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Quentin To The Rescue!

On the 19th December 2011, Saab officially declared bankruptcy, ending almost 65 years of vehicle manufacturing from the Swedish company.

Anyone who owns a Saab registered after March 2009 will most likely find their vehicle warranty null and void, meaning that any mechanical or electrical faults on vehicles registered after this time will not be covered by Saab themselves.

This is where Quentin Willson comes in, he has vowed to offer every Saab owner, who has been affected by the recent Saab closure, a special deal on a "like for like" extended warranty on their car. Quentin is the designer of the self acclaimed "UK's Best Used Car Warranty" as provided by the extended car warranty specialist, Warrantywise.

Warrantywise will offer extended car warranties ranging from 12 to 36 months at a special discounted price to help ease the worry that current Saab owners are facing. And, because Warrantywise offer the UK's highest level of warranty cover, they are one of only a handful of companies who can match the original cover Saab owners enjoyed.

All Warrantywise warranties include unlimited claims up to the full retail value of your vehicle, as well as recovery, car hire, hotel and travel expenses as standard. And, because it's been designed by Quentin, all Warrantywise warranties have no betterment clauses, no weasel words, no excess and cover your car when it goes wrong so you don't have to wait for your Saab to break down before you can make a claim.

Contact Warrantywise at www.warrantywise.co.uk or call 0800 001 4550 for a quotation.

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For more information, please contact:
[email protected]

Market Trends as we see them…….

MARKET TRENDS

Looks like some good news for a change, the new car market was up in January. However it was only up by 42 units so out of 128,000 that's not many, but an increase is an increase especially when you look at the figures in a bit more detail. The private market has been down by about 10% for most of the last 6 months (year on year) but fleet and business registrations have been ahead keeping the overall registration level near its expectations closing 2011 slightly up on 2010.

However in January the retail market was 2.7% ahead of January last year meaning in real retail dealership sales traffic terms the market has moved from about 10% behind to 2.7% ahead.

The Commercial market seems to be steadying with Van registrations down in Jan after many, many months of good solid increases with the truck market up again by 45%.

Everybody seems to be saying that 2012 will be a solid, market steadying year with confidence returning and more new and face lifted models to tempt customers into changing than has been seen for a very long time. The predictions then say that 2013 will be a great expansion year as confidence and the pent up demand from ordinary retail customers who have put off changing is released. 2013 Seems a long time away but its only just over 10 months off, now that's a scary thought !

The world of recruitment is getting busy. The first 2 weeks of January were quiet which is normal whilst people come back to work and sort out what the year ahead looks like. But for the last 3 weeks we have been very busy placing twice as many people as in the past 2 months, quite a few jobs that were put on hold in the latter part of last year are back on the agenda and new jobs are arriving every day.

due to increasing consumer demand.

Dealers face used car stock shortage

The supply of good quality used stock aged over three years is under pressure as dealers face increasing consumer demand.

SMA Vehicle Remarketing said the problem has been caused by the shortage of stock following five years of the new car market delivering less than 2.5 million cars and the increase in demand as economic pressures force consumers to buy used rather than new.

“There is very real competition from buyers for well prepared used car stock in the current market, indeed auction process rose by 9 per cent in 2011. This trend is set to continue into 2012 as the impact of lower new car sales over recent years continues to flow through,” said Bob Anderson SMA group managing director.

“There is undoubted demand for used cars from consumers who continue to face declining levels of disposable income and as a result want to trade down in terms of the car they drive. However, consumers are very value conscious and are placing real pressure on dealers in terms of retail pricing.”

as reported in the Friday 2th February 2012

This months Newsletter starts with a cautionary tale, by way of a question… to you.

This month I would like to start with a cautionary tale (and a bit of a rant!).

Who has your CV and what are they doing with it ? I don't mean to sound alarming but something happened again this week that is happening ever more often and its likely to lose a man his job!!!

The Internet is changing the way we all operate in our private and professional lives, its now very easy to email or post your CV, it takes seconds but you need to understand once it leaves you it takes on a life of its own.

We have a Candidate who is looking for a new job but of course doesn't want his current employer to find out, nothing unusual in that but imagine his surprise when he got to work on Wednesday morning to be hauled into the boss's office and asked why he was looking for a new job. His boss had been told by somebody that his CV had been sent to them by a another Motor Industry recruitment agency who of course will have to remain nameless. The ensuing conversation between Candidate and boss was not a comfortable one, to the degree that his boss is likely to decide the timing of his departure and not the Candidate.

