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Volkswagen Polo revealed as cheapest hatchback to maintain

An online car garage and repair marketplace has revealed that drivers could save considerable money if they opted for the small Volkswagen Polo over the larger Golf. The site analysed more than 300,000 data points to reveal which hatchback cars cost the most to maintain across three best-selling brands: Volkswagen, Vauxhall and Ford.


A site connecting car garages and repair centres with drivers in need of repairs, servicing and MOTs has released internal…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on September 13, 2018 at 9:07 — No Comments

Staying one step ahead in an age of rapid technological change

Staying one step ahead in an age of rapid technological change

By Claes-Peter Lindner, Field Marketing Advisor UKI and Nordics


The automotive industry today is more technology driven than ever. Cars are becoming smarter at an unprecedented rate, equipped with more sensors, processing power and even the ability to drive autonomously. As change continues at warp speed, one of the big factors affecting our industry will be…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on August 31, 2018 at 6:30 — No Comments

How to Store AdBlue

What is it?

AdBlue is the trade name for an aqueous solution of urea (technical name US32), commonly used as an additive in diesel powered vehicles together with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions which cause atmospheric pollution.

The combination of an SCR system with the injection of the AdBlue additive targets harmful NOx (nitrous oxides) which are a major cause of smog in many cities. NOx emissions can be a major problem…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on February 23, 2018 at 8:19 — No Comments

Which? Trusted Traders focus on: Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015

The Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM 2015) cover the management of health, safety and welfare when carrying out construction projects. Introduced in April 2015, the regulations directly affect you if you carry out any kind of construction project in a domestic setting.

“This could include the installation of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, repairs on a roof, building new extensions, conversions or any other kind of construction project where you are either a…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on March 29, 2016 at 13:15 — No Comments

Car Wash Owners- “Don’t Sit Back, Fight Back.”

I was recently contacted by Active Car Wash Supplies Ltd with some exciting news about the results they are seeing from the use of new Italian car wash chemicals from a company called Ma Fra that they are supplying into the UK Machine Car and Jet wash marketplace.

As part of their service and in addition to providing a  rebranding, reimaging and car wash relaunching service they also provide what they call a free ”car wash health check” to determine the performance…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on November 30, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Pole Sign Prices

Here in Devon the supermarkets seem to have agreed amongst themselves to remove all their roadside pricing from their pole signs, and in some cases remove the sign all together. Just wondered what scam they are trying to pull now, and is this happening in other areas.

Added by Dave Cliffe on November 1, 2015 at 22:33 — No Comments

Secure your business premises - and don’t give thieves easy ride



BREAK-INS are a constant threat and worry for retailers and shop owners. Stepping up security and taking just a few precautionary measurescan protect premises and stock without incurring major costs.




Added by Mark Bradshaw on October 22, 2015 at 16:40 — No Comments

How CCTV can have profound effect on crime prevention and detection



STEPPING up security can be a huge challenge for retailers and garage owners who have to balancethe need to install precautionary measures withoutincurring major costs.

While the bottom line is of paramount importance, especially with many retailers still recovering from one of the worst recessions in history, being raided by thieves and losing your entire stock can have devastating…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on October 22, 2015 at 16:11 — No Comments

Contactless Payments: A Revolution in Forecourts and Garages

BRITAIN’S forecourt traders have helped drive the 2015 revolution in contactless technology to more than £2.5 billion in the first half of this year, according to the UK Cards Association.


With high volumes of lower value transactions, the sector is now adopting “tap-and-go” as the quick and easy payment choice for countless customers.


Drivers refuelling petrol stations or picking up a coffee on the way to work are embracing the speed of…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on October 19, 2015 at 15:45 — No Comments

The Independent Forecourt Guide to Customer Service ~ with Social Media ~


Social media: Love it or hate it, it’s now a vital part of being – and staying – in business.


Blogging, tweeting, friend requests and fan pages are the lexicon of the modern world.


Instagram is all the rage. Facebook has over 1.4 billion users. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world and a blog is now the central hub for all your news.


