The Co-operative Motor Group Shows Strong Drive In £7.7k Charity Hike For Mencap

Staff from The Co-operative Motor Group have raised an impressive £7,700 for charity Mencap by hiking an exhausting 21 miles across the Lake District.

The Miles For Mencap team gained sponsorship to climb several ascents over 3,400 feet in the Fairfield fell and Kentmere Valley areas of the National Park, raising money for learning disabilities organisation Mencap and its sister charity ENABLE Scotland.

Participants from the car dealership company overcame immense fatigue to cross the finish line and were thrilled to raise more than their original target of £7,000. People were encouraged to contribute to their JustGiving fundraising page and responded in droves.

The funds raised will go towards the charities’ Inspire Me initiative, which aims to assist 20,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 with learning difficulties in leading a more fulfilling life; challenging the barriers that lead to exclusion and lack of progression. Both organisations are also supported by The Co-operative Charity Of The Year partnership.

Katy Robinson, Digital Marketing Administrator at The Co-operative Motor Group, said: “We are proud to support such a worthwhile cause and are delighted that our fundraising was so successful. Both Mencap and ENABLE Scotland help those with learning difficulties and their friends and families to lead the lives they want to lead and encourage them to aim high, which is admirable.”

“The hike route took our team through some extremely difficult terrain, which they tackled with determination, inspired by the challenges that people with learning difficulties face on a daily basis.”

The Co-operative Motor Group is one of the UK’s top motor traders, with 23 sites across the UK and 11 major motor manufacturers involved in its high-quality car dealerships, including Renault, Nissan, Land Rover and Range Rover.

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Windmill Leasing Launches New Car Leasing Website

Windmill Leasing has launched a new website to promote the company’s position in the UK company car leasing market.

The Bromsgrove based organisation, which specialises in providing contract hire and fleet management solutions to SMEs and large corporate enterprises across the UK, now has an effective online platform to showcase its selection of competitive car leasing deals and its full range of car leasing services for businesses.

In a triangulated initiative involving the company’s online marketing team, a leading digital agency, and an external web development team, the website evidences best practices in search engine optimisation, design and usability. It incorporates refreshed branding, a substantial increase in page count, and additional functionality in comparison with the previous website.

In addition to the expected increase in customer enquiries, the website will play a pivotal role in raising the brand awareness of Windmill Leasing as the company bids to establish itself as a leading provider of contract hire and business car leasing solutions.

Features of the new website include a showcasing facility for a range of car leasing deals, a comprehensive car configuration tool, the ability for a customer to determine their contract hire profile and a Quick Quote form for ease of enquiry. There is also a blog, links to Twitter feeds, detailed navigational copy, and extensive content around each of the company’s car lease finance options available to businesses.

Jason Marshall, sales executive, Windmill Leasing commented: “We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Windmill Leasing website. Substantial investment both in time and money has gone into the project and we are delighted with the final result.

“The website is fully interactive and gives the user access to a wide range of information and complete control of their car lease. It allows the user to configure the vehicle to meet their specific requirements – including the finance aspect of the lease – and presents a comprehensive list of standard specification and technical data.

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Chester Finance Team Scoop “Best in Britain” Title

A Chester-based finance group has been crowned as Britain’s most responsible lender, beating major High Street names such as Barclays Bank and the Co-operative Bank to the title.

The Funding Corporation on Chester Business Park was revealed as the overall winner of the accolade at the Credit Today Awards in London last Thursday (12 May).

In front of a thousand-plus guests at Grosvenor House in Park Lane, company managing director David Challinor stepped up to receive the award from celebrity host and comedian Lee Hurst.

The prestigious title of Responsible Lender of the Year is one of the most keenly fought-over titles at the UK credit industry’s annual awards ceremony.

Bringing the accolade back to Chester for 2011 was a major achievement, said David:

“Every aspect of our work was put under the microscope by the judging panel, and we had to demonstrate how we enact responsible lending policies which safeguard consumers.

“A major part of this is the service provided to customers by our staff, ensuring that borrowers are given full explanations about our loans, and providing help and support at every stage of the customer journey.

“Thanks to their diligence and professionalism, and our whole culture of treating customers fairly, we were able to show how we put the principles of responsible lending into practice.

“It might sound a bit like an Oscar ceremony speech, but this award really is for every single member of our staff!”

