With a number of sector-specific sticking points, and EU concern about a level playing field where the UK might be able to undercut European standards but still have access to the market, a Brexit...

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Covid-19 has been tough for the dealer community, but looking at things optimistically, it can be the catalyst for positive change. It is time for dealers to seize the initiative, re-engineer their...

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As we look ahead into the prospects for 2020 and beyond for the dealers, the near-term economic environment has got no clearer ahead of the UK General Election on 12 December. Never have the manifesto...

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Independent retailers in both the used and franchised sectors could add as much as £15,000 to their bottom line profit by learning how to squeeze more money from their businesses and embrace new ways...

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An explosion in the number of digital marketing channels, combined with a virtual search engine arms race, is leading to increased confusion among retailers, resulting in rising costs. And in many...

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Data collected and analysed by WhoCanFixMyCar.com looking at Ford, Volkswagen and Vauxhall models revealed a small difference in average maintenance costs overall across the brands, but highlighted...

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 The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that legislation forcing companies to enrol staff into a pension scheme will cost the average small businesses at least £2,550 a year....

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Who does your deliveries for a corporate handover? It could be an employee, a driver from a group-wide pool, a self-employed driver or an outsource from a specialist company. Nowadays, due to the...

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Whether it’s sending information about your next promotional event, vehicle service reminders or even letting people know what documentation they need to bring in when buying/collecting a car,...

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It is pretty unanimous that 2009 is going to be a tough year. Any improvements in profit are highly unlikely to result from increased sales, and manufacturers will not be writing out huge bonus...

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by Keith Butler At Fish Brothers, we have recently been focussing on reducing costs in three particular areas: • Mobile phones • Electricity • Credit vetting software Mobile phones...

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by John Genge Does it really made good sense to open your dealership on a Sunday? Not according to some dealer principals who believe it is folly to do so and actually costs you money. While those...

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Wheelie bins, front and rear-end loaders, bailers, compactors, cardboard and the rest! It costs to take your waste away, but you can easily reduce the amount you pay by following some simple common...

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In this challenging market, with the current focus on minimising costs, there can be a temptation to reduce investment in key areas, such as employee development. However this short term approach...

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As the symptoms of recession escalate worldwide, many auto retail businesses are pushing back their expectations of when recovery will arrive. The general sense is that the downturn will extend well...

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About 18 months ago, I launched Operation Clean Sweep at Exminster Garage where I looked at every single cost to the business, to ensure we were getting the best possible deals. I changed a lot of...

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Courtesy cars, in the Bodyshop and Service Department, are a major monthly expense. That’s why it’s important to nominate a member of staff with specific responsibility for courtesy car...

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