Monday, 12 August 2013 11:37 TONY QUESTED

SELECT TELECOM ACQUIRES CBS IN CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge based vehicle technology and accessories business CBS Communications has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Select Telecom, a fellow East of England company.

As part of the acquisition, the company will relocate to the CBS showrooms and workshop in Clifton Road, Cambridge, and rebrand as Select CBS.The deal enables Select CBS to focus on the vehicle installations market.

Select Telecom’s 105 communications engineers join CBS Communications’ team of in-house installation specialists.

Ely based Select Telecom has 20 years’ experience operating a hands free car kit business, Select Car Kits, as well as providing business mobile communication contracts to companies across the UK.

Managing Director of Select CBS, Naeem Khokhar, said: “CBS Communications has been a significant player in UK aftermarket vehicle installation industry for 30 years and has built a strong reputation as a competitive and efficient provider of vehicle accessories throughout East Anglia.

“Combined with our experience in mobile communications and car kit installations, we will be able to provide an extensive range of new services to our customers.”

As part of the process, Select Telecom’s Mobile Communications division has been acquired by business mobile communication specialists, Evolve Telecom, which provides expert advice and services on business mobile packages, voice, data, fixed line and mobile applications.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Naeem Khokhar
12:23 Friday 22 November 2013

Select – CBS first to get Digital Tick
Written by NEWS REPORTER


Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Drive/Select-CBS-first-to-get-Digital-Tick-20131122122244.htm#ixzz2qJeZmrOD

Specialist Cambridge vehicle installations company Select-CBS has been given a “Digital Tick” as the UK’s first official accredited testing station for in-car digital installations ahead of the car industry digital switchover.

While many homes and businesses have already had the switch to digital, for the car industry a Government announcement on the big switchover to DAB radio is eagerly awaited by the industry next month. It is thought 28 million cars will need new digital radios or adaptors installed to enable car users to continue to enjoy their radios once the digital switchover takes place.

Select-CBS is not only the first company to be given the Digital Tick, the national accreditation scheme by Mobile Electronics & Security Federation (MESF) and Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) which ensures national standards of installation, but the recent testing carried out will set the standard for others across the UK. Select CBS will also train and assess other fitters at its Clifton Road showrooms and workshop.

Last week, the Mayor of Cambridge Cllr Paul Saunders and Cambridge MP Julian Huppert were at Select-CBS to witness the company receive its Digital Tick. Also present were representatives of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and the Federation of Communications Services (FCS).

Managing director of Select-CBS, Naeem Khokhar, said: “This is fantastic news for us as a Cambridge company and for our customers. We are leading the way in the industry for in-car digital installations. Our customers can be assured that we set the highest standards here at Select-CBS and that we are recognised nationally for our experience and quality of installations.”

Jeff Marshall MIMI, General Secretary of the Mobile Electronics & Security Federation (MESF) who was present at the testing said: “This is the first step in our industry’s preparation for the digital switchover”.

“The Digital Mark is a quality mark to ensure that digital installations in cars are carried out to high standards and to ensure customers get a good service. When you trust someone to take apart your car to install digital radios and adaptors, you need to be sure the highest standards are being met”.

“Select CBS are a quality company and very experienced in assessing. They will be training and assessing newly qualified installers here in Cambridge from across the UK.”

Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Drive/Select-CBS-first-to-get-Digital-Tick-20131122122244.htm#ixzz2qJeJ7LHA

Cambridge company Select-CBS is the first UK company to get the Digital Tick

Monday 18 November 2013

Specialist Cambridge vehicle installations company Select-CBS has been given a ‘Digital Tick’ as the UK’s first official accredited testing station for in-car digital installations ahead of the car industry digital switchover.
While many homes and businesses have already had the switch to digital, for the car industry a Government announcement on the big switchover to DAB radio is eagerly awaited by the industry in December. It is thought around 28 million cars will need new digital radios or adaptors installed to enable car users to continue to enjoy their radios once the digital switchover takes place.Select-CBS is not only the first company to be given the Digital Tick, the national accreditation scheme by Mobile Electronics & Security Federation (MESF) and Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) which ensures national standards of installation, but the recent testing carried out will set the standard for others across the UK. Select CBS will also train and assess other fitters at its Clifton Road showrooms and workshop.Last week, the Mayor of Cambridge Cllr Paul Saunders and Cambridge MP Julian Huppert were at Select- CBS to witness the company receive its Digital Tick. Also present were representatives of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and the Federation of Communications Services (FCS).Select-CBS passed the strict national accreditation criteria to gain their Digital Tick, a digital radio switchover certification mark.Managing Director of Select-CBS, Naeem Khokhar, said: “This is fantastic news for us as a Cambridge company and for our customers. We are leading the way in the industry for in-car digital installations. Our customers can be assured that we set the highest standards here at Select-CBS and that we are recognised nationally for our experience and quality of installations.”Jeff Marshall MIMI, General Secretary of the Mobile Electronics & Security Federation (MESF) who was present at the testing said: “This is the first step in our industry’s preparation for the digital switchover.”“The Digital Mark is a quality mark to ensure that digital installations in cars are carried out to high standards and to ensure customers get a good service. When you trust someone to take apart your car to install digital radios and adaptors, you need to be sure the highest standards are being met.”“Select CBS are a quality company and very experienced in assessing. They will be training and assessing newly qualified installers here in Cambridge from across the UK.”

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ASSESSMENT CENTRE GETS FULL APPROVAL

Cambridge based MESF member Select-CBS gets the ball rolling

FITAS/VECP the Assessment Centre set up jointly by the MESF and FCS has gained its full approval as an IMI Approved Assessment Centre. It will now be able to supply the ATA DAB Radio Receiver qualification required by Government for installers of digital radio receiving equipment in vehicles.

ATA DAB installers will be qualified to get the forthcoming ‘Digital Tick’ accreditation from the Government’s regulatory body overseeing the switch from analogue to digital by the majority of the UK’s radio stations.

Although there is still uncertainty of when and how the Government will carry out the switchover itself, DAB radio services are increasing and will meet the criteria set for them very soon.

The final stage of FITAS/VECP’s approval took place in Cambridge on Wednesday were the FITAS/VECP scheme’s first assessment providers Select-CBS, successfully achieved the qualification of 2 ATA technicians, 3 Assessors and 2 Internal Moderators. (Fuller report next week.)

Congratulations are in order to all those at the MESF, FCS and Select-CBS who have worked so hard to play this industry’s part in meeting the Government’s requirements for the switchover.

Let us hope that the Minister’s announcement at the BBC next month is for a positive and swift move to switchover! (see next articles)

 

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