BVSF 2018 AGM Report



Firstly, I would like to offer my grateful thanks to all those Members, Strategic Partners, Guests and Speakers who attended the BVSF AGM/Seminar at the Walton Hall Hotel on April 19th. A special mention should also go to Kerry Barnes of the Walton Hall for her assistance leading up to the event ensuring its smooth running and of course to Graham, my son, who assisted on the day in the absence of Heather.

It seemed to almost run like clockwork and the order for good weather had even worked. The buffet lunch and evening meal was excellent and I again offer my grateful thanks to Dave Harcourt of DH Systems for very kindly sponsoring the table wine at the evening meal.

Sadly a number of delegates were delayed by accidents on the A46 and M40 which I assume caused the very few “no shows” that we had.

The presentations were all very informative and judging from feedback from the presenters a number of members are proposing to make use of the new systems on offer relating to the fight against credit card fraud and fraudulent parts return. It was very good to hear that the presenter relating to CoTC shares the BVSF’s argument against the timescale of these examinations and confirmed his willingness to assist in future meetings in this regard. Furthermore, the DVLA confirmed that our stance against the Insurers shredding V5c’s in the case of Cat N vehicles is correct and offered to assist us in our endeavours to resolve this. The Business Doctor provided a riveting presentation and finally but by no means least we received an excellent and indeed short notice presentation from BBi Insurance Brokers on the niceties of Fire Prevention Plans. 

With 13 companies displaying all delegates were spoilt for choice both within the Hotel and outside enjoying the sunshine. Furthermore my personal thanks go to Tania Tucker of the EA for providing a Q/A table for members which proved to be very popular.

With the AGM/Seminar closing at approximately 16.30 there was ample time to enjoy the Hotel pool and spa or simply thirst quenching at the bar!

Max Butler entertained us all in the evening over dinner with an excellent display of sleight of hand illusion. (I still have a bent and twisted fork!).

The raffle proceeded with its usual amusement with some fantastic prizes supplied by both the Management Committee and some Strategic Partners and some dreadfully tacky prizes supplied by the Federation !!....interspersed with wine and chocolate.

Finally of course the presentation of the Combellack award to Scott McLaws of CCRS Brokers. A very well deserved award which left Scott almost speechless. So, all in all, probably one of the best events we have held. 

The general consensus was to utilise the Walton Hall next year and the date pencilled in is April 11th. I genuinely hope that all those attendees enjoyed the event and took back some good information to assist in the running of their businesses. 



Secretary General








THE BVSF is delighted to announce that D.H.Systems Consultancy Limited has achieved ISO 207001:2013 certification.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised standard for Information Technology

This means they have been independently audited and demonstrated that they have established, implemented, are maintaining and continually improving an information security management system which also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks.

Dave Harcourt, MD of DH systems, commented “I am extremely proud of DH Systems and all my team to have received this certification. It demonstrates that we are very serious and committed to providing the best security practices and risk management and now you don’t just have to take our word for it!”


Congratulations, one and all. 

BVSF obtain post dating agreement with WAMITAB on COTC examination dates


I refer to CoTC certificate expiry dates and a problem that was noted over the Christmas period. Some members who took their CoTC examinations prior to the expiration of their then current certificate were effectively "losing time" as it was impossible due to the Christmas break to complete the examination on or just before expiration of their current certificate.

BVSF raised this with WAMITAB asking for a system of "postdating" to be implemented similar to that of vehicle MOT tests.

I can now confirm that after considerable debate we have now secured this agreement. Any examination taken (and of course passed) up to 30 days prior to the expiration of the current certificate will be postdated to the date of the expiring certificate.

I am yet to ascertain whether this will be automated but I expect it will (I will of course advise if candidates need to ask).

I hope that this helps the membership particularly at times of festive breaks or holidays.

The changes will take place from June/July this year when the revised questions come out. It is worth noting that I have seen the question tables and have asked for a number of revisions prior to them being placed with the examiners.





BVSF AGM/Seminar 2017 report.


The BVSF are pleased to advise that over 80 delegates attended the AGM and Seminar held at the Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry on April 6th. Our grateful thanks go to those that attended.

It would be incorrect to advise that the day went without a hitch, however the problems that arose were beyond the organisers control. Unfortunately 3 of the 6 companies employed to make a presentation at the Seminar made their excuses not to attend on both the day before and the actual day of the event. One of these, a representative from Durham police was totally acceptable, as, with any police officer, he/she could be called to a crime scene at any given moment. However, the remaining 2 companies that let the Federation down offered little if any excuse and in one instance it is suspected that the potential for awkward questions was the main reason for cancelling.

However, a company called “Business Doctors” were also present in the Hotel on the day of the BVSF AGM and willingly provided one of the best presentations the Federation has experienced at a Seminar to date. Indeed the frantic scribbling by many delegates noting various suggestions from the speaker a Mr Paul Neck on how to improve their business was something that had never been seen before during a presentation.

It can be confirmed that already, Business Doctors are arranging to speak to a number of member companies following the presentation and furthermore, Business Doctors have agreed to present at the 2018 event to supplement the information they have already imparted to the Federation.

Dave Harcourt of DH Systems and Nathan Pearson from Verdant Fuels also made brief presentations on Cyber Crime and the potential purchase of waste fuel that the audience found both captivating and very useful.

The initial 3 remaining speakers from CCRS brokers, HSE and DVLA provided excellent presentations on their chosen industry which conjured up a number of relevant questions. Our grateful thanks to those initial presenters who made the effort to attend and to the “stand ins” that did a sterling job of assisting at short notice on the day.

The main business of the AGM was despatched in its usual formal manner and it is confirmed that the Secretariat of the Federation will remain in their posts again for another year.

The evening meal and entertainment ran very smoothly and it goes without saying that generosity of DH systems for providing the table wine is second to none. Entertainment was in the form of the ultra close up sleight of hand “magic” displayed by Will Grey and this will doubtless remain in the minds of delegates for years to come. How did he change a deck of cards held tightly between the hands of the wife of the Honorary Chairman into a piece of glass about 12mm thick and where on earth did that Pool ball come from ???

The raffle ran seamlessly and everybody went home with a prize or two, even if it was just a T Shirt, calculator and mousemat. But with over 160 prizes to be won and some of the best main prizes to date supplied by the Management Committee and some Strategic Partners for which we are eternally grateful.

Finally we had the presentation of the Combellack award. The winner, Mr Hamish Irvine of SCB was suitable surprised and quite emotional, some might say, lost for words. However, a very worthy winner….who will win it next year ?

All in all, considering the issues that were placed before us it has to be said that the event itself went very well with no known complaints and lots of praise. Am I looking forward to organising next years event, yes I think so, ask me again when I have recovered from this one……in the Autumn.