Supporting automotive brands in a changing media environment

Autotech offers high quality public relations (PR) and communications support to the automotive aftermarket. Our sector expertise means we can create the content and place it within the channels needed to ensure your brands stand out.

 

Close working knowledge of topics, publishers and market dynamics can help brands navigate the proliferation of digital options, within a fragmenting trade media landscape, to reach a busy audience expecting relevant content on-demand.

 

The rewards for modernising your media strategy can be exceptional. Digitalisation is making trade communications more meritocratic – people look for, consume, value and share good content more readily than ever.

 

Investing in ensuring you are writing clear, concise, relevant communications is the foundation. Please ‘Get in Touch’ to discover how Autotech can get your messages noticed in a way that’s measurably geared to your business objectives.

ABOUT ME

I have nearly 25 years experience within the automotive aftermarket. This includes senior commercial client-side roles in marketing management, e-commerce sales and account management.

Working independently since 2009, I have completed marketing consutancy work for GROUPAUTO (AAG), GSF Car Parts and Valeo. I later founded and developed Garage Wire, the sector’s leading digital news outlet. I’ve also manged the PR and communications for some of the aftermarket’s best-known brands including The AA Garage Guide, OESAA, The Parts Alliance and GSF Car Parts.

My focus now is on working closely with a small number of strong brands to offer the genuinely insightful planning, high quality writing and professional account management services needed to deliver impactful PR.

  • Name:James Onions
  • Address:Birmingham B13 0HB
  • Study:Universities of Leeds & Birmingham
  • Connect:LinkedIn
Skills
PR & media management90%
Copy-writing95%
Email marketing100%
Sales & Marketing90%
Social media80%
Media production70%
SEO & PPC60%
Education
  • 2000

    The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

    Professional Diploma
  • 1998 - 1999

    University of Leeds

    MA
  • 1994 - 1997

    University of Birmingham

    Llb (Law)
Marketing & Comms Experience
  • 2014 - present

    Autotech Communications

    Director / Owner
  • 2021

    JackFinder

    UK Country Manager
  • 2012 - 2020

    Garage Wire Ltd

    Director / Founder
  • 2009 - 2011

    GROUPAUTO

    Marketing & Communications Manager
  • 2008 - 2009

    Nederman Ltd

    Business Manager
  • 1999 - 2008

    Autoclimate Ltd

    Marketing and General Manager
Clients
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Press release: No “quick fix” for garage staff shortages says Easy2Recruit

  The launch of Skills England by the Prime Minister and Education Secretary today (Monday 22nd July) has been hailed as a positive move by automotive sector recruiter Easy2Recruit. However, CEO and founder Ambi Singh is reminding the garage sector that ramping up apprenticeships will take time, and that the sector will need to look […]

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Matt Cleevely to bring updated EV insight to The Blend 2024

  Matt Cleevely, the pioneer behind Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV), is to share his latest EV expertise at The Blend 2024 as he calls on more independent garage owners to seize the opportunities from the UK’s fast-growing EV market.   Taking place at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday 28th September, the session promises […]

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HELLA C240 LED combination headlamp available in aftermarket

  HELLA’s C240 LED combination headlamp for construction vehicles, originally released last year, is now available in the aftermarket.   The new C240 LED headlamp offers high beam and low beam, while also performing the combined role of daytime running light, position light, front direction indicator and side direction indicator (cat.5). It meets all ECE […]

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King’s Speech: “Government action…more than needed on apprenticeships” says Easy2Recruit

  Proposed changes to the way apprenticeships are run in England, along with reforms to the Apprenticeship Levy announced in the Kings Speech yesterday (Wednesday 17th July) have been welcomed by automotive sector recruiter Easy2Recruit. However, CEO and founder Ambi Singh also warned that it is businesses in the automotive sector themselves that need to […]

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Oldfields Garage rallies aftermarket support for local Young Drivers Experience

  Leominster-based Oldfields Garage has rallied the support of the UK automotive aftermarket ahead of the ELY Young Drivers Experience, an event organised by The ELY Memorial Fund aimed at educating 14 to 17 year-olds in Herefordshire on road safety.   Held at Herefordshire, Ludlow & North Shropshire College on 23 – 26 July, the […]

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Easy2Recruit writes to new Home Secretary on skills crisis

  With a new Government now in place, Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent, has written to the new Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, urging her to help alleviate the growing skills crisis in the garage sector by adding mechanics to the Immigration Salary List, the official list of skilled jobs for which workers […]

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Garage Hive opens IMI-approved training centre

  Award-winning garage management system, Garage Hive has announced the official opening of its Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) approved training centre.   Located at its new purpose-built site in Nottingham, the investment comes as Garage Hive continues to empower independent garage owners across the UK and Ireland with the systems, skills and knowledge […]

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Excitement builds ahead of REPXPERT ‘Wrenches and Wisdom’ video series

  Three inspirational industry figures are set to feature in Schaeffler REPXPERT’s highly anticipated Wrenches and Wisdom video series. Putting the spotlight on apprenticeships, it aims to showcase real-life stories and experiences from garage owners and technicians across the country.   Supporting the initiative, Colin Denton, star of TV’s Classic Car Garage and Chief Executive […]

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FAG WheelSet for Mini Countryman and Paceman released to aftermarket

  An FAG bearing kit for the Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman, manufactured as original equipment (OE) by Schaeffler, is now available to the UK and Irish aftermarket.   Kit No. 713 6497 70 covers the rear axle for all-wheel drive versions of the Countryman and Paceman produced by Mini from August 2010 onwards.   […]

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Valeo support for 48-volt hybrid segment grows

  Stop-Start 48-volt hybrid vehicle systems are increasingly common, and Valeo is urging garages to make sure they are up to date with this technology as the car parc shifts towards full electrification.   While 600 new EV models are set to join the market across Europe in 2025, hybrids still make up a significant […]

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HELLA highlights 289 parts for Ford Fiesta

HELLA has named the ever-popular Ford Fiesta as its vehicle of the month, highlighting the 289 part numbers HELLA offers for the vehicle across its lighting, electronics, filtration and rotating electrics ranges, up to and including the fuel tank cap.   HELLA’s vehicle of the month promotion puts the spotlight on a particular car, showing […]

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Thinktool EV ‘cell balancer’ gives steady charge for off-vehicle testing

EV batteries need a steady charge during any off-car diagnostic work, which is why Thinkcar UK has released the Thinktool EVP802 cell balancer.   The Thinktool EVP802 cell balancer is an EV pack modular equaliser designed to provide stable high-voltage and low-voltage power supplies for off-vehicle battery testing.   “The EV car parc is diversifying […]

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The Blend Awards 2024: submit your entries now

  The clock is ticking for independent garages across the UK and Ireland to submit their entries for The Blend Awards 2024. The prestigious ceremony celebrates the exceptional contributions and achievements within the independent garage sector.   This year, there are three Garage of the Year Awards available: one for garages with one to four […]

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Get to know Delphi-backed racing hotshot, Joseph Knight

  As the BRSCC Airtec Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship approaches the halfway stage in the 2024 calendar, Delphi is shining a spotlight on one of the season’s most promising talents: Joseph Knight.   His journey into the racing world started at the tender age of five when his father gifted him a go kart, sparking […]

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REPXPERT bonus program now digital

  Garages are being urged to use the REPXPERT app if they want to keep accumulating REPXPERT bonus points, with the popular loyalty scheme now fully digital in a move that offers instant access to technical information, offers and more.   Instead of a physical coupon included inside LuK, INA and FAG product boxes from […]

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Garage Hive Power BI reports fuel garage growth with ‘unparalleled insight’

  Garage Hive Power BI reports are proving to be a game-changer for forward-thinking garage owners switching to the award-winning garage management system. By visualising workshop data, Garage Hive provides the insights needed to drive business growth for independent garages across the UK and Ireland.   “It’s about helping garages owners make data-driven decisions with […]

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Delphi excels in independent OE brake testing

  Delphi has achieved outstanding results in recently conducted original equipment (OE) independent braking tests.   Pitting six top-tier brands against Delphi’s none asbestos organic (NAO) ceramic and low metallic pads, the rigorous testing demonstrates Delphi’s exceptional performance across key metrics, including dust emission, noise levels, and pedal consistency.   “We’re proud to lead the […]

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Workshops urged to replace cabin filters amid boom in air con bookings

  As workshops see a surge in air conditioning servicing, HELLA Hengst is urging garages to seize the opportunity and educate customers on the importance of cabin filter replacement.   Neglected heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can lead to the spread of bacteria and mould, endangering the health of both drivers and passengers. […]

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REPXPERT Conference panel available to watch online

  The Schaeffler REPXPERT panel discussion, which captivated REPXPERT Conference attendees, is now available to watch online.   Held at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May, the landmark event saw industry journalist, Mike Ruff lead a distinguished lineup of industry experts, each providing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced […]

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Thinkcar UK Euro Expert 195: “Must-have” tool for 2024

  Thinkcar UK’s latest tool release is the Euro Expert 195, which the company expects to become its best-selling tool of the year and the must-have tool for 2024 and beyond.   This mid-range tool is a9-inch professional diagnostic pad offering THINKLINK Lite VCI at the amazing price-point of just £1,350 plus VAT. This includes […]

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Peterborough garages get the REPXPERT treatment

  The REPXPERT team hit Peterborough with a bang yesterday (Wednesday 26th June), visiting a number of garages in and around the city to tell workshop owners and technicians about the ongoing REPXPERT Millionaire promotion as well as some upcoming double clutch training dates. Garages were given a few REPXPERT-branded freebies too.   Members of […]

