The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) is to swell its membership numbers by 1,000 following an agreement to acquire the Motor Vehicle Repairers Association (MVRA) for an undisclosed sum from Capita Group.
The MVRA will become an RMIF member association, with its brand and identity intact. Its body and repair programmes will be incorporated into the services that RMIF offers to members, in particular its Independent Garage Association (IGA) members.
Mike Monaghan, the MVRA’s chief executive is expected to stay on with the organisation in an advisory role.
Rob Foulston, RMIF chief executive, said: “For many years there have been multiple trade associations in the vehicle repair sector and no single voice.
“This consolidation will strengthen the voice and representation of the sector. Existing RMIF members will benefit from additional services, including field auditing and health and safety checks.”
Discussions had been ongoing for 18 months between the RMIF and the MVRA. Momentum increased follow-ing a review by Foulston shortly after he took on the role of chief executive in January.
According to Foulston, the aim of the purchase is to grow membership, expand the RMIF’s member benefits and increase quality.
He said: “The RMIF offers a wide range of member services, ranging from technical support to legal advice, but we are always trying to further develop what we offer. This acquisition enables us to expand our offering to all members, thereby providing even greater support and value for money.”
When asked whether MVRA members would automatically transfer or if there would be a change in fees, the RMIF said: “MVRA members will continue as they are for now.
MVRA membership will be reviewed as part of the ongoing review of the RMIF’s offering, which will lead up to the RMIF’s relaunch of services in September.”