How the Japanese earthquake/tsunami will affect business in UK...

Laurie Dealer apologises for going off topic but there are times when it has to be done...

...Laurie Dealer certainly can't offer any insight on the horrific situation facing the Japanese following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown other than offer sympathy and part with some coins to those collecting.

As Toyota continues its shut down, news that Justin 'Who he?' Bieber and U2, lets face it Bono isn't shy to get involved with charity work, are among artists who have agreed to contribute songs to an album to raise funds for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, pleases Laurie Dealer.

However, every yin has a yang, and this comes in the form of Richard 'You couldn't make it up' Littlejohn. Words fail Laurie Dealer...


CV Show 2011: Ovik Group targets civilian market

One of the first time exhibitors at this year's CV Show will be the Ovik Group, a military consultant and vehicle supplier that is breaking into the civilian market.

On stand 4D140 the firm, based in Holton Heath, Dorset, will display two of its Chameleon vehicles. These are based on a 4x4 Iveco Daily chassis but have a modular body that allows quick conversions for different roles.

MD Duncan Hermer says that the vehicle is a potential cost saver to local authorities because it could be used for several different roles. The same base chassis can be mounted with modules for snow ploughing, gritting, tipping or waste disposal, for example.

Hermer says: "This could be particularly useful because snow ploughs, for instance, are generally only needed for a few days each year."

The Ovik Group has been running for two-and-a-half years, but the Chameleon was only launched last June - making this year's CV Show its first. The show runs at Birmingham NEC from April 12-14.