So how did this happen ? The Candidate back tracked the source and the CV was sent without his knowledge, he didn't even know he was registered with this particular agency ! At JGA we operate a code of conduct, part of which is we don't forward anybodies name and CV unless we have spoken to the Candidate and Ok'd it, this means a Candidate controls where his or her CV goes, we also have a system that interlocks and indentifies a potential conflict before it happens and all my Recruiters are regionally based and know the area well. Apart from stopping any issues it also means Candidates and Clients are only put in touch when its relevant, when its likely to result in an interview and hopefully a job offer plus this it saves everybody's time apart from ours (it takes us a lot of energy and caution on our part) and this brings me to the point.

Technology has changed recruitment greatly in the last couple of years it brings automation, speed and operation in bulk. For example one particular national online CV database we use currently holds 4.3 million active CV's and I can access every one of those individuals private details quicker than I can click my mouse and that's only one of around 5 we use. This certain national Motor Industry recruitment agency uses this 'power' to its fullest, they employ admin people in a office who spend all day inputting CV's from anywhere they can find them, they cut and paste details into their system and 'Blunderbuss' them automatically on spec and in quantity to as many people as possible. They don't interview, they don't qualify, they don't even ring you, they just pass your details in full onto anybody and everybody.

In this case and a number of others recently the CV has got back to the person's employers as the law of averages says its going to and from experience that results 99% of the time in the employer picking the time of the employees departure usually within the following 3 months.

But why do they do this? Well recruitment is a competitive game, the way we at JGA (and I have to say a number of other decent Recruiters) do it takes time, knowledge of the market and expertise. This particular volume agency works in an office only and sends hundreds a day on the principal that if they get your name in front of an employer first, if you do end up getting a job (by any means, including knowing them yourself and making a direct approach) and they get to hear about it they go back to the employer and send them an invoice claiming they introduced them first (the law states that anybody who introduced you first in the last 6 months can claim a fee). It doesn't matter that they didn't qualify, present or introduce you properly or even spend time getting you the interview, it’s only about the volume resulting in a hit rate

Dealers squeezed between rising values and volume reductions according to CAP Black Book.

RISING used car trade values will increase the squeeze on dealer profitability in February and beyond, according to the independent benchmark used car pricing guide CAP Black Book.

Healthy dealer margins will be threatened by an anticipated reduction in stock availability, increasingly forcing them to buy cars requiring more investment in refurbishing to retail standard, warns CAP.

Despite slow retail sales, due to low consumer confidence, dealers are already being forced to pay higher prices for many cars in anticipation of an approaching shortage of used car stock.

This expected reduction in the number of cars available in the trade market stems from the catastrophic slowdown in new car registrations in 2009.

Black Book, which is used by 94 of Britain’s top 100 motor dealers, reports that the most successful dealers in the current market are those able to price as keenly as possible. But this price-led strategy sets the scene for possible business failures in a climate of tougher competition and rising overheads, CAP believes.

Black Book Editor, Mark Bulmer, said: “After a spike in volume some major disposal sources are dramatically reducing their sale entry numbers and tell us they will continue to do so in February. Consequently, we expect to see significantly less volume as this month wears on.

“The response to this among dealers is likely to be a reluctant acceptance that they will have to ‘buy damage’ and even purchase stock speculatively, rather than for order. One independent told us he is down on last year’s retail sales but is still actively sourcing cars to create a buffer for the expected drying up of volume. Although not unheard of, it has also been noticeable that dealers within the same group are frequently bidding against each other to avoid being left short of forecourt offerings.

“This is throwing up the challenge – which we have long signalled for this year – of sourcing sufficient stock of the right quality. The story from another group buyer is instructive. He reported leaving one sale in the 3rd week of January ‘disgusted’ at the ‘high’ prices he was seeing and reluctant to buy anything at all there. The next day he travelled a considerable distance to acquire more reasonably priced stock, only to find prices even higher.

“None of this should detract from the fact that consumers are not banging on the doors to spend their money. We are simply seeing an ongoing uneasy balance of limited consumer demand with restricted supply. Perhaps one fact better than any other sums up the mood of the times and that is the increasing number of customers who are trading in 2 cars against 1 practical used car.”

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For further information contact Mike Hind, Communications Manager, CAP on 0113 222 2044 / 07710 152030

This months Newsletter starts with a cautionary tale ,by way of a question….to you.

