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Well the show season is fast upon us and as usual Bikesure is gearing up to attend numerous events over the country for the following summer.
Following on from the success of previous meetings Bikesure are confirmed to be attending the following shows this year:
BMF 17th to 18th May = The largest outdoor motorcycle event in the Europe ( ooh impressive )
NABD “you been nabbed” 9th to 11th May = The largest outdoor gathering of men with beards ( oh and there’s a show there somewhere )
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club 5th to 6th July = Need I say more??
UK quad show 27th to 28th Sep = Only quad show in the UK ( and the best )
If your quite new to what we do at these shows, I feel it my responsibility to fill you in with what it means to attend:
1. Spend the weekend giving out quotes to the public on laptops
2. Walking round the venue trying to be glamorous handing out goodie bags
3. Chatting to other companies and blagging as much free stuff as possible
4. Getting as many photo’s as you can with the promo girls ( just me )
As you can see, there is a lot of hard work and effort that goes into making a show successfull.
To keep up to date with the shows so far and whats happening within bikesure, keep posted to this blog!
January 20th – 22nd saw me, the boss; Dave (our affiliate rep) and three lovely ladies in Lycra attend the annual motorcycle expo show 2008 at the NEC. For all you unknowns the expo is the annual show only open to people in the motor trade i.e. dealers, companies and anything really to do with two wheels. The main emphasis being to showcase new products, chat to other businesses and generally nose on what everyone else is doing for 2008!
Also a special mention to the lovely Nicola and Charlie from our marketing department whose hard work made sure the stand looked fabulous, cant beat a woman’s touch!
The main aims of bikesure’s presence at the show was to reiterate our strong position in the insurance market and also to make sure our existing customers are looked after and attempt to sign new businesses/dealerships to our affiliate scheme.
For those not in the know, bikesure affiliate scheme is where we offer
£30 direct to the company/dealership for every single customer referred to ourselves who in turn take out an insurance policy.
As technology moves worryingly fast, (sounding like my Nan and I’m only 24!) we at Bikesure are always one step ahead and can also offer a banner to be placed on dealers website allowing the same £30 for every customer that is referred to our online quotation site and sets up a policy. We also assist the client by giving them an online stats page where they can keep a tab on how many clicks they have had on their website and how much money they have accumulated from referrals. Not bad really when you consider there is no charge or contract from us to set this up, you help us and we return the favor likewise.
Along with the wit and charm of myself and the stig of the dump look-alike we had in Rob, there also were a few goodies on the stand for the punters to ogle over and take home if they asked nicely (yep, you know where this is going, more comedy gold)… oh and not to mention the complimentary sweets, pens, calendars, notepads and mugs.
Needless to say we were rewarded with our hard work during the day by letting off steam in the Hilton hotel, which was the official base of the Expo show. I admit this may have gone to my head a little bit as on the first night I came down to the bar in my glad rags strutting around like I owned the place. If my mates would have seen me I’m sure that would have just thought Grant you t**t! But to be fair, when you stay in a hotel that automatically guides you to the toilet in the middle of the night like a runway (true), who cares!
Needless to say we made sure our “common” status was resumed when Laura and me decided to army crawl down the 3rd floor corridor after a night out in Birmingham, not everyone found it funny! (Sorry angry lady from second door down, he he).
But all fun aside it was an absolutely fantastic few days at the NEC and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say a big thank you to Mr. Balls for allowing us all to attend. (Right that’s the brown nosing over, I feel a pay rise in the air).
For another year we have shown the motorcycle trade that bikesure are an ever growing force in the motorcycle insurance market and not to forget specialists when it comes to areas such as Sports, Customs, Trikes, Quads, mopeds, multi bikes and Chinese imports to name a few.
If your interested in any of the above then feel free to contact us or ring us, well except for the girls where they can be found at http://www.fluxbabes.co.uk/, and yes, they really all do work for us……so have a look to see my motivation for going to work everyday!
