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Renault and Geely Choose UK for New Global Company Headquarters

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Renault, the French motor giant, and Geely, the Chinese carmaker, are teaming up to establish a new global company with its headquarters in the UK. This exciting venture will see an investment of up to €7 billion ($7.7 billion; £6 billion) in the development of low-emission petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines. With approximately 19,000 employees across 17 engine factories and five research and development hubs, this partnership aims to consolidate operations, leverage synergies, and define future plans.

Despite the global motor industry’s growing focus on electric vehicles, Renault and Geely remain committed to advancing internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies. The new company, set to launch later this year, will supply engines to renowned car manufacturers such as Volvo, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. Renault’s CEO, Luca de Meo, expressed enthusiasm about this collaboration, stating, “We are proud to join forces with a great company like Geely… to disrupt the game and open the way for ultra low-emissions ICE technologies.” Eric Li, Chairman of Geely Holding Group, shared the vision of becoming a global leader in hybrid technologies, offering low-emission solutions to automakers worldwide.

Additionally, there are plans for Saudi energy giant Aramco, the world’s largest oil and gas company, to potentially join this partnership through a strategic investment. Aramco has been evaluating its approach to lower-carbon technologies due to its significant greenhouse gas emissions. This potential collaboration with Renault and Geely aligns with Aramco’s commitment to investing in sustainable solutions.

The Renault-Geely partnership emerges at a time when electric vehicles are gaining popularity worldwide, including in the UK. However, it is important to note that electric vehicles still tend to be more expensive than their petrol or diesel counterparts. Geely, headquartered in Hangzhou, China, has been actively investing in electric vehicle technology and made headlines a decade ago with its acquisition of the London Taxi Company, which was later renamed the London Electric Vehicle Company. Today, the company’s focus is on developing electric black cabs, with around 5,000 of these vehicles currently operating on the streets of London.

London taxi drivers will undoubtedly be interested in this news as it highlights the ongoing advancements in engine technologies and the commitment to low-emission solutions. The establishment of the new company’s headquarters in the UK further solidifies the country’s position as a hub for automotive innovation and development. As the global motor industry continues to evolve, partnerships like the one between Renault and Geely pave the way for exciting opportunities and advancements in the automotive sector.

15 tips for Catering Vehicle Business Owners

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Are you a catering vehicle owner in the UK looking to set up a profitable business? Building a successful catering venture requires careful planning, dedication, and attention to detail. In this article, we will provide you with 15 valuable tips to help you navigate the challenges and maximize the potential of your catering business. Whether you’re serving delicious food from a food truck, a mobile catering van, or any other type of catering vehicle, these tips will set you on the path to success.

Define Your Niche:

Identify your target market and the type of cuisine that sets your business apart. Whether it’s gourmet burgers, fusion cuisine, or vegan delights, having a unique selling point will help attract customers and build a loyal following.

Craft an Engaging Menu:

Create a mouth watering menu that showcases your culinary expertise and appeals to your target audience. Incorporate diverse options, dietary considerations, and seasonal specials to cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

Location is Key:

Choose your locations strategically to maximize footfall and exposure. Consider busy street corners, office complexes, industrial parks, and local events where potential customers are likely to be present.

Build a Strong Brand:

Invest in a professionally designed logo, catchy tagline, and visually appealing vehicle wrap. A strong brand identity helps you stand out in a crowded market and leaves a lasting impression on potential customers.

Embrace Social Media:

Create accounts on popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Regularly share appetizing photos, interact with followers, and promote your upcoming locations and special offers to expand your reach.

Attend Food Festivals and Events:

Participate in local food festivals, markets, and community events to introduce your culinary delights to a wider audience. These events offer excellent opportunities for networking, gaining exposure, and generating new business leads.

Prioritise Customer Service:

Deliver exceptional customer service at all times. Promptly respond to inquiries, take feedback constructively, and go the extra mile to ensure a positive experience for your customers. Word-of-mouth recommendations are invaluable for growing your business.

Monitor Costs and Profit Margins:

Keep a close eye on your costs, including ingredients, equipment, and overhead expenses. Regularly review your profit margins to ensure you’re pricing your offerings competitively while maintaining profitability.

Establish Relationships with Local Suppliers:

Forge strong relationships with local suppliers to ensure a steady supply of fresh ingredients. Sourcing locally not only supports the community but also adds an element of quality and uniqueness to your menu.

