Bowker Blackburn MINI surprised the Little Mix star, Jade Thirlwall’s mother, on Christmas morning by delivering a brand new grey MINI Cooper Hatch!
Little Mix’s tour manager got in touch with Dave Pope, our sales executive for Bowker Blackburn BMW and MINI, after Jade said she wanted to surprise her mother at Christmas with a new car.
Dave says, “I’ve been a friend of the Little Mix tour manager for a while. And he’s bought a car from me in the past. He called me to tell me that a member of the band wanted to surprise her mum at Christmas with a new car. So we started talking about the best way to go about it.
“Jade took an active interest. She knew exactly how she wanted the car to look as it was a special gift for her Mum. She was very specific about the colour for example. So, it took a few different cars to get exactly the right one.
“In the end Jade chose a MINI Cooper Hatch. It’s a great car and an automatic. We built the car using the MINI website to show Jade exactly how it would look. And we explained all the extras.
“The car she chose was off site. So we brought it to the dealership to take it through all the safety checks and prepare for delivery. Then we organised a transporter to a secret location for the grand reveal. We were sworn to secrecy. All our discussions were confidential.
“I think you can see from the reaction on the video on social media that Jade’s Mum had no idea about the surprise. She sounds delighted. I hope she loves the car. That’s what it’s all about.
“We try to treat all Bowker customers like global celebrities. So Jade got a great deal and service just like everyone does!”
Two Lancashire MINI centres have backed a North West cycling adventurer’s bid to become the first person in history to complete the Giro D’Italia on a ‘Fat Bike’.
38 year-old Dave Sims hit national news headlines in 2015 when he became the first person to complete the Tour de France route on a chopper bicycle.
And now, Bowker MINI in Blackburn and Preston will provide Dave’s principal support vehicle during his new Italian challenge in May later this year.
Bowker MINI celebrated the link up with Dave at the launch of the New MINI Countryman on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February. Dave was a VIP guest at the Bowker MINI event at Brockholes nature reserve in Preston.
For Bowker, group marketing manager, Amy Lancaster, said:
“Everyone knows about Dave’s incredible Tour de France challenge on a chopper a couple of years ago. It was an immense effort. But his latest challenge is even tougher – and 800 miles further. He’ll need all the support he can get.
“We’re proud to be backing him. We wanted to work alongside someone who represented the Countryman’s spirit of adventure. And Dave was the perfect fit. We’re especially delighted that Dave joined us for the launch of the new MINI Countryman.
The total distance of the Giro d’Italia – the 100th time the race has been contested – is 2400 miles over 21 stages. The route takes in both the Dolomite and Alpine mountain ranges.
Dave’s fat bike has been exclusively designed by Clitheroe-based Beacon Bikes. Fat bikes are recognisable by their 3.8 inch-wide tyres. The fat tyres are built to allow riding on soft unstable terrain. Dave’s Italian challenge will take in both road and off road segments.
“It’s another challenge that is going to push me to the limit. The bike is even more striking than the chopper. And it’ll need to be at its best for the wide variety of technical challenges I’ll face.
“‘I am very grateful for Bowker MINI’s support. I know I’ll need all the help I can get. It’s the toughest challenge of my life. I just hope I can repay the faith my sponsors and supporters have put in me!”
Dave’s last challenge raised £12,000 for Help the Heroes. This time he is hoping that The Italian Job will raise a further £10,000 for the same charity.
More information about Dave’s challenge is available on Twitter @MPCdave, Facebook @italianjob2017 or Instagram @italianjob2017
When it comes to the upkeep of your car, servicing plays a vital role. Make sure you’re signed up to a servicing programme you can trust, writes Emma Brereton.
The region’s largest state-of-the-art BMW and MINI Aftersales Centre has just opened on Preston Docklands. The new Bowker Aftersales Centre is situated next to the existing Bowker BMW and MINI centres on a 6.5 acre site on Watery Lane in Preston.
This new development is yet another commitment to providing the very best aftersales care to customers. High levels of customer service extend far beyond the purchase of your vehicle and this is reflected with a current customer rating of 4.7/5.
In a break with traditional opening ceremonies, the family-owned motor group has dedicated the Bowker Aftersales Centre opening to its apprentices.
Bowker Motor Group aftersales director Jonathan Rogan said: “We’ve dedicated the Aftersales Centre opening to our Preston apprentices. It’s a simple gesture to recognise the important role they – and all our staff – play in the future of the business.
“With such a massive investment, it would be easy to focus on the bricks, mortar and equipment. But this will transform the way we all work in the future. And our apprentices are a big part of that.”
For customers, the impact of the new Aftersales Centre cannot be underestimated. It is the size of a football pitch and with 30 ramps, car servicing times are now even shorter and servicing capacity has tripled. This means that customers can enjoy even more flexibility and convenience including 24/7 online service booking, while-you-wait servicing, drop-and-go, free local collection and delivery, courtesy cars, wash and vacuum with all work, complimentary wi-fi and a customer lounge with complete with refreshments.