All these web concepts have a single important element in…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on October 15, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Coal& wood supply in Devon & cornwall

Any shops or garages that would be interested in coal and wood prices in from and Cornwall please email or call 01736 787643

Added by Mark Semmens on August 24, 2015 at 21:03 — No Comments

About PRO-nounce media

So I guess the question you are asking is what is PROnounce? or more importantly what will it be?

At the moment we are in the development stage and so set to BETA and will remain so until all the  bugs are sorted out. Whilst  in BETA mode and for a stated minimum of six months there will be no charge to join or use our facility. That's good news for you, as some of the first to join you can get well ahead on followers, Claps and Content ratings which will be important later…


Added by Admin @ PRO-nounce on August 14, 2015 at 1:00 — No Comments

How to protect your forecourt during the summer months


Everyone seems to become a little more carefree during the summer months, and this is great news… if you’re a criminal. Many companies will have their resources stretched to the limit as staff take advantage of their annual leave allocation by venturing overseas. Whether you’re relying on other team members to take up the slack or you’ve decided to bring in some temporary cover, there’s a strong chance that security standards will slip.


Smaller businesses,…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on July 1, 2015 at 15:39 — No Comments

Fetching forecourts: 5 tips to boost your garage forecourt

Encouraging consumers to spend extra money in a garage can be challenging, because after all, the primary reason to visit a garage is to refuel your vehicle or to grab a bite to eat on-the-go. However, we’re increasingly seeing garage owners placing more emphasis on eye-catching window displays in order to showcase their wares.


Nowadays, consumers struggle to find the time to physically complete a weekly shop due to hectic schedules. While the majority of consumers…


Added by Mark Bradshaw on July 1, 2015 at 15:16 — No Comments

Landlords and tenants set to be affected by new energy performance rules

Independent forecourt owners and occupants could be caught out by changes to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations if they don’t act now, says Mark Frostick at Rapleys.


Currently, by law,a landlord must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place to market any property for rent. Evaluating everything from a building’s insulation to heating systems, the EPC rates a property from A (the most efficient) to G (least…


Added by Admin on May 28, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Ethanol Corrosion in Storage Tanks and its Prevention

Ethanol Corrosion in Storage Tanks

With the introduction of Ethanol into the fuels we use, as a method of reducing greenhouse gasses and to lower the use of carbon fuels commonly associated with road transport, there is an increasing need to protect storage tanks from the corrosion caused by these bio-fuels. Adding Ethanol to fuel provides a method of high octane for increased engine performance as well as the environmental and economic advantages that this type of fuel can…


Added by Paul Glister on February 23, 2015 at 16:04 — No Comments

Waste Oil & Fuel Collection

Oil Monster has been collecting waste oil across the UK for nearly 3 years.

In that time we have visited the length and breadth of the country.

With our timely response of waste oil collections being performed within 3 working days, customers across the UK have been disposing of their waste oil legally and compliantly. As we provide all waste consignment notes free of charge, there is no reason to not have your waste oil collected responsibly.

Our recycling facilities have…


Added by Nathan Pearson on February 23, 2015 at 11:44 — No Comments

Rethinking the gas station customer experience

The Brazilian oil company Petrobras needed to rethink the customer experience of their chain of gas stations - BR. Livework worked with them to re-design their entire customer experience ecosystem.

People don’t visit gas stations for fun

BR gas stations are everywhere in Brazil, with almost 8000 gas stations and more than 80,000 customer-facing employees around the country – redesigning the BR customer experience was a sizeable…


Added by Ben Reason on September 18, 2014 at 15:04 — No Comments

Previous edition of IFM 61 is available here

The latest edition of IFM 61 is now available please click on the cover shot to view.

Added by Mark Bradshaw on March 19, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Closing Down Sale - Reposted all gotta go

Due any time soon or when I can be bothered all our forecourt equipment for sale comprising of

1 x Gilbarco Highline ll fast flow high speed Diesel pump single hose

1 x Gilbarco Highline ll Quad four hose

1 x Gilbarco Highline ll Triple six hose

Doms controller box - isolating switch box - IM3010 Torex / Epson EPOS till unit

Old Gilbarco TS pump controller

Twin tank LPG rig and manual dispenser, out of test but only 1 test old (10 years)  2 X 2000…


Added by Dave Cliffe on April 3, 2013 at 20:36 — No Comments

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