Brian Palmer has been diagnosing automotive issues, providing complete vehicle repair and offering bespoke advice for 42 years and opened The Pit Stop garage on Colchester Road between Colchester and Clacton in 2012. Now, the former HiQ franchisee has joined First Stop, which will reportedly provide him with the backing of a national franchise network, featuring new signage, branding, equipment and premium tyre availability.
On Friday 3 September Halfords unveiled its new retail concept at its recently refurbished Colchester branch. The new concept seeks to integrate the differing parts of the Halfords portfolio (including autocentres and mobile experts) and was hailed by CEO Graham Stapleton as “the future of Halfords”. As well as the Colchester pilot, the new concept will be trialled in two other locations.
Colchester-based Shaikly Motor Company has used garage management specialist TechMan to improve efficiency as the business expands. Established in 1977, the family run business has grown to be the largest independent Bosch car service, MOT and repair centre in Colchester, employing 22 members of staff.