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Recruitment issues and self-isolating causing staffing issues across remarketing sector

Recruitment issues and the need for self-isolation are causing staffing issues across the remarketing sector, the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) is reporting. Chair Philip Nothard said that VRA members were experiencing issues finding staff to fill all kinds of long-term positions, and that the problem was being exacerbated by the ongoing short-term demands of self-isolation.

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Three new committees announced at VRA’s 2021 AGM

The formation of three new committees was announced at the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s (VRA) 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Industry Trends Committee, chaired by Marcus Blakemore, will help to identify key topics the sector needs to address and, with agreement from the VRA board, draft policies and positioning statements, alongside thought-leadership and good practice

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Listen back – ‘New Normal Briefings’ webinars

We are excited to bring you a brand-new series for 2021 where we help you prepare for a post-pandemic world, entitled ‘The New Normal Briefings’.  The webinars will look at all kinds of areas of remarketing and the shape they are likely to take over the next few months and years, to help members plan

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Speakers announced for 2021 VRA Annual General Meeting

Two major guest speakers have been announced for next month’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Both will tackle the subject of what the automotive sector has learnt from the pandemic and how it will change as a result during the next 2-3 years – as well as examining current issues such

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“Unprecedented” used car price increases to continue into Q3, VRA predicts

Current “unprecedented” used car price increases are likely to continue into the third quarter of 2021, the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) is predicting. VRA chair Philip Nothard said that the view of both vehicle valuations experts and dealers who are part of the trade body indicated that there remained headroom for further rises on top

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VRA “Five Minute Briefing” looks at current used car and van supply issues

Supply issues affecting the used car and van sectors are the subject of the latest “Five Minute Briefing” from the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Six experts from the industry body’s board have summarised in a single paragraph what they expect to be the result of the current headwinds affecting availability including the semiconductor shortage, the COVID

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VRA tackles used car and van stock shortages at June webinar

Stock shortages affecting the used car and van markets will be the subject of the sixth in the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA)’s New Normal Briefing series of webinars. David Bailey, professor of business economics at the University of Birmingham’s Business School will open the presentations, explaining how the semiconductor shortage, Brexit and the pandemic have

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Jonathan Butler named legal counsel at VRA

The Vehicle Remarketing Association has named Jonathan Butler as its first-ever legal counsel. The partner and head of automotive at Geldard’s has been a member of the VRA board since 2019, and has been in legal practice since 1996, establishing a widely-respected specialism in motor industry matters. Philip Nothard, chair at the VRA, said: “Legal

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VRA announces “Getting Back to Business” webinar

New issues arising as the used vehicle sector emerges from the pandemic is the theme of the fifth in the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA)’s New Normal Briefing series of webinars. Called “Getting Back to Business” and being held at 10am on Thursday 20th May, speakers will include Steve Young, managing director at ICDP, and Chris

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The VRA Member Briefing

Listen to the new VRA member podcast Our short 10-15 minute podcasts are designed for VRA members to find out about other members, acting as a kind of networking tool while we are all still largely working remotely. 1 Nick Chadaway, managing director of DMN Logistics, about his career, his company and his views on

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Glenn Sturley appointed as first VRA Ambassador

Glenn Sturley has been appointed to the newly-created role of Ambassador for the Vehicle Remarketing Association. The move has been made in recognition of his service to the industry body and in recognition of his unique position in the remarketing sector. Philip Nothard, chair at the VRA, explained: “Glenn has been a stalwart of the

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First VRA “Five Minute Briefing” looks at dealer showroom reopening

Dealer showroom reopenings during April are the subject of the first in what is expected to be a regular series of commentary documents from the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Called a “Five Minute Briefing”, it asks experts from the industry body’s board to summarise in 100 words what they believe will be the impact of this

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