
   
10/8/20 - 09:49   Vauxhall - one of the UK’s largest fleet operators orders 270 fully electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e vans and 9 Corsa-e cars
   
10/8/20 - 09:43   KVF - preparing to deliver COVID secure first aid training for customers in the motor industry
   
10/8/20 - 09:04   Investors in People – 8 tips for improving employee wellbeing today
   
10/8/20 - 08:48   UK drivers plan on packing in 45m daytrips in August
   
07/8/20 - 13:03   Ageas - H1 results: profits halved on premiums down 2.5%; motor premiums down 8.6%
   
07/8/20 - 12:19   CV-Library - automotive job numbers down 73.6% compared to last year, but opportunities increase month-on-month
   
07/8/20 - 12:15   Thatcham Research Automotive Academy - video (link below) includes delegates talking about new COVID secure measures
   
07/8/20 - 12:04   MONDAY is still the most popular day to buy a car online
   
07/8/20 - 11:26   Ssangyong Motors - relocate UK operations
   
07/8/20 - 11:11   Admiral - a fifth of parents have had a near-miss behind the wheel after being distracted by kids
   
07/8/20 - 11:05   Whiplash reform (delayed until April 2021) - "delay costs British drivers £1.3 billion in extra car insurance premiums"
   
07/8/20 - 10:56   PPG article - autonomous vehicles will only avoid one third of accidents
   
07/8/20 - 23:59   Face masks - mandatory from Saturday in many more places - full list; now includes "storage and distribution facilities"
   
06/8/20 - 18:46   Automechanika Dubai - 2020 event cancelled (due to take place 19-21 Oct 2020); 2021 event to be held 7-9 June 2021
   
06/8/20 - 18:14   London Marathon - 2020 race on 4 Oct cancelled; 2021 race has to miss its usual slot in April (due to Olympics) and will be on 3 Oct 2021
   
06/8/20 - 14:05   IMI - 87% fall in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship starts in June, compared to average fall of 57% across all apprenticeships
   
06/8/20 - 14:04   Department for Transport - weekend traffic was ABOVE normal for first time since February; weekday at 90% of normal
   
06/8/20 - 13:45   Post mag Claims and Fraud awards - physical ceremony on 1 October cancelled and replaced by on-line virtual event on same date
   
06/8/20 - 11:46   Aviva - H1 results: UK general insurance made £66m loss (compared to £141m profit H1 2019); "aim is to be the UK’s leading insurer"
   
06/8/20 - 11:24   EDT Automotive - new video showcases Interior Sanitation Machine
   
06/8/20 - 11:21   Govt initiative to recruit apprentices who have been made redundant - AutoRaise asks repairers to get in touch for advice
   
06/8/20 - 10:01   LV= General Insurance - launches monthly car insurance subscription called 'Flow'
   
06/8/20 - 09:26   By Miles (PAYG motor insurer) - 30 million drivers plan to drive less to reduce emissions
   
06/8/20 - 09:17   BVRLA - vehicle rental "green shoots" as UK holidaymakers hire vehicles for staycations
   
06/8/20 - 09:00   Comparethemarket.com - 61% of people expected to drive to work when they return to the office, compared to 34% prior to coronavirus
   
06/8/20 - 08:57   Bank of England - expects the economy to shrink by 9.5% in 2020 (improvement on initial estimate of a 14% contraction)
   
06/8/20 - 08:44   What Car? Electric Car Awards - wins for BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Tesla & Volvo
   
05/8/20 - 23:20   SEMA - 2020 show CANCELLED; scheduled to take place 3-6 Nov 2020 in Las Vegas; show will return in Nov 2021
   
05/8/20 - 15:24   RSA - to cut 300 jobs "to further reduce the running costs of our UK business"
   
05/8/20 - 14:17   Please help ABP with your ideas for new items to be included in the revised edition of Guide to Retail Charges
   
05/8/20 - 14:08   Allianz Insurance (inc LV=) - H1 results: operating profit of combined business up 209% on premiums up 3%
   
05/8/20 - 13:44   Hastings - H1 results: "lower claims frequencies partially offset by continued inflation in repair and third party credit hire costs"
   
05/8/20 - 13:21   SMMT - UK van sales up 7.1% in July
   
05/8/20 - 13:12   Toyota - ranked best automotive business in UK Customer Satisfaction Index
   
05/8/20 - 11:13   Venson - post-lockdown travel the ticking time bomb of "Grey Fleet"
   
05/8/20 - 11:09   Tracker partners with DreamLease - fleet and private leasing specialist offers stolen vehicle recovery solutions
   
05/8/20 - 11:04   ‘No need to speed’ announced as theme for UK Road Safety Week 2020
   
05/8/20 - 10:45   CitNOW - founding member of Hub 365, an online portal for suppliers
   
05/8/20 - 10:44   Hastings - board recommends acceptance of 250p offer from Sampo (Finnish insurer) and Rand Merchant [RMI] (South African investment company)
   
05/8/20 - 10:31   Carwow - new car sales show market promise as September plate change approaches
   
05/8/20 - 10:11   AX - 'Crash for cash' schemes explained as fraudulent car collision claims rise (last year that fraudulent claims increased 45%)
   
05/8/20 - 10:06   HM Treasury - 1.2 million businesses supported through Covid-19 lending schemes
   
05/8/20 - 09:43   The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker - 55% firms report cashflow crash since June
   
05/8/20 - 09:41   SMMT – July 2020 new car sales up 11.3% on last year to 174,877; pure battery car sales up 259%, hybrids up 143%
   
05/8/20 - 00:58   Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards - physical ceremony on 15 October cancelled and replaced by on-line virtual event on same date
   
05/8/20 - 00:57   Insurance Times Tech & Innovation Awards - physical ceremony on 17 September cancelled and replaced by on-line virtual event on same date
   
04/8/20 - 14:30   Ford Motor Co - CEO Jim Hackett (65) retires 1 Oct; replaced by Jim Farley (58) current chief operating officer
   
04/8/20 - 14:22   Richard Taylor (ex-GT Motive, LKQ and Audatex) - joins asTech (Automotive Service Technicians) as European Business Development Director
   
04/8/20 - 13:57   ABP Guide to Retail Charges (supported by 3M) - please tell us what new items you want to see included; work on new edition begins next week
   
04/8/20 - 13:38   Stoneacre - acquire Hodgson Motor Group (Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki) in Newcastle and Gateshead
   
04/8/20 - 12:34   Co-op Insurance - trade union Unite angry at "outrageous sale to known union busting organisation Markerstudy" with loss of 200 jobs
   
04/8/20 - 11:43   Prasco - introduce live delivery tracking system; customers constantly updated with delivery time
   
04/8/20 - 10:02   Carlac - complete purchase of Diverse Distribution (formerly North East Factors)
   
04/8/20 - 09:45   Allianz - 71% fleet managers say the cost of vehicle repair influences the choice of vehicles in their fleet
   
04/8/20 - 09:36   Which? - furloughed workers three times more likely to have defaulted on a payment
   
04/8/20 - 09:28   GYS - confirms its latest Tesla approvals are applicable for all Tesla models including the new Model Y
   
04/8/20 - 09:10   UK Carline - the impact of WLTP on company car tax and "how to beat it by looking at electric vehicles"
   
04/8/20 - 09:10   Direct Line - H1 results: group pre-tax profit down 9.5%; motor operating profit up 43% with "favourable claims frequency"
   
04/8/20 - 09:00   RAC - July was another bad month for drivers with petrol and diesel going up by 3p a litre
   
04/8/20 - 08:52   Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - further help needed for employers, say small firms, as furlough wind-down begins
   
04/8/20 - 08:44   AA - receives takeover approaches from 3 separate parties who are interested in buying the company
   
04/8/20 - 01:20   Fix Auto UK - Ian Pugh features in 24 min video interview with Car Dealer magazine
   
03/8/20 - 13:08   IMPROVE online learning (part of the ABP Club Hub) - bodyshop customer service skills development: curate your own content
   
03/8/20 - 12:49   Ben - support the health and wellbeing of your team and help to raise money for the automotive industry charity
   
03/8/20 - 11:24   drivvn - launches to accelerate digital sales revolution for car manufacturers and retailers
   
03/8/20 - 11:05   Lloyd’s - launches new Culture Dashboard and sets gender target for the insurance market
   
03/8/20 - 10:50   Australia: AMA Group - Andy Hopkins CEO "I'd love to take AMA into Asia and Malaysia and even back to the UK"
   
03/8/20 - 10:26   Scrap Car Comparison - UK automotive market shows early signs of recovery
   
03/8/20 - 10:16   Allianz Holdings (Allianz Insurance and LV= General Insurance) - appoints Julie Harrison as new chief HR officer
   
03/8/20 - 10:11   Cromax - ChromaConnect: wireless, digita colour management for bodyshops
   
03/8/20 - 10:01   Power-TEC - portable ozone generator for bodyshop to destroy viruses and bacteria
   
03/8/20 - 09:32   RAC - 1.5m drivers to drive to Europe for the first time ever this summer in wake of the coronavirus
   
01/8/20 - 20:30   Synetiq - huge fire on Friday night at Motorhog in Doncaster damages around 900 cars, but no injuries
   
31/7/20 - 23:42   Hastings - "meet Gethyn Davies, our Commercial Manager, and hear about his experiences joining Hastings Direct remotely"
   
31/7/20 - 14:37   NBRA - welcomes Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) for the safe repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles, BUT has concerns for repairers
   
31/7/20 - 14:22   Motofix Group - joins Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP)
   
31/7/20 - 14:12   Ford - Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) can automatically switch to electric-only power as it enters defined geographic areas
   
31/7/20 - 14:03   Coronavirus - lockdown easing postponed in England; masks to be mandatory in all public indoor settings from 8 Aug
   
31/7/20 - 12:29   Autovista Group survey - industrt view in a post-lockdown market; more optimistic but pre-pandemic concerns returning
   
31/7/20 - 12:13   Ofgem proposals to transform local electricity networks to cope with 11m EVs predicted to be on the road by 2030
   
31/7/20 - 12:05   NFDA - "businesses" need "adequate support" from the Government during "crucial transition to a zero-emission market”
   
31/7/20 - 11:58   ŠKODA - achieves operating profit of €228 million euros in first half of 2020 despite COVID-19 pandemic
   
31/7/20 - 11:52   Autocar Business Live - webinar with Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
   
31/7/20 - 11:22   Absolute Alignment - new 2-year Team Dynamics BTCC partnership
   
31/7/20 - 11:13   Volta Trucks and DPD - bring full-electric large commercial vehicle parcel deliveries to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone
   
31/7/20 - 10:49   Allianz - raise £30,000 for charity partner Mind with "Stronger Together" lockdown challenge
   
31/7/20 - 01:35   Thatcham Research - publish set of Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) for the safe repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles
   
31/7/20 - 01:03   IAM RoadSmart - calls for Government action to drive down casualties on UK roads despite lowest figures since 1979
   
30/7/20 - 14:12   Volkswagen group - H1 2020 results: £720 million operating loss (£9 billion PROFIT last year) as sales fell by 27%
   
30/7/20 - 14:08   Renault - made £6.5 billion loss in first half of 2020 as sales fell by 35%
   
30/7/20 - 14:01   ABI - publish new 6-page report on the insurance industry's response to the COVID-19 crisis; includes what they did for motor customers
   
30/7/20 - 13:09   Select Bodyshop Group - new bodyshop group opportunity
   
30/7/20 - 12:30   PRA - outlines forecourts’ concerns with 2035 combustion engine ban proposal
   
30/7/20 - 12:21   TJ Vickers - new finance for car dealers "looks set to get personal"; business owner providing security in the form of a personal guarantee
   
30/7/20 - 12:19   Venson - survey shows 68% of people think motorists are now more distracted by in-car tech
   
30/7/20 - 12:16   1 in 3 consumers "don’t understand" hybrid cars
   
30/7/20 - 12:09   Ben - launches new virtual challenges inspired by Formula 1: Formula Ben Silverstone VGP
   
30/7/20 - 11:57   Glass's - demand in the new market for convertibles is "waning once more"
   
30/7/20 - 11:50   LKQ - Q2 results: global revenue down 19% to $2.6 billion: pre-tax profits down 20.9% to $163m; "we finished the quarter solidly"
   
