Blackcircles.com Founder (Michael Welch) Inducted Into Hall of Fame

This June Shell LiveWIRE inducted nine new entrepreneurs into its International ‘Hall of Fame’. Among these inventive and original thinkers was Michael Welch, the founder and Managing Director of Blackcircles.com – the UK’s leading online tyre retailer.

To be inducted into the Hall Of Fame is a true honour for an entrepreneur as Shell LiveWIRE is a leading international network which strives to inspire and develop enterprise in young people. Its Hall of Fame is an exclusive universal platform, which showcases the most extraordinary entrepreneurs that have worked with – and benefited from – many of the LiveWIRE programmes that take place around the planet.

Karen Bellis of Shell LiveWIRE International announced the latest inductees and said, “Michael Welch has shown remarkable vision, innovation, courage and leadership to turn a business opportunity into an outstanding commercial success. The business has a real “Wow!” factor and Michael is an inspiration to budding entrepreneurs, not just in the UK but across the globe. He thoroughly deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.”

Michael’s long journey to this induction started when he was just 16 years old. After leaving school he worked as a tyre fitter and it was during this time that he spotted an opportunity to transform the tyre fitting market. Michael realised that by giving customers the chance to buy tyres online, a company could deliver a fast, cheap way for customers to buy and fit tyres. Thanks to his business model, Blackcircles.com’s prices are on average 40% less than that of the high street dealers.

When asked for a few words on his inclusion into the Hall of Fame, Michael Welch said, “I am very pleased to join this elite group of international LiveWIRE entrepreneurs. I have had a long successful relationship with Shell LiveWire which makes this induction even more gratifying. To be counted as a hall of famer with this leading organisation is a true honour and is a measure of how far Blackcircles.com has come.”

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ATR Polaris RZR

ATR’s new Polaris RZR rear sway bar offers an increase in performance and strength over the stock unit and also has the added feature of quick disconnect links. This allows you to have the best of both worlds by being able to quickly disconnect your sway bar for added suspension articulation for trail riding, and reconnect it for more stability for higher speed riding.

ATR Polaris RZR


ATR Polaris RZR Sway Bar is a bolt in replacement of the stock unit and takes about 30 minutes to install. ATR Sway Bar features 4 chomoly rod ends that allow for bind free movement and are teflon lined to ensure long life. Sway Bar links come in a zinc plated finish. Quality Bowtie style pins are used to be able to quickly disconnect and reconnect sway bar.

ATR is a group of engineers, designers and motorsports enthusiasts set out to develop the most advanced off road vehicle performance products possible. Bringing years of experience ATR serves as a full service prototyping and manufacturing company developing products for some of today’s leading off road vehicle manufacturers. ATR manufactures a complete line of Polaris RZR Accessories and Polaris RZR Parts.

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Business is Booming at Motor Caravan Manufacturer – Cordoba Leisure

Business is Booming at Motor Caravan Manufacturer - Cordoba Leisure  Business is booming at Motor Caravan ManufacturerCordoba Leisure in West Yorkshire as holidaymakers swap foreign shores for the great outdoors. Sales manager Shahid Chowdhury reports ” Our customer enquiries have doubled, we get enquiries from all over the UK and beyond, the demand for the small motor caravan / camper is astounding”. We are only in June 2010, and we have succesfully sold over 130 camper / leisure vehicles since January 2010. Our unique approach to vehicle conversions coupled with some hard work and imagination result in one of the fastest build times in the industry, we have modularised the build and don’t get involved with bespoke builds, ok every customer gets a pretty similar looking motor caravan, but this is a tried and tested design. The no frill, No nonsense approach means we can cut build time of vehicles and deliver a start to finish Camper van conversion in less than 10 days!! Many of our compeitors have been in business for up to 40 years, as a new company we have a fresh approach to Motor caravans / Campers, we are bemused by 6 week and 10 week build times? Too much time drinking tea if you ask us.

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Minuteman VW Recognized as #1 Massachusetts Volkswagen Dealer for Service

There are many Volkswagen dealerships in Massachusetts, but in April only one, Greater Boston Volkswagen dealer Minuteman Volkswagen, had its service department recognized as the best in the state and #2 in all of New England.

The recognition resulted from the scores tallied from April’s Satisfaction Survey, a feedback form filled out by Volkswagen customers regarding their dealer experience. Minuteman VW, long known throughout Massachusetts for its commitment to the customer, now has additional evidence that their dedication is appreciated.

“It’s customer feedback like this which shows our hard work is paying off,” said Ray Hovsepian, General Manager at Minuteman VW. “There are plenty of competing Greater Boston Volkswagen dealers, all of whom are offering the same premier VW models. One key way we distinguish ourselves from other Massachusetts Volkswagen dealerships is through the efficient and skilled work our knowledgeable service technicians put into every VW they service. The customer comes first at Minuteman and they know it.”

