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Oct 1, 2017

Yvonne Hignell, Care & Support Services Director of Ben Motor Charity makes a welcome second appearance on Motor Trade Radio with Philip. Yvonne and Phil talk about mental health in the workplace and the #HatsOn4MentalHealth campaign on the 13th October. Download FREE

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Sep 30, 2017

Derek & Phil chat about their week, the headlines from and invite Andy Conde - General Manager, Group Auctioneers Manheim UK for an exclusive interview.

Sep 24, 2017

Philip Nothard interviews Sally Owens, Head of Sales at Promotor Group. Sally shares why it was created, what it does and where listeners can find out more and discuss opportunities. Sally also shares some of the feedback they have received and what the future looks like.

Sep 23, 2017

This week Phil is joined by Derek after a few weeks absence. The lads discuss Arnold Clark, Marshall’s, Pendragon, Lookers, the Motor Trader used cars special report and the resignation of Paul Williams from his role as CEO at SsangYong GB.

Sep 16, 2017

Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson of discuss the latest headlines, including a certain Philip Nothard being appointed head of external relations of Cox Automotive UK

Sep 10, 2017

Philip Nothard, interviews Ian Ferguson, Co-Founder of Auto Approval (and David Carruthers Co-Founder)   Ian shares the whys, what’s and where’s of pending exciting launch of Auto Approval and remarketing plans with Autorola. More importantly how it works, the relationship between the dealers and manufacturers, the team and funding behind it and short and long-terms plans.

Sep 9, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of, Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson of to discuss the latest headlines, Renault, Nissan, Kia, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Abarth have become the latest brands to announced scrappage schemes in the UK to boost sales in the September plate-change and the final quarter of 2017.


Whilst, New car registrations fell for the fifth consecutive month in August, down -6% to 76,433 units; year-to-date the market is down -2.4%, with 1,640,241 registered, according to figures from the SMMT.


In other news, Kia is the most highly rated franchise by dealers in the latest Summer NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey, scoring 9.2 points. And, the majority of dealers are dissatisfied with the new car volume sales targets being imposed by carmakers as they move into the September plate-change.


is piloting virtual reality technology to enable customers to view dealer showrooms on Facebook. The 3D virtual showroom technology has been developed by Radar Video and has been developed to boost dealers’ social media marketing enquiries and sales.


And finally, is opening what it claims to be the world’s smallest car dealership, in a London phone box, in a move to promote its Order Online car buying platform. Whilst, Cambria has reported it is trading in line with expectations for the 11 months to 31 July 2017.


A shout out, to the Jaguar Land Rover Channel Swim Challenge has raised £185,000 for motor industry charity Ben - Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, swam the English Channel, along with 13 of his colleagues in 16.5 hours in a two-team relay on Thursday 24 August.


The Motor Trader Summit has been awarded continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Sep 3, 2017

Philip Nothard, interviews Andrew Duthie, Director at A for Audi Express Ltd.  Andrew shares the why, what’s and where’s of their recent launch of Express Ltd and partnership with QParks, along with the results of the survey which highlighted a potential opportunity for such an operation, as consumers become ever increasingly time poor. 

Sep 2, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of, Philip Nothard and Curtis Hutchinson of to discuss the latest headlines, as the SMMT has taken the unusual step of reissuing its used car sales figures for Q2, and recalculated figures revealed, that UK used car transactions experienced a decline of just -0.7% instead of the previously quoted -13.5%. 

Whilst, a survey by Warrantywise of 1,320 people showed that repair garages – independents and franchised dealers – beat estate agents into first place, with plumbers taking the third spot.

In other news, Hyundai is the latest carmaker to launch a scrappage scheme with dealers offering between £1,545 and £5,000 on trade-ins across its model range.

Handy Motorsport has joined forces with the Alfa Romeo Dealer Council to bring the brand back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2018.

And finally, the most popular time for making an online enquiry about a new or used car purchase is between 10.00am and 11.00am, according to new consumer research from showroom system specialist Dealerweb. And, Lookers is opening its second multi-franchise used car centre in Motherwell on 1 September. The opening comes just four weeks after the dealer group opened its first Lookers Outlet in Gateshead ahead of a planned national rollout.

A shout out, as dealers have already started signing up for the inaugural Motor Trader Summit taking place on 21 November at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium.