30/7/20 - 11:35   RAC - reacts to provisional reported road casualty data for 2019
   
30/7/20 - 10:54   Spies Hecker - new Permasolid Speed-TEC Clear Coat 8810
   
30/7/20 - 10:06   Pendragon (Evans Halshaw and Stratstone) - close 15 dealerships with loss of 400 jobs; further 1,400 jobs to go as result of "efficiencies"
   
30/7/20 - 09:47   Government - new law ensures furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, not furloughed wages
   
30/7/20 - 09:18   RSA - half-year results: profits down 7%; UK written motor premiums (personal and commercial) down 29% to just £129m
   
30/7/20 - 08:09   Hastings - Finish insurer Sampo confirms they and South African Rand Merchant Investment (RMI) are considering an offer for Hastings
   
30/7/20 - 08:09   Hastings - confirms it is in discussion with Sampo and Rand Merchant Investment regarding possible cash offer for the company
   
30/7/20 - 08:04   Hastings - shares jump 18% on news of possible joint offer from Finland's Sampo and South Africa's Rand Merchant Investment
   
30/7/20 - 07:40   SMMT - UK car production down 43% in first half of year; over 11,000 jobs shed in automotive manufacturing and retail sector
   
29/7/20 - 13:52   Jato - for every electrified car sold in June in Europe there were only 1.7 diesel cars sold; SUVs market share grew to 40% in June
   
29/7/20 - 12:40   Groupe PSA - between 2020 and 2025 will move from two multi-energy platforms to two 100% electrified platforms; first is eVMP platform
   
29/7/20 - 12:25   Audi - debut next generation of lighting technology in the Audi Q5; digital OLED technology
   
29/7/20 - 10:24   Auto Trader - partners with the Automotive 30% Club to explore why gender diversity is critical for automotive in new webinar series
   
29/7/20 - 10:21   Autovista Group article: "Three-speed RVs: How are Europe’s used-car prices emerging from lockdown?"
   
29/7/20 - 10:18   Park’s Lotus - to open in Hamilton in Scotland this summer for sales and service
   
29/7/20 - 10:16   Association of Investment Companies (AIC) - coronavirus puts off a fifth of school leavers from further education
   
29/7/20 - 10:10   National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - broadly welcomes FCA's ban on "discretionary commission"
   
29/7/20 - 10:05   FCA - new guidance to help motor insurers do more for vulnerable consumers
   
29/7/20 - 09:52   Glasurit - welcomes Haynes Workshop and Restoration Centre to its Classic Car Colors Network
   
29/7/20 - 08:35   Aston Martin - half-year results: "significant progress in rebalancing supply to demand, reducing dealer inventory"
   
28/7/20 - 17:00   USA: Hertz - must sell over 180,000 cars in the US by the end of December to pay back their creditors; UK and Europe business not affected
   
28/7/20 - 15:49   CDX show - the motor trade expo from Car Dealer magazine cancelled for 2020; new date is 8 June 2021
   
28/7/20 - 15:23   Post mag - Motor Insurance World; 2020 event on 15 September is cancelled; 2021 event to take place on 31 March
   
28/7/20 - 14:57   LV= General Insurance (now part of Allianz Group) - 600 of 4,300 jobs to go over next 2.5 years
   
28/7/20 - 14:36   Mitsubishi - dealers still shocked at yesterday's announcement of brand's withdrawal from UK market
   
28/7/20 - 14:28   aguar Land Rover plc - announce Thierry Bolloré (ex CEO of Renault) as new CEO from 10 Sept 2020 succeeding Sir Ralf Speth
   
28/7/20 - 14:15   FCA )Financial Conduct Authority) - ban "discretionary commission" (commission linked to interest rate paid by customers) from 28 Jan 2021
   
28/7/20 - 14:07   Groupe PSA - remained profitable in H1 2020 despite Covid
   
28/7/20 - 13:49   ABI - cost of motor insurance falls to four year low; average comprehensive in Q2 2020 was £460, down 2% on £469 in Q2 2019
   
28/7/20 - 11:50   By Miles - PAYG motor insurance launches on Honcho
   
28/7/20 - 11:42   Fuel duty revenue down £2.4bn in April and May
   
28/7/20 - 11:41   Standox - "thoughtfully digital" colour management via the Standowin iQ app
   
28/7/20 - 11:38   "Expensive E-highways are an unnecessary distraction" - gas as a transport fuel; substantial fuel cost savings possible-up to £29k
   
28/7/20 - 11:33   SYNETIQ - bodyshop green parts specialist invests in a new Sennebogen 830E Scrap Handler
   
28/7/20 - 11:23   What Car? - UK’s best Electric Vehicle (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) models to be named by What Car? on 5 August
   
28/7/20 - 10:57   One in three new cars sold globally to be electric by the end of the decade as total market share reaches 32%
   
28/7/20 - 10:39   ABP Club Training Hub: IMPROVE online learning - bodyshop skills learning with online learning
   
28/7/20 - 10:29   Business Success Global (BSG) - busting "zoom overload" with successful pilot of new “Smarter Business” peer groups
   
28/7/20 - 10:08   Question from repairer member to other Approved Mercedes Benz repairers re: fuel drainer calibration certificates
   
28/7/20 - 10:03   Review of The Highway Code - "hierarchy of road users" to put onus of safety on drivers
   
27/7/20 - 14:13   Operation Confine in North Wales - leads to over 400 motor insurance policies being cancelled or voided
   
27/7/20 - 14:06   UK traffic volumes - continue to rise as come out of lockdown; car usage at 80% of normal on weekdays and over 90% at weekends
   
27/7/20 - 13:54   Mitsubishi - UK importer, Colt Car Company, taken by surprise at today's announcement and say Mitsubishi will be exiting the UK market
   
27/7/20 - 13:35   Mitsubishi - announce freeze on bringing new models to Europe: "sales of existing models will continue"
   
27/7/20 - 11:24   ABP Club Training Hub: IMPROVE Online Learning - "Why shouldn’t bodyshops have a corporate level training solution?"
   
27/7/20 - 11:14   Fixter - 2020 Parking Price Index reveals London could lose £449m revenue due to the pandemic
   
27/7/20 - 11:00   RAC Insurance - lockdown easing triggers "boom" in new drivers learning with "school of mum and dad"
   
27/7/20 - 10:53   Western Australia (WA): Symach bodyshop customer Gino's Panel and Paint - bouncing back from 70% drop in repair volume
   
27/7/20 - 10:20   Thatcham Research - announces Apprentice and Mentor of the Year winners in social media ceremony
   
26/7/20 - 23:35   Highways England - to increase the speed limit at motorway roadworks from 50mph to 60mph
   
25/7/20 - 01:29   Motortec Madrid - March 2021 show cancelled; rescheduled to April 2022, a few weeks before the rescheduled Autopromotec Bologna in May 2022
   
25/7/20 - 01:15   Equip Auto Paris - October 2021 show cancelled; rescheduled to autumn 2022 which avoids Automechanika Frankfurt which is now September 2021
   
24/7/20 - 14:33   DVLA - delays mount with replacement vehicle documents and driving licences taking up to 4 months
   
24/7/20 - 14:29   PSA - aftermarket division acquires Amanhã Global, a used parts specialist; "allows us to enter the heart of the reused parts value chain"
   
24/7/20 - 14:17   SMMT - issue new guidelines stating that in England customers must wear facemasks in the "automotive aftermarket"; not compulsory for staff
   
24/7/20 - 14:01   NBRA - elct Steve Field of Page Automotive as new chairman; he replaces Roger Collings of North East Accident Repair Centres
   
24/7/20 - 13:44   Thatcham Research - name the winners of their 3 apprentice awards and their apprentice mentor of the year award
   
24/7/20 - 12:09   Roberlo - reduces drying times in the repair process with the new Multyfiller Grip
   
24/7/20 - 12:05   Auto Trader’s - Peugeot 2008 revealed as UK’s fastest selling used car; SUVs dominate the list making up 60% of the national top 10
   
24/7/20 - 12:00   FCA - updated guidance for insurance and premium finance firms
   
24/7/20 - 11:57   Axalta - publishes 2018-2019 Sustainability Report inc reporting on supply chain, operational and diversity targets
   
24/7/20 - 11:47   Opinium (consumer brand agency) - Audi, Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Toyota features in top 100 'Most Connected Brands Index'
   
24/7/20 - 11:31   Netherlands: Lightyear (long-range solar electric vehicles) - two major investors back VM
   
24/7/20 - 10:59   Car-O-Liner - new “à la carte” menu for ADAS recalibration OEM-specific targets to help repairers boost business
   
24/7/20 - 10:37   Thatcham Research - social media ceremony LIVE TODAY celebrates the outstanding achievements of Apprentices graduating in 2020
   
24/7/20 - 01:04   GlobalData - UK motor insurers set to benefit from higher premiums coupled with a decline in claims
   
23/7/20 - 17:51   Apprentices - Collision Repair Sector group and AutoRaise work together to manage and develop industry’s technical Apprenticeship Standards
   
23/7/20 - 16:50   Government - rules issued this afternoon suggest that masks may be required by customers in a bodyshop ("any shop") - but not by staff
   
23/7/20 - 14:05   Jaguar Land Rover - developing contactless touchscreen technology - using AI-driven predictive touch - to reduce spread of viruses
   
23/7/20 - 14:00   Lotus Cars - to establish new advanced technology centre in Wellesbourne (near Gaydon); will include HQ for Lotus Engineering
   
23/7/20 - 13:28   Audatex - detecting hidden, pre-existing and fraudulent damages
   
23/7/20 - 13:21   London Motor Show - returns to Battersea Evolution London from 16-18th July 2021
   
23/7/20 - 11:51   Volta Zero - first purpose-built full electric large commercial vehicle
   
23/7/20 - 11:48   Admiral - motor insurer expects to see summer spike in car accidents abroad
   
23/7/20 - 10:57   25% of drivers expect to use their car less after lockdown
   
23/7/20 - 10:55   HSE - transport-related incidents responsible for more work-related deaths than any other cause last year
   
23/7/20 - 10:44   KC Autos & Morelli - North West based accident repair group install WHO-approved vehicle sanitisation system across all sites
   
23/7/20 - 10:36   AD Williams - open new bodyshop site in Enfield
   
23/7/20 - 08:07   NAHL - trading update: results significantly impacted by Covid-19; personal injury volumes recovering, but still only at 50-60% of normal
   
22/7/20 - 14:08   RBS (owner of Nat West) - tells over 50,000 staff they can work from home until 2021; only 1 in 8 workers in London are back in the office
   
22/7/20 - 13:51   comparethemarket - car insurance premiums fell by £6 in June and now stand at an average of £709; year-on-year fall is £3
   
22/7/20 - 13:46   bodyshop mag - extended as on-line only for August & Sept; originally said printed version would temporarily halt for May, June, July
   
22/7/20 - 11:21   IMS (Insurance & Mobility Solutions/Trak Global Group) - saves car hire firm £300,000 through the recovery of 3 stolen vehicles
   
22/7/20 - 11:15   BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker - businesses at 53% of their full pre-COVID-19 capacity; third plan redundancies over next 3 months
   
22/7/20 - 10:54   Lloyd Motor Group and BCA - announce exclusive 5,000-vehicles-a-year remarketing partnership
   
22/7/20 - 10:41   Laser Tools - all-in-one telescopic inspection mirror, magnetic pick-up tool and scriber
   
22/7/20 - 10:37   LKQ Euro Car Parts - new, cloud-based version of Garage Management Software (GMS), CarSys
   
22/7/20 - 10:25   Lightfoot - TP Fire & Security's 34-strong van fleet cut crash with with in-vehicle safety system
   
22/7/20 - 10:18   Axalta - talking about low energy paint systems for bodyshops during IBISConnect Africa, a "live online simulcast" on Thursday 23 July
   
22/7/20 - 10:10   Revive! - SMART repair network up for recognition at this year's British Franchise Awards
   
22/7/20 - 09:38   Nationwide Accident Repair Services Ltd (NARS) - Group Finance Director, David Pugh, resigns as director
   
22/7/20 - 08:38   Brexit - Government now assuming it will be a no-deal Brexit on 31 December reports Telegraph, citing government sources
   
