Thursday 31 December 2009


Over a third of people (37 per cent) would rather spend a grand on a holiday than save it or pay off debts. However, 28 per cent showed their caring side by offering to treat the family or put the money towards helping others.

Chiltern Railways commissioned the survey to highlight that rail commuters from the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire border area travelling to London can save over £1,000 a year on the cost of a season ticket.

Chiltern Railways spokesperson Emma Gascoigne says the survey highlights how precious our time is and that we all aspire to spend more time relaxing and away from the office. She says "We asked respondents to tell us what they would do with an unexpected £1,000 and the most common response was to go away on a holiday or mini break.

"It's not really surprising that we want to escape on holiday and maybe the current financial situation has prevented some people going on their normal summer break and a spare £1,000 would allow them to take the plunge."

Some of the more unusual responses were to buy a basset hound, go to Vegas and get married and pay for study towards an MA.

The kind-hearted among us opted to help build a school in Malawi, pay for parents to have central heating and fund an overseas Lifelong Learning project.

A Chiltern Railways Season ticket valid for travel from Wendover to Marylebone, including parking, offers savings of £1,070 compared to travel from Tring to Euston. In addition, Chiltern Railways season ticket holders can enjoy free weekend travel anywhere on the Chiltern Railways network. To find out more, visit

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Thursday 24 December 2009

HiQ celebrate a decade of development

The introduction of the congestion calming M42 hard shoulder for traffic has been voted as the best automotive invention of the last 10 years.

Leading fast fit network HiQ has celebrated the end of the ‘noughties’ by asking customers for their favourite innovation of the decade, with the motorway’s hard shoulder being used at peak times coming out on top.

HiQ asked 200 of its customers to vote for the most successful piece of automotive gadgetry or invention that has made the most difference to motorists’ and the highways.

The M42’s traffic calming measure was voted as the best innovation (32 per cent) in the last 10 years with satellite navigation systems second (27 per cent) and the M6 Toll coming third (18 per cent).

HiQ’s create demand manager Geraldine McGovern said: “We wanted to commemorate the last 10 years in some way, and thought it would be nice to ask customers what they thought was the most memorable and successful creation over the decade.

“Traffic congestion has, and will continue to pose problems for drivers, so we can see why a scheme like the M42’s has been so popular. It has certainly saved us all time!

“We hope that the HiQ fast fit network will be top of motorists’ lists in 10 years time as we attempt to revolutionise the way the way cars and vehicles are repaired across the UK.”
Motorists have been able to use the hard shoulder from junctions 3a to seven, in the Midlands, since 2006.

The hard shoulder on the M42 is used at peak times and the speed limit is reduced to 50mph to ease congestion.

The full results are:

M42 hard shoulder running (32 per cent)
Sat Nav systems (27 per cent)
M6 Toll (18 per cent)
On-board tyre pressure monitoring systems (10 per cent)
SPECS Cameras (4 per cent)
Others (9 per cent)

The HiQ fast fit network celebrated is now hoping to make a big name for itself in the new decade, after celebrating its 1st anniversary as a fully franchised network in 2009.

In the first 12 months of operating as a fully franchised operation, retail turnover was up in double digit figures, average ticket value is up by more than 5 per cent and retail footfall has increased by more than 8 per cent.

HiQ retail director Juergen Titz said: “2009 has been a challenging year. But the overall picture is that there is always room for individual entrepreneurial performance .”

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Tuesday 22 December 2009

Top business brains share recession-busting insights

The recession-busting insights of three top business brains were revealed to an audience of West Midlands’ professional accountants at a seminar presented by ACCA (the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Birmingham.

The event was hosted by Glyn Morris, president of ACCA’s West Midlands Regional Network and finance director of Higgs & Sons Solicitors, and was inspired by a quote from American thinker, George Wood Bacon:

“Fortunes are not made in boom times . . . Fortunes are made in depressions or lean times when the wise man overhauls his mind, his methods, his resources, and gets in training for the race to come.”

Sharing their experiences and thoughts on surviving the current economic climate were Stephen Hughes, chief executive of Birmingham City Council, independent consultant and former group finance director Raj Gandhi, and ACCA President Brendan Murtagh.

The trio was introduced and interviewed by motivational business speaker and best-selling author Jeff Grout, enabling the audience to discover their personal insights on a number of time-critical and relevant business issues.

Glyn Morris said: “The event audience was drawn from across the West Midlands, and included accountants from all stages in their careers. I am sure everyone gained valuable information that they can take back into their working lives.”

An audio recording of the evening will be made available on the ACCA website - – which also carries information on membership and other association events.

ACCA is a global accountancy body, supporting 362,000 students and 131,500 members through a network of 57 global partnerships all focused on helping accountants add value.

The association aims to promote the highest professional and ethical standards, advocating sound business practices and sustainable development.

Event co-host, Higgs & Sons, is one of the West Midlands’ largest law firms, providing a full range of legal services. The company recently announced it is to move its 170-strong team to £1.5m prestigious new offices on the Waterfront in Brierley Hill.

Monday 21 December 2009


Autogas UK has welcomed comments from Inigo Palacio Prada, chairman of the Global Automotive Industry Network (GAIN), highlighting that liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stands out as the ‘third fuel of choice for motorists’.

LPG represents a realistic alternative to petrol and diesel, with more than 14.6 million vehicles worldwide making the most of its financial and environmental benefits.

In an interview for Automotive Industries magazine(1), Inigo Palacio Prada explained how LPG not only saves money and reduces harmful emissions with no loss of engine performance but is also readily available right now, through the Autogas refuelling network – making it the third fuel of choice for motorists.

“Electric vehicles are no doubt going to emerge as an alternative to traditional automotive fuels at some stage in the future,” said Prada. “We must remember that Autogas can provide significant benefits over gasoline and diesel and is available here and now.”

Emma Bartle, spokesperson for Autogas Limited said: “We welcome the comments of Mr Prada, which echo our beliefs that LPG is the most accessible alternative to petrol and diesel currently available.

“Although electric vehicles are increasing in popularity, LPG is readily available right now, with a comprehensive refuelling network throughout the UK.

“Environmental concerns run deeper than just reducing CO2 emissions. Vehicles running on LPG do produce 17 per cent less carbon dioxide than petrol and 2 per cent less than diesel, but also 120 per cent less oxides of nitrogen than petrol and a staggering 2,000 per cent less than diesel, and up to 120 times less small particle (PM10) emissions than diesel vehicles(2).

“All of these other pollutants should also be considered when trying to improve urban air quality.

