Last chance to get Early Bird discount on IAAF Dinner places

Today, Friday 27th September, is the last chance for IAAF members to book places at this years event and qualify for the Early Bird discounts, so please complete and send in your forms to the IAAF Office to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for the 2019 event, which is again being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, have been coming in thick and fast over recent weeks and numbers are expected to reach last year’s sellout total. The event, the largest of its kind in the automotive aftermarket, is widely regarded as the industry’s premier networking event.

During the daytime, guests can attend an information-packed industry conference that covers all major issues affecting aftermarket businesses. This year’s keynote speaker is Richard Noble, the British entrepreneur who has achieved six world speed records, including breaking the sound barrier on land. In the evening 600+ aftermarket personnel will relax and network at the IAAF Annual Awards dinner, with entertainment provided by radio comedian and writer, Alfie Moore.

The DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes is situated in a convenient, central location that is easily accessible from across the country and has excellent transport links, as well as offering complimentary car parking.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for both the conference and the dinner and information is included with the brochure and booking form.

IAAF Reservation Form Rev 2019
Dinner Brochure
IAAF sponsorship details

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Sad news on the passing of Ed Pedder

It is with great sadness and regret we advise that Ed Pedder, a long-standing member of the IAAF CV Committee, passed away in hospital on the afternoon of Thursday the 12th September 2019. Ed had been taken seriously ill three weeks previously and everyone is deeply shocked by this news.

Ed will have been known to many people as he had worked in the aftermarket for over 30 years in a number of well known businesses. Most recently, Ed was the Business Development Manager for Carwood Motor Units, a position he had held since January 2014.

For all those who knew or had met Ed, he will be remembered for his honesty, integrity and trust, as well as his wealth of knowledge about the aftermarket. Ed was not only a consummate professional, but also a lovely man.  Those at Carwood have all lost a dear friend and colleague, and he will also be greatly missed by his many friends in the automotive sector. Many will recall him from his time at organisations such as Intertruck, Caterpillar Logistics, Unipart Automotive, Wabco and even earlier times at Bedford Trucks. Some may recall him from his roles as a key note speaker at conferences with his excellent presentation skills.

Ed’s funeral is being held at the Rainsbrook Crematorium, Ashlawn Road, Rugby CV22 5QQ at 11am on 9th October. If anyone would like to attend, could they please notify the IAAF Office so that we can advise the family of numbers.

All our thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife June, children and grandchildren at this most difficult time.

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Ben Charity Cricket Match (kindly sponsored by FPS Distribution)

The organisers were hoping for the best BEN Cricket Day yet, and it certainly didn’t disappoint…. The weather was great; the food was tasty; spirits were high and they had the highest number of cricketers to date.

This year there was a new format, the ECB have named ‘The Hundred’. There was some excellent cricket played, some fantastic hits, some superb catches and, not naming any names but some woeful missed catches too!! Retaining the title of Best Cricketer, was again Jon Alexander from FAI Automotive and the winning team for the second time in a row was FPS Distribution and Friends. They also managed to raise almost £6,000 for BEN, which is incredible, so a huge thank you goes out to everyone who made a donation. It is greatly appreciated and as Mel from BEN said on the day, “all your money really does help families within your industry to total health and wellbeing throughout your working and later life.”

Due to popular demand the BEN Cricket Day will be returning in June 2020, so if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Ben Stokes or Steven Smith, please look out for details in the New Year. A huge vote of thanks goes once again to Elliott Seal at Autoparts & Diagnostics and Emma Barrs for helping arrange the day, Dorridge Cricket Club for hosting the event, FPS Distribution for sponsoring the event, Mike Hemple for supplying the balls, Febi Bilstein Group for the equipment and everyone who attended, played and donated to this worthwhile charity.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Emma Barrs on 07488 393 003.

They look forward to seeing you next year…..

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Brexit preparedness workshops

Following on from previous information regarding the governments acceleration of Brexit preparations prior to 31st October, the DIT has now released a full list of the workshops being run across the country to help with the creation of business action plans.

Business are invited to join the DIT workshops in order to create a business plan and check what actions need to be taken to prepare for Brexit. These events will be particularly useful for businesses who are exporting to the EU.

You’ll leave the event with a personalised action plan to prepare your business for Brexit. Topics to be covered include, impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what you might need to speak to customers and employees about, among a range of other topics.

Please note these events are being organised by DIT’s English regional network. Similar support is being offered by the Welsh and Scottish governments. If you are based in Northern Ireland, you can find your nearest events here.

To sign up to your nearest event, go to the website and follow the link for your chosen venue.