22/7/20 - 08:30   Anexo Group (inc DAMS and Bond Turner) - trading update; business is returning to normal, "any backlog of repair work is being cleared"
   
21/7/20 - 14:39   Volvo Cars - worldwide sales in first half of 2020 down 20.8% to 269,962 cars; production starts of fully-electric XC40 later this year
   
21/7/20 - 14:31   CarGurus - COVID-19 Sentiment Study reveals the continued impact of the pandemic on the concerns, habits and hopes of UK car buyers
   
21/7/20 - 14:26   NBRA - calls on Scottish government to allow bodyshops to access the retail grant scheme and rates holiday in Scotland
   
21/7/20 - 14:23   Licence Bureau - under ‘new norm’, driving for business is likely to take on a whole new guise and companies need to be aware
   
21/7/20 - 10:56   Law 360 UK article - "FCA says insurers' virus liabilities 'just bad luck'"
   
21/7/20 - 10:42   PPG - Resorts World (Night of Knights venue) gets makeover powered by PPG colour
   
21/7/20 - 10:32   Cost-effective bodyshop GDPR Refresher Training Module
   
21/7/20 - 10:26   comparethemarket.com - latest "Motor Snapshot" reveals £6 drop in av premium in June
   
21/7/20 - 10:11   Bentley Motors - production of new Bentayga has started at Bentley’s factory in Crewe
   
21/7/20 - 10:05   insurethebox - educating young drivers about "fundamental steps" to take when involved in a road traffic accident
   
21/7/20 - 10:01   BLM - insurance law specialist launched new motor fraud insight tool
   
21/7/20 - 09:53   SYNETIQ - Bromley Beacon Academy receives support from SYNETIQ and Metropolitan Police
   
20/7/20 - 14:40   Britvolt - new electric vehicle battery manufacturer chooses site in Vale of Glamorgan for new factory and 3,500 jobs
   
20/7/20 - 11:37   Ford Fleet Management - Ford and ALD Automotive to provide new integrated fleet leasing and management solutions across Europe
   
20/7/20 - 11:33   Renult - 1,256,658 vehicles sold in the first half of 2020 *DOWN 34.9%*
   
20/7/20 - 11:29   Porsche - delivers 116,964 vehicles in the first half year (12% down due to COVID-19)
   
20/7/20 - 11:26   Small firms call for help with re-opening costs as PM eases restrictions in England
   
20/7/20 - 11:16   Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point - 200 Tesco stores across UK now equipped with free charge points (target of 600 stores)
   
20/7/20 - 11:11   ACSO - comments on Gov announcement that it is to formally review the operation of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
   
20/7/20 - 10:37   Vertu - "Get to work if you can", says Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors
   
20/7/20 - 10:26   Stanners - on-site weld tests and ATA assessments available with Covid-19 safety protocols in place
   
17/7/20 - 14:35   WorldSkills UK LIVE (formerly The Skills Show) - November 2020 show cancelled; national competition cycle and national finals cancelled
   
17/7/20 - 14:21   ABP - delighted as Government says "conferences and other business events" can recommence from 1 Oct; Night of Knights will be 10 November
   
17/7/20 - 11:37   The Floow - new smartphone-based crash detection service
   
17/7/20 - 11:32   HELLA - recognised by General Motors as a 2019 Supplier of the Year winner
   
17/7/20 - 11:17   AGL - wins Outsourced Partner in the Broker Innovation Awards 2020
   
17/7/20 - 10:43   Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) - to distribute 3,000 free garage packs
   
17/7/20 - 10:39   Goodwood Speedweek - Festival of Speed & Revival replaced by behind-closed-doors event in the Autumn
   
17/7/20 - 10:32   EDT Automotive - new Interior Sanitation Machine added to range
   
17/7/20 - 10:30   insurethebox - young drivers speeding more as football returns
   
16/7/20 - 20:25   PaintExpo - world’s leading trade fair for Industrial Coating Technology cancelled for 2020; will next be held in April 2022 in Karlsruhe
   
16/7/20 - 19:54   Broker Innovation Awards – full list of winners; congratulations to Activate Group (AGL) winners of Outsourced Partner of the Year award
   
16/7/20 - 14:56   Confused.com/Willis Towers Watson car insurance price index - premiums drop for the first time in more than a year; average now £770
   
16/7/20 - 14:43   British Chamber of Commerce - 29% of businesses expect to decrease size of workforce in the next 3 months; 28% decreased size in Q2
   
16/7/20 - 14:35   STELLANTIS - the name of the new group resulting from the merger of FCA (Fiat Chrysler) and Groupe PSA (Peugeot/Citroen/Opel/Vauxhall)
   
16/7/20 - 14:31   Ford - launches new interior protection shields for Transit; provide barrier between driver and passenger and maintain social distancing
   
16/7/20 - 14:21   Direct Line Group - acquires London-based digital insurance innovator Brolly (the official press release)
   
16/7/20 - 14:18   Home working - 41% of office workers expect to continue working from home; 19% of businesses are shutting down the office
   
16/7/20 - 14:12   IFB - raid in Birmingham leads to arrest of a 4th suspected 'Crash for Cash' team who have scammed £100,000 in false injury claims
   
16/7/20 - 14:02   NBRA - support Prime Minister's "back to work" plan to be announced tomorrow
   
16/7/20 - 13:15   Insurer requirements and keeping your bodyshop legal - IMPROVE Online Learning article
   
16/7/20 - 11:35   Scrappage causes "immense damage" to the classic car industry - now valued at over £7bn in the UK alone
   
16/7/20 - 11:31   Auto Trader Vans - average prices of used commercial vehicles surge 10% on pre-lockdown levels
   
16/7/20 - 11:27   Thatcham Research Comment - Tesla Autopilot ruling a “hazard light on misleading marketing”
   
16/7/20 - 11:08   British Chambers Commerce (BCC) - almost a third of firms will decrease size of workforce in next three months
   
16/7/20 - 10:34   BookMyGarage - 75% surge in ‘staycation’ road trips highlights car safety chasm
   
16/7/20 - 10:24   Crossleys Accident Repair - North West-based bodyshop cash flow helped by Lex Autolease support
   
16/7/20 - 10:20   RAC - pothole-related call-outs persist during coronavirus lockdown despite 60% drop in traffic
   
16/7/20 - 10:11   TrustFord - win new vehicle and aftersales services fleet deal with ASDA
   
16/7/20 - 09:52   Audatex - Bodyshop Image Capture sees record use in May and June with over 100,000 images sent; Alton Cars say it has been a "game-changer"
   
16/7/20 - 09:45   Direct Line Group - acquire Brolly, 1 4-year old insuretech that offers personalised insurance products
   
16/7/20 - 09:14   Vuaxhall - production restarts on 17 August at Ellesmere Port factory "Home of the Astra"
   
15/7/20 - 21:12   Vietnam - Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City rescheduled from August 2020 to 30 June – 1 July 2021 due to international travel restrictions
   
15/7/20 - 14:11   Government - bans tyres over 10 years old for coaches, buses and lorries in new measures to improve road safety
   
15/7/20 - 14:07   Nissan - reveal the all-new Nissan Ariya SUV, their second pure electric vehicle; range up to 310 miles; on sale early next year in the UK
   
15/7/20 - 13:46   IFB - as a national "Ready for the Road" campaign gets underway, IFB advise how to avoid the "Ghost Broker" insurance scam
   
15/7/20 - 13:37   Tesla - Thatcham support German court ruling which says brand name "Autopilot" is misleading; it is a driver-assistance system
   
15/7/20 - 11:29   World Youth Skills Day (Wednesday 15 July): give your apprentices and employees the skills they need - IMPROVE Online Learning
   
15/7/20 - 11:15   Tracker - "prepare for escalating car crime": pent-up demand for both new cars and parts boost values and trade for criminals
   
15/7/20 - 11:10   Potential extra 7.5 million cars on the road as 24 million people say they will avoid pubic transport post-lockdown
   
15/7/20 - 10:57   BCA (UK vehicle remarketing company) - HR team raises more than £3,500 for NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal
   
15/7/20 - 10:55   Inflation rate - CPI rose slightly to 0.6% for the 12 months to June 2020 – first increase this year; RPI also up slightly to 1.1%
   
15/7/20 - 10:48   KVF Consultants - is your bodyshop COVID-19 secure?
   
15/7/20 - 10:37   IMS (part of Trak Global) - signs usage-based insurance (UBI) deal with Germany's equivalent of the AA/RAC (which is 2nd largest worldwide)
   
14/7/20 - 22:51   USA: OEC - acquires NuGenIT, a software company specializing in body shop and collision industry optimization tools
   
14/7/20 - 14:30   Hyundai Motor Group - Hyundai and Kia on target to sell one million electric vehicles in 2025, giving them a 10% global market share
   
14/7/20 - 14:26   Apprenticeship funding - government publishes the full details of the eligibility rules for the new apprenticeship employer incentives
   
14/7/20 - 14:20   BMW - launch new iX3, first fully electric-powered BMW X model; made in China for all markets; on sale in UK Summer 2021
   
14/7/20 - 14:16   Trakm8 - appoint Penny Searles (ex Wunelli and Smart Driver Club) as non-exec
   
14/7/20 - 13:59   IAA UK (formerly HBC) - appoint Tony Core (ex Chief Rentals) as Director of Sales & Marketing, reporting to Steve Hankins
   
14/7/20 - 13:13   Selsia - approved repairer Auto Bodytech of Nailsworth using London black cab to transport customer and keep them COVID safe
   
14/7/20 - 11:44   MG Cannon - appoint Earle Avann (former director at Rainbow Bodyshop Group) as Group Business Development Manager
   
14/7/20 - 11:26   Saga - job cuts loom as "we have started a process that will see a number of colleagues leave Saga"
   
14/7/20 - 11:24   Autoglass - "More than just glass repair" feature in the latest issue of Auto Body Professional magazine
   
14/7/20 - 11:16   IMPROVE Online Learning - bodyshop business owners shifting their company training from spreadsheets to online apps, are you?
   
14/7/20 - 11:00   ECA Business Energy - helping bodyshops with planning, strategy, installation of electric vehicles infrastructure
   
14/7/20 - 10:48   RAC - secures 3-yr repair and maintenance contract with Isuzu Truck UK for 1,500+ customers
   
14/7/20 - 08:54   Cazoo (UK’s leading online car retailer) - acquires Imperial Car Supermarkets (one of UK's largest used car retailers with 18 sites)
   
14/7/20 - 08:05   Vertu - trading update: June trading stronger than expected; headcount to be cut by 6% (345 staff) due to automation;
   
13/7/20 - 13:57   FCA - good progress with their test case on Business Interruption (BI) Insurance and COVID-19
   
13/7/20 - 13:46   BVRLA - launched updated Fair Wear & Tear Guide for commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses up to 17 seats
   
13/7/20 - 13:41   CMA - update on progress with loyalty penalty investigation in five markets (mobile, broadband, cash savings, mortgages and insurance)
   
13/7/20 - 13:30   Jaguar - Sunday Times reports their new flagship, the all-electric XJ saloon has been delayed from Autumn 2020 to Autumn 2021
   
13/7/20 - 13:26   Marshall Motors - complete acquisition of Jardine's VW dealership in Aylesbury; makes Marshalls largest Volkswagen Group dealer in UK
   
13/7/20 - 11:46   The ARC Group - raise £770 for The NHS Covid19 Appeal
   
13/7/20 - 11:41   ABI - insurance industry initiative to help long standing customers is "delivering results"
   
13/7/20 - 11:39   BIBA (British Insurance Brokers’ Association) - some insurer dual pricing approaches "ended entirely"
   
13/7/20 - 11:31   NFDA - 75% dealers reopened all dealerships on 1 June; 33% had opened ALL of their bodyshops by 1 June
   
13/7/20 - 11:18   EMM International - receives ISO-14001 certificate
   
13/7/20 - 11:01   IMPROVE Online Learning - join 250 bodyshops who have benefited from Peritus' cost-effective online learning
   
13/7/20 - 10:40   Solera - launch first "globally available" AI-based claims solution: 'Qapter', to "transform" claims workflow for repair industry
   
