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Ford Business Week

Ford’s new and exclusive Business Week will commence this Saturday 2nd of June; targeting drivers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The UK’s largest dealership network is inviting businesses in the market for new company cars or commercial vehicles to explore Fords’ latest range. Ford Directors have reportedly commented that Ford plays a key role in keeping Britain moving thanks to the volumes of its cars and vans driven by businesses.

Officials have also stated that almost half of the private sector turnover comes from SMEs, but it is reported that SMEs find suppliers and lenders hard to work with. Ford is combatting this stigma by offering a chance for both retailer and business owner to network and create mutually benefit relationships. Ford are offering SMEs who take up a Ford lease business contract hire will receive free service and maintenance for selected vehicles for up to three years.

Evidently, Ford’s private and commercial sector are both thriving and there seems no better time to have the opportunity to work with the brand. Here at John Gibson Associates; we are proud to work with numerous Ford dealerships across the UK and we would be delighted to hear from you, to show you just how we can help you take the next step in your career.

If you would like to explore your options in the automotive industry, please email your C.V. to [email protected] and a one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants will get in contact with you.

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General Data Protection Regulations for the Automotive Industry.

We imagine, you’ve possibly had just about enough of the GDPR. However, no one takes your data and privacy more seriously than us here at John Gibson Associates.

Every organisation that processes personal data of EU and UK citizens will have the tenancy to ensure they are complying with new GDPR regulations.

Data held for marketing purposes in an area of particular importance for the automotive sector. Predominantly, retailers that will hold a large number of CRM database on potential and existing customers. Whether it be information in relation to a complaint, it may not be GDPR-compliant.

Data cleansing specialists have said to measure 25% of existing customer data within the automotive sector meets the requirements specified under GDPR, meaning that organisations will not be able to contact a bulk of their customer databases if they do not carry out the required actions.

Following this, GDPR will also play a substantial role in shaping the future of manufacturing industries as vehicles collect and process increasing amounts of data. With data security already being an area of concern for manufacturers, this will become even more complex as vehicle technology is becoming more sophisticated.

What are an individual’s rights, you ask? Here is a list:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right to access their information
  • The right to rectify incorrect data
  • The right to be removed
  • The right to restrict contact
  • The right to object
  • The right to be removed from automated decision and profiling

In conclusion, ultimate aims of the upcoming GDPR changes are to provide more rights for individuals and provide one over-reigning data protection regulation across the EU, making it simple for large organisations to be in regulation guidelines.

Again, here at John Gibson Associates; we are extremely serious about your personal data. Candidates and clients are the ‘life blood’ of our business. For over 30 years, we have protected the privileged information we keep on file, maintaining our integrity, confidentiality and commitment to all parties’ security.

To view our updated Privacy Policy, please follow this link:

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Aston Martin gears up for more growth…

Aston Martin gears up for more growth ahead of possible flotation.

After 6 years of losses, the UK sports-car maker made a substantial pretax profit in 2017, fueling speculations of potential stock market listings’. Finance officials this week have said that the decision would rely on shareholders, mainly Italian private equity fund invest-industrials’ and a group of Kuwaiti investors. Finance officials have highlighted the value of the firm is also at roughly £4 billion.

Aston Martin is said to have boosted their investment by nearly a half, to 68 million pounds ahead of the launch of a series of new models as it underwent a changeover plan that saw sales fall by 20% to 963 vehicles in the quarter. Following the rest of the automotive sector, the company will also be pushing ahead with plans for hybrid and electric models to meet new emission guidelines and upcoming ban on new gasoline and diesel cars from 2040 in Britain.

If you want to work for Aston Martin and other prestige brands, send over your C.V to [email protected] to register your interest or call us here directly on – 01904 628 077.

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Our GDPR Privacy Policy

At John Gibson Associates, your privacy is very important to us and we are totally committed to safeguarding and preserving this.

