Leeds dealership to act as official drop off point for Leeds Children’s Christmas Charity Campaign
The Ringways Motor Group are proud to announce that as part of this year’s Radio Aire Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign, Ringways Whitehall Road dealership, Leeds will act as one of the official ‘drop off points’ for donated gifts.
Launching on Monday 17th November, Mission Christmas is an annual campaign that provides Christmas presents for children living in poverty throughout the Leeds region that may otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.
Ringways Group Managing Director Stephen Russell said, “Giving something back to the local community is one of the founding principles Ringways was built on when we first started trading over sixty years ago, so we’re delighted to be able to continue that tradition through our support of this year’s Mission Christmas campaign.”
Russell added, “There are parts of our city where the level of children living in poverty has reached staggering proportions. For example, within the Leeds Central parliamentary constituency the latest figures show that 39% of the children living in that area are classed as living in poverty, meaning that the area is actually one of the twenty worst affected areas in the country. So as you can see, it’s a very worthy cause that has a real and profound impact upon so many children living in Leeds.”
In addition to acting as an official drop off point for the campaign Ringways have also donated the use of 2 Ford Transit Vans from their Commercial Department to aid with the collection and distribution of all donated gifts.
Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids Charity Manager Lisa Sullivan commented, “Mission Christmas is our flagship campaign and makes a massive difference to the lives of so many deprived children living in Leeds and West Yorkshire. We are so thankful to Ringways for very generously donating the use of 2 Ford Transit Vans to help co-ordinate our efforts and of course for acting as one of our official drop off points too.”
Hopes are high that this year’s campaign will exceed the record setting results from 2013 where Mission Christmas ultimately delivered over £800,000’s worth of donated gifts to over 15,000 worthy local children.
Sullivan added, “We quite simply couldn’t do this campaign without the extraordinary generosity of local businesses, the general public and our Radio Aire and Magic 828 listeners. We are extremely grateful to each and every person who donates and would like to encourage anyone who’s donated in the past to once again show their support. It’s so easy to get involved, all we’re asking is for people to buy just one extra gift for a child that would otherwise go without and to then drop it off at one of our many drop off points across the region including Crown Point, Ison Harrison and Ringways.”
Lisa Nuttall, Senior Marketing Manager at Crownpoint Shopping Park said “We are delighted to be supporting Mission Christmas again this year and ask everyone in Leeds and West Yorkshire to either buy an extra gift or donate to Cash for Kids. Together we can make every local child smile this Christmas.”
For more information about the Radio Aire Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign or to find out how you can get involved please visit www.radioaire.co.uk/mission-christmas or contact Ringways Leeds dealership on 0113 2634222.
We have been full of nostalgia here at Ringways Motor Group since one of our lovely Facebook Followers Neil Pilkington emailed us with a very heart-warming story. The story takes us back to 1968/1969 circa where Neil has informed us that we had our very own Football Team – ‘’Leeds Ringroad Ringways Team’’ and Neil was in fact the Team Mascot. This picture was taken at Elland Road and it is believed all the players worked for Ringways. The gentleman stood at the left in tracksuit was Neil’s deceased father Brian Pilkington and the mascot behind the ball was Neil Pilkington himself. Neil’s recollection of the tournament (pictured) was that they only played one game and that was refereed by Jack Charlton and the 2 linesmen were Eddie Gray and Norman Hunter. The RingwaysTeam did play other matches which Neil remembers his father dragging him along to. A huge thank you to Neil for allowing us to use this picture and for sharing this lovely nostalgic story with us. Do you recognise anyone in the picture? We would love to find the names of the other team members.
Motability customers in Leeds and Doncaster can be sure of receiving outstanding customer service from local dealer, Ringways Motor Group as they celebrate winning a regional award for their work with the Motability Car Scheme. The accolade is part of a new programme of awards to reward local Motability dealerships that provide outstanding customer service in their area.
The new Dealer Awards programme is designed to ensure all Motability customers receive exemplary customer service across the dealer network. The awards are judged on how a dealer delivers the Scheme to customers, which is assessed by customer feedback and reviews of their Motability performance. All winners of the quarterly awards are automatically entered into the new national, annual awards which will be held for the first time in January 2014.
Peter Wilson, General Manager – Dealer Relations at Motability Operations, explains:
“As the ‘shop-front’ of the Motability Scheme and in many cases, the first contact point for our customers, the focus of these awards is to thank our dealer partners for providing an ongoing positive customer service experience. Our customers continually rate the service they receive at the dealership highly but there’s always room for improvement and opportunities to learn from those who are doing it really well, like Ringways Motor Group. Many congratulations to them on their award win”.
