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First Stop names Mark Widdows as retail manager

First Stop names Mark Widdows as retail manager

17th October 2019 | 0 Comments

First Stop has recruited Mark Widdows to the senior position of UK retail network manager after working with Goodyear Dunlop for 20 years, where he latterly served as national franchise manager for the HiQ network. The recruitment is seen as a statement of intent, as First Stop aims to grow its network and position itself as a major player in the fast-fit sector.

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ETEL continues to lead top 20 UK tyre retailers 2019

ETEL continues to lead top 20 UK tyre retailers 2019

1st May 2019 | 0 Comments

After years of expansion amongst the top 20 UK tyre retailers, the latest data shows that this trend peaked in 2017/2018 when the top 20 accounted for 2014 branches. The same 20 tyre retailers had 1980 branches between them in 2018/2019. And what’s more, the reorganisation of one retailer alone accounted for a 40-centre decline in branch count, with the overall figure remaining positive due to growth at other chains. Here Tyres & Accessories analyses the branch count data in the context of 10 years of comparable research.

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HiQ: 47% of centres achieve Gold Standard

HiQ: 47% of centres achieve Gold Standard

23rd April 2019 | 0 Comments

Via its Standards Programme, HiQ Tyres and Autocare aims to drive a high level of attention to detail in every aspect of the fast fit and automotive business. In order to verify the standards achieved by its franchisees, the fast-fit network audits all centres and awards top performers accordingly. This year, HiQ has awarded Gold Standards Awards to 47 per cent of its franchise centres throughout the UK.

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Goodyear acquires HiQ network south-east tyre retailer Weeting Tyres

Goodyear acquires HiQ network south-east tyre retailer Weeting Tyres

5th February 2019 | 0 Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK has acquired Weeting Tyres, a leading tyre retail company based in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, UK. The company operates four branches as a franchisee in Goodyear's HiQ autocare network - in Bury St Edmunds, Chelmsford, Ipswich & Kings Lynn - as well as one independent branch in Brandon, Suffolk, which also functions as its head office. The area served by the latter branch is described as having a high value car parc. All sites will become Goodyear’s equity operating under the HiQ brand following the completion of the acquisition.

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Goodyear, HiQ support Tyre Safety Month at Birmingham Business Park

Goodyear, HiQ support Tyre Safety Month at Birmingham Business Park

7th November 2018 | 0 Comments

Goodyear supported October’s Tyre Safety Month by checking the tyre treads of more than 850 vehicles on Birmingham Business Park, supported by local tyre and autocare centre, HiQ Easy Autos. A team of eight trained Goodyear and HiQ Easy Autos employees took to the car parks of several businesses on the park including Rolls Royce, Arval, Adecco and SSP to measure the tread depths on vehicles, leaving an advice leaflet on every car checked.

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HiQ nominated for Tyre Retailer of the Year

17th August 2018 | 0 Comments

HiQ Tyres and Autocare has been nominated for the 2018 Tyre Retailer of the Year award at the annual NTDA Tyre Industry Awards on 4 October. According to the company, key reasons for the nomination include the retailer’s strong digital strategy in 2018, levels of support functions available to all franchisees, community engagement and integration, and the ongoing charitable efforts supported by the entire network.

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Micheldever/Protyre moves up to fourth, Lodge Tyres jumps in retail rankings

Micheldever/Protyre moves up to fourth, Lodge Tyres jumps in retail rankings

26th June 2018 | 0 Comments

In last year’s ranking of the top tyre retailers in the UK, Tyres & Accessories predicted that the pace of change in the top 20 chains by branch count would result in some jostling for position. This has proved entirely accurate, as two major acquisitions have brought two of 2017’s top 20 into the fold of higher ranked companies, leading to both Micheldever/Protyre, leapfrogging HiQ into fourth place as predicted last year, and Lodge Tyre, into the top 10 from joint-14th last year, making significant jumps in this year’s table. Most other retailers have held relatively stable positions in terms of the number of stores, while our most recent additions to the table, Eden Tyres (15 stores) and Elite Garages (13) were identified as narrowly missing out on places last year.

