Dear Colleague,

The UK is two months away from its planned departure from the EU and franchised retailers must now take very seriously the idea that a ‘no deal’ Brexit is fast approaching. To continue to support you, we commissioned automotive research body ICDP to compile a key list of questions for franchised retailers to ask of their manufacturer partners, suppliers and themselves. We have also set up a dedicated Brexit helpdesk should you require any assistance. Please find more details in the news.

On Wednesday, I met with Antje Woltermann from the German dealer association, ZDK, to discuss the future strategy and lobbying for the Alliance of European Car Dealers and Repairers (AECDR). Updates to follow shortly.

Last week, Alex Chalk MP for Cheltenham visited NFDA member Inchcape VW. Consumer confidence and Brexit, employment levels in the automotive retail sector and the development of electric vehicles were the main themes of discussion. If you are interested in hosting your local MP under the NFDA Parliamentary Engagement Programme, please email nfda@rmif.co.uk.

The next round of NFDA regional meetings will start in September. Dealer and manufacturer relationship, new and used car markets, F&I, aftersales and HR issues are on the agenda. Your attendance is vital in setting the direction of our work. Please email nfda@rmif.co.uk to attend your local NFDA regional meeting.

NFDA is the voice of automotive retailing: if you need any assistance, please contact our member helpline – 01788 538 303