“And, of course, drivers are already reaping the benefits of reduced motoring costs. Forecourt prices of LPG are typically half that of petrol or diesel, making it attractive to individuals and commercial operators, and LPG motorists can benefit from up to 100 per cent exemption from the London Congestion Charge as well as lower company car tax or vehicle excise duty.”

Autogas is the UK’s leading supplier of LPG, with more than 200 refuelling sites and ambitious plans to expand the network further over the next year.To help drivers find their nearest LPG service station Autogas, a joint venture between Calor and Shell, offers a free to download ‘point of interest’ file for leading satellite navigation systems. Users can log onto or to upload the Autogas locator file so that no matter where you they are in the UK they can find their nearest Calor Autogas site.

GAIN is the network set up by the World LP Gas Association to promote Autogas to consumers and governments worldwide.

For further information on fuel supplies and bulk tank installation, contact Calor on 0800 216 659 or visit


1 Automotive Industries magazine, September 2009
2 Small particle emissions are related to health effects including increased risk of heart and lung disease and problems such as asthma. All figures taken form the EETP 2003

Notes to Editors
- There are around 1,400 public access vehicle refuelling sites in the UK in addition to which many businesses have their own “bunkered” facilities.

- LPG powered vehicles listed on the Powershift register can gain up to 100 per cent discounts and exemptions from the London congestion charge

- There are around 150,000 LPG vehicles on UK roads

- Finding your nearest Calor Autogas refuelling site couldn't be simpler – a file of retail sites is available for downloaded from the Autogas web site (

- A savings calculator can be found on

Friday 18 December 2009


A north west car retailer group is aiming to provide some charity festive cheer this Christmas by helping those unable to spend the season at home.

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund will benefit to the tune of £25 for every car sold at Inchcape’s 13 Volkswagen sites during the company’s January sale, which runs from 29th December to 10th January.

Cumbria Community Foundation’s appeal has already raised over £1m to help the victims of the recent floods that have left hundreds of people in temporary accommodation and without possessions.

The group’s sites in Chester, Bromborough, Salford, Altrincham, Macclesfield, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Hyde, Stockport, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Telford are hoping to raise over £10,000 for the fund during the ten-day event.

Inchcape north’s divisional marketing manager, Tony Carr, said: “It’s important we help others at Christmas and this fund was very appropriate, as many flood victims will be spending the festive period away from their homes.

“Members of staff have family and friends directly affected by the floods, so we’re pleased to help in a small way.

“I hope lots of people take advantage of the offers we have and at the same time, help such a great cause.”

Deb Muscat, Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund Appeal’s acting director, said: “We’re grateful to every individual or business donation, especially from those outside Cumbria.

“Inchcape’s innovative idea shows the different ways businesses can help raise money.

“The Fund strives to improve the quality of life for those who have had their lives affected by floods in November this year.”

Tuesday 15 December 2009


Shropshire’s Severn Hospice is celebrating Christmas early following donations at a local Winter Fayre.

Shrewsbury’s Volkswagen retailer Inchcape, held the event at its Vanguard Way showroom and raised over £400 for the Hospice.

Local businesses ranging from a vineyard to cosmetics set up stalls, helping to raise vital funds for Severn Hospice.
Inchcape Volkswagen’s brand manager, Pete Southall, said: “The Winter Fayre was enjoyed by all and gave people the chance to raise money for a very worthwhile local charity, while at the same time letting them do some early Christmas shopping.”

Monday 14 December 2009


A recent weekend event at a Bury car retailer has been hailed a success for both customers and the business.

Customers to the event at Smith Knight Fay Volkswagen on Bell Lane benefited from new finance packages and up to 20 per cent off new cars.

The one-off event generated almost £1m worth of business for the retailer as local consumers picked up an early Christmas bargain.

Smith Knight Fay’s sales manager, Jason Brierley, said: “We were delighted with the customer response to the event. It proves Volkswagen vehicles are still one of the top choices for the region’s consumers.

“What makes the cars a good option is they hold their value very well. This means they are seen as an investment rather than an expense.”

“We took over 50 orders, with 40 new cars and 12 Volkswagen approved used cars, between the Friday morning and Sunday night.

“Although we are working our way out of a recession, consumers are still reluctant to purchase large and expensive items, which makes the event’s success much better than anticipated.”

Taking the lead from Heywood boxer, Mark Thompson, who purchased a Scirocco last month, boxing fan and Key 103 Radio DJ, Adam Cole has also followed suit.

Adam said: “I’ve wanted this car for a while and can’t wait to make the most of the Scirocco’s driving ability.”

Jason concluded: “The Scirocco, named’s car of the year 2008, is proving to be a popular choice among consumers.”


One of Britain’s best loved art brands will celebrate the end of the decade in style next week – when it unveils a commemorative exhibition of the last 10 years in the heart of Wolverhampton.

Community groups up and down the UK have painted a host of iconic images which will be displayed at the LightHouse Gallery on Tuesday December 15.

Reeves, based in Kidderminster, asked scores of amateur artists to create some pieces of artwork for their exhibition earlier in the year, and they are now ready t be viewed for the first time at the Fryer Street based gallery.

It is believed to be the only art exhibition of its kind to have taken place to celebrate the end of the last 10 years.

Reeves will choose an overall winner on the day and will also present them with a £500 prize for a charity of their choice.

Reeves’ communications manager Rachel Smallman said: “We didn’t think we could let the end of a decade pass without commemorating it in style, which is why we came up with this unique idea.

“There was no real criteria for entry – only that any piece of work was created on the back of a memorable moment in the last 10 years. It really was down to interpretation and we can’t wait to see the artwork displayed together at once.

“The advent of 2010 will be upon us before we know it, and being a brand with over 200 years of experience, we want to look forward to the future too. The interest generated in this initiative will be perfect to showcase our plans moving forward, so it really is the perfect time to engage with the public.”


For more information about this press release and all other Reeves news, please contact, or call Lee and Ben on 01902 714957.

Friday 11 December 2009


Three years of hard work and training have paid off for Roger Gibbons after he graduated from his technician apprenticeship with Gilbert Lawton Volkswagen.

The 21-year-old joined the Salford retailer straight from school, but had to wait two years before an opportunity to join the apprenticeship programme, in order to become a fully-qualified Volkswagen technician.

To celebrate his achievement Roger was invited to a national awards ceremony in recognition of his graduation.

He now faces another year of on-the-job training to polish his skills in Gilbert Lawton’s Bridgwater Way after-sales workshop.

Gilbert Lawton’s after sales manager, Steve Keenan, said: “Roger has worked exceptionally hard during his apprenticeship to become a skillful Volkswagen technician; he will be a brilliant asset to the team.”

Roger said: “I’m so pleased to have completed my apprenticeship. All I have ever wanted to do is work with cars and I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to become a specialised technician.