Starting on the 25th of May 2018, a new Data Protection Act will come into effect, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This is our GDPR Privacy Policy which will explain to you, who we are as a business as well as how and why we collect personal data. This is in respect of individuals who visit our website, register their details with us as well as apply for the roles we advertise.

This policy explains how we use the data and also, conditions where we may disclose it to others. Also, how we protect your data / keep it secure.

At times, we may change or alter this Policy to conform to all legal guidelines so please regularly visit this page to make sure you are satisfied with any changes.

By using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by this policy.

Who are John Gibson Associates?

John Gibson Associates are the UK’s leading, award-winning Automotive Industry Recruiter. We have been specialist recruiters for over 30 years. We are dedicated to helping candidates find their next role and clients find the very best candidates.

What type of information is collected from you?

When you visit our website or contact us to register your interests in our organisation’s services. We will collect personal information from you. This information will include your name, address, e-mail address, telephone numbers as well as the type of roles you are interested in. When successful in being offered a role, we will also keep on file, further information to support your right to work in the UK such as copies of your passport and relevant supporting documentation, required by UK employment law. You may also wish to give further information such as your date of birth, nationality and ethnic background at your discretion.

We gather this information in order to contact you, process your applications and store you on our database. We will also keep you aware of potential, suitable roles in the automotive sector by contacting you, either by phone, post or e-mail.

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our services like visiting our website, registering your C.V. / details on our website or indeed, confirming your interest in a role we are advertising.

Further to this, we also source potential candidates and receive information regarding potentially suitable candidates through external job board websites. These external job sites are designed to assist us in the recruitment process by supplying us with your information. When you choose to register / upload your details on these sites such as your C.V. and contact information, you are agreeing to their privacy policy which is not in any way affiliated to John Gibson Associates’ privacy policy.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • Consider your suitability for roles we are recruiting for.
  • To contact you, either by phone, post, E-mail and text message regarding:
    1. Job opportunities you may be interested in.
    2. To update / keep our information up-to-date.
    3. Receive feedback on our products and services.
    4. To notify you of any changes in our organisation.
    5. Respond to any communications you have initiated.
  • Also, where a job offer has been made, we will be required to provide your potential, new employer with personal details such as your contact information, potential references and your C.V. Your contact information will only be sent to a client when a job offer is made and / or before with your consent.

Our retention periods for personal data are constantly assessed to comply with legislation. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the recruitment process or for a period of 6 years. As a recruitment consultancy, we are legally required to hold the listed types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations.

Who has access to your information?

Our priority is your entitlement to privacy and as an organisation, we will ensure this is protected at all times. We shall not sell, rent or loan your information to any third parties. Upon a successful appointment / job offer and with your permission, we may pass your personal information to our clients to enable them to contact you and also, draw up and send necessary contracts of employment to you. Your personal information will also be available to all employees of John Gibson Associates.

Please note, we will not share nor sell your information to third parties for marketing purposes.


You have the opportunity to decide the communication you receive from us or indeed, if you do not wish to receive any at all. The type of communication you can expect to receive from us can include the latest roles you may be interested in or news from the automotive industry. You can select the level of communication you receive from us such as the types of roles you are notified about, by ticking the relevant boxes inside the ‘send C.V.’ tab of this website when you register with us. You can also change this at any point by calling us on 01904 628077 or replying to any e-mail or text message you receive from us.

GDPR changes to legislation comes into effect on the 25th May 2018. We will not contact you for marketing purposes after this point, if you have ‘opted out’. However, if you have made no indication to us of your preference, we will continue to contact you until otherwise notified, under the legitimate interest proviso.

How you can access and update your information

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information John Gibson Associates hold about you at any time and we will supply this, free of charge, commensurate with this legislation. This information can include your personal information and confirmation of your data being processed.

Candidates and clients are the ‘life blood’ of our business, here at John Gibson Associates. For over 30 years, we have protected the privileged information we keep on file, maintaining our integrity, confidentiality and commitment to all parties’ security.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to [email protected] or by writing to John Gibson Associates, Gibson House, 34 Micklegate. York. YO1 6LF. Alternatively, you can call us on 01904 628077.