In an effort to further enhance their already lauded service, Minuteman is currently undergoing a complete renovation of their service department. This renovation is being undertaken with the customer in mind—when it is completed this summer, Volkswagen service customers will find an upgraded service department capable of providing even more comfort and convenience.

“Taking your vehicle in for service can be a hassle, and our objective at Minuteman is to eliminate as many of the headaches as we can,” said Service Manager Patrick Collins. “Delivering service that consistently results in satisfied customers is what has earned us our loyal base of Massachusetts VW drivers. Whether or not they bought their new or pre-owned Volkswagen vehicle from Minuteman, our goal is to show Greater Boston VW owners that Minuteman has the service department they can trust to do the job right. This renovation is the latest step towards that goal.”

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Jerry Remy Goes to Bat for Lexus of Watertown

Local Lexus dealer Lexus of Watertown impressed Red Sox legend Jerry Remy so much that the famed second-baseman and broadcaster is now their spokesman. In a new series of ads appearing on television and the Web, Remy pokes fun at his past and makes a pitch to be the president of “Lexus Nation.”

Jerry Remy Goes to Bat for Lexus of Watertown

“We are honored and thrilled to have a true New England legend representing our Greater Boston Lexus dealership,” said Vincent Liuzzi, General Manager of Lexus of Watertown. “We worked very closely with Jerry to make sure the campaign reflects his personality. Jerry’s very easygoing, but he’s also a fierce competitor, and we feel he fits in perfectly with our approach as a Lexus dealer.”

Remy’s connection with Lexus of Watertown began when the voice of Red Sox Nation needed a new car. Remy bought a Lexus GX 460 from the dealership, starting a relationship with Liuzzi that has grown to include TV, print and online advertisements.

One highlight of the print and online campaign is the “Top 10 Reasons Why Remdawg Thinks You Should Buy from Lexus of Watertown,” which pokes fun at bits of trivia from Remy’s career. The ad, which can be found on the Lexus of Watertown Facebook page, ties closely to baseball with reasons such as, “I stole more bases than all the other car dealer spokespersons combined.”

The new campaign is another sign of strength for Lexus of Watertown. Over the last two years, the Lexus dealer has achieved tremendous sales growth, enabling the dealership to become a top 10 Lexus dealer in the United States.

During that time, Lexus has grown to become the leading luxury car brand in the United States. In April 2010, Lexus sales grew by 29%, edging out traditional luxury car leader Mercedes-Benz. Lexus sales have been buoyed by the recent awarding of Top Safety Pick honors to the Lexus RX from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Top Safety Pick rating is given to cars that have the highest rating for front, side, rollover and rear crash protection and which also offer electronic stability control.

“Jerry is just one of the thousands of satisfied Boston Lexus drivers who found their perfect car at Lexus of Watertown,” Liuzzi said. “We treat everyone who visits our dealership like an All-Star, and we take pride in the exceptional service and value we deliver each day. We hope this new campaign will help us spread the word about the tremendous quality offered by Lexus and our dealership.”

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Europcar Reveal The Cost Of Dormant Urban Cars To Motorists

Europcar has revealed new research that shows the cost of dormant urban motors is £65bn.

Europcar Reveal The Cost Of Dormant Urban Cars To Motorists

Parked cars clogging up residential roads in the UK’s cities is a long-familiar sight, but the cost of dormant urban motors (DUMs) is today revealed to be £65bn a year*.

According to new research by Europcar, which has just launched its free WeDeliver service of vehicles to customers’ door, car ownership for the time-poor city dwellers costs them £3.50 for every mile they cover – excluding fuel.

On average a city car owner only spends 4 hours, 40 minutes at the wheel each week – meaning that their car remains parked for 97% of the time**.

With the depreciation of their car***, and the cumulative with costs for maintenance, insurance, fines and parking totalling £5,328.96 a year, it’s no wonder that nearly half (48%) would sell their car if there was a convenient alternative to ownership.

The nature of city life also means that two thirds (66.6%) of car owners still regularly opt to use public transport, cycle or walk to cover short distances and avoid congestion or parking stress.

Over half (51%) admit that expense is the most stressful part of owning a car, a quarter (24%) cite maintenance, while 44% say that their car has been damaged or vandalised due to being left parked outside for prolonged periods of time.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director at Europcar commented: “This research shows how busy lifestyles and the nature of urban living and travel has filled out cities with dormant urban motors.

“Europcar has developed a free weDeliver service as a solution to this trend, meaning would-be motorists can have a vehicle dropped off at their door at a time that suits them and picked up again when they’re finished with it – for free. That’s perfect for Brits in cities who feel they don’t use their car often enough, but want the freedom of a car when they want do to travel.”

WeDeliver can be the perfect stress busting solution for the city dweller. The new service includes free delivery within 15 miles of an address and offers a rather speedy one hour delivery window even in Britain’s busiest city, London. To make things even easier customers can now have their car delivered to a home, business or even hotel address**** making car rental queues a thing of the past.

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