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Top UK economist to address autoretailing 05

The retail motor industry will hear a top-level briefing when one of the country’s top economists, Mark Berrisford-Smith of HSBC Bank, takes the stage at autoretailing 05, the AM/RMI Dealer Convention.

To assist delegates with their strategic planning, Berrisford-Smith will assess the economic outlook for the UK, analyse key factors driving the trends and highlight the impact on consumer and business spending – particularly on big ticket items like cars.

Berrisford-Smith is senior economist in the Business Economics Unit at HSBC Bank, responsible for advising the bank and its customers on developments in the wider economy, the performance of key industry sectors and regional economic trends.

autoretailing 05 takes place on June 22 and 23 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Experian Automotive is the event’s lead sponsor.

Delegates will also get a political briefing from Jacqui Smith MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Trade. Retail Motor Industry Federation chief executive Matthew Carrington, and Paul Burrows and Nigel Ruddock of Grant Thornton Motor Retail will present on franchise standards and bonus schemes.

John Russell of Harley-Davidson Europe and Professor Leslie de Chernatony of Birmingham Business School will address the issue of retail branding. More speakers will be announced in the next issue of AM.

The conference is followed in the evening by the AM100 Dinner. Sponsored by Exxon Mobil Lubricants & Specialties, it’s a chance for the UK’s biggest motor retail groups to socialise with their peers and to review their progress over the past 12 months as top industry analysts from Grant Thornton Motor Retail present the Top 100 countdown – before it appears in AM.

Seminars and workshops

Day 2 of autoretailing 05 is dedicated to a series of management seminars and workshops which run throughout the day, alongside an exhibition of dealer-related services.

Following a keynote address from Sir Tom Farmer CBE, on what it takes to succeed in motor retailing today, delegates will break out into the International Convention Centre’s various seminar rooms.

The programme is designed to cover a range of important areas – including business development, cashflow and property management, leadership/HR, IT and the internet, used cars, motor finance, the aftermarket and customer retention – and the seminars will address the skills and knowledge delegates need to take their careers and their businesses to the next level of performance.

It is a great opportunity to hear from recognised industry specialists offering impartial best practice advice.

Speakers include:

  • Guy Allman, managing director, BTC
  • Kevin Hines, Grant Thornton Motor Retail
  • Keith Howlett, sector manager, used cars and fleet, Carter & Carter
  • Nick Jones, HR director, RMI
  • Chris Oakham, director, Trend Tracker
  • Emily Pratt, senior solicitor, Clarks
  • Professor Jim Saker, Loughborough University Business School
  • Louise Wallis, business development consultant, RMI

    The sessions each last about one hour, including a 30 to 40- minute presentation, and 15 minutes for Q&A afterwards. Delegates will be able to choose which ones they want to attend prior to the event.

  • For more information about autoretailing 05, contact Luke Clements on 01733 468 325 or Alternatively see the website at
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