With increased government regulation and mounting manufacturer pressure, franchised dealers are facing continuous challenges within their businesses. The current environment— Consumer Rights Act, MOT consultation— highlights the importance of having a strong, unified voice. To address the many issues, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA), which represents all aspects of the retail motor trade in Scotland, are planning a joint-meeting to discuss pressing industry issues. The two industry bodies already have a long-standing informal association to ensure that their members receive comprehensive support and advice, wherever they may be located in the UK. Sue Robinson, Director of the NFDA, stated “NFDA and SMTA members alike benefit from working together, especially when franchised dealers face the same problems both north and south. We look forward to discussing a range of issues with the SMTA at our joint-meeting and can assure members of both organisations that we will address the challenges facing the retail motor industry.” SMTA Chief Executive, Sandy Burgess, said, “The SMTA and NFDA have a long history of working together successfully on issues affecting the motor retail industry in all four corners of the UK. This meeting is another chance to work together on the big issues of the day for franchised dealers.” The joint-meeting will take place on the 30 October at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. Members of both associations are more than welcome, but due to limited space please contact karen.thompson@smta.co.uk to register your interest. ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS: Susan Pollock, NFDA Communications Officer Direct: 020 7307 3424 Fax: 020 7307 3406 Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: susan.pollock@rmif.co.uk The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.