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BILSTEIN GROUP TO HOST RECRUITMENT EVENT

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BILSTEIN GROUP TO HOST RECRUITMENT EVENT


Distribution centre is now completed

German parts maker Ferdinand Bilstein is holding a recruitment open day, taking place at its Markham Vale plant on Saturday 14th October.

The event will run from 10am until 16:00pm where potential employees will be given a tour of its new distribution centre in North-East Derbyshire, plus a rundown of all the job opportunities available on site.

The component manufacturer said up to 140 jobs will be up for grabs with full training provided to  candidates that make the cut.

For those interested in attending should get in touch with a member of the Bilstein team as soon as possible through the company website.

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GETTING BACK ON TRACK

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GETTING BACK ON TRACK


Fires and floods have wreaked havoc on some aftermarket businesses, but how have they fared since their ordeals?

Water recedes showing ruined stock

Disasters in the aftermarket are not uncommon. In fact, it can have a double- edged sword effect on business. Either, roll down the shutters for good or rebuild the company from scratch, coupled with numerous calls to insurance firms and the like to get back on track. Here are the tales of three of them:

STREETWIZE ACCESSORIES
Accessories and leisure brand Streetwize, knows this experience all too well where a flood caused by a burst riverbank left the team with no choice but to relocate into temporary office space a stones throw from its Radcliffe site that had been submerged underwater. The results were catastrophic for Streetwize Director Murray Silverman with the accident causing £500,000 worth of damage to stock (excluding plant and office furniture) while wrecking tonnes of paper work and computer systems in the process.

After notifying the insurance authorities, Silverman and his team had the troublesome task of keeping business afloat by informing customers of the situation and organising every stock item rescued from the flood. “It was a lot of pain and a lot grief”, recalls Silverman, “Customers are very sympathetic when it happens but you can’t turn on the tap and get the stock back. The first phone call from customers was, ‘we’re very sorry about the flood, how are you doing?’ The second call is a catch up asking when stock is coming back and by the third it’s, ‘we sympathise with you but we’re going to have to go elsewhere’, which we understood”.

Not wanting a repeat of previous events, Silverman snapped-up a large 100,000 sq ft. warehouse in the Trafford Park Industrial Estate, Manchester, incorporating all of its storage facilities under one roof. However, an efficient new space didn’t come without its complications. “After the flood it was up to the sales guys to win back all the orders that we’d lost”, said Silverman. “There was also the grief of losing staff where many employees couldn’t travel with us because it was a new area further away”; adding that Streetwize incurred many costs subsidising staff for travel and expenses to and from the new site.

Despite over a year of negotiations with insurers, the team managed to replenish all stock within six months of transitioning to their latest premises and as it stands, the business seems to have recovered well housing around 50 staff and growing its sub- brand Leisurewize that now has a strong foothold the European aftermarket. “Since we left our old site, one of the biggest areas has been in the leisure group where we picked up the caravan mover and two years on, we’ve gone from zero to number two in the UK and ranked high as one of the leading brands in Europe”, Silverman added. “We might have had a struggle in the last place but this has contemplated that”.

LMA
Similarly, in June last year, aerosol maker LMA, which cans many aftermarket brands, fell victim to a fire that caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage at its site on the Pocklington Industrial Estate, East Yorkshire. Fortunately, nobody was injured and no production machinery was destroyed, meaning, the factory could resume its normal operations the very next day as it began the tiresome process of recovering its wares from the fire. However, LMA owner Fraser Todd notes that if it wasn’t for their suppliers’ support, the future of the business could have taken a turn for the worst. “Due to the amount of stock we lost, it was a couple of months before we could be back to running all of the thousands of product varieties which we manufacture”. Todd continued. “We received a lot of help from suppliers to get our stock levels back to where we need them. In the end, we appointed our own loss adjusters, so we could manage the recovery while they argued with our insurer. However, had we not been as established as we are, the efforts of our insurance company would have ensured that as a business we collapsed”.

