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VRA announces speaker line-up and topics for May conference

The Vehicle Remarketing Association’s (VRA) annual conference is promising a diverse range of speakers, addressing topical used vehicle issues, on May 21.  

Under the banner, ‘The Big Picture 2015’, delegates will hear the views of the experts in a series of short presentations, plus a panel discussion and Q&A hosted by TV broadcaster and motoring journalist Ginny Buckley.

Speaking at the event will be: Joe George, chief strategy officer at Cox Automotive, whose international organisation owns conference sponsors Manheim; Debapratim De, senior economist at Deloitte; Adrian Rushmore, operations director of CAP Automotive; Jonathan Higham, logistics director at BCA; Tim Hudson, managing director of Manheim Remarketing; Jonathan Allbones, sales & marketing director of The Car People; and Rob Hazelwood, BCA’s commercial director.

A number of leading service providers will also be showcasing their latest propositions and these include Manheim, BCA, Epyx, Copart, CAP, Bruntingthorpe, SMA, Movex and Anglia Vehicle Logistics.

Topics being discussed on the day will include:

-       Current trading conditions and economic outlook for 2015

-       As higher used vehicle levels return, what effect will this have on prices?

-       Returning PCP volumes – is the market geared up to handle them?

-       What remarketing services innovation is around the corner?

-       What’s hot and what’s not and the emerging demand trends

-       How better data and insight will drive the used vehicle market forward

-       Creating better bridges between wholesale and retail activity

-       Capacity and added value in pre-sale and defleet services

Delegates will be encouraged to provide their input throughout the event, by downloading a ‘conference app’ to their smart phones.

Using this ‘app’, they will be able to obtain information in the run-up to the event, submit feedback during the day, respond to specific issues being discussed and also ask open questions in the panel sessions.

John Davies, chairman of the VRA, said: “The VRA Conference is a unique event in the annual calendar when the influencers from the remarketing and related sectors gather to exchange views.

“Where else can you get such great value and be so engaged in this specialist area of our industry, plus be part of the opinion-forming activity on the day?”

VRA members qualify for a single complimentary ticket with additional ones costing £125 (excluding VAT). Tickets for non-members cost £195 (excluding VAT) each. Tickets include all refreshments, lunch, on-site parking, plus the conference app.

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