Quick Lane grasps opportunity to win MOT business

February 18, 2020

Fast-fit franchise Quick Lane Tyre and Autocentre has now completed DVSA certification for MOT testing at each of its 15 sites.

The global company, which has been operating as a franchise in the UK for a year, wants to win market share in the MOT market through a strategy to provide motorists with convenience with confidence.

 
Currently it promises customers an MOT today or they’ll be charged half-price.

John Dines, UK operations director at Quick Lane UK, said it is now “well on our way” to establishing the Quick Lane franchise in the UK and Europe.

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“We’re finding that our business model is striking a chord with both franchisees and customers alike, who are looking for a different approach to vehicle inspection.

“MOT and servicing remains an area of growth for our centres and we’re also finding that customers are increasingly looking for fast and effective services.

Our transparent approach and convenient opening hours are helping us earn market share and growing the Quick Lane franchise.”

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Dines has also stated that the business has further plans for continued expansion throughout 2020, with existing franchisees also keen to add multiple locations to their Quick Lane portfolios.

“We work closely with each franchisee to help them maximise and grow their territories and this strategy is really paying off across our European network. In the UK and Germany there is demand to expand existing territories, whilst also adding new sites for new franchisees,” Dines added.

Author: Tim Rose

Source: AM Online

Revive Luton under new ownership

February 13, 2020

UK smart repair network Revive has completed its largest resale to date, with its Luton franchise changing hands for a record sum.

 
Adam Smith purchased the franchise in 2009, growing it from just one man and a van to a business running a fleet of 11 vans and employing 13 people.

The new owner is quantity surveyor Viresh Dattani. Following Revive’s vetting process, he has completed his training at the Academy in Rugby and will take over the helm at Revive Luton immediately, working alongside Smith during the handover period.

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Revive managing director Mark Llewellyn went to Luton to congratulate Adam and Viresh after the sale had been completed.

Commenting on the sale, Revive franchise director Cathryn Hayes said: “We are delighted to welcome Viresh to the Revive family following our biggest re-sale to date.

“He has bought a thriving business which has already delivered a profitable exit strategy for Adam and we look forward to helping Viresh take this exciting company to the next level.”

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Dattani added: “I am delighted to join the Revive team and excited about the opportunity to build the business further.

“I’ve got to know Adam well during the negotiations, he’s built a great team at Revive Luton and I’m looking forward to getting to know the staff and customers over the coming months.”

Smith continued: “I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved at Revive Luton, after I started the franchise working from a single van.

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“After 10 years of hard work building it up, I’m looking forward to spending time travelling with my partner and our young daughter and the sale of the business has given us the freedom to take this step.”

Revive carries out work for car dealerships, fleet and lease companies, insurance companies and the general public.

Author: Gareth Roberts

Source: Fleet News

TrustFord officially opens Quick Lane fast-fit centre in Colchester

February 4, 2020

TrustFord has hosted an official opening event for its new Colchester Quick Lane fast-fit aftersales centre.

Colchester is home to the Ford of Britain-owned AM100 car retail group’s head office and, as such, was described as an “important location for the company”.

The 5,000 square-foot new facility, situated on Peartree Road Retail Park, close to Colchester town centre and the Tollgate shopping park, represents a £1.1 million investment for TrustFord.

It is the second standalone site for TrustFord, following the opening of their Prestwich site in Greater Manchester.

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Stuart Foulds, the chairman and chief executive of TrustFord, said: “At TrustFord, we’re committed to driving the standard in customer care. We know that efficiency and convenience are crucial for our customers, so we’ve been making investments across our network to ensure the efficient delivery of vehicles and servicing.

“These new facilities will give us the scale and resource to meet our customers’ servicing needs, and help our colleagues deliver the excellent service that they’re known for.”

Wednesday’s (January 29) official opening event saw Foulds and members of his senior leadership team joined by John Dines, operations director at Quick Lane UK; Alan Long, operations manager at Quick Lane UK; and Rakesh Chetal, local operations manager at Quick Lane UK.

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TrustFord said in a statement that the employment opportunities delivered by the new Quick Lane franchises will add to TrustFord’s wider commitment to developing careers for individuals, which has been strengthened by a recent partnership with The Prince’s Trust – giving fifteen 18 to 30-year-olds the chance to undertake free training and become technicians at TrustFord and Quick Lane sites.

The Quick Lane franchise was borne out of consumer research into motorists’ needs from automotive repair centres.

Drivers cited transparency, convenience, confidence and a stress-free environment as their key priorities. This created the Quick Lane ethos: to provide ‘convenience with confidence.’

Dines said: “We understand that people value products and services that give them time back into their day.

