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News and Updates


Promising news for repairers as congestion levels in outer London now higher than before lockdown

It was reported in the Guardian today that road traffic congestion in outer London is now far higher than it was last year as people have gone back into their cars after lockdown, according to new data. Congestion climbed above 2019 levels in Au....

By NBRA
15/09/2020

NBRA welcomes new scheme for business affected by local lockdowns

The NBRA, the only trade association for car body repairers in the UK, welcomes the new plan to support businesses impacted by Covid19 and affected by local lockdowns in England.Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or t....

By NBRA
14/09/2020

The NBRA launches NBRA RepairJobs

The impact of Covid-19 on repair volumes has meant that we have seen a huge increase in the number of highly skilled and experienced people being made redundant. This situation is likely to be further impacted when the furlough scheme ends in Oc....

By NBRA
10/09/2020

Castle Coachworks join the NBRA

The NBRA is proud to announce that Caste Coachworks have decided to join our membership and support our vision to become a single voice for the body repair industry. Chris Weeks, NBRA director said: “NBRA is overjoyed to welcome Castle Coa....

By NBRA
07/09/2020

Redde acquisition of Nationwide NBRA comment

The huge news this morning that Redde Group have now bought Nationwide Accident Repair Centres (NARS) raises a whole lot of questions for the repair industry today. It was reported that Redde have bought 77 of NARS’s 102 shops for £1....

By NBRA
04/09/2020

NBRA Lobbies government to extend flexible furlough till 2021 for repairers to save jobs

Today Chris Weeks – Director NBRA, has written directly to the Chancellor pleading with the government to extend the CVJRS until end Dec to help bodyshops who are currently considering redundancies.  Chris said: “whilst road use is b....

By NBRA
17/08/2020

Revised ABI Salvage Code of Practice

Adam Murray, Aviva’s Motor Technical Manager gives a brief overview and update on the revisions the ABI Salvage Code of Practice.The ABI Code of Practice was established in 2007 to introduce a deterrent to vehicle crime, it was seen at the time....

By NBRA
06/08/2020

NBRA welcomes release of ADAS guidance from the Insurance Industry - but has concerns for repairers

Thatcham Research, on behalf of UK motor insurers, have released The Insurance Industry Requirements for the safe repair of ADAS equipped vehicles in the UK (IIR for short).Supporting guidance, being published alongside the IIR, will help the industr....

By NBRA
31/07/2020

NBRA welcomes new chairman

The NBRA has announced Steve Field as its new chairman, replacing Roger Collings, who stepped down some months ago.Field is the CEO of Page Automotive Group and has been involved in the repair industry for 40 years.NBRA director Chris Weeks said....

By NBRA
24/07/2020

Trailblazers join forces

The NBRA celebrate and support the amalgamation of two trail blazer groups, The Collision Repair Sector Group & Autoraise, within the Automotive industry to strengthen the apprentice opportunities to make sure that the apprentice standards a....

By NBRA
24/07/2020

Bodyshops call for clarity on Scottish Retail Grant Scheme

“NBRA calls on the Scottish Government to provide clarity on the retail grant scheme and allow all body repair shops to access the relief”, said Chris Weeks, Director of the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), which represents vehicl....

By NBRA
20/07/2020

NBRA supports PM’s “return to work” plans.

Boris Johnson will on Friday tell the nation it is time to get back to work after the Governor of the Bank of England said people's "fear" of commuting was "holding back the recovery". The Prime Minister is concerned that the economy is rec....

By NBRA
16/07/2020

Random HSE COVID-secure audits with £1,000 fines!

NBRA is warning members to ensure that their businesses are operating in a COVID-secure manor in order to avoid the potential for harming employees and facing the prospect of fines from random unscheduled HSE on-site audits.  The Health and Saf....

By NBRA
15/07/2020

CCAS celebrates five years of ADR with £12.7M consumer recovery

The Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS) celebrates five years of Alternative Dispute Regulations (ADR) consumer regulations and its achievements during this period.The ADR regulations were launched in 2015 to create better relations between consume....

By NBRA
10/07/2020

Chancellor’s Recovery Plan will help Bodyshop Employment

The NBRA welcomes the Chancellor’s package of measures outlined yesterday that will eventually help bodyshops with employment. These include:- Bodyshops will be receiving a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who ....

By NBRA
09/07/2020

The 7 reasons bodyshops need more help now than ever!

