The latest news from Glen Callum Associates, specialist worldwide Automotive, Industrial and Motor Trade recruiters.

Connected Cars to “Threaten the livelihood of the Automotive Aftermarket”?

Connected Cars to “Threaten the livelihood of the Automotive Aftermarket”?

Wendy Williamson delivered an insightful keynote speech at Automechanika Birmingham 2018 (5-7 June 2018 at the NEC Birmingham). If you are involved in the automotive aftermarket, then you were probably at the Automotive Aftermarket event of the year! However if not, here’s a quick recap of the key note speech from the current chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).

Wendy focussed on 3 main points

  • The Future of The Automotive Aftermarket.
    •   Connected cars will “threaten the livelihood of the aftermarket”
      • Williamson believes that if new legislation doesn’t prevent OEMs from controlling access to connected car data then the independent aftermarket will take a big hit, as the OEM’s will be able to block the independent garages from being able to access repair the newer vehicles.
      • She said it was “not the sector’s intention to lure motorists away from the franchised dealer networks, but it is imperative that OEMs allowed third-party providers to continue providing choice to consumers.”
  • The IAAF’s “Your car, Your Choice” campaign
    • This campaign aims to inform the consumer of their choice to take their vehicle anywhere for a service without compromising their warranty (provided all products used are of OE quality). This is a movement aimed to prevent the main dealers from being able to monopolise this section of the industry.
  • Consumer’s Lifestyle changes that will affect the aftermarket.
    • Wendy said that “Ownership of vehicles will change; renting vehicles by the day or even the hour will become more popular, particular among the younger generation.”

Finally, Williams stated “We as a sector need to ensure we keep up to date with the times. “We must continue to invest in tools, equipment, people and of course training to ensure we’re able to cope with the myriad of changes that are taking place in the automotive industry.

“We have a reputation for finding a way through – the threats are more complex but we’re certainly up for the challenge.”

Personally, I think there is a lot of truth to change in ways of owning a vehicle. As a true Millennial, I consider my mobile phone as necessary as my car, I need to have one and I need it to work (which is why I have a phone on contract with insurance!). If I could pay a regular monthly service fee (rather than risk a hefty garage bill) for use of a vehicle which covered any problems (not deemed my fault) then I would see this as a benefit. It would also mean I could upgrade at the end of my contract to a newer, nicer car. Much like the Hire options you have now, which are becoming increasingly popular for those who see a car as a necessity first and a passion project second, if at all.

Glen Callum has seen there are big challenges ahead for the Automotive Aftermarket, but over the last 18 years, there hasn’t been a challenge the Automotive Aftermarket couldn’t tackle yet.

You can read the full article from the IAAF here:

What’s the score? Football World Cup guidance for employers…….  

Some of the recruiters at Glen Callum Associates have been eagerly counting down the days to the start of the world cup, well today’s the day!  Many other employees will be exactly like our team, excited about the prospect of watching the games and joining in with the World Cup spirit.   So how does this affect the workplace?

Just in time for kick off!

Whilst attending an ACAS presentation yesterday, on the latest HR legislation, the much anticipated world cup was raised, thus aside from sharing with you our sweepstake results, I thought you may be interested in reading ACAS guidance released to help employers avoid World Cup related staff issues. Continue reading full article

Glen Callum Team up with Classic Car Parts supplier, Moss Europe


Once again, Glen Callum are working exclusively with Moss Europe, one of the founding companies of the British Classic car parts industry.

Glen Callum have worked with Moss for well over 10 years, recruiting staff for their sales, marketing and operations teams. This time we are working closely with their purchasing team to find a Buyer who is as passionate about cars as the rest of the staff at Moss. Continue reading full article

Sales Manager needed to lead the UK & Ireland for a World Leader in the power transmission products and technologies sector.

Here at Glen Callum we are proud to announce we are exclusively working with Contitech, part of the Continental group, whom are seeking an experienced industrial sales manager for the UK and Ireland. Continue reading full article

Partnering up with PowaKaddy……

Partnering up with PowaKaddy……

We are delighted to be working once again with the leading electric golf trolley brand PowaKaddy. We have 2 new exciting appointments to help bolster the senior management team and aid the company’s continual growth trend. First up is to secure a Senior Sales & Marketing Manager to head up their sales & marketing team…  Click the advert below to find out more!


We are also talent scouting for a top Senior Operations Management professional to drive operational excellence throughout their business from supplier, quality, processes, sub-assembly through to finished goods. Click the advert below to find out more…..



Royal Wedding Day Celebrations at Glen Callum

Royal Wedding Day Celebrations at Glen Callum

And a great excuse for cakes on a Friday! 

Unless you have managed to avoid all TV, Radio Internet and other forms of communication then you may have heard that tomorrow on Saturday 19th May 2018, there is a “small gathering” in Windsor to celebrate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry of Wales and actress, Meghan Markle.

Photo credit: © Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images

As the team here at Glen Callum sadly won’t be attending the wedding (we think our invite got lost in the post!), we have decided to celebrate today with our Red, White and Blue themed day in the office. We have union flag bunting, union flags for our desks along with union flag plates and bowties!

 We were even lucky enough that our go to general knowledge guru, Mr Gary Horwood, was at the ready with his flag based facts and that I couldn’t refer to the bunting as “Union Jacks” because we are not on a warship… 

And naturally, there is plenty of cake. All the quintessentially British cakes of course! Well, how else would we keep up the blood sugars of our busy recruitment consultants?


MMMA’s Gold Medal Dinner Dance…

The Metal industries gold and glittering gathering!

Friday 11th May 2018 will see members of the Glen Callum team dress to impress for the MMMA and ISME’s prestigious Black-Tie event; the Gold Medal Dinner Dance.

The Dance, held at the Waterfront location at the Copthorne Hotel in Merry Hill, is a joint event between the Metal Machinery Makers Association, the only UK Association dedicated to the sheet metal forming industry; and the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering, an institute formed over 70 years ago to promote the sheet metal industry. Continue reading full article

Partnering up with Ecobat Battery Technologies……

For over 15 years we have worked with the original Manbat team to recruit people at all levels into their truly specialist battery business. It’s been a great journey so far and interesting to watch the business morph from an independently owned enterprise, into what it’s become today as Ecobat Battery Technologies Europe’s leading battery specialist with locations across the UK and Europe…….. Continue reading full article

Automechanika Birmingham 2018, What’s New This Year? Find Out Here!

On the 5th until the 7th of June, the NEC will once again play host to Automotive Industry professionals; yes, it’s almost time for one of Birmingham’s biggest annual automotive exhibitions, Automechanika Birmingham, to open its doors. And, of course, the Automotive Recruiters at Glen Callum will be in attendance!

The Birmingham edition of the Exhibition is now in its third year, shortlisted for three awards, including ‘Best Trade Show’ at the prestigious Exhibition News Awards 2018, highlights the achievements and growth the SMMT associated show has achieved in such a short space of time.

But why does the industry consider it such an important event? Continue reading full article

GS YUASA BATTERY SALES….Powering up their UK sales team

Once again we are partnering up with GS YUASA BATTERY SALES UK Ltd, this time to source energetic sales talent to represent them across the North Midlands and the North of England. Continue reading full article