The special one-day event, which is free to dealers, is themed around Boosting Dealer Profitability in 2018 with a series of best practice speaker sessions covering the forthcoming GDPR rules, online customer reviews and social media marketing.

Aug 27, 2017

While we've been talking about recording this episode for a while, it's with perfect timing that David Beeney and Derek Blair today discuss mental health in the workplace. Perfect timing as Ben, the automotive industry's charity has recently announced the 'Hat's on for mental health' initiative will happen on the 13th of October.

David is an ex-AutoTrader director and today he shares how he hid a mental health disorder for the majority of his career to date. David now runs, a service which helps employers to better understand mental health.

If you are suffering in silence, this engaging interview will help you realise that you are not alone. 

Aug 26, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.comPhilip Nothard andCurtis Hutchinson of to  discuss the latest headlines, Ford has a launched a scrappage scheme covering all makes of cars and vans registered before the end of 2009.

Whilst, The South Africa-based Imperial Holdings has acquired Pentagon Motor Holdings for an undisclosed sum. And, the Trade Centre Wales’ first site in England has doubled its monthly pre-tax profits to an average of £2m since opening in April 2017, according to a trading update issued by the group.

In other news, Pendragon has confirmed its latest Evans Halshaw Car Store will open at the end of August in Ashford, Surrey.

Moves by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to assess incentives for sales staff will have a “significant impact” on car sales and car financing. 

And finally, Dealers have already started signing up for the inaugural Motor Trader Summit taking place on 21 November at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium. The special one-day event, which is free to dealers, is themed around Boosting Dealer Profitability in 2018 with a series of best practice speaker sessions covering the forthcoming GDPR rules, online customer reviews and social media marketing.

Plus a shout-out to Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director. JLR UK at Jaguar Land Rover, and his team, swimming the English Channel for Ben Support For Life because It's easy to take our health for granted.

On the Sunday interview episode, Derek interviews David Beeney of , advisor to business on how to reduce the stigma of mental health in the workplace.

Aug 20, 2017

Today Philip is joined by Robin Luscombe and David Kendrick who this week have announced the launch of Tempus Automotive, a multi-million pound private investment fund to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to acquire their own dealerships.

Aug 19, 2017

Today Philip is joined by Jim Reid to discuss the week's headlines, including financial results from both Marshall Motor Holdings and Lookers, plc plus the launch of the IMDA (Independent Motor Dealer Association).

Aug 15, 2017

In this special episode of Motor Trader Radio, Derek and Philip are joined by Daksh Gupta, CEO and Mark Raban, CFO Marshall Motor Holdings plc. Daksh and Mark document another outstanding set of results for the group.

Aug 13, 2017

Daksh Gupta, CEO of Marshall Motor Holdings Plc has handed the baton for Ben’s 2017 Industry Leader (ILC) Challenge to Jeremy Hicks, MD of Jaguar Land Rover UK. Jeremy, who has been a Trustee of the automotive industry charity, Ben for 2 years, will galvanise his team to raise awareness and crucial funds for the charity in the ‘Jaguar Land Rover Channel Swim Challenge’.

Aug 12, 2017

Get ready to have your ears blown off as Philip Nothard is joined today by Paul Fieldson, the Operations Director for Radar Video. Paul shares his 23 years in the motor trade and he also offers his opinion on, well, pretty much everything! 

Aug 6, 2017

An overview of why and where carwow was formed, and the initial demand for such a product in the automotive industry.  Then, discussing the latest round of £30m investment, along with the Who and Why’s, and more importantly what the investment will create.  Then we discussed what’s happening for the remainder of 2017, in terms of additional product functionality, the strategy for 2018.  We finished off with, the insights the behaviours of consumers creates and how the sharing of the data can help both the retailers and manufacturers, but more importantly, the consumers.

Aug 5, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of, Philip Nothard and Peter Zinkewycz of Radar Video to discuss the latest headlines, including re-entering the car supermarket sector with the opening of its first Lookers Outlet site in Gateshead on 4 August.

Whilst, Pendragon plans to open five new Evans Halshaw Car Stores in the second half of 2017. The new stores will open in Ipswich, Norwich, Borehamwood, Dartford and Ashford. And, Dodge is returning to the UK after a seven-year absence under a new import and distribution deal with Auto Export Corporation (AEC). The move will also see the introduction of the Ram truck brand to the UK.