BMW bets on iNext in sales race with Mercedes.

BMW given a glimpse of its futuristic self-driving iNext car as the automotive business looks to gain momentum in the race to overtake rival Mercedes-Benz luxury sales.

The company will offer a more contrite concept of the vehicle this year. Officials at the company’s annual shareholder meeting have said, more models will follow the iNext which is due to be in show rooms in 2021. BMW are aiming to combine key technologies for future mobility in order to create a fully electric, fully connected, safe and autonomous driving experience.

Along with this, BMW is looking to rekindle customer excitement after a few subdued years seeing Mercedes take the lead in luxury car sales with a replenished model lineup featuring vehicles such as the GLC, SUV and the reworked sporty A Class. However BMW will be bringing out a record of 40 new and replenished models, half of which will be coming on market this year with a predominant focus on SUV models, similar to the all-new X2 concept.

As BMW are rolling out its record model line, it’s also refurbishing its EV production, in the result of increased pressure to meet new emission targets. In order to finance the costly investment spree that’s raising to record 7 billion euros, BMW is bookending its push with high-end vehicles such as the 8 series, which will be available in 6 derivatives including the M8 Gran Coupe.

If you would like to work for brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz along with other prestige automotive companies. Register your interest by sending your C.V to [email protected] or contact us here directly – 01904 628077.

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Changes to M.O.T testing, 2018

As of 20th May 2018, there will be changes coming to M.O.T test works in England, Scotland and Wales. The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light vehicles.

The first change, defects will be categorised differently and go as follows:

  • Dangerous, meaning a person/s will directly and immediately be at risk to themselves or other road users. Also known as a fail.
  • Major, meaning a person/s safety may be at risk to themselves or other road users. Also known as a fail.
  • Minor¸ meaning no significant effect on a person/s or other road users but will need repairing as soon as possible. Also known as a pass.
  • Advisory, meaning the vehicle is safe for the meantime, but will need repairing in the near future along with light monetarisation. Also known as a pass.
  • Pass, meaning the vehicle meets the minimum legal standard.

The second change, there will be strict guidelines in place for emissions coming from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter if the vehicle has a DPF filter. The M.O.T will be able to grade this fault as a major if:

  • There is smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust.
  • There is evidence that the DPF filter has been changed from standard.

The third change, new criteria will be put in the M.O.T tests, such as:

  • Tyre pressure.
  • Brake fluid is contamination.
  • Fluid leaks posing a risk.
  • Break pad warning lights.
  • Break discs or pads missing.
  • Reversing lights.
  • Headlight washers (If car is fitted with them).
  • Day time running lights.

There is also extra minor checks that your M.O.T centre will be able to advise you about.

The forth change, the M.O.T test certificate will change and list any defects under new categories so that they are clearer for people to understand. There will also be a service coming to check previous M.O.T history and will update with each change.

The fifth change, some cars over 40 years old will not need an M.O.T, unless they have been substantially changed. Currently vehicles built before 1960 are exempt from needing an M.O.T, however the guidelines now specify that vehicles will no longer need an M.O.T from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered.

We are always looking for fully qualified technicians. If you are looking for a new career, send over your C.V to [email protected] and one of our consultants will be in contact with you. Or call us directly here at John Gibson Associates on – 01904628077!

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Kia to introduce 48v mild-hybrid diesel technology

Kia has recently announced it will produce a mild-hybrid engine to its new range towards the latter half of 2018.

Mild-Hybrid is becoming increasingly popular within the automotive industry, appearing in the Renault Scenic, several Suzuki Swift models and soon Audi A8.

