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IGA meets Dutch independent division to reinforce relationships for a post-Brexit Britain

IGA 14/11/2018

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) met this week with BOnd Van Automobielhandelaren en Garagehouders (BOVAG) Independent Repairers Division, from the Netherlands, to discuss their ongoing working relationship for the benefit of the independent automotive sector in a post-Brexit era.

This two-day visit involved an exchange of ideas and a tour of British independent garages to gain perspective into the management of independent garage businesses across the UK.

Having had a good working relationship for many years, this meeting brought together the two organisations and garage owners from both countries to share issues that affect the industry, including access to technical information, skill shortages and MOT Testing. 

On the second day of their visit, BOVAG were taken to a number of independent garage members. The visits provided an insight into the similarities and differences between the two countries, including communication with members and the challenges of recruitment and training of staff.

Stuart James, IGA Director comments, “We are pleased to welcome the BOVAG Independent Repairers Division. This co-operation with our European colleagues is a positive step towards maintaining strong partnerships throughout and beyond the Brexit process.”

Gerard ten Buuren, Chairman of BOVAG’s Independent Garage Division comments: "Our visit has been very successful, certainly, we are delighted to continue working with the IGA and we have all gained a tremendous amount from this visit.”

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Stuart James, IGA Director, is available to interview.

About the RMI

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.