The next Industry Briefing Session will be held at Phocas Business Intelligence Software, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry, on Thursday the 15th of March, announces the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).

“Particularly with all the industry developments that have occurred over the past few weeks, we’re expecting a high turnout at next month’s briefing, with lots on the agenda to incite lively engagement among our members,” said Mike Smallbone, IAAF Membership Development Manager.

Some of the guest speakers present at the event will include Joel Combes and Nona Bowkis from Lawgistics, discussing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on the 25th of May. They will be advising independent business owners on how to act to make sure that they are GDPR compliant.

Steve Carter from Train4auto Consultancy will also be attending the session with his presentation called ‘2018 – the year the EV became a reality’, which addresses the topic of hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

“Steve’s discussion on EV technology promises to be an extremely interesting one, and Lawgistics’ presentation addresses a vitally important subject that will affect all aftermarket businesses in the coming months, so it’s crucial that business owners have systems in place and that employees have a good understanding of how to treat personal data,” he added.

Other current issues discussed include the latest developments with the connected car, type approval legislation, and the recent scrapping of proposed MOT changes.

The session will start at 10 am, giving those present the chance to network over a coffee and it will finish at 1 pm with lunch. The spaces available are limited, so IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment, by emailing Ann Silvester at