Under terms of IMI membership, dealer staff need to complete two days’ training every two years. Attending both autoretailing days achieves one day; attending one day will be credited for half a day CPD.
Profitability and opportunities for improving returns on a long-term, sustainable basis is the main focus at the convention, held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on June 22 and 23.
Headline sponsor of autoretailing is Experian Automotive. Also involved as sponsors and exhibitors are Grant Thornton, Exchange & Mart, BCA, Autonetwork, Supra, Colliers, Automotive Skills, Contact Advantage, ADP and Manheim.
Day one is an opportunity for the industry to hear from the Government. Alun Michael MP, Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry, will outline his view of the motor industry.
Other topics include branding (John Russell of Harley Davidson, and professor of branding Leslie de Chernatony), retailing (Roger Penske of United Auto Group and Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of the Coffee Republic chain) and franchise standards/bonus schemes (the RMI’s Matthew Carrington, and Paul Burrows and Nigel Ruddock of Grant Thornton).
Day two of autoretailing 05 is given over to a series of management workshops designed to improve performance in key operational areas.
‘You need this event’
The industry knowledge and experience on offer at autoretailing 05 will help the industry to equip itself for a more profitable future, says industry guru Ron Sewell.
“I believe the industry has needed an event like this for some time, where motor dealers and their key staff can sharpen their strategic focus and improve their management skills,” he says.
“Many UK dealers have been visiting America’s NADA Convention for many years, for precisely this reason.”
Sewell started taking dealers on study tours to NADA in the late Sixties. “It gave them a stream of new ideas, and more than a little inspiration. autoretailing 05 offers delegates many of the same benefits, closer to home. It’s a unique opportunity to boost the performance of your business,” he says.