Tom Seymour

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Freelance journalist specialising in automotive, business and technology.

Fleet News
Uber loses employment tribunal ruling

Uber has lost another appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that said those using its app should be entitled to working rights like holiday and sick pay. The technology company, which maintains that it is an app, rather than a private hire business, lost the original case at the Central London Employment Tribunal in October 2016.

When 'banter' in the workplace goes too far

The dismissal of two volunteers by the RNLI over a sexually explicit mug which they defended as a "light hearted joke between the crew" has highlighted the need for businesses to have clear policies about 'banter'.

Fleet News
Fleets face 'red tape' with no-deal Brexit

Fleets and drivers may need international driving permits (IDPs) and insurance 'green cards' to drive or rent a vehicle in Europe if the Government fails to secure a deal on Brexit.

Transparent pricing: will clarity cost car dealers?

Car buyers now come to showrooms armed with reams of information gleaned from online research, including on pricing and part-exchange values, but are they any closer to being sure that a price is fair?

Are pre-registrations an opportunity or a threat?

Pre-registrations are not new. For the vast majority of franchised dealers, they are a normal way of balancing the supply of vehicles manufacturers want to sell, with the demand from their retail and fleet customers.

Automotive Management
Tesla: no room for UK dealers (or aftersales profits)

Almost a year on from opening its first UK retail location, Tesla has transformed from a company looking after a handful of Roadster models to one which is starting to build some scale. However, franchised dealers have not been invited to the party, and aftersales will not be a crucial profit centre.

Automotive Management
Analysis: Should you hold out for a return with Alfa Romeo?

Dealers can't do much without product and growing a brand in the UK is challenging even with a clockwork replacement cycle. Look at the half-year point for 2012, the manufacturer brands most lacking new models are struggling to keep their heads up - Renault down 46.83%, Mitsubishi down 41.93% and Alfa Romeo down 35.9%.

Face to face: HR Owen

Walking past supermodels on the way to a dealer interview is not a regular occurrence on AM. The fact Kate Moss was out shopping 50 paces from HR Owen's Jack Barclay showroom highlights how different this group is from any other in the UK.

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