Dear Colleague,

The Alliance of Car Dealers and Repairers (AECDR) has recently met with European Commission officials to discuss the renewal of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and highlight the key aspects of the dealer/manufacturer relationship in the automotive sector. AECDR has also held the first official meeting with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). Please find more details in the news.

In March, we will hold the first round of NFDA Regional Meetings across the country. We will discuss key industry issues including the new and used car market, motor finance, the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey as well as Drive My Career and our Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme. Please email to join your local regional meeting, your feedback is key. Dates and venues in the news.

Don’t miss it! The NFDA Spring Ball will be back at the prestigious Grove Hotel and Golf Resort in Hertfordshire. TV personality and rugby commentator Mark Durden-Smith will be hosting the evening, when will announce the winners of our Manufacturer of the Year, Industry Partner and Personality of the Year awards. Please find more information below and email to attend.

We have included in this week’s news employer guidance on how to protect staff amidst uncertainty about the potential impact of coronavirus. If you need any further assistance, please contact our member helpline - 01788 538303.

NFDA is your trade association, we are the voice of automotive retailers. If you require any assistance, please contact our member helpline at 01788 538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director