Sunday 18 February 2018

Battling dealers to get their rewards

THE motor industry is to acknowledge dealerships and businesses that have battled through the recession.

A special awards plan was recently announced. Backed by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and sponsored by Castrol Professional, any franchised dealership can enter.

The awards, with a September 10 deadline, are free to enter.

SIMI director general Alan Nolan said: “Although the motor industry has been struggling with enormous challenges over the past two years, there are still some remarkable successes in the sector, as businesses have adapted to the downturn through innovation and an increased customer focus.


“We want to recognise the achievements of those who have excelled during a very difficult period and we believe that the whole industry will benefit from celebrating such positives.”

Initially, there will be five awards:

Retail Operation of the Year

Aftersales Operation of the Year

Innovation of the Year

Franchised Dealership of the Year

Unsung Hero of the Year

The awards ceremony will take place at Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare, on November 16 during the SIMI annual conference.

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