Wednesday 22 December 2010


A survey has revealed that motorists would choose Cheryl Cole as their winter breakdown hero.

Goodyear teamed up with Mountain Rescue England and Wales to commission the research to reveal how motorists prepare and drive during the cold weather.

Results showed that 36% of drivers questioned would like Cheryl Cole to come to their rescue in the event of a breakdown with Robbie Williams polling as the top male celebrity choice.

However, Goodyear’s brand manager, Michelle Fisher, said that the results also showed a lack of awareness when it came to driving safely throughout the winter: “While our national survey in partnership with Mountain Rescue produced some fun results, it also shows areas of great concern.

“From those drivers questioned over 80% said they didn’t fit cold weather tyres, 11% said they carried out no basic vehicle safety checks and 47% didn’t carry a winter car kit containing essential items such as a snow shovel and fleece blanket.”

Michelle added: “It’s important that drivers know how best to prepare for the difficult driving conditions, as a little basic preparation can prevent incidents that require the help of breakdown and emergency services .”

Goodyear recommends motorists switch to cold weather tyres when temperatures drop below 7oC to improve car handling and braking performance. Goodyear’s award winning UltraGrip 7+ cold weather tyre delivers unparalleled control in hazardous winter conditions. Voted best cold weather tyre by a leading weekly car magazine, the tyre was tested and proven to stop six car lengths shorter than a conventional tyre on snow.

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An Aberdeen lollipop man has made the shortlist in Goodyear’s national search for the best unsung school safety hero.

Hector McKenzie, affectionately known as Hero Hector, was nominated by colleagues, pupils and parents from Ferryhill Primary School due to his extraordinary commitment to school safety.

Christine Dunhill, chairperson of Ferryhill Primary School’s parent council, said: “We nominated Hector because he has been tirelessly teaching road safety for nearly ten years outside our school in the rain, sleet, snow and sunshine.

“He participates in road safety activities with children from nursery and upwards. He brings his own warmth to the role, which is reflected in the wee presents he receives from the children and parents at this time of year. In addition, Hector has been pro-active in reminding impatient drivers around the school to be mindful of children at the beginning and end of school days.”

On making the national shortlist Hector said: “I’m thrilled to have made the shortlist. I’ve been the school’s lollipop man for about 20 years, so it’s lovely for the community to recognise my work in this way.”

Hector is now in with a chance of winning a set of Goodyear OptiGrip tyres for his car. Tyres that provide shorter braking distances in the wet by revealing new tread as it wears. For being shortlisted, he has already won high visibility jackets and a brightly coloured walking rope for the children at Ferryhill Primary School.

Michelle Fisher, brand manager at Goodyear, commented: “To hear about Hector’s work is simply an inspiration to us all. Road safety is an important message that needs to be communicated to children, especially when they are travelling to and from school. It’s encouraging to see so many individuals being recognised for their outstanding efforts and safety initiatives.”

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An Oldham retailer has been boosted by the appointment of a new senior manager to its team.

Paul Morton is Smith Knight Fay Volkswagen’s new service manager, taking control of the company’s growing service department.

The 32-year-old has worked in the north west motor industry since 1994, after starting his career as a technician apprentice. He was recently given the ‘Leading Lights’ award which recognises achievements by managers within the company.

Jason Chisnall, brand manager at Smith Knight Fay Volkswagen, is delighted with Paul’s appointment. He said: “Paul has vast experience with the Volkswagen brand and across the service sector of the business; his expertise is a valuable addition to the team in Oldham.

“The main focus will be to deliver consistently high levels of service to customers.”

During Paul’s automotive career he has successfully moved up the career ladder with a variety of manufacturers. His previous roles include technician, master technician, workshop controller and assistant service manager.

He said: “I am looking forward to the fresh challenge. The staff at Oldham are fantastic and I’m looking forward to working closely with them.

“There is a low staff turnover which provides a great platform for customers to build a rapport with staff and vice versa.”


A Basildon financial officer has made the shortlist in Goodyear’s national search for the best unsung school safety hero.

Pam Slingsby, affectionately known as tyre-less Pam, was nominated by colleagues, pupils and parents at Basildon Church of England Primary School due to her extraordinary commitment to school safety.

Paul Field, headmaster at Basildon Church of England Primary School, said: “We’ve nominated Pam because she has worked to create a safe environment for our children through her knowledge and application of health and safety procedures.

