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Friday the 17th of August marks National Blood Bike Awareness Day and to share its gratitude to the blood transporting heroes, One Broker is donating £1000 to two local charities.
The £1000 donation was raised by One Broker staff and the business while fundraising for 2018’s Run Norwich event. Nine runners volunteered from One Broker’s Cambridge and Norwich offices to complete the 10k race, heralded as one of Norfolk’s most popular sporting events.
One Broker has been a keen supporter of local blood bike organisations, SERV Norfolk and SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (S&C), since June last year and has now raised a total of £3400 for the charities. Both SERV Norfolk and SERV S&C complete fantastic work across East Anglia, transporting blood, blood products and even breast milk between hospitals during hours when NHS funded transport is unavailable. This saves the hospital trusts serving local communities thousands of pounds on courier fees, meaning resources can be more effectively spent on frontline care.
Rob Rowley, Account Executive of One Broker’s independent ambulance scheme, KTIB Ambulance, commented "Up and down the country people are celebrating the brilliant work carried out by Blood Bikers. In the middle of the night, these men and women leave their beds to travel miles on their motorbikes with vital, often life saving medical supplies. One Broker is saying its thank you to two of our local Blood Bike groups by donating £500 to each charity".
The law is changing regarding the manufacture of motorcycle safety clothing and this has caused some confusion within the motorcycle media as to how this will affect customers, or what can be offered for sale. The Motorcycle Industry Association has issued the following to assure customers that new legislation is mostly for manufacturers and does not apply to retail stock, so will have no effect on what can be bought or sold for some time to come.
The new legislation applies to manufacturers who make garments with some expectation of providing protection. Under old rules, there are many products on the market which include parts with a CE mark, for example a jacket with removable armour. Under new rules the whole garment will need to be tested to CE standards, not just the armour. This ruling came into force April of this year (2018) and manufacturers have until April 2019 to make sure existing lines meet the new standards. New lines introduced from now on will also need to meet the whole garment testing regime to receive a CE-mark. But this will not affect what is currently for sale.
Under EU law, ‘transitional provisions’ come into effect while the change between the old and new regulations are phased in. We are in the transition period now, which is common practice within EU law as new products are introduced into the supply chain. For the most part, these have little impact on customers and are for the benefit of manufacturers.
Customers will not notice an immediate difference since any products the manufacturer has already sold can continue to be sold and bought by importers, distributors, wholesalers and dealers as well as bought and used by customers. In practice, this means that a customer is likely to see both CE-marked motorcycle jackets and non-CE-marked clothing for some time yet, with both legitimately on sale.
Helmets are currently the only compulsory wear for riders, however the Industry recommendation would be that all riders ensure they are properly protected at all times.
Source: MCIA [Press release]. 3 July 2018. Available at: www.mcia.co.uk
Nine runners from One Broker completed an amazing physical and mental feat last weekend, smashing Run Norwich’s ten kilometre route. The team of runners from across the One Broker group, (including Gibbs Denley Insurance Services) completed the race to fundraise for One Broker’s Charity of the Year, Blood Bikes.
Runners, including Adam, Adele, Ashley, Danny, Gina, Linsey, Steph, Tom and Vince, made One Broker proud by volunteering for the run and finishing the route with flying colours. Snaking around Norwich City Centre, the Run Norwich circuit led runners past cheering crowds, including supporters from One Broker. Speaking of the event, Claims Technician, Gina Hunt, said "I wouldn’t say that it was easy getting round the course, especially at the half way mark and the incline up Rose Lane! But I had a great time and the atmosphere was amazing so I’m really glad I took part".
One Broker entered a team into the race in support of Blood Bikes, a charity which provides a free, volunteer- run blood transport service to the NHS. The money raised by One Broker’s Run Norwich efforts will be split equally between local organisations SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and SERV Norfolk.
It’s not too late to donate! One Broker’s Just Giving page is still open for fundraising. Please donate what you can to show your support by visiting: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/onebroker.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on the 25th of May marking the biggest change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. To prepare for the change in data handling legislation, training seminars were presented to staff, informing them of updates to current procedures.
