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KIA GIVES BACK TO THE NHS

 Countless NHS workers across the UK are working tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to provide care for those in need. In appreciation of their outstanding work, Kia Motors (UK) Limited is giving back to these critical workers with a series of offers for NHS staff to say a big thank you.

For NHS staff looking to purchase a Kia, they will be entitled to receive their first two services for free with the Kia Care Plan. For NHS workers who already own a Kia, the company is offering one year’s free RAC Roadside Assistance, as well as £200 excess return voucher to use with any insurance policy. This will allow them to pay up to £200 of excess costs if a claim is made within the remainder of the insurance policy. These great offers are valid from now until 31 December 2020, and eligible to those with a valid NHS photo ID.

Paul Philpott, President and CEO at Kia Motors (UK) Limited, commented: “This has certainly been some of the most challenging times we have faced, but it would have been impossible without the inspiring efforts of the NHS. We wanted to be able to show our appreciation here at Kia UK and agreed that these offers were one way to say thank you to all the wonderful NHS workers.”

For more information on the NHS offers, please visit: www.kia.com/uk/new-cars/nhs/


PEOPLE POWER KEEPS VAN HEROES MOVING

The nation’s van community is working harder than ever on front line to deliver more medical supplies, groceries, essential goods and parcels – but it has come at considerable personal cost. The latest Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer reveals that average driver’s working week has increased by almost five hours during this crisis – nearly an extra 20 hours a month.

The extra effort required to keep households and the supply chain moving in extraordinary circumstances has compromised the work/life balance of one in three members of the community – indeed, almost 50% say that being away from home for long periods of time is their biggest concern right now, above mental wellbeing (38%) and physical health (36%).

However, whether it’s their colleagues, their employer or the great British public, it is people that are helping to power the van community throughout this challenging time, with 43% of drivers and operators say they have been able to adapt more easily to the ‘new normal’ thanks to their employers’ clear communication on new working guidelines. In addition, 50% say that support they’ve received from those within the close-knit van community has had a positive impact on their outlook, but it’s the goodwill of customers that really shines through.


COVID-19 FORCES CANCELLATION OF 2020 WALES RALLY GB

 It is with great regret that the organisers of Wales Rally GB have announced the cancellation of the UK’s long-running round of the FIA World Rally Championship due to the unprecedented global coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s 76th staging of the historic event had been due to run from 29 October to 1 November as the penultimate round on the 2020 WRC schedule and additionally was the con-cluding rounds of both the FIA Junior World Rally Championship and British Rally Championship. Wales Rally GB typically attracts numerous top-class entries from around the globe and 100,000 spectators to competitive speed tests set in the spectacular forests of mid and north Wales.

 “This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but, in close consultation with our chief funding partner the Welsh Government, it is sadly one we are obliged to make in light of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic,” explained David Richards CBE, the Welsh-born Chairman of Motorsport UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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