Dear Colleague

This week, the Cabinet backed the Brexit draft withdrawal agreement presented by the Prime Minister Theresa May. The announcement was followed by a number of resignations including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. NFDA will be monitoring the developments closely and keep our members informed. Please find more information in today’s newsletter.

It is encouraging to see that the overall used car market has reached near record highs in Q3, despite disruption in the new car market with the recent introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) as the latest SMMT’s used car figures show. More information in this week’s news.

At a recent NFDA HR Working Group meeting we had a presentation from Ian Carlier, head of Partnerships at Peopleplus. He briefed all on the opportunities of identifying a relatively untapped source of high-quality part trained employees. Peopleplus deliver education in 10 prisons in the East of England and are looking to expand this provision over the next six months. If you want to know more please contact Ian directly at Do not forget NFDA’s employment portal ‘Drive My Career’ which promotes careers in the automotive industry – visit

Finally, a date for your diary – The NFDA Spring Ball – Saturday 11 May 2019. The NFDA Spring Ball provides a unique opportunity to network with your fellow franchised retailers and colleagues and enjoy an evening of good food, fine wine and first-class entertainment. For ticket information and to book your place please email

NFDA is your trade association: we represent, you benefit. If you need any assistance, please contact us on the member helpline 01788 538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director