“She is meticulous in her organisation and constantly aware of the need to consider the correct safety provisions for school events and developments.”

Speaking of her nomination, Pam said: “A lot of the health and safety work devolved to me from our headmaster when I joined the school in 2004. It has become one of my favourite aspects of the job – so I’m delighted that the school has nominated me for this award.”

Pam is now in with a chance of winning a set of Goodyear OptiGrip tyres for her car. Tyres that provide shorter braking distances in the wet by revealing new tread as it wears. For being shortlisted, she has already won high visibility jackets and a brightly coloured walking rope for the children at Basildon Church of England Primary School.

Michelle Fisher, brand manager at Goodyear, commented: “To hear about Pam’s work is simply an inspiration to us all. Road safety is an important message that needs to be communicated to children, especially when they are travelling to and from school. It’s encouraging to see so many individuals being recognised for their outstanding efforts and safety initiatives.”

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A Portsmouth school site manager has made the shortlist in Goodyear’s national search for the best unsung school safety hero.

Steve Culver, affectionately known as super Steve, was nominated by colleagues, pupils and parents at Medina Primary School due to his extraordinary commitment to school safety.

Howard Payne, headmaster at Medina Primary School, said: “We’ve nominated Steve because of the superb dedication he’s displayed in a short space of time. During the winter he arrives early to ensure the pathways, which are very long, are safe and clear for pupils.

“He also ensures that the community events and activities held at the school premises after hours do not have an adverse effect on the safety of pupils. In the short time Steve’s been here, he’s made a real impact.”

Speaking of his nomination, Steve said: “I’m really pleased to have been nominated for this award as I get a lot of fulfilment from helping people, so it’s good to know other people get that feeling from the work I do.”

Steve is now in with a chance of winning a set of Goodyear OptiGrip tyres for his car. Tyres that provide shorter braking distances in the wet by revealing new tread as it wears. For being shortlisted, he has already won high visibility jackets and a brightly coloured walking rope for the children at Medina Primary School.

Michelle Fisher, brand manager at Goodyear, commented: “To hear about Steve’s work is simply an inspiration to us all. Road safety is an important message that needs to be communicated to children, especially when they are travelling to and from school. It’s encouraging to see so many individuals being recognised for their outstanding efforts and safety initiatives.”

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With the onset of winter, motorists are switching to cold weather tyres to experience the benefits of these specialist tyres.

According to leading tyre specialist Goodyear, sales of cold weather tyres have increased by a massive 521 per cent following last year’s harshest winter for 30 years.

The news will be a welcome announcement for the secretary of state for Transport, Philip Hammond MP, who revealed that Britain’s resilience to cope with winter driving conditions would be better if people switched to cold weather tyres.

With weather conditions set to deteriorate even further over the coming months, Goodyear believes that the experience of last winter had already proved invaluable for drivers.

Kate Rock, PR support manager for Goodyear said: “Our European neighbours already understand the importance of fitting specialist cold weather tyres and the UK is now catching up.

“Safety conscious motorists are already converting and many more are considering the fitment of cold weather tyres. However, as more drivers become aware, tyre retailers need to stock up in order to meet demand.”

Goodyear is encouraging drivers to change their tyres urgently as most of the UK has already experienced the first fall of snow and with temperatures failing to reach 7°C. It also believes that a planned change is preferable than an impulse purchase.

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A motoring specialist from Crewe is among the best in the country after reaching the national finals of the Volkswagen Service Qualification World Championship in Milton Keynes.

Master technician, Artur Ziminski (29) from Crewe Volkswagen achieved the prestigious final for the chance to represent the UK at the Volkswagen World Final.

Over 500 UK-based Volkswagen master technicians entered the preliminary rounds, but just five reached the national final.

For reaching the final and his contribution to the business, Crewe Volkswagen director, John Smyth, presented Artur with a revolutionary Tissot watch.

Artur, from Crewe, has worked at Crewe Volkswagen since 2006, and achieved master technician status in just three years this April; it usually takes about six years.

He said: “It is an honour to be recognised for the work you do everyday. Tension is always high during the contest so you really have to be focused so you can complete the assessments and series of practical tasks, but the adrenaline keeps you going.

“To be presented with my watch has capped off a brilliant year for me.”