LMA after the warehouse fire

14 months on, Todd says the company is still fighting tooth and nail with insurers over final payments for some capital items such as forklift trucks and racking. Although the dispute is still ongoing, some positives have emerged from the ordeal. For instance, a new 8,000 sq ft purpose built factory has been created on top of the old site, combining its previous two units into one, complemented with a more robust design. Todd elaborated. “Because of changes in building regulations since our previous warehouse was built, plus some specific planning demands, we couldn’t build exactly what we had before. So we’ve built something which is designed to cope and withstand a fire more effectively and allow us to grow and become better at what we do”. He adds that the new layout has improved its logistical operations making stock and picking processes more efficient.

J S AUTOS
Family- run garage J S Autos is currently undergoing a similar situation to LMA after a fire broke out and engulfed the building in flames. The accident took place down Empress Road, Southampton last April where 79 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze that had apparently been caused by ‘petrol welding’ from a repair business a few doors down, according to owner Jhalman Rai.

Unfortunately out of the three businesses involved, JS Autos took the brunt of it suffering from damaged windows, vehicles and the roof collapsing in on itself. ‘Shocked’ was definitely an understatement for Rai as he retold the story to the local press. “It’s 40 years of business down the drain”, he said. “It’s a family business and it happened so fast. Smoke started coming from it and then all of a sudden it just went up, flames everywhere and we had to get out.”

Nevertheless, this didn’t defeat the garage owner’s spirit and it was business as usual to get the company back off the ground. The workshop owner said his company is currently working from a temporary tyre depot not too far from the original building and is in the stage of ordering a new MOT bay to resume services for local customers. “We’re applying for an MOT station at the moment. At our original site we had two MOT bays but there are none available at our temporary one so we have had no choice but to farm out our MOT services”, Rai expands. “Once the site is cleared, we’re going to see what plans we can get and look into getting a quote. It’ll probably take around a year before planning and developing the new site”, adding that the garage is making the best of a bad situation by trying to keep customers happy and paying its bills as normal.

While the odds were against these aforementioned companies, they are living proof that having a clear structure and support system in place, will see businesses survive and thrive no matter what disaster is thrown at them.

SURVIVAL TIPS
To avoid any firms from going through a similar ordeal, our suppliers shared some expert advice to business owners in case such events should arise.

LMA’s Fraser Todd said, “Following on from our experience, we’d recommend you thoroughly check your insurance policy. Irrespective of what your broker tells you, don’t expect your insurer to help your recovery. Don’t think they’ll be honest and faithful”, he expands. “Most likely the insurance will appoint their loss adjustor who will argue about the cost of everything and the values you have insured to reduce the claim. They will be slow to pay and hold out to make you agree to lower payments”.

Streetwize Director Murray Silverman concurs and advises aftermarket firms to invest in strong and long-term working relationships to see them through those turbulent times. He said. “It’s very important to have the right people around you and it’s really work ethic and getting support from your suppliers. If it’s suppliers you’ve known for years they can help you, compared to ones that are new or don’t know much about your business”. Todd agrees and concluded. “Business works on relationships and provided you have good relationships with your customers and suppliers there’s no reason why you can’t survive what happened to us”.

Although it’s still early days for J S Autos, we are certain the independent will continue going from strength-to- strength as it continues its recovery process, post disaster.

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CAT AWARDS 2018

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CAT AWARDS 2018


NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!

It’s that time of the year where we launch the CAT Awards for 2018. Once again, the event will be held in the stylish surroundings of the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on Friday February 9. All we need now is your nominations for companies and people that you think would be worthy winners! Email cat.awards@haymarket.com with a note saying who you think should be on our list. Why not do it right now?

Factor Team of the Year
Nominate branch team for recognition

Factor Chain of the Year – Sponsored by Boswell Aftermarket
Any factor with two or more branches can be nominated

Independent Garage of the Year – Sponsored by Euro Repar
Nominate the best independent garage

Garage Chain of the Year – Sponsored by HaynesPro
For any garage with two or more workshops

Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Haynes
Let us know who your favourite retailer is

Supplier of the Year
For suppliers that have gone beyond the call of duty

Outstanding Achievement – Sponsored by NOCO
For individuals who made the aftermarket what it is

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CHARGING UP FOR THE NEXT DECADE

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CHARGING UP FOR THE NEXT DECADE


Hayley Pells tells us about the electric dreams she has for the next decade

There’s two sides to Hayley Pells’ professional life as she is co-director of restoration garage and MOT Centre, Avia SpeedShop with Andrew Murdoch and co-director of coachbuilder GP Fabrications with husband Grahame Pells. “I guess it means that between the two I own a whole business” she joked.

