Car Dealer Live Stage

9:15AM

What’s happening on the Live Stage

James Baggott, the founder of Car Dealer Magazine and MD of parent company Blackball Media will be opening proceedings on the Car Dealer Live stage and welcoming you to CDX17.

James Baggott

9:30AM

Making the most of Facebook and Instagram in your dealership

Facebook and Instagram’s automotive client partner Anita Fox, will be taking to the Car Dealer Live stage to talk about how your footprint online can increase your footfall in dealership and the virtues of social media in a business environment.

Anita Fox

10:00AM

What will Brexit mean to the car industry?

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive Mike Hawes will be on stage to talk about the automotive industry in 2017. With Article 50 triggered on March 29, this will be a particularly key time for the economy and car sales.

Mike Hawes

10:30AM

The challenges facing independent dealers in 2017

Ross Quirk of Quirks Car Company Ltd and Mohammed Benlaadar from Whitethor Cars, both independent dealers, will be speaking about the challenges facing the used car industry in a year where new car sales are projected to fall.

Ross Quirk

11:00AM

The opportunities and difficulties when selling supercars

We will be asking a group of supercar dealers about the difficulties and opportunities that they have faced over the past 12 months.

11:30AM

Making the most of Twitter for car sales

Ross Quirk of Quirks Car Company Ltd and Mohammed Benlaadar from Whitethor Cars, both independent dealers, will be speaking about the challenges facing the used car industry in a year where new car sales are projected to fall.

Ross
MacDonald

12:00PM

WITMI on the Live Stage

The panel from the Women in The Motor Industry (WITMI) breakout session, hosted by Julia Muir, will also be on the Live Stage this year. They’ll be taking questions about diversity and engaging more women to work in roles at dealerships and the wider industry.

Julia Muir

12:30PM

View from the top

Listed and franchise dealer bosses, including Ken Savage from Perrys, will be discussing their view of the industry, plus a group of independent dealers will be speaking about the challenges facing the used car industry.

Ken Savage

13:00PM

Lunch

A great opportunity to check out what the CDX17 Expo has on offer for you, grab some lunch at one of the Mezzanine Level cafes or pop into one of the workshops that will be running from 10.00 – 15.00.

14:00PM

Introducing new product launches at CDX

Hear first hand about the products being launched to dealers on the day – and how they can save you time and money.

14:30PM

How to harness the power of Google in the age of digital dealerships

Google’s lead generation manager, Scott Sinclair will be giving you the latest on how Google can drive customers to your forecourt.

Scott Sinclair

15:00PM

The secrets of volume selling

We’ll be finding out the secrets of volume selling with car supermarket bosses; Neil Smith from Imperial Car Supermarket, Andy Coulthurst from Trade Centre Wales and Jonathan Dunkley from Carshop.

Neil Smith

15:30PM

The road ahead for car sales

A panel of car manufacturer bosses including Simon Hetherington from Kia, Jeremy Thomson from Mazda and Lance Bradley from Mitsubishi will be discussing what they expect to see in the automotive industry in 2017.

Lance Bradley

16:00PM

The future of digital dealerships

A panel of industry and digital experts will discuss whether the move to online sales will mean the demise of dealerships.