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A vote for your industry

Yes, it’s more than nine months since Yamaha won the coveted BDN Motorcycle Franchise of the Year Award in recognition of its fantastic model range and dealer support; since the popular Dave Hancock was lauded for his services to the industry; and since that emotional moment when Maurice Feltham of CMC Motorcycles proudly picked up the BDN Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 76.

That wonderful evening – the culmination of six weeks of campaigning in the British Dealer News Industry Awards 2016 – celebrated and rewarded everything that is good about our industry.

As well as a memorable presentation ceremony, the 2016 awards attracted a record 3500 votes. The scale of the response – apart from underlining the growing prestige and competitive nature of the British Dealer News Industry Awards – is a reflection of the vibrancy of an industry which is on target for a third consecutive 12 months of growth.

Now it’s time to put the wheels in motion for the British Dealer News Industry Awards 2017, and we hope each of you, our readers, will help to make them even more successful than those for 2016.

It has been a momentous 10 months, with no shortage of challenges, but the industry has risen to the occasion and there is much to celebrate.

You can play your part by voting in seven categories – for Motorcycle and for Scooter Franchises of the Year; for best Rider and Motorcycle Product Brands; for the top Wholesaler and Business Support Service provider; and for your favourite rep or agent. What better way to say a personal thank you to the people who have helped you and your business make more sales and profit this year?

A paper voting form can be found in the forthcoming November issue of BDN or you can vote online at It only takes a few minutes and it means so much to the people who lift the awards.

Five other trophies will be presented at the annual presentation ceremony, which takes place on 15 January, 2017, during Expo (Stoneleigh Park, 15-17 January). They are the National Motorcycle Dealers Association Manufacturer of the Year Award, plus the BDN Lifetime Achievement Award, Services to the Industry Award, Trade Personality of the Year Award and a trophy for Stand-out Dealer Promotion.

Completed paper voting forms should be posted to BDN Awards, British Dealer News, 10 Daddon Court, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford EX39 3FH. The closing date is 9 December, 2016, and your contribution is appreciated.




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