Crewe Volkswagen’s brand manager, Ken Potter, said: “Everyone at the retailer is proud of the achievements of Artur.

“He has proved to be amongst the elite in his particular discipline in the UK and it proves the training programmes he has attended are worthwhile.
“Artur is a great role model for the technicians at Crewe and he is widely respected by everyone here.”

Artur received a finalist trophy, certificate and £150 worth of Virgin Leisure vouchers.

Matthew Barham, Volkswagen UK’s quality development manager said: “Artur did exceptionally well to get to the final against some very good master technicians.

“He may not have claimed the UK title on this occasion but to be one of the top five master technicians in the UK is an excellent achievement and something he should be very proud of.”

Tuesday 21 December 2010

Privacy clauses can prevent social network heartache

Couples preparing pre nuptial and cohabitation agreements should consider including a privacy clause to prevent separation announcements being published on social networking sites, according to a leading regional law firm.

Higgs & Sons, based on the Waterfront in Brierley Hill, issued the call after cricketer Shane Warne and actress Liz Hurley were caught exchanging flirtatious messages on Twitter – which then led to both celebrities announcing the end of their respective marriages on the same site.

But the leading law firm is reporting that social networking disputes are becoming a common occurrence amongst the general public.

Philip Barnsley, head of Higgs & Sons’ family department said: “We are currently dealing with a number of clients who are complaining about their former spouses using social networking sites to criticise them - and in some cases their new partners.”

The main point of concern with social network disputes is how easy it is for children to view damaging information about their parents’ marriage.

Philip added: “Sometimes information that is published online can be viewed by young children and cause a lot of distress. It’s obviously not in the best interests of a child to become involved in the breakdown of a marriage.

“So as we see more and more pre nuptial and cohabitation agreements, there is nothing to stop clients inserting a privacy clause to prevent their partners or spouses from publishing sensitive information like this on social networking sites.”

For more information about marital agreements and litigation, please contact Higgs & Sons on 0845 111 5050.

Friday 17 December 2010


A North Lincolnshire motorist is advising fellow drivers to shop around for the best deal on car servicing after making a surprising discovery.

John Bishop from Kirmington was so concerned by the latest quote from his independent car servicing garage, he set about finding a better deal.

After gathering a number of quotes for his Volkswagen Jetta’s service, John was shocked to discover his local independent was one of the most expensive outlets for his car’s service.

He said: “Like many people I assumed my local independent garage was the best place to get my car serviced.

“I thought the price quoted was quite high so shopped around Grimsby, including my local Volkswagen retailer, F Cross.

“Remarkably F Cross was over 25 per cent cheaper than the independent I’d been using for many years, and includes a free MOT, discount on my next service and a valet.”
John has been so impressed with F Cross he’s allowing his experience to be used in the Volkswagen retailer’s Fixed Price Servicing advertising campaign.

Nick Giddings, brand director at F Cross, said: “John’s experience is not uncommon, as people often think franchised retailers are more expensive and low on customer service.

“With Volkswagen’s new fixed price servicing programme we now have clear and transparent menu of costs so customers can choose where to spend their hard earned money.”

Thursday 16 December 2010


Two members of staff from an Altrincham retailer have raised thousands for charity after completing a coast-to-coast bike ride with friends.

Steve Bradin, a sales controller, and Tom Carrol, a sales executive, from Gilbert Lawton Volkswagen completed the 131 mile trek from Whitehaven to Sunderland, raising £2,675 for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.

Reflecting on the journey, Bradin thanked his supporters and highlighted the difference that the money raised would make.

“I want to say a big thank you to everybody who sponsored me and Tom for the coast-to-coast bike ride.
“We managed to raise a huge amount of money and this will make a massive difference to a lot of people’s lives.”

The pair embarked on the journey after Tom’s mother, Kathleen Carroll, recently died from cancer.

Fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, Grace Higgins, spoke of how the funds raised will go a long way to sustaining the costs of specialist nurses.

She said: “This type of fundraising is vital to us - £2,675 will go a long way to support other families that are affected by cancer.

“It costs £191 to fund a Macmillan nurse for one day - Steve and Tom’s efforts could pay for fourteen days, helping families deal with cancer.”


Three motoring specialists have been recognised as the best in their field after defeating over 1,000 individuals to get a place in the national finals of the Volkswagen Service Qualification World Championship.