Vivien Leeds, Compliance Manager at the One Broker group, explained "At the One Broker group, we understand the importance of upholding data privacy principles. This is why we have carried out activities to ensure our staff are confident with the new legislation that is soon to take effect".
For more about the regulatory changes to data privacy, visit the EU’s official GDPR site at: www.eugdpr.org.
To view our updated Privacy Notice, visit: privacy.html.
Members of the One Broker group, which Torque Bike is a part of, have continued their efforts to raise awareness and funds for local charities, SERV Norfolk and SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire. Staff from across the group celebrated the fantastic work the organisations carry out by hosting an Appreciation Day which involved staff raising money with an office Bake Sale and learning more about the charities through Fun Fact posters.
Known as the Blood Bikes, SERV Norfolk and SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire provide blood and medical product transport services to hospitals around East Anglia to ease the strain on NHS resources. The One Broker group has been a supporter of SERV Norfollk and SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire since June last year and has since raised over £2400 for the charities. In addition, this Spring staff have taken part in a host of activities to raise awareness and more donations for the organisation. These have included taking part in an Easter Treasure Hunt, attending presentations conducted by volunteers from the charities and raising money through the Appreciation Day.
James Skilleter, Account Executive at Torque Bike, said "It’s been great to show our support to SERV Norfolk and SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire through Friday’s Appreciation Day. I couldn’t think of a better way of the whole of the One Broker group pulling together to say thank you to the Blood Bikers for the incredible work they do".
Staff from the One Broker group, which Torque Bike is a part of, battled it out with fellow insurance brokers on Friday at the Broker 6, organised by Aviva. The football competition was the first time the One Broker group has been represented in the Aviva tournament and Team OB sure did the company proud!
Pitched against twenty two teams, presenting insurance brokerage groups from across the country, Team One Broker only conceded 2 out of 7 of their games, although were sadly pipped to the post by competition winners, Marsh. The sporting event was wrapped up with a buffet and drinks, giving participants an opportunity to catch up with the 150 other brokers in attendance.
Ed George, Trainee Account Executive at Gibbs Denley Insurance Services, part of the One Broker group, said "It’s been a great day of football here at Carrow Road! There has definitely been a competitive but friendly atmosphere between the teams and I’m really proud of what Team OB achieved in our first ever tournament!".
Marketing Executive, Michelle Dobson-Jones, was on the side lines throughout the competition and commented "It’s great to see members from across One Broker coming together as a team. We have members from our Norwich and Cambridge businesses plus staff that work across the group getting involved, which has been great to witness".
(Pictured left to right from top: Shaun, Ed, Tim, Scott, Henry, Ashley, Tom and Ian)
Combined registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU have reached 240,924 units during the first quarter of 2018, representing a decrease of 6.1% compared to same period of the previous year, according to the latest figures released today by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM).
Registrations increased in some of the largest European markets including Spain (32,170 motorcycles and mopeds, +11.5%) and the UK (24,609 units, +5.6%), remained stable in Italy (49,993 units, -0.6%) and decreased in France (47,081 units, -8%) and Germany (36,788 units, -13.5%).
Source: ACEM [Press release]. 8 May 2018. Available at: www.acem.eu
The first quarter of 2018 sees the motorcycle market off to a racing start. Most sectors in the market up, with the exception of the 50cc moped, sport/touring motorcycles. Overall this year, 24,609 units have been registered, showing an increase of 5.6% compared to the same period last year where 23,313 motorcycles were registered.
Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK said:
"It is encouraging to see that traditional motorcyclists took advantage of the March 18-plate-change to purchase their new bikes. Bike sales were up 4.7% with 15,208 units registered".
Latham continued, "With buyers opting for higher-end bikes this month, it is not surprising to see that manufacturer Honda topped the list this month with 2,869 registrations, followed by BMW in second position with 1,938 sales, and Kawasaki in third position registering 1,659 performance machines."
"Overall, dealers are cautiously optimistic that 2018 will be a more positive year for motorcycle sales. We look forward to seeing that the next quarter brings."
