New car marketNewsdigestNewsShowroomAM AwardsNew carnewsAMIndexRecruitmentautomotivetop achieverswww.am-awards.co.uk Call Kate Howard on 01733 468146Presenter:Susanna ReidOn UK's most-watched morning show BBC Breakfast and hosting her own show Sunday Morning Live on BBC1, she also appears on the Andrew Marr Show. She regularly performs with the BBC newsreaders on Children in Need, winning the Strictly challenge in 2011, and has taken part in Through the Keyhole, Ask Rhod Gilbert and the quiz show Pointless. She has grilled the Prime Minister and interviewed a host of film stars on the Oscars' red carpet. AM Awards' judgesJudging chair Christopher MacgowanJudges Jeremy Bennett, editor, AM magazineSarah Sillars, Institute of the Motor IndustryPiers Trenear-Thomas, industry analystSteve Young, International Car Distribution Programme Martin L Taylor, automotive and international business adviser and former European CEO at Inchcape plcIndependently audited by MSX InternationalCabaret:Jason ManfordJason Manford has risen from eager amateur to Perrier nominee and UK hot comic property in just a few years. Best known as a presenter of BBC1's One Show, he has gone on to headline huge tours. Employed as a lowly pot collector at Manchester's longest-running comedy club when an act failed to turn up, he was given his break and five weeks later won the North West Comedian of the Year Award. Next came the finals of Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny?
AM Awards 2012InnovationBest Training ProgrammeSponsored by: Black HorseTraining is crucial to continually develop your staff. Training refers to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competencies as a result of the teaching of vocational or practical skills and knowledge that relate to specific, useful tasks. In addition to the basic training required for a trade, occupation or profession, there is a need to continue beyond initial qualifications to maintain, upgrade and update skills throughout working life, i.e. to aid continual professional development.Last year's winner: Mercedes-Benz UKBest Digital InitiativeSponsored by: RazsorA website is just one of the ways in which a dealer can embrace digital technology: smart phones, SMS, ezines, apps, Groupon, video streaming and live chat are just some of the buzzwords becoming increasingly common in the industry in the last 12 months. This award focuses on how a business has been able to move beyond a website to truly embrace new technologies.Last year's winner: Marshall Motor GroupBest Dealer Website Sponsored by: Motors.co.ukHaving a strong profile online is vital for a dealership to prosper. It is often the first place your customer will look when researching their next car purchase. The website is a crucial marketing tool that should bring in a significant proportion of your leads and is increasingly a means by which you can build and maintain relationships with customers.Last year's winner: Harwoods Group