Service advisors, Kate Thomas (26) and Donna Sillence (30) and master technician, Julian Durrant (38) successfully completed a series of assessments to reach the prestigious final.

The dedicated three, all from the same Volkswagen motor group, represented 20% of the elite group of specialists at the tightly-contested UK final.

Kate, from Rougham has worked at Northgate Volkswagen for the past five years and has reached the UK final for last three years. Julian from Wickham Skeith and Donna from Ipswich have each gained over 12 years experience at Barnards Volkswagen in Stowmarket.

To have the chance to represent the UK at the Volkswagen World championship Kate and Donna had to complete a series of intensive on the spot product knowledge assessments and role plays. In addition Julian, being one of only five master technicians, had to complete four practical tasks, closely watched by the judges.

Kate, said: “Having been there before I knew what to expect but this does not help with the nerves on the day. It is very intensive but an enjoyable experience.”

Brand managers Robert Rolfe from Northgate Volkswagen and Gary Halestrap from Barnards Volkswagen were delighted to have such a strong presence on the day.

Gary, said: “ This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to their hard work and dedication.

“They may not have claimed the UK title on this occasion but to be one of the top five master technicians and top 10 service advisors in the UK is an excellent achievement and something that they should all be very proud of.”

All three received a finalist trophy, certificate and £150 worth of Virgin Leisure vouchers.

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Wednesday 15 December 2010


Coventry Ricoh Stadium 2010: Over 800 dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals came together to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in the office products market at Spicers brand new Everything for the Office Show 8th – 9th December 2010.

uni-ball made a striking impression on show attendees with the Jetstream 101 circus themed promotion and on stand demonstrations of their new products listed in Spicers for 2011 - Jetstream 101 and Power Tank Eco.

The opening day culminated in a formal gala dinner with the first ‘Everything for the Office Awards’ celebrating the best innovations in products and services.

The New product award: Traditional stationery category was won by uni Mitsubishi for the Jetstream 101 pen.

Stuart Barker, marketing manager for uni Mitsubishi, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win the accolade for this new product. The product was launched in September of this year, to cater for a market requirement; a smooth writing, value for money and quality branded writing instrument, and in the current economical climate this pen caters for the demands of office life and office budgets.

“The Jetstream 101 has been launched to compliment the other products in the range, being more of an entry level product to satisfy the current needs of the market.”

Amanda Murray, dealer marketing manager at Spicers, said: “We were thrilled that the uni Mitsubishi Jetstream 101 won the New Product award for Traditional Stationery. uni Mitsubishi came up against some tough competition within this category, but the defining features of the product shone through.

“The judges were very keen on how uni Mitsubishi had responded to market conditions, the price point was just right for this entry level product. In addition, it was felt that the product really delivered on promise, it was quick drying, wrote smoothly and really reduced the risk of smudging. Well done uni Mitsubishi, the Jetstream 101 is a fantastic product!’”

The Jetstream product range consists of five types of pens, Jetstream Premier, Jetstream SX-210, Jetstream RT, Jetstream Sport and now the Jetstream 101. The retail pricing varies from £6.99 - £1.00 for the new Jetstream 101.

The unique characteristic of this pen range is the use of the uni Super Ink.

uni Super Ink means that the ink is not only water resistant, UV resistant, chemical resistant, tamper proof, it also allows the user to achieve smooth writing and because the ink dries in a flash it’s ideal for left hand writers and note takers; making this pen suited to the office environment.

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A Guildford company has been on a recruitment drive to help manage a significant increase in business in 2010.

Colbornes Volkswagen Van Centre has employed three new technicians and a sales executive after an increase of 38 per cent in sales this year.

The company isn’t ruling out further staff increases in 2011 to meet the growing needs of the business.

Gareth Jones from Send, Alex Jones from Brookwood and Steve Fitzgerald from Fleet are the new technicians, joining experience sales executive Julian Booth from Aldershot at the van centre.

Steve Cass, brand manager at Colbornes Volkswagen Van Centre, said: “Julian’s superb track record and understanding of customers’ needs makes him a great addition to help continue the positive direction of the sales team.

“Gareth, Alex and Steve will enable the service area to cope with any further increase in business and bring with them vital experience of the Volkswagen brand.

“All four have settled in very quickly and it feels like they’ve been with Colbornes for a long time.

