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Tip Top £45k investment boosts growth for Flintshire vehicle service centre view story

Finance specialists, Bathgate Business Finance have helped a Flintshire-based family-run vehicle service centre achieve ambitious growth with a funding deal worth £45k. The Wirral-based finance company was introduced to Tip Top Service Centre by the Development Bank of Wales, which has supported husband and wife team, Paul and Pam Worley, since the business was established in 2012. The deal, brokered by Ian Adams of Bathgate Business Finance, comprised a £20k loan from Boost Capital to support Tip Top Service Centre’s existing business growth and a £25k invoice finance facility with Chester-based Zodeq. The business offers MOT, servicing, repairs and bodywork, and is also the first Raptor Coatings approved centre in the UK.

U-POL Answers the CAR SOS Call… view story

U-POL has seized upon the phenomenal success of the TV programme Car SOS by offering the next series currently in production its unrivalled support. The Northamptonshire-based operation has given popular presenters Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townsend total access to its vast array of products needed to restore their line-up of classic cars. The duo, who have created a cult following thanks to their infectious quick-fire banter and high-jinx activities combined with their extensive knowledge and expertise while restoring a variety of vehicles, have instantly made use of the arrangement by receiving U-POL’s entire Dolphin filler range including its Dolphin Glaze fine filler developed to eliminate pin holes and surface imperfections along with U-POL’s products designed to specifically repair plastic bumpers.

U-POL’S Roaring REAL RALLY Success view story

U-POL’s Sales Director Jason Hopkins and National Technical Manager Kevin Henry will be handing over £750 after taking part in last week’s REAL Rally charity drive through North Wales. The duo lined up alongside 48 other teams and entered into the true spirit of the event by donning the most perfect fancy dress possible for a company famed for its RAPTOR coating… inflatable dinosaurs! Jason, who arranged for an aging Toyota Land Cruiser to be covered in the highly durable and distinctive coating, said: “What an event, what a way to spend a couple of days making new friends and further cementing relationships. We were delighted to play our part and help make the event as successful as ever. Handing over the money thanks to the generosity of our customers and colleagues will be a delight.”

U-POL Celebrates as it Smashes Through its Million-Litre Monthly Production Target view story

For the first time in U-POL’s 70-year history, the Northamptonshire-based company has produced more than one million litres of product in a calendar month, and in doing so smashed its former production targets. Incredibly, the Wellingborough-based factory which is mid way through a multi-million pound investment programme that will see its facilities fully automated by the end of the year, obliterated the previously unattainable goal by producing one million litres of paste material alone - the basis for the array of filler products it is famed for - and a further 400,000 litres of liquid coating products. Key products include its Premium Dolphin filler range as well as iconic products such as Easy 1 and P.38 filler.

U-POL Supports MAMMOTH Charity Drive by Military Charity view story

U-POL has ensured a team of 12 former soldiers battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will embark on a mammoth 7,000-mile expedition in style. The Northamptonshire-based leading product producer to the vehicle repair industry is providing its highly protective RAPTOR coating for all four vehicles currently being rebuilt by the team to the expedition standards needed to conquer the most arduous of driving conditions. Organised by the Veterans In Action charity that provides support, help and guidance to our military suffering from PTSD, the overland ‘mission’ will leave London on August 31 before travelling through 14 countries during its round trip to the Greek capital of Athens.

U-POL Customers set to Tune into TV Prize Promotion view story

As part of U-POL’s 70th anniversary celebrations, customers who spend more than £70 on its coatings and Premium aerosols will automatically be handed a scratch card with the chance to win a raft of prizes and will be entered into a prize draw to win a 4K HD television worth £700. The products which fall into the category include various coatings including clears, primers, thinners, hardeners, ancillaries and U-POL’s entire Premium aerosol range. The scratch card prizes being offered range from bottle openers and Costa Coffee vouchers to cases of beer, T-shirts and wireless headphones and, ultimately, a 4K HD TV.

RAPTOR Trial success with Bristol Waste view story

RAPTOR TRIAL SUCCESS AS THE TIDE OF TIME IS STEMMED ON RUST RAVAGED LORRIES. The fleet manager for Bristol’s waste disposal operation believes the use of Raptor protective coating developed by U-POL could extend the lifecycle of his heavily corroded vehicles by at least two years. Iain Fortune, who oversees the daily use of the city’s fleet of 284 collection vehicles, freely admits to being “astonished” by how instantly effective the protective system produced at the company’s Wellingborough factory has proven. He claims a trial over the winter whereby two vehicles that were ravaged by rust caused by acidic foods collected from the kerbside were treated with Raptor and that the corrosion that was literally eating away at the metal units has ceased. In addition, as Bristol Waste used U-Pol’s Made To Order product pre-tinted to their branded colour, the vehicles instantly looked fresh and corporate.

RAPTOR has partnered with TATA STEEL view story

U-POL, the UK’s leading producer of protective coatings, has teamed up with Tata Steel to provide the Commercial Vehicle sector with what’s being heralded as a ‘game changer’ of a lightweight system that can be used in the production of HGV trailers and the lining of LCVs. One of the world’s leading steel manufacturers, turned to the Northamptonshire-based company to supply its highly durable non-slip Raptor protective coating to complete its Coretinium® product – Tata Steel innovative and highly durable system developed to dramatically save vital weight to maximise a vehicles’ available payload, improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

Innovation for the Commercial Vehicle Market view story

U-POL is delighted to be returning to the CV show in April this year with new additions and product innovations as part of its Raptor Protective Coatings System. As part of its new offer Raptor Coating can now be tinted to almost any RAL colour that a client requires. The introduction of Made To Order Colour ensures the product is mixed at U-POL’s Northamptonshire production facilities to meet exact corporate brand requirements whereas previously the unrivalled protection barrier was only available in black or a tintable version. This new and exciting development gives a factory standard, ready mixed and ready for use product that can be supplied in virtually any RAL colour and will match all Fleet Managers brand requirements – such as a Sainsbury orange or a John Lewis green.

Isuzu UK Introduces RAPTOR Tough and Protective Coating For New And Used D-Max Pickups view story

There's no doubt that the Isuzu D-Max pickup truck is the weapon of choice for those that like to live their life on the edge, those folk that like nothing more than exploring the ragged edges of the natural world, and who value practical, go-anywhere ability above all else, and the Isuzu D-Max is the most capable of them all. Isuzu UK is proud to announce that it can now supply Raptor protective coatings on its whole pickup range, a highly significant development.

Take a fresh look at U-POL - 70 Years of Expertise view story

Happy Birthday to us! This year, we are celebrating 70 years of expertise, 70 years of pioneering products and supplying the vehicle repair industry across the world. U-POL has undergone a major transformation over the past couple of years. Fueled by the re-acquisition by the private equity house Graphite Capital, a new senior management team headed by CEO Guy Williams is now firmly in place to drive the business forward with the sole aim of becoming the leading manufacturer and supplier of fillers, clearcoats and consumables encompassing the entire vehicle repair process.