Month: March 2018

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POTHOLE CLAIMS REACH £42 MILLION FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

Over the last 5 years, an increase in poorly maintained roads have cost local councils £42 million in compensation claims.

It has been reported that 30,893 drivers and 670 cyclists submitted successful claims in the last five years, the average payout to drivers being £841 and cyclists successfully claiming and average of £10,963. Legal costs have cost councils almost £10 million.

The Department for Transport is to invest a further £100 million into the Pothole Action Fund to fix roads damaged by the recent severe weather. This cash injection will see over 2 million pot holes being fixed across the UK, however it has been said councils are facing an annual funding shortfall of over £500 million needed to roads across the UK.

You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities within the motor trade; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: AutoExpress)

Trust Ford wins Fleet dealer of the year award

The Ford-owned retailer, TrustFord, is again celebrating after winning the ‘Fleet Dealer of the year’ award at the Fleet News awards at what has been described as ‘stiff competition’. The awards are focused fleet providers, celebrating the very best in the sector. TrustFord chairman and chief executive, Stuart Foulds supported the award, describing TrustFord as a “major player” in Fleet. They are reported as selling in excess of 52,000 cars and vans throughout the entire United Kingdom. He is also quoted, saying:

“Our investment in the seven-acre Long Marston preparation and delivery center is now in full flow and that combined with an expanding fleet of mobile service vans means we really can deliver ‘Best in class’ service to our customers.”

“The fleet team do a fantastic job in both sales and support and Fleet is one of my key areas of targeted growth for 2018.”

Here at John Gibson Associates we boast a long tradition of working with TrustFord, assisting them in recruitment. Are you looking for your next move in the trade? If so, we will be delighted to hear from you, contact us today to hear just where we can help…

(source information: AM Online / Fleetnews.co.uk)

“Beast from the East” brings surge in online searches for 4x4s

Motors.co.uk have reported a rise in searches for 4×4 vehicles following recent weather woes in the UK. The online platform saw a 300% rise in traffic from people searching for 4x4s on Google from 26 February to 5 March, compared to the previous week.

The Nissan Qashqai saw the biggest increase by 130%, two Land Rover models also featuring in the top 5 which we have listed below:

  1. Nissan Qashqai: 130%
  2. Land Rover Discovery: 117%
  3. Land Rover Defender: 112%
  4. Jeep Patriot: 111%
  5. Toyota Land Cruiser: 107%

With such strong appeal for the above manufacturers, it’s probably a great time to consider a move! You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities with these brands and many others; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: Motors.co.uk / Motor Trader)

Geneva International Motor Show Begins This Week

The Geneva International Motor Show is the largest event on the motoring calendar, and today opened its doors to the press for exclusive access before opening to the public on Thursday.

Now in its 88th year, this annual event sees the global car industry and associated media set up camp in Geneva for 10 days (12, if you include press days) of showcasing the newest, most innovative models alongside revamped favourites. Truly looking to the future of the automotive industry, it’s no surprise that more and more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles make an appearance each year. Predictions suggest that electric cars and autonomous driving technology will be a key theme in this year’s show, along with exotic and extravagant supercar brands.

Yesterday, the ‘Car of the Year 2018′ award was won by the Volvo XC40, leading by a clear mile with a huge 83 points separating it from its competitors.

The Motor Show is situated a short distance from Geneva Airport, practically on the doorstep at just 2km away, making it a prime location for a day trip or short break for UK visitors wanting to experience the fun first-hand.

If you have a passion for cars and want to start or further develop your career in the automotive industry, contact us today at John Gibson Associates; with over 30 years’ experience in the sector, we are on hand to help. Tel: 01904 628077 / Email: [email protected]

(source information: https://www.gims.swiss/en)

Group 1 boost Mercedes-Benz portfolio with five new acquisitions

Group 1 have acquired five Mercedes-benz and three SMART dealerships in Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, King’s Lynn, Norwich, and Peterborough from the Robinsons Motor Group.

The move is set to create approximately $260m (£189m) in annual revenues for the group. Group 1 now operate 47 dealerships in the UK and are rated 9 in the Motor Trader Top 200 with annual turnover of £1.7bn.

Robinsons is rated 40 in the motor Trader Top 200 dealer groups with annual turnover of £378.2m.

You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities within the motor trade; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: Group1 & Motor trader)