Respects paid after death of Ron Brooks Group co-founder Elsie Brooks – AM Online

Tributes have been paid following the death last week of Elsie Brooks 60 years after she and husband Ron co-founded Ron Brooks Group, which has now represented Toyota for half a century.

Current group managing director Kevin Slack, her son-in-law, announced the sad news of the 92-year-old company director to staff at the East Midlands-based Toyota and Suzuki dealer group and later told AM: "She was a special lady with strong principles.

"She was hard working and continued to be dedicated to the Ron Brooks business following the death of Ron in 1998 and her daughter Julie in 1999 and relished the challenge of a woman working in the male dominated motor industry in the last 60 years.

TrustFord raises money for Cancer Research UK with fishing match – Motor Trader

TrustFord has raised over £1,850 for Cancer Research UK, with its annual fishing match on Thursday 4th August 2022.

The event at Messingham Sands Fishery, Scunthorpe, which is now in its 8th year, was attended by 26 keen anglers – including colleagues, suppliers and customers, to see who could pull in the biggest catch.

David Cox (sales director, TrustFord) reeled in 236lb and 13oz of fish to win this year’s charity fishing match.

In second place was Duncan Gailis-Field (senior technician, TrustFord Long Marston) with 169lb and 8oz and in third place, Jordan Nelson (aftersales manager, TrustFord Barnsley) with 137lb and 14oz.

David Cox, sales director TrustFord said: “What originally started off as an idea to raise money for CRUK, has developed into an incredibly successful and popular annual event. As much as it is about creating some healthy competition, it is an opportunity to help raise vital funds for a fantastic charity. I would like to personally thank everyone who got involved and more importantly, those who have donated.”

Police and Information Commissioner probe hacking attack on Holdcroft Group – AM Online

AM100 retailer Holdcroft Motor Group is recovering from a cyber attack which reportedly left some of its core systems "damaged beyond repair".

Staffordshire Police and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) are investigating the attack, which Holddcroft's staff were warned has resulted from the loss of data from internal storage areas and "some of the data that has been compromised may contain employee personal data".

It was a ransomware attack accompanied by demands for a significant payment

"This is a significant attack that should be taken extremely seriously and we are working very closely with both Staffordshire Police and the National Cyber Operational Unit to trace how this has happened," Holdcroft told employees.

"We have now managed to resolve the majority of access issues that employees have been experiencing, although some of our core systems have been damaged beyond repair or have been permanently deleted."

After the cyber attack on July 27, Holdcroft's dealer management system which holds customer data remained unaffected, and operations director Chris Greenhall told the Stoke Sentinel newspaper that the group thanked the efforts of all its people and suppliers "who worked tirelessly to limit the disruption to our ongoing activities".

Stoneacre survey finds consumers not confident in charging infrastructure – Motor Trader

Stoneacre Motor Group conducted a survey in July to find out what UK drivers think about hybrid vehicles.

It found that two-thirds of participants would contemplate buying a hybrid in under three years, signifying that drivers could be willing to adopt a hybrid driving style first before they progress to full electric.

In terms of body types, survey responses indicated that the most popular choice of a hybrid car would be an SUV (48%) and a hatchback (35%), compared to saloons (7.6%), estates (8.4%) or coupe/sports cars (1.4%).

A substantial 71% of respondents specified their choice of a hybrid vehicle would purchase a self-charging variant, which could suggest there is a complexity regarding PHEVs or even that 85% of those surveyed did not believe the UK’s charging infrastructure was ready for the influx of electrified vehicles.

However, research has shown there are 32,663 public charge points available across the UK – of which 6,018 are rapid EV chargers – whilst the UK government has promised that improvements to the infrastructure are progressing to meet the deadline before the end of the decade.