“We’re taking away the inconvenience of vehicle repair by offering a rapid service that fits around our customers’ busy lives.

“Our focus is on being brilliant at the basics and providing local motorists with transparency, convenience and confidence and this will be reflected in our new Colchester site.”

By Tom Sharpe

Source: AM Online

Green Motion helps primary school go green

January 25, 2020

A low emission car rental company, Green Motion International is considered publicly, and by industry experts, as amiable ambassadors in the movement towards a more sustainable future.

 
Recently, the company’s Leicester branch gained local attention after they offered support to a local primary school’s eco initiatives. Abbey Mead Primary Academy in Leicester began their commitment to sustainable practices last year by encouraging pupils to cycle to school and educate classes on the importance of recycling as well as activities in their new ‘Eco Warriors’ club.

After hearing of the local primary school’s new motivation to improve their eco status, the Leicester Green Motion branch donated £2,100 to cover the cost of new bike sheds and recycling facilities which is of great benefit to both the local community and the children’s understanding of global warming.

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The branch have expressed that they will continue to support the primary school after its financial investment through any guidance they require, and by offering agents as volunteers to supervise environmental initiatives, such as the school’s ‘Eco Warrior’ club.

Working towards a sustainable future

Green Motion takes its role as stewards of the environment extremely seriously, and the protection and care of the environment is a vital part of Green Motion’s core business model. Its efforts are reflected in the countless awards celebrating their work in combating climate change, including commendation from several official UK and international environmental bodies.

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As well as its ecological drive, the company has also committed themselves to social and community causes, such as the Winter Night Shelter, Alzheimer’s Society, cancer support charities and other fundraisers, like Comic Relief and the Australian Firefighters fund.

Whilst the climate crisis is a colossal mission, Green Motion’s fight against global warming has begun from the foundations of each and every rental station. Every location in the company’s vast network – spanning across 47 countries – is internally designed utilising renewable materials from ethical, environmental suppliers as well as using only recycled stationery in store.

A consideration each franchisee must make prior to joining the Green Motion network is how they can commit to essential rental station requirements, such as censored low energy lighting, recycling units, environmentally friendly cleaning and of course fleets inclusive of low emission vehicles.

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All staff are encouraged to adopt the core principles of the Green Motion ethos with many agents choosing to further their pledge from sustainable practice in office, to exchanging paid work hours to volunteer within their local communities.

Late last year, Green Motion UK proudly announced their carbon neutral status making them the only carbon neutral car rental company in the UK.

At the beginning of 2019, the UK franchise heads decided to extend the gift of reducing carbon emissions to their customers by committing to offset all journeys taken by their clients and also to do the same for all energy used within each of the 30 UK locations. The company is able to do this by donating the funds to cover the UK franchises carbon footprint, to the wind turbine projects in India and the re-forestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Green Motion is very rightly pleased with their ecological efforts, however, one UK branch in particular has surpassed the eco rental company’s expectations, driving the whole network towards even more intense environmental goals. Water-less car washing has recently been introduced at the Green Motion Edinburgh Waverley branch, which has reduced water use by 200 litres per vehicle washed.

In a generation of compliance, denial and concerning public reluctance to change, eco car rental company Green Motion is spearheading the way towards a sustainable future by caring for their local communities, as well as focusing on the bigger picture of global warming.

Whether you’re carpooling, abandoning your usual cycling commute in protest to the winter weather, or looking to hire a car for a trip away, be sure to opt for the car rental company that is socially and ecologically responsible – Green Motion.

By Leena Sidat

Source: Leicester Mercury

Specialist alloy wheel refurbishment franchise expands to Derby

January 18, 2020

Salloway Property Consultants have brokered a deal for the first in a specialist alloy wheel refurbishment franchise to come to Derby.

 
Its owners plan for Wheel Surgery to be rolled out across the Midlands and then the UK.

The first outlet will be up and running over the next fortnight and will create between six and ten jobs at Centurion Way, off Alfreton Road in a building which has been initially leased for five years.

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Gavin Dickson will be heading up the business. He said: “The market in alloy wheel refurbishment has really taken off in the last 12 to 18 months.

“Our cutting-edge operation which involves an automated process and pre-heated ovens will be here for dealerships, insurance companies and the public.

“We will be able to fully refurb wheels so that they come out like new. We will have the ISO 90001 certificate which will be a hallmark of our quality and we are in advanced talks with insurers who know that we will get repairs right first time.

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“Our idea to get the Derby plant up and running, open more in a defined radius from here and then spread north and south. It is becoming more affordable for people to have nice cars and nice wheels and that is why this is a growing market.”

