Sponsor Link Special: IAAF Annual Award sponsors

The following companies have generously sponsored the 2019 IAAF Annual Awards:

Car Distributor of the Year Award
Denso Aftermarket

Winners of the Car Distributor Award, Autosupplies (Chestefield) being presented with their award by Martin Pring of Denso Aftermarket








Car Supplier of the Year Award
Elcome Ltd.

Winners of the Car Supplier Award, MAHLE Aftermarket, receiving their award from Tim Entwistle of Elcome Ltd.








CV Distributor of the Year Award
Eminox Ltd.

Winners of the CV Distributor Award, Robert Carter (MF), receiving their award from Neil Koston of Eminox Ltd.







CV Supplier of the Year Award
Boswell Aftermarket

Winners of the CV Supplier Award, First Line, receiving their award from Ashley Minors of Boswell Aftermarket







Service Supplier of the Year Award
Fil Filters Ltd.




Winners of the Service Suppllier of the Year Award, Whocanfixmycar.com, receiving their award from Sean Barnie of Fil Filters







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The Brexit Deal explained

On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, to fulfil the decision taken by the British people. To help the British public and businesses understand what the deal will deliver, the Government has launched the ‘Brexit Deal Explained’ website.

This website explains the Withdrawal Agreement, which sets out the terms of the UK’s smooth and orderly exit from the European Union, and the Political Declaration, which sets out a framework for the UK’s ambitious future relationship with the European Union that delivers in our national interest.

Here you can find out what the Brexit deal means for:

• Economy
• Jobs
• Security
• Free trade
• Businesses
• Borders

To visit the website and see the information provided, CLICK HERE.

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New £23m scrappage scheme for vans to prepare for ULEZ

A new £23 million scrappage scheme to help take the most polluting vans off London roads has been launched to prepare for the ultra-ow emission zone (ULEZ).

The scheme, announced by the Mayor of London, will initially help London’s micro-businesses – defined as those with fewer than 10 employees – to switch to the cleanest vehicles, including electric.

It is planned to be in place ahead of the introduction of London’s new central London ULEZ, which from April 8 2019 will bring in charges for vehicles which do not meet stricter emission standards that apply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Diesel vans, which do not meet the latest Euro 6 standard, will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in central London.

Under the City Hall scheme, funding would be available to scrap vans that do not comply with the new ULEZ standards, but which are driven into the ULEZ zone regularly, helping thousands of micro-business owners update their vehicles.

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has asked officials at Transport for London (TfL) to work out how the money could be spent most effectively, and further details of the scheme will be available next year.

However, as well as announcing his own City Hall fund, Khan wants the Government to match his ambition.

He has asked ministers to match-fund London’s proposed scrappage scheme with £23m of Government money, funded either from the £245m National Clean Air Fund or from underspend on Highways England’s £75m air quality fund.

Khan, said: “It’s not good enough to do nothing, and I’m determined to take real action which is why I’ve already delivered the toxicity charge in central London for the oldest polluting vehicles, cleaned up our bus fleet, and brought forward the ultra-low Emission Zone. My scrappage scheme is my next step in tackling pollution.”

The support for fleets offered by Khan is supported Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation. He said: “Vans criss-cross the capital making journeys that are crucial for London’s economy. They are likely to cover more miles per day than a car simply driving to and from a single place of work. Helping smaller businesses, with limited cash flow, trade up to newer cleaner vehicles faster than they could do otherwise makes sense.”

Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), added: “It is great that the Mayor is providing extra financial support for upgrading vans, which are an essential tool for so many SME’s operating in London.

“The BVRLA and its members look forward to working with the GLA on its plans to remove older, more polluting vans from London’s roads.

“Vehicle rental and car clubs will also play a vital role in helping businesses and individuals make the shift to cleaner, ULEZ-compliant motoring from April 2019.”

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Useful information on intellectual property (IP) rights for UK businesses including enforcement of IP rights at the UK and EU borders and support for UK businesses trading abroad

EU procedures on customs enforcement of IP rights at the external border
Notice 34 explains how the UK operates the EU procedures on customs enforcement of IP rights at the external border. It includes how to apply for an Application for Action (AFA).

The notice also provides information on UK legislation regarding facilitating action against grey market goods, also known as ‘parallel trade’ goods.

