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MGMW GIFT MAKES RETIREMENT EVEN SWEETER

Denis Chick has bowed out as director of communications for Vauxhall, taking a high calorie thank you with him from the Midland Group of Motoring Writers.

Among his many interests, which range from gardening and old buses to trains and model cars, Denis has a liking for old fashioned sweets – the sort you’d buy for pennies in your youth.

So that’s what he got (along with a decent bottle of red wine), when he said his public farewell to a group of journalists gathered for a tour of the Vauxhall Heritage Collection at Luton.

Denis was tickled by the hamper of sweets, declaring them an ideal in-period prop for his veteran double decker bus. The gifts were handed over to Denis by Midland Group chairman Ian Donaldson, who thanked him for the positive way Vauxhall has supported the Group over many years.

Denis began his career as an apprentice in 1965, starting at Rover and moving through several engineering roles into product planning and marketing before joining the PR team in 1985.

He went on to become director of product communications, Rover Group in 1994 before leaving the business in 2000, 35 years after starting at the company. After a two-year spell at Trafficmaster, Denis joined General Motors in 2002, initially in the role of PR and marketing manager for, the then embryonic, GM Daewoo UK.

That role transitioned into a multi-brand remit covering all GM brands sold in the UK. Denis was appointed director, communications for Vauxhall Motors in 2009 and has since overseen launch programmes for several of the company’s most successful models.

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SKODA OCTAVIA IS OUR GREEN APPLE AWARD WINNER

The Skoda Octavia has taken top honours at the 2017 Green Apple Awards.

The awards, presented at the House of Commons, are organised by the Midlands-based The Green Organisation and judged by members of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. They single out cars that are both good to drive and economical in the real world.

One of the judges said of the Skoda Octavia: “Fantastic value for money with a car that offers unprecedented cabin space in this league. Well finished, well-appointed and some exceptionally economical engines that deliver on all fronts.”

The Octavia went on to take the Green Apple champion title having first clinched the category for larger family cars.

The MGMW Green Apple Awards in full:

SUPERMINIS: Suzuki Celerio Dualjet

SMALLER FAMILY CARS: SEAT Ibiza,1.0 EcoTEC

LARGER FAMILY CARS: Skoda Octavia

SMALLER SUVs: Dacia Duster

ELECTRIC & HYBRID: Renault Zoe

EXECUTIVE CARS: Jaguar XF, 2.0 litre diesel

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MGMW MEMBER NAMED BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

MGMW member and events secretary, Enda Mullen, has been named Business Journalist of the Year at the annual Midlands Media Awards. He was also highly commended in the News Reporter of the Year (Daily) category.

Enda, who is a business reporter at the Coventry Telegraph and contributor to Trinity Mirror Driving Force, commented: “After 23 years in the business I can finally say I am an award winning journalist.”

Enda’s portfolio of entries in the business category examined the past and future of the Coventry and Warwickshire automotive industry. The judges praised him for providing much-needed business coverage in Coventry and particularly liked his series on the restoration of Coventry as Car City.

Sponsored by HSBC, the Midlands Media Awards are organised by Birmingham-based Lotty Harper Events on behalf of Birmingham Press Club and were also supported by Bareface, Core, Russell Printers, Staffordshire University, The High Field and Milk and Mayo. This year they attracted more than 200 entries.

Birmingham Press Club, which is now celebrating its 152st anniversary, is the oldest press club in the world and the awards are the highlight of the club’s event calendar.

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