The UK National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), has announced the results of its Consumer Attitude Survey 2023. The NFDA represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, and the results are representative of the population in relation to UK adults aged 18+. The main objectives of the survey were to explore current consumer perceptions of franchised dealers and their competitors as well as understand consumer behaviour.
Supplier of automotive accessories, Streetwize Accessories, has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) membership. Established in 1986, the Manchester-based company specialises in top-quality motor accessories for personal, leisure and professional use and has become a well-known name in the automotive sector.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has added leading filter manufacturer ALCO Filters to its membership. Established in 1973 and a trusted advisor in the filters industry, ALCO Filters is a European manufacturer that is celebrating 50 years of service to the aftermarket in 2023.
As the evolution of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) frameworks continues across the automotive sector, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has appointed experienced EDI advocate, Sally-Anne Hodder as Head of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging. In her previous role as Head of HR & Business Support at the IMI, EDI was a significant focus for Hodder, including being a key stakeholder in the implementation, launch and ongoing development of the IMI’s Diversity Task Force.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation is launching a series of regional meetings, taking the Federation’s work and that of its members and service providers out to the wider membership. More details will be released shortly but IAAF is expected to host consecutive meetings within a week in October at different member locations.
Keynote speakers from the Bank of England (BoE) and the Government’s Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) have been named for the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s (VRA) 2024 Seminar. Graeme Chaplin, the BoE’s agent for the West Midlands, will present on the UK’s economic outlook for next year, while Abdul Chowdhury, head of vehicle policy at OZEV, look at the latest developments in the EV regulatory framework.
Mark Ferner, Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) senior manager, technical operations will become chair of the Tire Industry Association’s Electric Vehicle Advisory Council (EVAC) on 1 August. He takes over from Big O Tires and Grease Monkey franchisee and former TIA Board member Ron Lautzenheiser, the original council leader since its foundation in June 2022. Lautzenheiser will continue to serve the council as a member.
Household name and star of the stage and the screen, comedian Tom Allen, will be entertaining guests at the 2023 IAAF awards dinner being held on 7 December at DoubleTree Hilton, Milton Keynes. Allen is the host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired, co-host of Cooking With The Stars and is also a regular on Bake Off: An Extra Slice. In 2021 he became the co-host of Channel 4’s Complaints Welcome, and in 2022 he hosted brand-new Dave series The Island.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has confirmed the appointment of Daksh Gupta, the former Group Chief Executive Officer of Marshall Motor Holdings plc and Vice President of BEN, as a Vice President of the professional body. With three decades’ automotive experience, Daksh Gupta joins six other IMI Vice Presidents who all bring unprecedented hands-on experience, benefitting the IMI community, the wider sector and a new generation of people entering or considering entering the automotive workforce. Led by IMI President, Professor Jim Saker, the Vice Presidents’ vast knowledge and varying perspectives help the professional body adapt and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
NFDA chief executive Sue Robinson has joined the Automotive 30% Club, a voluntary network of MDs and CEOs from UK based automotive sectors. The organisation sets out to achieve a better gender balance within the automotive industry. It takes its name from its target of at achieving at least 30 per cent of key leadership positions in member organisations with diverse women by 2030.
In addition to our live social media reporting and reporting the highlights of the 2022 Tyre Industry Conference in last month’s magazine, the December edition of Tyres & Accessories brings you curated coverage of the NTDA chairman and chief executive speeches as part of our “Looking back, Looking forward” review-of-the-year feature. With so much having taken place within the tyre market, the nation and the world as a whole, the two speeches offer a distinctly tyre distribution perspective on key issues relating to the associations growing membership, how it is developing relationships with other trade and charitable bodies and how it is investing in the future of the business via training initiatives.
The Memcom awards have recognised the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) for its work in support of members in the Covid pandemic during 2020 and 2021. The institute won the Memcom Excellence 2022 award for ‘Best Member Support’, noting its focus on individuals’ wellbeing, communication, and work towards enhancing the skills and career opportunities of members.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has launched a new training academy, designed to train, develop and upskill new and existing people working within the automotive aftermarket. The academy will evolve substantially when the new IAAF website goes live later this year, but IAAF has moved quickly to implement and promote initiatives and courses that support its growing membership.
Steve Nash, CEO of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is flying the flag on behalf of the automotive sector as he is shortlisted as a finalist for the Association Leadership Award in the annual Association Excellence Awards. The awards recognise the essential work that associations, trade bodies, unions and professional organisations conduct on behalf of their members.