“I’m very grateful to Gilbert Lawton and Volkswagen for investing their time and money in me so I can do a job I want to do.”

To date Gilbert Lawton has invested £40,000 training Roger to technician standard and will continue to invest their time and money so he can progress to the next step and become a master technician.

Roger’s next challenge to qualify as a master technician will take approximately six years of further training.

Brettell's Bins bagged by Knowles

A leading manufacturer of buckets, bins and wheelbarrows has acquired its local rival in a deal that is expected to safeguard dozens of jobs in the Black Country.

H&E Knowles (Lye) Limited has acquired local rival Brettell & Shaw. H&E Knowles was advised by leading Black Country law firm Higgs & Sons.

Higgs & Sons’ David Ellis led the legal team representing the buyer. He said: “We had some tight deadlines to meet in order to complete the transaction whilst addressing employment, property and environmental issues in time. Luckily it was possible to galvanise the teams on both sides in order to meet the deadlines set."

Peter Knowles, Managing Director of H & E Knowles, said the firm now aimed to take advantage of economies of scale: “The acquisition will allow us to offer a larger range of products to our existing customer base which includes a number of major hardware and garden suppliers including B&Q, Homebase and Focus. We also hope to benefit from the considerable goodwill and customer base built up by Brettell & Shaw over many years.”

Brettell & Shaw is a family business established in 1902. The company supplies buckets, bins and other related hardware and garden products to customers across Europe. Both businesses are long established family firms. Peter Knowles’ son Dan is a director of H&E Knowles and John Cartwright, one of Brettell's directors and the grandson of the founder of Brettell & Shaw will be joining H & E Knowles to promote the larger business.

Higgs will be on the move in 2010, with the firm announcing a £1.5 million investment in new premises at Brierley Hill's Waterfront.


The UK's leading manufacturer of heating services has welcomed the Government's Pre-Budget report to deliver a boiler scrappage scheme.

Baxi Group has supported the call for a boiler scrappage scheme since Mick Williams, a plumber's merchant from Hampshire, started a petition to kick-start the campaign. It is hoped that by offering a £400 incentive to scrap old SEDBUK Band G-rated boilers, over 125,000 households will benefit from newer, more efficient models.

Mick said: "I am absolutely delighted on news of the report and am waiting to see the outcome of the Government's proposals. I'm particularly pleased that Baxi Group has supported the campaign from day one!"

Mark Kelly, CEO Baxi Group UK, said: "This announcement is great news for consumers as it helps them reduce fuel bills and will go some way to reducing their carbon footprint.

"It also gives the industry a great lift. After days of speculation, we are delighted that the Government has finally decided to introduce this initiative to tackle UK carbon emissions."

Statistics gathered by the HHIC (Heating and Hot Water Industry Council) estimate that there are 4.5 million Band G rated boilers in use rated at less than 70% efficient. Changing from a Band G rated boiler to a Band A rated boiler could give the householder up to £235 per year on their fuel bills. Upgrading the boiler could also make savings of 1.2 tonnes of CO2 per year.

For more information visit or call 0844 871 1525.


Released on behalf of Baxi Group by Connect PR.

For further information contact Lee Southen on 01902 714957 or email

Thursday 10 December 2009

Wealthy parents could be hit in the pocket after latest court ruling

A recent family court decision could have worrying implications for wealthy parents and those in line to benefit from family trusts, according to a leading family law specialist.

The head of Higgs & Sons’ family department, Philip Barnsley, says the case of SR v CR, where separated parties were unable to reach an agreement on how to split assets valued up to £7.88m could have implications for other family cases.

The couple asserted that these assets were inadequate to maintain a lifestyle of the standard to which they were accustomed, which was costing approximately £1 million annually.

However, the husband was a beneficiary under a number of offshore discretionary trusts with a value of $170m endowed by his father and had received support from these, and from his father, for a number of years.

On appeal, the High Court included the trusts as a resource available to the husband and ordered that the husband pay his wife a total of £6.25m.

Philip Barnsley explained: “The court was persuaded that, given a history of the previous payments to the husband, it was likely that the trustees would exercise their discretion and make further capital available to him.

“The trustees gave evidence that a debt of the husband’s failed property business to the trusts (£1m) would be taken off his apportionment and that he might be provided with rented accommodation and a modest living allowance. Further, the trustees stated that they must have regard to his father's wishes, that he was not prepared to give his son more money and would oppose any distribution to him from the trusts.

“The court found that the husband had a reasonable expectation of further capital advances from the trust in the short to medium term and, as he would expect to receive his share of the trust when his father died, it was therefore a resource which the court should take into account.”

Mr Barnsley concluded: “This case highlights the need for trustees to employ great caution in the manner in which they exercise their discretion under these kinds of trusts.

“However, the husband’s father was no doubt pleased that he had set up the offshore discretionary trusts in the first place, as these did act to protect the principal sums within them from these proceedings.”

To find out more contact Philip Barnsley, partner and head of family law team at Higgs & Sons on 01384 364148 or e-mail

Higgs & Sons is one of the largest law firms in the region. The firm has recently announced it is to move its 170-strong team to state of the art new premises at 3 The Waterfront, Brierley Hill.

Notes to editors: full case reference is SR v CR (Ancillary Relief: Family Trusts) [2008] EWHC 2329 (Fam).

Tuesday 8 December 2009

Seven figure Chiltern brief goes to Connect

Connect Group has been appointed by Chiltern Railways to handle its seven figure marketing communications account.

The three year deal was won following a four-way pitch, which included the incumbent agency, and will see Connect handling all advertising and design services across all of Chiltern’s routes between London and the West Midlands – including the all important Bucks and Oxfordshire commuter markets. Media will be handled by Brilliant Media who worked with Connect on the pitch.

Connect won the opportunity to pitch following its successful work this year with sister company Wrexham & Shropshire railway.

Marketing director, Thomas Ableman said: “Connect really impressed us with the way they had got to know our market. Their approach was highly insightful and really struck a chord with us - we’re pleased to be working even more closely with the team going forward.”

Antony Green, Connect’s client services director, said the win was a huge boost for the 100-strong agency: “Our pitch was heavily based upon consumer research and focus groups within the Home Counties and the Midlands. This pointed to a very clear opportunity for Chiltern, given its strong commitment to customer satisfaction and the way rail users currently feel about taking the train. We really enjoy working with the company on the Wrexham & Shropshire account and now we’re relishing the opportunity to work in partnership with Thomas and his team even further on Chiltern Railways.”

Connect Group’s clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Sealine, Goodyear Dunlop, Amtico, WD-40, Tarmac, Baxi, Uni-ball and Volkswagen.