Jonathan continued: “We want our customers to know they are in safe hands, especially when that car leaves the forecourt. The investment Bowker has made is centred around this feeling. A car is a big purchase so make sure you spend your money with a company who appreciates the custom and looks after you once you’ve taken delivery.”
The seven-figure investment in the new Aftersales Centre offers the latest servicing technology including machines which measure tyre tread instantly and wheel alignment in just 90 seconds. And that’s a first for the North West.
“The new facility has a simple focus on creating an even better aftersales experience for our customers,” explains Jonathan. “We can now combine our usual friendly advice with same-day servicing. Furthermore, the increase in capacity means appointments aren’t always necessary. We know our customers lead busy lives so we hope this additional flexibility will make a big difference.”
The opening of the new Aftersales Centre has coincided with national recognition for
Bowker Motor Group’s exceptional performance in aftersales customer satisfaction.
“It’s an amazing site,” says Jonathan. “With 30 ramps, two dedicated MOT lanes and a new laser wheel alignment machine, we are proud to say our car servicing times have reduced and servicing capacity has tripled. This is a huge achievement in itself and we know the new centre will help us to deliver continued excellent customer service.”
Bowker Apprentice Ceara Holmes is one of the six apprentices. She said;
“It’s incredible to see the massive changes here in such a short time. It’s fun to be part of it. I think everyone is enjoying working in the new Aftersales Centre. There’s much more space, and some of the equipment is the most advanced in the country.
“I am lucky to work somewhere where there is so much to learn and for a company who believes in its apprentices so much.”
“The developments in technology are really exciting. We can’t wait for customers old and new to see our fabulous new Centre.” Jonathan adds.
Their BMW and MINI centres on Trident Park in Blackburn and on the docks in Preston have recently finished first and second respectively out of more than 40 similar sized centres in the North. The accolade is awarded by BMW UK and is driven by customer feedback over a six-month period.
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It's our 10th anniversary
We invite you to our family fun weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May 2016 as we celebrate our BMW and MINI Centres’ 10 year anniversary on Trident Park in Blackburn.
Take advantage of our FREE 10 minute wash and vacuum for your car. Booking recommended by calling 01254 274444.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
• American style diner food from ‘The Dog House’
• BMW technology demonstrations
• Behind the scenes Workshop tours
• Indoor go-karts and facepainting for children
• Win a MotorSport Track Day or Spa Day for Two
• Celebratory offers on New and Approved Used BMW & MINI
• Classic and rare BMWs & MINIs on display. (BMW Z8, BMW Z1, BMW 3.0 CSL and a MINI Challenge)
Bowker Blackburn BMW & MINI
Trident Park, off Whitebirk Drive, Blackburn, BB1 3NU.
With increased standard specification, MINI’s most powerful models are available now at Bowker MINI with a more distinctive presence than ever, whilst meeting strict Euro 6d-TEMP emission standards.
MINI JCW 3-door Hatch. What comes as standard?
17″ John Cooper Works Track Black Spoke Alloys, Piano Black Exterior, Sport Suspension, John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit, John Cooper Works sport exhaust, John Cooper Works spoiler, Performance Braking System, Red brake callipers, John Cooper Works sport seats upholstered with Dinamica/leather in Carbon Black, John Cooper Works sport leather steering wheel with multifunction controls.
MINI JCW Clubman. What comes as standard?
18″ John Cooper Works Grip Spoke Alloys in Black, Piano Black Exterior, Darkened headlights, New rear bumper and diffuser, Sport Suspension, John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit, John Cooper Works sport exhaust, John Cooper Works spoiler, 17″ Sport Brake discs with 4-piston callipers, Red brake callipers, ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, John Cooper Works sport seats upholstered with Dinamica/leather in Carbon Black, John Cooper Works multifunction sport leather steering wheel, Sport automatic transmission (8-speed), Comfort Plus Pack, Comfort Access System
MINI JCW Countryman. What comes as standard?
18″ John Cooper Works Grip Spoke Black Alloys, Piano Black Exterior with extended contents (including headlights and rear lights surrounds, front grille frame, model designation and door handles in Piano Black), Sport Suspension, John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit, John Cooper Works sport exhaust, John Cooper Works spoiler, 17″ Sport Brake discs with 4-piston callipers, Red brake callipers with John Cooper Works logo, ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, – John Cooper Works sport seats upholstered with Dinamica/leather in Carbon Black, John Cooper Works sport multifunction leather steering wheel, Performance Control, Cruise control with brake function, Sport automatic transmission, Comfort Access System
For more information or to book your test drive†, please complete the enquiry form. Our sales teams are on hand to assist with your enquiry either within our Centres or from the comfort of your own home. Click here to view our Centre opening hours.