13/7/20 - 10:35   Institute of Directors (IoD) - quarter of business leaders say their organisations are fully "Brexit ready"
   
10/7/20 - 19:55   Tesla - "an exciting opportunity has arisen to manage Tesla's first Body Repair Center in Europe" - based in Dartford
   
10/7/20 - 14:12   ABI - announces extension to Chair (Jon Dye of Allianz) and Deputy Chair (Julian Adams of M&G) terms from one year to two years
   
10/7/20 - 14:05   RAC - thefts of vehicles rise by more than 50% in last 4 years to over 150,000 in 2018-19; highest level in 4 years: just 0.6% are solved
   
10/7/20 - 13:51   XK Engineering (Dave Beale) - E-type restored by XK Engineering for comedian Steve Coogan to be auctioned at Silverstone; est c. £320,000
   
10/7/20 - 11:18   Consumer Intelligence - Hastings and Churchill had highest growth in motor insurance market share (second half of 2019)
   
10/7/20 - 11:13   RAC Approved Garages network / Autofirst - network "reopens safely following payment holidays"
   
10/7/20 - 11:09   S&G Response (blog) - Operations Director Nick Stone on "working remotely"
   
10/7/20 - 11:04   Roberlo - Sanius Air air conditioning cleaner for bodyshops
   
10/7/20 - 10:55   Porters’ Bodyshop in Portadown, Northern Ireland - wins the Tesla Ireland professional repair contract
   
10/7/20 - 10:49   Laser Tools - compact mobile welding booth
   
10/7/20 - 10:38   What Car? - 14% of new cars are cheaper to buy on finance than with cash
   
10/7/20 - 10:26   car traffic at 79% - lorry traffic close to pre-Coronavirus levels & van traffic also nearly back to 'normal'
   
10/7/20 - 10:23   PPG - new anti-viral disinfectant designed and approved for use to tackle COVID-19
   
10/7/20 - 10:17   RAC Insurance - 50% rise in vehicle theft; hits highest level in four years
   
09/7/20 - 15:51   COVID-19 - 65% of British people do not feel comfortable commuting via public transport; 57% do not want to go back to working in an office
   
09/7/20 - 14:10   Aston Martin - first production DBX drives off production line in South Wales; global deliveries of this new SUV start later this month
   
09/7/20 - 14:05   Economic statement - IMI welcome action on trainees, apprentices and unfurloughing but disappointed with lack of VAT cut on car sales
   
09/7/20 - 13:58   Economic statement - World Skills UK welcomes the fact that young people were at the heart of the Government’s plans for the recovery
   
09/7/20 - 13:55   Economic statement - SMMT are "bitterly disappointed" at lack of support for automotive industry
   
09/7/20 - 13:46   Lotus Cars - open facility in Norwich which brings together sub-assembly and chassis manufacturing into one new operation
   
09/7/20 - 13:29   Ben - annual flagship event, Ben Ball, due to take place in December, has been cancelled; charity faces £1m shortfall this year
   
09/7/20 - 12:37   Equip Auto - due to take place in Paris in September 2021; organisers to redefine "its positioning and format"
   
09/7/20 - 12:22   Government - full details of the £2,000 for new apprentices (1 Aug to 31 Jan 2021) and £1,000 for providing 6-month work experience
   
09/7/20 - 11:23   Spies Hecker tips – Mazda Machine Grey three-stage finish
   
09/7/20 - 10:57   The Insurance Emporium - Yorkshire-based caravan insurer has received 13 awards so far in 2020
   
09/7/20 - 10:50   BCA - used vehicle values at BCA rise by 75% in the two months since lockdown
   
09/7/20 - 10:47   Autopromotec - reshedules 2021 Italian automotive aftermarket trade show until 25-28 May 2022
   
09/7/20 - 10:31   IMI - asks automotive businesses to complete "Covid-19 - Emerging from lockdown" survey
   
08/7/20 - 14:00   Vauxhall - win largest ever commercial BEV (battery electric vehicle) order in the UK; 1,000 all-electric Vivaro-e vans for British Gas
   
08/7/20 - 13:34   Govt economic statement - "Eat Out to Help Out"; government to give everyone up to £10 per person discount in restaurants Mon-Wed in Aug
   
08/7/20 - 13:30   Govt economic statement - VAT in restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels, cinemas, theme parks cut from 20% to 5% until 12 Jan 2021
   
08/7/20 - 13:24   Govt economic statement - Stamp duty threshold raised from £125,000 to £500,000 until March 2021; 90% of home sales will pay no stamp-duty
   
08/7/20 - 13:22   Govt economic statement - "Kickstart scheme"; £1,000 to take on trainees; £2,000 to hire apprentices
   
08/7/20 - 13:15   Govt economic statement - "jobs retention bonus"; £1,000 bonus for every employee brought back from furlough
   
08/7/20 - 13:12   Govt economic statement - "in two months our economy contracted by 25%, the same as it grew in the previous 18 years"
   
08/7/20 - 12:24   Mazda - unique paint colour development inc new Polymetal Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal Metallic
   
08/7/20 - 09:05   Auto Body Professional magazine - online and in print NOW
   
08/7/20 - 08:51   Audatex System Restored 7/7/20
   
08/7/20 - 08:48   Copart - trio of ISO standards: adds ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard accreditation
   
08/7/20 - 08:41   RWC Training Centre - launches revamped website
   
08/7/20 - 08:32   BookMyGarage - Government MOT decision leaves 1 in 10 motorists taking ‘dangerous defects’ risk inc. body, chassis, structure (2.4%)
   
07/7/20 - 16:51   Nationwide - Carlyle hunts for buyer reports Sky News
   
07/7/20 - 14:37   Ineos Automotive - likely to move production of Grenadier (original Land Rover Defender lookalike) from Wales to smart factory in France
   
07/7/20 - 14:24   IMI - 92% of automotive businesses were trading by the second half of June
   
07/7/20 - 14:16   Halfords Group - results for y/e 3 April 2020; Autocentres grew by 19% to £192m turnover; mobile service increased from 3 vans to 75 vans
   
07/7/20 - 13:45   Auto Body Professional magazine - summer issue is now live on-line; free for all to view
   
07/7/20 - 11:24   Canada: Symach customer, CSN 427 Auto Collision - extra H&S measures and touch-less services at bodyshop
   
07/7/20 - 11:12   Over 50s "top 5 car bucket list" revealed - electric car more popular than Aston Martin or Ferrari
   
07/7/20 - 11:08   Tesla - responds to reports of workers fired for staying at home over COVID-19 fears
   
07/7/20 - 10:49   CV Library - automotive industry the only sector to see a drop in vacancies (5.6% month-on-month 73% year-on-year)
   
07/7/20 - 10:30   RAC - June ends three straight months of falling fuel prices
   
07/7/20 - 10:23   CAPS - monthly claims analysis report (month end June): claims at 60% normal (Jan 2020 figures)
   
06/7/20 - 15:01   Autoglass - appoints Greg Stansfield (ex ADR) as Head of Sales for glass, BodyRepair and Total Calibration
   
06/7/20 - 14:53   Insurance Times - finalists for Tech & Innovation Awards announced awards ceremony is 17 September in London
   
06/7/20 - 13:50   Mercedes-Benz - announces strategic partnership and equity stake in battery cell manufacturer Farasis
   
06/7/20 - 12:26   SMMT - van sales down 24.8% in June to 30,041; YTD sales down 44.8%
   
06/7/20 - 12:07   Mercedes-Benz- starts talks on sale of smart car factory in France; part of "realignment of capacity within its global production network"
   
06/7/20 - 11:36   BS10125 - to undergo full revision
   
06/7/20 - 11:12   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - speak to a bodyshop energy specialist to save ££
   
06/7/20 - 11:02   AA - visits to the AA Cars website which has seen a 90% increase in traffic since lockdown began
   
06/7/20 - 10:57   Apollo Motor Group - "delighted" with news that apprentice Luke Hope has a date for pre-transplant treatment
   
06/7/20 - 10:45   NBRA - "as some COVID-19 concessions are reduced or removed, here are 7 reasons why bodyshops need more help now than ever"
   
06/7/20 - 10:26   Scottish Widows Retirement Report - workers in shutdown sectors "may never be able to afford to retire"
   
06/7/20 - 10:21   £1,000 'bonus' for companies to hire trainees
   
06/7/20 - 10:11   RAC - warns drivers to avoid expected MOT rush and book now
   
06/7/20 - 09:53   SMMT - new car sales down 35% in June to 145,377; pure battery cars took 6.1% share; hybrids took 17.6% share; diesel just 15.8% share
   
06/7/20 - 08:58   Aviva - appoint Amanda Blanc as ceo on basic salary of £1m; she replaces Maurice Tulloch who has stepped down for family health reasons
   
03/7/20 - 14:08   Minster Law - remote medical assessments for motor-related personal injury claims get overwhelmingly positive response from customers
   
03/7/20 - 13:44   Auto Trader - June showed the largest monthly growth in used car prices since January 2019; prices up 3.7% to average of £13,949
   
03/7/20 - 11:47   FCA announces proposals to further support motor finance and high cost credit customers
   
03/7/20 - 11:33   Broker Innovation Awards 2020 (Thursday 16 July) - Activate Group (AGL) and S&G Response are finalists
   
03/7/20 - 11:22   Minster Law (PI solicitor) - customers give "thumbs up" to remote claims journey for motor-related personal injury claims
   
03/7/20 - 11:13   What Car? - new Electric Car Awards after "surge" in consumer interest in electrified models during lockdown
   
03/7/20 - 11:08   International organised crime group - 6 sentenced for involvement in sophisticated £5m stolen vehicle export scam
   
03/7/20 - 10:59   Bridgestone & Microsoft - intelligent tyre monitoring system detects tyre damage issues in real-time to cut accidents
   
03/7/20 - 10:47   USA: Copart - added to the 2020 Fortune 1000 list
   
03/7/20 - 10:38   LKQ Euro Car Parts - new disinfectant "designed to eliminate coronavirus in vehicles and around the workshop"
   
02/7/20 - 14:08   Tesla - overtakes Toyota to become world's most valuable carmaker; now worth 3 times the combined value of Ford and GM
   
02/7/20 - 13:48   CMA - to investigate the anticipated acquisition of Bennetts Motorcycling Services by Ardonagh Group (owners of Carole Nash and Swinton)
   
02/7/20 - 13:11   IMI Skills Competition- Nationals Qualifier Body Repair and Body Refinishing competitors announced
   
02/7/20 - 12:00   Government - all schools & colleges to fully reopen in Sept (nurseries from 20 July) as restrictions on group sizes are lifted
   
02/7/20 - 11:15   MoneySuperMarket - COVID-19 drives down car insurance prices in 2020: av fully comp down YOY by 2% from £486 (Q2 2019) to £475 (Q2 2020)
   
02/7/20 - 10:59   Hard-Off Security - innovative new vehicle anti-theft device will save insurance industry millions and help to reduce premiums
   
02/7/20 - 10:48   Industry Insights - motor insurers join weekly Connected Solutions COVID-19 call to talk about "the new normal" for claims
   
02/7/20 - 10:15   AX - accidents 72% higher in May compared to April after plummeting 81% during lockdown
   
02/7/20 - 10:11   insurethebox - urges drivers to help facilitate learner drivers as lessons and tests resume in England
   
02/7/20 - 09:16   Colin Riley - (ex Toyota, JLR, Slater Gordon, Innovation, Zurich); loses job through redundancy from MSX International; seeking new role
   
01/7/20 - 16:11   bodyshop magazine - 2020 awards event (postponed from September in Birmingham) moved to Tues 15 Dec at ICC Wales next to Celtic Manor
   
01/7/20 - 14:01   Prime Minister - we will offer an Opportunity Guarantee so that every young person has the chance of apprenticeship or an in-work placement
   
01/7/20 - 13:45   Electric scooters - government gives go ahead for 12 month trial of rental e-scooters from this weekend; 15mph max; banned from pavements
   
01/7/20 - 12:58   Volvo - recall 169,481 cars in the UK (2.1m worldwide) due to an "extremely rare" issue with the front seat belt fastening
   
01/7/20 - 12:38   Paintbox Birmingham Ltd - administrators appointed; continues to trade whilst buyer sought; company jointly founded with Karl Durham in 1989
   
