A STAR car from Pulman ŠKODA

STAR Radio were looking for a car that could carry radio equipment throughout County Durham and North Yorkshire, the brand new family run Pulman ŠKODA showroom in Durham seemed like a perfect fit, a local car for a local station from a locally run retailer.
The Yeti, the iconic ŠKODA SUV with four-wheel drive technology provided STAR radio the perfect station car. With a generous boot capacity, the Yeti is ideal for the radio crew’s sound equipment. Along with DSG automatic, satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone preparation, STAR radio can be assured of a fantastic driving experience.
STAR 102 – 107 FM covers Durham, Darlington and North Yorkshire with fantastic music, and a breakfast and drivetime show that has grown its audience recently. John Clayton, Managing Director for STAR Radio
comments: “We were looking for a station car that could represent us throughout County Durham and ideally from a local supplier. After talking with Pulman ŠKODA it seemed like a perfect partnership. Pulman with their new ŠKODA showroom in Durham, who are also customer and community focused, aligned with our own values.”
After receiving the ŠKODA Yeti, Emil Franchi STAR Radio’s new Drivetime presenter who’ll be driving the eye catching Yeti commented: “When the cover came off and the car with STAR radio logo’s was revealed everyone was very excited! The car looked great and I was even more excited when I learned the Yeti was an automatic and had Sat Nav. I can’t wait to drive it”.
From leaving Pulman ŠKODA the STAR radio team went on a tour of Durham, from the iconic cathedral to the Riverside cricket ground at Chester-le-Street, the STAR Yeti visited some of the most popular sites in County Durham. But the road trip doesn’t end there, while the Durham leg of the tour has already kicked off, the STAR car will be visiting Darlington and North
Yorkshire across the coming weeks and months.
Emil thought it was great to be able to drive the new ŠKODA Yeti around his hometown and “was particularly impressed with the additional features and gadgets the car offers alongside a very smooth and comfortable
Natalie Wilson, Marketing Manager at Pulman ŠKODA, expressed how passionate Pulman are about supporting the local area; “We were
very excited when STAR radio approached us with their idea for a new station
car, by partnering with STAR radio and their #LoveLocal campaign the STAR car tour is a great way to showcase both STAR and Pulman SKODA around the North East. We can’t wait to see where the STAR Yeti goes next”.

County Durham business, Pulman ŠKODA, celebrates award win for excellent customer service

Motability customers in County Durham can be sure of receiving award-winning customer service when they visit local dealer Pulman ŠKODA, who have won a regional award for their work with the Motability Car Scheme. The accolade is part of a programme of awards, launched last year by Motability Operations, to recognise and reward outstanding customer service provided by local Motability dealerships. Pulman ŠKODA won the award from over 600 dealers a fantastic achievement and dedication from everyone involved.
The Dealer Awards programme is designed to reward best practice and
ensure all Motability customers receive exemplary customer service across the Motability Scheme’s national 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 performance. All winners of the
quarterly awards are automatically entered into the national, annual awards
which are announced at the beginning of the following year.
Peter Wilson, General
Manager – Dealer Relations at Motability Operations, explains:
“The focus of these awards is to thank our dealer
partners for providing a consistently positive customer service experience,
after all, they are often the first point of contact for our customers. It’s
important for us to recognise our dealer partners who go above and beyond when representing the Motability Scheme and highlight those who are setting a great example of how to do it well, like Pulman ŠKODA. Many congratulations to them on their award.”
Celebrating their Motability Dealer Award win, Elizabeth Walton from Pulman ŠKODA, said: “All of us at Pulman ŠKODA are incredibly proud to win this Motability Dealer Award. Last year we have moved into our new Pulman ŠKODA showroom at Belmont Durham, along with undertaking a training programme to ensure that everyone in the sales team are qualified as Motability experts. Offering the very best service and experience to our customers. We want to thank Motability for this fantastic award. We look forward to continuing our award-winning approach to
business and customer service and to welcoming many more Motability customers through our doors in 2017”
Anyone who receives the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment can exchange their weekly payment to lease a new car through the Motability Scheme. 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 953 7000.
more information on Pulman ŠKODA please call 0191 300 6130 or visit www.pulmanskoda.co.uk.
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Top 10 Alternative Driving Songs