Invest in Professional Catering Insurance:

Protect your business from unforeseen risks with comprehensive catering insurance. Quotax offers reliable catering insurance coverage that safeguards your assets, equipment, and liabilities, giving you peace of mind.

Leverage Online Ordering Systems:

Offer online ordering and delivery services to cater to the growing demand for convenience. Partner with popular food delivery platforms or set up your own online ordering system to expand your customer base.

Build a Loyal Customer Base:

Implement a loyalty program to reward repeat customers. Offer incentives such as discounts, freebies, or exclusive promotions to encourage customer retention and foster a sense of belonging.

Continuously Innovate:

Regularly update your menu with new dishes, seasonal offerings, and innovative flavours to keep customers intrigued and coming back for more. Stay ahead of culinary trends and adapt to changing customer preferences.

Seek Feedback and Learn:

Encourage customers to provide feedback on their dining experience. This valuable input can help you identify areas for improvement and refine your offerings to exceed customer expectations.

Network and Collaborate:

Connect with other local businesses, such as event planners, wedding venues, or corporate offices, to explore potential collaboration opportunities. Networking opens doors to new business ventures and cross-promotion.


Setting up a profitable catering business requires a combination of culinary expertise, effective marketing strategies, and a customer-centric approach. By following these 15 tips, you’ll be well on your way to establishing a successful venture. Remember, Quotax is here to support your business with reliable catering insurance coverage tailored to your unique needs. Start your journey today and delight customers with your delicious culinary creations while ensuring the protection of your valuable assets.

Comprehensive Catering Vehicle Insurance: Protecting Your Mobile Culinary Business

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Are you in the business of delighting taste buds on wheels? Do you own a food truck, mobile catering van, ice cream truck, or catering delivery vehicle? If so, you understand the unique challenges that come with running a mobile culinary business. One essential aspect of ensuring your success and peace of mind is having the right insurance coverage in place. That’s where Quotax Insurance Services comes in. We specialise in providing tailored catering vehicle insurance solutions that protect your business and keep you on the move.


Expertise and Knowledge:

At Quotax Insurance Services, we take pride in our team’s extensive experience and deep understanding of the catering industry. We recognise the diverse risks and needs that catering businesses face on a daily basis. Our insurance experts possess specialised knowledge in catering vehicle insurance, food truck insurance, mobile catering van insurance, ice cream truck insurance, and catering delivery vehicle insurance. We understand the unique requirements and regulations specific to each type of culinary business, and we work closely with our clients to ensure their insurance needs are met.


Tailored Coverage Options:

We understand that every catering business is unique, and a one-size-fits-all insurance policy simply won’t cut it. That’s why we offer customisable coverage options to suit your specific needs. Whether you require commercial auto insurance for caterers, liability insurance for catering vehicles, or comprehensive coverage for your entire catering business, we have you covered. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to assess your risks, understand your operations, and provide personalised solutions that offer the protection you need.


Affordable and Competitive:

Running a catering business involves managing costs without compromising on quality. We understand the importance of affordability when it comes to insurance. At Quotax Insurance Services, we strive to provide catering vehicle insurance that is not only comprehensive but also cost-effective. We work with a wide network of insurance providers to offer you competitive insurance quotes for catering vehicles. Our team will help you navigate through the options, ensuring you get the best coverage at a price that fits your budget.


Superior Service:

At Quotax Insurance Services, we value our clients and prioritise exceptional customer service. We understand the importance of prompt and efficient assistance, especially during unexpected events or accidents. Our team is always ready to provide the support you need, whether it’s answering your insurance-related queries, assisting with claims, or updating your policy. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients, providing ongoing support as your catering business evolves and grows.



As a mobile culinary business owner, protecting your investment, assets, and reputation is crucial. Quotax Insurance Services specialises in catering vehicle insurance and understands the unique risks and challenges you face. With our expertise, knowledge, and tailored coverage options, we ensure that your catering business is well-protected. From food truck insurance to liability coverage and comprehensive policies, we offer affordable solutions to suit your needs. Contact us today to get a personalised insurance quote and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your catering business is covered.

Please call our team today for your Catering Insurance requirements or visit our Catering Insurance page.

