Arnold Clark’s Innovation Centre in Glasgow provided the location for NFDA’s most recent Parliamentary Engagement Programme visit. Graham Simpson, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), visited the centre with Arnold Clark senior executives and Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents car and commercial retailers across the UK.

Discussions covered:

  • Electric Vehicles: NFDA and Arnold Clark highlighted their commitment to promoting sustainability within the automotive industry through their state-of-the-art innovation facility. Discussions included increasing the adoption of electric vehicles and NFDA’s Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme.
  • Consumer Confidence: NFDA underscored the significance of bolstering consumer confidence in the automotive market, particularly for electric vehicles by introducing attractive price incentives to encourage widespread adoption.
  • Skills Development and Workforce: Recognising the skills shortage impacting the automotive sector, NFDA emphasised the need for collaborative efforts to reform the apprenticeship levy, invest in training programmes, and ensure a robust pipeline of talent through schemes such as NFDA’s Drive My Career.
  • Charging Infrastructure in Scotland: NFDA discussed the strides that the EV charging network has made in Scotland. The parties also discussed what political and regulatory mechanisms could aid in further increasing the instalment of charging infrastructure.

Sue Robinson added: "Arnold Clark’s Innovation Centre was the perfect place to take Graham Simpson, to encapsulate the efforts and investments retailers are putting towards the future of private mobility transport. Franchised dealers are preparing their sites for Government’s net-zero targets by training their sales and aftersales staff and investing into infrastructure to sell EVs; it is therefore essential that Government understands this and matches the sector’s efforts.

The NFDA looks forward to continued engagement with policymakers, stakeholders, and industry leaders to shape a resilient and innovative future for the automotive sector.



Pictured: Graham Simpson, Member of the Scottish Parliament (Left), Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive (Right)

Murat Omercik, NFDA Public Affairs Officer

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