Bradford East Labour MP Imran Hussain visited the town’s Volvo retailer Clive Brook as part of a parliament and industry initiative to raise awareness of the retail side of the automotive industry.
Three visits took place up and down the country as part of the sector’s body the National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA) Parliamentary Engagement Programme on Friday 25th May.
NFDA members Clive Brook, managing director of Clive Brook Volvo, said: “The visit was a great opportunity to meet our local MP and show him how franchised dealerships work.
“We were pleased to showcase our apprentices and discuss the Volvo Apprenticeship Scheme which aims at fully training the apprentices to take on the role of qualified service and maintenance technician at the end of the three years.”
Sue Robinson, director of the NFDA, said: “It was positive to see the levels of engagement across government and MPs with the retail automotive industry. Franchised retailers have repeatedly proved their resilience and, going forward, it is crucial they can operate in stable conditions.”
Employment in the industry, with a particular focus on apprenticeships, priorities for Brexit as well as the new car market were the main topics discussed. In particular, it was highlighted to the MPs that although the industry supports the uptake of low emission vehicles, modern diesel and petrol cars still represent the most efficient fuel type for many drivers.
NFDA will continue to work alongside its members to raise awareness of the retail automotive sector and ensure that the contributions our sector makes to the UK economy continue to be recognised.
In addition, Joanna Cherry QC MP met with Eddie Hawthorne managing director of Arnold Clark in Edinburgh and Jeremy Lefroy MP was hosted by David Williamson, Lookers Mercedes-Benz franchise director, and Andrew Stevenson, Lookers Group people director, in Stafford.