As the pubs and restaurants begin to reopen and there is a short flurry of activity where many people get back into their cars for the first time in months, there is a bit of a sense of “we are through it – we survived” in the indus....

By NBRA
03/07/2020

NBRA repairers hoping for a boost due to “Super Saturday” traffic

Many UK bodyshops who have returned to working are hoping for a much needed boost in trade as a third of all drivers are due to take to the road this weekend to celebrate the easing of lockdown according to an RAC survey of 1400 drivers. As pubs....

By NBRA
01/07/2020

NBRA bodyshops pleased to see the MOT 6 month extension eased by Roads Minister

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads minister announced on 29 June.Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to....

By NBRA
01/07/2020

NBRA warns that repair capacity may run out in London due to commuter behaviours

Following a recent survey of London commuters published in the Evening Standard yesterday, NBRA were surprised to learn that 56% of respondents said they planned to travel to work differently as a result of the coronavirus, with 72 per cent sayi....

By NBRA
30/06/2020

Coronavirus Corporation Tax and VAT

“I have received a grant from the government to help with the Coronavirus pandemic but now I’m being told that I have to pay tax on it, is that correct?In order to assist business through the current crisis the government has introduced a....

By NBRA
29/06/2020

Redundancy - NBRA process reminder for members

Redundancy is regrettably an issue which affects many businesses, particularly in the wake of the current pandemic. Whilst redundancy is never an easy option, it can in a number of situations mean the difference between a business that can continue t....

By NBRA
16/06/2020

Insurers continue to prosper as bodyshops suffer

The NBRA was astonished to read today that car insurance continues to go up in price.Motor insurance premiums premiums increased by £36 in May, after dropping to lowest level in four years in April, according to Compare the Market's monthly Mot....

By NBRA
15/06/2020

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

From 1 July, employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any work pattern, while still being able to claim the grant for the hours not worked. From this date, only employees that you have successfully cl....

By NBRA
15/06/2020

Collecting Excess – NBRA survey reveals it is a bigger problem than ever!

As bodyshops begin to re-emerge from the horror of Covid-19 shut down or trading through, NBRA is hearing that they face yet another problem! Anecdotally we were hearing that now - more than ever,  collecting excess at the start of the....

By NBRA
08/06/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) - Update for NBRA members

Following the announcement that car showrooms should shortly re-open from 1st June (and whilst we all still await for more detailed guidance on the forthcoming changes to the CJRS scheme) late on Friday afternoon the Government has also issued a new ....

By NBRA
29/05/2020

Road fuel sales point the way to increased claims

The NBRA has been tracking national road fuel sales as a good lead indicator of future claims and accident levels.  Whilst this may have been a bank holiday blip, sales of petrol and diesel jumped by 12.4% and 8% respectively over the last week ....

By NBRA
27/05/2020

Has the Covid-19 nearly destroyed your Bodyshop business? The NBRA are here to help!

A vast majority of small businesses across Britain are suffering the “devastating impact” of the shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.In the midst of the worst financial crisis business have experienced the government has trie....

By NBRA
20/05/2020

Could used car values increase repair volumes?

With a lack of new car sales, it would appear that the used car market is set to soar and the although the first quarter has seen a decline this is directly impacted by the Auctions having to close as a result of Covid-19.Even when the dealers are re....

By NBRA
15/05/2020

NBRA welcome the Chancellor’s update and extension to the furlough scheme

The NBRA welcome the Chancellor’s update and extension to the furlough scheme, which will allow businesses to bring staff back to work on a part-time basis The NBRA wrote to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak on 29 April, requesting a pa....

By NBRA
12/05/2020

NBRA applauds LV= for agreeing to pay for Audatex assessment fees

On top of other measures they have made to assist repairers who are struggling to survive with vastly reduced repair volumes and increased costs during Covid-19, yesterday LV= announced that from 1st June and for the foreseeable future, they will pay....

By NBRA
12/05/2020

NBRA step by step: Government Bounce Back Loan Guidance

What is a Bounce Back Loan? On 27th April 2020 Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Government backed scheme to assist businesses with smaller turnover and less trading time. This scheme goes live today (4th May 2020), named as the Bounce Back Loan Sch....

By NBRA
04/05/2020

NBRA Coronavirus advice: distance selling

IntroductionWith the introduction of the lockdown, more and more businesses are considering selling goods and services at a distance. Whilst this is a good way of dealing with the restrictions placed upon business due to Coronavirus, it is important ....

