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Our GDPR Privacy Policy

At John Gibson Associates, your privacy is very important to us and we are totally committed to safeguarding and preserving this.

Starting on the 25th of May 2018, a new Data Protection Act will come into effect, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This is our GDPR Privacy Policy which will explain to you, who we are as a business as well as how and why we collect personal data. This is in respect of individuals who visit our website, register their details with us as well as apply for the roles we advertise.

This policy explains how we use the data and also, conditions where we may disclose it to others. Also, how we protect your data / keep it secure.

At times, we may change or alter this Policy to conform to all legal guidelines so please regularly visit this page to make sure you are satisfied with any changes.

By using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by this policy.

Who are John Gibson Associates?

John Gibson Associates are the UK’s leading, award-winning Automotive Industry Recruiter. We have been specialist recruiters for over 30 years. We are dedicated to helping candidates find their next role and clients find the very best candidates.

What type of information is collected from you?

When you visit our website or contact us to register your interests in our organisation’s services. We will collect personal information from you. This information will include your name, address, e-mail address, telephone numbers as well as the type of roles you are interested in. When successful in being offered a role, we will also keep on file, further information to support your right to work in the UK such as copies of your passport and relevant supporting documentation, required by UK employment law. You may also wish to give further information such as your date of birth, nationality and ethnic background at your discretion.

We gather this information in order to contact you, process your applications and store you on our database. We will also keep you aware of potential, suitable roles in the automotive sector by contacting you, either by phone, post or e-mail.

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our services like visiting our website, registering your C.V. / details on our website or indeed, confirming your interest in a role we are advertising.

Further to this, we also source potential candidates and receive information regarding potentially suitable candidates through external job board websites. These external job sites are designed to assist us in the recruitment process by supplying us with your information. When you choose to register / upload your details on these sites such as your C.V. and contact information, you are agreeing to their privacy policy which is not in any way affiliated to John Gibson Associates’ privacy policy.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • Consider your suitability for roles we are recruiting for.
  • To contact you, either by phone, post, E-mail and text message regarding:
    1. Job opportunities you may be interested in.
    2. To update / keep our information up-to-date.
    3. Receive feedback on our products and services.
    4. To notify you of any changes in our organisation.
    5. Respond to any communications you have initiated.
  • Also, where a job offer has been made, we will be required to provide your potential, new employer with personal details such as your contact information, potential references and your C.V. Your contact information will only be sent to a client when a job offer is made and / or before with your consent.

Our retention periods for personal data are constantly assessed to comply with legislation. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the recruitment process or for a period of 6 years. As a recruitment consultancy, we are legally required to hold the listed types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations.

Who has access to your information?

Our priority is your entitlement to privacy and as an organisation, we will ensure this is protected at all times. We shall not sell, rent or loan your information to any third parties. Upon a successful appointment / job offer and with your permission, we may pass your personal information to our clients to enable them to contact you and also, draw up and send necessary contracts of employment to you. Your personal information will also be available to all employees of John Gibson Associates.

Please note, we will not share nor sell your information to third parties for marketing purposes.


You have the opportunity to decide the communication you receive from us or indeed, if you do not wish to receive any at all. The type of communication you can expect to receive from us can include the latest roles you may be interested in or news from the automotive industry. You can select the level of communication you receive from us such as the types of roles you are notified about, by ticking the relevant boxes inside the ‘send C.V.’ tab of this website when you register with us. You can also change this at any point by calling us on 01904 628077 or replying to any e-mail or text message you receive from us.

GDPR changes to legislation comes into effect on the 25th May 2018. We will not contact you for marketing purposes after this point, if you have ‘opted out’. However, if you have made no indication to us of your preference, we will continue to contact you until otherwise notified, under the legitimate interest proviso.

How you can access and update your information

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information John Gibson Associates hold about you at any time and we will supply this, free of charge, commensurate with this legislation. This information can include your personal information and confirmation of your data being processed.

Candidates and clients are the ‘life blood’ of our business, here at John Gibson Associates. For over 30 years, we have protected the privileged information we keep on file, maintaining our integrity, confidentiality and commitment to all parties’ security.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to [email protected] or by writing to John Gibson Associates, Gibson House, 34 Micklegate. York. YO1 6LF. Alternatively, you can call us on 01904 628077.


Trust Ford wins Fleet dealer of the year award

The Ford-owned retailer, TrustFord, is again celebrating after winning the ‘Fleet Dealer of the year’ award at the Fleet News awards at what has been described as ‘stiff competition’. The awards are focused fleet providers, celebrating the very best in the sector. TrustFord chairman and chief executive, Stuart Foulds supported the award, describing TrustFord as a “major player” in Fleet. They are reported as selling in excess of 52,000 cars and vans throughout the entire United Kingdom. He is also quoted, saying:

“Our investment in the seven-acre Long Marston preparation and delivery center is now in full flow and that combined with an expanding fleet of mobile service vans means we really can deliver ‘Best in class’ service to our customers.”

“The fleet team do a fantastic job in both sales and support and Fleet is one of my key areas of targeted growth for 2018.”

Here at John Gibson Associates we boast a long tradition of working with TrustFord, assisting them in recruitment. Are you looking for your next move in the trade? If so, we will be delighted to hear from you, contact us today to hear just where we can help…

(source information: AM Online /

Renault-Nissan hit the sales top spot

Renault-Nissan are celebrating hitting the top spot as the world’s biggest seller of light vehicles in 2017. Nissan motors boast a record high of 5.82 million with Renault reporting 3.76 million in sales. The group was helped along by the inclusion of Mitsubishi motors with sales of 1.03 million which together, knocked the Volkswagen group off the leader position held in the previous year.

