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New VRA webinar series to help remarketing sector prepare for pandemic’s end

A new webinar series designed to help the remarketing sector ready for the end of the pandemic has been announced by the Vehicle Remarketing Association.

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The VRA’s ‘The New Normal Briefing’ webinars will start with a discussion on the impact of the Brexit deal, including customs processes and the future of the UK motor industry

While the association said the sector was now well-versed in dealing with lockdown conditions, a big question – now the vaccination programme is underway – hangs over what the ‘new normal’ will look like.

This will come under the VRA’s ‘The New Normal Briefing’ webinars, which start at 10am on Thursday 21 January with a discussion on the implications of the Brexit deal and how it is likely to impact on everything from customs processes through to the future of the UK motor industry.

The speakers will include well-known Brexit expert David Bailey, professor of business economics at the University of Birmingham’s Business School, alongside Glyn Edwards, VAT director at MHA McIntyre Hudson and Andrew Thurston, customs duty consultant at MHA McIntyre Hudson.

Sam Watkins, chair at the VRA, said: “The webinars we are planning will look at all kinds of areas of remarketing and the shape they are likely to take over the next few months and years. It’s an essential area and will help VRA members to plan for an uncertain future.”

The New Normal Briefings will take place on the third Thursday of every month for at least the first six months of the year, after which it’s hoped that the VRA will be able to hold at least some face-to-face meetings.

Watkins said: “Our AGM takes place in July and the hope is that we’ll be able to get together at that point. Obviously, however, there is a whole range of factors that could affect that possibility.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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