Something that’s never gone away as car
technology advances is the desire to listen to great music while driving,
especially if it compliments the scenery or relaxes you mid-traffic-jam.
As a Guitar teacher I’ve been exposed to an
enormous amount of Music of all styles and popularity levels. So, presuming
that you already know the clichéd motorway big hitters from The Eagles, AC/DC
and Bruce Springsteen, here are my Top 10 Alternative Driving Songs. All by bands
you may’ve forgotten, or haven’t heard of at all.
Here’s the accompanying Spotify playlist
Get it saved and get in the car!
1) Everything Everything – To
The Blade
Everything Everything are one
of the most exciting British bands of the last few years, and what’s more, the
3 founding members were born and raised in Northumberland. This track, “To The
Blade” starts unusually, with a rambling solo vocal, but the huge crescendo/drop
at 0:54 takes the song in an amazingly energetic direction.
2) Mark Knopfler – Sailing To
You already know Knopfler,
arguably the finest Guitarist the North East has ever produced, as the man
behind Dire Straits (Sultans Of Swing) and composer of film score / NUFC anthem
Going Home/Local Hero. This hypnotic acoustic ballad refers to “Durham and
Northumberland” in verse one, conjures up visions of Northumberland’s scenery,
and is a collaboration with Folk legend James Taylor.
3) Tears For Fears – Everybody
Wants To Rule The World
This 1985 hit definitely fits
the category of “Forgotten Classics” – revived as a fantastic driving song by
Peter Kay’s recent BBC sitcom “Car Share”. The typically huge 80’s drum beat
and fluctuating melancholic melodies make this song perfect for our driving
4) José González – Crosses
José González is an
Argentinian-Swedish artist known for his moody, evocative folk songs. “Crosses”
is one of his best, with a drivingly rhythmic undercurrent and a reflective
vocal that lends itself to looking out the window at the world flashing by
5) New Radicals – You Get What
You Give
This one made New Radicals
something of a one hit wonder back in 1998. It’s a perfectly constructed pop
song with a lot of energy, making it a great driving song and one that’s sure
to bring back memories of the late 90’s when for a brief moment, this song was
6) Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
Glasgow-born Al Stewart
released “Year Of The Cat” in 1976 (and instantly moved to L.A. following its
success!) – It demonstrates his great storytelling lyricism and the melodic
talents of the band around him. The song manages to simultaneously be upbeat
and have an edge of sadness. You’re going to find yourself singing along to this
7) Nitin Sawhney – Breathing
Nitin Sawhney is a
British-Indian composer and producer who has worked with just about everybody,
won multiple awards for his film scores, and even originally worked with actor
and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar on the concept that later became BBC sketch show Goodness
Gracious Me. “Breathing Light” is a beautiful genre-mixing instrumental full of
interesting violin, piano and percussion parts.
8) Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Grizzly Bear emerged from
Brooklyn, NY in the early-mid 2000’s.
“Two Weeks” is one of their best songs, full of amazing, swelling vocal
harmonies that create an epic, scenic soundscape. This is another one
well-suited to the more scenic routes, and another one that’ll get you singing
along, with some painfully high-pitched (but very fun) Oohs and Aahs. Enjoy!
9) Porcupine Tree – Trains
What starts as an acoustic
ballad later becomes another huge soundscape, that won award after award for
its surround sound mix in 2002.  This was
the first song I thought of for this driving playlist, such is the dynamic of
the song (you’ll see what I mean – remember to listen to the spotify playlist). It’s
also probably one you’ve not heard of, as Porcupine Tree have remained relatively
10) Mutual Benefit – Not For
Disillusioned US banker turned
hippy-songwriter Jordan Lee formed Mutual Benefit to realise his Folk music
aspirations. “Not For Nothing” is typical of his writing – bare, emotional
lyrics, luscious strings arrangements and a reflective mood that is made for a
night-time drive.
That concludes my playlist of
the Top 10 Alternative Driving Songs. I’d love to hear your own driving
playlists so be sure to share them. Happy listening!

About the author:

Alex Bruce runs Bruce Music – Guitar
Lessons London
Bruce Music provide expert,
friendly Guitar Teachers to students all over
London.  You can find Alex and Bruce
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The new ŠKODA Kodiaq drives into 2017 winning WhatCar Best Large SUV

launch their brand new large SUV – Kodiaq – in quarter 1 of 2017. Already it’s
rave reviews and awards from the motor industry for it’s affordability with
high level of spec included
Opportunity for Fleet
Kodiaq reimagines what is possible with an SUV (ŠKODA  UK). It’s cutting edge technology and lavish
interior makes it an ideal car for any professional. As ŠKODA’s first seven
seater SUV, it introduces a new level of value and practicality that will
benefit any business.
kodiaq interior






Boasting an unparalleled 2,065 liters of storage space (with
the rear seats folded down) there is enough space to fit even the largest
professional equipment in – from camera apparatus to delivery boxes the ŠKODA
Kodiaq has got you covered.
kodiaq boot
And it
is not just space that makes the Kodiaq so perfect for business professionals,
sporting ŠKODA’s renowned “simply clever” features the Kodiaq is perfectly
adapted for wherever your business takes you. If you delve into the options
list “you’ll find the Kodiaq deals more in opulent luxuries than bare
necessities” (carmagazine.co.uk). SmartGate and MAXI-Dot Trip allow you to keep
an eye on what’s happening with your car, while Smartlink allows you to keep an
eye on the office. The Infotainment Online system provides you with up-to the
minute information to give you everything you need to know while you are on the
road. While Google Earth and Street View mapping gets you to your meetings,
live updates such as parking information and traffic updates help you get there
on time.
navigation kodiaq


phone map


you’re looking for a car with more space, more seats and more standard
equipment then the Kodiaq is your ideal business partner.
kodiaq exterior
Here at Pulman ŠKODA
Fleet we have some fantastic contract hire rates both for buisness and personal contact hire. Why not chat to our friendly fleet advisor Simon Rayner who will take the hassle out of managing a fleet.
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Contact Simon via Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/simonraynerskoda/
or email: srayner@pulmanfleet.co.uk
 Call Simon on 07921852359
#SKODA #Kodiaq #ContractHire
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