Kwik-Fit Withdraw from TIC
Kwik-Fit has shocked UK tyre industry members by withdrawing its support from the Tyre Industry Council. An associate member for the past 12 years, the retail chain has announced that it will not renew its membership.
The company is keeping its reasons behind the decision within its four walls, but has issued the following statement: “We are supportive of the TIC’s aims and ambitions. After a number of years working with the TIC and with the many new challenges facing our industry, it is now time to change the way we provide our support, promote tyre safety awareness and raise the standards of service to the benefit of all motorists.”
Talking to Tyres & Accessories, Kwik-Fit’s Mike Craddock commented that, for the near future the chain “will continue its membership with the NTDA.”
TIC secretary, Peter Taylor, said the council is “bemused” at the decision and couldn’t shed any light on Kwik-Fit’s motivation. “We’ve had continuous and loyal support from Kwik-Fit at a regional level, it’s been what I consider to be a successful 12 year partnership.”
Tyres & Accessories asked if, in light of this move, the TIC is concerned that other members will now withdraw their support? “I don’t think so, there’s no sign of that at present but of course it’s never good when you lose a large member,” commented Mr Taylor.
The withdrawal of the independent chain’s support will affect the TIC’s budget, which will now have to be “trimmed” back as a result, and more importantly the company will no longer be able to offer the necessary man power to TIC organised regional events such as Scottish Safety week and the up and coming Super Clinic.