By NBRA
01/05/2020

NBRA Guide to suggested temporary Corona-19 charges

On the 22nd April the NBRA wrote to 36 insurer and accident management company leaders setting out a suggested solution in the form of charges for struggling repairers to add onto the cost of jobs to help their businesses survive these difficult time....

By NBRA
27/04/2020

Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - A step by step guide for employers

Further to our previous communication on Furloughed employees and the HMRC going live on the 20th April with the claim portal.  The NBRA have been working with some key NBRA members to understand the claim process and with resounding feedba....

By NBRA
22/04/2020

NBRA tips for keeping your people with you through Covid-19

The current situation we find ourselves in is very scary and unprecedented. Nobody could have predicted the impact, however there is some good news – we are all in it together. So we can share ideas, best practice, plus if we treat it....

By NBRA
21/04/2020

HMRC Furlough Applications is now live

The application to enable companies to submit their furloughed applications is now live.The NBRA will be following this up later today with feedback from a live application on the ease of the process.How to claimGo to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/clai....

By NBRA
20/04/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) - Update 17/04/2020

This advice note considers the provision of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) announced by the government on 20 March 2020. It is important to note that the situation is very fluid and Government guidance is being updated....

By NBRA
17/04/2020

NBRA working with SBL for cashflow support

We know that cashflow is every bodyshop’s biggest concern in these difficult times and the NBRA has been working hard for the last few weeks to support its members.Our supplier Smart Business Link are specialist financiers to our indu....

By NBRA
15/04/2020

NBRA evaluation of current work provider Covid-19 repairer assistance

While Repairers fight their demons on whether to fight to stay open and assist work providers keep an operational service to their customers which will include NHS workers and essential Key personal! What assistance or relief is being offered to them....

By NBRA
14/04/2020

NBRA Guidance - Furloughing Apprentices

Whilst this is a troubled time for us all it is particularly troubling for someone that has just embarked on their career as an apprentice.We as an industry pride ourselves in the time and effort that we contribute towards growing & nurturing app....

By NBRA
15/04/2020

BS10125 Audits and compliance guidance for NBRA members

Whilst a lot of repairers are worried about their business and these troubled times, another area of possible anxiety is the threat of audits being conducted whilst being stretched operationally!  The below info will guide you and give you some ....

By NBRA
07/04/2020

Coronavirus advice for NBRA members - Annual leave entitlement

This advice note considers the extension of Annual leave entitlement for workers who are unable to take their annual leave due to Coronavirus. It is important to note that the situation is very fluid and Government guidance is being updated dail....

By NBRA
31/03/2020

New survey sheds light on true cost of Covid-19 on UK body repair sector

An in-depth survey has revealed the shocking scale of devastation the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has already caused to bodyshops within the UK automotive aftermarket.Less than two weeks into a ‘partial lockdown’ that some fear could ....

By NBRA
07/04/2020

NBRA meets Ford to discuss parts

With the support of Richard Thorogood (Rainbow Group) and Richard Steer (Steer Automotive Group), Chris Weeks of the NBRA today met with the Directors of Ford who are behind the new parts strategy currently being rolled out across the UK.Carlos Ovilo....

By NBRA
08/05/2019

NBRA alarmed new FORD parts deal could cost repairers £10m!

Parts overviewOver 10 years ago VAG moved from a dealer led parts distribution strategy to a direct parts distribution strategy (TPS) which cuts out the dealer. This totally destroyed the repairer dealer relationship and gave a full disconnect in the....

By NBRA
03/05/2019

NBRA and IMI partner to offer EV Training to the Body Repair industry

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) have partnered together to provide access to Electric Vehicle eLearning for staff working in NBRA Member Bodyshops.As Electric and Hybrid Vehicle technology is ....

By NBRA
01/05/2019

NBRA Statement on Brexit Vote

Chris Weeks, Director of the National Body Repair Association (NBRA) comments: "The NBRA's recent strategy meeting which was attended by 17 leading industry figures, identified the dire consequences a no-deal Brexit would potentia....

By NBRA
13/03/2019

NBRA publishes first insurer attitude survey results

“The NBRA is encouraged to see that repairer feedback was fairly positive in our first Insurer Attitude Survey, which aims to look at the relationship between repairers and insurers”, said Chris Weeks, Director of The National Body Repair....