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Watch: Mobile business wins back main dealer work with macsRemote

  Universal Calibration & Geo, a progressive London-based programming and ADAS calibration specialist, has put its rapid success down to Hella Gutmann’s macsRemote Services.   Launched in 2023, the mobile business provides on-site diagnostic services to a wide range of workshops across London and beyond. Using macsRemote Services, Universal Calibration & Geo fulfils its ‘we […]

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Boost EV confidence with Matt Cleevely training course

  Garage owners and technicians are being urged to secure a spot on Cleevely EV’s next ‘At Ease With EV’ training course. It promises hands-on high voltage education aimed at boosting the confidence and skills of technicians with IMI Level 2, 3, or 4 qualifications.   The unique EV training course takes place at the […]

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No hidden costs with Hella Gutmann diagnostics

  In a market where hidden diagnostic costs and unexpected fees are all too common, workshops across the UK are benefitting from Hella Gutmann’s straightforward, all-inclusive pricing model.   It’s highly capable mega macs range of diagnostic solutions includes cyber security at no extra cost, free access to technical data, and no additional fees for […]

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Schaeffler adds more REPXPERT 2CT training dates

  Schaeffler has added more REPXPERT 2CT training course dates, with upcoming sessions set to take place in the North West in October and the Midlands in November.   The first two-day course is taking place 2–3 October at GSF Car Parts in Widnes, Cheshire, followed by sessions at The Tool Connection in Southam, Warwickshire […]

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The Blend 2024: Last chance to claim early bird ticket prices

  Time is running out to secure early bird ticket prices for The Blend 2024. Discounted tickets to the fifth annual independent garage conference and networking event are only available until June 30th.   The Blend 2024 takes place at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday, 28th September. The much-talked about one-day event promises […]

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Schaeffler sources rare clutch for charity ambulance

  Schaeffler went above and beyond recently with the team sourcing the correct replacement clutch system for an ambulance operated by a local community first responder (CFR) charity based in Walsall, West Midlands when no one else could find one. The company also lined up a local garage to fit the kit for free.   […]

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Delphi to exhibit at Simply Keys

  Delphi’s next-generation BlueTech vehicle communication interface (VCI) diagnostic tool is set to take centre stage at automotive locksmith show, Simply Keys next month.   Taking place at the GTG in Wolverhampton over the weekend of July 20th and 21st, the free event is billed to be a must-attend for independent garage owners seeking to […]

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REPXPERT Workshop of the Year receives prizes

  East Boldon Motors became the first ever Workshop of the Year in the  REPXPERT Awards, which took place during the inaugural Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference in May, and the garage was recently visited by the REPXPERT team, who presented the owners of the workshop with their prizes.   On the day of the REPXPERT visit, […]

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HELLA leads the way at TechFest

  HELLA and Hella Gutmann Solutions played a significant role at GSF Car Parts TechFest last Thursday (13th June), with visitors having the opportunity to access an ongoing promotional discount on the company’s macsRemote diagnostic tool and catch a tech talk on ADAS too.   The all-new evening trade event was held at Wembley from […]

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TechFest Garages “very receptive” to Easy2Recruit offering

  Easy2Recruit was in London last week taking part in GSF TechFest, where the agency helping garages hire overseas talent found attendees at the brand-new trade event were “very receptive” to its innovative recruitment offering.   GSF TechFest took place from 4.00pm to 9.30pm at Wembley last Thursday (13th June). The evening trade event was […]

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Schaeffler REPXPERT hails “packed-out” TechFest

  The Schaeffler REPXPERT stand at GSF Car Parts TechFest last Thursday (13th June) was a hit with attendees, with the free LuK double clutch training session on offer proving to be one of the biggest draws at the all-new trade event.   “Schaeffler was one of only a handful of companies given the opportunity […]

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Delphi adds Volvo into security gateway solution

  Delphi has announced the integration of Volvo into its security gateway solution as part of its latest diagnostic software update.   Delphi’s highly advanced BlueTech diagnostic tool can now automatically obtain Volvo authorisation tokens. It’s a seamless process which automatically authenticates with Volvo’s security gateway, giving busy technicians unrestricted access to diagnostic functions.   […]

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Garage Hive insight helps fuel growth at EAC Telford

  EAC Telford, a renowned independent garage in Shropshire, has opened the shutters at its brand-new flagship centre following an investment of more than £100,000. Award-winning garage management system, Garage Hive played a key role in the journey towards expansion according to garage owner, Mark Kettle.   The newly built commercial vehicle workshop covers 7,500 […]

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New Schaeffler and REPXPERT social media feeds launched

  All of Schaeffler’s social media activity can now be accessed from a dedicated feed, with a corresponding feed for REPXPERT accounts launched alongside it. Thanks to the move, technicians will never miss out on news or announcements on upcoming training, special events or new products.   Schaeffler’s social media feed contains all posts from […]

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Garage Hive draws a crowd at UK Garage & Bodyshop

  The Garage Hive stand was abuzz with activity at the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event last week as the award-winning garage management system (GMS) unveiled its groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Garage Hive Copilot.   Visitors to the stand had the opportunity to experience live demonstrations of the community-driven, all-in-one solution, and interact with […]

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Delphi to offer future insight at TechFest

  Delphi is set to have a major presence at the inaugural GSF Car Parts TechFest being held on June 13 at Wembley from 4.00pm – 9.30pm.   The event promises to bring together independent garage owners, technicians, and industry professionals from across the country to explore the latest advancements in parts, tools, and garage […]

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Schaeffler calls on garages to get involved in new REPXPERT video series

  Schaeffler has announced the launch of an exciting new REPXPERT video series, ‘Wrenches and Wisdom’. The first series, scheduled for filming this autumn, will put the spotlight on apprenticeships.   “We are calling on garages to register their interest in participating and sharing their unique perspectives,” said Matthew Selby, Sales and Marketing Director at […]

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HELLA diagnostic focus and ADAS presentation succeed at UK Garage and Bodyshop Event

  HELLA has hailed its appearance at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event as a success, with its diagnostic-led stand display, ‘spin the wheel’ competition and ADAS presentation all drawing crowds.   The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event was held at the NEC in Birmingham on June 5th and 6th. The company was at the […]

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Thinkcar UK hosts ‘Mechanic Mindset’ YouTube star at UK Garage and Bodyshop Event

  Thinkcar UK’s stand at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE) was a technician hotspot at the NEC right through the two-day show last week, with visitors thronging to meet Darren Quinn, the star of YouTube channel Mechanic Mindset.   Darren was on the stand to show techs how to get the most out […]

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UK Garage and Bodyshop Event “fantastic” for Easy2Recruit

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent, was able to fit in a first birthday party for the company and a panel appearance for founder Ambi Singh at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE) last week.   The UKGBE took place from 5-6 June at the NEC Birmingham, a year on from […]

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REPXPERT Conference T-shirts raise £585 for Ben

  A total of £585 has so far been raised for industry charity Ben through the sale of Schaeffler’s limited-edition ‘I was there’ T-shirts at the hugely popular REPXPERT Conference held in Coventry on May 22nd.   The exclusive T-shirts, available for a minimum donation of £5.00 each, proved to be a hit among attendees. […]

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HELLA to support Automechanika Birmingham Garage Awards and IAAF Summer Conference

  HELLA has signed up as a partner sponsor for the Automechanika Birmingham Garage Awards 2024, and is also sponsoring the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Summer Conference and Networking Event 2024.   The Automechanika Birmingham Garage Awards 2024 is being hosted by the IAAF at the Gallery Restaurant, NEC Birmingham on 5th June, adjacent […]

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Easy2Recruit to celebrate first birthday

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent, will be celebrating its first birthday at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE), and its founder says the company is going from “strength to strength” as garages realise how it can help plug workshop staff shortages.   Easy2Recruit launched in June 2023 and since then […]

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Inspiring names confirmed to speak at The Blend 2024

Annual conference and networking event for independent garages, The Blend has announced the first wave of confirmed speakers set to share their expertise at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday, 28th September.   Returning speakers include Matt Cleevely of Cleevely Group and Andy Crook of Got Boost, whose presentations were highly acclaimed last year. […]

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Thinkcar’s unique collaborative remote diagnostics changes the game

  Diagnostics has been taken to the next level via Thinkcar’s pioneering new remote offering, through which an ecosystem of Thinkcar workshops support each other with access to vehicle manufacturer level diagnostics, including live guidance.   All garages in the Thinkcar network share their diagnostic knowledge. Workshops looking for support can send queries to all […]

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Delphi Academy sets milestone with hydrogen training

  After months of hard work and research Delphi Academy has announced the launch of a pioneering new hydrogen training course.   The new programme marks a significant industry milestone and will shape the future of hydrogen training across the industry. Available as progression training for Delphi’s well-established IMI Accredited Hydrogen Awareness course, the advanced […]

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New Territory Managers “perfect fit” for Schaeffler

  Schaeffler has recently appointed two new Territory Managers, both covering the north.   Sky Russell from Cannock in Staffordshire joins Schaeffler following three years at GSF Car Parts, where she progressed to become Branch Manager. Sky began her automotive career working at her father’s garage at weekends aged just 14. She went on to […]

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Hella Gutmann to offer exclusive deal at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

  Hella Gutmann has announced an exclusive offer available only at the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event, taking place on June 5th and 6th at the NEC in Birmingham.   Visitors to the HELLA stand (A28) will be able to get the macsRemote diagnostics device at a special show deal of £495, a significant reduction […]

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HELLA celebrates 125th birthday in Germany and 65th in UK

