Leading figures from the automotive F&I industry gathered at the F&I Conference and Awards Ceremony organised by DealTrak to celebrate the positive work done in the automotive industry over the past 12 months.
The event saw a record number of delegates and sponsors attend the highlight of the annual F&I calendar, with people from the UK’s leading lenders, dealers and insurers sharing best practice and raising over £36,000 for this year’s nominated charity, the NSPCC.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘Achieving positive customer outcomes through technology and data.’ Delegates listened to keynotes from Jo Christmas at Barclays Partner Finance, Gary Hibberd from the Agenci, Freddy Kelly from Credit Kudos, Ben Lilywhite from Insure That and Tara Williams from iComply.
The themes and topics covered the broad range of the development of technology and how it is changing and disrupting the automotive industry, as well as how those in the F&I sphere can take advantage of those developments, with particular focus on the FCA’s Treating Customers Fairly and the forthcoming GDPR.
The conference was rounded off by a stirring and inspirational headline speech from Sir Ranulph Feinnes.
“Those that didn’t attend missed something very special,” said Martin Hill, Managing Director of DealTrak. “We had insightful content from first class speakers, the world’s most famous explorer, Sir Ranulph and unparalleled networking opportunities.
“On behalf of DealTrak, my eternal thanks go to everyone that attended, took part, sponsored (especially headline sponsor Barclays Partner Finance) exhibited, donated, pledged money, placed auction bids and of course to those that helped to bring the whole thing together.
“I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to our after-dinner speakers – rugby legends Sean Fitzpatrick and Brian Moore – especially Brian. An inspirational individual, who has helped to ensure that this year’s event will raise more money for the NSPCC than any other year.”
“Many congratulations to all the Award finalists and of course the winners. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
2017 F&I Awards Winners
Broker of the Year
Winner… Carfinance 2 U Limited
Sub Prime F&I Performance of the Year
Winner… Billing Finance
Business Manager of the Year
Winner… Rebecca Mitchell, SG Petch Hyundai (Middlesbrough)
Highly Commended… Zed Salah, Direct Cars Car Supermarket
Treating Customers Fairly
Winner… Like Car Finance
F&I Product Innovation Award
Winner… Glass’s Informtion Services – GlassForecast
Highly Commended… MultiCalc Development/ Codeweavers
F&I Lead Generation Award
Winner… Insure That
Lender of the Year
Winner… Oodle Finance
Highly Commended… Startline Motor Finance
Value Added Product Provider of the Year
Highly Commended… SMART Insurance
Digital F&I Award
Winner… Codeweavers – Car Offers
Independent Used Car Dealer of the Year (up to 3 sites)
Winner… Trade Price Cars
Highly Commended… Hilton Car Supermarket
Independent Used Car Dealer of the Year (over 3 sites)
The Car People – Manchester, Wakefield, Sheffield & Warrington
Franchised Dealer of the Year
Winner… JCT600 Limited
Hall of Fame
Winner… David Johnson, Perrys Motor Sales