Bristol Street Motors and LSH Auto strike new rugby and football sponsorships – AM ONLINE

Bristol Street Motors (BSM) has struck-up a sponsorship deal with Gallagher Premiership Rugby team Exeter Chiefs as fellow car retail group LSH Auto broadened its support of Macclesfield Town FC.

BSM, part of the AM100’s Vertu Motors PLC, is set to follow-up a series of high-profile sponsorship deals from its parent company with support for the rugby union side throughout its 2022/23 season.

Branding for the group, which operates two locations in Exeter, will feature around the dugouts and on all four corners of the Sandy Park stadium as part of the deal.

JCT600’s Charlotte Murray joins Marketing Delivery as commercial director – AM ONLINE

JCT600's former head of marketing Charlotte Murray has joined Marketing Delivery as its new commercial director.

She will be responsible for leading the company’s next phase of sales growth and overseeing its technical partner programme.

Murray has worked in the automotive industry for more than 25 years, including more than 20 years in digital marketing with both agencies and retailers.

At the JCT600 dealer group, Murray led its digital transformation; managing omnichannel marketing and connecting the online to in-store experience on behalf of the AM100 group’s 52 sites and 22 franchise brands.

Arnold Clark takes part in BVRLA conference on economic outlook – MOTOR TRADER

Arnold Clark is taking part in the BVRLA’s flagship Industry Outlook Conference which is returning next month.

The in-person event taking place at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon on Wednesday 7 December.

As part of the Conference, the association will launch the findings of its Industry Outlook Report.

The Report will contain data and views of BVRLA members to outline what experts are seeing on the horizon and how operating conditions may change next year.

The findings will be discussed by a varied panel containing representatives from Arnold Clark, Enterprise, Octopus Electric Vehicles, ProHire, the LCV group., United Rental Group and Zenith.

Arnold Clark seeking 400 new apprentices – AM ONLINE

Arnold Clark has started its search for 400 new apprentices to join the company in 2023.

The dealer group’s apprenticeship programme offers anyone over 16 years of age the opportunity to learn skills and gain a recognised qualification.

In 2021, the scheme was awarded the AM Award for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year.

Intrepid car retailers just days from Ben's gruelling Kilimanjaro climb challenge - AM ONLINE

An intrepid group of car retail sector leaders are now just days away from an epic fund-raising climb up Mount Kilimanjaro… two years after the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the expedition.

JCT600 chief executive John Tordoff and Marshall Motor Group commercial development director Adrian Wallington are among the party of automotive sector leaders who will trek over 90km as they take on the 5,895m climb to Africa’s highest peak.

  • Marshall Motor Group - Adrian Wallington and Clive McGregor
  • JCT600 – John Tordoff and Andy Bateman
  • Ben – Zara Ross, Matt Wigginton, and Rachel Clift
  • Partners& and Lawgistics – Leon Bosch and Joel Combes
  • Hella – Neil Grant and Spencer Grinham
  • LKQ Euro Car Parts – Andy Hamilton and Anthony McAteer
  • Haymarket – Rachael Prasher and Jim Holder

Dealer Insight: Chris Clark, Group MD at John Clark Motor Group – MOTOR TRADER

John Clark Motor Group delivered a strong performance in 2021, nearly quadrupling its pre-tax profits to £24.06m (£6.26m) on turnover up 26.1% to £910.3m (£721.8m). The group, with dealerships across North, East and Central Scotland, saw new vehicle sales volumes up 7.2% to 12,065, outperforming the UK market. Its retail used vehicle sales volumes grew by 33.4% to 20,831 units.

On the back of these strong results, Motor Trader spoke to Chris Clark, group managing director at John Clark, on taking 2020 as an opportunity for change, handling supply issues and a cost-of-living crisis, and the group’s approach to sustainability.

Although the results posted by John Clark were strong, they came from strong trading conditions in 2021 compared with a disjointed 2020. But Clark also sees them as a bounce back from the previous year and the result of taking a good look at the “historic issues” in the business.