Below are our MINI Select Finance Examples. Quotes can be tailored to your required deposit and annual mileage and we welcome part-exchanges. Please contact us for a personalised quotation. To learn more about MINI Select please click here.
MINI Select Finance Example.
|Finance Example||MINI 3-Door Hatch JCW||MINI Convertible JCW||MINI Clubman JCW||MINI Countryman JCW|
|On the Road Cash Price*||£32,195.00||£38,145.00||£40,035.00||£39,375.00|
|Total Amount Of Credit||£29,194.89||£35,144.65||£37,034.74||£.36,374.76|
|Term Of Agreement||48 Months||48 Months||48 Months||48 Months|
|47 Monthly Rentals||£450.00||£560.00||£590.00||£565.00|
|Excess Mileage Charge||8.39p||9.12p||10.76p||10.58p|
|Total Amount payable||£38,037.60||£45,052.75||£47,315.05||£46,624.73|
|Option to Purchase Fee^||£0.00||£0.00||£0.00||£0.00|
|Optional Final Payment^||£13,887.49||£15,732.40||£16,584.79||£17,069.49|
Personal Contract Hire Finance Example.
|Model||MINI 3-Door Hatch JCW||MINI Convertible JCW||MINI Clubman JCW||MINI Countryman JCW|
|Term of Agreement||48 Months||48 Months||48 Months||48 Months|
|Monthly Rental||47 x £478.13||47 x £591.46||47 x £622.30||47 x £598.15|
|Excess Mileage Charge||8.39p||9.12p||10.76p||10.58p|
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Bowker Blackburn Ltd and Bowker Preston Ltd are credit brokers and not lenders.
Finance example is for a MINI Select agreement for the model shown above. Applies to new vehicles ordered on the basis of the current On the road cash price between 01/07/2022 and 30/09/2022 and registered by 31/03/2023 (subject to availability) Retail customers only. *On the road cash price is based on manufacturer’s recommended retail price and includes 3 year MINI Retailer Warranty, MINI Emergency Service, 12 months’ road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. ^Optional final payment not payable if you opt to return the vehicle at the end of the agreement (vehicle condition, excess mileage and other charges may be payable). Finance available subject to credit acceptance to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. ‘MINI Select’ is a form of hire-purchase agreement provided by MINI Financial Services, a trading name of BMW Financial Services (GB) Limited, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. You will have a 14 day statutory right to withdraw from the agreement. Bowker Blackburn Limited and Bowker Preston Limited introduce customers to a selected panel of lenders, which includes MINI Financial Services. We may receive a fixed commission for introducing you to MINI Financial Services, calculated by reference to the vehicle. Any payments made to us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement. An introduction from us does not amount to independent financial advice.
MINI Personal Contract Hire – Bowker Preston and Bowker Blackburn Limited are credit brokers.
*Price shown is for a 48 month Personal Contract Hire agreement for the model listed above. Applies to new vehicles ordered between 01/07/22 and 30/09/22 and registered by 31/03/23 (subject to availability). Retail customers only. At the end of your agreement you must return the vehicle. Excess mileage, vehicle condition and other charges may be payable. Hire available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. Hire provided by MINI Financial Services, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. Bowker Blackburn Limited and Bowker Preston Limited introduce customers to a selected panel of lenders, which includes MINI Financial Services. We may receive a fixed commission for introducing you to MINI Financial Services, calculated by reference to the vehicle. Any payments made to us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement. An introduction from us does not amount to independent financial advice.
†Test drive subject to availability and driver eligibility.
Keep running smoothly.
To ensure that your MINI is in the best possible health and to keep everything ticking over nicely, let our Trained Technicians carry out the next Oil & Microfilter Service from just £154.90 *.
During the Service, we will:
• Replace engine oil and oil filter
• Replace the microfilter for heating/air conditioning
• Reset the service interval indicator according to manufacturer’s specifications
• Visual health check of car for tyre and brake condition
We only use Genuine MINI Parts and you’ll get a two-year warranty for any work completed, giving you all the peace of mind you need. And booking through our approved MINI Centre will help maintain the resale value of your car should you ever wish to part ways.
You and your MINI will also benefit from:
• Complimentary recall checks and quality enhancements
• Free local collection and delivery from your home or workplace
• Courtesy cars
• Wash and Vacuum with all work
• Customer lounge with free wi-fi and refreshments
We’re open 6 days a week, including until 12.30pm on Saturdays.
If you’re pushed for time, don’t worry! We can have you back on the road again in just 90 minutes. Relax in our customer lounge, read the newspaper, take advantage of our free Wi-Fi or take a test drive while you wait. Whatever you choose to do, you can be assured the time will fly by!
For more information or to make a booking, please contact our Service Teams today, or complete the enquiry form and we’ll call you back:
*Terms and conditions apply. £154.90 Oil & Microfilter Service applies to R models (excluding JCW). Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.