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Art that moves: A guide to truck shows and truck insurance

Did you know that the art scene on lorries and trucks originates from South Asia? Drivers would decorate their vehicles with religious symbols to protect them on their long journeys. Additionally, the more decorative a lorry, the higher chance that a company would see it and want to hire it for their own use. Over the years, this type of art has become popular in the West with lots of festivals popping up to celebrate and appreciate the hard work that goes into creating this moving art. With 285,000 lorries driven in the UK each year the truck community is a pretty big one. Through their insurance of lorries and trucks, Quotax has built some close relationships within this community. Speaking to Gavin Hicks, we provide you with all the tips and information you need to get involved and be successful at one of the many UK truck shows.

How did you become interested in the trucking community and particularly in truck art?
I’ve worked in haulage for most of my working life and therefore spend a lot of time in my truck and around other trucks. Being on the road a lot, I wanted a hobby that would suit my lifestyle and which I could enjoy with my friends. After trying a few different ones first, and after seeing some of my friends show trucks, this became a natural interest of mine and has since developed into something I’m very passionate about.

How do you decide on the design of your show truck?
There are lots of different designs, some are more current themes such as the Minions, and others are more classic retro styles. Personally, I wanted something that would stay timeless, not aging, and would always be recognised and loved. As a massive James Bond fan, having a 007 themed truck seemed only right. Not only is it classically British but it’s iconic and something which everyone can appreciate.

How long is the process from first design to completion?
It’s difficult to say because everyone is different; some people have a really clear vision of what they want their truck to look like and then it’s just about how much time you have available to spend on creating it. For others, like me, ideas can change and evolve as you see other show trucks and get influenced by them. It is also an ongoing process. The more shows you go to, the more new ideas you get and want to upgrade your truck. That’s what I love about it- it’s an ongoing process and you can always better your truck.

Do you take your truck to shows and if so what is your favourite show to go to?
Yes, I love going to shows! Due to Covid, a lot of the shows over the last year and a half have been cancelled which means, now that restrictions are easing, there are lots going on this year- I’ve got one nearly every weekend. My favourite has to be the Retro Truck Show. It’s one of the main ones in the UK and has the best atmosphere. Every truck there is of such high quality, it really is impressive.

What would be some of your top tips for people wanting to place in a truck show competition?
I think deciding on a budget and then accepting you won’t stick to that budget, is key. You can create amazing trucks but they do require time and money. However, detail and presentation are easily the most important factors. A truck that has intricate design details always stands out. It’s also super important to have good friends. Going to these shows with other people who share your passion really makes all the difference and makes it all so much more enjoyable.

What are the best communities for people to join who are new to this?
There are so many amazing communities out there and lots of welcoming groups on Instagram and Facebook! I’m part of two Facebook groups and we are all lovely and happy to welcome new members to our community- @trucksthatshine and @southwesttruckers

What made you decide to insure your truck with Quotax?
There are not many insurance companies who will not only insure trucks, but insurance them at a good price. I am very lucky that I found Quotax and knowing that I have good insurance has definitely helped make the process of getting into truck art a lot smoother. Also, it has provided me with a sense of ease which has meant that I can enjoy my hobby without the worry or concern of insurance.

We know it can be difficult to find insurance that covers your individual needs but we also understand that everyone has to start somewhere. At Quotax, we offer a range of insurance policies from Classic Lorry or Truck insurance for those vintage vehicles, to finding you tailored cover for your HGV. For more information about our insurance policies or to get a quote, please contact us on 0208 691 9691 or visit the contact page for other ways to contact us.

From lost jobs to increased health burdens, COVID-19 has had many effects across the world. One of the pandemic's most notable effects is the shortage of lorry drivers, Quotax explores.

Jobs open up for lorry drivers

COVID-19 delayed over 30,000 tests for new drivers in the UK. Also, the government halted driving lessons to help control the spread of the virus, leading to a shortage of drivers in the country. 

However, COVID-19 is not solely to blame. Brexit has also contributed to the reduction of lorry and truck drivers in the country. Thanks to Brexit, companies have reported that over 15,000 European heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers left the country last year. 

Previously, drivers were required to have a community license and a standard international operator’s license to travel across EU and EAA countries. However, with the UK leaving the EU, HGV drivers could not use the EU Community License anymore. Some left the country to seek employment elsewhere, while others left the driver’s job. 