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Three new HiQ centres open their doors

6th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The HiQ network has grown this month with the addition of three new centres – HiQ Oxford, HiQ Cardiff and HiQ Witney – on 1 December.

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Nikki McCluney joins Maxxis

Nikki McCluney joins Maxxis

12th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Maxxis, has announced the appointment of experience tyre industry marketeer, Nikki McCluney. As a HiQ Goodyear Dunlop alumni – and with over twenty years’ senior level marketing experience spanning retail, fast fit, fuel and light commercial vehicle, McCluney is tasked with raising awareness of the quality, performance and value offering of Maxxis products across passenger car, bicycle, motorcycle and specialist tyre markets. McCluney is also tasked with cultivating the existing UK dealer network and promoting the impressive profit margin opportunities available, and lifetime warranty offered on a majority of car tyres. Developing relations with existing and prospective overseas distribution partners in order to grow market share across Europe is also on the agenda.

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Gold accreditation for 36 HiQ outlets

Gold accreditation for 36 HiQ outlets

2nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

HiQ Tyres & Autocare has awarded its 36 highest performing franchise outlets ‘gold accreditation’ for their efforts in customer service. The centres – more than a third of all HiQ franchise outlets – received gold status following an assessment of all HiQ shops across the UK for service and overall standards.

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Protyre is fastest growing UK retail chain for 2nd straight year

Protyre is fastest growing UK retail chain for 2nd straight year

24th April 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 edition of Tyres & Accessories’ annual retail report shows that the overall number of branches controlled by the top 20 retail chains continues to grow. However, that is just part of the story and the data shows that there have actually been significant movements in every tier of the top 20. Perhaps the clearest observation is that Micheldever’s Protyre retail chain is once again the fastest growing in the UK – a title it claims in 2017 for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Goodyear’s HiQ franchise network is the top 20’s fastest faller – something that suggests the first changes in the make-up of the top five since we started tracking the UK retail landscape could take place before the year is out.

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Manchester tyre store PPM Autocare rebrands as HiQ West Gorton

Manchester tyre store PPM Autocare rebrands as HiQ West Gorton

22nd November 2016 | 0 Comments

HiQ has added Manchester tyre store PPM Autocare to its franchise network. The store, which has a good local reputation according to HiQ, will reopen as HiQ West Gorton. Commenting on the decision to move to the HiQ Network, workshop manager Phil Statham, said: “Having previously worked for HiQ I knew how PPM would fit well into the network. The level of support and communication we received prior to joining the HiQ network was excellent. It made the move to a HiQ branded store seamless. We are excited to see where the future takes us with HiQ.”

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HiQ adds Ruthin store to tyre retail franchise network

HiQ adds Ruthin store to tyre retail franchise network

11th November 2016 | 0 Comments

HiQ has added a new tyre retail outlet to its franchise network in Ruthin, North Wales. Previously known as Automark, the store will reopen as HiQ Ruthin. It brings 12 years of experience and an excellent reputation within its customer base to the network, HiQ states.

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Weeting Tyres’ Kings Lynn store joins HiQ franchise network

Weeting Tyres’ Kings Lynn store joins HiQ franchise network

8th November 2016 | 0 Comments

HiQ has boosted its franchise network in East Anglia, adding a new Kings Lynn store. The site, formerly part of Weeting Tyres, will reopen as HiQ Kings Lynn; Weeting Tyres is a long-time partner of HiQ, with several stores already part of the retail network. Its existing HiQ stores, based in Ipswich, Chelmsford and Bury St Edmunds, have been part of HiQ’s franchise network for the last five years.

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Micheldever’s Protyre retail chain is UK’s fastest growing

Micheldever’s Protyre retail chain is UK’s fastest growing

19th April 2016 | 0 Comments

This year’s UK tyre retail ranking shows that the fastest growing tyre retailer is Micheldever’s Protyre chain, which added some 21 branches to its network in the last year – by far the fastest growth (both in terms of branch count and growth percentage) of any tyre retailer we are tracking. Nevertheless, ETEL remains the largest overall and is also the fastest faller, with the company running 9 points of sale less than in our 2014/2015 research. However, context makes a big difference, so for more on both these stories, read on.

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