“The new team will help drive the business forward, making sure customers are offered the right service and advice, whatever their reason for visiting or getting in touch.”


A girl’s football team is celebrating after securing a hat-trick of sponsorship deals.

Mardy Tigers under 14s, 16s and 18s will be sponsored by Merthyr Tydfil’s Capitol Volkswagen

The deal concludes a successful year for the club after the under 16’s, won the Girl’s Welsh Cup.

As part of the sponsorship deal the Volkswagen retailer on Pentrebach Road in the town, supplied all three teams with tracksuits to wear on match days.

Wayne Jeremiah Mardy Tigers coach and secretary said: “It is fantastic to have secured sponsorship from Capitol Volkswagen. We are looking forward to continuing our recent success as way of thanking Capitol.

“The sponsorship enables the girls to have a team.”

Capitol Volkswagen’s brand manager, Gareth Cleverly said: “We are thrilled we can support the Mardy Tigers.”

“All the girls had a fantastic season and put in a lot of time and effort. Many staff watch the teams and cheered the girls to their recent victory.”


A Manchester van centre is celebrating as two of its staff joined an exclusive club after being recognised for their outstanding services to the automotive industry.

Rob Brown and Peter Davies were presented with Volkswagen Gold Pins for exceptional and long service to the brand, at a recent ceremony in London.

The Volkswagen Gold Pin is the highest international accolade given by the brand to individuals. Only about 20 people are awarded the award each year.

The duo have together served almost 50 years with Volkswagen with many spent at the brand’s Manchester Van Centre in Trafford Park.
Rob (48) from Stockport is the sales manager, while Peter (55) from Baguley is the retailer’s highest qualified technician.

“I’m thrilled to have been awarded a Gold Pin, it’s a huge honour,” said Rob. “I’ve achieved many things in my career but this tops them all.”

Peter added: “I thoroughly enjoy my job and couldn’t of achieved this without the support of my colleagues.”

The van centre’s head of business, Jim Hobson, said: “To have two members of staff awarded a Gold Pin in the same year is exceptional, my congratulations goes to both Rob and Peter. It shows we have the highest standard of staff in Manchester.”

Chris Craft, director at Volkswagen UK, said: “Rob and Peter thoroughly deserve their awards after providing invaluable service to the Volkswagen brand.

“Positive attitude and support of Volkswagen standards is an inspiration to all staff at Manchester and is demonstrated with the award of the Gold Pin.”

Tuesday 14 December 2010


One of Gloucestershire’s biggest companies celebrated the delivery of its 200th vehicle, by giving it a bespoke paint pattern.

Electrical contractor Clarkson Evans was presented with the eye-catching Volkswagen Transporter T5 recently, by local firm Cheltenham Volkswagen Van Centre.

The vehicle is a significant landmark for both companies as the van centre has supplied all 200 vehicles.

Steve Evans, founder and managing director of Clarkson Evans, said: “The company always looks for quality and reliability when purchasing products and in the Volkswagen vans and Cheltenham Volkswagen Van Centre we’ve found both.

“We’re very loyal to staff and companies we work with, which is why we’ve now reached our 200th van.

“As we cover a large part of the country the vans are vital as they transport equipment to and from sites in the most cost-effective way.”Clarkson Evans’ fleet is exclusively Volkswagen and numbers almost 100 vans, either Caddy or Transporter.

The company, which wires about ten per cent of new homes in the UK, is looking at ways of celebrating its 30th birthday in 2011.

Steve added: “As a company we’re hoping to reach 300 employees by our 30th birthday, with many coming through our apprenticeship programme.

“Depending on the feedback of this vehicle, another custom-painted van could mark that milestone.”

John Seddon, head of business at Cheltenham Volkswagen Van Centre, said: “Steve and the team at Clarkson Evans are a fantastic company to deal with and we’re delighted to have reached this significant milestone.

“Everyone at the van centre is please to be associated with such a high profile local company.

“The van is certainly eye-catching and wherever it goes I’m sure people’s heads will turn.”

Monday 13 December 2010


A Sheffield van centre is getting behind the Cash for Kids Christmas Appeal by providing an alternative Santa sledge to help collect its Christmas gift donations.

Gilder Van Centre has supplied a brightly coloured Volkswagen Crafter van to collect and deliver the thousands of gifts South Yorkshire residents are generously giving to less fortunate local children so they receive a present on Christmas day.