CAT has visited Pells in the past, so we won’t go over her story and how recovered she from a serious injury obtained while serving in Iraq and had to learn new skills to join the family business of vehicle repairs. Nonetheless, it is the first time I’ve been to the Bridgend workshops and I’m keen to see the businesses for myself, as well as the oddball mix of vehicles that I’ve heard are the bread and butter of daily work here.

GP Fabrications is busy with a couple of very interesting projects. One is a bay window Type-Two campervan which was picked up for under a grand. VW enthusiasts will know that you’d be lucky to get just the logbook for that price, so it will come as no surprise if we tell you that most of the lower half of this van seems to simply not exist. This does not seem to phase Grahame as metal fabrication is his bread and butter, as it demonstrable from another commission he is working on, a custom body for a 1930s Grand Tourer which he is painstakingly making using traditional body craft tools, such as the English Wheel.

A couple of miles over the hills, there is an eclectic mix of work in the queue for ramp time at Avia. Sure, there is the obligatory clapped-out Astra with a suspect fuel pump and a school run BMW SUV in for an MOT, but there is also a Fiesta- based Jester kit car from the early 1980s, a rubber bumper MGB and a rather rusty E12 Alpina in for some body restoration. A 1950’s Ford pickup, one of Pells’ own cars, skulks in the corner, apparently in disgrace for having the temerity to spit a cog out of its three-speed gearbox.

There are changes afoot at the business though, The front of the workshop features a kitted out, though currently disused, pastiche of a 1950s American diner. Rather than let it out separately (“It uses the same keys as the business, our insurers would have a fit!”) the plan is to allow some local young people to run it, once they have put together a suitable business plan. This is project for which Pells has already sought permission, and funding, from the authorities for.

SKILLS

Just because the average age of vehicle in the workshop is greater than the combined age of her two youthful apprentices does not mean that the business is shy of learning about some of the latest developments in technology. Outside the workshop sits a Nissan Leaf, acquired by Pells who is extremely keen for the team including herself to train on how to service and repair such vehicles. The workshop is also skilled in the traditional, but highly technical art of performance set-ups for fast road or track use.

Classic and modern found at Avia

Sending everyone on long and expensive training courses can be perceived as a risk for small garages though, something that Pells acknowledges. “We are keeping busy and we’re paying the bills, so while everyone’s happy, you have to ask, do we rock the boat?” she ponders out loud, and the answer is clearly a ‘yes’. “It seems to work and our clients like it, and when new technology comes in, we are ready for it – and normally before anybody else which is why we have so many trade customers” she says.

One area of recruitment and training that Pells is quite vocal about is the snail-like pace in which female school and college leavers are joining the garage trade. “We’ve been encouraged by the RMI’s ‘30 by 30’ campaign (under which 30 percent of motor trade recruits will be female by 2030) but a bit saddened that its going to take such a long time for a relatively small increase” she says, adding that perhaps with bold thinking there might be ways to get a greater percentage faster. She makes the point that there is no physical reason why almost anybody should be prevented in working in a modern garage. “As workshop equipment has evolved it is different to when my Dad had a garage in the 1970s, there is not so much heavy lifting – which is good for everybody regardless whether you are male or female”.

“We used to damage people in this industry and there is no need to do that whether they are male or female, but it was always accepted that in this hands-on trade you were going to sustain injury. I don’t understand where that acceptance will come from”.

CHANGES

Diner to be part of new social enterprise

Pells is also insistent that changes in legislation will play their part in redressing the balance. “I think with shared parental leave [introduced by the coalition government a few years ago] has led to some blurring between traditional gender roles, although the uptake so far has been poor. Men are worried about job security – will it still be there when they come back? And will they be taken seriously after taking time for what is seen as a female role? I don’t think it is any surprise that the sectors where there has been good uptake has been academia and public services. I think those attitudes will become normalised and then spread to other professions”.

