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Key speaker on 2017 Budget added to line-up at VRA seminar

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 Analysis on the 2017 Budget and what it means for the motor industry – less than 24 hours after its details have been revealed – has been added to the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s (VRA) free-to-attend seminar next month.

Chris Cummings, head of tax at automotive consultancy ASE Global, will be providing a complete rundown for attendees at the event on the morning following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget speech.

He will be one of six experts covering the topic of ‘The Challenges of 2018’ at the seminar, which takes place at the Leicester Marriott Hotel on November 23 and is designed to provide a complete briefing on the major trends and legislative changes affecting those involved in car and van remarketing from fleets to dealers in a compact, four-hour format.

Speakers include Mike Allen of Zeus Capital, looking at the current state of the market; Jonathan Butler of Geldards on the implications of GDPR for the remarketing sector; Giles Rayner of Nissan on what's fuelling the next generation of cars; Louise Wallis of the National Franchise Dealer Association on the growing problem of clocking; and Tim Hudson of Cox Automotive on how to handle ever larger used vehicle volumes.

Glenn Sturley, chair at the VRA, said: “2018 looks set to be a challenging year for the remarketing sector for all parties involved. The market, while still relatively buoyant, is perhaps more volatile than it has been for some time, while there are a range of legislative and other changes underway that will have definite impact on how we all do business.

“This seminar, which takes the place of our usual annual conference, is intended to fully brief those working in remarketing on the key facts that they need to know and, we are sure, will provide them with much material that will be of use to them as they plan for next year.

“As an organisation, we see it as very much part of our role to keep our members and others working in remarketing fully informed about the issues facing the sector and this seminar is very much a part of that commitment. It is intended to pack as much as possible into a short and highly informative format at a location that is nationally convenient.”

Attendance at the conference is free to anyone who is working in any part of the automotive sector and more details can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected].

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