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Behind the news with Jeremy Vine at the AM100

Former Newsnight presenter and current Radio 2 broadcaster and television quiz show host Jeremy Vine has been announced as the after dinner speaker at the prestigious AM100 Dinner.

Taking place on June 11 at the Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel; the AM100 Dinner, the annual industry guide to the 100 largest dealer groups in the country, is the networking event of the year.

Around 350 of the industry’s top professionals attend every year where the facts and figures surrounding the performance of the AM100 are released ahead of publication in AM. Delving deep into the analysis, the report highlights a range of information including average profit of the biggest profit producers and average profit by outlet and employee providing an invaluable indicator of industry performance as well as an essential benchmark for all dealer groups. The report also takes a closer look at the issues facing the industry.

The evening will be topped by Jeremy Vine, a winner of the Sony Award for Speech Broadcaster of the Year, who delivers this year’s after dinner speech. The tough-talking former Newsnight presenter who now hosts the general knowledge quiz show ‘Eggheads’ will lift the lid on news reporting and provide guests with an often humorous peek behind the scenes. Having joined the BBC as a news trainee, he reported for Radio 4's Today programme, covering issues as diverse as punishment beatings in Northern Ireland and sheep-racing in Dorset. As a political correspondent, under the tutelage of John Sergeant, his award-winning exposé of South African police brutality led to 24 officers being suspended.

Last year’s figures from the AM100 included:

  • £32.4m - the average profit before tax of the 10 biggest profit earners, which was up on 2013’s figure of £25.2m

  • £545,918 – the average profit per outlet, a 44% year-on-year increase in performance per franchised outlet

  • £12,496 - the top 20 groups’ average profit per employee, 31% higher than2013

AM editor Jeremy Bennett said: “The AM100 provides a fascinating insight into the performance of our industry and we know the sector’s key personnel are always keen to take a close look at the figures to compare the performance of their own group or dealership. It also acts as a barometer for the sector as a whole and the last few years have been particularly encouraging. With an election pending, although the outcome by then will be known and effects possibly already felt, we are already experiencing higher than average interest in the event and our forthcoming analysis.

“On a light note, the event is always one of our most well attended because it provides an opportunity for people in the industry to meet up, chat and socialise in a very informal atmosphere and I am very much looking forward to once again welcoming all our guests.”

To book your table visit the AM booking pages or contact Emma-Louise Kinnaird on 01733 395133.

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