Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo 2015 – The Details

Time 10:32 am, February 9, 2015

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Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo logo 2015If you’re looking for the next big thing in the automotive industry – Silverstone on June 9 is where you need to be.

That’s the location for the 2015 Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo, in association with GForces, and it’s set to be the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

We know how much the automotive industry in the UK is crying out for an event of this type and we want to work with dealers, manufacturers and suppliers to make this an annual event that works for everyone.

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 10.37.03That’s why attending the Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo, in association with GForces, is completely free for car dealers and manufacturer staff. In this post you will find all the details about this year’s event and it will be uploaded as we add more to the line-up.


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There will be four key-note speakers at the Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo, in association with GForces,. We’re in the process of lining up the final two, but already we are very excited about these two big names.
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We will be holding 12 Workshop Sessions on the day, which are all designed to educate and inform dealers on the latest trends. These will be held in the morning and then repeated in the afternoon.

All Workshop Sessions are free to attend and can be booked in advance, or you can simply turn up on the day and choose which you’d like to visit.

However, we expect these to be very popular and entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Speakers have been selected from a host of companies who are experts in their respective fields and, don’t fear, there will be categorically no selling in these sessions – they have all been designed to educate you. Workshop Sessions planned, which are subject to change, currently include:


1. A Masterclass from Twitter

Twitter UK will be sending an expert to show you how you can sell more cars using the social network

2. Former Spy On How To Protect Your Dealership

Former British Security Services staff show how car dealers can protect themselves from criminals and insider threats and guard against the loss of intellectual property

3. The Legal Pitfalls That Are Trapping Dealers

What are the latest legal issues facing car dealers and how can you prepare for them

4. Write Offs And Repos

How not to get stuck with a car you can’t sell and what to do if you do

5. Lead Generation Masterclass

How lead generation can be a weapon in every modern dealer’s sales arsenal

6. Sense Check Your Ads

How to work out if you are spending your marketing money in the right places

7. Turbo Boost Your Website

How can you improve your website’s performance using key metrics and analytics

8. Think Video First

Top tips on how your dealership can use video to great effect in the sales process

9. Leadership Lessons

How every car dealer leader can maximise staff engagement in the workplace

10. Use Your DMS To Sell More Cars

DMS best practice – what should you be getting out of your current system

11. Sourcing The Right Stock, Right Now

Top tips on sourcing the best possible used-car stock for your dealership

12. Know Your Customers

Data is critical to knowing your customers, but where can you get it and how can you use it?

[Contents and sessions are subject to change]


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As well as the Workshops, there will be four Breakout Sessions in the afternoon. These are a mix of open-to-all and invite-only sessions, and include the following.

Top 150 Dealers On Twitter

Find out before anyone else who has made the Most Influential Dealers on Twitter list this year. We’ll be inviting every dealer who has made it into our top 150, we’ll hand out some special awards and there will be an exclusive Q&A session with Google’s Scott Sinclair and a representative from Twitter.

Women In The Motor Industry

This unique, invite-only session will see leading women in the motor industry give inspiring speeches and offer others a chance to network. Two exclusive talks from a leading franchised dealer boss and independent dealer will form key parts of this females-only session.

Car Dealer Q&A Panels

This open session will see some of the UK’s leading car dealer group bosses and car manufacturer MDs give their best practice tips and opinions on pertinent topics. Chaired by Car Dealer MD James Baggott, this session will also take questions from the audience. So far, Ken Savage, Perrys, John Tordoff, JCT600, John O’Hanlon, Ridgeway, and Neil McMinn, Lookers, have all agreed to feature in the dealer panel.


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Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 19.31.42Car Dealer Magazine is a passionate believer that the UK automotive industry is crying out for an event of this type and we want to work with the industry to create a networking and educational event that works for the whole automotive industry.

That’s why we will be working hard with suppliers from across the industry to help them showcase their products and services to dealers at this event.

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With a footprint that is three times the size of last year’s Conference, for dealers the Expo will be the perfect place to see what around 100 suppliers to the motor trade have to offer.

We know how tough it can be to arrange time in your diary to see suppliers, which is why the Expo – where they are all in one place – is the perfect time to do business.

If you’d like to talk about these options in more detail please do not hesitate to call a member of the Car Dealer team on (023) 9252 2434 or email us here.


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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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