Great Ways to Save Money on Courier Insurance

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5 Great Taxi Apps

5 Great Taxi Apps

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Starting a Business in the Motor Trade

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How Much Money Do You Have To Start A Business – Can you afford to leave the premises empty?

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The Realities of Working as a Courier

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5 Ways to Increase Profits for Courier Firms

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5 Great Niches for Buying & Selling Online

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Key Things to Consider When Starting a Trucking Business

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5 Great Taxi Apps

 

When you need to order a taxi, whether it’s to get to the airport, or to get home after an evening out – you no longer need to stand on the street corner or even call the taxi firm.

There are now several apps on the market that make ordering a taxi extremely quick and convenient. While the market is still relatively young, there are already some fantastic taxi apps available to try out. Below are five of the best.

Uber

Uber is easily the most well-known and widely available taxi app on the market and is available in some 48 countries. It’s incredibly easy to use – you simply book a taxi through the app when you need one. There’s no pre-booking option but this isn’t what Uber advertises itself as.

Another thing that makes Uber extremely convenient is that it lets you know what the journey will cost beforehand and you simply through the app – meaning you don’t have to worry about having the right amount of cash to pay the driver.

Also if you happen to leave something in the taxi then you can also message the driver to let them know.

Gett

Gett is an app for booking black cabs that’s available in 32 cities across the world. It allows you to request a taxi and then track where it is in real time. Like Uber – Gett enables you to pay for your journey through the app itself.

Gett only works with TfL regulated black cabs and meets up with every driver that signs up for their service to provide training to ensure passenger safety.

You can get credit to use with the service by recommending it to friends. You get £10 credit for every friend recommended who uses the service. It’s currently available in several major UK cities including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Hailo

Hailo is another excellent option for booking taxis. It works in a very similar way to Uber in that you simply select a pickup location and driver and then the taxi is sent to you immediately.

There is the ability to track the route of your taxi when it’s on the way but you’ll be informed when it arrives by the app anyhow.

Hailo is available in selected cities in the UK and nationwide in Ireland and Singapore. It’s also available in Spain’s two busiest cities – Madrid and Barcelona.

CabWise

CabWise is somewhat different to the apps above in that it doesn’t allow to book taxis through the app. Instead it simply lets you know of the nearest licensed minicab office.

This might sound like quite a basic thing but it’s actually an extremely useful way to ensure that the minicab that you’re getting in is from a licensed office and the driver is licensed and insured.

Kabbee

Kabbee provides a very similar similar to CabWise except it comes with the bonus of sorting the local minicab offices based on criteria such as fare rates, ratings, types of vehicles and punctuality. This makes it an excellent way to save money and pick the right service when you’re in an area you’re not familiar with.

Kabbee is currently only available in London.

If you considering working as a driver you will need to ensure that the correct public hire or private hire insurance is taken out. When carrying passenger for reward, normal car insurance isnt suitable (thank you to multiquotetaxiinsurance.co.uk for info).

 

HUBER+SUHNER sponsorship drives student engineering teams at Silverstone

Leading international manufacturer of components and systems for optical and electrical connectivity, HUBER+SUHNER, is sponsoring two teams at this year’s Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME) Formula Student event at Britain’s iconic Silverstone circuit.

Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and backed by industry and high profile engineers, such as Ross Brawn OBE. The competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle.

HUBER+SUHNER headquarters is sponsoring the AMZ Racing team based in the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and also providing cabling for their build. HUBER+SUHNER India has given its backing to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Racing team, also supplying cables.

“The Formula Student event is a fantastic initiative that champions the great work Engineering students are doing across the world,” said Frank Rothe, who heads the Automotive Market Unit at HUBER+SUHNER. “We’re delighted to have helped two of the teams here today showcase their talents on an iconic stage like Silverstone.”

Each participating team is tasked to produce a prototype for a single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing, and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. During the competition each team must demonstrate the logic behind their proposal and must be able to demonstrate that it can support a viable business model for both parties.

“This event is massively valued within the industry, and we are excited to see what the 2016 batch of young engineers has to offer,” concluded Rothe.

The Formula Student event runs from 14-17 July, 2016, at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire. Tickets are available from http://formulastudent.imeche.org.

To arrange a briefing or product demonstration, please reply to this email or contact the HUBER+SUHNER Team on the details below

 

ADLV Survey Shows That 91% Of Hauliers Want Online CPC & Tacho Data Checking

A survey of over 100 senior UK haulage fleet managers, conducted by the Association for Driving Licence Verification (www.ADLV.co.uk), has shown that 91% of respondents want CPC & Tacho data to be available alongside online driving licence checks. They also believe that its inclusion would eliminate the industry’s current but imprecise reliance on visual data checking. A further 90% felt that the availability of CPC and Tacho information would make their own monitoring of driver entitlement easier, by supporting existing HR systems and acting as a single point of reference.

