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VRA announce stellar line up for September remarketing conference

By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 11:00

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The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) have confirmed the final speaker line up at next month’s 20th annual conference.

Held at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park, Oxford, the event – billed as ‘the future depends on what you do today’ – should attract 200 remarketing and associated professionals.

Seven high-profile industry figureheads will front the VRA’s biggest event of the year, all under the watchful management of TV presenter and motoring journalist Ginny Buckley.

The presentations and debates will consider key industry challenges and changes, providing a platform for the whole audience to give their thoughts.

Mike Woodward, Lead Partner for Automotive Consulting at Deloitte, will begin Session One with his views on how macro-economic influences are impacting the automotive sector and how current and future events will affect used car activities.

Matt Sandom, Director at Autofutura, will share exclusive research, undertaken for the VRA event, looking at supply, usage and defleet dynamics, and the shifting age and profile of returning vehicles.

Michael Buxton, CEO at Manheim, will lead Session Two by presenting the changing requirements of the wholesale buyer and how the industry needs to respond to these.

Tim Peake, Group Strategy and Commercial Planning Director at Trader Media, will then continue his debate on connecting buyers and sellers, in what he describes as the retail-driven supply chain.

Spencer Locke, Managing Director of British Car Auctions (BCA) will then consider how retailers are managing used vehicle activity in the face of a changing market and what they must do to future-proof themselves.

In Session Three, Graeme Potts, Managing Director of Eden Automotive Group, will share his perspective on a range of helpful and unhelpful influences affecting the used car market from a franchised dealer’s viewpoint.

Rounding off the third speaker session, Adrian Rushmore, Operations Director at CAP, will look at the down the line impact on the industry of manufacturers’ product line polarisation and different model proliferation.

He will also consider whether the retail consumer will be receptive to the changes ahead.

Session Four concludes with a ‘Question Time’ session, chaired by Ginny Buckley, who will quiz a panel of experts about their views on the day’s topics.

The audience will also be able to provide their input and feedback, via personal voting handsets.

Tickets are available to book online, via the website at www.vehicle-remarketing.co.uk.

Prices are £149 for VRA members and £199 for non-members including access to the whole event from 9.30am to 4.00pm, plus lunch and refreshments.

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