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Sillars to chair AM People Skills conference

Sarah Sillars of the Institute of the Motor Industry is to chair the industry’s inaugural People Skills conference.

The conference is called Recruiting, Developing & Retaining The Right People and is designed to help motor retailers of all sizes increase profitability by focusing on their most important asset – their staff.

Speakers include David McVean, Deputy Director of the Workplace Skills Unit; Chris Donkin of Courland Automotive; Guy Liddall of Motor Trade Selection; and Tony Salt of Investors in People.

It also features a range of seminars offering best practice guidelines in a number of key areas. Delegates can choose which ones they want to attend, up to a maximum of three:

  • Growth – the HR challenges, Derek Day and Mike Taylor, Hutton Turner
  • Incentivising staff retention, Gina Arthur, Maritz
  • A more scientific approach to recruitment, Rod Cornwell, Thomas International
  • Recruiting the right management material, Jess Starley and Tim Bryant, rts Consultants
  • Building an outstanding management team, Gordon Roscoe, Blue Water Partnership
  • How to be a better coach, Steve Benfield, Beech Consultancy
  • How to spend your training budget wisely, Geoff Bloom and Damien Scully, Lorien Training
  • Profiting from online learning, Simon Bowkett, Symco Training
  • Employment law for the motor trade, Ben Thornber, Martineau Johnson

    Recruiting, Developing & Retaining The Right People takes place on Tuesday September 12, at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham, and is presented by AM magazine in partnership with the industry’s official training body Automotive Skills. The headline sponsor is leading training and development organisation, Carter & Carter.

    “The IMI is dedicated to helping the industry improve performance by developing its people and I’m delighted to be taking part in this conference”, said Sillars.

    Institute of the Motor Industry members who attend this event will also receive credit towards their IMI Continuing Professional Development requirement.

  • For more information, contact Luke Clements on 01733 468325, or see the website at
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