Regardless of the cause of the HGV driver shortage, the effect is being felt all over the country. Currently, there is a shortage of more than 65,000 trained drivers across the country, affecting the speed and cost of delivery of products. 

Some products are not getting to shelves in time. With driver shortage, it takes more time to transport some products from one point to the other. As a result, perishable goods are going bad, resulting in losses to farmers and other suppliers.

We expect to have some empty shelves in the supermarkets or food stores in the coming months. The problem is even becoming worse with the hospitality businesses having been opened recently. Also, the shortage of drivers is likely to affect the prices of certain products. 

What is the way forward?

In late June, the UK government held a meeting with logistic groups, retailers, and wholesalers. The main aim was to discuss the driver shortage and find solutions to the impending crisis.

Following the meeting, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) outlined several potential solutions, including:

  • Prioritise driving tests for HGV drivers
  • Add HGV drivers on Government’s Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation List
  • Minimise the restrictions on HGV drivers’ working hours
  • Introduce other training schemes
  • Give seasonal visas to qualified HGV drivers
  • Launch better working conditions for drivers. 

The country is currently facing a summer of food shortage, and the government will do everything possible to solve this problem.

What does this mean to lorry drivers?

Increased pay

Although it is a nightmare for most UK citizens, the shortage of drivers could be a jackpot for the current and upcoming HGV drivers. Currently, HGV driver’s earnings range from £18,500 to £35,000. If the shortage persists, drivers would undoubtedly receive a pay rise to help lure more drivers into the sector. Some companies have already begun increasing the drivers’ pay across the country.  

Better working conditions

Drivers are also likely to receive better working conditions under the country’s reformed rules. As stated by Defra, the restrictions on HGV drivers are likely to be minimised in the coming months. 

There is a job opening for foreigners

 If you’re an HGV driver and have always dreamed of working in the UK, this could be the chance for you. Among the suggested solutions includes putting the drivers on the official shortage occupation list to make it easier for foreign drivers to come to the UK.

The driver shortage is becoming a norm in the UK – and that is a problem. The number of empty shelves in supermarkets is increasing, and the cost of products is going up. The UK government understands this, which is why it held a meeting with wholesalers and retailers to discuss potential solutions. Defra suggests enhancing the HGV drivers’ working conditions and making it easy for foreign drivers to work in the UK in a bid to entice new drivers.

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Here at Quotax, we offer an extremely broad range of insurance policies, including various truck and lorry policies, which you can view here.

Need black cab insurance for a short trip, or are you in need of long term cover? We have you covered here at Quotax Insurance. Take a look at our various insurance options here.  Quotax are committed to bringing you the best and most competitively priced in the market, offering a 5-star service to all of our customers. 

Why minibuses are a great transport option

With the latest lockdown restrictions continuing to ease, the British public now have more freedom with activities which include: Overnight stays, weddings of up to 30 people, indoor adult sporting events, small indoor and outdoor events and more.

For groups of people who are now looking to travel to different areas around the UK, a minibus may be the perfect mode of transport, especially during the pandemic.

Avoiding public transport

Using a minibus service means that your group has less risk of coming into contact with someone with Covid-19 than if they were to use public transport. Not only that, it also protects others on public transport from potentially catching the virus and passing on to further people. 

Having your own minibus to travel with also allows you to sanitise surfaces in the vehicle, therefore, reducing the risk of the virus being transmitted to passengers. With public transport, even with sanitisation products in use, the chances of catching the virus from touching surfaces will be much higher than when hiring your own minibus for a trip. Additionally, with Covid-19 aside, public transport can often be unreliable and a lot less convenient!

Cheaper mode of transportation

Taking a number of cars to get an entire group to an event will result in a much larger fuel cost. Using a minibus to transport all passengers is much more cost-effective, whilst reducing the headache of trying to arrange to meet each other when you arrive. This will also have a negative impact on the environment due to the extra pollution caused by multiple vehicles being used to travel.

Using public transport can also be very expensive, especially if there is quite a distance to travel. Train, taxi and bus fares can all add up to make a very expensive trip! Rail fares, for example, have risen an extra 2.6% in England and Wales recently, meaning that ticket costs have gone up by more than RPI (Retail Price Index) inflation for the first time since 2013. So overall, a minibus may be a much cheaper alternative.