01/7/20 - 11:41   IAA (HBC Vehicle Services) - new technology platform provides automation and reduces cycle time
   
01/7/20 - 10:59   Allianz - legal implications to consider before bringing employees on furlough back to work
   
01/7/20 - 10:44   Mercedes-Benz Cars UK extends RAC contract for provision of Roadside Assistance for a further five years
   
01/7/20 - 10:38   Ezi-Methods - marks 2 million repair methods milestone download
   
01/7/20 - 10:33   DS Automobiles (PSA) - launch Virtual Showroom as 36% drivers say they want to shop for their next car digitally
   
01/7/20 - 10:25   Venson - van drivers worked longer hours during the lockdown to keep the country moving
   
01/7/20 - 08:36   Lookers - requests temporary suspension of its shares due to delay in finalising and publishing 2019 results
   
01/7/20 - 00:49   INEOS Automotive - reveal all new Grenadier, a rugged 4x4 resembling the old Land Rover Defender; production starts late 2021 in Bridgend
   
30/6/20 - 22:01   Solera - launch Qaptar, the first globally available AI-based solution that enables complete end-to-end automation of the claims workflow
   
30/6/20 - 17:44   Gethyn Davies - joins Victoria Turner at Hastings as Commercial Manager
   
30/6/20 - 14:12   Luke Hope, Apollo Motor Group Apprentice - link (below) to support fundraising campaign
   
30/6/20 - 14:01   Reminder - flexible furlough scheme starts tomorrow, 1 July
   
30/6/20 - 13:51   Government - £100 million for 29 road schemes and projects right across the country
   
30/6/20 - 12:52   HR Owen - provide copy of their 10-page "Covid 19 - Bodyshop Risk Assessment" for customers and others on their website
   
30/6/20 - 12:47   Sunday Times - some insurers accused of making cynical grab for furlough money from payouts for business interruption insurance
   
30/6/20 - 12:14   ABI - Craig Thornton of Lloyds Banking Group, appointed chair of the General Insurance Council to succeed Andy Watson, CEO of Ageas UK
   
30/6/20 - 12:07   Government - from 1 September, existing commercial properties can be converted into residential housing more easily
   
30/6/20 - 11:04   SsangYong Motors UK - promotes sales director, Kevin Griffin, to role of MD
   
30/6/20 - 11:00   RAC - 31% of all drivers plan to be on the roads next weekend - potentially making it the busiest weekend of the year so far
   
30/6/20 - 10:55   Deadline for Autocar Drivers of Change initiative extended to 24 September - to attract emerging talent in technology, digital and retail
   
30/6/20 - 10:51   The Taxi Insurer (Markerstudy Insurance Services) - welcomes customers back to its Hall Green office
   
30/6/20 - 10:25   Safe - new price-comparison site calculates UK motor insurers saved £1.289 BILLION during 10 weeks of lockdown as claims fell by 69.4%
   
30/6/20 - 09:53   Robert Half - over 70% of UK workers are re-assessing their career options post COVID-19; 28% are assessing their work-life balance
   
30/6/20 - 09:40   London Motor Show - returns to Battersea Evolution in July 2021; British Motor Show already scheduled for August 2021 in Farnborough
   
30/6/20 - 09:24   Geneva Motor Show - 2021 show cancelled; show's assets to be sold to venue with plans for show's return in 2022
   
29/6/20 - 22:30   McLaren Group (inc McLaren road cars and F1 team) - confirms £150m of further funding
   
29/6/20 - 16:57   BSi - launch new Kitemark certification for "Workplace Hygiene"; allows you to show that your business is back to business safely
   
29/6/20 - 16:38   MoT reintroduction - reaction and comments from RAC, SMMT, NFDA, IGA and IAAF
   
29/6/20 - 16:08   MoT - mandatory MOT testing cars, motorcycles and vans to be reintroduced from 1 August; testing capacity is now 70% of normal levels
   
29/6/20 - 13:37   Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act - largest change to the UK’s corporate insolvency regime in more than 20 years
   
29/6/20 - 11:29   Volvo - partnering with Waymo (self-driving tech firm from Google)
   
29/6/20 - 11:25   Nissan Motor GB - changes to its senior management team: Nicolas Verneuil (Sales Director) & Nicholas Thomas (Marketing Director)
   
29/6/20 - 11:05   Start Rescue - low cost breakdown brand awarded Which? Recommended Provider status
   
29/6/20 - 11:00   Motor insurance premiums drop by £50 in last quarter - av. premium £702 (lowest since 2016)
   
29/6/20 - 10:46   FSB - £23bn late payment crisis: majority of small firms hit by late payment as a result of COVID-19
   
29/6/20 - 10:36   Glass's - when compared to retail price inflation, how have new and used car prices changed since the start of the Millennium?
   
29/6/20 - 10:26   Robins & Day - signs all 62 of its dealerships up to What Car?’s New Car Buying platform
   
29/6/20 - 10:20   Thatcham Research - Automotive Academy reopens Mon 6 July for technicians needing IMI re-accreditation; apprentices to return in Sept
   
29/6/20 - 09:23   Anexo Group (inc DAMS) - 2019 results:
   
29/6/20 - 08:48   Car scrappage scheme - Government tells Auto Express: "We have no current plans to introduce a scrappage scheme"
   
29/6/20 - 08:41   Lookers - update on Grant Thornton investigation: £19m of non-cash adjustments necessary to correct overstatements in profitability
   
28/6/20 - 22:21   Road traffic - latest figures show that road traffic last weekend was 85% of normal and varied between 70% and 74% of normal on the weekdays
   
27/6/20 - 00:32   UN - new regulations on vehicle cybersecurity and software updates to pave the way for mass global roll out of ‎connected cars and trucks ‎
   
27/6/20 - 00:22   UN - new regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) is global milestone for safe introduction of Level 3 vehicle automation
   
26/6/20 - 19:32   Mechanical garages - 50% are at half capacity; 44% of staff on furlough; 85% are carrying out vehicle sanitisation; 53% say no sales visits
   
26/6/20 - 19:13   Nissan Motor GB - appoint Nicolas Verneuil as Sales Director (replacing Andrew Sellars) and Nicholas Thomas as Marketing Director
   
26/6/20 - 17:47   MOT test - government consults on restarting MOT testing
   
26/6/20 - 14:11   Ford Motor Company - published its 21st annual Sustainability Report; intends to achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050
   
26/6/20 - 14:02   Tremont Garage - Ford dealer in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, to close on 31 August
   
26/6/20 - 13:50   Mercedes-Benz Retail Group - shuts 3 dealers: Bromley, Caterham and Chelsea
   
26/6/20 - 11:25   PPG - celebrates one year of MOONWALK refinish paint mixing tech
   
26/6/20 - 11:09   Luke Hope, Apollo Motor Group Apprentice - link (below) to support fundraising campaign
   
26/6/20 - 11:00   SMMT - UK car production down -95% in May
   
26/6/20 - 10:54   DVSA - driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England on Saturday 4 July
   
26/6/20 - 10:46   GlobalData - UK personal lines insurance to experience large declines in 2020 due to COVID-19
   
26/6/20 - 10:34   Aviva - number of unsafe vehicles on UK roads may surge as motorists forgo safety checks during lockdown and MOTs are extended
   
26/6/20 - 10:29   IMI - seeks applicants for Non-Executive Board Member role
   
26/6/20 - 10:22   Canada: Symach & CARSTAR Fredericton - how a Symach customer has kept the bodyshop running during COVID-19
   
26/6/20 - 08:49   EY - UK motor insurance market made a loss in 2019, will return to profit in 2020 (due to lockdown) and predicted to make a loss in 2021
   
26/6/20 - 08:38   Aston Martin - trading update: deliveries of new DBX SUV begin next month; dealer stock reducing; good progress on new strategy
   
25/6/20 - 11:11   Covid-19 puts brakes on car production lines, as the UK has the worst shutdown in all of Europe
   
25/6/20 - 11:02   Glass's - Coronavirus and Brexit: "perfect storm" of economic factors potentially impacting the UK car market
   
25/6/20 - 10:56   Ford and Vodafone - unlock potential of 5G to future-proof electric vehicle production
   
25/6/20 - 10:48   Oxbotica - autonomous vehicle software firm uses 'deepfake' technology to teach the cars of the future
   
25/6/20 - 10:41   London drivers have 4 accidents on av. over driving lifetimes – more than 2x more than Welsh drivers (1.5) and every other region
   
25/6/20 - 10:34   Coronavirus forcing young people off the road - 1 in 5 young drivers have stopped using their car as they can no longer afford to run it
   
25/6/20 - 10:31   IMI - provides technical expertise for innovative Student Solar Car Project with ambitious road trip planned for 2021
   
25/6/20 - 10:22   Eco Repair Systems - cost effective sanitisation system for bodyshops
   
25/6/20 - 10:13   LKQ - sees continuous recovery across business in Europe; the '1 LKQ Europe' integration strategy "continues to progress as planned"
   
25/6/20 - 10:13   SYNETIQ - multi-million-pound investment to expand Gloucester facility to create a flagship site
   
25/6/20 - 09:44   Claims volumes - ABP inundated with calls saying claims numbers are at around 60% - 65% of 'normal', much lower than 92% reported by CAPS
   
25/6/20 - 08:08   Auto Trader - results for y/e 31 March 2020: pre-tax profit of £251m on £369m turnover = 68% profit margin; 51m visits to website per month
   
25/6/20 - 07:48   NAHL - trading update; volumes fell by 75-90% at the beginning of lockdown; volumes currently 50% below pre-COVID levels
   
25/6/20 - 00:32   Volkswagen Group - reported to be in talks to buy back car rental group Europcar which they sold in 2006 to investment group Eurazeo
   
25/6/20 - 00:18   Bentley - had doubled its warehouse space in UK for parts, in case this year ends in a "no-trade-deal" Brexit
   
24/6/20 - 14:17   REMINDER - zero VAT-rating on PPE ends on 31 July
   
24/6/20 - 14:12   salvage - HBC Vehicle Services rebrands to IAA
   
24/6/20 - 14:01   Hyundai - aims to be one of the UK’s biggest providers of electric cars over the next few years with improved supply and availability
   
24/6/20 - 13:57   Ford - makes range of connected vehicle services using the FordPass app complimentary to European customers
   
24/6/20 - 13:50   Vauxhall - reveal all-new Mokka; pure-electric, petrol and diesel versions available from start; in retailers early 2021
   
24/6/20 - 13:22   Groupe PSA - extends its Distrigo multi-brand spare parts distribution service; Vauxhall brand is now fully supported
   
24/6/20 - 13:12   IGA (Independent Garage Association) - urge Government to end 6-month MOT extension as 1.6 million unroadworthy cars are now in on UK roads
   
24/6/20 - 11:23   CAPS - Kevern Thompson throws light on last week's sharp increase in unique claims, up from 69% of 'normal' to 92% of 'normal'
   
24/6/20 - 11:07   PPG - announces an exclusive global partnership with hailstorm automotive repair specialist, Car Solutions International
   
24/6/20 - 10:57   Lightfoot (in-car tech that cuts at fault accidents by up to 40%) - helps fleet boost fuel economy by 15%
   
24/6/20 - 10:52   RWC - broadens portfolio with new decal course for bodyshops
   
24/6/20 - 10:46   Ford - range of connected vehicle services complimentary to European customers inc remote vehicle health check
   
24/6/20 - 10:25   Thatcham Research - celebrating the bodyshop apprentices graduating in 2020
   
24/6/20 - 10:13   Jardine Motors Group - owners of Colchester Ferrari open dealership & service centre in Kent
   
24/6/20 - 08:00   Internet use - hits record high in lockdown with UK adults spending a quarter of their waking day online
   
24/6/20 - 07:36   Lookers - board shake-up; Phil White assumes role of Executive Chairman
   
24/6/20 - 01:12   Solera Audatex - uses AI to combine data and repair science to accelerate the adoption of automated estimating
   
24/6/20 - 00:42   IMI - data shows big shift in use of e-learning tools with 60% uplift in e-learning courses
   
23/6/20 - 14:57   Morelli - respond to questions about their new new 3-minute vehicle sanitisation system certified by the World Health Organisation
   
