As can be seen in the top 10 table published yesterday, Halfords Autocentres remains in second place nationally in our 2021 ranking of the UK’s largest retail operations by branch count. Continuing our three-article series on this subject, today’s instalment focuses on places 11 to 20 and finds that the medium to large sized positions are increasingly being taken by autocentre style businesses that make as much money from parts and repairs as they do from tyres (and more than traditional fast fits).
Outside of the top five, there is a certain degree of stability amongst the remaining five companies. Those in sixth, seventh and eighth position (McConechy’s, The Tyre Group and Lodge) appear to have remained stable in terms of branch count, with 61, 58 and 40 branches respectively. However, it is worth considering all this in the context of ULM Services Ltd the fleet-orientated cooperation Universal, Lodge and McConechy’s set up during 2017. Put those three partners together and we have 119 branches and another strong contender for fifth position on the table.
Just Tyres is holding a launch party to celebrate the opening of a permanent fitting centre in Rooksley Centre, Milton Keynes on Saturday 1 December 2018. Located in the Deltic Trade Park, the new centre offers a unique tyre service enabling customers to get their tyres checked and fitted whilst shopping – and there’s the opportunity for customers to win prizes.
New research from Milton Keynes-based Just Tyres reveals drivers’ awareness of 2012’s EU tyre label legislation is low. More than two thirds (67 per cent) of drivers are unaware of EU legislation and only just under a sixth of drivers (15.5 per cent) even knew that the legislation existed.
Back in 2012, the tyre industry experienced a major shake up when EU tyre labelling for all UK tyre manufacturers, distributors and retailers was introduced. From then on, every tyre needed to be tested and measured for three specific ratings; fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise levels.
Milton Keynes-based Just Tyres has launched a new website designed to provide customers with a variety of features at the click of a button. Consumers will be able to find their tyre type and size, test ratings and recommended retail prices more efficiently when purchasing tyres on a PC or mobile, as well as the option of same-day delivery.
Spanish tyre brand Membat returned to Reifen this year with a stand twice as large as its 2014 show presence. The 100 square metre exhibition space not only housed the seven summer and winter tyre lines for cars, SUVs and vans sold under the Membat name, it also contained ample space for meeting current and potential clients.
The managing director of UK tyre retailer Just Tyres has completed the latest leg of a long distance journey to Uganda. Ian Grant, has raised £20,000 for the Kampala Children’s Centre over the last 12 months, which has paved the way for a comprehensive education programme that trains adults how to teach youngsters basic numeracy and literacy skills.
Managing director of Milton Keynes based Just Tyres, Ian Grant has embarked on a journey to bring education and aid to thousands of youngsters in Uganda. Grant hopes to provide a comprehensive education programme that will train adults to teach youngsters basic numeracy and literacy skills in Kampala. Having visited in September, Grant pursued plans to create a partnership between Just Tyres and the Kampala Children’s Centre, which provides clothing, food and housing to disadvantaged children.
Just Tyres has opened a new centre in Newbury, Berkshire on the site formerly run by A&B Tyres. The independent garage reportedly invested more than £500,000 in the new centre, creating six new jobs in the process. This investment, including extensive renovation work and new state-of-the-art machinery, is being backed by Bridgestone, which is offering a series of sales incentives to coincide with discount offers on its range at the store.
Tesco’s 13 million customers will be able to quadruple their Clubcard points for the first time on a single purchase following the launch of Tesco-Tyres.com. Tesco has joined forces with Blackcircles.com to launch the motoring venture that could see customers earn over 2300 Clubcard points on purchases of Pirelli, Yokohama and Hankook tyres. Double Clubcard points are being offered on all other brands.
Bridgestone and Just Tyres have announced the winner of their Formula One promotion. Paul Collis from Cardington, Bedfordshire won a pair of tickets for a three-day weekend at this year’s British Grand Prix after he used a 10 per cent off Bridgestone tyres voucher (and free prize-draw entry) printed in the Bedford Times and Citizen. He was joined by his son Simon, who worked with McLaren as an engineering student, and Ian Grant, managing director of Just Tyres at Silverstone before being given a tour of the Red Bull garage and the opportunity to see the F1 drivers in practice.
Before Baywatch and a questionable singing career, David Hasselhoff was best known as Michael Knight, the character he played in the early 1980s US series Knight Rider. Yet – and while we don’t wish to hassle the Hoff – the real star of the show was KITT, knight’s intelligent Pontiac Trans Am. This black car is fondly remembered by many who grew up in the 80s, and more than a few people will be thrilled to hear that KITT is making its television comeback in an advertising campaign for Kwik-Fit.
The 2009 MotoGP season was the first for Bridgestone as the series’ Official Tyre Supplier. Looking back on the season in a question and answer session, Bridgestone Motorsport director Hiroshi Yasukawa explained the importance of MotoGP to other areas of the company’s business, why Bridgestone misses tyre-based competition in the sport, and the new challenges that come with being exclusive supplier. Rather than supporting seven teams and a total of thirteen riders as was the case at the end of last year, Bridgestone supplied tyres and provided support to every team and rider on the grid. In total there were five race-winners, including the first MotoGP win for Andrea Dovizioso and the first on Bridgestone tyres for Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, and eleven different riders finished on the podium. The World Championship was won by Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha Team at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the season.
Dunlop says that business is booming at its Fort Dunlop motorsport factory. Currently the plant is turning out 200,000 bespoke racing car and motorcycle tyres per annum, and victories achieved on the factory’s tyres, including last year’s Le Man and Isle of Man TT, mean that the 300 staff at Fort Dunlop are being kept very busy indeed.
Bike Tyrestore, as the company name more than suggests, predominately participates in the motorcycle tyre sector, supplying dealers and customers with quality products for two-wheeled machines. However vehicles with four wheels are not entirely spurned by the Birmingham based company – Bike Tyrestore also keeps quad bike users on (or off) the road with a healthy range of ATV tyres.