The Funding Corporation specialises in providing motor finance for the growing number of people with impaired credit records who need loans to buy a car.

The company works closely with its group member ACF Car Finance Limited which is also based in Chester and operates a network of retail car showrooms across the UK.

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Europcar Launches ‘Privilege’ Loyalty Programme

Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company, continues to bring travellers the best rates with the launch of Privilege, its new loyalty programme. Membership is free, allowing frequent hirers to benefit from tailor made discounts, including up to 30% off all leisure rentals.

Reflecting its understanding of the time pressures on travellers – especially independent business travellers – Privilege provides members with crucial time-saving benefits. It eliminates queuing and paperwork and guarantees reservations. Plus, as well as saving money on car hire, Privilege members have access to discounts from other premium services from Europcar partners, offering loyal customers the ultimate reward scheme.

Travellers simply sign-up online on Europcar’s website to earn Privilege activity points. From the very first hire members are part of the Privilege Club, receiving guaranteed reservations as well as a 10% discount on leisure rates and special rates at participating Accor Hotels and access to the Accor loyalty programme. Privilege Club also offers an express pick-up service for convenient car hire.

Once members have completed 10 hires in a year they join Privilege Executive and their benefits increase. These include a 20% discount on leisure hires, plus free upgrades, subject to availability. For members booking more than 25 hires per year, membership to Privilege Elite is offered. This provides a 30% discount on leisure rates, one free weekend hire per year, free additional driver and more benefits from Accor Hotels, making it the ultimate reward scheme for business travellers.

Privilege members can view their personal account at any time by logging on to the Europcar website to check their bookings.

“We know how crucial it is for all travellers– but especially business travellers – to be able to get on with their journey as quickly and cost-effectively as possible,” explained Ken McCall, managing director, Europcar UK.

“We have therefore designed Privilege to give them the ultimate convenience, as well as thank them for their loyalty and the trust they place in us every day, throughout our worldwide network. Through the ‘get more by hiring more’ principle, Privilege offers our customers the best quality service while systematically thanking them each time they hire with Europcar.”

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Europcar Extends Weekend Opening Hours

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe for both leisure and business users, has extended its weekend opening hours across four branches. Now busy customers can pop in on Saturdays and Sundays, for the ultimate in convenience.

Traditionally car hire companies have closed after 1pm on Saturdays, forcing customers to use an out of hours service or take another day’s hire. Recognising that car rental needs to be as convenient as possible, Europcar customers can collect and drop off vehicles outside of the traditional weekend opening hours at the Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Manchester branches.

Customers are now able to collect and drop off vehicles from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

“Our extended opening hours at selected branches cover the entire weekend, offering customers more choice and flexibility,” explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK. “Europcar is the largest car rental company in the UK to have branches open on Sundays, reflecting our position at the forefront of the car hire market.”

Europcar offers the most flexible pick up and drop off locations and services in the UK, utilising a fleet including van hire, family and prestige vehicles. In addition to the extended opening hours for selected branches, Europcar’s key airport locations remain open 24/7.

McCall concluded: “As Europe’s leading car hire company our goal is to provide motorists with convenience, choice, simplicity and quality as standard. We are listening to their constantly evolving needs in order to be able to continually offer services to make their lives easier.”

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Accelerating Car Retailer Makes Extra Room at the Top

Two new senior roles have been created by ACF Car Finance Limited to help manage the company’s continuing success story.

Divisional Sales Managers for both the north and the south of ACF Car Finance’s network of vehicle showrooms will now be responsible for driving forward further expansion.

The posts have been filled by managers previously in charge of regional showrooms.

Peter Lloyd (52) of the company’s Maidstone showroom now becomes Divisional Sales Manager of ACF Car Finance’s dealerships in southern England.

Meanwhile, John Parks (27) who was previously in charge of the West Midlands showroom becomes Divisional Sales Manager for the company’s northern dealerships.

Both men bring to their roles a wide experience within ACF Car Finance of developing and expanding their respective showroom operations.

The company says it is currently recording profits substantially higher than in any previous years – and is forecasting continued long-term growth.

ACF Car Finance is the UK’s largest company specialising in providing vehicles and arranging car loans for people with impaired credit records.

According to the company’s Sales and Marketing Director, Norman Beaumont, the current economic climate is well suited to fostering further growth:

“The number of people unable to obtain finance from mainstream lenders is growing all the time, and is increasingly affecting those in the upper salary brackets,” said Mr Beaumont.