It could be said that the organisational strategy of combining franchises with a focus on sharing parts and processes are paying dividends as companies look to market and develop ranges, especially in respect of hybrid / electric models and technology.

It is reported, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has pledged to make scale an advantage and is focused on increasing savings to 10 billion euros ($12 billion) by 2022 with a view to increase annual sales to 14 million units.

(source information: The Independent online /

The ‘future’ may not be as far away as some might think

With what sounds like the chiming of a new age of motoring, the ‘future’ may not be as far away as some might think. A number of sources predict the forthcoming UK budget announcements will clear the way for driverless cars and include a possible £400m for electric car charging points and £100m to boost clean car sales, which we can assume will include incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles.

It is said that Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce on Wednesday that driverless cars will be allowed to be tested without any human operator inside or outside the car, signaling a potential change in the legal constraints and rules that apply in many other EU nations, and much of the US.

Of course, the current legal constrictions on autonomous vehicles will need to be re-hauled, to allow the UK to become a world leader in self-driving cars. A significant increase in driver-less cars has been reported within the sector of late with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors confirming trials of self-driving vehicles on public roads for the first time. The plans will help the UK operate in-line with countries such as America and Singapore, who have been keen in leading the way with this research.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has been reported as saying “We support government’s measures to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop, test and sell connected and autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives every year, while adding billions of pounds to the economy. We look forward to continuing industry’s collaboration with government to ensure the UK can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”

Here at John Gibson Associates we are delighted to work alongside companies at the head of development within the automotive sector. We offer recruitment solutions within the traditional dealerships environment as well as manufacturing and product development.

Contact us today for us to help you make that next step in your career on 01904 628077.

(source information: The /


Automotive retailer Vertu Motors, which has more than 100 dealerships across the UK under the Bristol Street Motors, Farnell and Macklin brands among others, has reported record half-year pre-tax profits.

It is said that the Gateshead-headquartered company generated a profit before tax of £24.2m in the six months to 31 August 2017, a 29.4 per cent hike on the £18.7m reported last year.

Revenue for the six months remained flat at £1.45bn.

Chief Executive Robert Forrester is reported as saying:

“The board is pleased to see further growth in used car volumes and aftersales revenues against a back drop of the weakness of sterling reducing the supply and increasing the prices of new cars.”

“Pleasingly, underlying operating expenses reduced year on year in the period as a result of management focus at a time of increasing costs across the industry.”

As an organisation we have had the privilege to work with Robert Forrester and indeed many other large Dealer Groups within the Automotive Industry. We will be delighted to hear from you if you wish to take your next career steps in the Motor Industry, or if you would like to discuss any recruitment requirements you are planning for or indeed immediate requirements.

(source information: / Insider Media Ltd)

Hyundai to release its first Hot Hatch

Recently Hyundai have unveiled their new Hot Hatch, available with 242bhp or 271bhp, and price tag undercutting key rivals…

The i30N is set to go on sale early in 2018 with prices starting from £24,995 for its most basic 242bhp model, and UK buyers will be offered the car with its optional performance pack, boasting an impressive 271bhp. Hyundai have taken a fresh stance on their current i30 model, including twin exhaust exits, rear spoiler and a new front bumper.

With competition rife in the Hot Hatch market, the i30N certainly doesn’t look out of place and is available for a fraction of the price of its competitors.
Here at John Gibson Associates; we are proud to work with various Hyundai dealerships across the UK so we will be delighted to hear from you, to show you just where we can help you take the next step in your career.
If you’d like to explore your options in starting or developing your career in any area of the automotive world, we’re here to help. We can provide you with friendly, professional, free advice and support you in achieving your career goals.

Reported Rise in Car Theft

It has been reported car theft figures have risen, almost as much as 30% in the past 3 years.

The Office for National Statistics suggested that in 2014, less than 70,000 cars were reported stolen, compared to around 85,000 last year.

The low figures set in 2014 were said to be attributed to manufacturer development of security measures such as engine immobilisers and keyless technology. However, in recent times car thieves have developed sophisticated measures to counter these developments.

It has been said, vehicle owners are moving back to more traditional security measures such as steering locks with a sharp rise in sales of these devices being reported by retailers in recent times.

Despite these figures, manufactures offer some solace in respect of future developments to help reverse security threats such as signal blockers and cloning devices, by investing billions in anti-theft measures.

As a specialist automotive recruiter to the industry, John Gibson Associates work with both retailers and manufactures alike. As an organisation we are often excited by developments in the market and are proud to work alongside our partners, offering recruitment solutions throughout the UK and abroad.

Contact us today to learn just how we can become an asset to your business, providing the calibre of staff you need; tel: 01904 628 077.

Ford Announce New Scrapping Incentive

A new scrapping incentive has been announced by Ford in relation to all vehicles, registered before the 1st January 2010 (and owned for over 90 days).

The scheme has been heralded by Andy Barratt, Ford Britain’s chairman and managing director as “…part of a journey” to improve air quality.

Under Ford’s scheme; cars over 7 years old, from any manufacturer, can be exchanged in the UK, until the end of December. This will encompass both diesel and petrol vehicles, an incentive differing from similar offers by some other manufacturers. Being in respect of part-exchanges; Consumers could be given between £2,000 and £4,950 off a brand new Ford car and between £3,650 and £7,000 off a new commercial vehicle, dependent on the type of new model purchased.

Ford have offered “peace of mind that Ford will manage the scrappage of your old vehicle responsibly”.

At John Gibson Associates we support sustainability within the sector and are proud to work alongside companies such as Ford retail, offering our recruitment solutions. It is our job to help these clients find the ideal employees to take on the motor trade jobs they create. We do our utmost to help, focusing on delivering excellent results. If you would like our assistance please get in touch.

(source information: / BBC News Online)