So far this year, 2,952 children have benefited from the Cash for Kids donations totalling £103,320 worth of gifts.

The appeal hopes this early success will encourage more people to leave a gift at any Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Tesco or one of the drop-off points. All gifts are given to local youngsters who would otherwise go without at Christmas.

Charity manager, Katy Winterschladen is delighted with its success so far.

She said: “We rely so much on the generosity of the public and local businesses to help make this appeal a success.

“Sadly there are many children in our area whose circumstances and living conditions mean that they would otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas day. We work closely with social services and organisations to ensure the gifts and donations we receive are going to the right children.

“We aim to help over 8,000 children so managing all the gifts is impossible without the support of Gilder Van Centre, our volunteers and sponsors.”

David May, head of business at Gilder Van Centre said: “It is heartbreaking to hear that children are suffering and for it to be on your own door step is even more tragic.

“Therefore we are more than happy to get behind this appeal and help Christmas sparkle for more children in our area.”

All gifts must be donated by Friday, December 17 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

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Derby County’s mascot, Rammie, visited a Volkswagen van centre on Ashbourne Road to accept an early Christmas present which will help support his growing number of public appearances.

Imperial Commercials Van Centre has given Rammie its first brand new Caddy van to replace his older model, as part of its two-year sponsorship with Derby County Football Club.

The brightly coloured van enables the Derby County star to attend a host of school, charity and local events throughout the year in addition to birthdays and weddings. The spacious new Caddy provides enough room to transport his inflatable goal and equipment.

Derby County CEO and president, Tom Glick, said: “This is the first time we have received such a sponsorship and the partnership with Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Van Centre has proved to be indispensable for Rammie.

“We were delighted with our previous Caddy but the new model certainly looks stylish and its new features make it even more enjoyable for Rammie to drive.

“We feel very privileged and proud to be one of the first new Caddy drivers on Derby roads.”

Matthew Lawrenson, regional director of Imperial Commercials said: “The new Volkswagen Caddy has had an exterior facelift and due its energy efficient BlueMotion technology it will signify reduced running costs.

“We are delighted to strengthen our support with Derby County and look forward to seeing the stylish new Rammie on the road.”

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

Friday 3 December 2010


A Brigham apprentice has been selected from hundreds of applicants to be part of a new Volkswagen motorsport team.

Robert Pammenton, who is learning his trade as a car technician at Workington Volkswagen retailer Walkingshaw, impressed judges with his knowledge of motor performance at a team selection day recently.

The process was extremely competitive, after Volkswagen receiving over 300 applications from apprentices all over the UK for just 12 positions.

The 18-year-old spoke of his delight at securing a prestigious place on the motorsport team, that will last for a year. He said: “I’m thrilled that I have this very rare opportunity to apply my knowledge and enthusiasm to motorsport

“I owe a great deal to Walkingshaw and Volkswagen, they’ve given me so much already with my apprenticeship and this feels like the icing on the cake – I’m so excited.”

Following his selection, Pammenton and his team-mates supported a Skoda Fabia rally car at an event in Worcestershire, where it performed rides, drives and public displays.

Walkingshaw’s brand manager, Andy Walkingshaw, said: “Robert has great passion about his job and his hard work has paid off by this reward.

“It’s great for the region to have a representative working for a national team and that Walkingshaw Volkswagen is training apprentices to the highest standard.”

Now half-way through his three-year apprenticeship course, the car enthusiast reaffirmed his desire to reach great heights as a motor technician.

Robert added: “This is the only job I have ever wanted to do. I’m building my knowledge base and experience all of the time and I’m determined to reach the very top of my profession.”

Eurovans keep football sponsorship on-side

A Crawley Van Centre has renewed its investment in the local community after confirming its partnership with Crawley Town Football Club.

Eurovans, based on Overdene Drive, is supporting Crawley Town’s youth team for a second season.

The Volkswagen Van Centre is providing the team with a seventeen seat minibus for transportation to training and match games.

Crawley Town’s chairman, Vic Marley, said: “We are delighted and privileged that Eurovans is continuing to sponsor the youth team for another season.

“Crawley Town is thriving at the top of the Blue Square Premier League and it is very pleasing to have the ongoing support of local businesses.”