  It’s double celebration time at HELLA, as the company commemorates 125 years since first being founded in Germany, and also 65 years since its UK arm opened. To mark the occasion the company is running a special competition, with 125 HELLA merchandise products up for grabs with the winners being announced on the company’s […]

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HELLA to present ADAS talk at UK Garage and Bodyshop Event

  Garages can find out how to capitalise on the continuing roll-out of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKG&BE) in June thanks to a presentation from Stephen Fox, HELLA UK Technical and Training Manager for Garage Equipment.   Stephen’s must-see session, ‘The ADAS Opportunity for Independent Garages’ is […]

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First ever REPXPERT Award winners announced

  Apprentice technicians from the east midlands and north west, along with a garage in the north east were named as the first-ever winners at the REPXPERT Awards, which took place during the inaugural Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference yesterday (Wednesday 22nd May).   Mia Reeves of Bear and Bee Garage in Grantham, Lincolnshire was named Apprentice […]

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First-ever Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference hailed “huge success”

  Schaeffler’s first-ever national REPXPERT Conference for UK garages has been hailed as a “huge success,” with high-profile speakers and technical and business content drawing the cream of the UK aftermarket.   The all-day event was held at Coventry’s Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) on Wednesday 22nd May, and was designed to capitalise on the company’s […]

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Garage Hive community shines at DPF Doctor Conference

  Garage Hive community members were called upon for their unique expertise as forward-thinking pioneers at the DPF Doctor Conference held in Newcastle on 11th May. Their insights and innovative approaches were showcased to motivate and inspire other independent garage owners, highlighting the cutting-edge strategies and knowledge fostered by Garage Hive.   Garage Hive Director […]

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Thinkcar UK trade show offers extended nationwide

  A fantastic deal giving Mechanex Harrogate visitors access to an extra year’s software on a pair of Thinkcar UK tools, that is also available to UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE)  visitors next month, is being extended nationwide for a limited time through official Thinkcar UK dealers.   The additional year of software coverage […]

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Thinkcar UK announces Mechanex and UKG&BE show offers

  Thinkcar UK is offering a year’s extra software on the Thinkcar MAX and Euro Master X tools, along with 10% off its EV battery lift for anyone who orders these tools from the company at Mechanex Harrogate and at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKG&BE).   The additional year of software coverage represents […]

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Entries open for The Blend Awards 2024

  Entries for The Blend Awards 2024 have opened ahead of the highly anticipated annual conference and networking event for independent garage owners, which takes place at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday 28th September.   “We’re incredibly excited to launch The Blend Awards 2024 as we once again showcase the incredible talent and […]

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REPXPERT Conference t-shirts to raise money for Ben

  Schaeffler is set to help raise essential funds for industry charity Ben with the sale of its limited edition run of ‘I was there’ t-shirts at the REPXPERT Conference on May 22nd.   The exclusive t-shirts will be available for a minimum donation of £5.00, with all proceeds going to Ben. Buyers will also […]

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Mercedes tops Hella Gutmann’s macsRemote requests

Mercedes-Benz is the most ticketed vehicle manufacturer (VM) on Hella Gutmann’s macsRemote Services, new data analysis shows. The three-pointed star accounted for 12.2 per cent of all remote diagnostic tickets in the last 12 months with the majority relating to the replacement of front radar and headlight modules.   Thousands of remote diagnostic jobs have […]

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Garage Hive community forges lasting connections during social hike

  The Garage Hive community has once again come out in force to network and socialise, this time while tackling the notoriously challenging ‘Fan Dance’ in an extremely foggy Brecon Beacons National Park.   The adventurous social networking event saw Garage Hive workshops, employees, partners and friends come together on May 2nd to complete the […]

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Delphi Academy unveils major expansion plans

  Delphi Academy is undergoing a significant expansion project to meet the evolving needs of UK workshops.   With a half-a-million-pound investment, the Warwick-based Delphi Academy will double in size by extending into a neighbouring unit, bringing the total floor space to 1,430 square meters.   “We’re committed to staying ahead of the curve,” said […]

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Schaeffler unveils REPXPERT Conference panel lineup

  Schaeffler has announced a distinguished lineup of panellists set to spearhead discussions on the critical challenges and opportunities facing UK independent garages at the upcoming REPXPERT Conference on May 22nd in Coventry.   Among the panellists is REPXPERT Ambassador Andy Savva ‘The Garage Inspector,’ whose decades of experience and expertise have shaped countless successful […]

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Matt Cleevely achieves 40% turnover growth with Garage Hive

  One of the UK’s most renowned independent garage owners, Matt Cleevely of Cheltenham-based Cleevely Motors and Cleevely EV, says his business saw a 40 per cent increase in turnover within the first year of implementing Garage Hive.   The remarkable growth was fuelled by noticeable improvements in efficiency and the ability to precisely invoice […]

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Thinkcar UK widens EV tool range as opportunity grows

  With independent garages seeing more EVs as existing cars reach the aftermarket and the sale of new EVs continue, Thinkcar UK is looking to support workshops through an ever-widening range of EV specialist tools.   “Thinkcar UK is at the forefront of the EV diagnostic equipment industry,” said Alex Gillbanks, Managing Director of Impact […]

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Last chance to win fee-free overseas technician with Easy2Recruit

  There is still time for garages to enter a unique prize draw being run by Easy2Recruit, which could land the winner an overseas vehicle technician at no charge, something that would normally cost £5,800 in fees plus VAT to arrange.   To enter, garages just need to provide their contact details to Easy2Recruit before […]

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HELLA to exhibit at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

  HELLA is set to showcase its innovative diagnostic solutions at the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on June 5th and 6th.   Showcasing its state-of-the-art diagnostic technology on stand A28, HELLA Gutmann’s mega macs family of diagnostic equipment is expected to attract the attention of independent garages […]

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Technicians urged to use correct oil for EV air con compressors

  Delphi is advising technicians to be aware of the key differences between air conditioning (AC) compressors on vehicles with an internal combustion engine (ICE) and those on an electric vehicle (EV).   The advice comes in a newly released Masters of Motion video in which Phil Mitchell, European Workshop Solutions Manager at Delphi shares […]

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Easy2Recruit at UK Garage and Bodyshop Event

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent, will be at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE), taking place from 5-6 June at the NEC Birmingham, where its team will be explaining how sourcing overseas talent can help the automotive aftermarket address the skills crisis.   Easy2Recruit launched in June 2023 and since […]

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Thinkcar UK welcomes YouTube star at UK Garage and Bodyshop Event

  The star of YouTube channel Mechanic Mindset will be appearing with Thinkcar UK at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE) taking place from 5-6 June at the NEC Birmingham, where the company is also set to enable visitors to take up a show-exclusive offer on one of their tools.   For the last […]

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Latest HELLA webinar to cover e-mobility

  The future of e-mobility is to be covered by the latest instalment in the ongoing series of free HELLA webinars, and will be available from 6 May.   The upcoming 30-minute session, hosted on HELLA TECH WORLD will cover battery regulation and provide an overview on the EV market, showing where current trends are […]

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REPXPERT double clutch training heads to Devon

  Schaeffler has announced its upcoming REPXPERT 2CT training course is scheduled to take place on 16 – 17 July, at the South Devon College Skills Academy in Newton Abbot, Devon.   The two-day course combines theory with hands-on practice to equip technicians with the confidence and repair solutions needed to efficiently undertake VW double […]

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HELLA joins Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

  HELLA has joined the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), becoming the latest automotive business to become a member of the 800-strong organisation.   The SMMT is one of the largest trade bodies for the UK motor industry, representing the sector’s interests with Government and other regulatory authorities.   One of the most […]

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Garage Hive to unveil innovative AI solution at UK Garage & Bodyshop

  Award-winning garage management system, Garage Hive is set to unveil a groundbreaking new development which will see artificial intelligence (AI) bring newfound efficiency and customer service gains to workshops.   Garage Hive Copilot, a custom-built adaption of OpenAI technology, will be showcased for the first time at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event on […]

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Schaeffler launches E-Axle repair kit for e-Golf

  Schaeffler has launched the E-Axle RepSystem-G, a new repair kit for the E-Axle fitted to the Volkswagen e-Golf VII, as the company continues to roll out support for garages looking to take advantage of the electric vehicle opportunity.   With the latest new car sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders […]

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Vampire jet car at Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference

  The infamous Vampire jet car is set to be on display at Schaeffler’s brand new national REPXPERT Conference, which is taking place on Wednesday 22 May at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry.   Visitors to the Conference will be able to get an up-close-and-personal look at the record-breaking car, which left a Top […]

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New ‘At Ease With EV’ training proves popular

Technicians attending the first ever ‘At Ease With EV’ training course held at Cleevely EV in Cheltenham on Saturday April 6th have hailed it as a ‘game-changer’.   Cleevely Group, a pioneer in the servicing and repairs of electric vehicles (EVs), launched its new training course to build the confidence of technicians who have IMI […]

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HELLA Academy officially opens with IMI approval presentation

  HELLA’s brand new training facility HELLA Academy was officially opened yesterday (Wednesday 17 April) in a ceremony that also saw the facility formally receive Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) approval.   Representatives from the IMI were at the event, where the certificate and plaque confirming IMI centre status was presented to Steve Fox, […]

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HELLA sponsors own driver in British Kart Championships

  HELLA has signed on as one of the main sponsors for veteran kart racer Alex Magee’s run in the Wera Tools British Kart Championships 2024, who also happens to be one of their own team members, working in the Product Support department for Hella Gutmann Solutions.   31-year-old Alex drives with the Tonbridge-based GMS […]

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HELLA rolls-out Tesla and BMW lights into aftermarket

