A ‘not for profit’ trade body for independent motor dealers has been formed by a group of seven motor dealers and industry experts. The Independent Motor Dealers Association (IMDA) says it aims to be the voice and support for the independent motor dealer in the UK.
The founder members of the IMDA are, Jim Reid , Umesh Samani, Phil Weaver, Stuart Saunders, Chris Roach, David Bilsborough and Philip Nothard.
In a statement, the IMDA spokesman and Crewe based owner of Cheshire Cars, David Bilsborough, told Motor Trade News “We believe that independent dealers deserve the right to have an association that will represent their interests. With the amount of change that the industry has seen and the amount yet to be seen it has never been needed more than at present. The association will be run on a ‘not for profit’ footing. This was voted for by all of the founding members early on in the discussions.
“The association will represent each and every member equally. By having one voice to represent our member’s opinions and concerns at a national level and engaging with other bodies and associations for the good of all. The association will also provide a point of reference for best practice and alongside everything that is needed every day to run a successful and transparent motor dealership. We have already received many offers of support and help from suppliers to set up and deliver cutting edge training and advice without the need to leave the work place. At present no association purely represents the independent motor dealer. The IMDA will provide the platform for the representation to take place for the independent dealers.
“We have already proven that there is an appetite for change and support via our association, by the many numbers of dealers and suppliers alike who have signed up with their initial interest at this early stage. We have all been working extremely hard behind the scenes to get into place a constitution plus a mission statement with pillars which has now been achieved. We have also voted and agreed upon a Chairman and Vice Chairman a Secretary and Treasurer. We are asking all perspective new members to express their interests in joining the IMDA by using our landing page at http://www.clickandjoin.co.uk/”