Today, Friday 22 March, Sir Peter Bottomley MP visited NFDA member Caffyns Volkswagen in Worthing as part of the NFDA Parliamentary Engagement Programme that aims at raising awareness of the retail side of the automotive industry.

Over the past two years, the programme saw a number of MPs visit the dealership in their constituency and discuss the key issues affecting the industry.

Today, the MP was welcomed by Caffyns CEO Simon Caffyn and Regional Director Patrick Conway who used the visit as an opportunity to outline the general workings of their business and the investment levels put into Caffyns’ sites, as well as highlighting problems with rising business rates. In addition, the EV market, VED and company car tax as well as the impact of WLTP and RDE were also discussed.

The MP was given a tour of the dealership where he met with vehicle technicians, apprentices and customer facing staff.

The NFDA Parliamentary Engagement Programme will continue throughout the year. If you would like to host your local MP at your dealership, please contact louise.woods@rmif.co.uk