• CEO of UK’s largest dealer group will speak at VRA conference
    • Conference aims to get to grips with major industry challenges
    • Audience engagement guaranteed through electronic handheld voting sets

    The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has announced its 2012 conference will be held on the 9th of February at the brand new Silverstone Wing, a state of the art conference facility within the famous Silverstone motor racing circuit.

    The theme – Shaping the Future of Remarketing – will attract a great deal of interest at a time when market trading conditions continue to be very uncertain. As with the inaugural VRA conference in January this year, the topics cover wide-ranging vehicle remarketing influences and activity, with plenty of audience engagement and instant feedback through the use of electronic voting handsets.

    Well-known TV presenter and automotive broadcaster Ginny Buckley will again host the event, which will include an impressive line-up of key figures from the remarketing sector and broader motor industry.

    Individual speakers already confirmed include:

    • Sir Trevor Finn, Chief Executive, Pendragon
    • Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, SMMT
    • John Lewis, Chief Executive, BVRLA
    • Helena Fearon, Director Risk and Compliance, Trader Media Group
    • David Raistrick, Automotive Partner, Deloitte UK
    • Additionally, the event will present a group forum, hosted by Ginny Buckley, comprising well known remarketing figures discussing the prevailing market conditions and general outlook.

    VRA Chairman, John Davies said: “The feedback from our first conference was extremely positive and we have further increased the level of delegate opinion forming on the day. Silverstone’s innovative Wing venue lends itself perfectly for our event with all presentations, exhibitions and catering being contained in one giant hall, overlooking the historic racetrack.”

    “If you are a decision maker with an interest in vehicle remarketing, then this is an event you should not miss. It’s a unique opportunity to understand what’s going on in the current environment, as well as listening to experts discuss the outlook in what is currently a difficult market to predict.”

    The 2011 VRA Conference earlier this year was a sell out and it is expected that the February 2012 event will also be hugely popular. Only 175 tickets are being issued and interested attendees are urged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked online at and are priced at £149 for VRA members and £199 for non-members. Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are accessible via the conference booking site.

    The conference is presented in association with Manheim, with other sponsors including Autorola and Autoclenz.