Article date: 3 January 2008
BSM is continually evolving the instructor franchise and has introduced additional benefits.
Instructors seeking support with their tax returns can take advantage of an accountancy service, for which BSM has negotiated preferential rates.
TWD Accountants, one of the UK's leading tax specialists, will help instructors calculate their tax position, look for ways to reduce the amount of tax that is paid and submit accounts to H M Revenue & customs on behalf of the instructor.
The service will include one years' free access to an online book-keeping service, which will also deal with all correspondence regarding taxation.
In addition, instructors considering purchasing a second vehicle for family use, are to receive competitive rates on any of Vauxhall's Astra, Zafira and Vectra 1.8i, 16v and SRI models. The vehicles will be available on a 24 or 36 month lease period through Vauxhall leasing, with an affordable initial payment.
Instructors will also be offered competitive rates on RAC Direct Insurance for their second car.
Mike Hutter, managing director of BSM, said: "The continuing development of our instructor franchise demonstrates that BSM is supporting its instructors in more ways than one. We've listened to our instructors and whether it's through BSM or one of our partners, we aim to meet their needs by providing them with the tools and services that they require to assist them in their everyday work life.
"Quite simply, these additional benefits have made the BSM instructor franchise even better," he added.
Mike Parkes, director of TWD accountants, said: "We have been providing an accountancy service to driving instructors for several years. Bearing in mind the complexities associated with income tax matters and accounts in general, we aim to make it as simple as possible for BSM's instructors who have tax issues, from tax refunds to tax health checks.
BSM/RAC Press office contacts:
Vicki Burn on 01603 684 224/ 07800 692 909 or Sam Bramwell at Staniforth on 0161 919 8024/077381 96667.
Notes to editors:
- Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK's most experienced national driving school. Each year it teaches over 160,000 learners how to drive. It has approx. 3,400 driving instructors across the UK. While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it is also one of the largest providers of training for driving instructors. It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Registry of Driving Instructor Training) and plays an active role in lobbying the Government on road safety and learner driver-related issues.
- With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
- Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%. RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available from the internet press centre at www.racnews.co.uk.