Exol Lubricants a finalist for 2018 Birmingham Post Business Awards

Exol, the UK’s biggest independent lubricants company, have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Export Award category for a second year running at this year’s Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018, in recognition of its excellent global customer service standard.

Birmingham Post Business Awards celebrate the best businesses in the region that have delivered business excellence for themselves, their staff and their customers, boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community.

The winners across 15 different categories, featuring both companies and individuals such as small business, entrepreneur and contribution to the community, will be decided by a judging panel and announced at an awards final on November 1, at the Birmingham ICC.

Last year, Exol was named runner-up for the Export Award, where it marked its achievement as the only business shortlisted in the category from the automotive, commercial, agricultural, industrial, off highway & rail sectors, further underlining its position as the UK’s No.1 independent lubricants company.

Exol has recently enhanced its approved export status, now increasing its export offering by supplying more than 40 countries worldwide, including Nigeria, Turkey, Iraq, China and Taiwan. The company has successfully extended its export business throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, appointing strategic partners in various countries.

Steve Dunn, Exol sales director, said: “We are delighted to have reached the final for this award for the second year running. We’ve worked hard to cement our position as one of the fastest growing lubricants companies, as well as one of the biggest exporters within the region. For this to be acknowledged again by such a highly esteemed publication as the Birmingham Post speaks volumes.”

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Driving in the EU after Brexit

Licence Bureau, which carries out driving licence checks, has warned UK drivers that their driving licences may not be valid in the European Union (EU) in the event of the nation exiting with no withdrawal agreement in place.

After March 2019 UK drivers looking to drive on business or pleasure in EU countries or looking to hire a car will need to be in possession of both a UK driving licence, and one or both of two different International Driving Permits (IDPs).

The warning from Licence Bureau follows the Department of Transport (DoT) publishing a detailed guidance document on the 13 September entitled ‘Driving in the EU if there’s no Brexit deal.’

‘It’s something businesses and individuals need to be aware of, to start thinking of developing contingency plans should the issue arise,’ explained Malcolm Maycock, managing director of Licence Bureau

According to the DoT, there are two types of IDP required by EU countries. Each is governed by a separate United Nations convention – one IDP is governed by the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic and the other is governed by the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

The IDP version required depends on which EU country you are visiting and whether it is party to the 1949 or the 1968 convention.

After 28 March 2019, a UK-issued 1968 convention IDP would be recognised in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland.

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CV manufacturing declines

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing declined moderately in August, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

3,685 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built in Britain last month, a -1.6 per cent fall year on year, representing 59 fewer vehicles. Production for the UK declined -3.4 per cent in the month, while export demand fell by just four units.

In the year-to-date, commercial vehicle manufacturing is down -2.9 per cent, impacted by a -12.7% drop in production for the home market, where business uncertainty and fluctuating buying cycles have influenced demand.

Overall, output continues to be driven by exports, up 3.1 per cent compared with the first eight months of 2017. More than 52,000 CVs have been built in Britain so far this year, with 65.9% destined for overseas customers.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, ‘August is typically a low-volume month for CV production so drawing conclusions from snapshot comparisons is not advised, especially considering the impact large fleet orders can have. With fluctuating buying cycles and business uncertainty continuing to affect the UK market, today’s figures once again underline our reliance on international trade – particularly with the EU. Therefore, it is imperative we maintain our beneficial trading arrangements with the EU and other key markets.’

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Hats on 4 Ben – World Mental Health Day

Hats on 4 Ben is taking place on 10th October 2018, World Mental Health Day.

The idea is simple, Ben asking everyone in the automotive industry wear a hat to work on 10th October and donate £2 to Ben to help keep their life-changing work running.

With your support, and the support of the rest of the automotive community, Ben can transform mental health support across the industry.

Every £2 donated will go back into providing the relevant help and support for those who work in the industry and their family dependents.

Mental health issues can impact anyone at any time, with 1 in 4 people affected each year.

Ben has seen a big increase in automotive industry people asking for help with their mental health each year so is focusing on raising awareness and support to help those who are struggling.

To find out more about what you can do, to donate and to learn of the work of Ben in this important area of health, CLICK HERE.

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IAAF Car Supplier of the Year Award

Nominees for the Car Supplier of the Year are:

Banner Batteries GB.
BM Catalysts.
Exol Lubricants.
GS Yuasa Battery Sales GB.
MAHLE Aftermarket.
Moove Lubricants.
National Autoparts.
NGK Spark Plugs UK.
Schaeffler Aftermarket UK.
SMP Europe.
Sogefi Filtration.
The Turbo Guy.
WAIglobal UK.

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IAAF Car Distributor of the Year Award

Nominees for the Car Distributor Award are:

CD Group, Mallusk.
Dingbro, Aberdeen.
EK Motor Factors, Lancaster.
General Traffic, Bolton.
LVW Automotive, Birkenhead.
Marathon Warehouse Distribution, London.
Melksham Motor Spares, Wiltshire.
Mill Autoquip, St. Austell.
Road & Rally Discount Accessories (RRD Automotive), Bolsover.
TM Factors, Hereford.

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