The venues (arranged alphabetically) and dates are:

Aylesbury 25 October Northampton 8 October
Barnsley 15 October North Ferriby 17 October
Birmingham 15 October (am) Norwich 1 October
Birmingham 15 October (pm) Nottingham 16 October (am)
Bolton 24 October Nottingham 16 October (pm)
Bradford 21 October Oxford 10 October
Bridgwater 22 October Penrith 7 October
Chelmsford 2 October Poole (Bournemouth University) 9 October
Chester 21 October Poole (RNLI College) 14 October
Chesterfield 25 October Portsmouth 1 October
Colchester 23 October Preston 30 September
Corsham 23 October Redcar 15 October
Crawley 8 October Scarborough 1 October
Doncaster 15 October Sheffield 23 October
Eastbourne 23 October Shrewsbury 18 October
Ely 10 October Slough 24 October
Grimsby 17 October Stafford 9 October
Hatfield 9 October St Austell 15 October
Huddersfield 21 October Tadcaster 24 October
Knowsley 29 October Thetford 17 October
Leicester 23 October (am) Wakefield 24 October
Leicester 23 October (pm) WEBINARS 2 October
Lincoln 14 October (am) Wolverhampton 11 October (am)
Lincoln 14 October (pm) Wolverhampton 11 October (pm)
London 4 October Worcestershire 22 October (am)
Newcastle 9 October Worcestershire 22 October (pm)
New Forest 18 October York 1 October

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Ring finance director wins Yorkshire Deal of the Year

The awards recognise and celebrate exceptional financial leadership in the Yorkshire region from the past 12 months, with nine categories highlighting the best talent across a range of businesses and organisations.

Theresa, who was appointed as finance director at Ring in 2016, was shortlisted for her work on the recent acquisition of Ring by Osram, which was completed in May 2019.

Taking a central role in the deal, which began in 2017 and included gaining approval from the CMA, plus the integration work that has been carried out since the deal was completed, Theresa was a strong contender against
other leading professionals from the sector.

With the acquisition of Ring, Osram is strengthening its aftermarket business and offering customers access to a broader, complementary product range.

Both companies see the agreement as an opportunity for a successful
European cooperation.

Theresa has been integral in bringing the deal to a successful conclusion, ensuring that both companies can continue to grow and thrive in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Spencer comments: “The challenge posed by the Osram acquisition of Ring has been an exciting opportunity to develop my skills as both a Financial Director but also as a commercial and strategic leader.

“The successful completion of the deal and subsequent integration opens up new markets for Ring, as well as new product areas for Osram.

“I’m proud to have been involved in building a company that has proven valuable to a large multinational with a long and successful history.”

Spencer has worked across the UK with previous positions in Sheffield, Cambridge, London and Doncaster, allowing her to develop her financial skills and commercial acumen, both of which she believes are important for
those in financial leadership roles.

Theresa continues: “Both a changing business culture and an uncertain economic and political landscape have changed the role of the Finance Director over the past five years.

“Risk management is a critical part of the FD role and trying to prepare your business for a variety of high impact scenarios that are highly speculative is difficult, time consuming and potentially costly.

“In my experience, there has been a shift towards financial leaders playing a more commercial and strategic business role.

“An FD who has empathy for the trading side of a business can offer a unique perspective on strategic direction and investment opportunities.

“I feel there is increasing headroom for well-rounded financial directors, especially those with strong levels of emotional intelligence, to play a part in business leadership.”

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Euro Car Parts launches Ben charity partnership with colossal national challenge

Euro Car Parts has announced the launch of a year-long partnership with the automotive industry charity Ben, through a massive national relay challenge covering 2,500km across the country in just five days.

The #BringItOn4Ben challenge will kick off from the 30th September with Euro Car Parts Group staff walking, running or cycling either five, ten or twenty kilometres on five relay routes back to the T2 head office in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The routes will all start at a Euro Car Parts hub and cover each of its hubs across the UK.

Teams at the T2 facility are also in on the action, aiming to match the miles completed out in the network on gym bikes and treadmills.

To further add to the mileage count, Euro Car Parts Group CEO Andy Hamilton, and Trade SMR Director Anthony McAteer, will each take on 100km during the week, touching as many of the network’s branches and hubs as possible.

Andy said: “It was an easy decision to partner with Ben; their work with people in the automotive industry is widely recognised and one we’re keen to support. It’s a cause that’s very important to our team and their families and that’s why we’re so focused on coming together as a community to give something back to automotive industry.

“I’m incredibly proud so many of our colleagues have volunteered to get involved in our Ben Challenge. Whether they’re putting on their running shoes, hopping on a bike or volunteering their time to help us coordinate such a mammoth task, the entire Euro Car Parts team has come together for a great cause.”

