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Dear Member,

On a global scale the past six months have been very difficult for everyone. Members are feeding back that in many cases work is generally picking up, however there appears to be an underlying aftershock across the whole industry as business owners come to terms with what has happened and prepare to face the challenges ahead on the journey to normality.

In its time of need the IGA was here for the sector, translating the Government’s ever-changing position into easily readable daily bulletins and fighting for the grants and support packages that garages should be entitled to but were left off the list of recipients. No matter what unexpected challenges come your way as this pandemic unfolds, the IGA is here for you.

Please don’t forget, you can still book a COVID-19 compliance audit. Our field team are out on the roads throughout the country, ready to help your business demonstrate that it is COVID-secure. The audits have been very well received and have given consumers an extra level of reassurance that garages are keeping them safe. Let us know if you would like a visit or find out more about the scheme below.

The IGA will soon be releasing the Garage Guide to Online Presence. It is now more important than ever to be in control of your online image rather than relying on third-party work providers. The new guide provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of online platforms and marketing techniques that will make it easier for people in your local area to find your garage online, bringing in new business for years to come at minimal cost. Look out for your copy in the post soon.

Finally, a new and exclusive joint membership package will be available from September that will allow you to combine your IGA membership with technical information provider ALLDATA which will allow you to fix the cost of both subscriptions for three years. More details are coming soon.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Director

Stuart James

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