However, Pells is uncertain whether the aftermarket is geared up for such change, and what the fallout might be. “In a garage the current thinking is ‘oh, maternity leave – that’s a bit scary. We’ll just employ men’. Well with shared leave, they will have to modernise their thinking. People who become parents for the first time don’t know what was ‘normal’ in the past – they know what is normal now and they will put an expectation on employers… and will that change be something our industry is ready for” she says.

Whatever changes comes next, whether in law or in technology, we know the teams at Bridgent will be ready for them.

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RECON WITH RISK AND MANAGE YOUR PREMIUM

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RECON WITH RISK AND MANAGE YOUR PREMIUM


Insurance premiums might seem like they only go one way but manage your risks and you could get a reduction.

Joe Howard
Aftermarket Lead Broker, Hugh J Boswell

Maximising efficiencies and controlling costs are the buzzwords of the aftermarket right now. You can add to that getting the right insurance policy is critical otherwise insurance costs can soon become unsustainable, or worse your policy fails to adequately cover any losses incurred in the event of a claim being made. A large number of the factors insurance companies review, such as those above, are essential to your business, thus limiting your ability to alter them for the same insurance premiums. So, what factors are there in your control?

CLAIMS FREQUENCY
It sounds obvious to say, but reduce your claims, and your premiums will be lower. The most effective way to manage your claims frequency is to develop a company culture that works towards eliminating or reducing incidents.

A motor factor’s van f leet is most likely to be affected by a high claims frequency. So, how are policy holders protecting themselves?

For example, if motor claims are an issue for your business, start there. Employing drivers who aren’t as careful driving your vehicles as they are driving their own can result in claims. One potential solution? Making them responsible for paying the excess in the event of an accident encourages them to be more circumspect in your vehicles. Plus, incentivising them with a bonus if they avoid any fault accidents after, say three years, can add additional positive motivation as well.

To lower your insurer’s exposure to risk and therefore lower your premiums, purchasing vehicles with modern safety kit such as autonomous emergency braking is another way to minimise road traffic incidents. Insurance companies are now starting to build these into their pricing.

Of course, claims can’t always be avoided, and damage limitation sometimes needs to apply. When it comes to motor accidents, capturing information at the time, including photographs, or/and dash cam footage can help avoid fraudulent claims and make for a speedier resolution. An essential, but often overlooked element in managing claims costs is the early notification of your claim to your broker or insurer. Amongst other benefits, this helps manage (often expensive) third party claims management costs.

The most significant aspect here is age. Drivers under 21 pose the largest risk and are looked at very unfavourably by insurance companies. With motor policies running at loss for many insurance companies, the market has seen further tightening, with under 25’s and any drivers with less than 2 years’ experience often in the firing line. Restricting drivers to specific types of vehicle use and driver training are just some of the ways you can help alleviate costs here.

KEEP SAFE
Away from the roads, other ‘claims hotspots’ in the aftermarket business often revolve around health and safety. So being thorough with plant and equipment maintenance can reduce the number of claims resulting from accidents. Equally, protecting your staff well (e.g. steel toe-capped boots) strengthens a health and safety culture that reduces accidents.

MISCONCEPTION
There is a misconception that insurance companies offer f lat rate discounts for some practices, products or behaviours, which in most cases is simply untrue. A typical example of this is the installation of vehicle trackers. However, don’t let that deter you. A good insurance broker should be using such information, along with their knowledge of your business, to present a portfolio of evidence to insurance companies that your business is a desirable risk.

In some higher risk areas, insurers may have minimum security requirements to cover your business premises, such as red care police response alarm. Generally though, the better security measures you have installed, the more discounts the insurer can apply. The same also applies to vehicles, but in addition to your postcode, insurers also look at the vehicle type and its attractiveness to thieves.

If you would like to discuss anything raised in this article, please contact Boswell Aftermarket on 01603 626155.

