Singers Asset Finance has announced it is to be rebranded as Shawbrook Asset Finance from March 3 2013. Singers was acquired by the Sawbrook Bank in March 2012.
Shawbrook Bank is a specialist savings and lending bank, which combines traditional banking values with a modern approach. The British bank specialises in markets where it has solid experience and knowledge and it is committed to increase lending to SMEs.
Allan Martin writes in reply to a recent article published in issue 190 of Professional Recovery magazine.
I write with regard to an article in Professional Recovery issue 190 reference flexible wire towing eyes and their use in recovering rally cars. I apologise for being tardy in responding to this article but receive my copies of your magazine from those very nice guys at Chisholms Recovery in Inverness when they have finished with them.
Boniface has been producing quality recovery equipment for over 30 years. During that time they’ve supplied many heavy vehicles to The Mansfield Group, each uniquely crafted to Darrell Mansfield’s exacting standards, each more feature rich than the last!
If you are a member of the Britannia Rescue network of independent network of recovery garages, Britannia has some good news. It’s secured 300 new diagnostic scanners at under half price and it’s passing the on saving to you!
Following many enquiries from its agents, Britannia Rescue has 300 OBD II Diagnostic AutoScanners and is offering them to you members at £49, that’s under half price!
Allianz Global Assistance in the UK continues to build on its portfolio of prestige car brands with the return of Aston Martin Lagonda. Allianz will provide roadside assistance services to Aston Martin customers in the UK and across 19 other European countries.
“The shock rise in wholesale costs is just one of the reasons why the Petrol Retailers’ Assocation (PRA) has been knocking on the door of the Office for Fair Trading (OFT), since this time last year, to demand a full investigation into the workings of the UK market for road fuel” said Brian Maddersion, PRA Chairman.
National Rescue is a family business that has been serving motorists in the West Midlands for well over 20 years. The benefits of the recent amalgamation with another West Midlands operator, Ridgacre Motor Services, has given National the confidence to invest and expand despite the challenging conditions faced by our industry.
The business is led by father and son Steve and Mark Macklin who are very much hands-on owners on both the roadside assistance side of the business as well as their two busy workshop sites offering MOT, servicing and repairs.
“Up to one thousand independent forecourt sites will be wiped out by new supermarket forecourts by 2017 unless the Government takes action” said Brian Madderson (pictured) Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) Chairman.
The PRA report commissioned from Christie + Co looked at the planning applications for new petrol filling stations between 2009 and the third quarter of 2012. It found that an average of 40 supermarket forecourts were being granted permission each year, and Steve Rodell, director and head of Retail at Christie & Co said: “If applications continue at the same rate, and there is no reason to believe that will not be the case, there will be another 160 supermarket sites by the end of 2016.
John Yirrell of J&S Autos in Northampton is delighted with the latest addition to his fleet, a Recovery World RWF Beavertail on a Citroen Relay chassis. “It is very good,” says John. “It has replaced an older vehicle and has a much better loading angle making it easier to deal with cars with low ground clearance. It also has a solid deck which means we can carry motorcycles.”