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Rush to see Las Vegas

Even the pressure of the September sales rush has failed to blunt the enthusiasm of dealer business managers lining up for a final chance to go to Las Vegas.

An all-expenses paid trip to next year's NADA convention is top prize in the Award for Financial Excellence 2000.

The award winner will be a guest of sponsors GE Capital Woodchester at the convention. The annual event is a showcase of America's most progressive ideas in motor retailing.

More than 25,000 delegates from the US and the rest of the world gather to exchange ideas, catch up on the latest industry developments, learn best practice - and enjoy themselves.

Neil Clyne, GE Capital Woodchester sales director, said: “NADA is a fascinating melting pot of all the great ideas from American retailing. I am delighted we are able to take the brightest and best British business manager to experience it for themselves.”

To date, four business managers have booked themselves a place at the final round of the competition, which will take place in Edinburgh in November. Finalists will face a panel of judges who will test their finance industry and presentation skills.

Martin Dillow from Lancaster Sevenoaks and Gary Norris, Norris Brothers, have each taken home £1,000 in cash as quarterly round winners. They will be joined by highly commended entrants, Ian Rimmer of RRG Toyota and Philip Bates of Perry Milton Keynes.

Paul Tavernor, Mitac director, said: “As one of the judges I will be looking for an innovative finance scheme which not only boosts business performance but also brings extra customer satisfaction.”

All entrants become members of the elite Academy of Financial Excellence, giving them access to regular finance briefings and privileged entry to selected Automotive Management events. * The closing date for this final quarterly round is Friday, October 6. If you need a new entry form, call Sue White at Automotive Management (01733 467017).

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