As part of our relationship with the Suzuki Owners Club, the Bikesure boys and girls will now be accompanying members of the SOC to various bike shows around the country providing motorcycle insurance quotes and info from the Suzuki Owners Club stand.
The first show was the Classic Mechanics at Stafford Showground, and our man Grant was on hand alternately working hard and chatting to the laydees.
I must say that the SOC staff look just the ticket in their new shirts too.
You can look at Grant’s pics at our Flickr. There are lots of classic Suzuki motorbikes, and not a few of the attractive women that Grant tried to charm.
Now the name doesn’t sound too inviting but I assure you its not what it sounds. Held on Sunday 16th September at Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough the Stinkwheel show is a collection of classic and Italian classic bikes.
Me and Jon were chosen as the worthy representatives for Bikesure for this occasion which was also to be sponsored by ourselves. With the “company”, oh yes “company” car stocked up and good to go, we left Kings Lynn for the sunny heights of Loughborough.
We borrowed Suzy Sat Nav from Dean “the egg” Twiddy and programmed in the post code for the show. After a quick stop off at McDonalds, and 2 hours on the road, the Sat Nav uttered the words “100 yards to your destination!” Now at this point I was quite worried, mainly because I hadn’t seen any sign of any type of bike show, or house for that matter.
Turn right and you will reach your destination she said, so we did……..and pulled into a car park of a local cricket match!!! If it wasn’t for the child lock, Mrs Sat Nav would have found her way strewn a mile down the road! After much reprogramming, we eventually found the show and set up.
Back to the hotel for light refreshments and an early night…cough cough!!!! ANYWAY!!!!
Next morning after a few cups of tea and figuring out if we were in the right hotel or not, we brushed ourselves down…not each other!!!! and arrived at the show at 9.30.
There were loads of traders and bikes including BSA, Norton, MV Agusta etc. There was a large showground in the middle for all the bikes to be shown off, as well as a display team.
We set our our stall and proceeded processing quotes and giving out goody bags and generally chatting to the public and spreading the word of Bikesure.
At one point I was approached by the organiser to enter the ring (Ed: I didn’t think Rob Balls was at this show?) and say a few words over the tannoy!!! SAY A FEW WORDS????? I bloody loved it, snatched the microphone off the announcer and delivered a speech that Winston Churchill himself would be proud off.
All in all the show was a great success, we spoke to owners clubs, the public, everyone really.
Look out for us at up and coming shows as Bikesure will be appearing at as many as possible, so just come and have a chat!!
Grant “cheese on toast” Varnham
The latest issue of the Insurance Times has an interesting feature on the so called Bennetts “Babes”.
Usually Bennetts employ wannabe glamour models, who may look attractive in the right light, but generally know as much about insurance as I do about morris dancing. It seems that Bennetts have realised that having someone from the insurance industry who is both attractive and well-informed on the merits of the various motorcycle insurance policies available would be a good thing.
And so, presumably having failed to find anyone suitable working for them, they’ve launched a competition to recruit babes from the UK insurance industry.
They must be somewhat regretting having chosen alleged racist bully and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Danielle Lloyd, to launch their campaign – especially so given her well known history with competitions (She “won” Miss Great Britain before being stripped of the title when it was found she was in a relationship with judge Teddy Sheringham). They’ve now been forced to cut their losses and dump the hapless glamour girl.
Of course, we already know that the hottest girls in insurance work for us, in the shape of the legendary Flux & Bikesure babes.
For proof of that, you only had to be at Stoneleigh Park last week for the Motorcycle Trade Expo, where men from around the UK bike industry had the opportunity to meet Laura and Jenny, who were there on our behalf, along with Rob, Duncan and Dave McCourt, our dealers rep.
And the dealers and traders were pleasantly surprised to find that OUR babes not only looked stunning, but also genuinely worked for us, knew all about insurance and bikes and even took an interest in their well polished helmets – our helmet and leathers cover is an essential add-on for bikers who want to look after their gear.