Bill Plant School of Motoring, one of the UK’s largest driving school franchises, has appointed Yorkshire accountants and business advisers, Garbutt & Elliott, to help support its drive for growth.
Bill Plant School of Motoring, based in Ripon, operates a driving school franchise and has more than 700 driving instruction franchisees across the UK.
Jeremy Oliver, partner with Garbutt & Elliott, which has offices in York and Leeds, commented: “This is a prestigious and exciting appointment for us. Bill Plant School of Motoring has undergone significant expansion across the UK during the past five years and has ambitious plans for future growth.
“The company now needs strong financial management and professional advice to facilitate its growth plans, particularly around the area of corporate finance, to enable it to access the funds it needs to continue to expand.
“We were delighted to be appointed to act as their accountants and business advisors. We will be providing a full range of services including preparation of management accounts, information reports and year-end accounts as well as forward projections, taxation services and corporate finance advice.”
Bill Plant, managing director and Founder of Bill Plant School of Motoring, commented: “We recognised that we needed professional support and advice in order to achieve our growth plans. We wanted to work with a team that had experience of helping organisations to grow and expand.
“It was also important that they could demonstrate a high degree of professional integrity and a real commitment to customer service. That’s exactly what we found in Garbutt & Elliott.
“We’re delighted to be working with such a highly-regarded accountancy firm as Garbutt & Elliott and with their help are looking forward realising further success in the future.”
“We are continuing our drive for growth across the UK by offering new franchisees the chance the drive away a new Audi A3 as well as waiving an initial franchise fee.”
Over the past week we have noticed in the newspapers and listened to debates on the radio about allowing newly qualified drivers on to the road immediately after they have passed both the practical and the theory test.\r\n\r\nThere is no doubt that it does take time to gain experience and the more experience a driver has the better that they are likely to be. The Government is making a lot of suggestions in the case of young people, that they would have to wait until they were 18 years of age, or wait until a year after they passed their driving test before they could go out unaccompanied are just two.\r\n\r\nWhen a person obtains a full licence for the first time it is only natural that they want to get into a car as quickly as possible and show their friends their new skills and this is only natural. However, the best thing any parent can do is to have their children take a course of Pass Plus lessons, which will give the newly qualified driver experience in all road conditions, night driving and motorway as an example, a sure way to cut down those accident statistics.
Petrol Price Increase \r\n\r\nTax rises in the UK mean that petrol prices could move up even further so that the unleaded price will be 98p and it is thought that diesel will go over the £1 mark. The consumer is likely to suffer at these prices as are the petrol retailers. The 2007 budget announced by Gordon Brown advised of the increase.\r\n\r\nIn the UK the number of petrol stations is likely to fall if the increase in petrol prices continues as retailers cannot stay in business. We will now stand back and watch as the supermarkets are likely to compete with the larger petrol companies such as BP over pricing.
A TEXT which cost a teenage waitress Gemma Bellfield a few pence has netted her a brand new car worth over £11,000 courtesy of the UK’s third largest driving school.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe 17-year-old sixth form student learned to drive with the Bill Plant School of Motoring, passing first time after safely negotiating the streets of her home town, Milton Keynes.\r\n\r\nBut, as well as teaching the rules of the road, the company has been offering drivers the chance to win a brand new Hyundai i3o Blue hatchback – if they could answer a simple road safety question.\r\n\r\nGemma entered after hearing about the competition from her Bill Plant instructor – but, when the call came to let her know of her success, she didn’t believe her luck.\r\n\r\n“I was at work at the time so I thought it was someone winding me up,” she said. “I rang my mum and asked her to ring them back so I didn’t find out it was all true until I finished my shift. \r\n\r\n“It was fantastic news and I think there may have been a bit of screaming – but a brand new car is going to make such a difference. I was going to have my mum’s old one but she’ll be able to sell that and make a bit of money.\r\n\r\n“The new car also means I can work longer shifts as I don’t have to worry about walking home in the dark anymore – so I’ll be better off as well. My friends are really jealous and keep telling me they wish they had won but they’ll have to settle for a few lifts.”\r\n\r\n Jake Plant joined Hyundai’s UK sales and operations director, Guy Pigounakis, to hand Gemma the keys to her new pride and joy at the Milton Keynes Hyundai dealership on Watling Street.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n“We like to offer our students that little bit more – and we’re delighted the car has ended up going to someone like Gemma who will really benefit from it,” said Mr Plant.\r\n\r\n“It’s great to really make a difference in someone’s life – so there’s every chance we’ll be running another competition with Hyundai in future.”\r\n\r\nMr Pigounakis was also delighted the car was going to a new driver who otherwise may have found the cost of a new vehicle prohibitive.\r\n\r\n“The competion helps to highlight the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the Bill Plant Driving School but I’m really pleased for Gemma and delighted the car is going to a good home.\r\n\r\n
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