23/6/20 - 14:48   Solus - open their 18th site in Bolton with 25,000 sqft and 42 staff; first of 3 new sites planned for 2020 including W Yorks and E Midlands
   
23/6/20 - 14:34   Ford - calls for clear and consistent long-term, government-partnered strategy to achieve zero emissions vehicle sales target date in the UK
   
23/6/20 - 14:29   Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) - beware of scam emails regarding fake coronavirus business grants
   
23/6/20 - 14:17   PSA Groupe - Vauxhall van factory at Luton adds third shift due to European demand; 200 employees redeploying from Ellesmere Port to help
   
23/6/20 - 14:06   BMW - to be the first carmaker to enable its customers to use their iPhone as a fully digital car key for most cars made after 1 July 2020
   
23/6/20 - 13:48   Lockdown - a list of what can re-open from Sat 4 July (includes workplace canteens) and what can't re-open (includes conference centres)
   
23/6/20 - 13:17   Government - Prime Minister announces easing of lockdown restrictions; 2m rule becomes 1m+; details for businesses to be published later
   
23/6/20 - 12:10   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) - government updates guidance on flexible furlough
   
23/6/20 - 12:02   CAPS - sharp increase in claim numbers last week; back to 92% of 'normal level' (eg February level) from 69% the previous week
   
23/6/20 - 11:46   Groupe PSA UK - appoints David March (ex Robins & Day) as Network Development Director
   
23/6/20 - 11:45   Government announces Advanced Propulsion Centre funding - £73.5 million to boost green economic recovery in automotive sector
   
23/6/20 - 11:41   The Floow - selected as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS); delivering driver behaviour insights to fleets
   
23/6/20 - 11:34   Goldman & Fine Group - specialist bodyshop staffing solutions; including ATA certified technicians and VDAs
   
23/6/20 - 10:35   Axalta - new refinish training facility in the Netherlands
   
23/6/20 - 10:24   L & I Eaton ARC - Apprentice Painter at L & I Eaton ARC Edinburgh, Rhona Marr-Wheatley, wins Edinburgh College Engineering Student award
   
23/6/20 - 09:13   ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) - radically revises forecast for 2020 European car sales to 9.6m, a record drop of 25%
   
23/6/20 - 07:31   SMMT - calls for restart support as Covid crisis threatens one in six automotive jobs
   
22/6/20 - 20:41   McLaren Group - takes legal action to secure "urgent" refinancing due to an "impending liquidity shortfall"; funds needed by 17 July
   
22/6/20 - 16:32   Northgate Garage - Fiat dealership in Canterbury, closed after 50 years in business and put into administration
   
22/6/20 - 14:30   HBC - salvage company rebrands as IAA; introduces technology transformation with wide range of new products
   
22/6/20 - 13:51   Morelli - offer 3-minute vehicle sanitisation system, developed by Aeret UK and SATA UK and certified by the World Health Organisation
   
22/6/20 - 13:42   Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)- Nikhil Rathi (currently CEO of the London Stock Exchange) announced as new permanent Chief Executive
   
22/6/20 - 13:26   Comparethemarket - motorists are nervous about the return of rusty drivers from lockdown as car usage begins to soar towards normal levels
   
22/6/20 - 13:22   Vauxhall - 2 dealers have closed (Perrys in Leyland and Donnelly in Omagh); Arnold Clark proposing to close their Vauxhall site in Greenock
   
22/6/20 - 13:06   Volkswagen -wants to use an open-source approach to refine elements of their software-based car operating system says Reuters
   
22/6/20 - 12:59   Motorpoint - over a third of people are planning to stop car sharing permanently in the wake of COVID-19
   
22/6/20 - 12:52   Cycling - over 1.3m new bikes bought in UK during lockdown
   
22/6/20 - 12:28   Co-op Insurance - motor claims have surged by a third in the last few weeks, following relaxation of lockdown rules
   
22/6/20 - 10:57   Solera Audatex - adds Tesla data within Audavin+ in the latest vehicle data release; boosting coverage of AudaVIN+ to 86% of the UK car parc
   
22/6/20 - 10:52   IMPROVE from Peritus (part of the ABP Club Training Hub) - live webinar on Tues 23rd June at 10.05am on "NO new normal"
   
22/6/20 - 10:41   Luke Hope, Apollo Motor Group Apprentice - Luke's dad thanks industry who are helping his son search for urgently needed stem cell donor
   
22/6/20 - 10:19   PPG Refinish - newly redesigned refinish website with info, tools, Technical Data Sheets and COLORMOBILE
   
22/6/20 - 10:08   BLM Law - personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland to move closer to English or Scottish models
   
22/6/20 - 09:54   Alton Cars - reopen reception areas to the public
   
22/6/20 - 09:49   Unic International - UK-based spraygun cleaner manufacturer switches production to build hand sanitiser tower
   
22/6/20 - 09:30   London - from today congestion charge has increased to £15 day (was £11.50) and applies 7-days a week 7am - 10pm (was Mon - Fri 7am - 6pm)
   
22/6/20 - 09:13   Aston Martin - appoint Kenneth Gregor (ex-CFO of JLR) as Chief Financial Officer
   
22/6/20 - 09:09   Saga - trading update: "insurance business has been resilient; continues to make progress"; 79% customer retention; Bennetts sale on track
   
21/6/20 - 02:05   BMW - to cut 6,000 jobs in Germany
   
20/6/20 - 01:37   LexisNexis Risk Solutions - launch Vehicle Build, a new solution to better evaluate specific Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
   
20/6/20 - 01:31   Aldi and Morrisons - extend their immediate payment terms for their smaller suppliers (under £1m turnover) until September
   
20/6/20 - 01:09   BMW and Mercedes - put temporary hold on collaboration to develop Level 4 automated driving (announced in Feb 2019); may be resumed later
   
19/6/20 - 14:47   Ireland - former CFO of RSA Ireland Insurance fined €70,000 and banned for 8 years for actions that "put policyholders at risk"
   
19/6/20 - 14:29   Coronavirus - UK's alert level is reduced from level 4 to level 3 which allows a "gradual relaxation of restrictions"
   
19/6/20 - 14:26   Dealer closures - Pentagon closes Alfa Romeo/Jeep dealer in Doncaster; JCT600 closes VW dealers in Rotherham and Newark
   
19/6/20 - 14:11   Road fuel - sales fell by 48% in April and May (petrol down 56%; diesel down 44%); Government fuel tax receipts fell by £2.4 billion
   
19/6/20 - 13:46   ONS - 30% of workforce was on furlough in May; only 42% of businesses with furloughed staff made up their salaries to 100% in May
   
19/6/20 - 13:25   IMI - motor retail shows tentative signs of recovery; 88% of automotive businesses are now trading
   
19/6/20 - 12:03   Hyundai Motor Europe - Michael Cole appointed President & CEO
   
19/6/20 - 12:01   FLA - "FCA, Treasury and the Bank of England must ensure their approach to forbearance and support for lenders are developed together"
   
19/6/20 - 11:33   USA: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - self-driving vehicles could struggle to eliminate most crashes
   
19/6/20 - 11:28   RSA - what to look out for, the evolution of fraud during COVID-19
   
19/6/20 - 11:23   Car Dealers - can re-open in Wales on 22 June and in Scotland on 29 June (they re-opened in England on 1 Jun & in Northern Ireland on 8 Jun)
   
19/6/20 - 10:46   RAC - UK summer ‘staycations’ favoured by drivers as further easing of lockdown restrictions mooted
   
19/6/20 - 10:42   Thatcham Research - Academy and facilities team are busy making Academy safe for colleagues and delegates to return
   
19/6/20 - 10:01   PSA Group and FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Jeep) - EU regulators launch 4-month in-depth investigation into planned $50 billion merger
   
18/6/20 - 19:23   USA: Hertz Global Holdings - now in talks for a bankruptcy loan to enable reorganisation of business, reports Wall Street Journal
   
18/6/20 - 14:08   Road traffic - continues to grow; latest official government figures show on Monday (15 June) it was back to 74% of normal
   
18/6/20 - 14:01   McKinsey - how consumers’ behavior in car buying and mobility is changing amid COVID-19
   
18/6/20 - 13:55   Ben - Men’s Health Week - link below to share with your team via email, WhatsApp or SMS
   
18/6/20 - 13:44   Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) - businesses risk penalty if they forget to reinstate VAT direct debit
   
18/6/20 - 13:43   DVLA - launches online service to change address on vehicle log book (V5C); new log-book arrives in 5 days rather than 6 weeks
   
18/6/20 - 13:35   SEAT - launch three new electric scooters
   
18/6/20 - 13:26   Crossland Solicitors - third of employers are fraudulently abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
   
18/6/20 - 12:04   Solera Audatex and Service Certainty - announce integration of imageproof pro into AudaTarget
   
18/6/20 - 11:13   Auto Trader - dealers can now deliver direct to car buyers’ homes via Auto Trader Vehicle Moves
   
18/6/20 - 11:06   Quarter of parents voluntarily reducing hours and salary to better balance demands of work and childcare
   
18/6/20 - 10:44   The IMI - urges motorists to get ‘locked down cars’ checked by a professional
   
17/6/20 - 14:21   Motor Check - Sany Car system: 100% effective in sanitising car interior for 93p per vehicle; plug-in and leave for around 30 mins
   
17/6/20 - 13:38   Inflation rate - CPI fell to 0.5% for the 12 months to May 2020, lowest inflation rate since May 2016; RPI down sharply to 1.0%
   
17/6/20 - 13:31   London - from Mon 22 June congestion charge increases to £15 day (was £11.50) and applies 7-days a week 7am - 10pm (was Mon - Fri 7am - 6pm)
   
17/6/20 - 13:23   Autoglass - opens new centre in Reading and returns to full service across UK
   
17/6/20 - 13:19   NFDA - European car sales show slight improvement in May
   
17/6/20 - 13:11   Euro NCAP - improves tertiary safety by introducing a mobile app for first responders in Europe
   
17/6/20 - 13:08   Thatcham Research - Euro NCAP’s ‘Euro Rescue' app to save vital seconds in the post-accident ‘Golden Hour’
   
17/6/20 - 13:08   BGL Group - announce that Mark Bailie (ex RBS digital banking and NHS Test & Trace) will succeed Matthew Donaldson as CEO from 1 Sept
   
17/6/20 - 13:03   Audatex - Toyota GB to cover Bodyshop Image Capture costs for all Toyota / Lexus vehicles from 1 Oct until 31 Dec
   
17/6/20 - 12:51   MotorCheck - Sany Car portable device that uses ozone gas to sanitise vehicles in minutes for 93p per vehicle
   
17/6/20 - 12:45   Euro Car Parts - rebrands as 'LKQ Euro Car Parts'
   
17/6/20 - 11:15   What Car? - new cars are 5.4% less efficient than official figures suggest
   
17/6/20 - 09:59   CAPS - latest data shows motor claim numbers 4% during w/e Fri 12 June from 65% of normal (previous week) to 69% normal last week
   
17/6/20 - 09:35   Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) - renewable gas in transport could deliver more than 4.5 billion fuel cost saving per year
   
17/6/20 - 09:33   Colad - introduces two new rapid, multi-purpose cleaners for all interior vehicle surfaces
   
17/6/20 - 00:12   Cars & Christmas show - new event from organisers of British Motor Show to take place in Farborough on 28 & 29 Nov 2020
   
16/6/20 - 23:06   Concours of Elegance - to go ahead in the Hampton Court Palace gardens from 4 - 6 September
   
16/6/20 - 21:48   Goodwood - Festival of Speed event (9-12 July 2020) and Revival event (11-13 Sept 2020) have been cancelled and will be held in 2021
   
16/6/20 - 15:52   Government - green flash on number plates for electric vehicles to be introduced across the UK from autumn
   
16/6/20 - 14:15   Axalta - trading update: total net sale globally fell by 48% in April and May; expect "sequential improvement" in June
   
16/6/20 - 12:41   WorldSkills UK needs body repair apprentice champion to take part in a 'Teach Tom' tutorial video!
   
