Franchised retailers have hit out at Tesla for continuing to offer test drives during lockdown 3.0 when the industry has been advised they are non-essential and should not be carried out. Until...

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How to tackle the problems faced by the core elements of retail as 2021 picks up where 2020 left off As we saw the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 many of us were filled with the enthusiasm of a new...

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There are growing concerns within the industry that if the current lockdown across the UK continues into March there will be a marked impact on 2021. Even as the Covid vaccines are being rolled out,...

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The air of resignation from the SMMT’s Mike Hawes on Saturday night was obvious. Auto retail has been faultlessly Covid-secure since showrooms reopened… yet, in London and the South East’s...

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Well run businesses invest for the future: I think it would be hard to argue with that. But, in times of financial uncertainty such as now, any spend has to show a positive return. Yet it is clear,...

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HR Owen has reported a decline in profit before tax from £8.2m to £1.9m in the year ended 30 June 2020. This, it said, is largely attributable to the sale of an investment property which generated...

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Lockdown has accelerated change and some retailers have brought new practices in years earlier than they otherwise might have done Lockdown has forced a fundamental rethink for many in the retailing...

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The Government’s NHS QR code posters have brought QR codes to a much wider audience – how can you use them to positive effect? QR codes have been around for more than 25 years, but have relatively...

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Car retailers in Wales have been ordered to close for 17 days from 6pm on Friday evening (23 October), however, servicing operations can still remain open. Following the announcement of the...

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As registrations of alternative fuelled vehicles (AFVs) surge, new research from Close Brothers Motor Finance finds that 32% of UK drivers are planning to buy an AFV as their next car purchase. A...

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The last six months has seen another slight improvement in the relationships between franchised dealers and their OEMs after the rise in sentiment reported six months ago. The latest NFDA Dealer...

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Lifting the European motor industry out of the slump caused by Covid-19 is going to take a concerted effort by manufacturers and retailers alike. This is no longer a case of simply ramping up...

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Charitable fundraising has taken a real hit under Covid-19 so deserves as much support as possible The charity sector has suffered badly due to the Coronavirus lockdown, with cancelled sponsored...

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The scale of the economic damage in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic means that businesses will have to innovate to survive, accelerating the pace of change towards a digital economy. Companies that...

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Most people have not cancelled their pre-pandemic car buying plans, but have delayed them, with 88% citing Covid-19 as the reason for the delay. Of the 19% of car buyers who had planned to buy a car...

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A vaccination for Covid-19 is some 18 months away, treatments are still under development, and a second wave is almost certainly coming this year. The lockdown in Leicester highlights how quickly the...

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Many car manufacturers have been looking at ways of quickly and efficiently sanitising vehicle interiors at dealerships, long before the advent of this latest invisible enemy. The onset of the...

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The furlough scheme has been a lifesaver for many, and now the end is in sight The furlough scheme has been vital to the automotive retail industry over the last few months – more employees in the...

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The key learnings from the Auto Retail Live webinar as the industry reopens its doors Call numbers are down but so are missed calls The unique call volumes are down between 11% and 31% according to...

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ASE has delivered consulting projects in China for the last five years and has seen first-hand the growth experienced by the Chinese automotive dealers, which has generally been led by an emerging...

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