Chiltern Railways operates passenger rail services between London and Birmingham, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and has built a one third market share of the London – Birmingham market from nothing by offering a passenger-focused, innovative approach including being the first train company in the country to offer tickets by text message.

HiQ network celebrate 1st anniversary

The HiQ fast fit network celebrated its 1st anniversary as a fully franchised network with a strong business performance by revealing an impressive increase in turnover, average ticket value and retail footfall.

In the first 12 months of operating as a fully franchised operation, retail turnover is up in double digit figures, average ticket value is up by more than 5 per cent and retail footfall has increased by more than 8 per cent.

The performance, in the context of the ongoing economic downturn, drew praise from both Juergen Titz, HiQ Retail Director and Goodyear Dunlop’s Managing Director Mark Brickhill.

But both still stressed the need for more improvement and expansion as HiQ celebrated its 1st anniversary at the network’s 3rd National Franchise Conference in 2009 at Albrighton Hall in Shrewsbury.

Juergen said: “2009 has been a challenging year. But the overall picture is that there is always room for individual entrepreneurial performance in a recession”.

“Is there room for winners in a recession? Definitely. The business performance of the group has proven this.”

Juergen cited the title sponsorship of the HiQ British Touring Car Championship and charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care as two examples of driving footfall and building retail demand, both of which franchisees have embraced and used to their advantage.

Mark Brickhill added: “What the HiQ network has achieved has been remarkable. If you look back 18 months, you would not be able to sit in a room like this, with people like this, boasting results like this.

“There is still much work to do, but overall, great progress has been made.”

Both Juergen and Mark stressed the importance of generating new retail business, and for franchisees to maximize a number of opportunities that present themselves through for example the partnership with Goodyear Dunlop. With initiatives such as the Goodyear Rugby Ready programme, HiQ’s own tyre safety and tyre checking programmes, there are many opportunities for franchisees to grow their retail business.

Juergen concluded: “We will continue to aggressively expand the network in 2010 and beyond using strong new business tools to drive the business forward.

“We believe that “local heroes” at each centre, coupled with our strong national retail brand, will make the difference in driving network growth”


A woman from Romford is celebrating an early Christmas present after scooping vouchers worth £250 in prize draw.

Brigit Granger, from Collier Row, was the first name drawn out of the thousands that had entered a competition to celebrate the launch of the Volkswagen’s new Polo.

Organised by local retailer Inchcape, Brigit is now deciding on which store in the Liberty Shopping Centre she’ll be spending her £250 worth of vouchers.

An excited Brigit said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call telling me I’d won. Christmas always comes early for someone and this year it’s me.

“I’ve not had chance to think of what to buy, although have had some people give me suggestions!

“I can’t thank everyone at Inchcape Romford enough for this prize and hope my luck continues to last.”

Inchcape’s brand manager, Richard Taylor, said: “It is always nice to hear about local people winning something and just before Christmas makes it extra special.

“I hope Brigit enjoys whatever she decides to purchase.”

Friday 27 November 2009

Famous five in line for an Ultimate Finish

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy has unveiled a famous five list of goalscorers who are in line to win its latest Ultimate Finish award.

Bury’s Mike Jones, Peter Sweeney (Grimsby Town), Aaron Wilbraham (MK Dons), Jason Demetriou (Leyton Orient) and Rickie Lambert (Southampton) have been shortlisted to win the competition’s goal of the round for the area quarter finals.

The five all grabbed the headlines for great finishes in their recent games and the one player with the most votes will win the trophy’s Ultimate Finish award.

AFC Bournemouth’s Brett Pitman and Leyton Orient’s Adrian Patulea were the round one and two winners respectively.

Supporters are asked to view exclusive video footage displayed on the website, featuring the five goals, with the most popular goal winning.

The best goal will be announced on the website and all fans that vote for the same winning goal will be shortlisted into a prize draw. Each round, the winning goalscorer will be presented with a “Johnstone’s Paint Ultimate Finish Award” and one lucky entrant will win an iPod nano.

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’s sponsorship manager Teresa Hardwick added: “Our Ultimate Finish awards have really captured the imagination. We are getting scores of votes after each round, and are delighted with the whole initiative.”

After the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final, fans and customers will then have the opportunity to vote for the ‘Best 3 Goals of the Season.’

The winning goalscorers will be presented with a “Johnstone’s Paint Ultimate Finish of the Season Award” and one lucky entrant will win a fantastic Sony Playstation 3 console with latest Fifa game.

To enter log onto from Friday November 27 and vote for your top goal from the area quarter final games played on the 11th and 12th November 2009.

Key dates for online voting along with the terms and conditions of entry can be found on the website at the point of entry.

Alternatively, call into your nearest Johnstone’s & Leyland decorating centre and pick up a postcard outlining the key dates and competition details.

Thursday 26 November 2009

Higgs on the case with family team appointments

Higgs & Sons, which already has one of the largest family teams in the West Midlands, is expanding even further with the appointment of Victoria Fellows.

Victoria, who joins the firm as an assistant solicitor, brings a wealth of experience having been in family law for over five years. She qualified at Atter McKenzie in Evesham and then joined Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham for four years and has been at Sharratts Family Law in Wolverhampton, for the past year.

The appointment comes at the same time as Philip Barnsley takes up the headship of the department from Steven Jackson. Philip said: “Victoria has a very impressive background and will further strengthen our team. She adds another dimension to our diverse team, which can only be seen as a positive thing by clients.

“I am really excited about the coming year as the team is growing rapidly and we possess a range of strengths and experience which, when put together, forms an impressive portfolio for our clients.”

Victoria said: “My move to Higgs will enable me to utilise my experience as part of a growing department and I am thrilled to be working for one of the leading firms in the West Midlands.

Philip continues: “We have also taken on Rhian Jervis who is a newly qualified solicitor. She brings fresh ideas to the team and will be an additional support to clients and us. The coming months will be very exciting for the firm as we move to our new office at 3 The Waterfront. Our ambition is to grow our department even further in this new state-of-the-art environment.”

Steven Jackson remains with the firm as a specialist consultant in the team.

Lubricant specialist boosts Motorsport College

A national training college is celebrating after securing a vital sponsorship deal with lubricant specialists, WD-40.

As part of the ongoing package, the Silverstone-based National College for Motorsport will receive a vital supply of WD-40 and its range of specialist oils from sister brand, 3-IN-ONE professional.

The college provides 16 to 24 year-olds with full time and apprenticeship race technician training opportunities to students looking for a career in motorsport, all at its purpose-built facility at The Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Many former learners have realised their dream of working within the industry at national and international level, including A1 GP, GP2 and even Formula 1.