  HELLA has unveiled a new range of OE quality Tesla and BMW light units for the automotive aftermarket.   Inner and outer sections of Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y LED rear light are now available. For BMW’s 3 Series, HELLA supplies both the standard LED headlight unit and the matrix headlight upgrade which […]

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Last call for REPXPERT Award nominations

  Time is running out for garages to nominate candidates for the first-ever REPXPERT Awards, which will feature during Schaeffler’s brand new national REPXPERT Conference.   Garages have until Friday 10th May to put forward potential candidates for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ and the ‘Extra Mile’ awards.   The ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award […]

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Cyber security challenge tackled in latest mega macs software update

  Independent garages facing the challenge of Cyber Security Management (CSM) are gaining more support thanks to the latest software update for mega macs diagnostic devices from Hella Gutmann, with the brand-new version 73 offering even wider coverage through the addition of Hyundai to the list of 15 vehicle manufacturers catered for.   879 specific […]

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Easy2Recruit at Mechanex Harrogate

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent, is exhibiting at Mechanex Harrogate, being held at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) from 16-17 May, where its staff will be talking to visitors about how its programmes are helping the automotive aftermarket address the skills crisis.   Easy2Recruit launched in June 2023 and since then […]

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Quentin Le Hetet to speak at Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference

  Quentin Le Hetet, Country Director UK at sector intelligence analysts GiPA, is the latest keynote speaker to sign up for the Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference.   Quentin will kick off the event, looking at how independent garages can prepare to future-proof themselves in the face of a rapidly changing technological and business environment.   “The […]

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Delphi releases first-to-market EV brakes

  Electric vehicle applications once again feature heavily in Delphi’s latest round of first-to-market braking components.   It comes as the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) shows sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are up by 10.6 per cent year-to-date, compared to 2023.   “EV brakes represent a real […]

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Garage Hive launches international partnership program

Awarding-winning garage management system, Garage Hive has announced the launch of a new international partnership programme to expand its availability to garages worldwide.   Prospective partners will benefit from extensive business support, training, and guidance, empowering them to effectively launch Garage Hive in new international markets using established methods.   “As we expand our reach […]

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Garage Hive to exhibit at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

  Award-winning garage management software (GMS), Garage Hive is exhibiting at the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event at Birmingham’s NEC on June 5th and 6th. Garage Hive will be showcasing its community-driven, all-in-one solution for garages on stand AA28.   Members of the Garage Hive team – including Garage Hive director Alex Lindley – will […]

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Matt Cleevely to talk at REPXPERT Conference

  Matt Cleevely, the esteemed owner of Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV), is set to offer his EV expertise at Schaeffler’s new national REPXPERT Conference for UK garages at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May, 2024.   At the REPXPERT Conference Matt will reveal the nature of EV work that independent garages […]

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Valeo stop-start IMI event proves insightful

Valeo Service UK’s recent IMI-member event which celebrated two decades since it first pioneered stop-start technology has been declared a resounding success.   Held at the Valeo Service UK IMI-approved training centre in March, the evening event attracted a diverse array of attendees from across the automotive industry, including mechanics, garage owners, college tutors and […]

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Garage Hive relocates to purpose-built premises

  Award-winning garage management software, Garage Hive has successfully completed its relocation to a new purpose-built site in Nottingham.   The move comes as Garage Hive outgrew its previous offices and sought a larger space to accommodate its expanding team and enhance its services.   “We are incredibly excited to unveil our new UK headquarters,” […]

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Prize Draw: Win fee-free overseas technician with Easy2Recruit

  One lucky garage could soon get their hands on an overseas vehicle technician at no charge, something that would normally cost £5,800 in fees plus VAT to arrange, thanks to a fantastic prize draw being run by Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent.   To enter, garages just need to provide their […]

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Final 2023 REPXPERT Millionaire announced

  The third and final winner of Schaeffler’s REPXPERT Millionaire promotion for 2023, which was for FAG products scanned between October and December, has been announced as The Village Garage, based in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, with the announcement being made as the competition returns for 2024.   The Village Garage is a VAG and EV/hybrid […]

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Delphi sponsors rising talent in BRSCC AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship

  Delphi has announced its partnership with young racing hotshot, Joseph Knight. The sponsorship will see the eighteen-year-old represent Delphi as he competes in the BRSCC AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship.   Joseph has shown exceptional skill and determination in his racing career. His journey from karting to senior racing has been marked by podium […]

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The Blend 2024 tickets now available

  Ticket sales are now open for the fifth annual independent garage conference and networking event – The Blend 2024 – with ‘early bird’ discount available until 30th June.   The highly anticipated one-day conference, set to take place at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday, 28th September, promises an enriching experience with insightful […]

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New vlog series launched in run-up to Schaeffler REPXPERT conference

  Hereford | March 27, 2024 | In the run-up to the REPXPERT Conference taking place on Wednesday 22nd May, Schaeffler has launched a new online vlog series featuring Phil Curry interviewing famous aftermarket figures including Dean Lomas and The Garage Inspector, Andy Savva.   The first vlog in the series, which is already available […]

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Forvia HELLA to exhibit at Commercial Vehicle Show

  Forvia HELLA has confirmed that it will be exhibiting its latest lighting and electronic innovations at the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show from 23-25 April at the NEC in Birmingham.   Located on stand 5F70, occupying an impressive 44sq.m., visitors to the Forvia HELLA stand can expect to see industry-leading solutions. A team of experts […]

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Garage Hive announces Vehicle Visuals integration

  Award-winning garage management software, Garage Hive has announced a new integration with Vehicle Visuals to further boost garage customer service levels.   Vehicle Visuals provides a wide range of high-quality explainer videos for automotive repair and maintenance tasks.   Service advisors can now offer customers clear visual explanations of vehicle faults in an easy-to-understand […]

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Valeo appoints new Key Account Manager

  Valeo Service UK has announced the appointment of Michael Gougeon as Key Account Manager, bolstering its commitment to excellent customer service.   With over 21 years of experience in the automotive industry, including eight years within Valeo Service UK, Michael brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of success to his […]

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Schaeffler announces new Territory Managers

  Schaeffler has recently expanded its sales team by welcoming two new Territory Managers, one covering the North of England and Scotland, and the other taking responsibilities for the South East of England.   Kieran Smith, based in Sunderland, has taken on the role of Territory Manager for Scotland and the North of England, after […]

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Last call for Cleevely EV April training course

  Garage owners and technicians are being urged to ‘book now’ before the last few remaining places on Cleevely Group’s new ‘At Ease With EV’ training course gets underway next week.   The unique EV training course takes place at the Cleevely EV training facility in Cheltenham on Saturday April 6th. It promises hands-on high […]

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Valeo Specialist Club launches Skybox competition

  An exclusive VIP ticket to watch a football match from a stadium Skybox in either Munich or Berlin is up for grabs for users of the Valeo Specialist Club app.   Anyone who scans Valeo products and registers on the website by May 15th is eligible to be in with a chance of winning, […]

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Thinkcar range available from Motor Parts Direct

  Thinkcar UK is developing a national relationship with Motor Parts Direct (MPD) to enable more UK garages and technicians to access Thinkcar products more easily.   Thinkcar’s innovative range combines advanced diagnostics functionality with attractive price points. Solutions starting from under £500 for diagnostics are now selling in volume to individual technicians as well […]

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Classic Car Garage star Colin Denton to speak at Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference

  Colin Denton, star of TV’s Classic Car Garage has been unveiled as a keynote speaker for Schaeffler‘s all-new REPXPERT Conference, which takes place at the Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May, 2024.   Having clocked-up decades of automotive experience, when he’s not in front of the camera, Colin is busy as […]

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REPXPERT Conference places going fast

  Schaeffler’s REPXPERT Conference is now less than two months away, and technicians and garage owners are being urged to sign up as soon as possible. There are limited spaces available for this brand new event at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May 2024, and they are being taken up fast. […]

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Headlight condensation guidance from HELLA

  After unprecedented wet weather, OEM headlamp manufacturer HELLA believes drivers need reminding that fogging or condensation inside lighting units doesn’t usually mean the lamp is defective.   HELLA TECH WORLD has a ‘troubleshooting’ step-by-step flow chart to help garages understand when condensation on the inside of automotive lighting lenses should considered be a concern. […]

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Nominations open for first-ever REPXPERT Awards

  Nominations are now open for the first ever REPXPERT Awards, which are set to be a major part of Schaeffler’s brand new national REPXPERT Conference, which will take place at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May 2024.   “We want to use our new REPXPERT Conference as a platform to […]

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Thinkcar sees surge in demand for Thinktool Lite

  Thinkcar UK says demand is running high for the Thinktool Lite as more technicians seek to add diagnostics capability to their own toolboxes. The entry-level tablet features a 6” HD touchscreen and comes with 2 years of updates included.   “We’re seeing the market evolve really quickly as there’s now so little technicians can […]

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Cleevely Group unveils new EV training course dates

  Cleevely Group, a pioneer in the servicing and repairs of electric vehicles (EVs), has confirmed dates for its new ‘At Ease With EV’ training course. It will be held at the Cleevely EV training facility in Cheltenham on April 6th, July 20th, and October 12th.   Offering hands-on high voltage education, the course aims […]

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HELLA raises £6.4K in Ben’s ‘Race Across Britain’

  HELLA has raised more than £6,400 for automotive industry charity, Ben after it entered two teams into an epic three-day ‘Race Across Britain’.   Inspired by the BBC TV series ‘Race Across the World’, Ben held its race from 26th to 28th February raising vital funds to support people in the automotive industry who […]

