Responsibility

Our industries

Our people, culture and environment strategy extends to ensuring we support the wider technology, automotive, advertising and creative industries

Making a difference to our industry

We constantly look at ways we can make a positive contribution to our industries; whether that’s developing the next generation of talent, sharing best practice advice with our retailer customers through masterclasses and industry events, or encouraging our teams and partners to operate in a transparent, progressive and diverse manner.

Developing talent

One of the most critical challenges for both the technology and automotive industries is ensuring we develop diverse teams of young people with the right skills to lead us into the future.

To encourage the next generation of technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) talent, we partner with a wide range of local education organisations from primary schools to universities:

  • We work with Manchester Digital on their Apprenticeship Scheme and have welcomed apprentices into the business for the last two years.
  • We work with local universities and schools to host experience days in our offices, running mock interviews and giving talks to introduce students to careers in digital.
  • We run ‘Code Clubs’ in local primary schools to teach young children how to code.
  • We continue to offer a Phd scholarship and two summer project grants for Data Science students from the University of Manchester.
  • A number of our colleagues are training to become STEM ambassadors, and will lead our involvement with initiatives like the nationwide “People Like Me” campaign to encourage girls into STEM careers.

The technology industry, as well as the automotive sector, has a significant challenge with diversity and Auto Trader is pleased to support and actively create initiatives that will attract women and minorities to enter the industries, as diversity is a key part of business success.

The automotive industry, much like the wider technology sector, has a significant challenge with diversity and Auto Trader is working actively with key media partners, recruitment businesses, and major retailer groups to address this. This year we hosted an industry-wide event, in partnership with automotive retailer Ennis & Co and media title ARN, to develop actionable plans to address diversity issues.

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Diversity and inclusion in the automotive industry

Senior HR directors, and our partners from some of the industry's largest automotive brands discuss diversity and inclusion - what it means for our industry, and how we can address the imbalance.

We also work to ensure our editorial content engages with, and fully represents, the UK car-buying public. We recently launched The REV Test, a new web TV series led by an all-female editorial review team.

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Welcome to The REV Test

Three Women, three cars, which is the winner?

Sharing insight

Leading the industry, sharing ideas, and inspiring change and action, is at the heart of our work with our retailer customers.

Through masterclasses, conferences, webinars, discovery days and awards events we share the latest consumer trends, best practice advice and insights to help shape the future of the industry. Over 4,000 retailer customers or industry figures joined us for one of these sessions in 2018.

We want to make a difference to our customers by rewarding their efforts, and we do this annually at our Auto Trader Retailer Awards. The awards, now in their 11th year, recognise those at the forefront of digital automotive retailing who really do put the consumer at the heart of their business.

Ways of working

As a customer focused business we are committed to findings ways to improve the process of buying and selling vehicles for consumers and retailers alike. We have changed our sales approach, removing commissions, and our packages; both of which enable us to promote best practice and equip our sales teams to create strong business partnerships with our customers helping add value to their businesses.

Chris Penny and Marc Thornborough are taking part in this year's Bangers4BEN, hoping to raise £100,000. If you'd like to donate to this amazing cause, then please visit: https://t.co/IqvEEW0WSa https://t.co/Wm1F6PJnEs
Want to hear how data can help you sell more cars, more quickly? Or hear the latest data best practice from the industry's best performing retailers? Then be sure to tune in for our 'behind the scenes' webinar at 12pm this Thursday: https://t.co/k4dKMvldzV https://t.co/TPL50tnkTf
Amazing achievement! Those genuine reviews only come from offering the very best customer experience so a huge congratulations to everyone at @smallbone_cars 🏆 https://t.co/eZBkIvnUuW
On the 25th Sept. we're launching the next edition of the Market Report, our biannual review of the industry. This time we're focusing on the future of ownership & the implications of the growing spectrum of access models. Check out previous editions here: https://t.co/6yFoc2JDtY https://t.co/vtvKcHiuLy
Our insight director, Nick King is at the @ON24 #WebinarWorld today sharing the AT story: how we've developed our webinar platform to engage & share best practice with more of our customers than ever before. Catch-up with all of our recent webinars here: https://t.co/cDQ9xRu2Uo https://t.co/0z4w6SMUeA
We're at the iconic @NewburyRacing today for our free AT Masterclass. We'll be sharing the latest market insight, as well as best practice guidance based on the strategies of the very best performing retailers. Look out for when we're next in your area: https://t.co/zraCdB1UUj https://t.co/DZ02Yq2CSc
According to the latest results from the Finance & Leasing Association used car finance grew 6% by volume &13% by value in July. Make sure you're making the most of more consumers looking to buy their next car monthly: https://t.co/QanUNJRB6v https://t.co/60vzlN5FU0
The results are in: a record August for new car registrations. According to the @SMMT, last month was up a huge 23.1%. What's more AFVs surged a record 88.7%. Does this reflect what you've seen on your forecourt? Find the full results here: https://t.co/AcAi5Hiiml https://t.co/678gJ15T8E
Tomorrow we'll find out just how much WLTP has affected the UK market in August. Will it top the 49% recorded in Spain or the 40% in France? Watch this space for @SMMT new car registrations https://t.co/Zb55ctgCPD
Our latest Retail Price Index reveals the average cost of a used car increased 7% in July, but also highlights a clear disparity in price growth between volume and premium brands. Read the full story here: https://t.co/dguPqcqHFa https://t.co/LFlb9a6lLq

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