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NewMotion partners with Osprey Charging

New Motion has announced a new roaming partnership with Osprey Charging, formerly Engenie, to add rapid charge points to its UK network.

Under the partnership, 259 rapid connections are added to NewMotion’s public charging network.

Osprey Charging operates a nationwide network of rapid DC charge points that charge at 50kW and can provide 80-100 miles of range within 20-30 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle (EV).

Alan McCleave, UK general manager at NewMotion, said: “Drivers value fast charging when they are on the go, and together we can now offer a first-class charging experience whether drivers are at work, home or out and about.”

NewMotion and Osprey Charging are part of Hubject's international intercharge network.

Copart UK expands with new customer service centre

Copart UK is creating a new customer service centre as part of its expansion programme.

The company has secured 10,000 square feet of office accommodation in Bedford for the new customer excellence centre, which will house around 135 staff.

Jane Pocock, managing director of Copart UK & Ireland, said: “The new centre will house centralised critical value-added services to help drive more returns from our customers’ vehicles.

“These services include vehicle engineering, private plate and vehicle finance management, the coordination of keys and documents, and claims negotiations and settlement.

“This is a vital part of our expansion, allowing us to provide and end-to-end service to our partners and provide them with world class outsourced services.”

Around 100 of the people based there will be moving from Copart’s head office in nearby Wootton, while recruitment for the remaining roles will take place in the coming months.

The new centre is expected to open in the New Year of 2021.

Nexus launches new wellbeing programme to support employee mental health

Nexus Vehicle Rental has launched its first Virtual Wellbeing Programme to help staff feel supported during extended remote working.

The initiative follows Office for National Statistics (ONS) data finding over two-thirds of adults (69%) are worried about the effect the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is having on people’s lives.

The Virtual Wellbeing Programme runs alongside Nexus’ ongoing mental health drive which was launched to colleagues on Mental Health Awareness Day, to help combat the issues associated with working from home, such as loneliness, isolation and stress, says Nexus.

For Men’s Health and Stress Awareness month in November, Nexus’ says it’s Wellbeing Committee will be sharing supportive materials and talks and focusing on building awareness of domestic violence through the programme.

David Brennan, CEO of Nexus Vehicle Rental, said: “Over the coming months, we’re looking forward to uniting as a team to share advice and tips and take part in individual and team challenges, virtual socials, charity activities, and lots more – all aimed at supporting good mental health inside and outside of work.”

SVA pledges £10,000 to The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) has pledged a minimum of £10,000 to its charity auction partner, The Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice (CTH), as part of its 10th anniversary annual fundraising efforts.

To raise funds for the charity, the SVA is calling on all south coast used vehicle dealers and businesses to get behind its efforts.

This year will see SVA host charity vehicle auctions on both November 23 (cars) and November 24  (vans) in a revised format and is calling for donations of running cars and vans of any age, shape and size, with or without an MoT, from dealers across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Catherine Stone, business development manager at Shoreham Vehicle Auctions, said: “As individuals and businesses, a like we recognise just how tough it is for everyone right now but at a time when they probably need us most, we wanted to continue our support of CTH."

You can make a donation by emailing catherine@shorehamvehicleauctions.com or by calling 01903 851200.

Oxwash announces partnership with EAV Solutions

Oxwash, the laundry and dry-cleaning start-up has announced a new partnership with EAV Solutions, adding EAV Bikes to its existing fleet of electric cargo bikes.

The EAV 2Cubed bike is a zero-emissions cargo bike with a capacity of 2.0m³ to enable the Oxwash riders to deliver higher volumes of laundry as demand for their service continues to grow, says the company.

The e-cargo bikes are charged by fully renewable energy sources and produce no CO2 or NOx emissions.

Adam Barmby, CEO and founder of EAV Solutions, said: “Oxwash and EAV have a strong synergy in our engineering ethos and vision to disrupt logistics and the circular economy.

“We’re excited to collaborate on the future of urban logistics and reducing waste in the laundry and dry-cleaning sector.”

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