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