16/6/20 - 12:21   AGL - increased customer satisfaction during lockdown; brilliant NPS scores for Activate Accident Repair (bodyshop division)
   
16/6/20 - 12:00   Total Composite Solutions (TCS) - complete vehicle sanitisation with Ramsol (video)
   
16/6/20 - 10:51   Luke Hope, Apollo Motor Group Apprentice - Luke's colleagues and Steve Plunkett back campaign for bone marrow donors & funders
   
16/6/20 - 10:22   Fix Auto Ireland - J Donohoe Motors bodyshop in Enniscorthy now Fix Auto Wexford North
   
16/6/20 - 10:13   AX article - What is vehicle cloning, and how can you protect your fleet against it?
   
16/6/20 - 08:31   USA: Symach and DCR Systems - how the Symach-equipped bodyshop is dealing with COVID-19
   
15/6/20 - 14:53   Jaguar Land Rover - results for y/e 31 Mch 2020: pre-tax loss of £422m; sales down 12% to 508,000 cars; 1,100 contract-agency jobs to go
   
15/6/20 - 14:12   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) - detailed rules published for the scheme after 1 July; part-time furloughing permitted
   
15/6/20 - 14:05   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) - full official details of extension from 1 July were published on Friday 12 June
   
15/6/20 - 13:17   Auto Logistic Solutions (ALS) - opinion: "why the UK’s proposed scrappage scheme should be ‘fuel agnostic’"
   
15/6/20 - 13:17   LKQ - trading update: "Covid-19 effect through May 2020 has not been as significant as expected"; Q2 global revenue to date down 25%
   
15/6/20 - 13:13   BP - because of Covid-19, oil will be cheaper until 2050
   
15/6/20 - 13:06   InAutomotive - advice to hold a successful video interview with job candidates
   
15/6/20 - 11:01   RoSPA - started taking bookings for its in-vehicle fleet driver training courses, which will begin again later this month
   
15/6/20 - 10:34   Over 10 million UK drivers could see premiums increase post-lockdown as majority change their commute to drive to work
   
15/6/20 - 10:18   Thatcham Research - final webinar for Digital Members Month: Thurs 18 June at 11am on 'The Automated Driving Journey'
   
15/6/20 - 08:35   UVeye - interesting blog: "risk free" and "contact-free examinations of vehicles" for drivers reluctant to visit bodyshops
   
15/6/20 - 08:19   S&B Automotive Academy - running short courses from July
   
15/6/20 - 00:54   Admiral - considering $500 million sale of Penguin Portals, its price comparison business which includes Confused.com, reports Bloomberg
   
12/6/20 - 14:14   Nissan - cut 250 jobs at Sunderland due to falling demand for new cars following the coronavirus crisis
   
12/6/20 - 13:53   Europcar - new Bureau Veritas partnership to consolidate hygiene and sanitary measures for stations & vehicle fleets in 14 countries
   
12/6/20 - 13:45   Lockdown speeding - transport safety experts, TRL, remind public more frequent low-level speeding also has a significant impact
   
12/6/20 - 13:42   Tracker - £120k Range Rover stolen in just 80 seconds from a car park in Walthamstow, London - recovered with Tracker tech
   
12/6/20 - 13:38   Mercedes, BMW and Audi drivers most likely to have had their car MOTed during lockdown exemption
   
12/6/20 - 13:32   HSE - warning issued over KN95 facemasks
   
12/6/20 - 12:43   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - save up to 38% on your bodyshop energy costs
   
12/6/20 - 12:03   Please help Luke Hope, Apollo Motor Group Apprentice & 2019 Special Recognition Award winner at the ABP Club Knight of Knights
   
12/6/20 - 11:44   Auto Trader - half of car buyers comfortable visiting a dealership, but a third remain cautious
   
12/6/20 - 10:46   UK sees biggest fall in GDP figures since records began - down 20.4% in April due to lockdown
   
12/6/20 - 10:30   comparethemarket.com - premiums increase by £36 in May (after dropping to lowest level in 4 years in April)
   
12/6/20 - 10:10   CBI - prioritise jobs and training for the young to drive UK-wide recovery
   
11/6/20 - 14:14   London to Brighton Veteran Car Run - plans for 2020 event, due to take place on 1 November, to be revealed in July
   
11/6/20 - 14:07   Motofix Group - wins Citroën Estimator of The Year 2020
   
11/6/20 - 12:35   Rolf Group - of Russia's largest car dealers a potential buyer for Lookers Group (reports: Auto Express & Car Dealer)
   
11/6/20 - 12:06   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider: ECA Business Energy - save up to 38% on your bodyshop energy costs
   
11/6/20 - 09:53   RAC - half of drivers still plan on getting their car serviced as normal, despite COVID-19
   
11/6/20 - 09:48   12% workers expect to be made redundant and 14% believe they will have to take a pay cut or reduced hours
   
11/6/20 - 09:24   Question on the Forum re Solvent Recycling
   
11/6/20 - 09:22   The ARC Group - four bodyshops sites (Chippenham, Bristol, Bristol Central & Weston) now open
   
11/6/20 - 08:55   Venson - 2 in 3 consumers would consider riding an e-scooter to work but 89% say Government’s proposed rider rules are unsafe
   
11/6/20 - 08:45   SYNETIQ - invests in new 11-acre Glasgow site
   
11/6/20 - 01:04   Vauxhall - production at Ellesmere Port (Home of the Astra) will not restart until September; some staff needed in Luton to build more vans
   
11/6/20 - 00:48   Big Motoring World - to open £14m used car preparation 'factory' with 10 paint booths and 72 ramps for new Carzam online sales business
   
10/6/20 - 14:09   Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) - woman sentenced for grossly exaggerated injury claim
   
10/6/20 - 14:01   WorldSkills UK - new digital resources launched to boost young people’s skill set and mindset
   
10/6/20 - 13:58   Ford and Volkswagen - sign agreement to jointly develop commercial vehicles, electric vehicles and autonomous driving
   
10/6/20 - 13:50   Audatex - free live 30-minute webinar at 10.30am TOMORROW (Thursday 11 June) - on how to get the best out of AudaProfile
   
10/6/20 - 13:39   Post mag British Insurance Awards - finalists announced inc Audatex, CAPS, Kindertons and Tractable with Ageas; ceremony is Tues 6 October
   
10/6/20 - 13:37   Post mag British Insurance Awards - finalists announced inc Audatex, CAPS, Kindertons and Tractable with Ageas; ceremony is Tues 8 October
   
10/6/20 - 13:13   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider, InAutomotive - employer branding can secure more job applications
   
10/6/20 - 12:59   What Car? - third of new car buyers delaying purchase in the hope of scrappage scheme-like incentives
   
10/6/20 - 12:31   MoneySuperMarket - Cardiff is the "bicycle theft capital" of England and Wales
   
10/6/20 - 12:26   EDT Automotive - bounces back with free installation offer
   
10/6/20 - 12:03   IFED - 66 year old woman sentenced for exaggerating her injuries following a car crash and making a false insurance claim worth £12,500
   
10/6/20 - 11:57   Brian Robson Coachworks - branded hand sanitisers for bodyshop customers
   
10/6/20 - 11:44   NBRA - "backtrack" on schools reopening disappointing for bodyshops "desperately short of work"
   
10/6/20 - 10:56   Copart (remained operational throughout lockdown) - shares best practice as other businesses start to reopen
   
10/6/20 - 09:39   AA - new Accident Management service [Accident Assist] goes live using ICE Claims from ICE InsureTech, part of the Acturis Group
   
09/6/20 - 13:28   ABP Club Recommended Business Service Provider, InAutomotive - "why work:life balance has to play a part in your job advert"
   
09/6/20 - 13:09   Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) - appoint new head of department, DCI Edelle Michaels
   
09/6/20 - 13:05   Fix Auto UK - surpasses £2 million in Government aid for bodyshop franchisees
   
09/6/20 - 12:42   Sopp+Sopp - sign three-year accident management deal with Wickes
   
09/6/20 - 12:36   Absolute Alignment - back to pre-lockdown level of sales
   
09/6/20 - 12:08   London Concours show - given formal approval to take place on 19 & 20 Aug; UK’s first major automotive event to take place since February
   
09/6/20 - 11:58   Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards - finalists announced; they include National-ARG; ceremony is 1 October
   
09/6/20 - 11:32   Amaric Associates, UK importer of Colad – new Vehicle Interior Hygiene Kit
   
09/6/20 - 11:25   World Rally Championship (WRC) - COVID-19 forces cancellation of Wales Rally GB, due to have taken place from 29 Oct to 1 Nov
   
09/6/20 - 11:24   As we return to work, what will be the new normal?
   
09/6/20 - 11:17   Post mag Claims Awards - finalists announced; they include Nationwide with RSA, Audatex, CAPS, Tractable with Ageas; ceremony is 1 October
   
09/6/20 - 11:12   Vehicle production resumes at Nissan's Sunderland pant - 95% of dealer network now re-opened
   
09/6/20 - 10:36   Depollution Podcast from Salvage Wire - ABP Club's Chairman, David Cresswell appears on today's Podcast (link below)
   
08/6/20 - 13:30   SsangYong Motors - some dealers (although closed in May) took 50% of normal order take in a market that was down by 88%
   
08/6/20 - 13:27   Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) - consumer car finance market fell 94% April (vs April 2019)
   
08/6/20 - 13:11   RAC reacts to reports the UK Government is considering a scrappage scheme to encourage the take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles
   
08/6/20 - 12:50   Financial Ombudsman Service - motor insurance (9,690 complaints) tops most complained about insurance product this year (but down 15% y-o-y)
   
08/6/20 - 12:32   Electric vehicles - Prime Minister considering scrappage scheme to give petrol and diesel drivers up to £6,000 towards new electric car
   
08/6/20 - 12:24   SEMA Show- registration now open for 2020 show taking place from Tues 3 - Fri 6 November in Las Vegas
   
08/6/20 - 12:09   McLaren F1 and Sparco - video interview with Carlos Sainz and and his father
   
08/6/20 - 12:04   Jaguar Land Rover - takes unsecured 3-year loan of £560m from Chinese banks to secure cashflow as they are ineligible for UK state support
   
08/6/20 - 11:59   PPG - initiates a significant and broad global restructuring; targeting $170 million in annual savings
   
08/6/20 - 11:47   Amazon - 'No-Rush Delivery' offers £1 reward to help Amazon prioritise deliveries to customers with "urgent" needs
   
08/6/20 - 11:13   Cenex-LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle) event - postponed from 9 & 10 Sept to 18 & 19 Nov at Milbrook
   
08/6/20 - 11:12   insure the box - update on how the insurer's engineers currently fit black boxes safely
   
08/6/20 - 10:43   Porsche - ends factory involvement in the US sports car series that its currently 2nd in the championship in
   
08/6/20 - 10:35   CAPS - latest data shows motor claim numbers surge 14% during w/e Fri 5 June from 51% of normal (previous week) to 65% normal last week
   
08/6/20 - 10:12   Service Certainty - confirms CAPS Integration; 1,200 CAPS bodyshops and 65 work providers can now use repair damage image service
   
08/6/20 - 08:32   Lookers - 2019 results will miss 30 June deadline (anticipate by end Aug), shares to be suspended on 1 July; Deloittes resign as auditors
   
05/6/20 - 14:22   Axiom - how they are dealing with COVID-19 helped by their Symach equipment
   
05/6/20 - 14:06   Jaguar Land Rover - Castle Bromwich factory (home of Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type) to remain closed until at least 10 August
   
05/6/20 - 13:11   AW Repair Group - safe recalibration of ADAS the "hot topic" of this week's Thatcham Research webinar
   
05/6/20 - 12:19   Insure The Box - telematics insurer warns drivers of dangers with common medication
   
05/6/20 - 12:13   Allianz Insurance & Keoghs - 12 months for claimant in false £4,000 PI in private prosecution; "first of many"
   
05/6/20 - 12:12   Reflex Vehicle Hire - new online booking system for flexible vehicle hire inc. sales section with ex-hire vehicles for Trade
   
05/6/20 - 12:08   epyx - Fleet servicing and maintenance back at 60% of pre-coronavirus level
   
05/6/20 - 12:01   VRA, BVRLA, FLA and NAMA - industry bodies combine to provide unified safety guidance on COVID-19 and remarketing
   
05/6/20 - 11:56   Tracker - cutting the risk of unaccompanied test drives
   
05/6/20 - 11:43   Used car prices record 1.9% growth year-on-year
   
05/6/20 - 11:38   RAC - steady increase in traffic levels since initial lifting of lockdown restrictions in England on 13 May
   
05/6/20 - 10:16   USA: Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) - later model small cars have higher death rates, despite safety tech
   
05/6/20 - 00:59   Thatcham Research -calls for car manufacturers to fit a warning light if an ADAS system is compromised by situations like misalignment
   
05/6/20 - 00:32   Autovista Group (Glass's) - latest forecast for new car sales in 2020 estimates a 30.4% fall on last year to 1.61 million registrations
   
04/6/20 - 23:57   Bentley Motors - to cut up to 1,000 jobs, nearly 1 in 4 of its workforce of 4,200
   
04/6/20 - 19:13   Copart - announces the retirement of Nigel Paget, its CEO for Europe and the Middle East
   
04/6/20 - 13:59   York College - new state-of-the-art workshop facility to extend specialist motor vehicle and engineering campus will be ready in September
   
04/6/20 - 13:52   Auto Windscreens - all UK sites now fully open;
   
04/6/20 - 13:51   Makerstudy Group - 478 (out of 3,000) to lose their jobs, including 40 in claims; deal to by co-op Insurance has still not gone through
   
04/6/20 - 13:43   UK Carline - "we're open for business!"
   
