Blackcircles.com Bolsters Premier Garage Numbers in Q1

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In the first quarter of 2013 Blackcircles.com, the UK’s leading online tyre retailer, has seen a total of 25 independent garages join their network as a Premier Garage.

It was a fantastic start to 2013 in terms of recruitment and with 25 more garages working with us, I believe that we are really offering UK motorists a true alternative to the high street fast fit chains.

The Premier Garage Programme was first launched in September 2010 to provide excellent customer service, first rate garage facilities and capabilities to customers of Blackcircles.com.

With 25 Premier Garages in Q1 joining the growing network – from Arbroath in Scotland to Wymondham near Norwich – the Blackcircles.com network now includes over 1,400 independent garages, of which 340 have received the Premier Garage accolade.

Garages chosen to be a part of the Premier Garage Programme are selected via a strict vetting process – looking for businesses with a first rate customer care culture and mechanics trained to the highest industry standards.

Speaking about the Q1 performance, Charlie Dickson, Director of Franchise & Network Development said, “The Blackcircles.com Premier Garage programme is now in its third year and the development of the brand through our independent garage network has been impressive.

"Today, Premier Garages represent our consistent focus on delivering the highest standards of operation and customer service nationwide.

“It was a fantastic start to 2013 in terms of recruitment and with 25 more garages working with us, I believe that we are really offering UK motorists a true alternative to the high street fast fit chains.”

Since being founded in 2001, Blackcircles.com has worked in partnership with local garages, keen to stop high street corporate chains monopolising the repair and service industry.

To that end, Blackcircles.com has worked hard over the last twelve years to ensure customers have a genuine alternative - their independently owned local garage.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Launched in 2001, Blackcircles.com is a leading UK online tyre retailer with emphasis on competitive price points and added customer value.

Blackcircles.com is the only tyre retailer to offer Tesco Clubcard points on car tyres.

With headquarters in the Scottish Borders town of Peebles, Blackcircles.com has grown through strategic ventures and partnerships with independently owned garages across the UK.

The Managing Director of Blackcircles.com is Mike Welch, former Head of e-Commerce at Kwik Fit. The Chairman of Blackcircles.com is Graeme Bissett, former Group Finance Director of Kwik Fit.

Blackcircles.com sells a comprehensive range of tyres for cars, vans and motorbikes, including high performance and 4x4 tyres available from all major brands.

The company has a UK network of over 1,400 fitting outlets - the largest network in the UK

Over 340 of the independent garages on their fitting network are now part of the Premier Garage Programme.

Premier Garages allow Blackcircles.com to further align with the expertise of local independent garages and continue to grow the number of tyre fitting centres in the fitting network.

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