Justin Downard, the college’s senior lecturer, said: “To provide the best education to our students, we need to provide them with the best products in the market.

“The sponsorship deal with WD-40 not only provides the best lubricant and oils in the world for them to work with, but it means the college can channel Government grants to other areas of the course, giving students a better level of training facilities.”

WD-40’s senior brand manager, Neil Gow, said: “As a company WD-40 is delighted to provide the college with a valued sponsorship package.

“Silverstone is the perfect setting for the college and provides WD-40 with a platform to demonstrate the high quality nature of all the company’s products, including the 3-IN-ONE professional range of oils.”


For more information contact Richard Knowles on 01902 714 957 / 07959 200 703 or email

Wednesday 25 November 2009


Amtico International reveals its darker side and vintage rustic charm with the arrival of this season’s latest flooring designs

Two new twists on the dark spectrum see the arrival of Linear Metallic and Amtico Dark Slate while a fashion for salvage and recycling welcomes Amtico Treated Woods to the collection.

Linear Metallic’s four night shades enhanced with gold, copper and bronze strands, add a multifaceted shimmer to flooring with a hint of industrialised glamour. Saturated with threads of metal its streaked finish catches the eye creating depth and movement more commonly associated to textile.

Amtico Dark Slate is available in two ultra-slick finishes and has all the interest of the original, but can be used anywhere without fear of it cracking. It is available in XL tile formats, allowing fabulous effects that can’t easily be achieved in the natural material due to its weight.

Amtico Treated Woods brings together four pale neutrals, which look as if they’ve been washed, scrubbed and limed by hand. This instantly recreates an aged and rustic look that can be found in a weathered beach hut or converted barn.

Staying at the forefront of interior design trends is of paramount importance for Amtico’s success as UK marketing manager, Sian Lewis, explains.

She said: “Our design team continually observes the changing trends in interior designs which inspires and influences our collection.”

For further information on the Amtico range visit


The Linear Metallic range includes Linear Metallic Jet, Steel, Spice and Jewel.

The Dark Slate range includes Slate Noire and Graphite Slate.

The Treated Wood range includes Lime Wash Wood, White Wash Wood, Limed Grey Wood and Natural Limed Wood.

For further information, please contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or email

Monday 23 November 2009


A Shropshire car retailer is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Severn Hospice by hosting a ‘Winter Fayre’, to celebrate the arrival of the latest Polo.

Inchcape Shrewsbury is transforming its showroom with a variety of local businesses providing stalls to offer customers an early chance to buy a Christmas present.

Money will be raised through a raffle, for which all stallholders have donated a unique prize, and also a donation from profits on the evening will be going towards the Hospice fund.

Refreshments will be provided giving everyone a chance to eat, drink and be merry.

Inchcape Volkswagen’s brand manager, Pete Southall, said: “This is an ideal way for people to look for that special Christmas present and raise money for a local cause at the same time.

“I hope many people come along and help us reach our target of over £1,000 for Severn Hospice.

“With stalls ranging from companies including a vineyard, smokery, cosmetics and sweets, the event is set to set taste buds tingling and give the Hospice vital funds for the winter period.”

Inchcape Shrewsbury’s Winter Fayre takes place at the Vanguard Way showroom from 6pm-9pm on Wednesday 25th November.

For further information please contact Richard Knowles, 01902 714 917 or 07595 200 703. E-mail:

Wednesday 18 November 2009


Lucky licensed hackney carriage drivers are in with a chance to win £500 every month in a free prize draw organised by London Taxi dealership Mann & Overton Birmingham.

The first draw was held as part of an Open Day, on Wednesday 18 November at Mann & Overton’s showroom on Junction Six Industrial Estate in Birmingham. Any licensed hackney carriage driver whose up-to-date details were registered with Mann & Overton will be included in the draw each month.

John Loakes, M&O Birmingham’s General Manager, said: “We are calling upon hackney carriage drivers to send in their details for a chance to win our monthly cash jackpot. You can do this by visiting our website and completing the ‘You must be in it to win it’ entry form or come and visit us at our showroom.

“This ongoing prize draw not only rewards our region’s dedicated taxi drivers, but by registering their details it also ensures our customers receive the latest special offers and promotions.”

A series of Open Days are planned between now and the end of the year, where customers have the chance to view the popular TX4 and place orders before the VAT increase in January, as well as enter the ‘In it to win it’ free prize draw.

Mann & Overton is the UK’s number one retailer of the famous London Taxi, a globally-recognised brand built in Coventry.

For more information please visit


News release issued on behalf of LTI Vehicles by Connect PR.

For further information call Lee Southen on +44 (0)1902 714957 or email

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Higgs consolidates growth with major move

Law firm’s £1.5 million investment in 3 Waterfront Business Park is one of the largest commercial property deals this year.

Leading Midlands law firm Higgs & Sons has announced it is to move its 170-strong team to prestigious new offices on the Waterfront in Brierley Hill.

The £1.5 million move to Westfield’s 3 Waterfront Business Park will create the largest legal office in the Black Country and comes on the back of financial results announced for the year ending October 2009, which once again saw the firm increase its turnover.

The new building will provide Higgs with 30,000 square feet of leading edge facilities which will house the firm’s 76 lawyers under one roof and provide clients with one central hub for all services, meetings and events.

Senior partner, Ian Shovlin, said: “This is one of the biggest events in our 135 year history. The move is great news for both our expanding team and our clients.

“2009 has been a challenging year for all businesses, so we’re particularly pleased with our financial results which saw us increase turnover to near on £9 million.

“We are an ambitious firm and the new facility means that we can continue to offer our clients the very best legal advice but now in a purpose designed building which not only meets our requirements today but also as we grow in the future. ”

In 2009 Higgs has added 14 new lawyers to its team and four trainees.

Higgs has signed a 10 year lease on the new building. The move will bring together Higgs’ team which is based across offices in Brierley Hill and Stourbridge. The firm will keep its presence in Kingswinford to serve the local community.

Real estate advisors DTZ supported Higgs on the move. David Tonks, DTZ Birmingham director said: “This is one of our biggest regional deals this year and indeed one of the biggest deals in the West Midlands. The new property is a true reflection of Higgs and its vision for the future and we’re delighted to have supported them on this significant move.”

The move is scheduled for February 2010.

Friday 13 November 2009


Stratford-upon–Avon’s Volkswagen dealership, Listers, is inviting Motorsport fans to join in its celebrations to mark the launch of its partnership with ABT Sportsline, UK suppliers of ABT performance products and sponsors of the winning DTM motor racing team.

