How Vertu Motors’ donation helped a charity’s COVID-19 response – AM Online

Prisoners' welfare charity Junction 42 has revealed how a £140,000 donation from car retail group Vertu Motors has helped with its work.

The Newcastle-based charity supports the welfare of prisoners while they are serving their sentences, as well as helping them reintegrate back into society on their release.

Half of the money donated by the AM100 PLC has supported the charity’s ‘Stories of Hope’ packs scheme, which was first started as a response to COVID-19 restrictions, which saw most prisoners confined to their cells for most of the day.

Inchcape takes over Toyota sales in Warrington after acquisition – AM Online

Inchcape has taken over Bentley Motor Group's Toyota and Citroen sites in Warrington, adding 70 people to the AM100 group's workforce.

It reopened the business as Inchcape Toyota Warrington on July 1. AM is awaiting confirmation that the neighbouring Citroen dealership is expected to reopen separately.

The deal expands Inchcape's network of Toyota dealerships to nine, and furthers a strong relationship with the Japanese brand, which in 2019 bought Inchcape's fleet solutions in a £100m deal.

David Graham, retail operations director, Inchcape UK, said: “It’s a pleasure to be welcoming new colleagues to Inchcape, who bring with them great expertise having done a fantastic job over the years.

Arnold Clark opens first electric car innovation centre in England – AM Online

AM100 group Arnold Clark has opened its first Innovation Centre in England, which will help to educate motorists about electric cars and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) ahead of the UK Government's ban on new combustion engined cars from 2030

It follows the success of the first Arnold Clark Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Since that site opened in August 2021 it has helped hundreds of people to understand the role of AFVs and to gain experience of the variety of powertrains on offer across numerous manufacturer brands.

Pendragon’s CarStore agrees new partnership with world-famous Battersea animal welfare charity – Car Dealer Magazine

Used car outfit CarStore has agreed a new partnership with the world-famous Battersea animal welfare charity.

The deal will see the Pendragon-owned firm offer tips and advice motorists travelling with their four-legged friends on board.

The company’s staff will also receive training and education from the charity’s specialists in how to handle customers with dogs.

The lessons will cover body language, the correct and incorrect way to greet a dog, plus tips on how to defuse potentially stressful situations.

It comes as a new study revealed that over half (52 per cent) of drivers are happiest while out with their dogs, despite more than two thirds (68 per cent) not knowing the rules surrounding doing so.

Vertu Motors strengthens online parts business with Wiper Blades acquisition – AM Online

Vertu Motors has further strengthened its online automotive parts retail business through the £3.5 million acquisition of e-commerce specialist Wiper Blades Ltd.

The AM100 PLC’s addition complements the Powerbulbs.com business acquired in June last year and will add further to the Aceparts e-commerce business that the group acquired in 2015.

Vertu chief executive Robert Forrester said: "Our e-commerce parts business is performing strongly and the addition of Wiper Blades will be accretive both financially and strategically to that part of the group.