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Valeo to celebrate 20 years of stop-start with IMI event

  Valeo Service UK is set to commemorate two decades of pioneering stop-start technology with an exclusive IMI-member event at its training centre in Redditch on Tuesday March 12, 2024 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm.   Valeo introduced stop-start technology in 2004, initially debuting on the Citroen C4. Known as the ‘starter alternator reversible system’ (StARS), […]

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Schaeffler team head north to Tyneside AutoHaus

  Schaeffler’s REPXPERT team made a long trip north, to Tyneside AutoHaus in Newcastle upon Tyne, to support and train on an INA timing belt installation.   Alistair Mason, Technical Services Manager at Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket UK Ltd, helped replace the complete timing belt system on a customer’s EA288 engine, which can be a problematic […]

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Schaeffler REPXPERT Millionaire promotion back for 2024

  Schaeffler’s popular REPXPERT Millionaire promotion is back for 2024, giving garage owners and technicians more chances to win one million REPXPERT points. The points can then be spent on repair data and training or in the REPXPERT Bonus Shop on tools, workshop clothing and electronic gadgets.   Three REPXPERT Millionaire promotional periods have been […]

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Delphi to support veterans with EV qualification giveaway

  Delphi is set to giveaway six IMI electric and hybrid vehicle technician qualifications to deserving ex-military and serving personnel. It comes as figures show homelessness among military veterans in England has risen by 14 per cent in the last year.   Recognising the dedication and sacrifices made by those who’ve served, the new initiative […]

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HELLA Academy launches with IMI ADAS training

  HELLA has announced the launch of its Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) approved training facility, HELLA Academy in Chipping Warden, Banbury.   Initially opening with two IMI accredited Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) courses, the brand-new training centre is equipped with a modern classroom and state-of-the-art workshop to blend key theoretical learning with […]

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Schaeffler launches new range of INA auxiliary water pumps

  Schaeffler launches INA electric auxiliary water pumps Electric auxiliary water pumps are an essential part of modern combustion engines, as well as hybrid and electric vehicles   Schaeffler has introduced a range of electric auxiliary water pumps under the INA brand. The range meets OEM standards and offers wide coverage of the European vehicle […]

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Easy2Recruit seeks to fill openings for part-time staff

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping garages hire overseas talent, has launched ‘Student2Skill’. The innovative initiative is designed to pair international students studying in the UK with garages looking for part-time workers.   These students can undertake up to 20 hours of work per week, obtaining valuable practical skills and potentially vocational qualifications in the process. […]

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Garage Hive to support REPXPERT Conference

  Community-driven garage management software, Garage Hive is set to support Schaeffler’s new national REPXPERT Conference for UK garages at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May, 2024.   Specially invited to advise attendees on how to boost business performance, the award-winning garage management system will have a strong presence in the […]

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Protyre reinforces Delphi partnership for tailored training excellence

  The UK’s fastest-growing tyre retailer Protyre Autocare (Protyre) has turned to Delphi for a bespoke training programme to support its ambitious growth plans.   The partnership, which began in 2018, will significantly expand this year to cover well over 1,000 Delphi training sessions.   “Training investment is crucial if you want to stay at […]

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Abigayle André to host Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference

  ‘She Talks Cars’ creator will host the Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference on Wednesday 22nd May in Coventry   Automotive journalist, TV presenter and content creator, Abigayle André has been named as hostess for the inaugural Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference which takes place at the Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May, 2024.   Renowned […]

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HELLA looks into lighting ‘glare’

  HELLA has welcomed focus on the issue of headlight glare after The RAC’s own research[i] of 2,000 UK drivers in December 2023 found 85% said headlamp glare is ‘getting worse’ on our roads.   OEM headlamp manufacturer HELLA suggests the high light outputs of modern units mean problems of headlamp alignment now have a […]

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Delphi to deliver EV conversion training with Everrati

  Delphi has announced a new partnership which will see ‘classic and iconic’ car electrification specialist, Everrati, featured in exclusive new IMI TechSafe training from Delphi Academy focused on the electrification of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.   It aims to share best practice advice for independent garages seeking new and exciting opportunities within the […]

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Schaeffler announces 2024 REPXPERT Conference date

  Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference: Wednesday 22nd May at Coventry Manufacturing Training Centre from 9am – 5pm   Schaeffler’s new national REPXPERT Conference for UK garages is to take place at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) Coventry on Wednesday 22nd May 2024, it has been confirmed.   The event, running from 9am to 5pm with breakfast […]

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The Blend 2024 calls for conference speakers

  The Blend is once again extending an invitation for industry insiders to share their insights and expertise by speaking at this year’s hotly anticipated independent garage annual conference and networking event.   The Blend 2024 takes place at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday, 28th September. Building on the success of last year’s […]

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First ‘INside Schaeffler’ with Jo Loughman

  Schaeffler is aiming to help customers and garages get to know some of its key team members through their new ‘INside Schaeffler’ series. The aim is to look ‘behind the brands’ to show the loyalty, expertise and commitment of key staff.   First up is Jo Loughman. A familiar source of help for many […]

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Easy2Recruit focusing on master techs in 2024

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping UK garages access overseas talent, is heading into 2024 optimistic after a hectic first six months in business.   Easy2Recruit launched in June 2023 at Automechanika Birmingham, going on to attend other industry events including Mechanex Sandown Park, Automotive Management LIVE and the Smart Transport National Conference. The business also […]

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HELLA helps Volkswagen ID.7 into top spot

  Volkswagen’s ID.7, recently named overall winner of the 2024 What Car? Safety Award, relied upon HELLA electronics to achieve top spot.   The ID.7 topped a five-car shortlist, which was selected based on five-star Euro NCAP test scores. The WhatCar? judges considered safety technology, innovation and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of […]

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Delphi explores surge of ‘fundamentals’ training in 2023

  Delphi says the pattern of demand growth for training experienced during 2023 portrayed an unexpected picture, as the aftermarket continues to wrestle with both upskilling for emerging technologies and immediate technician shortages.   Delphi says in the end, 2023 saw a ‘back to basics’ approach from many businesses.   “We had a rise in […]

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Thinkcar promotion on TPMS T90

  Thinkcar UK has launched a promotion to offer its newest T90 TPMS tool for free when customers buy 20 TPMS sensor valves.   The T90 is a stand-alone ‘plug and play’ TPMS device that can be used directly on the car, without any additional hardware. For ease of use, the sensor valves are ‘universal’, […]

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Garage Industry Trends backs MOT result

  Garage Industry Trends, the motor industry data platform developed by Garage Hive, has welcomed the government’s decision to retain the current UK 3-1-1 testing regime. The announcement represents a positive conclusion to a consultation process that begun a year ago.   Whilst the governments says it remains “committed to MOT modernisation” (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-committed-to-mot-modernisation-as-consultation-concludes), the true […]

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HELLA Customer Centre proving popular

  HELLA says its ‘Customer Experience Centre’ is already proving to be of huge benefit in showcasing the full breadth of the product and service solutions it now delivers to the UK aftermarket.   The facilities – which went live in the final quarter of 2023 – have already hosted an IAAF Regional Meeting and […]

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Garage Hive inspires at 1TEC Auto Hub Connect

  Community-driven Garage Management Software, Garage Hive had a strong presence at the 1TEC Auto Hub Connect event last week. Taking place on 19th January at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, it brought together industry leaders to discuss the latest trends and innovations.   A ‘Community Connections’ panel session was a key highlight of […]

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Delphi supports independent factor growth

  Autovaux Car Parts (Autovaux), an independent supplier of automotive parts and accessories, is set to open a fourth branch.   The expansion into West Yorkshire represents a significant milestone for the family-run business, which rapidly evolved from humble beginnings in 2000. With existing branches in Dewsbury, Leeds, and Castleford, the latest addition will cater […]

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Win EV work from dealers, urges Cleevely EV

  Matt Cleevely, Founder and CEO of Cleevely Group, is calling on fellow independent garage owners to seize the opportunities presented by the fast-growing electric vehicle (EV) market.   It comes as new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) registrations increased by 17.8 per cent in […]

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Thinkcar range is now available from ToolTruck

  Thinkcar UK has struck an agreement that will see ToolTruck reselling Thinkcar products in 2024.   Thinkcar’s innovative range aims to combine high levels of diagnostics functionality with attractive price points, enhanced by a pioneering remote programming solution that is underpinned by UK-based garage experts.   ToolTruck, part of ISN Europe, already has a […]

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Garage Hive shortlisted for CAT Award

  Community-driven garage management software, Garage Hive has been shortlisted for Industry Partner of the Year ahead of the 2024 Car Aftermarket Trader (CAT) Awards next month.   The CAT Awards, a celebration of the automotive aftermarket’s most significant accomplishments, has whittled down more than 220 nominations to a select shortlist of 50 nominees across […]

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Schaeffler to attend LAMMA agricultural machinery event

  Schaeffler is issuing a final reminder that it will be exhibiting at leading agricultural machinery show LAMMA at the NEC in Birmingham from 17th to 18th January.   Schaeffler can be found in Hall 7 on Stand 130, where experts will be on hand to discuss the range of OE replacement product solutions available […]

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Delphi unveils latest round of first-to-market brakes

  Delphi has unveiled its latest first-to-market braking releases, with parts now available for several new Nissan, Renault and Fiat models.   Brake drums and shoes, once a staple in automotive braking systems, are seeing a comeback in some vehicle segments and feature heavily in Delphi’s latest roll-out.   “Brake drums had largely taken a […]

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Garage Industry Trends passes 500,000 transaction milestone

