HillsTalk Oct 2015

FrameTek – Double the space double the impact

FrameTek, from industry specialists Hills Numberplates, is a premium range of backing frames allowing you to print your company details, logos, strap lines and much more to help promote your business. Our independent research shows that FrameTek is a massive 92.4% more visible than a standard lipped number plate.

RSM Independent Research – July 2015

FrameTek is available in four variants to suit your needs and budget. They can be supplied Plain, Mono with a white print, Colour in a four-colour print or HD in a striking photorealistic print.

FrameTek is available in four variants to suit your needs and budget. They can be supplied Plain, Mono with a white print, Colour in a four-colour print or HD in a striking photorealistic print.

FrameTek Plain – A high quality plain black plastic backing frame ideal for budget conscious customers.

FrameTek Mono – A black backing frame with a white print perfect for advertising your company name and contact details.

FrameTek Colour – Black backing frame with an outstanding four colour print suitable for brand and company promotion.

FrameTek HD – An industry first, black backing frame with a striking photorealistic HD gloss print, picture-perfect for promoting detailed branding or logos.

Adrian Berry, Sales Director says “FrameTek enables us to enter other markets where people like to advertise who they support or are a part of an organisation, or want to advertise their business.”

Contact your Area Sales Manager or Internal Sales on 0121 623 8050 and select option 1 for more information.

Highest September on record for new car registrations

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported new car registrations in the UK reached their highest ever making September the 43rd consecutive month of growth. So far in 2015, 2,096,886 cars have been registered with 462,517 cars registered in September. September is usually the most popular month for new car registrations hence growth was expected, however a big contribution has been affordable 65 plate deals, a demand in all fuel types and from private and fleet business buyers. All market groups saw an increase in vehicle registrations; diesel and petrol cars in September grew 4.1% and

alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) grew 21.7%. The total year-to-date growth is 3.1% for diesel, 9.5% for petrol and 48.7% for AFVs. Hills have adopted Value Stream Mapping through the help of Business Growth Unlimited, a business consultancy that offer practical guidance and accredited training. With Value Stream Mapping in place our Production Team have been able to better manage and boost production during the months of new car registrations to cope with the growing demand.

Source www.smmt.co.uk

Hills new wardrobe

Hills new uniform arrived in August, just in time for the new season with some lovely blouses for the ladies and some very smart shirts for the gents. Managing Director, Richard Taffinder, introduced the idea of uniforms in 2010 to encourage a sense of belonging, promote equality and create a good impression in the mind of Hills customers. All Hills employees wear the Hills badge proudly, reinforcing equality which has resulted in a positive and progressive team atmosphere.

Shelley braved the shave

The Brave the Shave events help to raise much-needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support, who provide vital support during diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. After hearing the Macmillan Brave the Shave challenge on the local radio, Shelley thought “Why not?!” So on Wednesday 19th August, Shelley went under the clippers.

Not only was Shelley brave and ‘bald’ but she exceeded her target of £500 and raised £1,340 for Macmillan Cancer Support. We’re so very proud of Shelley and have the utmost respect for her courage to support such a marvellous cause.

Eyeway

We will be exhibiting at the Care & Dementia Show on the 3rd and 4th November at the NEC Birmingham. It is one of the UKs largest and biggest events where carers of older people can gain more knowledge by attending free seminars, receive free training and advice and learn about latest industry news. We have chosen the Care & Dementia show as the platform for launching our new and exciting product range; the Memory Frame and At Home Labels.

The Memory Frame offers a practical way of displaying a residents personal memory triggers, whilst complimenting the care environment.

Memory Frames help improve communication and way finding between residents, carers and their visitors, in turn reducing overall stress and to help limit confusion which is key in the care of people living with Dementia.

The At Home Labels range has been designed for both the residential home and commercial market, to aid way finding for people living with Dementia.

Through the use of bold high contrast colours, simple icons and clear pictures. The At Home Labels pack comes with over 80 labels in two sizes for use throughout the home, from kitchen to bathroom, bedroom to lounge, a complete starter kit to help with orientation.

For more information about Eyeway Signs visit www.eyewaysigns.com

Stormy rookie season in British GT

The UltraTek Racing British GT team have completed a successful first season in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in a pair of Lotus Evora GT4s. Pitting themselves against some of the best in the UK, the rookie team of Richard Taffinder and Tim Eakin, supported by James Nash and Jamie Wall, made huge strides on their journey from amateur drivers to professional racers.

The UltraTek Racing British GT team have completed a successful first season in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in a pair of Lotus Evora GT4s. Pitting themselves against some of the best in the UK, the rookie team of Richard Taffinder and Tim Eakin, supported by James Nash and Jamie Wall, made huge strides on their journey from amateur drivers to professional racers.

Hills made it to the finish line

As many of you know four members of the Hills Numberplates team trained for the 2015 Trailwalker challenge on the South Downs Way. The Heroic team of four came 53rd out of 417 teams, completing 62 miles in 17:09.10, a truly magnificent achievement. The team felt every one of the 101,439 steps taken and definitely earned a beer after burning 9,822 calories!

Developing skills at Hills

Most of you know Victoria De La Rue (Vicky) as one of the most outstanding, hardworking and passionate employees of Hills. Vicky started in 2001 as an Internal Sales Assistant, was promoted to Internal Sales Manager and then to Office Manager in January 2015. The decision to promote Vicky to Office Manager was due to the growth of the business and employee head count and a demand for a further focus on HR activities.

Vicky’s knowledge of the company, enthusiasm and initiative are remarkable and admirable and we believe that her transition to Office Manager will enhance the overall daily operations of the business. Hills would like to congratulate and wish Vicky all the best in her new role.

Team news

As usual Hills have exciting team news and have been celebrating more birthdays, weddings and the arrival of new babies! Hills would like to wish a big happy birthday to Credit Control Manager, Sam Blake who turned 30 on 14th July and Finance Director, Kath Jenkins who turned 50 on 4th October. Huge congratulations and best wishes to Louise Cruise who got married in Vegas to Clayton Cruise on 16th April. Congratulations to Keyse Awale on the birth of his twin boys, Mike Pope on the birth of his beautiful daughter and Simon Morrey who embraced parenthood with the birth of an adorable baby girl.

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