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.

After steadily increasing for 7 months, the average price of a used car reached an all-time high of £12,977 in Dec. Average diesel prices declined from a high of £14,661 in Oct. to £14,536, whilst petrol reached a record of £11,288. You can read more here: https://t.co/X9MZLisV4Y https://t.co/UMAknC3frw
On an annual basis, the percentage of fuel related searches attributed to diesel have declined 40% since 2016, whilst searches for alternatively fuelled vehicles have shot up 130% and pure electric 179%. Get the full story here: https://t.co/X9MZLisV4Y https://t.co/WcwRX0vf1b
The latest results from the Auto Trader Retail Price Index revealed that the average cost of a used car last year was £12,542; an annual increase of +5%. Second-hand diesels held their value, increasing +3%, whilst petrol grew +7%. You can read more here: https://t.co/X9MZLisV4Y https://t.co/3o4PbNwElY
The FLA reports consumer finance declined -1% in November, reflecting a slowing market. In reality finance is fuelling sales & with prices steadily increasing will be key to unlocking different types of consumer in 2019. Read more in our Market Report https://t.co/lnN0L8ykH2 https://t.co/GU3GI37Oeo
Did you know we've combined Part Ex valuations and Dealer Finance to give you even better quality leads? You can find out more by listening to our recent dedicated webinar: https://t.co/H1yf8kWPnS https://t.co/MMgcsLMFrO
According to the @SMMT, the new car market in 2018 recorded a -6.8% decline on 2017. Diesel dropped nearly -30% but the big winner was AFV, increasing +20.9%. With an array of 2nd gen electric vehicles set to hit the market, will 2019 see the popularity of EVs surge even more? https://t.co/Y6Na7afAJq
Happy 2019! Hopefully not too many sore heads this morning. Remember, December's browsers are ready to be turned into January's buyers - make sure your ads stand out from the crowd with these top tips https://t.co/x8MACPb8S3 https://t.co/x6Zv6U9RkJ
Happy new year to all our customers, partners & friends. Despite what's been a challenging year for the industry both the new & used markets have shown incredible resilience, with both ending 2018 in solid health. That's worth raising a glass to! Cheers https://t.co/zS1WlTUoxt
Auto Trader is a company made up of 800 people committed to providing our customers, car buyers and colleagues with the very best service, platform and work place possible. We're very proud to have received lots of recognition for that commitment in 2018 #proud https://t.co/cC55R67WP0
Did you know that 52% of consumers starting the car buying process already claim to consider the cost of a car as a monthly price, rather than the full retail price? Finance is now central to the car buying process & getting it right, will be key to growth in 2019. https://t.co/yW6gBn0ELO

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