Ben provides free and confidential advice and support, addressing the issues impacting peoples’ health and well-being, getting to the root cause of their problems and empowering them to make positive changes to get their life back on track. By working in partnership with automotive industry companies, Ben aims to support people through life’s challenges and build a stronger, more resilient automotive industry.

The money raised by Euro Car Parts will help Ben provide services like its free and confidential helpline, advice and interactive online tools, tailored one-on-one support, guidance on housing and debt, specialist counsellors and ongoing aftercare. Everyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry can access Ben’s tailored, holistic support, for themselves and their family dependents.

“We are thrilled to have Euro Car Parts on board and wish them all the best in this momentous first event,” said Matt Wiggington, Business Development Director, Ben. “The money raised will enable us to provide support services to people who are ill, have money problems, anxiety, depression, bereavement, loneliness and more. Together, we can provide life-changing support to the automotive community when the road ahead gets rough.”

If you would like to donate, please visit

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Africa Oil takes crown as Exol’s Export distributor of the year

Exol Lubricants, the UK’s largest independent lubricants blender, has announced that Africa Oil has become its Export Distributor of the Year 2018.

The award was presented to Nasser Houdrouge owner of Africa Oil by Exol’s Export Sales Manager Paul Eastwood and Exol Sales & Marketing Director Steve Dunn.

Africa Oil has the sole distribution rights for the Exol brand in the Ivory Coast. The company stocks and supplies Exol’s full range of premium quality lubricants exclusively across a number of sectors including commercial, plant, automotive and industrial.

Established in 2009 and based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa Oil is known for its excellent customer service, technical expertise and high-quality products. Operating its own fleet of vehicles ensures daily deliveries to customers all over the country.

Nasser Houdrouge owner of Africa Oil said: “We are overwhelmed to have won this award. When we started the business, we knew the key to succeeding was to offer a well-known European brand. As a result of extensive research, Exol came out on top. From our initial communication with the company, we were impressed by the responsiveness of its sales team. Exol has since naturally integrated into our company following the first orders and its lubricants range has been quickly taken up by our customers.”

“We have worked very hard to establish Exol in the market, promoting the brand’s undeniable quality and through the regular distribution of branded merchandise, including shirts, keychains, pens, USB sticks, notebook covers etc and promotional material sent to our customers for their own display purposes.”

Offering regular visits and the same benefits a UK customer experiences including 24hour response times to emails, full technical support and training, overseas customers are given peace of mind with the assurance that Exol is extremely easy to deal with globally.

Steve Dunn, Exol sales & marketing director, added: “Exol’s export growth continues and the brand is now supplied to more than 40 countries worldwide. It is clear there is a real appetite for a UK manufactured brand of the highest quality and in recent times, Exol has enhanced all areas of its branding from new packaging to website and product ranges.”

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Two hundred year-old firm snapped up by Tetrosyl

Tetrosyl, the largest manufacturer and supplier of car care products in Europe and the UK’s biggest independent oil blender, has acquired James Briggs, one of the North West’s oldest and largest consumer chemicals businesses for an undisclosed sum.

Bosses said the acquisition between Rochdale-based Tetrosyl, which owns brand including T-Cut and Carlube, and James Briggs, a £50m turnover consumer chemicals manufacturer, which employs around 300 people at two sites in Oldham, will ensure the longevity of the business.

The deal also sees private equity investor Endless, which acquired James Briggs in 2013, exit their investment after the conclusion of a successful turnaround of the company, which is led by CEO Paul Blackaby.

Peter Schofield, Tetrosyl Group Chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome the James Briggs business and the James Briggs team to the Tetrosyl family and are sure the combined business will have great success in the future.

“Tetrosyl leads the way in brand management with a combination of innovation, technology and design and James Briggs has many years of manufacturing experience and expertise. The strategic fit is exceptional.”

“The business is in excellent condition, has real momentum and Tetrosyl’s ownership will ensure the longevity of the business for our customers and suppliers, whilst the combination will create opportunity for our talented and valued employees.

“I would like to thank Endless, who are now exiting their investment, but have been hugely supportive of the business over the last few years”.

Tom Jack, partner in the Manchester office of private equity investor Endless, said: “We hope that joining forces with a business such as Tetrosyl is an exciting outcome for the loyal workforce at James Briggs.

“We would like to thank all the James Briggs team for their hard work and absolute dedication to quality, safety and customer care, and we wish them and Tetrosyl the very best of success as this historic business continues to go from strength to strength in the future.”

The combined group will have a turnover of more than £150m.