By NBRA
06/02/2019

NBRA Budget 2018 Comment

“It is positive to see that the Chancellor has pledged to ease the burden on bodyshops hardest hit by business rate tax”, comments Chris Weeks, Director of National Body Repair Association (NBRA).In today’s Budget, the Chancellor co....

By NBRA
30/10/2018

NBRA to launch investigation into insurer treatment of the body repair industry.

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is launching an investigation into Insurer treatment of the body repair industry. The aim of the investigation is to understand which insurers act responsibly in true partnership with the industry and those....

By NBRA
01/08/2018


By NBRA
01/06/2018

NBRA Holds Open Meeting at Automechanika Birmingham

“Debt recovery, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the investigation into insurer’s treatment of body repairers are just some of the issues you can discuss with the NBRA at this year’s Automechanika exhibition”, sa....

By NBRA
23/05/2018

NBRA Comments on Rising Costs for Repairers and Work Providers.

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the trade body for collision repairers in the UK, is calling on the insurance industry to do more in helping repairers keep up with rising costs.This follows news that Audatex, the global provider of bodys....

By NBRA
06/06/2018

NBRA Welcome FCA's Inquiry into rising Insurance Costs

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has committed to carrying out an inquiry into rising insurance costs and keeping volume discounts from their repairers. The FCA’s rece....

By NBRA
23/04/2018

Our partner Audatex launches innovative PlanManager Bodyshop Management Solution

Our official partner Audatex, a global provider of insurance claims solutions, today announces the launch of its end-to-end bodyshop management solution, PlanManager, streamlining the entire crash repair process for bodyshops, customers and insu....

By NBRA
17/04/2018

NBRA Spring Statement 2018 Comment

“It is positive to see that the Chancellor has pledged to examine ways to help small businesses deal with late payments, which place financial pressure on more than eight out of ten small businesses.”, said Chris Weeks, Director of Nation....

By NBRA
13/03/2018

Audatex Announces Award Recognition from LV= GI Claims Partner Awards

Our official partner Audatex, a global provider of insurance claims solutions and a Solera Holdings, Inc. company, today announced it scooped two accolades at the LV= GI Claims Partner Awards. The trusted global technology partner and data ....

By NBRA
13/03/2018

Exclusive New App: Free to NBRA Members - now available.

ReportCamPro, designed by Apps Etc for use by NBRA members, is a new, FREE video-based App for vehicle inspections.With as little as three clicks the app creates, sends and stores a video-based Report, including a location map, time & date stamp ....

By NBRA
27/02/2018

NBRA continues to call for end to late payment practices

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has written to new Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal, to bring to his attention the impact that late payment culture is having on the UK economy, and the threat it poses to UK bodyshops every year.&nbs....

By NBRA
31/01/2018

Covéa Insurance announces industry-leading partnership with Audatex

Covéa Insurance is pleased to announce it has struck an industry-leading deal with global technology provider Audatex, making it the first UK insurer to implement fully-integrated image capture technology to simplify and streamline the claims ....

By NBRA
29/01/2018

Audatex introduces new Audaenterprisegold 4.0 features as part of latest data release

15 December 2017: Audatex is excited to announce that its latest vehicle data release, D4.48.5, will be made available for all users on Audaenterprisegold version 4.0 this week. The latest release also includes some fantastic new features, helping to....

By NBRA
15/12/2017

RMI appoints Director to lead NBRA and VBRA

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has announced the appointment of Chris Weeks as Director of the National Body Repairers Association (NBRA) and the Vehicle Builders Repairers Association (VBRA).Chris will bring 24 years of industry experien....

By NBRA
29/11/2017

Audatex: Paint Calculation Update

We would like to provide you some further clarification about the recent changes on Audatex paint calculation mode. Our official partner and its third-party data partner AZT have released the following statement. Statement from David Sheph....

By NBRA
15/11/2017

NBRA raises concerns following new vehicle repair bill figures.

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA), which represents vehicle repair firms, has raised further concerns, following figures published today that shows motor insurers have paid out a total of £2 billion* in claims in the second quarte....

By NBRA
15/09/2017

NBRA partners with CAPS to help members exchange critical data securely

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with CAPS that will support members in the highly complex area of exchanging collision repair data. Kevern Thompson, CAPS, Commercial Manager, said: &ldquo....

By NBRA
29/08/2017

NBRA Director Resigns

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) – a federated association of the Retail Motor Industry Federation - has announced the resignation of its Director, Jason Moseley.   Since Jason joined the then NAB/VBRA organisations, he has....

