Published 20/05/2014 00:00:00 in Press Releases

At the beginning of May the National Association of Bodyshops received a number queries from our Northern Ireland members expressing concerns that tender documents published by the Northern Ireland Central Procurement Department (CPD), in relation to the repair of Police, Fire and Ambulance service vehicles - included a clause that stated to be eligible to tender; repairers had to be a member of the VBRA.

As the leading voice in the bodyshop industry, the NAB considered this clause to be both unfair and restrictive and engaged with the Northern Ireland CDP to address this clause.

We can now confirm that following our persistence in voicing our member’s concerns surrounding their eligibility to tender, the Northern Ireland Central Procurement Department has decided to accept membership of the NAB as an alternative to the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association (VBRA).

Frank Harvey Head of the NAB commented, “We are delighted to have received confirmation from the Northern Ireland CPD advising us that the above mentioned tender process has now been amended to include NAB membership. We believe that all of our member’s should have an option and the freedom of choice.

“As part of the amendment the Central Procurement Department has also extended the original deadlines for submissions of the above tender until the 16 June 2014.

“On behalf of the NAB we would like to thank those that brought this matter to our attention and are delighted with the outcome that gives our Northern Ireland members and Bodyshops in general the freedom of choice when it comes to their trade association for this particular tender”.




Rupal Rawal, Communications Officer
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland. 

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