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Dear Member,

The new Trust My Garage television advert is now airing across a wide range of channels throughout the UK and in this short space of time visitor numbers to the TMG website have doubled. More motorists than ever are looking out for the Trust My Garage shield, so please ensure your signage is prominently displayed as this will bring cost free additional work to your business. See the advert in the bulletin article below.

The 2019 Garage Work Provider Report will be published soon, and a copy will be posted to all members. This year’s report has more feedback from garages and investigates the work providers’ business models in more detail. Should you be considering accepting work from one of these work providers, this booklet will offer invaluable guidance to help you make a more informed decision.

HMRC’s Making Tax Digital for VAT comes into force today so your business must now record and submit tax records digitally using compatible software. If you still need to update your systems, you can find the information you need in the “Garage Guide” posted to you recently and in the article below.

The new 2019/20 MOT annual training period also starts today. The RMI are providing the same training options as previous years to ensure that all testers have access to suitable training, which are available now.

Finally, over the next year we will be sharing a series of special bulletin articles outlining the major factors impacting the independent sector, from recruiting technicians, accessing technical information to changes in car buying habits. The first in the series explores the long term business risks posed by garage work providers.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Director

Stuart James

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