I caught up with Stuart James, Director of the Independent Garage Association, today.
The IGA is part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation, of course, but the RMI has re-written its articles of incorporation and just voted them into effect.
It means the IGA is now more independent within the RMI, taking all of the money its members pay to do with as it sees fit. Previously IGA member money went into a central pot which many have been used by the RMI’s National Franchise Dealer Association to fight their corner instead – a little odd.
One of the things that Stuart is spending the cash on is free garage training for his members. Part of the training on hybrids, electric vehicles and tyre pressure monitoring systems is done ahead of a visit from the IGA’s newly-appointed training guru Lee Simonds.
Lee will then turn up at your workshop and complete the ATA-accredited course on your own turf. No travel expenses, hotel bills, greatly limited spanner-down time and new skills.
Seems to me it’s far too good an offer to turn down – brilliant.