Bristol Street Motors teams with school to help Halifax foodbank - MOTOR TRADER

Bristol Street Motors Halifax Nissan joined forces with a local school to give donations to a Halifax foodbank.

The Vertu owned dealership teamed up with Ash Green Community Primary School to hold their Harvest Festival celebrations at the Shay Syke dealership in support Holy Trinity Church’s food bank.

The school suffered £4.5m of damage after an arson attack earlier this year.

The food bank received donations of goods from the dealership as well as school pupils, which was topped up with a £500 cash donation from Bristol Street Motors.

The charitable partnership between the school and dealership began when the school was damaged

Arnold Clark to push ahead with plan for four car auction centres - AM ONLINE

Arnold Clark will push ahead with plans for four new used car remarketing centres in 2023, despite pressure from the stock shortages impacting the sector.

Chief executive Eddie Hawthorne told AM earlier this year that the AM100’s second-placed car retail group by turnover planned to grow an auctions business after completing the acquisition of Glasgow’s Central Car Auctions business.

And the intention to grow the business, which would remarket some of the vehicles acquired through its Sell My Car online car buying platform as part of its offering, remains despite sharing the sector’s growing struggles to acquire stock.

“The plan remains the same,” Hawthorne told AM today (November 22). “We’re probably going to open four new sites in 2023, based on the central model.

New Inchcape JLR dealership to create 80 car retail jobs - AM ONLINE

Inchcape’s new Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Dual-Arch premium car dealership in Norwich is set to create 80 jobs when it opens its doors in 2023.

The Norwich Evening News has reported that work is now underway to create the new two-storey facility on land off Cromer Road, Postwick, to the East of the city.

The AM100 car retail group’s existing Jaguar and Land Rover operations will be brought together under one roof by the project, which will create dozens of new jobs.

Quoted by the newspaper, Inchcape Jaguar Land Rover retail operations director Alex Merricks said: “We are delighted to be on this journey with our brand partner.

Pendragon Vehicle Management and Pod Point sign three-year deal – FLEET NEWS
Pod Point has signed a three-year deal with Pendragon Vehicle Management (PVM) to become its preferred EV home charge point supplier.

Once the EV has been ordered through PVM, Pod Point will carry out the consultation, delivery, installation, and activation of the home charger liaising directly with PVM’s EV leasing customers.

PVM says that Pod Point’s experienced team will manage the process end-to-end, from driver referral through to installation, reducing the time usually spent by company fleet managers in arranging charger installations on behalf of their employees.

Profits for listed dealer group Caffyns fall as new car supply falters - CAR DEALER MAGAZINE

Profit for listed dealer group Caffyns has fallen in the first half of the year to £1.6m compared to £2.3m in the same period in 2021.

Despite revenues increasing for the group by seven per cent to £118m (2021: £110m), profit was hit by new car supply issues.

The profit figure for the same period in 2021 was also boosted by business rates relief and furlough cash.

Boss Simon Caffyn said: ‘I am pleased to report a strong underlying profit before tax of £1.6m for the half-year ended 30 September 2022.

Automotive sector can ‘grow and thrive’ in challenging 2023 – AM ONLINE

The automotive sector will be able to “grow and thrive” despite a whole list of issues facing the sector in a challenging 2023, the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has said.

Perrys Group managing director Darren Ardron said that, while he is concerned about rising costs, he expects the used car sector to remain strong.

He also said that businesses will need to start “thinking outside the box” for new profit opportunities.

Ardron’s business recently launched its Perrys Flex subscription offering in partnership with Karzoom.

Lawgistics boss tells how tackling Kilimanjaro for charity Ben suddenly became hugely important - CAR DEALER MAGAZINE

Joel Combes, who is managing director of the legal consultancy to the automotive industry, is part of a 15-strong team tackling Africa’s highest mountain to raise much-needed money for the charity Ben.

They are currently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, after the gruelling assault on the 5,895m (19,341ft) dormant volcano in Tanzania had to be postponed from November 2020 because of the pandemic.

The team also comprises Zara Ross, Matt Wigginton and Rachel Clift from Ben, Clive McGregor and Adrian Wallington from Marshall Motor Group, Neil Grant and Spencer Grinham from Hella, Rachael Prasher and Jim Holder from What Car?, John Tordoff and Andy Bateman from JCT600, Andy Hamilton and Anthony McAteer from Euro Car Parts, plus Leon Bosch from Partner&.