TYPES OF COVER

The product range required to protect a modern business is vast but typically, most aftermarket businesses will be protected by at least one, or maybe all of the following products:

  • Commercial combined;

Covering all the commercial elements of a business – from employers,public and product liability,to buildings and stock,as well as business interruption,loss of revenue, etc.

  • Motorfleet;

Insuring your vehicles.

  • Motortrade; effectively garages, covering mechanics in customers’ vehicles, property, defective workmanship, accidents, etc.

When an insurer is calculating the weight of risk your business carries, there is a multitude of factors they consider, including;

  • Location (likelihood of theft and flood)
  • Value of stock and tools
  • Number&value of your vehicles
  • Property rebuild value Business function,e.gtrading in safety critical parts will carry higher premiums than car accessory retail.

If you would like to discuss anything raised in this article, please contact Boswell Aftermarket on 01603 626155.

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IAAF CONFERENCE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

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IAAF CONFERENCE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED


The proceedings for the IAAF’s Annual Conference are well underway with a variety of industry speakers set to take centre stage and discuss the ‘real’ issues affecting the aftermarket, post Brexit.

So far, confirmed speakers include Dr. Julia Saini (Frost and Sullivan), Allistair Preston (whocanfixmycar) as well as Steve Nash (IMI), Olaf Heffing (Mahle) and more. The event will be facilitated by racing car legend Johnny Herbert who will help debate other topics on the federation’s agenda including the Connected Car and the government’s recent announcement for the abolishment of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

IAAF Chief Exec Wendy Williamson said, “The expertise, experience and insight provided by our speakers will, I believe, feature in the future strategic planning of all those that attend”, she added. “We’re looking to the future, but we also recognise the pressures faced by our members today and will aim to provide some clarity and insight into these challenges”.

This year’s conference will take place at the Players Suite, Double Tree by Hilton on Thursday 7th December. For those invited, don’t forget your black tie!

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JAPANPARTS EXTENDS SENSOR OFFERING

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JAPANPARTS EXTENDS SENSOR OFFERING


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF JAPANPARTS GROUP

Japanparts Group. New product
ABS sensors. Pre-code: ABS- / 151- / 151

What is the ABS sensor for?
The ABS sensor – positioned on the constant-velocity joint or near the wheel hub – has the fundamental task of constantly updating the ABS control unit, reading the speed of each individual wheel through a cog wheel. The ABS sensor is the fundamental element in the braking system because, as it continuously communicates with the control unit, it significantly increases driving safety by stopping the vehicle in the quickest and safest way possible.

The ABS sensor transmits the tangential velocity – measured on the wheel – to the other systems. The electronic control unit processes this information (slipping or differences in velocity between wheels), activating the anti-blocking system on the brakes. If the ABS sensor detects a loss of traction on the wheels, the ABS system adjusts the pressure of the fluid in the individual cylinders and activates the pump that excludes the manual system and acts immediately on the brake.

Why to check the ABS sensor?
It is good practice, every 2 years, to check the electrical parts inside the braking system. The ABS braking system tends to deteriorate the most during the winter months, owing to the extreme weather conditions and the salt on the roads.

The main causes of replacement of ABS sensors may also be: damage from collision or accidental contact with the gravel found on the road, impact with the tone wheel owing to a bearing anomaly. If the sensor is broken, the entire ABS system is deactivated.

What are we offering?

With a coverage of 89% of the vehicles on the roads, Japanparts Group further extends its range of ABS sensors with more than 500 codes available for Asian, European and American vehicles, and add our range items that are usually difficult to find, such as cam shaft position sensors or crankshaft position sensors.

ABS sensors under the Japanparts, Ashika and Japko brands are guaranteed for 24 months, and offer a high-quality equivalent alternative to the original product, and are used in ABS, ASR and GPS systems. They are made with special plastic materials and have high quality electro-technical and electro-mechanical properties, which guarantee a high level of resistance. The sensors and connecting cables are capable of resisting extreme temperatures between -40 °C and +125 °C.

Click and download the ABS Sensor Catalog: http://www.japanpartsgroup.com/splash/page

The ABS braking system
What is the ABS braking system for?