The high octane activity at Listers Volkswagen will roar into action at the Western Road retailer on Saturday 14th November from 9.45 startsing with bacon sandwiches.

ABT Sportsline GmbH is renowned as the reigning champions of the DTM racing, Europe‘s most popular touring car race series. Fresh from their 2009 victory, the DTM racing team technicians will have a selection of DTM race performance cars.

Throughout the day fans will be able to get a ‘behind the scene tour’ of the 2009 ABT DTM race truck and rally cars, navigate an ABT Scirocco around an obstacle course in the fastest time and get technical advice from the ABT race team in the ‘car clinic’.

An exclusive talk by former team principal of ABT, Thomas Biermaier, will keep fans entertained in addition to the display of ABT performance products.

Motoring enthusiasts will have the chance of winning a VIP trip to the ABT factory in Bavaria and a two day VIP package for two at a 2010 DTM racing event.

Through its partnership with ABT Sportsline, Listers will supply ABT performance products on all models including; sport wheels, aerodynamic body kits, suspension and exhaust technology and interior enhancements, all without affecting the manufacturer’s warranty.

Scott Jenkins, Brand Manager of Listers said: “This is a very exciting time for Listers and our customers and we are looking forward to working with such a prestige and highly regarded performance brand as ABT Sportsline.

“We will now provide a dedicated team of specialists for technical advice and support on the entire ABT performance range allowing drivers the opportunity to unleash their car’s true potential in complete confidence.”

ABT Sportsline GmbH is the reigning champion of the DTM racing, Europe‘s most popular touring car race series. Its strong links with the Volkswagen Audi Group has set trends in both technology and design with the brand for over 40 years.

Spaces to Listers’ launch event are limited and it is requested you contact Listers Stratford to reserve your place on 01789 294477.

For further information on the ABT performance products at Listers Volkswagen and Audi visit

For more information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or

Wednesday 11 November 2009


Weston Park has un-wrapped a host of festive treats which are set to delight and entertain all the family.

Visitors can dine by candlelight, do lunch in the Orangery, take a ride on the Santa train, stay overnight in the stately home and purchase the Christmas turkey and seasonal goodies from the Granary Farm Shop.

New for 2009, the stately home on the Staffordshire / Shropshire border will host a Weston by Candlelight evening, taking place on Thursday 17th December. Starting with a glass of mulled wine guests will enjoy a three-course dinner in the stunning Dining Room surrounded by original works by Van Dyck and Lely.
Entertained by the Heart of England Strings the evening will conclude with selection of Christmas carols.

The new Christmas Lunch in the Orangery provides a stunning setting for office parties or a relaxing location for gatherings with family and friends.

The Santa Special train will take children through the wintery woods in the Weston Park Estate to meet Santa in his grotto where they can personally deliver their Christmas lists and receive a gift. The train will run every weekend during December (except 26th and 27th).

The Christmas Food and Craft Fayre, held in the Granary Farm Shop on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December, will showcase the finest local produce. The Fayre will offer an array of festive delights and provide an ideal opportunity to sample a selection of regional produce on sale in the shop.

In addition, customers will be able to pre-order their meats, cheeses and groceries easing the stress associated with Christmas shopping, safe in the knowledge that their seasonal meal has been prepared, cooked, matured or grown in their local area.

The popular four course dining and overnight accommodation in the stately home is set to return offering a first class cuisine and luxurious mini break as Andrea Webster, Weston Park’s marketing executive explains.

She said: “Everyone likes to celebrate Christmas in a different way and we feel Weston Park has so much to offer that we have created a comprehensive festive calendar to cater for all ages and budgets.”

The Christmas Food & Craft Fayre is free to enter.

The Weston by Candlelight, dinner in the House costs £60 per person and includes a three-course meal, a welcome drink on arrival and entertainment.

Traditional Christmas Dining costs £75 per person and includes a four-course dinner, coffee and chocolate truffles and entertainment. Bed and breakfast in the House is £160 per room.

Tickets for the Santa Special is £7.00 for adults and £9.00 for children (12 and under).

For further information on all Christmas events at Weston Park visit:

For further information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714 957 or email


A South Wales car retailer has extended its support of the Liberty Stadium, home of Swansea City Football and the Ospreys RFU, by becoming the Premier Club’s Partner in an ongoing relationship.

Sinclair Group, the Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, Smart and Skoda retailer, launched its partnership on Saturday (7th November) at the local derby between The Swans and Cardiff City, where Swansea emerged with a 3-2 win.

Wales’ largest Motor Group has been involved with the Premier Club since it’s inception in 2005, however, this recent collaboration is stronger than ever before helping to further support all levels and abilities that play and train within the stadium

Speaking of the new Premier Club sponsorship Paulo Sousa, Swansea City Football Manager said: “The Premier Club is really pleased to have Sinclair Group on board and looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with them.

“Support from local businesses is vital for the future sustainability of the stadium and in continuing to develop talent from the ‘minis’ through to senior levels.”

Clive Williams, Sinclair's group operations manager added: “We are delighted to be working with the Premier Club at the Liberty Stadium. It delivers a fantastic service to the local community, providing a positive team ethic for all levels and ages in the area.

“Everyone within our Group is looking forward to developing our relationship with the Premier Club and it’s members, which currently stands at almost 500 local businesses’.”

The Sinclair Group is a family owned company which was established in 1945 and has become one of the largest and most successful motor groups across the UK. The Group supplies new and approved used Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Skoda, Smart and Commercial Vehicles in addition to its car hire, servicing, body shop and independent contract hire facilities.

Picture Caption: The launch of the Sinclair sponsorship. Left to right; Clive Williams, Sinclair Volkswagen Operations Manager, Paulo Sousa, Swansea City FC Coach/Manager, Catherine Beer, Premier Club Manager, Paul Thorburn, ex Welsh Rugby captain and Andrew Edwards, Group Sales Manager, Sinclair Mercedes-Benz.

For more information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or

Connect appointed as build agency on new Land Rover website

Connect has been appointed as build partner for Land Rover’s new global website.

The appointment comes on the back of its successful work earlier this year with Jaguar Land Rover on its new website configurator.

As part of its remit, the Wolverhampton full service agency will work with Land Rover's web content management partner on the development and integration of Land Rover’s new website and will work with Land Rover’s other creative agencies in delivering the project. As before, Connect’s digital team will power, build and deploy the new Land Rover configurator.

Jose Espinosa, Connect’s director of digital services, said of the appointment: “This is a further demonstration of our capabilities in delivering innovative digital solutions as well as managing budgets and agencies. We’ve got some of the best digital brains in the business and it’s fantastic to be recognised for this again.”