Dealer principle of Eurovans, Edward Wright, said: “As a business we believe it is really important to invest in the community and support our home grown talent.

“We were more than happy to renew our sponsorship and help drive the success of the team’s training programme.”

The Crawley Town Youth Team was launched two years ago and works in conjunction with Central Sussex College. The team is required to attend the college to further their education and train at the club two days a week.


A Wrexham retailer is hosting a ‘Christmas Weekend’ by helping provide some festive cheer to youngsters at Hope House Children’s Hospice

To help make the event a success, Wrexham Volkswagen is asking people to buy an extra present while out shopping and drop it off to the Rhosrobin showroom on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December.

Families will be welcomed by Father Christmas and while he talks to children about their Christmas present wish list, parents can enjoy a mince pie and warm drink.

Alison Marsh, fundraising manager at Hope House Children’s Hospice, said: “The ‘Christmas Weekend’ is a fantastic idea and we hope many people come along to Wrexham Volkswagen, donate a gift and enjoy a mince pie.

“It costs £1.8m a year to run the Hospice and we rely almost entirely upon donations, as well as many generous individuals who fundraise on our behalf by organising incredible fundraising events across the region.

“Christmas is all about thinking of others, and what better way than to bring a smile to a child’s face by donating a present.”

Wrexham Volkswagen’s brand manager, Ben Gilbert, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help Hope House Children’s Hospice and trust many people can find the time to donate a gift.

“Staff at Wrexham Volkswagen will be donating a present and offering festive refreshments to keep people warm in the cold weather.”

Wrexham Volkswagen’s Rhosrobin showroom will host Father Christmas from 10am-4pm on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December.


Newport County FC fans are been asked to express their devotion to their team and be in with a chance of winning a season ticket, courtesy of Sinclair Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen retailer is launching a hunt to the find the most passionate football supporter and is asking fans to decorate their car with Newport County memorabilia to mark the arrival of Volkswagen’s new seven seat MPV, the Sharan.

Fans can send their pictures by email, twitter or deliver it in person to the Corporation Road showroom. All entries will be judged by Newport County players and Sinclair Volkswagen in Newport’s brand manager, Clive Hyde.

Clive said: “We are very excited and passionate about the Sharan’s arrival and felt this enthusiasm was echoed by the support Newport County fans give their team.

“Our only rule is that the vehicle must be legal to drive so visibility cannot be restricted.”

The spacious new Sharan comfortably seats seven passengers, with sliding side doors and features a range of standard safety equipment including ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).

It’s also kind on the environment; the MPV’s BlueMotion Technology and stop/start and battery regeneration systems help to lower emissions.

Entries can be emailed to or sent by twitter to @SinclairVW. Alternatively fans can deliver the pictures by hand to Sinclair Volkswagen on Corporation Road, Newport. The closing date for entries is 31st December 2010.

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

Business' service quality recieves national recognition

A Southport business is celebrating after being named one of the top UK Volkswagen retailers during a recent gala event at the company’s headquarters.

Corkills Volkswagen on Flyde Road was awarded ‘Retailer Excellence’ status at the Volkswagen Service Quality Awards for sales, service and parts. The company was only one of eight UK retailers to receive the award.

Volkswagen monitors all retailers ensuring all areas of the business are performing according to Volkswagen standards and targets. The scores on areas including sales and customer satisfaction are then added up to reveal the results.

Jeff Brogan, service manager at Corkills Southport, made the trip to the Wolfsburg Auto Museum to claim the award as the most improved small retailer and was treated to a Volkswagen Motorsport driving experience, exclusive factory tour and a stay in the luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Jeff said: “As a business, we are delighted to receive this recognition and be amongst the top eight retailers in the UK and top 100 in Europe.

“Our commitment to customer care is second to none and we pride ourselves on our involvement with each and every customer to ensure they are satisfied.
“We are continuing to improve all areas of the business and hope to achieve similar successes in the near future.”

Chris Craft, director of Volkswagen Group UK Ltd, said: “It is important retailers know how the different areas of their business are performing.
“To be awarded ‘Retailer Excellence’ status is a fantastic achievement.”

Thursday 2 December 2010

Eight new lawyers for Higgs & Sons

Leading Midlands law firm Higgs & Sons has appointed a further eight lawyers, as it gears up for more growth in 2011.