Gavin praised the work of Salloway Property Consultants in finding the perfect base for the first Wheel Surgery. Salloway surveyor Hugo Beresford said: “It is great to have worked with Wheel Surgery. This is an established industrial pitch. Good access to the road network – straight on to A38 and great run through to Pride Park. We are sure they will be a great success.”

By Tess Egginton

Source: East Midlands Business Link

Chips Away! Car Care centre is up to scratch

January 9, 2020

Since setting up the business in 2017, the ChipsAway team have completed more than 3,000 jobs.

Husband and wife team Cas and Phil Clifford-Wareham have topped off a successful year in business with two prestigious award wins.

 
The couple, who invested £250,000 savings into setting up ChipsAway Stoke-on-Trent in 2017, were named ‘Car Care Centre of the Year’ and ‘Marketeer of the Year’ at the ChipsAway annual conference in December.

The awards mark the end of a couple of busy years for the pair who turned their mobile repair service into a car care centre based at Trentham Lakes – and have gone on to become the most successful franchise in ChipsAway history.

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Cas said: “It’s a huge honour and privilege to be awarded Car Care Centre of the Year. We are incredibly proud of our team who work tirelessly to achieve high standards in everything we do and share this fabulous award with each and every one of them.”

Since setting up the business, Cas, Phil and their five-strong team have completed more than 3,000 jobs and have well and truly cemented themselves into their community with a pledge to support to Newcastle’s Alice Charity.

They also regularly invite students and apprentices into the business to learn about the trade and encourage others – especially women – to consider it as a career.

Cas said: “From a husband and wife team at the start of year one, to a team of seven at the end of year two, we are proud of our growth and have expansion plans for 2020 which will see a further four members of staff join the team.

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“We have invested in the latest technology and are constantly learning new ways we can improve our processes and repairs. We are using products that reduce our carbon footprint and emissions and we will continue to work in this way through this year.”

ChipsAway specialises in automotive repairs – such as body repairs, dent removal and diamond cut alloys.

Over the next 12 months, the couple has pledged to invest around £250,000 into diamond cut refurbishment and recruit four new members of staff.

Cas added: “Our goal over the next few years is to keep growing the business and putting back into the economy, creating more jobs and opportunities for local people. We will continue to provide a service that keeps our customers come back time and time again.”

ChipsAway Stoke-on-Trent has now entered The Sentinel Business Awards in the Small Business of the Year category, sponsored by Beswicks Legal.

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Tim Harris, managing director of ChipsAway, said: “Phil and Cas’s hard work and dedication over the past three years has meant their business has flourished into an extremely successful car care centre.

“Phil and Cas have also maintained an exceptional level of customer service and this is why they are such worthy double-award winners and have a great reputation among the head office team, fellow network members and customers alike.”

By Laura James

Source: Stoke Sentinel

SsangYong Motors UK adds Brignorth dealership with Broadstone Cars

December 9, 2019

SsangYong Motors UK has added the Shropshire town of Brignorth to its retail network after welcoming Broadstone Cars as a new franchise partner.

The family-run business has been treading in the town for over 50 years and the area was seen as a strategically strong location for the Korean brand thanks to its borders with the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, and Worcestershire with easy access from the M54.

 
Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK said: “Broadstone has a well-established reputation for excellent service.

“The growth of SsangYong means that we are attracting strong dealers from across the UK and Broadstone is no exception. We are delighted to welcome them on board.”

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There are currently 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

In October the OEM said that it was “creating a new type of retail offering” to take its products to potential customers inside the M25, where it is currently under-represented by franchisees.

The Korean car brand launched SsangYong Metro, what it refers to as a ‘hybrid’ dealer model, which amalgamates a traditional car dealership with a virtual concierge service.

More generally, the brand has been adopted by potential franchisees who see its rural appeal thanks to a wide range of 4×4 vehicles, including the Musso pick-up and seven-seat Rexton SUV.

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The all-new Korando SUV is also introducing a Nissan Qashqai to the dealer network.

Tony Hargreaves, dealer principal at Broadstone SsangYong, said: “We were attracted to the SsangYong brand by the quality of the product along with the 7 year/ 150,000-mile warranty.

“The all new Korando is a revelation and with electric vehicles in the pipeline the SsangYong range will open up a whole new market for us.”

Author: Tom Sharpe

Source: AM Online

Quick Lane growth continues with new Colchester centre

November 27, 2019

QUICK Lane has opened its latest Tyre and Autocentre in Colchester as the brand continues its rapid European growth.

The new facility covers a space of 6,000 sq ft and is situated on Peartree Road Retail Park, close to Colchester town centre and the Tollgate shopping park. It is the fourth franchised Quick Lane centre to open in the UK this year.

