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ADF operating profit falls

The Automotive Distribution Federation, the UK trade association representing manufacturers, importers and independent wholesale distributors, has released its report and accounts for the year ending July 31 2007, showing a £13,000 increase in turnover to £205,408.

Operating profit fell from £6,201 to £1,703, largely due to the move to the new premises in Castle Bromwich in January, but secretary Brian Spratt said the smaller surplus is in line with its aims.

In his report, Spratt claims the move will reap benefits for members, offering more space for meetings, and convenience for visitors.

“This has now provided the federation with an operating base suitable for an organisation intent on effectively representing its members to the widest possible body of policy makers and opinion formers,” he said.

During the 12 months the federation also worked to represent its members’ opinions on key issues, including Block Exemption Regulations, MoT changes, road pricing and codes of practice.

As a key figure in its formation, the federation has also supported the Right to Repair Campaign, and had an active role in the recent IMI and Automotive Skills merger. An ATA style programme for parts personnel is being discussed, Spratt claimed.

Charitable work included raising £10,000 for trade charity Ben, holding a fund raising cricket match and collection at the annual dinner.

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