In other news, Eastern Western Motor Group has acquired Grassicks Garage, which holds the BMW and MINI franchises in Perth.

carwow, the new car retailing website, has raised $39m (£30m) worth of financing to fund further growth in the UK and internationally.

In its July dealer market survey, cap hpi found the number of dealers reporting an increase in retained margins has dipped to 18%, compared with 19% 12 months ago. The number reporting a loss remains at nearly half, albeit slightly less than last year (44% v 47%).

And finally, Philip Nothard, interviews James Hind – founder & CEO of carwow. James shares the why, what’s and where’s of their recent fund injection, along with the strategies and developments for the remainder of 2017. And more importantly, for 2018 in both the UK and Internationally.

Jul 30, 2017

Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong GB, shares the fascinating events that have happened over last 5 years to turn the business around. Paul also documents the business opportunity for independents & medium dealer groups to join this ambitious manufacturer.

Jul 29, 2017

This week Philip Nothard is joined by Jason Jeggo, of Radar Video. The guys discuss the latest developments at Radar and the launch of the Suzuki Instant Ad Creator - the instant video tool for automotive marketing, plus the headlines from Motor Trader.

Jul 23, 2017

On today's Sunday Interview, Derek Blair talks with Sandy Burgess, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association. Two years into Sandy's tenure, we discuss the history of the association and what the future holds for the SMTA and its members.

Jul 22, 2017

Today's episode features Philip Nothard and guest Curtis Hutchinson of Motor Trader Magazine. They discuss the winners of last week's #MTraderAwards at the prestigious JW Marriott Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane, London. 

Special mentions are given to:

New Dealership of the Year – TrustFord Epsom

Text book example of opening a new site in a busy town and hitting the ground running

Social Media – Group – Day’s Motor Group

South Wales based group shows how to integrate social media platforms to drive interaction and sales

Social Media – Single Site – Luscombe Suzuki Leeds

A single-site that uses social media to punch above its weight to interact with customers and drive sales

Sales Team of the Year/Business Manager – SG Petch Hyundai

Middlesbrough-based multi-franchise business that excels at selling to its local community

Dealer Group of the Year – Swansway Group (by judges’ nomination)

Motor Trader Top 200 group that has grown organically and by acquisition and is setting high standards across the sector

Carmaker of the Year – Suzuki GB (by judges’ nomination)

Consistently outperforms most carmakers in the NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey through its close relationship with its retailers

Outstanding Achievement – Mark Squires, NFDA

One of the most highly respected dealer group bosses in the industry now sharing his industry experience as chairman of the NFDA 

Sunday bonus interview:

On tomorrow's bonus Sunday interview, Derek Blair talks with Sandy Burgess, Chief Executive of the SMTA. Sandy shares recent strategies and exciting plans for the association's future.

Jul 20, 2017


Jul 16, 2017

Jon Sheard is the Operations Director of enquiryMAX, a UK-based company and provider of leading automotive retail software. Today he talks to Philip Nothard on what enquiryMAX can do for your dealership.

Jul 15, 2017

On this Saturday’s episode of,Philip Nothard is joined by a guest co-host, Andy Lycett, an avid listener to the show, and works at the sharp end of the industry. They discuss the latest headlines, including Lookers latest news, to move to new HQ in Manchester in 2017.


Whilst, The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has warned the motor retail sector is failing to train enough technicians in electric technology to keep pace with growing electric vehicle (EV) sales.


In other news, Dealers have been warned to take steps to protect themselves against ransomware cyber-attacks, which have impacted banks and the NHS in recent months.


A pre-recorded interview with Mike Allen, Zeus Capitaldiscussing the recent announcement from Marshall Motor, as the group sees ‘significant growth’ in first-half profits.


They discuss Motor Trader Webinar Driving Online Used Car Sales Through Greater Transparency - Click here


Motor Trader Awards 2017 had a record number of entries and finalists with 22 categories covering all aspects of the retail motor industry.


A shout out for Motor industry charity Ben, as they launch a survey to seek insights from the industry that will help shape future services.  Click here to take part.


And finally, Philip interviews Jon Sheard, Director of Operations at enquiryMAX.  Jon shares what they do, their recent growth, whilst discussing trends they see in consumer behaviour and how they can support the dealer network with areas such as FCA legislation.  And their outlook for the rest of 2017, and strategic direction for the next 18-months.

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