  More than 500,000 independent garage transactions have now been logged on Garage Hive’s real-time data platform, Garage Industry Trends.   The website tracks average invoice value, future bookings, labour rates, net promoter score (NPS) and, thanks to the recent development of Trends 2.0, now also shows demand for repairs and maintenance by vehicle age […]

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Garage Hive updates gross profit calculator for 2024

  Community-driven Garage Management Software, Garage Hive has released its highly anticipated 2024 gross profit calculator. Free to download, the resource helps workshops establish their gross profit and the efficiency required to cover daily business running costs.   Garages simply enter their overheads into the spreadsheet template to automatically generate daily and monthly gross profit […]

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Cleevely EV seeks technicians as mobile business grows

  Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV), a Cheltenham-based pioneer in the servicing and repairs of EVs, is seeking technicians to join its fast-growing mobile business.   Launched last year in response to widespread demand, Cleevely EV Mobile is on the look-out for aspirational individuals to help meet the needs of its mobile EV servicing operations across […]

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Data shows opportunity on EV tyres

  Independent garages should consider the increasing demand for EV tyres according to Matt Cleevely, Managing Director of Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV).   It comes as new data analysis by Garage Industry Trends reveals that half of all EV MOT failures on vehicles registered after 2016 relate to tyres – almost double that of a […]

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Thinkcar rolls out collaborative remote diagnostics

  Access to vehicle manufacturer level diagnostics has long posed a challenge for independent garages. And yet, ever-advancing automotive technologies have made them increasingly indispensable, even for routine servicing and maintenance.   Thinkcar aims to address the age-old issue of data access through its pioneering remote diagnostics offering. It’s a solution for workshops that don’t […]

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Garage Industry Trends 2.0 shows challenges ahead

  Community-driven garage management system Garage Hive has enhanced data website Garage Industry Trends. Released at The Blend on 7th October, Trends 2.0 now adds revenue analysis by car age and fuel type.   Since launching a year ago, the Trends data collection platform – which is a free research resource to access – has […]

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Delphi retains IMI Approval of Training Centre

  Delphi’s state-of-the-art Titan 10 technical Training Centre in Warwick has retained Centre Approval from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), effective for three years. This follows a detailed IMI audit process, completed at the Training Centre during October.   “We’re delighted to have performed well and to be certificated for another three years,” […]

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Easy2Recruit support Smart Transport Conference

  Easy2Recruit, the new agency helping UK transport hire overseas talent, is currently showcasing their innovative recruitment solution at the Smart Transport National Conference.   The event, being held at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham, runs from 21st to 22nd November. The Smart Transport National Conference aims to ‘bring senior private and public sector transport […]

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Delphi accelerates braking range growth in 2023

  Delphi has added more than 300 new braking parts in 2023, including 20 first-to-market additions for high-performance vehicles such as the BMW M-series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.   Other new releases launched this year include applications for Tesla, Renault, Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Honda and VAG to name just a few.   Delphi is renowned for […]

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Easy2Recruit celebrating double show success

Easy2Recruit, the new agency helping UK garages hire overseas talent, is working through extensive enquiries after drawing a large level of interest at successive trade shows last week.   Starting on Monday, the team first travelled down to Surrey’s Sandown Park for the two-day Mechanex show. Then after leaving late on Wednesday 8th November, they […]

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Easy2Recruit set for Mechanex debut

  Easy2Recruit, the new agency helping UK garages hire overseas talent, will make the trip to Surrey for next week’s Mechanex show, which takes place at Sandown Park from Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 8th November.   Easy2Recruit is exhibiting for the first time at Mechanex. Having only launched to the trade in June this year […]

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Delphi names latest ‘Master of the Month’

  Delphi has named Sam Harris its latest ‘Master of the Month’, his prizes include a selection of branded merchandise and a trip to Enstone, for an Alpine Formula 1 factory tour in January.   ‘Master of the Month’ is open to any garage with an active Delphi Academy e-learning licence who completes a technical […]

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Pichler Tools confirmed for Mechanex

  Specialist supplier Pichler Tools has confirmed attendance at Mechanex Sandown Park, with the event taking place from Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 8th November in Surrey. Pichler Tools will be easy for visitors to spot, their large 6m x 6m stand (B2) is located right by the entrance.   “We’re very much hoping to catch […]

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HELLA warning on starter motor problem cause

  With the cooler months ahead set to place more stress on starter motors, HELLA is reminding technicians of the need to diagnose faults carefully.   The risks of jumping to the wrong conclusions are starkly illustrated by frequent starter motor failures for 2008 onwards Renault Masters fitted with 2.0 dCi M9T or M9R engines. […]

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Easy2Recruit offers new solution for staff problems

  Easy2Recruit, the agency helping UK garages hire overseas talent, expects to place its first technicians ‘before the end of the year’ having launched to the trade just a few months earlier at Automechanika Birmingham in June.   The boutique recruitment specialist is promising a new solution to the old and growing problem of filling […]

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Delphi launches Training Prospectus 2.0

  Delphi has just released a comprehensive new 66-page training prospectus, showcasing the wealth of solutions now available to the UK aftermarket.   Delphi’s ‘blended learning’ ethos originated to make it as easy as possible for garages to access learning materials, whilst also taking account of the fact that individuals prefer to absorb information in […]

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Cleevely Motors named Top Garage

  Cleevely Motors, has achieved yet another remarkable milestone by clinching the highly coveted “Top Garage Award”. This latest prestigious accolade concludes a week in which the independent garage has been recognised with no less than five highly acclaimed awards.   “We’ve achieved a dream,” said Matt Cleevely, Managing Director of Cleevely EV. “We were […]

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Cleevely Electric Vehicles crowned EVSure Garage of the Year

  Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV), a Cheltenham-based pioneer in the servicing and repairs of EVs, has been recognised with the highly acclaimed EVSure Autocentre of the Year Award. It comes just days after Cleevely Motors was named Garage of the Year at The Blend.   The latest national award was given in honour of Cleevely […]

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Garage Hive community raises over £12,000 for Ben

  The community behind Garage Hive has rallied together in a remarkable display of unity and support, raising an incredible £12,000 for industry charity Ben.   The donation, a collective effort from the entire community and its partners, is an accumulation of a charity hike fundraiser, kind-hearted contributions, and proceeds from The Blend’s 2023 annual […]

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HELLA launches Customer Experience Centre

  HELLA hosted the final of a series of three IAAF regional meetings on Thursday 12th October, whilst unveiling its ‘Customer Experience Centre’ at the same time.   Around 25 visitors were hosted by the HELLA management team, listening to an IAAF briefing before touring the new Customer Experience Centre. Walk-through zones showcased interactive product […]

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Cleevely Motors named Garage of the Year at The Blend

  Cheltenham-based Cleevely Motors has secured the coveted Garage of The Year title at The Blend Awards 2023, held at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on the 7th October.   The distinguished honour recognises Cleevely Motors’ exceptional care of staff, outstanding customer service and strategic business growth.   “We are immensely proud to have been […]

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Matt Cleevely shares EV insight at The Blend

  Matt Cleevely, the esteemed owner of Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV), recently took to the stage as a featured speaker at The Blend 2023 to share his unique EV expertise and insights with some of the most successful independent garages in the UK and Ireland.   Held at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on the […]

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Delphi celebrates the best UK technician talent

  Delphi has once again helped showcase the best of UK garage technical talent after hosting the keenly contested Top Technician final on Saturday 14th October.   The event took place at Delphi’s state-of-the-art Titan 10 technical training centre in Warwick. Delphi had been asked to host once again after successfully doing so for the […]

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Pichler Tools sees benefits of The Blend

  Specialist supplier Pichler Tools enjoyed a busy day supporting The Blend on Saturday 7th October.   Like last year, The Blend – management system Garage Hive’s annual conference – was held at Birmingham’s Eastside Rooms but this year, visitor numbers swelled by over 40% to more than 330 delegates.   “We were really pleased […]

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Garage Hive announces key supplier integrations

  Managing director Ray Dilsons’ opening keynote address at The Blend updated a packed audience of over three hundred and thirty conference attendees on a raft of exciting developments going live on Garage Hive.   Ray was quick to credit Garage Hive’s loyal community of users for driving the continued enhancement of the market-leading independent […]

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Record-breaking attendance at The Blend 2023

  Annual conference and networking event for independent garages, The Blend 2023 has concluded with resounding success and record-breaking attendance. Some 330 attendees – an increase of over 40% on last year – from across the UK and Ireland came together to exchange practical ideas and business-improving strategies at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on […]

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Pichler Tools wins BIG at garage awards event

  Specialist supplier Pichler Tools was named ‘Garage Equipment Provider of the Year’ at the hugely successful 2023 Independent Garage Association (IGA) British Independent Garage (BIG) Awards.   A surprised but delighted Steve Prince, Managing Director at Pichler Tools UK, was first up on stage to collect the trophy from TV sports presenter Mark Durden-Smith […]

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Garage Hive named Garage Management System of the Year

  Community-driven garage management software, Garage Hive has been named Garage Management System of the Year at the Independent Garage Association’s (IGA) British Independent Garage (BIG) Awards 2023.   Assessed by an expert independent panel of judges, the win in the new category evidences Garage Hive’s continuing rise to prominence within the independent sector.   […]

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Cleevely EV hosts first garage EV introduction day

  Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV) has hosted a successful first event for garages eager to find out more about electric vehicle opportunities on Saturday 16th September.   Nine garage staff attended an informal action-packed day with Cleevely EV Managing Director Matt Cleevely and top technical trainer Alistair Finch, investigating the equipment, space and business planning […]

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The Blend Awards 2023 finalists unveiled