When, in a dangerous situation, the driver brakes hard on the brake pedal, the wheels get stuck and skid over the road surface. This has the following results:

– A loss of directional control, with the vehicle swerving. – A lack of control of the vehicle. – An increase in the space required to stop. – Deformation of the tyres. – An increase in accidents.

When the brake pedal is pushed all the way down, the ABS system adjusts the pressure on the individual cylinders, in relation to the acceleration or deceleration of the wheels.

What are the advantages of an ABS system?

ABS stops the wheels from locking during the braking phase, therefore:

– Directional stability is maintained.
– The vehicle’s manoeuvrability is ensured.
– There is a reduction in braking distance. – The tyres are not damaged. – Many accidents are avoided.

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KEEPING A CAP ON THE PRESSURE

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KEEPING A CAP ON THE PRESSURE


Times are changing in the radiator business, but Nick White has adapted.

NRG is the only radiator shop in Leeds.

There was a time when every market town in the land had a couple of independent radiator reconditioners, or at least a branch of a national chain such as Serck Marston. However, time moves on. “Reconditioning of car radiators is a dying industry” said Nick White, proprietor of Leeds- based Northern Radiators. “Radiators used to be copper and brass so you either went to the main dealer for a new one, or came to us to recondition it. Now the tanks are plastic, there is not the need”.

“The factories can just stamp out the plastic tanks and that’s what they do in China”. White adds that because some of these companies supply the public directly through auction sites, trying to import and compete in this sector is a waste of effort. “There’s more profit in selling the radiator cap on eBay than there is selling the whole unit” he remarked glibly.

However, where there’s brass, there’s more brass (as the old Yorkshire saying almost goes) and Northern Radiators has cut out a niche for itself in remanufacturing heavy duty and specialist rads that do still have heavy metal construction. “We do both corporate and private accounts, from councils and airports to people with classic cars” White explains, and to demonstrate the fact we went and had a look at the workshop’s ‘in tray’. Straight away we noticed some familiar-looking classic references, apparently from a Ford Cortina and a Triumph Vitesse, while another customer dropped off a radiator from his Rolls-Royce as we were speaking.

RANGE
Alongside these rads sat some more heavy-duty ones, apparently from fork-lift trucks, while another couple of huge and ancient-looking units waited, which had apparently come from backup generators in the basement of a building somewhere. Apart from cooling system radiators, the firm can also supply and recondition oil coolers, intercoolers and heater matrixes. It also offers a service to repair fuel tanks and sump pans.

Despite White’s earlier dismissal of new replacement rads, the firm does stock a number of quality performance parts from suppliers Mishimoto and Koyo, mainly as upgrades over OE for vehicles such as Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo. These high-end parts are bought by enthusiasts and command a reasonable margin.

While the firm has been at its current 3000 sq ft location for a few years, it dates back much further. In fact, the business was started in 1920. After the second world war, Nick White’s father Paul started his own radiator company following demobilisation. He acquired Northern Radiators in 1948. Now 94 years old and retired he still takes an active interest in the company. Northern Radiators was set up as a company in 1920. My father had come out of the army and started is own radiator company after the war and acquired Northern Radiators in 1948. He’s name is Paul White and he is 94 and still alive” said White.

TRADITION
Another traditional aspect of the business is the way in which radiators are recored which could make a fascinating article of its own, but in short involves quite a lot of hydrochloric acid and radiators tested under pressure. “The principal remains exactly the same” agrees White. “With modern health and safety we are a bit more switched on than a traditional operation, but radiators are very similar”.

And according to White, it will continue to be radiators at the ‘core’ of the business for a while yet. “We’ve tried various other things but we always keep coming back to radiators. At the moment we are very busy on radiators, just seven people. We are lean and mean and it is manageable” he concluded.

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KNOW YOUR LIMITS: SET AN ALCOHOL POLICY

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KNOW YOUR LIMITS: SET AN ALCOHOL POLICY


What is the best policy for booze in the workplace?

Sensible policies for alcohol at work are encouraged

Do you have a policy on alcohol in the workplace? If you don’t then you are hardly unusual as most British companies either don’t have anything written at all, or they swing the other way and have an absolute zero-tolerance policy… which may or may not be enforced.