Celebrating their Motability Dealer Award win, Guy Roberts Ringways Motor Group, said:
“We are pleased and proud to win this Motability Dealer Award. Motability is renowned for its high standards and Ringways Motor Group is thrilled to be recognised for our dedication to working in partnership with Motability. We look forward to continuing our award-winning approach to business and customer service and hope to do well in the upcoming annual awards.”
Anyone who receives the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement can exchange the weekly payment to lease a new car through Motability. Insurance, servicing, RAC breakdown assistance and replacement tyres are included in the cost of the lease.
For more information about the Motability Scheme and to find your local dealer, visit www.motability.co.uk or call 0800 093 1000.
For more information on Ringways Motor Group please call 0113 2634222 or visit www.ringways.co.uk.
Last week we were honoured to be presented with the The Chairmans Award 2012 from Mark Ovenden, Chairman and Managing Director Ford of Britain at our Leeds dealership on Whitehall Road
Ringways has received the award after being rated as one of Ford's finest UK dealerships by our customers which is just fantastic!
Extensive research is continuously carried out by Ford to assess exactly how customers feel about the quality of attention they receive from their dealer - whether buying a new vehicle or having the vehicle serviced. For the winning dealerships this programme confirms they not only meet but exceed their customers' expectations.
When asked about the award Mark Ovenden said "This award recognises the commitment and outstanding achievement of Ringways Motor Group in 2012. Being a winner places this dealership amongst the very best in the Ford of Britain. Their focus and ability to deliver excellence in customer satisfaction performance, vehicle sales, finance penetration and parts sales helps to mark both the dealership and Ford out as market leader, allowing us to jointly maximise revenue and profits."
Ringways Managing Director Mr Stephen Russell, said: "We are delighted and proud to receive the Chairman's Award. It is the ultimate test of the service we provide because it is judged by our customers. It is a real tribute to the excellence and dedication of all our staff and a fitting recognition of their commitment to customer satisfaction."
These days the cost of getting your teenager on the road can seem astronomical. Driving lessons and a car will pretty much empty the old piggy bank, leaving little for petrol, road tax and car insurance cover.
For many teenagers, the stark realisation that they'll have to shell out their nominal incomes to cover these costs can make motoring independence an almost unachievable dream.
That's why so many parents are footing the bill for their teens. Before you put your hand in your pocket, read on to hear how to keep costs down.
Why is it so expensive?
One word: risk. Younger drivers pose a much higher risk to insurance companies and typically make bigger claims. So while your teen might be road safety incarnate and never need to make a claim, their age is still likely to work against you.
So what should you do?
Well, try to choose a car with a small engine. 'Boy racer' modifications can up your teen's insurance costs considerably – and many insurance policies won't cover modified cars at all.
You can also teach your teen the importance of driving carefully and safely – the more accident and claim-free years they have, the lower their insurance policy will be in the future.
And what shouldn't you do?
There are other ways some people minimise their teen's car insurance premium – not all of them legal, desirable or beneficial to anyone. Make sure you know all the implications before considering the following:
You might think that making your teen a named driver on your own policy is the best way to avoid a huge insurance bill. But beware. This is a viable option only if your teen borrows your car from time to time.
If you claim to be the main driver of your teen's vehicle when in fact your not, this is a fraudulent act known as 'fronting' the policy. If your teen has an accident, the insurer could not only refuse to pay out, but could also prosecute.
Don't risk your no claims discount
If your teenager really is the second driver of your car, then adding them to your own insurance policy could be a good solution. However, your own insurance premium could well go up and you risk losing your no claim discount if they ever have an accident.
Talking of no claim discounts, some policies don't allow named drivers to build these , meaning your teenager won't reap the benefit of careful driving until they get their own car and insurance policy.
If you want to strike the middle ground, you could cover a percentage of the insurance cost and let them pay the remainder. Sharing the cost may still help teach your teen the true cost of motoring, encouraging him or her to drive safely and take motoring seriously.
This guest post was written on behalf of Money Matters, the Sainsbury's Bank blog. The views expressed in this post are those of the author and not of Sainsbury's Bank. Though it may include tips and information, it does not constitute advice and should not be used as a basis for any financial decisions. Sainsbury's Bank accepts no responsibility for the opinions and views of external contributors and the content of external websites included within this post. All information in this post was correct at date of publication.