James Briggs and Endless were advised by Giles Chesher and Matt Canipa at law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

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Huge rise in theft of catalytic converters from cars

Drivers are being urged to be vigilant after a huge rise in the number of catalytic converters being stolen from cars.

Police in London say the number of thefts in the first six months of 2019 was 2,894, a 73% increase on the 1,674 stolen in the whole of 2018.

In Cambridgeshire, there were 61 reported thefts between June 20 and August 14, with 44 of these from Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius or Toyota Auris cars.

The catalytic converter is part of the car’s emissions control system and its value for recycling is the main attraction to thieves because they contain precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium.

The price of certain precious metals has soared in the past 18 months: palladium is now worth £1,300/oz, while rhodium goes for £4,000/oz, metals merchant FJ Church and Sons told the BBC.

Although there are 10,000 different types of converters, the cars that are most often targeted are hybrid vehicles.

Since hybrid cars have two power sources – electric and petrol or diesel – the catalytic converter is used less frequently to process pollutants.

The metals are less likely to corrode, meaning they are worth more and therefore more attractive to thieves.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary advises motorists to take the following precautions:

  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make theft more difficult.
  • Invest in a catalytic converter lock, which can be fitted retrospectively and physically locks the converter to the vehicle, thereby preventing a quick and easy removal.
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.
  • Mark your catalytic converter with a marking and registration system. This will not protect against theft, but will act as a deterrent and assist in returning property.
  • If you park on your driveway then consider purchasing a video doorbell and/or a driveway alarm to alert you to suspicious activity.

    Car manufacturers have also taken steps to protect catalytic converters from theft. Honda, for example, has fitted Accord and Jazz models from 2008 onwards with a tray under the car to make it harder for thieves to get at the catalytic converter.

In models from 2015 onwards, the catalytic converter has been placed within the engine bay, so a thief would need to disassemble the car to get at it.

Toyota has developed a Catloc device, which makes it harder for thieves to detach the catalytic converter from the bottom of the car. It has also reduced the prices of replacement catalytic converters and Catlocs to a level where Toyota GB does not make any profit from supplying them to customers. Its website adds: “We are urgently exploring new technical possibilities to deter criminals as well.”

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How to report a driver or their company to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you think they’re breaking safety rules

The DVSA has recently updated its guidance on reporting a lorry, bus or coach driver or the company running the vehicles (a ‘vehicle operator’) to DVSA if you think they’re breaking safety rules or conditions of their driving or operator licence.

This includes:

  • breaking drivers’ hours rules
  • overloading vehicles
  • using vehicles that are not safe to drive (unroadworthy)
  • using emission cheat devices
  • carrying dangerous or hazardous goods without permission
  • driving an excessively smoky lorry or bus

(There’s a different process to report other crime, such as suspected drink-driving, speeding and driving while disqualified.)

Report the driver or company
Contact DVSA to report the driver or company. You can do this anonymously or give your details.

You need to give as much information as possible about:

  • who is involved – for example, the driver or company name, or the vehicle
  • registration number (number plate)
  • what the driver or company is doing
  • where they’re doing it
  • when they’re doing it

DVSA intelligence unit
[email protected]
Telephone: 0800 030 4103
Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

Intelligence Unit
The Ellipse
Padley Road
Swansea SA1 8AN

Before you make your report
You can make a report anonymously – you do not have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.

Reporting something anonymously
If you call or write anonymously:

  • you will never be asked for your name or to provide contact details
  • your call will not be traced
  • you will not have to make a statement or be called as a witness
  • you will not have to appear in courtDepending on the incident you’re reporting, it might be possible for the driver or company to work out that you reported it – even if you report it anonymously.

If you do give your contact details
You can ask to remain anonymous if you give DVSA your contact details.

However, you might:

  • be contacted for more information
  • be asked to provide a statement
  • have to act as a witness and appear in court.

Read the privacy notice for reporting a lorry, bus or coach driver or company to find out more about how your details are stored and used.

What happens next
DVSA will review the information you sent. They will decide what to do next, which could include:

  • asking DVSA examiners to investigate the case
  • asking you for more information if you did not make the report anonymously
  • working with other government departments and agencies or the policeMake sure you stay safe
    For your own safety, do not:
  • tell anyone that you’ve given the information to DVSA
  • try to get more information about the offences you’ve reported or about any other criminal activity
  • encourage anyone to commit a crime so that you have more evidenceGetting feedback on what happened
    If you ask DVSA to give you feedback on what happened, you’ll get it when:
  • any investigation and criminal or other official proceedings have ended
  • a decision has been made if the person appeals against their verdict.

Please note, DVSA cannot give feedback on an ongoing case and criminal investigations can take time.

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