Friday 26 July 2013

Ladies Evening at Station Garage Belper

Ladies Evening Leaflet
Good Garage Scheme member garage, Station Garage (Belper), held a Ladies Evening on 10th July 2013. Local businesses such as hair salons and beauty salons also helped to promote the evening with leaflets and advertising.

Around 40 ladies attended on the evening and were advised about checking levels underneath the bonnet by Catherine (Cat) Treaner, 3rd Year apprentice at Station Garage. Attendees were also given the opportunity to check oil levels for themselves.

Station Road Garage Belper demonstration, Ladies evening, Good Garage Scheme
The ladies were also shown an oil and filter change by Good Garage Scheme representative, Chris Poynton, who explained how quickly new oil is contaminated if the engine is not flushed first, demonstrating with samples of oil from a car in the workshop.

group photo of Station Road Garage Belper Ladies Evening
Jason Curzon of Station Garage explained what is checked during an MOT and more importantly, what is not checked. He explained that an MOT is not a service and that many people believe that having an MOT is all that is required.
Station Road Garage Belper Ladies evening

Some of the ladies who attended commented that is was a very enjoyable evening and said they would be interested in coming along to another event later in the year for advice about making sure their cars are prepared for the winter months on the road.

Action Charity
As well as all of the advice and demonstrations given on the night, Station Garage Belper also managed to raise money to support their chosen charity, Action -medical research for children, with all proceeds from refreshments sold on the evening going to the charity.

For more information about Action, visit

Well done to the team at Station Garage Belper and everyone who made the Ladies Evening such a successful event.

Friday 19 July 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic for National BEN Week

The Good Garage Scheme joined in celebrations with automotive industry charity, BEN, this week with the "Bear Us in Mind" campaign.

BEN is the UK’s dedicated charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries, as well as their dependants.

Whether it's practical, emotional or financial support that you need, BEN are there to help. They also provide day, nursing and residential care across the country for older people in our communities.

Staff at Good Garage Scheme's head office brought their beloved teddy bears to work for a  picnic on Thursday, 18th July and the weather was just right for it.

We had a bear-themed quiz, prizes for best bear and a raffle for BEN's new "Benjamin Bear". A great time was had by all and we wish BEN a Happy 108th Birthday.

For more information about BEN and the wonderful work they do, visit

Friday 12 July 2013

Congratulations to Empire Garages

Good Garage Scheme member Empire Garages in Enfield have had reason to celebrate.

The team at Empire Garages recently attended the Federation of Small Business Awards Ball at the Connaught Hotel in London as award finalists.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has 200,000 members and is the largest business organisation in the UK.  Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor of London, Kit Malthouse, gave an inaugural speech and presented the awards. The gathering included political and business leaders and the category finalists.

Empire Garages' entry was scrutinised by a panel of ten judges and they were short-listed to the top six in the Customer Service Excellence Category. On the night Empire was awarded the winners' trophy.  A team of ten colleagues were present and the table was given a bottle of champagne to pop open and celebrate the night.

Team Empire kindly phoned the Good Garage Scheme's marketing manager the next day with the great news and thanked everyone for the support which they say has helped to achieve the award.

Ajay Gokani, owner of Empire Garages, said, "The feedback received from Good Garage Scheme customers really helps keep the team motivated."
Well done and many congratulations to Ajay and Team Empire!