The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, welcomes the news that £1billion is to be invested in the UK automotive industry.

The UK Automotive Sector Strategy, published today, has been developed collaboratively by industry and government. The £1billion commitment will concentrate on the four key areas of technology, supply chain, skills and business environment.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director, commented “The whole automotive sector, including the motor retail division, is vital to the performance of the UK economy.

“Whilst we see the Government commitment to the sector a very positive move it is vital that the retail sector is included in the investment plans. The retail sector is a fundamental division within the supply chain and heavily invests in infrastructure and equipment to deliver high quality service to consumers when buying and maintaining cars.

“The NFDA has long been dedicated to securing the best skills for the industry. Therefore we support the Automotive Council’s apprentice and graduate recruitment drive.”


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