Intellectual Property protection abroad
The country guides developed by the IPO provide tailored IP information on key international markets.

These guides explain about IP in general, and give guidance on how to apply these principles in the key markets throughout the world. They describe the issues you may face with IP infringement, offer advice on how you can effectively tackle these, and provides links to sources of further help.

Facts on the future of intellectual property laws following the decision that the UK will leave the EU
The guide includes technical notices on intellectual property published on 24 September 2018 regarding trade marks, designs, patents, copyright and exhaustion of rights in case of a no deal scenario.

If you have any questions or have IP enforcement issues you wish to discuss with the IPO please email [email protected]

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News from Alliance Automotive

AAG UK has recently announced the completion of its acquisition of FMS Autoparts Ltd., an existing member of GROUPAUTO based in Scunthorpe. The business was established since 1987 and moved in 2000 to a brand new purpose built warehouse on a site covering 10,000 square feet.

Foley Auto Services’ customer wins the car in the AutoCare Winter Giveaway!

Gail Stephens could hardly believe her luck when Maria McCullough called her to say she had won the car in AutoCare’s WIN A CAR Giveaway. Gail who had visited Foley Auto Services in Hereford for a service was selected out of 22,186 competition entries to win the top prize, a brand-new Peugeot 2008 Allure. Gail has been a customer of Foley Autos for over 30 years, so garage owners Carl Thursfield and Dave Williams were particularly pleased to be able to hand over the keys to a very loyal customer. Carl Thursfield said, “We only received 28 entries in the competition, so we didn’t think we stood a chance of one of our customers winning the car, but we are over the moon that it was Gail. It just goes to show you don’t need hundreds of entries to get the winner.”

Also there to congratulate her was AutoCare Garage Network Manager Maria McCullough, Mike McIntyre Business Development Manager GROUPAUTO and Francis Jennings and Diane Davies from the garage’s GROUPAUTO parts distributor TM Factors, who are also based in Hereford.

Gail had her daughter to thank for winning the car, she said, “I wasn’t going to enter, it was my daughter who encouraged me to the day before the competition closed and I’m so glad I did. I have never had a brand-new car, so I am really going to treasure it. It’s the best Christmas present I have ever had.”

Maria McCullough added, “I can honestly say I never get tired of seeing a happy AutoCare customer drive away in their brand-new car courtesy of one of our competitions. Foley Auto Services are a great garage and we are very pleased it was their customer who won.

“Without question this was our biggest ever competition with over 22,000 motorists entering and the most garages taking part. We try and make promoting the competition as simple as possible for garages, we provide free printed marketing materials, as well as a complete digital pack for their website and social media sites. We also invest in Facebook advertising to help spread to word to the masses and that’s not to mention the fantastic prizes that are up for grabs, I just don’t understand why every garage are not involved.”

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Birmingham clean air zone charges published

Birmingham City Council has revealed that private cars, taxis and vans will pay £8 per day, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 per day, to enter the city’s clean air zone (CAZ).

The CAZ is due to be implemented from January 2020 and will cover all roads within the A4540 Middleway ring road, with vehicles not meeting nationally set engine emissions standards being charged to enter this area.

The business case, published by the council in the past few days, also updates the exemptions first proposed in September to support those most likely to be impacted by the proposals.

The measures include:

  • One-year exemptions for commercial vehicles such as coaches, vans and lorries registered within the zone. The exemption will only apply to two vehicles per company.
  • One-year exemptions for coaches, vans and lorries registered in the Birmingham area and travelling into the zone which have an existing finance agreement beyond 2020. Similarly, this will only apply to two vehicles per business.
  • Two-year exemptions for individuals with non-compliant vehicles registered inside the zone.
  • One-year exemptions to people with non-compliant vehicles who work within the zone and also satisfy the income threshold of £30,000 per year living within the CAZ and £20,000 living outside the restricted area.
  • A one-year exemption for visitors to key health services such as Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
  • Permanent exemptions for vans and minibuses providing ‘essential’ community and school transport services.

A number of other measures have also been included in the latest plan including mobility credit or a scrappage scheme for non-compliant car owners working within the zone. The scheme will also be available to residents in the wider West Midlands, allocated on a distance and income basis.