2009 is proving to be one of Connect’s best ever years. So far this year the agency has picked up briefs from WD-40, Volkswagen, Goodyear Dunlop, Uniball and Ekornes.
Picture shows Jose Espinosa

Friday 6 November 2009

James Wade signs sponsorship deal with WD-40

World number three darts player James Wade is stepping up to the oche with a new sponsorship deal under his belt. WD-40 is behind the ‘new face’ of darts until at least the end of 2010, for a significant five-figure sum.

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Thursday 5 November 2009

WD-40 scores a bullseye with sponsorship deal

World number three darts player James Wade is stepping up to the oche with a new sponsorship deal under his belt. WD-40 is behind the ‘new face’ of darts until at least the end of 2010, for a significant five-figure sum.

The rising star from Cobham, who is just 26 years old, has climbed the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) world rankings year after year and in 2008 he became the first player to beat Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in the Premier League since the event started in 2005.

Following the sponsorship announcement James said: “It is fantastic news that such a big brand wants to provide significant support to me. I regularly used WD-40 when I was a mechanic and can’t believe it’s now on my shirt.

“This is the first sponsorship deal I have had that has not been related to the traditional sponsors in darts and marks a new era for the sport. I look forward to working with WD-40 and hope the backing helps me win more titles.”

European managing director for WD-40, Bill Noble, said: “We felt that darts was the perfect sport to link up with as it fits well with our target audience and has the second highest viewing figures for sport after Premiership football.

“James is a very talented player who is dedicated to the sport and is doing extremely well at such a young age and has a lot of potential to go much further.

“We look forward to cheering him on at the Grand Slam of Darts, later this month.”

The sponsorship begins at the Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday 14th November in Wolverhampton as James hopes to add the title to the Premier League he won in May.

James showed off his talents at the official launch day of the sponsorship deal by playing a few friendly games against journalists and WD-40 staff including Bill Noble. Needless to say he remained undefeated, with no one coming close to beating the world number three.


Listers Volkswagen dealerships, are inviting motorsport fans to join in its celebrations to mark the launch of its partnership with ABT Sportsline, UK suppliers of ABT performance products and sponsors of the winning DTM motor racing team.

The high octane activity at Listers Volkswagen will roar into action at its Stratford-upon-Avon site on Western Road on Saturday 14th November.

ABT Sportsline GmbH is renowned as the reigning champions of the DTM racing, Europe‘s most popular touring car race series. Fresh from their 2009 victory, the DTM racing team technicians will bring a selection of DTM race performance cars.

Throughout the day fans will be able to get a ‘behind the scene tour’ of the 2009 ABT DTM race truck and rally cars, navigate an ABT Scirocco around an obstacle course in the fastest time and get technical advice from the ABT race team in the ‘car clinic’.

An exclusive talk by former team principal of ABT, Thomas Biermaier, will keep fans entertained in addition to the display of ABT performance products.

Motoring enthusiasts will have the chance of winning a VIP trip to the ABT factory in Bavaria and a two day VIP package for two at a 2010 DTM racing event.

Through its partnership with ABT Sportsline, Listers will supply ABT performance products on all models including; sport wheels, aerodynamic body kits, suspension and exhaust technology and interior enhancements, all without effecting the manufacturer’s warranty.

Phil Smart, brand manager of Listers Coventry said: “This is a very exciting time for Listers and our customers and we are looking forward to working with such a prestige and highly regarded performance brand as ABT Sportsline.

“We will now provide a dedicated team of specialists for technical advice and support on the entire ABT performance range allowing drivers the opportunity to unleash their car’s true potential in complete confidence.”

ABT Sportsline GmbH is the reigning champion of the DTM racing, Europe‘s most popular touring car race series. Its strong links with the Volkswagen Audi Group has set trends in both technology and design with the brand for over 40 years.

Spaces to Listers’ launch event are limited and it is requested you contact Listers Stratford to reserve your place on 01789 294477.

For further information on the ABT performance products at Listers Volkswagen and Audi visit

For further information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or

WD-40 scores 180 with darts sponsorship and sales

It’s game on for one of Britain’s most famous brands, which has stepped up to the oche by announcing a fantastic year of sales as well as a major sports sponsorship.

The world number one lubricant company, WD-40 has seen sales and profits continue to grow despite difficult trading conditions over the past 12 months.

European managing director, Bill Noble, believes this is down to people making do and mending items rather than buying new.

He said: “It appears that in the recession, more people than ever are making do and mending which is great news for us, as it has meant our sales have been boosted. However, this growth has not been a sudden trend as the European operation has tripled its sales over the last decade and this is expected to continue over the next few years. Europe has grown to around a third of Group sales (approx $100m) with a significant portion of that from the UK.

“This seemed an ideal time to strengthen the brand even further and we are delighted to announce the sponsorship of the world number three darts player, James Wade. He is not only the perfect role model for WD-40, but he is also an ex-mechanic who is aware of the brand and its benefits. We are confident that our partnership with James will help us reach an even wider audience.”

WD-40 is behind the ‘new face’ of darts until at least the end of 2010, for a significant five-figure sum.

Picture shows Bill Noble, European managing director, WD-40 with James Wade, darts player.

Issued by WD-40 marketing support. For further information please contact Hazel Crawford-Upton or Richard Knowles at Connect PR on 01902 714 957 or email or

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Paul O' Neill wins Magnum Moment

The HiQ British Touring Car Championship’s very own ‘Mr Popular’ has underlined his status as a fans’ favourite after scooping another prestigious award.

Kettering’s Paul O’ Neill has won HiQ’s inaugural Magnum Moment prize for his emotional podium finish at Snetterton in August.

It means that of all the HiQ champagne moments issued throughout the season, Paul’s has been voted as the most popular.

With 31 per cent of the votes, he narrowly beat Jason Plato, whose hat-trick of wins at Brands Hatch came second (25), while Mat Jackson’s two wins at Silverstone was voted third (16 per cent).

Fan Mike Bowers of Gloucester was picked at random to win two tickets to the Night of Champions in Stratford on Saturday, where they will present Paul with a magnum of champagne.

They will also win complimentary race tickets for the first race of 2010 at Thruxton, along with a grid walk of the track before one of the races.

Paul said: “What a fantastic year. I can’t honestly believe have won this award. It caps a memorable season for me and I look forward to meeting Mike and Jenna on Saturday evening.”

HiQ’s BTCC marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: “We had a suspicion that Paul O’Neill would win the award. He was an extremely popular winner of our champagne moment, and we are delighted for him.

“It has been another tremendous year both on and off the track for HiQ, and we would like to give fans another opportunity to win a great prize with us.”

