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AM’s Retail Review webinar to rev-up retail for COVID-19 recovery

The AM Motor Retail Review Webinar

There is still time to register for the Automotive Management (AM) Retail Review webinar to gain insights from sector specialists from Auto Trader, BDO, Cambria Automobiles and Suzuki GB.

AM editor Tim Rose is set to chair the online event at 2pm today (July 6) and car retailers and suppliers can register an interest and get involved.

Auto Trader commercial director Ian Plummer, BDO head of motor retail Steve Le Bas, Cambria Automobiles divisional managing director Tim Duckers and Suzuki GB director of automobile Dale Wyatt are all on the panel of speakers.

The line-up will share their experiences of COVID-19 and reflect on the June registrations data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) this morning as they take the temperature of the automotive retail sector.

AM editor Tim RoseRose said: "We've already heard reports suggesting that June has delivered some of the pent-up demand the industry wanted, so our panelists will be ready to celebrate any successes and analyse what this will mean for the coming months.

"The crucial September plate-change campaign is fast approaching, and now that all nations of the UK are back doing business all automotive managers will need to understand the market conditions and be ready to optimise their performance and profitability."

To view the webinar live, at 2pm Monday July 6, or on demand afterwards, you'll need to register here.

Among the other topics on the agenda of the 45-minute webinar will be a discussion of UK motor retail industry’s achievements in the first month of trading since lockdown ended for England’s car dealers, including:

  • June’s new car registrations and used car opportunities.
  • The lessons learned from social distanced trading.
  • How dealers balance the return to trading and their need to limit their costs.
  • Prospects for Q3 and critical steps for success.

To register for today’s webinar, click here.

AM webinar: The AM Motor Retail Review (Monday July 6 at 2pm)

This 45-minute webinar will discuss the UK motor retail industry’s achievements in the first month of trading since lockdown ended for England’s car dealers, including:

· June’s new car registrations and used car opportunities.

· The lessons learned from social distanced trading.

· How dealers balance the return to trading and their need to limit their costs.

· Prospects for Q3 and critical steps for success.

Chaired by AM editor Tim Rose, his invited guests will include senior executives of AM100 dealers, suppliers and OEMs, who’ll share their own experiences since lockdown ended and outline some ways dealers can sustain their business recovery.

Rose said: “This is a crucial moment for UK motor retail. The new car registrations data from the first month since lockdown will tell us how strongly the industry is fighting back, and there’ll be feedback on how customers and staff are coping with new processes and PPE in showrooms.

“The lessons of the last few weeks must help motor retail prepare for Q3 and the looming plate-change campaign.”

Guest speakers signed up so far:

Tim Duckers, Cambria Automobiles

Duckers is the motor division managing director of AM100 motor retailer Cambria Automobiles, working alongside chief executive Mark Lavery to lead a portfolio of franchised dealerships from volume mainstream such as Vauxhall and premium brands such as Jaguar Land Rover to high luxury brands such as Bentley and Rolls Royce.

Steve Le Bas, BDO

Le Bas is the head of motor retail at accountants and business advisers BDO. He has some 20 years’ experience working with motor trade clients, including statutory audits, assisting their internal accounting functions and conducting due diligence assignments for prospective motor trade purchasers.

Dale Wyatt, Suzuki GB

As head of automobile at Suzuki GB, Wyatt is responsible for the brand health of Suzuki cars and splits his time between working with the UK management team, Suzuki’s dealer network and the parent company in Japan.

Ian Plummer, Auto Trader

Plummer, commercial director at Auto Trader, joined the car sales platform in 2017 after heading sales operations and franchise management at Volkswagen UK and before 15 years at Renault in roles at both the UK sales company and the head office in Paris.

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