The ADLV believes that the data, which is currently held by the DVSA and DVLA, could be easily made available alongside existing online driving licence data feeds. Should the data become available, the Association believes it would reduce employer risk, ensure a better-trained workforce and also improve road safety.

The survey also questioned whether not knowing the training status of drivers presented the respondents with a significant administrative challenge? In all, 75% of those surveyed felt that this was indeed a challenging issue and that automating training status data would help reduce the burden considerably. In all 80% of respondents agreed with the ADLV that access to the information would also benefit road safety, help them to remind drivers about compliance issues and to raise awareness of employee fraud risks.

Commenting on the survey, Kevin Curtis the ADLV’s Technical Director added, “This survey was conducted by our member companies over the last few months and reflects the views of 100 senior UK Haulage managers – many of whom come from fleets of over 100 vehicles. Quite simply, it highlights a significant demand for change. This data needs to be available, whether it’s used to improve compliance, training, licence administration or more broadly to increase road safety. We have forwarded the respondents’ views to the DVLA and are optimistic that they will look sympathetically upon our call to action.”

 

“Mum’s Taxi” Gets A Break as OneLane Launches

New family service helps parents get kids to schools and activities

London parents struggling with ferrying their kids to school and other activities now have a new option – a family ride-and-care service, which provides safe transportation for children with drivers who are experts in childcare, dubbed ‘Guardians’.

OneLane service

OneLane soft-launched in London in March 2016, serving zones 1-3. Used by a few dozen families during this beta-testing period, high customer retention and repeat rates[1] confirm that OneLane addresses major pain points for parents – helping to replace stressful scenarios with quality family time.

OneLane now plans for further expansion throughout the capital, with carpooling and wraparound childcare features launching soon.

Reducing stress & time pressure
OneLane means no more nerve-wracking school runs, battling through congested streets, fighting over inadequate parking spaces; And, for working parents, it allows freedom from the guilt of not being able to be in two places at one time. Children can lead active social lives, while parents gain extra time to fulfil work commitments.

Anne, mum to Michelle, aged 11, says, “OneLane has been a life-saver for me. I no longer have to leave work earlier to pick Michelle up, or have to pay for expensive nannies with a minimum number of hours. With OneLane, I am paying only for the drive time. Also, how cool that I get real-time updates on the ride and can rest assured that Michelle has been picked up and is on her way to ballet class.”

Finding a family’s perfect match
Parents can enjoy peace of mind about their children’s safety when they use OneLane’s family service. Each ‘Guardian’ is experienced in childcare and thoroughly vetted, with enhanced DBS checks as standard.

Because OneLane wants to build trusted, long term relationships between families and ‘Guardians’, it offers a match-making service, whereby the ‘Guardian’ is pre-introduced and the same person is used for all regular journeys. This familiar face becomes a valuable member of the family’s support network.

Through the OneLane app, parents can select to ride-along with their children for any of their scheduled journeys. However, if they are not present, they can take advantage of continuous ride progress updates and notifications when their child has reached their destination. For added safety, OneLane ‘Guardians’ chaperone children inside the venue they are attending and sign them in to activities.

Meet the Guardians
OneLane ‘Guardians’ are parents, nannies, childminders and teachers, selected because of their proficiency in caring for children. In addition to being great with kids, they are impeccable drivers too. Their driving behaviour on every journey is monitored by the OneLane team to ensure that high standards are maintained.

Coming soon – wraparound childcare
Parents who need additional childcare before or after scheduled journeys will soon be able to book it through the OneLane app. From July 2016, wraparound childcare will be available. For those who have already developed a strong bond with a OneLane ‘Guardian’, this will be a valuable extension of the service, freeing up more time for parents for work or other commitments.

Carpooling – the cure for school-run congestion
From September 2016, OneLane customers will be able to opt to carpool with other families via the OneLane app. This benefits the customer financially, reducing the cost from the current £9 flat fare for journeys under 20mins to an average of £7 or less per journey per child. It also helps to tackle the increasing problem of school run traffic congestion, which has repercussions on road safety and air pollution.

The OneLane team
OneLane was founded by CEO Camron Moradi, an experienced Internet and automotive industry professional who was part of the team that built Just Eat in the UK, taking the company public.

Head of Business Development, Jina Kwon, who joined from Groupon, is a London-based mother of one and is passionate about addressing key family issues through OneLane.

