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Q&A: Swansway’s Scott Smith

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Swansway’s Head of Recruitment and Apprenticeships Scott Smith talks recruitment, apprenticeship levy and hiring the right talent for the job

Swansway’s Head of Recruitment and Apprenticeships Scott Smith talks recruitment, apprenticeship levy and hiring the right talent for the job

How do you make sure you’re getting the best talent?

We have a recruitment team which sits within our HR department and we use various methods to recruit the best talent to Swansway including; job advertising, talent pooling, headhunting and market research.

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Wed, 01/15/2020
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Counting the cost of mental health

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Williams Talent Management’s Carl Williams explains how newly approved IMI courses can help in the battle against mental health issues

Williams Talent Management’s Carl Williams explains how newly approved IMI courses can help in the battle against mental health issues

There is without doubt an increase in the identification and impacts of mental health in the workplace. Depression and anxiety disorders take a terrible human toll, and cost the global economy $1 trillion every year in lost productivity alone.

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Fri, 12/18/2020
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Q&A: Cox Automotive’s Alison Fisher

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Cox Automotive’s Chief People Officer, Alison Fisher talks training, apprenticeships and what’s keeping the business busy over the next six months

Cox Automotive’s Chief People Officer, Alison Fisher talks training, apprenticeships and what’s keeping the business busy over the next six months

Where are the core apprenticeship training schemes in the business?

Most of our apprentices are in customer service, business administration, first line management and senior management. We also run some specialist apprenticeships in some of our departments, particularly our technology team, and our vehicle reconditioning business.

How important is the apprenticeship programme to the company?

We regularly talk about the benefits of an apprenticeship and share success stories from other team members that have developed their career by completing the programme.

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Fri, 12/13/2019
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Sytner Group’s five ways to iron out inefficiencies

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Streamlining your operations could make your business more efficient and more profitable, Sytner Group’s CEO, Darren Edwards, gives his five top tips to achieve it

Streamlining your operations could make your business more efficient and more profitable, Sytner Group’s CEO, Darren Edwards, gives his five top tips to achieve it

Selling more cars and carrying out more servicing work is all part of running a profitable business. But unless you’re being ruthless in terms of overheads and the way your business operates, all of that initial gross profit from extra sales could be lost.

One of the UK’s largest dealers, Sytner Group, has a long history of improving its efficiency and maximising not only its profitability but also its business acumen, there’s a lot to learn from the group, and here, Darren Edwards, Sytner’s UK CEO shares what he believes are the keys to success.

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Mon, 12/09/2019
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Improve standards in your finance division

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Automotive finance is coming under fresh scrutiny, so make sure your team is ready

Automotive finance is coming under fresh scrutiny, so make sure your team is ready

Selling cars and financial products is the main aim of any dealership, whether it’s an independent business or part of a larger franchise. However, the huge variety of customer purchase options means that every firm needs to maintain the highest standards in its finance and insurance department. It’s an area coming into sharp focus as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) looks at the financial practices of the automotive industry – how it sells vehicles, the advice it gives to customers and how compliant it is with various regulations.

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Tue, 11/26/2019
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Q&A: Arnold Clark’s Carol Henry

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Arnold Clarke’s Group People’s Director discusses training and career development

Arnold Clarke’s Group People’s Director discusses training and career development

What impact did the apprenticeship levy have on your business?

We’ve always been passionate about apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to individuals and businesses. The levy and the new apprenticeship standards, have meant we’ve had to make some changes, but overall we see it as a positive development; investment is needed to make an apprenticeship successful beyond the training.

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Mon, 11/11/2019
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Q&A: Mel Rogers of Sytner Group

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MotorPro sits down with Sytner’s director of human resources to discuss training, education and apprenticeships

MotorPro sits down with Sytner’s director of human resources to discuss training, education and apprenticeships

What are the key education and training requirements for people entering your company?

The Sytner Group has an overriding commitment to developing talent and building careers. Technical roles such as vehicle technician and bodyshop technician require entry-level training qualifications, however, if applicants do not have the skills and training, the company offers apprenticeships for those looking to join the automotive industry.

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Tue, 10/29/2019
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Leadership versus management: six differences

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There is constant debate about the difference between management and leadership, so what are they? Read on to find out.

There is constant debate about the difference between management and leadership, so what are they? Read on to find out.

There are numerous stories, even on this website, that cover management and leadership, but the two words don’t mean the same thing. So what sets them apart, and which one describes your approach to business.

MotorPro spoke to Stephen Roberts, an SDI certified leadership and management trainer, to delve into the differences, and what makes someone a leader or a manager.

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Mon, 09/30/2019
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Five ways to improve your leadership skills

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Leading a team can be challenging, follow these steps to help make you someone staff want to work for

Leading a team can be challenging, follow these steps to help make you someone staff want to work for

Whether you run a company of thousands or only oversee a handful of staff, getting the most from them will be down to your leadership skills. Can you inspire them to achieve, support them when they need it and communicate your thoughts clearly when things get complicate?

Most of the core characteristics of good leadership are obvious when you take a look at the standout leaders of our time, whether from industry, politics or the wider world. But here are the top five areas to improve if you want to take your career, and your staff, further.

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Thu, 09/26/2019
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How to… Improve stock management

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Six tips to keep your business moving and stop stock sitting on your forecourt

Six tips to keep your business moving and stop stock sitting on your forecourt

Managing your used car stock correctly so they spend the minimum amount of time in your possession is the best route to a good profit.

To get the best advice on improving your stock management, Motor Pro has spoken to a host of experts to provide six tips which you can put into action today to boost your bottom line.

1. Buy the right stock to start with

Stock management is 80% about picking the right cars in the first place and 20% is everything else, claims Auto Trader’s Chris Penny.

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Mon, 09/23/2019
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