  Finalists for The Blend Awards 2023 have been named ahead of the highly anticipated annual conference and networking event for independent garage owners at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on the 7th October.   A remarkable influx of top-tier entries gave the judging panel, consisting of the IMI’s Hayley Pells, industry expert Andy Crook […]

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Matt Cleevely shows how to run an EV workshop

  Curious garages are urged to make last-minute plans to attend an introductory day at Cleevely Electric Vehicles (EV) on Saturday 16th September   Runing from 10am to 3pm, the itinerary will include a detailed tour of the UK’s first independent EV specialist workshop along with presentations from Matt Cleevely, Managing Director of Cleevely Group, […]

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Limited tickets left for The Blend 2023

  With less than a month to go before The Blend 2023, independent garage owners across the UK and Ireland are being urged to book tickets now before an anticipated sell-out within the coming days.   The annual conference and networking event takes place on the 7th October, 2023 at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham. […]

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Delphi aims to increase diagnostics understanding

  Delphi Technologies believes many independent garages are still unsure of the diagnostics capabilities they need for newer generation cars and of the technologies they will encounter.   Delphi’s OBD diagnostics offering is built around the DS180 BlueTech vehicle communication interface (VCI). It’s usually supplied in a ‘Car Kit’ including a high specification tablet as […]

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AvailableCar workshops gain with structured Delphi training

  Used car supermarket group, AvailableCar has embarked on a continual development programme with Delphi, investing in the upskilling of its workshop technicians as the vehicles it processes continue to get ever-more advanced.   AvailableCar first opened its doors in 2002 at Castle Donington, East Midlands. Today the family-run business operates across four sites, with […]

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Cheltenham Ford specialist does jobs others can’t

  Blue Oval Vehicle Services in Cheltenham is expanding to bigger premises and taking on a new technician thanks to “booming trade”, which the owner puts down to reputation and having the right tools for the job.   Established in 2012 by Adam Clack, having started his career at Ford main dealers, the independent specialist […]

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Last chance to enter The Blend Awards 2023

  Garages in the UK and Ireland have been given one last chance to enter The Blend Awards as the community-driven garage management software developer behind the event, Garage Hive, announce a seven-day extension for entries.   Submissions to The Blend’s ‘Garage of the Year Award’ and ‘Staff Recognition Award’ should be made by 7th […]

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The Blend launches new Podcast

  Presented by Garage Hive, The Blend has announced the launch of a new and exciting podcast ahead of its annual conference and networking event presented by Garage Hive for independent garage owners in Birmingham later this year.   Hosted by former Garage Wire Editor, Mike Ruff, The Blend Podcast is set to tackle the […]

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Garage Hive’s popular ‘buy now, pay later’ option

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive says a partnership integration with Humm Group Limited (Humm), enabling garages to offer their customers a simple ‘buy now and pay later’ option, is proving popular.   Humm is a debt-factoring service that has been seamlessly integrated within Garage Hive to be used quickly and easily. Humm’s financing […]

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Delphi unveils first-to-market EV brake pads for Ford Mustang Mach-E

Rear brake pads for the Ford Mustang Mach-E 07/2020> have been unveiled as the latest first-to-market release from Delphi.   The Ford Mustang Mach-E was developed from the ground up as an all-electric vehicle and boasts a driving range of around 370 miles under WLTP regulations.   “We’re really excited to announce the launch of […]

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Delphi sees strong demand for BlueTech car kit

  Delphi Technologies says demand from independent garages for its BlueTech diagnostics package has been rising, as awareness of the platform’s advanced capabilities grows.   First launched in 2021, the BlueTech vehicle communication interface (VCI) brings state-of-the-art OBD diagnostics to garages. Though they can choose to buy the DS180 BlueTech VCI only, most are now […]

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Inspiring speaker line-up for The Blend 2023

  Annual conference and networking event for independent garage owners, The Blend has unveiled an inspiring line-up of guest speakers ahead of this year’s widely anticipated industry gathering, which takes place in Birmingham on 7th October, 2023.   An exciting programme will shine the spotlight onto a variety of topics including business operations, challenges and […]

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Garage Hive grows support team

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive has increased the team supporting its growing customer base.   Marcis Eglitis and Reuben Yeatman have both joined the business in recent weeks as Software Support Consultants. Although new to the automotive aftermarket, Marcis joins with customer service experience in recruitment, Reuben meanwhile brings with an established software […]

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Submit your Blend Awards entry before end of July for special industry recognition

  Time’s running out for workshops to place their entries into The Blend Awards, which takes place at the highly anticipated annual conference and networking event for independent garage owners in Birmingham on 7th October.   Submissions to The Blend’s ‘Garage of the Year Award’ and ‘Staff Recognition Award’, both of which are open to […]

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Opus IVS highlights common air con problems

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, say their IVS 360™ support team is now receiving many more calls about air con issues with the mercury finally rising during May after a cool spring.   “It’s a very consistent yearly pattern,” said Tony Gill, Customer Support Manager for UK […]

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Garage Hive to announce Euro Car Parts integration at Automechanika Birmingham

  Community-driven garage management software, Garage Hive is set to announce the integration of the Euro Car Parts catalogue at Automechanika Birmingham, bringing further time-saving benefits for users.   Garage Hive customers can now access the motor factors’ comprehensive catalogue of products, along with real-time pricing and availability from within the system, before then ordering […]

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Castrol and The Race Group to sponsor The Blend

  Annual conference and networking event for independent garage owners, The Blend has announced Castrol and The Race Group as headline sponsors for this year’s widely anticipated industry gathering, which takes place in Birmingham on 7th October, 2023.   Daytime proceedings will bring garage owners a choice of renowned industry speakers and a trade show, […]

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Avia Autos extends capabilities with Delphi

  Bridgend-based Avia Autos is reaping the benefits of the next-generation diagnostic tool from Delphi Technologies. Both the DS180 BlueTech vehicle communication interface (VCI), and Delphi’s free diagnostic training and support have received praise as a refreshing ‘complete solution’.   The workshop made the investment just one year ago, pairing the VCI with Delphi’s DS […]

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Entries open for The Blend Awards 2023

  Entries for The Blend Awards 2023 have opened ahead of the highly anticipated annual conference and networking event for independent garage owners, which takes place at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on 7th October.   “We’re really excited about this year’s awards,” said Ray Dilsons, Managing Director of Garage Hive. “We’ll be recognising the […]

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Somerset garage sees average monthly turnover increase by 85%

  Robert Cockings Motor Repairs in Somerset has reported a dramatic increase in turnover since embracing community-driven garage management software, Garage Hive.   Following the switch to Garage Hive almost three-and-a-half years ago, the family business has reinvested profit margin gains into training, tools and equipment to further improve workshop efficiency and customer experience.   […]

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Delphi Technologies enhances Masters of Motion

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has added new video content to Masters of Motion, whilst making it even easier for independent garage technicians to receive all future updates too.   So far, this month has already seen the addition of three more ‘How To’ videos aimed at delivering practical on-demand advice to […]

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Opus IVS announces big Automechanika incentive

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, has announced it will be giving away a DrivePro™ Elite diagnostic kit to a garage at Automechanika Birmingham.   Opus IVS says the prize draw winner will receive their DrivePro™ Elite kit, along with 12 months of free IVS 360™ live support. […]

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Tesla e-learning module now available on Delphi Academy

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has released a Tesla e-learning module on Delphi Academy, marking the first in a new series of brand-specific online training courses for vehicle technicians.   Coinciding with the new release of Tesla Model S and Model X coverage on Delphi’s BlueTech VCI diagnostic tool, the ten-part course […]

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Opus IVS Technical Open Evening success

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, last week hosted two successful Technical Open Evenings, in partnership with the Independent Garage Association (IGA).   The events, which took place at the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills in Runcorn on 19th and 20th April, were open to all trade technicians, […]

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Opus IVS describe test process for common Mini EML warning light fault

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, explain a problem documented for the N12 engine used on 2006 to 2013 second generation Minis.   The fault presents with the engine management warning light illuminated and fault code 2968 stored in the Digital Motor Electronics (DME) from the inlet camshaft […]

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Flintshire garage completes record e-learning hours on Delphi Academy

  Hillcrest Motor Services in Flintshire, Wales has been recognised for completing a ‘record number’ of e-learning hours on the online learning platform, Delphi Academy.   In less than four months, Hillcrest Motor Services has completed more than 33 hours of training, averaging half an hour a day. Celebrating the accomplishment, Delphi presented garage owner […]

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Pichler Tools cuts book time by 74%

  The owner of a Worcester-based independent garage has left high-praise for Pichler Tools after its new hydraulic wheel bearing removal kit reduced the time spent replacing a seized wheel bearing on a Land Rover Discovery 5 by nearly three quarters.   With a book time of 1.3 hours, Dan Baines, owner of Midland Land […]

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Delphi adds first-to-market brake pads for Mercedes C-Class and Hyundai Staria

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has announced the release of further first-to-market braking components for Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai as part of its European aftermarket braking program.   Completing the latest round of braking additions from the quick-to-respond supplier are front brake pads (Delphi reference LP3842) for Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) C220 2.0, C300 […]

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Delphi to focus on garage support at Automechanika Birmingham 2023

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has confirmed it will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham 2023.   Visitors to the UK’s largest automotive trade exhibition, which takes place from 6th to 8th June at the NEC, will be invited to get hands-on with the very latest innovations to come from Delphi in hall […]

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Garage Hive to showcase productivity gains at Automechanika Birmingham 2023

