“NFDA is delighted to work in partnership with AM to bring you the virtual Automotive Management Live. The digital platform is highly innovative, and the event promises to be as just informative and insightful as previous years’ editions. We look forward to attending AM Live and ‘meeting’ dealers there!”.
- Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA)
Automotive Management Live 2021 is co-hosted by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK.
NFDA’s main activities include lobbying Government and manufacturers on behalf of its members and dealing with a number of issues that impact franchised dealers on day to day basis.
We are delighted to work again in partnership with AM to bring you AM Live 2021.
This year, COVID-19 presented multiple challenges for the automotive sector and the whole country. Keeping dealerships shut for over two months due to something entirely out of our control was not an issue we were expecting to have to deal with.
This was all new. First, focusing on helping businesses remain viable through the lockdown, secondly ensuring staff stability and wellbeing, and now, after businesses reopened, making sure that this is done safely for both staff and customers.
Franchised dealers have worked extremely hard and delivered on these key points.
Thanks to regular communications with our members including weekly calls with Chief Executives of the major dealer groups, we have been able to lobby Government on behalf of the sector and address the most pressing issues affecting the sector.
During the lockdown, the automotive industry joined forces to have a stronger voice and provide businesses with a reliable source of guidance. NFDA worked closely with dealers, the SMMT, and manufacturers to provide feedback to Government and produce a detailed guide for dealerships reopening.
Following our lobbying efforts, the Prime Minister confirmed car showrooms in England could reopen from 1 June, a fortnight before other non-essential retailers - a positive step for the industry.
The ‘Post-lockdown Automotive Retail’ survey that we have been running every month since June has provided us with invaluable insight into dealers’ businesses. These findings, coupled with the Dealer Attitude Survey published in September are extremely useful tools for our lobbying with manufacturers and Government.
In October, we announced the reopening for dealers of our Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme. Following the success of the first year, the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has renewed its co-sponsorship of the scheme, while the Energy Saving Trust (EST) will continue to independently audit dealers to ensure that they meet the EVA standards. For more information about the scheme, please email [email protected].
Although the recruitment industry has been heavily affected by the pandemic, Drive My Career continues to run campaigns to promote employment in automotive in the long term and improve the perception of our sector, especially among young people.
As the trade association representing franchised dealers in the UK, we must not overlook the vast number of issues currently affecting our members.
We have held well attended and engaging Finance & Insurance, Used Cars, EV and HR working groups.
Thanks to our members’ input, we have responded to several Government consultations affecting the sector, including the 2035 proposed ban on the sale of internal combustion vehicles.
The Brexit deadline is looming and although we have been highlighting how damaging a no-deal Brexit can be, we are supporting businesses in planning for any scenario.
As Block Exemption Regulations will expire in 2022 and 2023, we are also working closely with our European counterparts, through the Alliance of European Car Dealers and Repairers (AECDR), and the European Commission to represent dealers’ interests.
AM Live will provide you with an ideal opportunity to obtain an insight into our activities. The digital platform is highly innovative, and the event promises to be as just informative and insightful as previous years’ editions. We look forward to attending AM Live and ‘meeting’ dealers!
Don't forget to visit NFDA on our virtual stand at the event.