Welcome to this edition of our Candidate Newsletter, Its free and will only take a few minutes to read. The objective of this newsletter is for us to go beyond just being a recruitment consultancy and keep you informed regarding the current market place, explain how the employment market really works and to give you some inside recruitment tips.
Before we begin we would like to invite anybody out there with any comments which they would like to share to drop us a line or call us on 0845 644 3003, we would be more than happy to include your thoughts in future newsletters either confidentially or openly. We promise not to censor your comments so if you disagree with anything we are saying here or would like to add anything further this is your chance.

RECRUITMENT TIPS & THE THINGS WE SEE TOO OFTEN ….

This month we would like to start with a cautionary tale ,by way of a question to you..
Who has your and what are they doing with it ? We don’t mean to sound alarming but something happened again this week that is happening ever more often and its likely to lose some poor man his job !!!

The Internet is changing the way we all operate in our private and professional lives, its now very easy to email or post your CV, it takes seconds but you need to understand once it leaves you it takes on a life of its own.

We have a Candidate who is looking for a new job but of course doesn’t want his current employer to find out, nothing unusual in that but imagine his surprise when he got to work on Wednesday morning to be hauled into the boss’s office and asked why he was looking for a new job. His boss had been told by somebody that his CV had been sent to them by a another Motor Industry recruitment agency who of course will have to remain nameless. The ensuing conversation between Candidate and boss was not a comfortable one, to the degree that his boss is likely to decide the timing of his departure and not the Candidate.

So how did this happen ? The Candidate back tracked the source and the CV was sent without his knowledge, he didn’t even know he was registered with this particular agency ! At JGA we operate a code of conduct, part of which is we don’t forward anybodies name and CV unless we have spoken to the Candidate and Ok’d it, this means a Candidate controls where his or her CV goes, we also have a system that interlocks and indentifies a potential conflict before it happens and all my Recruiters are regionally based and know the area well. Apart from stopping any issues it also means Candidates and Clients are only put in touch when its relevant, when its likely to result in an interview and hopefully a job offer plus this it saves everybody’s time apart from ours (it takes us a lot of energy and caution on our part) and this brings us to the point.

Technology has changed greatly in the last couple of years, it brings automation, speed and operation in bulk. For example one particular national holds 4.3 million active CV’s and users can access every one of those individuals private details quicker than you can click my mouse and that’s only one of around curently available. This certain national Motor Industry recruitment agency uses this ‘power’ to its fullest, they employ admin people in a office who spend all day inputting CV’s from anywhere they can find them, they cut and paste details into their system and ‘Blunderbuss’ them automatically on spec and in quantity to as many people as possible. They don’t interview, they don’t qualify, they don’t even ring you, they just pass your details in full onto anybody and everybody.

In this case and a number of others recently the CV has got back to the person’s employers as the law of averages says its going to and from experience that results 99% of the time in the employer picking the time of the employees departure usually within the following 3 months.

But why do they do this? Well rec

“Take the exit on the right. Trust me – I'm an evil billionaire.”

Springfield's Mr Burns and Marge Simpson are the next to tell you where to go as TomTom releases these all-new character voices for their range of GPS navigation systems. Each of the character voices have been developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division and Locutio Voice Technologies. Mr Burns and Marge Simpson join the voice of Homer Simpson, which has become the most downloaded character voice of all time, for TomTom GPS apps and personal navigation devices.

Springfield Nuclear Power Plant owner Mr Burns is as bold and direct as one would expect: “Take the third right. Do it, driving monkey!” and “Take the exit on the right. Trust me – I'm an evil billionaire.” While Marge instructs drivers, “Exit right ahead. Hmm, it smells a little funky in here …was Homer in this car?”

Marge Simpson, Mr Burns and Homer Simpson are exclusively available for the TomTom App for iPhone, iPad and personal navigation devices. The voices can be downloaded onto a TomTom personal navigation device from mytomtom.com or from TomTom HOME. Users of the TomTom iPhone and iPad apps can obtain the voices via in-app purchase.

“We want to keep the offerings on the TomTom app fresh and exciting by introducing new voices at different times,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products. “We know that fans of the show are going to appreciate these new additions as it gives them yet another platform to enjoy one of the greatest shows of all time.”

You can buy each voice for just:

• £3.49 as an in-App purchase on iPhone or iPad

• £7.95 as a download (to a TomTom personal navigation device) from mytomtom.com or TomTom HOME

Sample clips of Marge, Mr Burns and Homer can be found at:
http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/products/voices/marge-simpson/index.jsp

http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/products/voices/mr-burns/index.jsp

http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/products/voices/homer-simpson/index.jsp

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For more information, please contact:

Julien Speed
0207 031 8146
[email protected]