Source: NMDA - First quarter of 2018 sees motorcycle market off to a racing start [Press release]. 11 April. Available at: http://www.rmif.co.uk/associations/nmda
Yamaha has announced that it has developed an electric trial bike called TY-E. Designed to optimize the unique advantages associated with electrical power, the new TY-E will compete for the first time in the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup, with scheduled appearances at Auron in France on July 14-15, and at Comblain au Pont in Belgium on July 21-22.
Watch the video to see it in action.
Source: Yamaha Motor Europe [Press release]. 23 March. Available at: https://media.yamaha-motor.eu/press/
Demand for motorcycles in February 2018 were up by 1.2% and Scooter registrations were down -2.1% compared to the same period last year. Sales of 125cc have also modestly increased by 4.4%.
Most sectors in the motorcycle market were up with the exception of the sport and touring models. Sales of mid-size machines in the 126-650cc range were up 32.1% and top of the range machines above 1000cc also recorded a healthy growth of 18.9%.
Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK said: "With the growing epidemic of crime involving scooters in metropolitan towns and cities, it is not surprising that scooter sales are down."
"February is typically a quiet month for new registrations due to poor weather conditions and many traditional riders holding off until the new 18-plate is launched in March."
Source: NMDA - Motorcycle Sales Up, But Demand For Scooters Decreases [Press release]. 8 March. Available at: http://www.rmif.co.uk/associations/nmda
The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) is deeply concerned at the recent press statements delivered by the American and European authorities in relation to US imports of steel and aluminium. ACEM appreciates the reasons behind potential retaliation action by the EU in case the US increases tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. However, the motorcycle industry would be severely damaged if brought into this trade dispute.
One of ACEM’s member companies, Harley-Davidson, was mentioned amongst possible targets for retaliation by European authorities. ACEM wrote to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström stressing that while the industry understands the reasons behind the EU’s intention to retaliate firmly and swiftly, a potential increase of customs duties on American exports of motorcycles would clearly be damaging to the American companies but also to European economies and jobs. It might also, in turn, result in the US administration imposing retaliatory tariffs on European exports. Overall, this could lead to considerable negative economic impacts and job losses for the motorcycle sector in both the US and Europe, particularly in areas such as the manufacturing and distribution of vehicles, parts and components.
Stefan Pierer CEO of KTM AG and President of ACEM said: "Motorcycle companies are global players committed to free and balanced trade agreements. The US and the EU should be working together to facilitate international trade and regulatory convergence, not to restrict it by adopting unilateral and politically motivated measures."
Source: ACEM (2018) Motor industry concerned over potential escalation in US-EU trade relations impacting the motorcycle sector [Press release]. 7 March. Available at: http://www.acem.eu/
22nd Dec: 9:00 to 12:00
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The One Broker Group are pleased to announce a rise to the position of 37 in the Insurance Age list of Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers. The list was announced on the 1st of November by Insurance Age, the industry publication for the insurance broking community.
Chief Executive of One Broker Ltd, Robin Plaster, commented "I believe our group is the most innovative and forward-thinking insurance broker in the UK. Our business is composed of the most extraordinary people, whose passion for what they do is palpable. One Broker has consistently outperformed its peers and delivered outstanding results year on year. We are all hugely excited about the future as an independent insurance broker".
In the publication Emmanuel Kenning said of the industry "This year there are even more reasons to be cheerful. The return of organic growth in particular is a definite highlight". This growth is reflective of One Broker Ltd which acquired Gibbs Denley Insurance Services Ltd earlier this year and has substantially increased its number of employees across the group.
Staff at the One Broker Group have been busy this August, collecting donations, volunteering their time and lending support to local charities.
Following the success of collecting donations for local Foodbanks last winter, a mountain of tinned baked beans, pasta pots, toothpaste and toilet rolls were collected again this summer to help those in need of living essentials. Each of the 5 offices, all of which are part of the One Broker Group, in Norwich, Cambridge, Swavesey, Bury St. Edmunds and Hertfordshire, were involved in the collection and the donations will be allocated to Food Banks in nearby areas.
Staff also got involved with Food (and Fun) In School Holidays, abbreviated to FISH, which was organised by Norwich Foodbank. Each week 2 members from the Norwich office volunteered their time at a local school, where the children were given a healthy, nutritious lunch and entertained with activities including a water fight!