  Community-driven garage management software, Garage Hive has confirmed it will be showcasing its all-in-one solution for garages and unveiling another new and exciting integration at Automechanika Birmingham 2023.   The UK’s largest automotive trade exhibition takes place from 6th to 8th June at the NEC, with Garage Hive taking a prominent position near the […]

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Pichler Tools confirmed for Automechanika

  Specialist supplier Pichler Tools has confirmed it will exhibit at this summer’s Automechanika, with the UK’s largest automotive trade show making a welcome return to Birmingham’s NEC from 6th to 8th June.   Pichler Tools promises a stand ‘packed with top quality time-savers and problem-solvers’ that professional independent garages have been relying upon in […]

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Opus IVS eager for Automechanika return

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, says excitement is building ahead of Automechanika Birmingham.   The UK’s largest automotive trade exhibition returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 6th to 8th June. With over two months remaining, organiser Messe Frankfurt UK says garage visitor registration has already exceeded last summer’s […]

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Delphi Technologies elevates brake range with premium Bi-metallic brake discs launch

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has announced the launch of new bi-metallic, high-carbon alloy brake discs.   With a 15% weight reduction compared to a single, fully cast-iron disc, the new brake discs help improve fuel efficiency and, thanks to the two-part construction, reduce vibration and noise for an all-round satisfying on-vehicle […]

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Delphi Technologies announces latest round of first-to-market brake pads and discs

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has announced the release of three first-to-market braking components for Jeep and BMW as part of its European aftermarket braking program.   The latest additions include front (Delphi reference BG9513C) and rear (Delphi reference BG5167C) brake discs for the Jeep Compass, Renegade. Front brake pads (Delphi reference […]

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Opus IVS master technicians receive record calls

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, say their IVS 360™ support team has handled record numbers of calls in the first two months of 2023.   The festive season saw a big increase compared to last year. Call volumes have since been running at over 700 per day […]

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Lindleys Autocentres benefit with Pichler Tools

  Specialist tools supplier Pichler Tools has seen business grow significantly in recent years, largely thanks to developing and maintaining long term relationships with its independent garage customer base.   Lindleys Autocentres is a prime example; they started using Pichler Tools many years ago back when it was a single site garage run by father […]

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Tickets now available for The Blend 2023

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive has begun ticket sales for The Blend 2023 – with prices held at last year’s rates.   The action-packed one day annual conference and networking event will return to Birmingham’s prestigious Eastside Rooms on Saturday 7th October 2023.   ‘Early bird’ ticket orders placed before the end of […]

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MOT data added to Garage Industry Trends

  Garage Industry Trends, the motor industry data platform developed by Garage Hive, has integrated extensive MOT data that is now available publicly for anyone to view.   A raft of fascinating MOT charts and insights is on show at https://www.garageindustrytrends.com. The summaries are created from publicly available UK government data which the site seeks […]

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Opus IVS announces free technical event in April

  Opus IVS, leading provider of diagnostics solutions backed by OE master technicians, will host a new trade Technical Open Evening across 19th and 20th April at the RMI Academy in Runcorn.   The evenings are free for garages to attend and will run from 6pm to 9pm with content geared towards training and skills […]

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Alex Lindley wins industry ‘Rising Star’ Award

  Alex Lindley, Director of Garage Hive and Lindleys Autocentres, was named this year’s ‘Rising Star’ at the CAT Awards, held Thursday 9th February at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel.   The prestigious industry lunch saw a full house of 150 guests enjoy a three-course meal ahead of an interview with multiple British Touring Car Championship winner […]

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Garage Hive adds Pay360 payment integration

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive has partnered with leading online payment provider Pay360 to offer current UK customers a flexible option for payment processing.   Pay360 is a secure payment platform that specialises in seamlessly integrating within apps and third-party systems.   Garage Hive will be using Pay360 as a cost-effective solution to […]

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Delphi Technologies wins training award

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has won ‘Training Scheme of the Year’ at the CAT Awards, held Thursday 9th February at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel.   The renowned industry event saw a capacity crowd of around 150 guests hosted for a three-course lunch. They were also treated to an interview with four-time British […]

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Garage Hive calling for speakers at The Blend 2023

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive is inviting industry experts to share their wealth of knowledge by applying to speak at The Blend 2023.   The fast-growing annual conference and networking event will be back in Birmingham on Saturday 7th October 2023 at the modern and luxurious Eastside Rooms venue.   Last September’s event […]

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Opus IVS supports Automassen 2023

  Opus IVS, the provider of diagnostic solutions backed by OE master technicians, has returned from Sweden’s Automassen 2023, held in Gothenburg from 18th to 21st January.   Opus IVS attended to support established Swedish distributor Autotek Sweden AB in managing interest at what proved a busy show.   Automassen, the Nordic region’s largest automotive […]

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Delphi Technologies hosts UK garage competition

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, will be a partner supporter of the 2023 Top Garage and Top Technician competitions.   Top Technician, created by Aftermarket magazine in 2002, seeks to identify, develop and celebrate skills-excellence amongst the elite of UK garage technicians. Added in 2018, Top Garage seeks to shine a light […]

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Delphi Technologies launches Masters of Motion

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has launched its new Masters of Motion hub aimed at independent garage technicians.   Delphi intends the launch to be the start of a sustained campaign to support technicians and workshops even more closely.   The Masters of Motion hub hosts a wealth of informative content from […]

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Garage Hive extending EV data offering for show

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive will be unveiling extended EV data capabilities at the EV Ready event at Brighton Racecourse on 25th January.   EV Ready aims to be the UK’s first independent garage show dedicated entirely to electric vehicle skills, equipment and technology.   For Garage Hive, EV Ready brings an opportunity […]

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Pichler Tools heading south to EV Ready show

  Specialist tools supplier Pichler Tools has joined a strong list of exhibitors for the imminent EV Ready event, due to be being held at Brighton Racecourse on Wednesday 25th January from 5pm.   EV Ready lays claim to being the first independent garage trade event geared specifically towards highlighting the ‘aftermarket’s response to vehicle […]

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Garage Hive in the running for industry award

  Community-focused garage management system Garage Hive is delighted to have been nominated for ‘Industry Partner’ at the CAT Awards 2023.   The renowned networking lunch and awards event has been confirmed for Thursday 9th February, returning to the five-star Lowry Hotel in the heart of Manchester.   A total of ten awards will be […]

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Delphi Technologies nominated for training award

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has been nominated for ‘Training Programme of the Year’ at the upcoming CAT Awards. The renowned industry event will take place on Thursday 9th February in the luxurious five-star surrounds of Manchester’s Lowry Hotel.   A total of ten awards will be made on the day, across […]

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Delphi Technologies prepared for EV Ready show

  Delphi Technologies, a brand of BorgWarner Inc, is making final preparations to exhibit at the upcoming EV Ready event, being held at Brighton Racecourse on Wednesday 25th January.   Sponsored by GSF Car Parts, EV Ready is a new concept promising a ‘unique showcase of the aftermarket’s response to vehicle electrification’. The invitation-only group […]

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Pichler Tools looking to build on a strong 2022

  Specialist tools supplier Pichler Tools is aiming to build momentum after a strong business performance in 2022.   Pichler says demand continues to be exceptionally strong for its time-saving tools for problem automotive jobs such as injector and glow plug removal.   “We grew sales significantly in 2022,” said Steve Prince, Managing Director at […]

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Yeovil specialist expands with Garage Hive

  Business has boomed for TR Autos in Yeovil following their switch into community-focused garage management system Garage Hive in May ’21.   The independent Saab specialist, founded in 2008, is run by Tom and Kayleigh Butler. Turnover at the four-person garage grew by £113,000 in their first year with Garage Hive.   After an […]

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Independent garage labour rates rising but future bookings fall

  Garage Industry Trends, the open real-time data platform developed by Garage Hive, reveals independent garage labour rates rising quickly.   The site went live on 17th September and has been gathering data ever since. The growing number of opted-in Garage Hive customers generating the figures is now around 100 independent garages.   The four […]

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Garage Hive sets a date for The Blend 2023

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive has announced its annual conference and networking event The Blend will be back in Birmingham on Saturday 7th October 2023 at the state-of-the-art Eastside Rooms venue.   With next year’s event still very much in the planning stage, customers and garage owners are simply being urged to ‘save […]

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Garage Hive to exhibit at EV Ready event

  Community-driven garage management software Garage Hive has confirmed the team will exhibit at the new EV Ready event, being held at Brighton Racecourse on 25th January.   Show organisers Garage Wire claim EV Ready will be the UK’s first independent garage event dedicated entirely to electric vehicle skills, equipment and technology.   For Garage […]

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Garage Hive webinar explains key role of ‘Gross Profit Targets’

  Community-driven garage management system Garage Hive has published a customer webinar hosted on 19th October.   The session was scheduled to make a popular seminar delivered by Garage Hive director Alex Lindley at The Blend 2022 available to a wider garage audience.   ‘How to Set a Gross Profit Target and Why It’s So […]

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Garage Hive launches ‘Garage Industry Trends’

  Community-driven garage management system Garage Hive has launched a new data website called Garage Industry Trends.   The announcement was made by Managing Director Ray Dilsons during his keynote address to a group of 230 customer and industry delegates attending The Blend 2022 conference at Birmingham’s Eastside Rooms on 17th September.   Garage Industry […]

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The Blend 2022 hailed a unique success

  Community-driven garage management system Garage Hive hosted its largest conference to date. The Blend 2022 took place on Saturday 17th September at Birmingham’s Eastside Rooms.   Conference attendance was capped at 230 people after surging registrations. The buzz ahead of the event proved well founded as a mix of the customer community, interested garages, […]

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