However, the council said that these measures would be dependent on funding from the Government of £68.7 million, consisting of £17.8m from the Implementation Fund for the delivery of signs, cameras and other infrastructure, and £50.8m from the Clean Air Fund for the mitigation measures.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is on a journey to cleaner air and the submission of this full business case is a hugely significant step forward on that journey.

“We are under no illusions that air pollution represents a major public health crisis in Birmingham, so we have worked long and hard to put together proposals for the clean air zone that we believe is required to deliver long-term health benefits to the city.

“At the same time, we fully recognise that these proposals will impact on individuals and businesses across the city and the wider West Midlands area, so we are now calling on the Government to provide the funding needed to help us support these people.”

The cabinet report, full business case and associated documents can be found here.

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IFA celebrate in style

December saw another great annual dinner for the IFA held at the Kimpton London Fitzroy Hotel in Russel Square.

Guests dined in the main banqueting hall, and were entertained by dance troop Diversity, followed by the Abba tribute band, Abbas Angels.

This years CV Awards were presented by Simon Smedley to the Supplier of the year winner Derick Rothwell from Fleetparts, with Universal Components coming in a close second.

Gary Kennett presented the Car Suppliers Award to joint winners KYB and Yuasa, with Andy Marpole and James Hylton collecting their awards. Apec came in a very close third.

The IFA were delighted to announce the winner of their Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Simon Smedley to his father Brian Smedley (Linings & Hoses). Brian, who is now 85 Years old, has been in the trade for 70 years.

Tim Whittaker Marketing Director added, ‘The IFA would like to extend a very big thank you to all our suppliers for their continued support, and for helping to contribute to a fantastic fund raising evening. A grand total of £10,000 has been raised for the charity ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’.  It would not have been possible to do this without them.’

Universal Components latest CV supplier to join IAAF

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed aftermarket wholesaler Universal Components UK Ltd (TVS ASL) to its swelling membership roster, as the latest commercial vehicle supplier to sign up and seize advantage of the raft of opportunities available to them as a member.

One of the leading suppliers of truck and trailer parts, Barnsley-based UC has an extensive aftermarket portfolio covering parts for lighting and electrical, axle, braking and mechanical, as well as consumables.

Originally named Kellett, the company was established in 1908 as manufacturer and repairer of laminated road springs. After recognising the market for non-original truck and trailer spares, the business focused on the distribution of replacement components for this growing sector of the market place. With its management team and dedicated staff, the firm transitioned from a manufacturer into a wholesale distribution company.

Following several acquisitions and changes, the organisation was later renamed Universal Components UK Ltd and became an independent operation, where today it is an active company that includes a thriving export business, selling to over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, supported by a staff of 130.

UC is now the largest distributor of quality aftermarket parts ranging from body to engine, largely underpinned by a dedicated technical sales team both externally and internally supporting the UK’s commercial vehicle independent factors.

UC can now start benefitting from a raft of membership perks including a range of lifestyle protection plans, ADR cover and HR Lite, a new, free service designed to assist employers with legal matters relating to Employment Law, HR, Health & Safety and Data Protection. Alongside this, there is also the chance to attend the IAAF Annual Conference and Awards Dinner plus become actively involved in the many network meetings held across the year.

Dean Arnold, Managing Director of Universal Components UK, said: “Strategic changes in the CV sector requires UC to position itself in a more central, adaptable aftermarket role, and to have an up-to-date understanding of the legislative and regulation improvements, that will sustain a long-term strategy for the aftermarket sector.

“We’re looking forward to embracing our IAAF membership, offering mutual support as we strive forward into 2019 and the fresh challenges this will bring.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “It is very encouraging news to see so many CV specialists becoming part of the IAAF and seizing the benefits offered from such a fantastic membership package. With major issues expected to impact the industry as we head into 2019, it is important we have as much representation as possible from this key part of the aftermarket, so that the IAAF not only can offer its support but also hears what they have to say.”

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Exol Lubricants wins top industry award for best supplier

Exol, the UK’s leading independent lubricants company, has won the award for ‘CV Supplier of Excellence’ at the prestigious IAAF (Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation) Annual Award Ceremony 2018 held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes on 6 December.