For your nearest HiQ centre click on

Friday 30 October 2009

HiQ launches Magnum Moment!

After thousands of British Touring Car Championship fans made HiQ’s Champagne Moment awards a resounding success, a new interactive accolade has been launched to crown a remarkable season.

HiQ is unveiling its first ever Magnum Moment award for 2009, where fans of Britain’s premier motor racing series are invited to vote for their favourite champagne moment from 2009.

So whether it was Paul O’ Neill’s podium finish at Snetterton, or Jason Plato’s stunning drive at Knockhill, supporters are invited to log onto and vote for the best performance.

The winning champagne moment for Brands Hatch will also be available to vote for as an overall Magnum Moment contender.

Fans can vote for:
Rob Collard’s back of the grid to finish 4th at Oulton Park
Stephen Jelley’s three podium placings at Croft
Paul O’Neill’s emotional third place at Snetterton
Jason Plato’s drive from the back of the grid to second at Knockhill
Mat Jackson’s two first places and second at Silverstone
Stephen Jelley’s maiden wins at Rockingham
The winning champagne moment from Brands Hatch

The man that receives the most plaudits overall will be crowned with HiQ’s Magnum Moment award and presented with a special award at The TOCA Night of Champions on November 7.

One lucky fan who has logged his or her details onto the website will win two tickets to the evening, will present the prize to the driver and complimentary race tickets will also be provided for the first race of 2010, along with a grid walk of the track before one of the races.

HiQ’s BTCC marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: “Our champagne moment awards have been extremely successful and we thought an overall Magnum Moment would be the perfect way to end the season.

“It has been another tremendous year both on and off the track for HiQ, and we would like to give fans another opportunity to win a great prize with us.”

For your nearest HiQ centre click on

Thursday 29 October 2009


A Kings Lynn car retailer is on track to host a car safety workshop designed exclusively for women.

The Women’s Workshop will take place at the Bergen Way Volkswagen retailer on Tuesday 17th November at 7pm.

Ladies are asked to reserve their place at the event, which will cover essential car maintenance and repairs plus safety advice provided by Norfolk police.

As there are limited spaces ladies are required to contact Maggie or Cate at Kings Lynn Volkswagen on 01553 778 800 to secure their place at the event.

In addition to the workshops the retailer will transform its showroom into a shopping haven giving ladies the chance to purchase scrumptious
homemade chocolates from Cooks of Swanton, get Christmas gift ideas from the new Jamie Oliver collection and purchase greeting cards from Phoenix cards.

Beauty experts from West Newton House will be on hand to offer treatment advice plus there will be a chance to win a flower arrangement supplied by Kings Lynn Flower Club.

The exclusive event, to launch the arrival of the new Volkswagen Polo, is aimed at enhancing women’s motoring skills and help keep them safe on the road when driving alone as brand manager Martin Bennett explains.

“Our technicians will deliver a range of workshops including how to change a tyre, top up engine oil and replace windscreen wipers. Norfolk Police will provide advice on some simple safety precautions to take when driving or parking and steps to take in the event of a breakdown or accident.”

“As there are limited places we are asking ladies to reserve their place as soon as possible. Men are more than welcome to join in the evening’s fun. There will be a computer simulation racing game and the new Polo to keep them entertained,” added Martin.

For further information on the new Volkswagen Polo call Kings Lynn Volkswagen on 01553 778 800.

For more information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or email or


Ipswich Volkswagen retailer, Wolsey, has boosted its senior management team with the appointment of a new sales manager.

David Cooper has been promoted at the Sproughton Road site after three years as business manager.

The 26-year-old began his automotive career in 2001 after pursuing his childhood ambition to sell cars. David has swiftly progressed up the ladder starting as a sales executive and has spent the last five years as a business manager for both the Inchcape Group and more recently Wolsey Volkswagen.

David said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this role and look forward to growing the business.

“I aim to help bring a breath of fresh air to the Wolsey sales team and continue to develop the high level of customer service that people have come to expect.

“I’m grateful to Wolsey Volkswagen for giving me this opportunity to develop my career.”

Tim Hargraves, brand manager for Wolsey Volkswagen, said: “David is very ambitious and has already demonstrated a superb track record during his time at Wolsey.

“We believe he will make a significant impact on the team and customers during this challenging time in the automotive industry.”

Picture caption: l-r Wolsey Volkswagen’s brand manager, Tim Hargraves welcomes new sales manager, David Cooper.

For more information contact Sue Foster on 01902 714 957 or

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Higgs helps TSI move in the right direction

Law firm Higgs & Sons has helped one of the region’s leading freight businesses expand its operation even further.

The corporate team at Higgs & Sons, led by Nick Taylor, partner and head of department, has advised TS International Freight Forwarders Limited, the Telford-based international logistics company, to expand with a new depot in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

The new transport depot will provide TSI with the ability to reach a larger customer base both nationally and internationally. TSI managing director, Tim Pryce explains: “This is a really positive step for our business. We have worked with Nick and his team at Higgs since our management buyout in April 2008 and it’s great to work with them again on such a positive move.”
Nick Taylor said of the latest acquisition: “Higgs is delighted to continue to advise TSI and this new operations base for the business will help increase its market share and continue the development of the business.”

Higgs & Sons’ corporate team, under the leadership of Nick Taylor, continues to go from strength to strength. The department now boasts 10 solicitors.

TSI has its headquarters in Telford and employs 64 people.

LPG Boost for High Performance Vehicles

There is a commonly held view that running a car on LPG can reduce acceleration and power. But try telling that to one of the UK’s quickest drivers, British Touring Car Championship star Tom Onslow-Cole, who, with the help of Calor has set the record straight once and for all.

Leading LPG supplier Calor has always acknowledged the benefits of Autogas LPG for high performance cars, but now the theory has really been put to the test. Working together with Approved Installers Prins, Calor has converted a 2 litre Honda Civic Type R to run on Autogas with fantastic results.

Tom Onslow-Cole, who is often seen on the BTCC podium, took the Type R for a spin on the race track, with amazing results.

Tom said: “I was taken aback by the performance of the converted Type R. It handled superbly as you’d expect, but the response of the engine increased.

“The overall performance of the car was better and more powerful, making it a far better track car than I could have imagined. I was really impressed with the car, which was extremely quick around the track. ”

Not only has the performance of the Honda improved, it has been consistently delivering combined consumption figures of 28 mpg when running on LPG. Compared to the manufacturer’s quoted combined figure of 31mpg for its unmodified version, and given that LPG is currently retailing at under half the price of petrol*, the converted Honda has delivered a saving of over 42 per cent, without any noticeable changes to its performance.

Click here to see a video of Calor's LPG Honda in action trackside