Dear Colleague,

Following our lobbying efforts, it is positive that the Northern Ireland Executive have confirmed with the NFDA that “outdoor retail is allowed to re-open from Monday 12 April 2021 for the following businesses: new and used car retailers, retailers of light motor vehicles, lorries and trailers”. We also welcomed the re-opening of car dealers in Scotland this week, with dealers in England and Wales being able to re-open from Monday 12 April.

As dealers across the UK re-open and welcome back their customers, it is positive that they will be doing so on the back of a resilient month. The 11.5% increase in new vehicle sales in March is a notable achievement. With all indicators pointing to significant pent-up demand, April is shaping up to be a bumper month.

With lockdown easing, NFDA, and SMMT, have published updated joint guidance for re-opening. Please see the guidance included in today’s newsletter.

NFDA is the voice of automotive retailers: if you require any assistance or would like any further information about any of the issues discussed in the newsletter please email or contact our member helpline on 01788 538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive