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 our second industry-wide event, in partnership with automotive retailer Ennis & Co, 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.

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.

As #cardealers re-opened their showrooms on Monday we saw the highest day for new car leads since we launched the new car platform. To find out more about #advertising your #newcars with us, email brandnew@autotrader.co.uk https://t.co/ke5xKYmGME
That's it for this week's webinar. Thanks to our guest @mikejonesase for joining us once again and be sure to register for next week's webinar at https://t.co/NiN0Kwzkit https://t.co/9pwRYEnOJa
Question for @MarcThornboroug - How can I manage sales in the current scenario?
Now over to Q&A - first question around what happens if I include admin prices in the full advertised price?
Update on the self-employed scheme – applications for a second grant to open in August. Allows you to claim 70% of average monthly trading profits, capped at £6,570
Great summary from @ASE_Global on what government support is currently available https://t.co/dg4Ge6nVi7
Delighted to welcome @mikejonesase from @ASE_Global back to provide the latest update on the #furlough scheme and #selfemployed income support scheme
When it comes to where to source your stock - @MarcThornboroug highlights that @dealerauction1 is offering a free 3-month subscription for new customers (even if you've had a free trial before). Request a call back and one of our account managers will get in touch to help you!
We've once again dusted off @MarcThornboroug to talk about restocking your forecourt to ensure you are #RetailReady
Great advice from @stuart_trader - be sure to reorganise your back end to cope with the surge in leads. A missed call could be a missed sale!

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