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Robert Hadfield and RMI bodyshop services part ways

Following a 'major strategy review' of RMI bodyshop services, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has ceased to retain the services of Robert Hadfield, Autobody Projects Ltd, as bodyshop sector consultant.

Hadfield had worked with the RMI for a number of years, advising on the development of the bodyshop sector. Ray Holloway, director of the RMI's independent garage and fuel division said “The RMI is grateful to Robert for his input over the years. We achieved much during his time with us. Like the bodyshop sector, the RMI is evolving, and we will restructure to keep pace with change.” Holloway added, “The RMI has a dedicated bodyshop team who will continue to champion and promote the sector, developing new programmes, benefits, and schemes for the industry.”

It was announced earlier this year that the RMI's bodyshop services operation was embarking on talks about collaboration with the rival VBRA. With the Body Repair Industry Campaign and MVRA included, there are currently four organisations seeking to represent repairer interests, while bodyshop numbers continue to decline.

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