To top it off, an incredible £400 was raised in support of the One Broker Group’s Charity of the Year, Blood Bikes. Through collecting money from Run Norwich sponsorship and other staff led activities, many individuals from around the region will benefit from the charities commitment to delivering blood products to hospitals around East England.
Allison Partlett, Director at PJW in Hertfordshire, said "It’s great to be part of such a giving company. We have had a lot of fun taking part in the charity appeals and look forwards to continuing our support in the future!".
Get On is a free ‘try out’ initiative, which is run by the Motorcycle Industry Association giving the public the opportunity to experience riding a motorbike or scooter without committing to the cost of training.
Over 40 dates have been announced across the UK, with the next one due to be held in Erith, in the London Borough of Bexley on the 11th and 12th of March. To find dates and a venue near you, click here.
At each event all protective clothing will be provided with instruction from professional trainers. The puclic have a choice of trying out either geared bike or a ‘twist and go’. Participation is suitable for anyone aged 14 or older, although under 16s need to bring an adult along.
Sessions last between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on the venue. Riders need to wear long jeans and sturdy shoes. Booking is via the phone 02476 408040 (office hours, Monday to Friday), or via the website www.geton.co.uk. You can turn up on the day without booking, but you need to book beforehand to guarantee your session.
Source: MCIA Press Release
According to the latest data published by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACME) registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU have increased by 9.1% in 2016 compared to the the previous year. Total registrations in 2016 reached 1,307,200 units, with substantial increases in all of the largest European markets.
France remains the largest European market for light vehicles (253,067 units, +4.2% in 2016), followed by Italy (219,865 units, +11.8%), Germany (174,264 units, +15.1%), Spain (172,176 units, +15.9%) and the UK (128,637 units, +11.7%).
The Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), Antonio Perlot (Italian) said:
"2016 has been a very positive year for the industry, with registrations increasing in most European countries, particularly in the largest European markets: France (253,067 units), Italy (219,865 units), Germany (174,264 units), Spain (172,176 units) and the UK (128,637 units)".
"Strong demand for light vehicles across Europe is a testament to their inherent advantages. Mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles have reduced purchasing and running costs, are easier to park than cars, and reduce travelling times and congestion in cities".
"Nothwithstanding this, our sector still faces a delicate situation. Although more than 1.3 million vehicles were registered in Europe in 2016, that figure is only slighly above the 2.43 million units registered in 2007 before the economic crisis hit".
"According to our latest estimates, about 156,000 jobs are generated directly or indirectly by our sector in the EU. Activities such as manufacturing of vehicles, parts and componentes, as well as in repair and maintenance of vehicles, or manufacturing of protective equipment to name just a few examples, create jobs all over Europe, particularly in countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and the UK".
"Exports of motorcycles, parts and accesories to foreign countries are essential to sustaining jobs in the motorcycle sector in Europe. In addition to a stronger domestic European market, we need a European trade policy that not only secures strategic free trade agreements with key partners but also one that prevents protectionist policies abroad".
Source: ACME Press Release
January Motorcycle sales have shown a decline of -15.6%. A total of 4,884 motorcycles were registered in January 2017, 15.6% less than the 5,789 bikes registered in the same period last year. The scooters sector saw the biggest decline in January (-27.7%) with 417 units less than in 2016. All power/cc sectors were down, with the only exception of the large over 1000cc machines which grew by of 5.3%.
Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association said:
"An oversupply of run-out euro-3 motorcycles saturated the market towards the end of last year and it is now likely to affect the market in the upcoming months. In fact, many dealers and manufacturers seem to have pre-registered these Euro 3 machines due to restrictions on getting them derogated to be sold in the new year."
"In order to understand how many pre-registered euro-3 motorcycles are on the market, we have taken the combined figures for December and January 2016/17 (15,874 units), and the ones for the same two months in 2015/16 (11,013 units). Then, we added the yearly growth of 11.7% over the period. This showed that the natural market should have equated to 12,301 machines."
Latham concluded,"The difference between the actual figure and our finding shows that there might be approximately 3,573 new pre-registered motorcycles out there looking for new owners. This is likely to hit the small motorcycles market in the next few months."