However, you should have a policy in place and have the means to enforce it. As the trend for fines for corporate manslaughter and injury continues to significantly increase across the UK, the emphasis on employers to operate strong and effective health and safety policies and practices has never been more vital.

KNOW THE LAW
Aside from drugs and alcohol costing British businesses in excess of £6 billion per year in lost productivity, under the Transport and Works Act 1992 it is a criminal offence for any worker to be unfit to operate due to drink or drugs and employers must show due diligence to prevent such offences from occurring in the workplace.
Laws that relate to drink- driving are of special interest to motor factors or any other business that has a van fleet. Don’t forget that limits vary within the UK with England, Wales and Northern Ireland having the highest permitted limit of 35 micrograms per 100ml of breath, compared to Scotland’s reduced limit of 22 micrograms, which is in line with the majority of the rest of Western Europe.

BEST PRACTICE
Of course, these limits are perhaps moot if your company has an absolute zero policy on alcohol. However, such a policy might not actually be the best plan. Suzannah Robin, a Director at breathalyzer maker AlcoDigital said: “One of the first steps in setting best practice policy is deciding a company alcohol limit. There will be many factors determining what this should be and it will very much depend on your business operations, however, we would always recommend that an employer sets the limit below the current legal drink-driving limit rather than at a dead zero”.

“Whilst zero may sound like a target every business should be aiming for, it can also cause issues where there may be discrepancies in results, caused by things such as liquor in chocolates or alcohol in medicines. Instead, using a scale of differing limits to determine the next steps an employer should instigate in the event of a positive alcohol test will provide staff with a clear set of rules and help to avoid any unjustified gross misconduct disciplinaries” she added.

EVIDENCE
If a company intends to screen staff on a regular basis it can use a Home Office approved breathalyzer. However, should a screening test reveal a positive result, a company will be obliged to re-test the employee.

Of course it isn’t just about the type of equipment being used, but also how the procedure is carried out and followed through. This means making sure staff implementing alcohol workplace policy have the sufficient training to perform such tests fairly and effectively. Robin explained: “If an employer does not follow best practice policy this can cause issues further down the line, particularly if an employee has tested positive for alcohol. Therefore, professional and reliable training is absolutely crucial for those being assigned to implement alcohol testing policies in the workplace.”

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

Pagid, the UK’s biggest braking brand and part of TMD Friction, has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its Workshop Winners campaign, which took place this summer.

ABP Motorsport’s Chris Meredith entered the Workshop Winners competition after purchasing Pagid brake parts from his local Euro Car Parts. After over 12,500 entries, Chris was drawn as the grand prize winner.

Chris was presented with the cheque for £10,000 by Head of UK Sales for TMD Friction Nick Hayes and Euro Car Parts Marketing Director, Bill Stimson.

The cheque allows ABP Motorsport to choose from the biggest range and best workshop equipment from Euro Car Parts Workshop Solutions – with Pagid picking up the tab.

Chris Meredith, Managing Director of ABP Motorsport, commented:

“I’ve been purchasing Pagid for over six years now. They were the first to coat their brake discs to prevent corrosion when standing still. I admire the OE quality, availability and the premium packaging. Our customers appreciate the way they look too.

“Lots of our equipment here at ABP needs upgrading, especially our MOT bay. The money will help us to make the necessary improvements and will kick start our bigger plans to make substantial investments to benefit our team and loyal customers.”

There have been many more winners in the Workshop Winners campaign too, with instant wins including 18-piece pneumatic wind back toolsets, 10-piece pro brake toolsets, Workshop Winners t-shirts and A3 retro signs.

Sylvie Layec, Sales Director, IAM at TMD Friction, commented:

“Workshops across the UK are working tirelessly day in, day out to serve their customers. Through our Proud to Fit garages, we already reward hard-working mechanics, but this summer we wanted to go one step further.

“Through the £10,000 ABP Motorsport has won, we expect to see a significant impact that will reward the garage for all their hard work. We are looking forward to seeing the effect this prize will have and the upgrades they make.”

Pagid will continue to support and reward UK garages with further promotions throughout the year. Keep up to date by visiting pagid.com and signing up to the newsletter.

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