Press Release: The Blend launches new Podcast

Presented by Garage Hive, The Blend has announced the launch of a new and exciting podcast ahead of its annual conference and networking event presented by Garage Hive for independent garage owners in Birmingham later this year.

Hosted by former Garage Wire Editor Mike Ruff, The Blend Podcast is set to tackle the day-to-day operational challenges for workshops and will engage in discussions with seasoned garage owners, influential thought leaders, and notable industry speakers to help independent garages excel.

“The podcast is a natural progression for The Blend, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have on the community,” said Ray Dilsons, Managing Director of Garage Hive. “It’s an exciting extension of our commitment to support the garage community in their journey towards success.”

Podcast guests featured in the first series include the likes of Tim Benson of Oldfields Garage, Tom Cockings of Robert Cockings Motor Repair and Matt Cleevely of Cleevely EV. Andy Crook of Got Boost and John Batten of Auto IQ will also appear on the podcast with insightful advice on garage business operations, among many other influential thought leaders.

“I’m delighted to help produce this new podcast,” said The Blend Podcast host, Mike Ruff. “The aim is to deliver meaningful content to independent garage owners and empower them with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive.”

To download the first episode of The Blend Podcast and access all future episodes, listeners can visit: The podcast will also be available on all major podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts within the next few days.

Organised by community-driven garage management software Garage Hive, The Blend 2023 is open to all garage owners in the UK and Ireland. The aim of the day is to provide garage owners and managers with practical strategies and ideas they can implement to improve their businesses.

The Blend takes place on the 7th October, 2023 at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham. Tickets are available to book online at:

27 July 2023

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