 
Quick Lane centres service all makes and model of vehicle across 13 core maintenance and light repair services.

Its centres are focused around giving customers back the thing they value most – time. This is done by providing rapid service and repair functions to a highly professional standard. The new Colchester site is the second to be opened by franchisee TrustFord, which also has a Quick Lane centre in Prestwich, Manchester.

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John Dines, UK operations director, said: “Our new Colchester centre is situated in an ideal location with high retail footfall. It fits with our mission to provide convenience with confidence, delivering highly professional and transparent automotive servicing and maintenance that fits around our customers’ busy lives.

“By employing the very best local talent to offer a seamless customer journey, we are proving that Quick Lane really is brilliant at the basics.”

Stuart Foulds, Chairman and Chief Executive of TrustFord, the investor behind the new Quick Lane centre, added: “We fully support the Quick Lane ethos to provide professional service and maintenance repair services with high availability and easy accessibility.

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“Our Colchester centre is ideally located for motorists, allowing them to combine vehicle servicing with other important daily duties, in a convenient and hassle-free way.”

Quick Lane currently has more than 15 sites across the UK and over a thousand licensed and franchised centres worldwide. The franchise has ambitious expansion plans that will see it continue to grow its footprint throughout Europe over the next few years.

By Chris Wright

Source: Motor Trade News

Quick Lane opens new tyre and autocentre in Colchester

November 24, 2019

Quick Lane has opened a tyre and autocentre in Colchester.

The new facility covers 6,000 sq ft and is situated on Peartree Road Retail Park, close to Colchester town centre.

 
It is the fourth franchised centre to open in the UK this year.

Quick Lane currently has more than 15 sites across the UK.

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The franchise has ambitious expansion plans that will see it continue to grow its footprint throughout Europe over the next few years.

John Dines, UK operations director, Quick Lane said: “Our new Colchester Quick Lane centre is situated in an ideal location with high retail footfall.

“It fits with our mission to provide convenience with confidence, delivering highly professional and transparent automotive servicing and maintenance that fits around our customers’ busy lives.

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“By employing the very best local talent to offer a seamless customer journey, we are proving that Quick Lane really is brilliant at the basics.”

Stuart Foulds, chairman and chief executive of TrustFord, added: “We fully support the Quick Lane ethos to provide professional service and maintenance repair services with high availability and easy accessibility.

“Our Colchester centre is ideally located for motorists, allowing them to combine vehicle servicing with other important daily duties, in a convenient and hassle-free way.”

Posted by: Ellis Davies

Source: Motor Trader

Cosmetic vehicle repairer to expand following deal

November 2, 2019

A Yorkshire cosmetic vehicle repair business is targeting expansion following a multimillion-pound deal. Phil Newstead has become the co-owner of Leeds-based DHMB, joining founder Dan Besau at the helm.

DHMB trades as Dentrepairs.co.uk, SMARTrepairs.co.uk and Wheelrepairs.co.uk, with major car dealerships among its clients.

 
Newstead said: “This is a very important deal and will enable the company to expand rapidly. Both Dan and I have rock solid experience of the SMART repair industry and we have a joint vision to develop the business throughout the UK.

“The next obvious market for expansion for us is the Greater Manchester area and this plan will be executed next year. We have an initial aim to double our tech base to 100 technicians over the next two years and double our turnover to £8m. The longer-term plan is to continue the geographical expansion through the Midlands with an aim of eventually providing nationwide coverage.

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“At the moment, the SMART repair supply base is very fragmented and dominated by small independent operators. We believe that by strategic expansion and acquisition, we can build a national network that can then service customers with a national requirement. Whilst all growth to date has been organic, we are also keen to look at acquisitions and we will target similar successful independent SMART repairers.”

Dan Besau added: “This is a tremendous deal for the company. I have known Phil for years and his experience of this sector is second to none. His vision and commitment will be invaluable and will enable us to go to another level entirely.

“We already have a formidable client list, including many of the quality Yorkshire dealerships such as Bentley Leeds; BMW Leeds, Harrogate, York and Bradford; Mercedes Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and York; Ferrari Leeds; Aston Martin Leeds; and Audi York and Harrogate.”

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The company had been a franchise of Dent Wizard Ventures (DWV) for 12 years. During that time Newstead was the managing director of DWV and worked with Besau to develop the business by introducing SMART repairs services and wheel repair services.

This led to the rapid expansion of DHMB, which now generates revenues of more than £4m per year and has about 50 staff.

Newstead completed a management buyout of DWV in 2011 from Manheim. He then developed the business to a turnover of £6m before selling it for £16m to Amtrust two years ago.

By Stephen Farrell

Source: Insider Media