Woking Business

THE unprecedented sales growth of McLaren Automotive’s luxury, high-performance sportscars and super-cars has led to a relatively new area evolving within what is Woking’s most high-profile employer.

While headlines focused on last year’s record sales of 3,340 cars that included the newly launched second-generation 720S Super Series and the 570S Spider, McLaren Automotive saw that success reflected in the growth of its Aftersales function, created just three years ago and which has grown from a team of 37 to 57 over the last three years.

Carl Whipp, Aftersales director at McLaren

For the full story, see the 19 April edition

AUCTION house Ewbank’s is preparing for its Fine Wine and Spirits Auction on 10 May; the first of two planned for this year.

Chris Ewbank, senior partner and auctioneer, said: “These sales are always incredibly popular, both with specialist collectors, and for those looking for that special gift, or bottle of something to enjoy at home with friends and family.”

A bottle of Louis XIII Remy Martin Grande Champagne cognac which carries a pre-sale guide price of between £600 and £1,000

Many lots in the most recent sale, held just before Christmas, saw final prices exceeding their estimates, illustrating the strength of demand for rare or unusual drinks.

For the full story and more pictures, see the 19 April edition

SCIENTISTS at The Pirbright Institute have received funding to enable research into boosting livestock vaccine yields by up to ten fold.

Throughout the project, scientists at Pirbright will work closely with Horizon Discovery Group plc, a global leader in gene editing and gene modulation technologies.

For the full story, see the 19 April edition

WOKING-based manufacturer Harvey Water Softeners has marked its 40th year in business with its best ever set of results, posting sales of £26.5m for 2017 – a 24% rise on the previous year.

The family-run firm, which builds and sells water softeners for homes in hard water areas, grew its turnover during the 12 months to December 2017 from £21.4m the year before, with total income up by 230% in four years.

Martin Hurworth, Harvey’s managing director

For the full story, see the 19 April edition

ESTABLISHING a new digital advertising network for local businesses is the latest goal of Woking-based Ecoprod.The family-run company has achieved nationwide success providing water and energy saving initiatives for clients including KFC, M&S, Ikea, SONY and BMW, such as their award-winning Urimat waterless urinal.Now it is introducing Visutal: digital LED screens embedded in washroom facilities, showing a cloud-based digital advertising system.

For the full story, see 12 April edition.

ONE in six UK workers has lied on their CV, new research by online tech retailer Ebuyer has revealed. The research, a survey of 2,000 UK office workers, found that previous work experience was the most common lie, with nearly half (47%) of those who did fib embellishing the list of old employers. Previous education or qualifications took second place (41%), followed by personal interests (20%).

See: https://www.ebuyer.com/

For the full story, see 12 April edition.

WOKING’S Istanbul Grill in The Broadway has been named as one of only two kebab houses in the country to achieve a “highly recommended” commendation as runners-up in the Best Regional Takeaway category of the recent British Kebab Awards.

For the full story, see 12 April edition.

HAIRDRESSER Ben Madle of Knaphill salon HeadHunters has reached the semi-finals for the Men’s Image Award in the annual L’Oréal Men’s Colour Trophy competition.

For the full story, see 12 April edition.

Mike Field of Field’s Car Centre in Goldsworth Road fears there could be accidents waiting to happen

A VISIT to or through Woking is now best described as a ‘Crawl through town’.

I travel along Victoria Way every day between Chobham Road and Goldsworth Road.

What is really concerning me is the potential, for not just an accident, but a serious collision at the Chobham Road junction and the pedestrian crossing by New Victoria theatre.

For the full article, see 12 April edition.

AUCTION house Ewbank’s saw fantastic results at its first three-day sale of the year, with a final total hammer price of almost £500,000 across the whole event.

The third day, which saw clocks and antique furniture lots going under the hammer, was well-attended by buyers in the room, as well as those online and on the phone from all over the UK and overseas.

This 19th-century French Boulle table sold for £1,905

For the full story, see 12 April edition.