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Dear Member,

The second RMI Academy of Automotive Skills in Runcorn officially opens for business today. Now MOT centres in the North have a one-stop-shop for MOT training, and in the near future a suite of technical training courses tailored specifically to the needs of independents. Please see below the courses available and training calendars for both sites.

If you are thinking of growing your own talent then now is the time to take on an apprentice. With the new industry-led trailblazer standard for Light Vehicle Service and Maintenance in place, apprenticeships are now of an exceptional quality. New apprentices will have to prove competence and meet the needs of the industry before they qualify, so you’ll see a genuine return from taking one on. Details of the new standard and how find an apprentice are in the bulletin below.

At member events and in meetings, members are telling us that more and more customers are expecting garages to fit parts they have sourced themselves, so we have an article in this bulletin offering legal and practical advice on the subject. We will also be producing social media content aimed directly at consumers to help you to explain the issues to your customers.

We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the inaugural Workshop Awards this year which will bring about recognition of the best of the independent sector. There are a number of categories to enter and we would love to see IGA members win. Applying for an award is quick and easy, and winning will provide your business with a tremendous marketing opportunity. Details on how to apply for any of the awards are below.

On the lobbying front, we are going to Brussels next week to discuss access to information, and evaluate the position of SERMI in a post-Brexit Britain. As always you will be kept updated with any developments.

Finally, please take a look at our MOT QC article to discover how the RMI can help you to stay compliant with legislation as both a small business and MOT station, and provide disciplinary assistance with DVSA should a problem arise. This is one of many additional services we provide to help keep your business at the top of its game, so if you want to ensure you’re making the most of your membership, give us a call on 0845 305 4230.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Director

Stuart James

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