The weather shone on the BVSF AGM held on the 19th of April and as the sun decided to appear so did the BVSF’s members as a record turnout attended the event at Walton Hall Hotel in Warwickshire.
The opening address given by Chairman Percy Snow set up the meeting by speaking positively about what the BVSF had achieved over the year and how its success will continue in the future. The committee was to remain unchanged except for the reintroduction of Jason Cross who was on the committee under the guise of FAB but since its take over by MotorHog had to stand down. This created a ballot situation as Jason Stinson from Raw 2K was also nominated for the post. It was reported the vote was extremely close with Jason Cross prevailing to be re-elected.
More detail was provided by the secretary-general, Roger West. He reported how much effort had been taken over the year to place the BVSF in a strong position to influence the discussion making progress concerning the Salvage Code of Practise (CoP). Although initially reluctant to support the CoP, the BVSF was able to convince its writers to change the code and place the federation in a position of strength where they can be at the table to help influence as the CoP progresses. On this matter, it was announced that the BVSF will be attending meetings throughout the summer to help put right some anomalies about the code including meeting with representatives from the Home Office.
Liaising with government agencies, companies and other associations affecting the industry was a theme that carried on in Roger’s report. He was keen to highlight that the BVSF was the only trade association within the industry to be invited to and attend the DVLA Industry Liaison Group meetings. A relationship that helps provide knowledge on upcoming legislation to its members. This was highlighted by two representatives from the DVLA who provided a presentation in the afternoon of the AGM and an opportunity for committee members and attendees to ask questions followed. Other government agencies represented at the AGM was that of the EA who had a table at the event for members to ask questions directly. In his report, Roger spoke of BVSF’s work with the EA and welcomed their actions taken against illegal operators and how they co-operated in reporting and reducing unlawful activity within the industry. However, there was concern over fire protection plans (FPPs) being requested by the EA despite no guidance for salvage dealers regarding this topic. This perplexing point was raised later in the day when Paul Venter from BBI Risk solutions provided concerned thought to all of those in attendance.
Roger’s report stated how he was encouraged with its continuing relationships with Insurance brokers offering exclusive deals to its members and the strategic parties of the BVSF where many were to be found outside the meeting room allowing the opportunity for BVSF members to meet and discuss their products firsthand. Back in the meeting, throughout the day, presentations were given by various groups and individuals whom all raided subjects which were of importance to anyone involved in the salvage and dismantling industry and will be covered in more detail in the future in ATF Professional.
The introduction of the GDPR was given particular relevance throughout the day as it becomes apparent how it can and will affect everyone who possesses data.
With the day’s agenda over, those attending the event were eager to enjoy the weather and meet up with others as the great and good of the industry assembled either in or outside of the bar to catch up.
As the sun went down thoughts turned to the evening dinner and those present were entertained by a magician visiting their table and gamely taking part in a raffle organised by committee members. The announcement of the Combellack award was eagerly awaited and was presented to Scott McLaws from CCRS Insurance Brokers who was able to bask in his accomplishment well into the small hours with all other guests.
Thoughts and comments by many of those present at the AGM stated that it was a great success and is sure to grow next year. If you would like to attend next year’s event or would like to find out more about the BVSF, visit their website here or contact Roger West on 01303 814325.