The system will incorporate a 48V battery along with a starter generator unit in aims to reduce emissions of its diesel line-up and improve performance. The electric motor will add 10kW – 135bhp – to boost performance under harder acceleration and also add extra assistance under part throttle loads to take most of the strain off the internal combustion engine. This means that when decelerating, the inverter switches and current of the motor will effectively be able to turn in to a generator to support the 0.46Wh battery.

The benefit of this is that the start/stop system can be extended which will further help the fuel demands of the car.

If you have aims to work for companies such as Kia, contact John Gibson Associates today by sending your C.V. to [email protected] and one of our local consultants will be with you in due course! Or call us on – 01904628077.

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Rolls-Royce reveals super-luxury S.U.V

Rolls-Royce unveil their ‘Cullinan’ S.U.V – not just a luxury car but a serious competitor to the infamous Range Rover and Bentley Bentayga.

Following requests from consumers who desired a more luxurious S.U.V, C.E.O Torsten Muller-Otvos announced this week the £250,000 ‘Cullinan’. Named after the world’s largest diamond, ‘Cullinan’ is not just stylish – it is a full-capacity off-roader and to describe its capability the Goodwood Company has devised the slogan “Effortless, Everywhere”.

Full-scale production is expected to begin in the second half of this year – just in time for first sales to be in before Christmas. Manufacture of the Cullinan will predominately be at Rolls-Royces’ two key sites; Munich and Goodwood (Southern England). It is expected that every Rolls-Royce, regardless of style, will be made on a single production line in Goodwood in the near future.

A member of the BMW family, and with recently reported news of recalls this is welcomed positive news to the group; Rolls-Royce is going from strength to strength and with production in the UK reported to be in high demand, there isn’t a better time to get into this exciting industry.

At John Gibson Associates we have a job vacancy for everyone wanting to excel in the automotive sector. To find out more about what opportunities we have for you, please send your C.V. to us at [email protected] or call us directly on 01904 628077.

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The Big BOOM in Ultraluxury Cars

Ultraluxury car companies have always projected an image of excellence. However, historically, their cash flow has been somewhat unreliable.

This is now a thing of the past, as exemplary European marques are currently in a better state than ever before! But what is the reason behind this? Officials have reportedly said the wealth of individuals is increasing, and that the area of expenses that is growing the most quickly is their spending on luxury and ultraluxury cars.

The ultraluxury brands of today have vastly diversified their product line-ups. One example of this is Bentley releasing the GT Continental Coupe back in 2003 for the same price as one of the top-spec Mercedes S-class! Along with this McClaren are sticking to their guns in refusing to develop an SUV model, but they do supposedly have 15 new models set to arrive by the year 2022. Aston Martin are also looking to take a different direction by developing their own SUV, followed by a new supercar in aims to compete with Ferrari and Rolls-Royce.

With a staggering growth since 2002, combined global car sales amongst the likes of Aston Marin, Bentley, McClaren, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari and Lamborghini has shot through their record sales claiming industry-leading figures of 30.1%.

Great news for Ultraluxury dealerships!

If you dream of working with luxury vehicles, contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore your opportunities with the likes of Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, and more. 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.

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Ford develops smart car window that will display ‘vibration’ views to blind passengers.

An exciting new development has been revealed by Ford, which features a prototype smart car window that uses vibrations to ‘illustrate’ the view to blind passengers.

From mountain views to remote country roads, an all-new, upcoming ‘Feel The View’ technology is set to be created by Ford’s Italian franchise in partnership with the tech group ‘Aedo’ in order to convert visual images in to vibrations. The concept endeavours to give the blind and partially sighted the ability to feel outside images through different vibrations.

This would include turning images in to high-contract monochrome imagery which would then be reproduced and attached to the glass using LED’s. By touching the glass, different shades will vibrate in different ferocities, specifically 225 intensities, allowing passengers to touch the scene and get the full feel of their journey.

If you have aims to work for a forward thinking and diverse brand such as Ford, contact John Gibson Associates today by sending your C.V. to [email protected] and one of our local consultants will be with you in due course!

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