"A further indication of this activity comes from Lexmoto. The brand was the best seller in December with 1,620 units registered, while it was relegated to position 10 in January with only 131 units sold. Honda, Yamaha and Triumph were back at their top three positions. Surprisingly, Suzuki did not appear in the top 10 brands meaning that there might be a few pre-registered bargains at your local Suzuki dealer."
"Despite this slowdown, there is still optimism amongst dealers, particularly, from the biggest established brands, as the opportunity to get out there and enjoy the open road beckons."
Source: NMDA Press Release
The motorcycle industry has an opportunity to influence new rules for testing and training and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) urges all those involved in the motorcycle industry to complete a DVSA consultation on testing and training, before the deadline on February 17th.
The consultation, 'Improving moped and motorcycle training' has a wide range of questions and gives plenty of opportunity for individual feedback.
MCIA has prepared draft response guidelines, which give additional detail for each question, explaining why certain aspects of the testing and training regime need changing. The draft response also sets out the MCIA position on each section.
The DVSA is exploring possible changes to a number of areas, including removing the need to do repeated tests for those who want to upgrade to a bigger bike and offering a 7-hour training option to upgrade between license categories instead.
Changes to CBT are also being considered, including reviewing the syllabus, making protective clothing compulsory and asking whether some form of theory test should be taken before allowing people to ride on the road.
DVSA is also canvassing opinion on how best to ensure those who intend to ride a geared bike after CBT are trained on one. The current rules allow riders who do CBT on an automatic ‘twist and go’ to ride a geared bike without additional training and some training schools do not offer geared bikes to clients. DVSA is also asking whether a digital record of those who pass CBT would be valuable; this could, for example, help police with road side checks.
DVSA standards checks may also be extended to any sort of training. Checks are currently limited to CBT training and only take place routinely every four years.
The current testing and training regime is something many people have strong opinions about and this is an opportunity to share them with the DVSA.
Karen Cole, Safety and Training Director of the Motorcycle Industry Association, welcomes the consultation:
“We are delighted to see DVSA has launched this consultation. The questions are worded to encourage respondents to provide their own views and suggestions and we would urge anyone interested in motorcycle training and the wider industry to complete the consultation. "
"This is timely too, as we have recently launched a whitepaper with police chiefs and Highways England. The Motorcycle Safety and Transport Framework calls for greater use of motorcycles and scooters to combat congestion and for their use to be factored into mainstream transport planning. This must be done safely though and the consultation could help achieve this."
Source: MCIA Press Release
The Department for Transport has put forward a proposal to change the age a vehicle gets its first MOT from 3 to 4 years and is seeking your view. The consultation can be accessed at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/extending-first-mot-date-to-4-years.
The options being considered are:
Subject to the public consultation, the changes could come into effect in 2018.
Total registrations for new motorcycles, scooters and mopeds rose by 11.7% during 2016. A total of 128,644 new machines were registered between January and December, compared to 115,121 for 2015.
Commuter sized bikes (50 – 125cc) saw the largest rise. Nearly 40% of all new bikes sold were in this category. The most popular style of bike was 'naked', with 35,651 new registrations, followed by 'scooter' with 27,482 units. Both styles are popular with commuters, which underlines the trend for utility/commuter use.
The leisure market also performed well, with the popularity of bikes aimed at adventure and trail riders accounting for nearly 20% of the total new market.
Before December, new registrations had achieved a steady 7%-8% increase throughout the year, recovering well after a dip following the Brexit referendum. December is normally a quiet month for motorcycle sales, but 2016 saw an unusually high number of registrations, most likely due to dealers, manufactures and importers managing Euro 3 motorcycles before the 2016 end of year deadline.
The rise in new registrations is reflected in the used market too, with the number of motorcycles and scooters licensed for the road at its highest for seven years.
Source: MCIA Press Release
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has launched a consultation on proposed changes they want to make to improve training for motorcyclists.
The proposed changes aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured by making sure new riders are better prepared for the realities of riding on modern roads.
Proposed changes include:
Changes to the CBT course syllabus are also being considered including:
You can read and respond to the consultation by visiting www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-moped-and-motorcycle-training