IAAF CV Supplier Award Winners Exol Lubricants

The Wednesbury-based firm received the award in front of around 600 guests, with the result underlining Exol’s position as a leader in the industry. The outcome is particularly significant as the results were decided directly by aftermarket professionals with IAAF members voting for their preferred CV supplier on IAAF’s website: www.iaaf.co.uk.

The win tops off what has been another extremely busy, not to mention successful, year for Exol, after ploughing significant investment into the business, which has seen improvements at its South Yorkshire and Midlands sites, implementing new state of the art production facilities and lab equipment, as well as the enhancement of its export status.

The firm has also increased its infrastructure with a fleet expansion, thanks to the introduction of four next generation Scania trucks, to transport and deliver Exol products around the UK and Ireland to its growing customer base across a variety of sectors including agricultural, automotive, industrial, marine and rail.

Furthermore, the business has undergone its largest ever rebranding process which has brought significant changes to its product labelling and packaging, as well as a website re-launch, due to go live in early 2019.

Steve Dunn, Exol sales and marketing director, said: “We’re delighted to go one better than last year when Exol was shortlisted for the same award, to receive further recognition for all of the team’s hard work is fantastic. 2018 has been yet another busy year for the Exol team and we’re delighted that our hard work has paid off. For us to be acknowledged in this way by industry peers is extremely humbling.”

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This year’s Ben Ball raises £102,000 to support the people of the UK automotive industry

Hundreds of people from the automotive world gathered in London and helped raise £102,000 for Ben at its annual Christmas ball.

The money was raised during the Ben Ball, which took place at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, goes towards helping Ben continue its vital work supporting people from the automotive industry who face some of life’s toughest challenges.

Around 700 guests were hosted by Ben’s Chief Executive Zara Ross and President, Peter Johnson, for an evening of entertainment which included internationally acclaimed artists BJÖRN AGAIN performing the greatest hits of ABBA to the packed ballroom.

Zara Ross, Ben’s Chief Executive, said: “The Ben Ball is our most important event of the year. This is not only because it allows us to raise vital funds so we can continue to provide life-changing support for our automotive colleagues, but it also gives us an opportunity to further develop relationships with the industry. It also demonstrates how we work with businesses to support their people, the lifeblood of our industry.

“Thank you to everyone who has made this year’s Ben Ball so successful, we greatly appreciate your generous donations and support, all funds raised will help us to support our industry colleagues in need. I look forward to seeing you at the Ball next year.”

During the evening it was announced that Ben’s 2018 Industry Leader Challenge raised an impressive £215,755. The Lookers ‘Electric Charge’ involved Andy Bruce, CEO of vehicle retailer Lookers, and his team driving across the UK and Ireland in electric vehicles visiting every one of the company’s dealerships.

Andy passed on the Industry Leader Challenge baton to three senior industry leaders: Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director, Jon Wakefield; Tim Tozer, CEO of Allianz Partners UK and Ireland and Darren Guiver, Managing Director of Group 1 Automotive. All three will now take on the 2019 challenge of human endeavour to raise money for Ben – they will be cycling 166 miles down the Thames from source to sea on a self-propelled water bike.

These three individuals represent the three main industry sectors that Ben is focused on – vehicle brands, vehicle retail and ‘aftermarket, service and repair’ sectors. Ben will be releasing more news about next year’s Industry Leader Challenge over the coming months.

Speaking about this year’s challenge, Andy said: “We had so much fun taking part alongside so many Lookers colleagues, and at the same time managed to raise a significant sum of money that will help change the lives of people in our industry. Now that I have passed on the baton I hope our ILC successors enjoy it as much as we did and raise even more funds for a worthwhile cause. Please support them and give what you can.”

The total amount raised at the Ball on the evening was aided by a live auction that included a bevy of prizes generously donated by companies within the industry. The highest earner was a Volvo XC40 T4 SUV which achieved a winning bid of £44,000, followed by the Monte Carlo road rally prize which raised £22,000 and the Cowes Week Regatta Race trip courtesy of Sunsail which raised £3,800.

The Ben Ball is the organisation’s flagship fundraising event and Christmas Ball for the automotive industry, which highlights the vital work that Ben does. The event is a highlight of the automotive industry calendar and has been running since 1906, only stopping during the two world war periods.

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