By NBRA
09/08/2017

Employment Tribunal Fees

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By NBRA
26/07/2017

Audatex and NBRA join forces to help future-proof bodyshop industry

Audatex, the world’s leading data and technology solutions provider for the automotive industry, has signed a partnership agreement with the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the UK’s trade association for the vehicle body repair s....

By NBRA
24/07/2017

Europcar facing Criminal Investigation

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4702174/Car-hire-industry-crisis-fraudulent-repair-probe.html....

By NBRA
17/07/2017

NBRA Welcomes Small Business Commissioner Appointment

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has written to the Minister for Small Business, The Rt Hon Margot James MP welcoming the impending appointment of the Small Business Commissioner in October. The NBRA has shared their thoughts on the r....

By NBRA
14/07/2017

Ben highlights new Healthcheck Programme for the Industry

Get fit for work and for life: Ben highlights new health check programme for industry in latest physical health campaign  ·         Ben helps the automotive industry’s people ‘get fit fo....

By NBRA
13/07/2017

Europcar Investigations: Advice from MILS

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By NBRA
12/07/2017

General Data Protection Regulation

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By NBRA
07/07/2017

Events Calendar - July to December 2017

Please click the attached file to view upcoming Industry and Motoring Events....

By NBRA
27/06/2017

NBRA Responds to Europcar Investigation

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is disappointed to see Europcar has been  accused in press reports of fraudulently overcharging customers for repairs as Trading Standards raided its UK head office over the weekend”, comm....

By NBRA

Your Business and Energy Performance Certificates.

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By NBRA
20/06/2017

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By NBRA

HR Quarterly Review - Summer 2017

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By NBRA
20/06/2017

Autoflow Data Security Information - Act Now!

Further to our work with the ICO, we have been informed by AutoFlow that they have been the subject of an internal security breach.Please find attached some important information that AutoFlow has released for you:Urgent Required Action:Please change....

By NBRA
15/06/2017

NBRA is working with Ben to support the needs of automotive people and their families. #GoHelp

NBRA is proud to be working with Ben. Ben is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the UK's automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families. Everyone who works, or has worked in the automotive sector c....

By NBRA
12/06/2017

Return of an employee from Maternity Leave

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By NBRA
09/06/2017

NBRA continues to support ICO's search warrant

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has carried out further search warrants at properties in Manchester and Cheshire, as part of an ongoing investigation”, ....

By NBRA
09/06/2017

Plester Group & NBRA - Cyber / Crime Insurance -

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By NBRA
01/06/2017

MILS Legal Update - Commercial Leases -Security of Tenure

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By NBRA
01/06/2017

MILS Legal Update - Holiday Pay - Latest News

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By NBRA
01/06/2017


By NBRA
19/05/2017

Audatex customers to benefit from lower transactional costs and better forecasting under new plans

Theale, UK, 11th May 2017 - Audatex announces changes for customers that will pave the way for lower transactional costs, better expenditure forecasting and allow customers to set up additional licences, at no extra cost, on selected products. T....

By NBRA
18/05/2017

NBRA issues bodyshop advice following Data Security Breach

"The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has been focusing heavily on protecting member’s interests related to data security within bodyshops over the past 12 months”, comments Jason Moseley, NBRA Director.  Working with the Info....

By NBRA
16/05/2017

CTSI Annual Report 2016

CTSI Annual Report 2016....

By NBRA
15/05/2017

The emergence of the NBRA - Better Together

NBRA feature in May's IMI Magazine, click the link to see the full article.....

By NBRA
11/05/2017

NBRA supports ICO’s search warrant

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has executed further search warrants at properties in Macclesfield and Droylsden, as part of an ongoing investigation into nui....

By NBRA
11/04/2017

NBRA unveiled

Today (21/03) marks the unveiling of the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle body repair sector – formally known as RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA).The association is holding an exclusive event t....

By NBRA
21/03/2017

RMI Bodyshops Budget 2017 comment

“It is positive to see that the Chancellor has pledged to ease the burden on those hardest hit by business rate tax”, comments Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops (NAB/VBRA).In today’s Budget, the Chancellor confirmed that no b....

By NBRA
08/03/2017

RMI Bodyshops comments on ICO’s search warrant

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), yesterday executed a search warrant at a property in the Palmers Green area of London as part of an investigation into the illegal access of customer details from a nationwide car repair company.The ....

By NBRA
24/02/2017



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