Convenient for small groups

One of the stand out benefits of hiring a minibus is their convenience. You can have a group all together in one vehicle, you’ll have plenty of room for luggage and you can ride in comfort. 

Groups and organisations that hold sporting events, for example, will often hire minibuses or coaches as it takes the stress out of the journey as there will only be one designated driver and not several. As mentioned previously, public transport can be unreliable, therefore for sports events that are timely, minibuses are extremely convenient to get everyone there on time.

Here at Quotax, we offer an extremely broad range of insurance policies, including minibus insurance for sports groups, clubs and teams, which you can view here.

Need minibus insurance for a short trip, or are you in need of long term cover? We have you covered here at Quotax Insurance. Take a look at our minibus insurance options here. 

Quotax are committed to bringing you the best and most competitively priced in the market, offering a 5-star service to all of our customers. 

What cab drivers should expect coming out of lockdown

In line with the government’s roadmap, there are steps that we must take to help ensure we come out of lockdown and ease restrictions safely and with caution. Children and teachers went back to school on 8th March after being homeschooled for three months and, so far, evidence suggests that there has been only a slight increase in positive tests carried out during the second week back at school, ending 20th March.
The next step was the 29th of March (when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays). Evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors due to covid particles spreading and being blown away by the wind. So from the 29th March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens), of either six people or two households, were also allowed. Additionally, the England wide ‘stay at home’ rule ended on 29th March but many restrictions still remain in place. The latest easing of restrictions will make it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

The upcoming step to take place on 12th April is the opening of non-essential retail, personal care and public buildings. Indoor leisure facilities will also reopen as well as most outdoor attractions including outdoor zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. In line with the ‘outdoor’ rule, hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors (either six people or two households). But, there will be no need for customers to order a ‘substantial’ meal with alcoholic drinks and there will be no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated with table service. In addition, events will be allowed to go ahead too – the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15, while funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners.

With a significant amount of businesses opening up on this date, cab drivers should expect to see a sudden demand for their services to help passengers get around London.

So what should you expect in terms of travel?

There are a few rules surrounding public transport that need to still be followed and obtained by the general public. TFL requires these rules to be followed at all times:

  • Plan your journey in advance and, where possible, travel when it is quiet.
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, unless you are exempt for age, health or accessibility reasons.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible.
  • Follow signs, listen to announcements and pay attention to staff.
  • Wash your hands before and after your journey.
  • Carry hand sanitiser or use sanitiser points at stations.
  • Use contactless or Oyster to pay for your travel.
  • Follow government advice for safer travel and check the safer travel information sheet.
  • Make sure taxi or bus windows are kept open to ensure a good supply of fresh air into the vehicle at all times.

In addition to TFL rules, the Government advises that you should:

  • Try not to touch anyone or anything when you get in the car.
  • If you own the car make sure you clean it after every use.
  • Do not share taxi rides with people outside of your bubble, household or people (rule of six) you are with. Although, sometimes you are allowed to share a taxi with others if it is for work.
  • Listen to any instructions the driver gives you.
  • Make sure you have enough time as your journey may take longer than usual.

Are you prepared?

Whether you’re a driver who needs to fix new perspex or plastic shields for covid safe regulations and protection or you’re a passenger who is raring to get into a pub garden, make sure you follow all instructions. The government and TFL have put these rules in place to ensure we all do our part and continue to stay safe.

All taxi companies and drivers are being asked by TFL to put protective measures in place. This includes ensuring face coverings are worn by drivers and letting passengers know that they must wear theirs too. The latest Government advice is that, although face coverings are unlikely to prevent you from getting the virus, they could help prevent you from giving it to others – which is why we all must do our part to keep everyone safe and protected.

With the sudden increase in demand for cab services, it’s imperative that the safety guidelines are met by cab drivers and their passengers to reduce the spread of covid.

How can we help with your taxi insurance?

At Quotax Insurance, our promise is to provide London black cab taxi drivers with friendly and efficient service, helping owner-drivers and fleet proprietors find a competitive taxi insurance quote.

Our very competitive rates, along with our relationships with a wide-ranging number of specialist insurers mean that we are well placed to provide the perfect taxi insurance for London’s taxi drivers.

We also understand that your taxi is your livelihood – if it’s not working then neither are you. Find out more about our taxi insurance policies here, or give us a call to speak with an expert on 0208 691 9691.