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BVSF AGM: Strength Through Unity and Professionalism Rings True

The British Vehicle Salvage Federation (BVSF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 25th of April, welcoming a new chapter with Graham West’s appointment as Secretary General.


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A Strong Foundation

The day began with Honorary Chairman Percy Snow’s report, highlighting the organisation’s robust health and endorsing Graham West’s leadership. He emphasised the enduring importance of the BVSF’s maxim, “Strength through Unity and Professionalism.”

Graham West then presented his annual report, detailing the valuable services and resources the BVSF provides its members. He elaborated on the federation’s ongoing engagement with government and insurance bodies, advocating for members’ interests on topics like the Salvage Code of Practice and ELV legislation.

Industry Insights and Collaboration

The AGM concluded, and the focus shifted to the day’s informative presentations. Kicking things off were Dave Borland and Matthew Eves of EY (Ernst and Young). They delved into current trends impacting the automotive sector, including geopolitical uncertainties, supply chain shifts, and evolving consumer needs. The rise of new entrants, tightening regulations, and fluctuating scrap metal prices were also explored.

Borland and Eves further explained how these factors, combined with EV adoption and governmental policies pressuring insurers on carbon targets, make the vehicle salvage market increasingly attractive to investors and private equity firms. Their key takeaway? Explore potential partnerships with manufacturers and investors to capitalise on the exciting opportunities ahead.

Focus on Training and Compliance

Following EY, QSP Training, a BVSF partner, presented its extensive course offerings for the sector, including the crucial certificate of competence. The audience found the discussion on upcoming changes to the WAMITAB qualification and testing process particularly valuable.

Robin Edwards of Onis Consulting then addressed the National Infrastructure Crime Reduction Partnership (NICRP). This recently formed group unites sectors covered by the 2013 SMDA with enforcement and infrastructure entities to tackle issues plaguing the industry, such as unlicensed vehicle recyclers. Edwards emphasised the importance of data sharing and collaboration to curtail illegal operations effectively. He encouraged active participation from the audience, highlighting the crucial role reporting suspected activity plays in successful prosecutions and raising awareness of waste crime.

Growth Strategies and Environmental Focus

After a refreshing lunch break, the Business Doctors offered insights on effective business growth strategies, particularly for family-run operations. The afternoon continued with a presentation from Graham Cantellow, Senior Technical Officer, Illegal Waste Exports at the Environment Agency. He highlighted the agency’s focus on the illegal export of End-of-Life (EOL) vehicles and used parts. Cantellow revealed that a significant portion of port stoppages in England involve suspected illegal EOL vehicle shipments, underlining the severity of the issue.

Celebrating Commitment and Camaraderie

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Darren Combellack receiving the award

As the conference portion concluded, attendees gathered for a celebratory dinner with entertainment. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the BVSF Award to Darren Combelack in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the BVSF, especially his invaluable technical expertise.

Graham West said: 

“I must admit that the thought of hosting the Federations AGM so soon after taking on the role of Secretary General was a little daunting. However, on the day all seem to run smoothly and I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the event.

I genuinely hope that all attendees felt the same as me and that my first version of the AGM met expectations. I believe that my Father was right in his decision not to attend my first effort but rest assured, health permitting he will be with us in future.

I would like to thank all those who assisted me on the day in making the event a success.”

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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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