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Autoretailing Dealer Conference 2009

Dealers will be shown how embracing change and the challenges ahead can deliver a stronger business and growth in the long term at Autoretailing 2009.

The essential conference for the dealer market takes place on June 4 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

Each year, hundreds of people from the motor retail sector ensure their business is in the best shape for the future by attending Autoretailing –with the industry facing its toughest market in decades, this year’s event will be an essential weapon in the fight against falling sales.

With predictions that up to 1,000 retail outlets could be at risk in the next year, ensuring your business isn’t one of those that fail will be crucial.

Organised in partnership with the National Franchised Dealers' Association, Autoretailing 2009 will cover some of the essential issues that will affect the market next year, including an expert economic overview designed to set the scene for the months ahead.

Expert speakers from the world of politics, retailing and big business will all be called upon to give their advice to the audience to build a best practice action plan to create a stronger business ready for renewed growth in a post-recession environment.

Full details of the content for the event, sponsored by Experian and co-sponsored by Grant Thornton Automotive Services, are listed below.

For booking and any other information please log on to the Autoretailing website at or alternatively contact Kate Howard on 01733 468146, or by email

Autoretailing Dealer Conference 2009


Identify retail strategies that can help your business succeed

  • Acquire new skills and best practice techniques
  • Discover how you can increase profitability in key business areas
  • Learn how to attract and retain the best people
  • Find out about current and future trends and how to exploit them
  • Gain a better understanding of consumer buying behaviours and attitudes
  • Transform the way you manage your customer relationships
  • Network with industry colleagues to share best practice and ideas

Your route to business success

Adapting to a changing retail landscape

State of the economy – where next for UK plc?

  1. Overview of the UK market.
  2. The future for the UK economy.
  3. Insightful analysis of emerging trends. 

Supporting dealers in a difficult market – a political overview

  1. The Government view on the issues that matter.
  2. Make your views heard at the highest level.
  3. Essential update on future policy. 

Block Exemption – what the changes will mean to your business

  1. Detailed guide to Block Exemption changes.
  2. Identify how it affects you.
  3. Guidance on what you need to do next.
  4. Exploiting new retail opportunities 

Exploiting new retail opportunities

Sales strategies for a tough market – a retailer’s perspective

  1. A retailer’s viewpoint.
  2. Best practice to sell more and make more.
  3. Essential strategic advice. 

Embracing change to deliver business growth

  1. Deliver change for a better business.
  2. Finding the next business growth opportunity.
  3. Meeting the challenge of change. 

The impact of a Chinese manufacturer entering the marketplace

  1. How market share could change in the long term.
  2. Products and plans for the future.
  3. What the change could mean for your business.
  4. The car buying revolution – understanding tomorrow’s customer 

The car buying revolution - understanding tomorrow's customer

What are they thinking - winning sales through the psychology of consumer behaviour 

  1. Learn how customers really think.
  2. What can make the difference between a ‘looker’ and a ‘buyer’.
  3. Ideas to implement today. 

Why websites are your most powerful sales tool

  1. Insights from a leading internet expert
  2. Learn more to sell more.
  3. What the future holds for online selling. 

Positive thinking and its impact on your business

  1. Winning techniques for a stronger business.
  2. How passion can drive your business.
  3. Stay positive, stay profitable. 


Block Exemption – building an action plan for change

  • Providing the answers for dealers who want to ensure they have the right business plans in place for a post-Block Exemption era. 

 How to make the most from your property

  • Making sure property is a real asset to your business. 

Staff training to reflect changing strategies

  • Ensuring staff turn your business dreams into reality every day. 

Create websites that make more money

  • Using the internet to drive business performance and reduce costs. 

Drive profit growth through used car stocking policies

  • Taking an expert approach to used car stocking is essential in the changing retail climate. 

For booking and any other information please log on to the Autoretailing website at or alternatively contact Kate Howard on 01733 468146, or by email

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