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RPM Auto Sales USA Located near Toms River and Manahawkin Impresses Used Car Buyers with Quality Inventory and Customer Service in Bayville

RPM Auto Sales USA located at 980 Route 9 in Bayville has grown it’s business into one of the largest used car and truck dealers in Ocean County by exceeding their customer’s expectations. RPM only inventories the highest quality of used cars and trucks so that customers who visit the Rpm 6 acre facility want to buy their vehicles hence, there is never any pressure to buy from their friendly staff.

RPM Autos has used vehicle buyers that have over 100 years of used car experience that purchase clean vehicles for RPM’s customers with clean
Carfaxes. Rpm has finance reps on location to get all loans approved for their clients on the spot with rates as low as 3.9%. Please call Rpm Auto Sales Usa at 800.622.7079 for more info or visit their website at

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The National Trust Launches Campaign To Save Morris Car Inventor’s Home

The National Trust has launched a campaign to raise £600,000 to save the “time capsule” home of the man who made motoring affordable for the British masses.

The Morris Motor Company was started in 1910 when bicycle manufacturer William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, turned his attention to cars.

Three years later the two-seat Morris Oxford ‘Bullnose’ was introduced, helping change the lives of thousands of ordinary people with the dawn of mass-produced vehicles.

As his fortune grew, Lord Nuffield became increasingly aware of the contribution he could make in a pre-welfare state.

As Britain’s greatest ever philanthropist, he gave away over £30 million (the equivalent of £11 billion in today’s money) to support education, hospitals and medical research which continue to benefit millions of people around the world.

Nuffield Place in Oxfordshire was his home from 1933 until his death in 1963.

He left the house to Nuffield College in Oxford, which he founded. The College has carefully preserved the house and until recently it has been opened to the public by volunteers from the Friends of Nuffield Place on a limited basis.

Nuffield College has now offered it to the National Trust. However, in order to open this unique house to the public, and secure its future, the Trust urgently needs to raise £600,000.

Richard Henderson, National Trust general manager, said: “Despite Lord Nuffield’s extraordinary philanthropy and achievements, he remains relatively unknown. His home is a wonderful time capsule without any of the ‘show’ of a multi-millionaire and reveals so much about the man who changed many people’s lives for the better.

“We are determined to open the house as soon as possible and to celebrate Lord Nuffield’s remarkable story. But we need to raise the funds to get the necessary visitor facilities in place and we hope our supporters will help us to meet our target.”

Despite considerable personal wealth, Lord Nuffield lived a modest life and the house and its contents reflect the simple, unassuming home that he shared with his wife.

Many of Lord and Lady Nuffield’s possessions are still where they left them, offering an intimate glimpse into their world. Robes worn to official functions, personal letters and books, and framed cartoons and photographs can be seen throughout the house.

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etyres Launch Puncture Repair Gauge

etyres has launched a puncture repair gauge that helps mototrists whose tyres have been damaged by potholes dodge the cost of expensive replacements. The gauge is available to download and print from the etyres website today.

With Britain’s roads blighted by a pothole plague following two consecutive harsh winters, motorists are increasingly suffering from punctured tyres.

However, many minor punctures can be repaired for a fraction of the cost of a replacement tyre and motorists can find out if their tyre can be repaired by downloading a puncture repair gauge from the etyres website.

Tony Bowman, managing director of etyres, said: “The good news is that about half of all flat tyres caused by a puncture can be repaired safely and cheaply without the need for motorists to fork out for a replacement tyre and suffer a big dent in their finances.

“Anyone who drives over a large pothole should give their tyres a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

“The most important thing that they can do to help the chances of the puncture being repairable is not to drive on it when it is flat – driving for even a few hundred metres on a flat tyre can damage it and make it irreparable.”

The Repairable Area Tread Gauge can be downloaded and printed out from the etyres website. Vehicle owners can then follow the simple instructions to find out if the puncture is in an area of the tyre tread which is possible to repair.

The ‘repairable area’ of a tyre is designated as that where a repair can be carried out to British Standards (currently BS AU 159f). Because a tyre curves away from the middle of where the tyre rolls on the road, only the centre area is repairable.

The cost of repairing a puncture can be a fraction of the cost of replacing a premium brand tyre, such as Goodyear tyresContinental car tyres or a 4×4 tyre.

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