There is less than a month to go until the June 23 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. It is possibly the biggest decision UK voters will make this century. In the next few weeks, the lobbying by the Remain and Leave camps will reach its peak in their attempts to sway the undecided.
Yet there are not so many undecided among the hundreds of AM-online respondents to our Brexit poll. As our cover reveals, the majority of respondents want to leave Europe – read our analysis here.
In any case, to echo a sentiment from Robert Forrester of Vertu Motors, we can’t control the uncontrollables. So until the British public has had its say on June 23 and the votes are counted, the motor retail industry must carry on regardless.
Franchised dealers are still facing a decline in average return on sales, and last month’s drop in retail new car registrations signals that the market challenges are still here. However, the opportunities remain as strong as ever. Dealerships which source and sell their stock professionally, provide customers with the right experience, and deliver great value in aftersales will continue to prosper. And AM will continue to champion them.
■ Talking of championing franchised dealers, AM is launching its first ever trade exhibition, Automotive Management Live. Backed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), it will bring hundreds of motor retailers and dozens of industry suppliers together under one roof on November 16 to discover everything they need to know about operating a modern showroom and workshop effectively. Find out more in our news story on the event here.