The largest growth area for the award-winning firm is in dispute resolution where the team is now boosted by three new lawyers including partner Tom Read, associate Carole Maddock and solicitor Laura Westwood who trained with the firm.

Department head, Julia Lowe, said that 2010 had proved to be a very successful year for the team. “It’s fantastic to welcome new talent to the firm and to retain lawyers upon qualification. The new appointments will add both strength and depth to the dispute resolution team and demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the growth of this practice area.”

Higgs & Sons’ private client team, which is one of the largest and most highly regarded practices in the region welcomes two new lawyers, Victoria Knight and Sarah Darby. Newly qualified solicitor Sarah trained with the firm.

Alongside Laura and Sarah, Higgs has also retained Oliver Ward-Jones upon qualification, to further strengthen the firm’s insolvency team.

Two other departments also welcome new lawyers. The commercial property team has appointed Lisa Craddock and personal injury sees Laura Dyke join the team.

Managing partner, Paul Hunt, says that the appointments are exciting developments for the firm: “A solid business strategy, excellent client care and a determination to make a difference to our clients has ensured that Higgs has continued to grow year on year.

“These latest appointments reflect our growth across the whole firm. We enjoy developing long-term relationships and recruit people who we know will deliver real value to our clients.”

Picture shows from left to right: Sarah Darby, Laura Dyke, Victoria Knight, Lisa Craddock, Oliver Ward Jones, Paul Hunt, Tom Read, Carole Maddock and Laura Westwood.


Californian artist, Robyn Geddes, who launched his career at Andy Warhol’s iconic art studio, The Factory, in New York has confirmed his first UK exhibition.
Robyn Geddes will display an exhibition of his recent works for sale at a Midlands Gallery from January 2011.

Weston Park’s Granary Art Gallery on the Shropshire Staffordshire border is the first UK gallery to feature the exhibition and is free to attend.

The protégé artist remained at Andy Warhol Enterprises Inc from 1978 to 1983 fostering his talent and experience and providing an ideal platform into the art world.

Geddes’ career continued to flourish as a publisher, curator and director for a assortment of prestigious New York galleries and collectors while collaborating with renowned artists such as, Malcolm Morley, Sam Gilliam and Robert Moscowitz.

Having exhibited on both the sides of the States, Geddes work also features in private collections of art collectors and dealers including that of John Cleese.
His current works have the subject matter of birds, often painted against a stridently coloured background, which is perhaps influenced by some of the colours which Warhol used, an opinion expressed by Gareth Williams, Curator to the Weston Park Foundation.

Gareth comments: “The importance of Geddes’ work and its heritage in the international art scene means that this exhibition offers a great opportunity for collectors to see and perhaps purchase some very special works.

“It is an absolute privilege to welcome Robyn who is the first transatlantic artist to exhibit at the Granary Art Gallery.”

Robyn Geddes selling exhibition features at the Granary Art Gallery at Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8LE from 11:00 to 16:00, Tuesday 4th January to Monday 31st January 2011.

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A 10-year-old youngster will see his comic book hero design brought to life on a Volkswagen Touran and received a year’s supply of cinema tickets for his efforts.

Lewis Panniers from Bridgend was announced as the winner of the Sinclair Volkswagen design a car competition which marked the launch of Volkswagen’s new MPVs, the Touran and Sharan.

Youngsters were challenged with creating an imaginative and colourful design based on their favourite comic book hero to celebrate the new family orientated vehicles.

Competition was tough as Clive Williams, Sinclair’s group operations manager explained.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received.

“Lewis’ design instantly captured our attention due to his creative use of characters and colours. Clearly he is talented and his passion for superhero’s were certainly evident in his design.

“We are delighted to introduce two new family cars to our range and felt a competition aimed at young people would be an excellent way to showcase their arrival.”

Lewis’ winning design will feature on Sinclair Volkswagen Cardiff’s demonstrator Touran and include the Batman and Superman emblems on the vehicles sides with a Captain America logo on the roof.

“We are expecting our striking new Touran to certainly make an impact on the streets and hope it brings smile to passerby and other motorists.”

The new Touran is the ultimate family hero, with endless adaptability and bags of space, the stylish 7-seater will suit any family’s needs. Plus, it is super efficient, doing up to 61.4 mpg.

For more information, please contact Sue Foster on 01902 714 957 or email