She says; “Our service reduces parental stress, which has the knock-on effect of improving family relationships and enhancing family quality time.”

Jina is also keen to drive benefits for society as a whole. She adds, “Our carpooling feature will help to reduce the number of cars on the roads. Less congestion means improved road safety and less air pollution. It is our ambition that the OneLane car fleet should be zero or low emission by 2018.”

Key players in the team include Head of Operations Richard Riley. His invaluable experience in sustainable mobility solutions, car club services and technology platforms provides a wealth of insights that will help develop OneLane’s family service in the future, so that it can continue to serve families and communities to the best of its ability. He is also a father and has first-hand experience of the family problems OneLane solves.

Facts & stats

  • It is estimated that mothers spend two weeks every year driving children around
  • Child-related journeys are thought to result in an annual petrol bill of £1,714.04
  • The school run adds 1 million vehicles to UK roads at peak times
  • In the 5-10yrs age group: 46% walk to school, 46% travel by car, 5% by bus[2]
  • In the 11-16yrs age group: 38% walk to school, 23% travel by car, 29% by bus[2]
  • The average primary school trip takes 13 minutes; distance is 1.6 miles[2]
  • Average secondary school trip: takes 25 mins, distance is 3.4 miles[2]
  • Children spend 26hrs a year being driven to school compared to 18hrs 20yrs ago[3]

[1] 90% of parents who have tried the service to date have re-booked several times.
[2] Source: National Travel Survey 2014
[3] Source: Sustrans – a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day

About OneLane
OneLane is breaking new ground in the UK, bringing an innovative, entrepreneurial idea to Britain, based on a model that is emerging in the U.S. where child-focused family services have been growing in areas such as California for the last two years.

OneLane is a family service that assists parents with getting children to school and other activities. It answers a real need and solves a persistent problem for parents – how to be in two places at once, fulfilling work commitments, yet also enabling children to get to and from school safely and lead active, rewarding social lives.

OneLane provides a means for parents to outsource an element of parenting that has become difficult and, in some cases, impossible to achieve. Supported by an easy-to-use app, parents are given constant reassuring updates – and can have total peace of mind during every mile of their children’s journeys.

OneLane’s drivers are called ‘Guardians’, reflecting the nature of their work as both a child-carer and driver. To earn parental trust, OneLane is committed to safety, reliability and the provision of stringently vetted Guardians. Enhanced DBS checks are the cornerstone of OneLane’s intensive screening process.

OneLane plans to roll out its family service throughout the capital, adding carpooling and wraparound care at either end of kids’ journeys. OneLane already has a core of loyal customers who appreciate the stress-relieving, time-saving benefits of this service – and the effect it has of enhancing the quality of their family time.

OneLane’s problem-solving approach extends beyond the family circle to society at large. Its carpooling service helps to solve the issue of congested roads and, as a result, has a positive effect on road safety and car emissions.

 

Audi UK chooses MarketShare, a Neustar Solution, for Advanced Planning and Attribution Analytics

Leading automobile manufacturer optimises campaigns and maximises ROI using marketing analytics from MarketShare

London, 18 April, 2016 – MarketShare, a Neustar Solution and global leader in advanced marketing analytics software, today announced it has been selected by Audi UK to better understand its customers’ journeys and optimise its marketing spend. Using the industry’s only holistic planning and attribution solution, MarketShare DecisionCloud, Audi will be able to fully understand the true value of each marketing activity as well as customer interaction, and predict the effectiveness of future marketing investments.

Like many marketers eager to make more data-driven decisions, Audi wanted to focus on improving returns of its marketing and promotional activities through next-generation planning and attribution analytics. Following a competitive procurement process, Audi chose MarketShare for its best of breed technology, service and ability to scale.

“We chose MarketShare for its excellent reputation in the industry and we have seen a positive culture change in the company since we established our partnership. Now more than ever, it is important to see marketing as a profit generator – not a cost – on the income statement and MarketShare has helped us to highlight this,” said Nick Ratcliffe, Head of Marketing, Audi UK. “We rely heavily on agency partnerships and MarketShare has been very cooperative with all of our partners, who have improved their campaigns thanks to this integration.”

Audi has decided to use MarketShare’s unique omnichannel approach, utilising its holistic attribution expertise to first thoroughly analyse the customer journey. Audi has also deployed MarketShare DecisionCloud to access these updated models in real-time where effectiveness will be measured through predictive analysis and evaluation on improvements to ROI.