04/6/20 - 13:30   DVLA - drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension
   
04/6/20 - 13:29   GEM - appoints Neil Worth as its new chief executive
   
04/6/20 - 13:27   SMMT - van registrations down -74.1% in May
   
04/6/20 - 12:01   GEM - welcomes new report on the value of roads policing
   
04/6/20 - 11:46   NFDA - on latest SMMT data (new car sales down 89% in May)
   
04/6/20 - 10:47   RAC - fuel price rises on the horizon after further falls in May
   
04/6/20 - 10:07   Harris & Co - accountants explain the flexible furlough (from 1 July) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
   
04/6/20 - 09:37   Euro Car Parts - new product bundle to help repairers access essential cleaning equipment and PPE
   
04/6/20 - 09:26   SMMT - new car sales down 89% in May to just 20,247; lowest May sales since 1952; diesel down to 17% market share
   
04/6/20 - 09:03   Aston Martin - "strategic plan requires a fundamental reset" including 500 job cuts to "right-size the organisational structure"
   
04/6/20 - 08:56   Lookers - trading update: a further 12 sites to close; 1,500 redundancies; 55% of staff furloughed; fraud investigation report due end June
   
03/6/20 - 13:38   Audatex UK Webinar Registration: Thurs 11 June - 'AudaProfile: Product Overview'
   
03/6/20 - 13:33   CV Library - automotive job vacancies rise "staggering" 176.8% month-on-month
   
03/6/20 - 13:31   insurethebox - reveals 17-year-old men speed 130% more than women of the same age
   
03/6/20 - 13:29   HELLA - offers its knowledge on Park Distance Control
   
03/6/20 - 13:18   Venson - helps fleet managers by highlighting the difference between ‘value for money’ and ‘low cost’
   
03/6/20 - 13:13   Apprenticeships - government confirms that colleges and training providers can begin face-to-face contact with apprentices from 15 June
   
03/6/20 - 11:56   Sønr and Post magazine - Lemonade tops Insurtech 100 index
   
03/6/20 - 11:39   Thatcham Research webinar: Thurs 4 June @ 11am - ‘Security: the transition from analogue to digital’.
   
03/6/20 - 11:29   Nissan - tells BBC UK Sunderland factory still under threat from no-deal Brexit
   
03/6/20 - 11:19   FCA - guidance for insurers to "consider the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on the value of their products"
   
03/6/20 - 10:54   McLaren Group - drafts in restructuring experts amid escalating row with bondholders reports Sky News
   
03/6/20 - 10:29   IMI - Steve Nash on #SkillsWorldLIVE podcast on Tues eve: requesting pause on "Apprenticeship Levy Clawback" due to the Coronavirus crisis
   
03/6/20 - 10:10   Admiral - saw 39% increase in accidental damage claims from motorists in England in two weeks after lockdown eased
   
03/6/20 - 10:04   JMK Solicitors - named Northern Ireland's number one personal injury law firm for 6th consecutive year
   
03/6/20 - 09:52   Groupe PSA, with its Brands of Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles, supports the fight against COVID-19 by donating 50k face masks
   
03/6/20 - 09:23   Vertu - results for y/e Feb 2020: £7m pre-tax profit on £3,064m turnover; aftersales is only 8.4% of turnover yet 43% of profit
   
03/6/20 - 00:14   epyx (market leader in fleet vehicle management technology) - "who should pay for vehicle sanitisation?"
   
02/6/20 - 20:00   BMW - new 4-series coupe unveiled (G22); aluminium bonnet, front side panels and doors; pyrotechnic bonnet; controversial large grille
   
02/6/20 - 14:03   Volkswagen and Ford - anticipate signing final agreements in the areas of electrification and commercial vehicles in the near future
   
02/6/20 - 14:01   Ford - "What Volkswagen’s investment in Argo AI means for Ford’s self-driving vehicle business"
   
02/6/20 - 13:59   Volkswagen and Ford - complete their investment in autonomous tech startup company Argo AI; first commercial rollout scheduled for 2021
   
02/6/20 - 13:32   F1 - confirms first 8 European races of revised 2020 calendar; Silverstone has two races, Aug 2 and 9, but no spectators will be allowed
   
02/6/20 - 13:03   National Accident Repair Group (NARG) - forms a 400-location partnership with Prasco for the supply of parts
   
02/6/20 - 12:44   Ofsted - to review students’ and apprentices’ online further education experience
   
02/6/20 - 12:36   Ford - offers air filter that could help hay fever and allergy sufferers – and even reduce the transmission of viruses
   
02/6/20 - 12:31   CMA: Universal Components UK & 3G Truck & Trailer Parts - CV and trailer parts merger "raises competition concerns"
   
02/6/20 - 12:00   Transport Focus - 'Travel during Covid-19' tracking research (29 May 2020): 6/10 "more likely to drive in the future"
   
02/6/20 - 11:45   GT Motive - extends COVID-19 support package for UK Bodyshops until end of June
   
02/6/20 - 11:32   Motorpoint - delivers 1,000th car to customer's door since lockdown
   
02/6/20 - 10:51   Hyundai - contact-free sales and aftersales
   
02/6/20 - 10:39   RAC on 'Lockdown speeders' - drivers exploit coronavirus restrictions to speed excessively, inc "shocking" 81mph over speed limit on M62
   
02/6/20 - 10:36   Audatex Webinar - "Bodyshop Image Capture: Making best use of your FREE access": Tues 9 June at 10:30am
   
02/6/20 - 09:35   Allianz - nominated for 'Diversity Initiative of the Year' at 2020 Women in Finance Summit & Awards Series
   
01/6/20 - 14:08   Zurich - update on UK business interruption from one of 16 insurers involved in FCA test case July
   
01/6/20 - 13:58   NFDA - car dealers ready to safely welcome customers back
   
01/6/20 - 13:54   Lightfoot - launches FNOL (First Notice of Loss) service for fleet managers
   
01/6/20 - 13:50   JTAPE Face Shields - receive CE marking
   
01/6/20 - 13:12   IFED - man offers discount to NHS workers on fake car insurance
   
01/6/20 - 13:09   West Way - Jon Roberts appointed as managing director of West Way, Nissan’s dealer group
   
01/6/20 - 13:00   Fix Auto UK & Phil Ewbank (Fix Auto Rochdale) - produce promotional material to raise awareness of social distancing in the workplace
   
01/6/20 - 12:51   Bodyshops beware - millions of sub-standard masks and thousands of fake hand sanitisers seized at Heathrow
   
01/6/20 - 12:46   KVF Consultants - Workplace Health & Safety e-Learning
   
01/6/20 - 12:41   Motorline Lexus Cardiff - wins prestigious Lexus customer experience recognition
   
01/6/20 - 12:29   JCT600 Ferrari - new JCT600 Service Centres open in Newcastle and Kent
   
01/6/20 - 12:08   Copart - gets stamp of quality with ISO 9001 accreditation
   
01/6/20 - 10:43   CAPS - latest data shows motor claim numbers steady during w/e Fri 29 May from 52% of normal (previous week) to 51% of normal
   
01/6/20 - 10:07   The Bodycentre in Norwich - fantastic video from Sam Elwin to show what the bodyshop has done to reopen safety for staff & customers
   
01/6/20 - 09:39   Nationwide - reduce year end by one day, from 30 June to 29 June; accounts for period ending 29 June 2019 filing deadline now 1 Sept 2020
   
01/6/20 - 08:55   Marshall Motor Holdings - trading update: all 117 car showrooms re-opened today under revised, COVID-19 secure, operating procedures
   
01/6/20 - 08:39   FCA business interruption test case - Hiscox and RSA issue their responses
   
01/6/20 - 08:33   FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) - update on test case to seek court guidance on the validity of business interruption claims
   
01/6/20 - 01:29   Pendragon - Mail on Sunday reveals their new CEO, Bill Berman, has a drastic blueprint for company's survival
   
01/6/20 - 01:15   Tesla - Elon Musk qualified for £600m bonus (in shares) last week as first part of what could become a £45 BILLION bonus
   
01/6/20 - 00:58   Lookers - Sunday Times and Telegraph both have articles; findings of internal fraud investigation and 2019 results both expected this week
   
31/5/20 - 23:25   3M - Mike Roman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, publishes his response to the "senseless death of George Floyd"
   
31/5/20 - 23:13   Formula 1 - Government give go ahead for 2 races at Silverstone in early Aug plus exemption from 2-week quarantine; no spectators at races
   
30/5/20 - 17:16   MIMS Automechanika Moscow - postponed from August 2020 to 3 - 5 November 2020
   
30/5/20 - 16:53   Germany: ZF - car parts supplier to cut up to 15,000 jobs (10% of its workforce) by 2025 as a result of a demand freeze on the customer side
   
29/5/20 - 20:30   Ipswich Accident Repair Centre – praise for “superb” Suffolk-based bodyshop team
   
29/5/20 - 17:49   HSE - remind businesses they must provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises even under COVID-19
   
29/5/20 - 15:23   Pendragon - sale and leaseback of property at Porsche Centre Stockport raises £10.5 million "for general corporate purposes"
   
29/5/20 - 14:44   Williams Grand Prix Holdings - 2019 results; strategic review and formal sale process of F1 team have both started;
   
29/5/20 - 14:07   Renault - despite 15,000 job cuts announced today, CEO says "We confirm that we intend to stay in F1. We are here and we stay."
   
29/5/20 - 14:05   NFDA - NI Exec announces car dealers can open from Monday 8 June
   
29/5/20 - 14:00   Ferrari - second phase of the 'back on track' programme is underway with serological tests for employees' families
   
29/5/20 - 13:54   Autovista Group - survey reveals industry’s COVID-19 response
   
29/5/20 - 13:54   Renault - publishes transformation plan; reduces fixed costs by 2 BILLION euros over next 3 years; lays foundation for a new competitiveness
   
29/5/20 - 13:38   UK motorists are driving less each year according to new MOT data - lockdown expected to push average for 2020 down by 16%
   
29/5/20 - 12:24   Mazda - appointment booking process in place for each dealership to help limit the number of people in the showroom
   
29/5/20 - 12:11   Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) & National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) - dealers open "a welcome move"
   
29/5/20 - 12:04   PPG - MoonWalk demonstration video to show how paint technicians can safely mix paint whilst social distancing
   
29/5/20 - 11:38   Alfa Romeo - 12-month job loss protection with new car finance or leasing agreements
   
29/5/20 - 11:20   SMMT - British commercial vehicle output drops -99.3% in April; JUST 15 vehicles left production lines
   
29/5/20 - 10:41   Tracker - helps police recover £20,000 caravan stolen from secure site
   
29/5/20 - 10:28   SYNETIQ - how the company has kept business CSR on the agenda amidst Covid-19
   
29/5/20 - 08:53   SMMT - UK made just 197 cars in April, down 99.7% from the 71,000 cars made in April last year; 700,000 pieces of PPE for NHS made instead
   
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