Commenting on the announcement, Lucien van der Hoeven, general manager EMEA at Neustar said: “Marketers need to find ways to make their brands heard above the noise in both the online and offline landscapes in order to drive revenue growth. By tapping our predictive models that cover both planning and campaign-level attribution, Audi UK will be creating a sustainable competitive advantage to better understand the journey its customers take, make more effective marketing decisions and ultimately connect marketing to revenue.”

Audi and MarketShare will be co-presenting at the I-COM Global Summit, 18-21 April in Seville, Spain, where they will be discussing the change in culture within organisations to see marketing as a tool to drive profit generation through the use of data.

the first real-time provider of cloud-based information services, enabling marketing and IT security professionals to promote and protect their businesses. With a commitment to privacy and neutrality, Neustar operates complex data registries and uses its expertise to deliver actionable, data-driven insights that help clients make high-value business decisions in real time, one customer interaction at a time. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.

Battens Selects Zylpha For Electronic Bundling

Battens Solicitors, recognised as one of the UK’s most progressive law firms, has chosen Electronic Document Bundling software from legal systems innovator Zylpha (www.zylpha.com). The practice, which has offices in Yeovil, Sherborne, Dorchester, Weymouth and London will use Zylpha to prepare, paginate and distribute Court bundles and other legal documents. It will also use the software to organise documents for commercial and residential property sales and auctions, which are published online. The system also incorporates an integration for the practice’s current Lawsoft CMS and the potential to integrate with other Case Management Systems that it upgrades to in the future.Zylpha’s widely acclaimed legal document bundling technology, slashes the time taken to prepare and maintain document bundles and significantly boosts overall organisational efficiency. With Zylpha, users can create PDF based bundles to meet a broad range of practice requirements and then send them securely both around the enterprise and beyond. The bundles can contain documents from all leading applications and can include both audio and CCTV files. Using electronic bundles also reduces unsustainable paper and storage consumption in the workplace. Inadequate postal and courier systems are also consigned to the past.

Battens chose Zylpha because of its track record of delivering effective bundling to legal practices, its unrivalled secure delivery systems and the bundling system’s proven integration with existing case management systems used at the firm. Commenting on the choice of Zylpha David Polson, IT Support & Systems Developer of Battens noted, “Battens Solicitors pride ourselves on delivering an exceptionally high quality service and we expect the same from our suppliers. Zylpha’s Electronic Document Bundling solution has met and exceeded our expectations. Because more and more of the documents we work with on a daily basis are being sent and received electronically, our staff need to have the right tools to work with them. The implementation of Zylpha’s software has boosted our internal efficiency dramatically and has enabled us to more rapidly respond to the needs of our clients and adapt to the changing demands of the UK court system.”

For his part Tim Long CEO of Zylpha welcomed David’s comments adding, “For over 300 years Battens Solicitors has been at the centre of Dorset and Somerset life. With offices in Yeovil, Sherborne, Dorchester, Weymouth and London, it is one of the largest firms in the area with over 20,000 clients. It’s an impressive set up and it’s clear that the practice has built its first rate reputation upon delivering excellence in all it does and maintaining the highest possible standards of client service is a constant goal. Naturally, an on-going commitment to innovation is an important element in maintaining such service levels and we are delighted that Battens has chosen Zylpha to manage their document bundling and secure document communication. We look forward to working closely with them over time.”

 

Zylpha Launches New Version of Its MOJ Portal Integration

Zylpha (www.zylpha.com), the UK’s leading legal systems innovator has launched a new version of its widely acclaimed MoJ (Ministry of Justice) Portal integration. The software, which incorporates a host of new features and functionality, automates the smooth transfer of case management information for RTA (Road Traffic Accident) and EL/PL (Employers’ and Public liability) Portal submissions. This significantly speeds up the document submission process, whilst reducing costs and eliminating the manual input errors associated with the double handling of data.

The latest version now has intuitive new workflow screens with additional context sensitive user guidance to aid navigation and enhance user experience. There are also options to chain consecutive portal functions where appropriate, thereby saving time and ensuring improved accuracy. Scheduled status updates are also now included at each stage with clear visibility of timeout dates to reduce risk.

MOJ Portal Integration

The new RTA/ELPL release is fully integrated within leading Case Management Systems, SolCase and Visualfiles from LexisNexis. It significantly reduces the time taken to complete submissions from 25 minutes down to five minutes on average. Zylpha expects that the new workflow screens and user enhancements will reduce the time taken even further.

Commenting on the new version Tim Long CEO of Zylpha added, “We were really impressed by the time and cost savings that our original solution delivered for our clients. By taking this version to new levels of refinement, with added features and functionality, we are convinced it will soon establish itself as a must have best-practice solution. Quite simply, our team has just made an extremely successful system even better.”