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MIKE KERCEL has joined Clements Moto to head up its e-bikes division, wth the official title of UK dealer network manager for Fantic E-bikes. Kercal comes with five years’ experience at bicycle giant Raleigh, where he worked with the Haibike and Lapierre pedelec brands as events and training manager. He has been in the bicycle industry for 15 years, including helping Cytech to set up a standards accreditation scheme for e-bike technicians.

MOTORCYCLE salesman Charlie Grant (above, with wife Christine) has retired from Ecosse Motorcycles in Aberdeen after 42 years in the business. Paying tribute, Ecosse owner Martin Marshall said he estimated Grant had sold 20,000 motorcycles during his career, including Malagutti, Kawasaki, Montessa, Honda, Yamaha, Cossack, Peugeot and more recently Royal Enfield. Grant worked for McGowan Motorcycles for 28 years before Ecosse took the company over. “We had a lovely farewell evening and sent him off in fine style in the way that only Scots can do. He went away a happy chappy,” said Marshall.

ACCIDENT management specialist McAMS has recruited two new business development managers – Steve Smith and Rick Garlak, whose appointments take the team to 10. Smith, who will be covering East Anglia, has more than 40 years’ experience within the motorcycle and automotive industry. He started out as a motorcycle dealer before working for manufacturers and UK importers. Garlak was previously part of the sales team at MAG Europe/ Motorcycle Storehouse where he was responsible for developing sales and brand awareness throughout the dealer network. Contact Steve Smith on 07854 741597 and Rick Garlak on 07527 640201.

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Motorcycle Trade Expo 2020 – Save the date

THE ORGANISER of Motorcycle Trade Expo has confirmed a new autumn date for 2020 in a move to modernise and deliver a focused, trade-only event in line with the changing needs of wholesalers and retailers. “Holding Expo in January has worked wonderfully for 25 years but the industry and market now require a new format and earlier date and we simply had to react to exhibitor and visitor feedback,’’ announced show organiser Andy Mayo. “The market is changing rapidly and we need to reshape Expo to achieve maximum benefit for all involved. The show will be held at its friendly and central Stoneleigh Park venue between 1820 October 2020.’’ “The new format will allow exhibiting companies accurately to forecast and pre-order stock, and in turn deliver that stock when the dealer needs it. Securing business earlier and beating production lead times is now vitally important for all wholesalers.’’

European-based model.” Mayo continued: “The big win for dealers and retailers will be the time saved by seeing all your suppliers under one roof in a trade-only environment over one, two or three days. Buyers can simply rock up at Expo and compare the very best products from the very best suppliers in one centrally located venue. The timing of Expo 2020 not only allows the leading wholesalers to launch new products, brands and ranges for the season ahead, but also serves as the perfect platform to sell through clearance lines and winter stock promotions.” The new 2020 dates were announced at the EICMA show in Milan and the news was said to have gone down very well with Andy Mayo, Expo organiser wholesalers and visitors alike. Full event details will be available later season. We have heard multiple stories of orders being placed at Expo and stock this month. To pre-register for Expo 2020, not turning up until June or July, so we please email or had to find a solution and move to a more call 01237 422660. said Mayo. “Having the correct stock profile leading into the New Year can be the difference between a good or a bad

“The [new] timing of Expo 2020 allows wholesalers to launch new products, brands and ranges for the season ahead … and to sell through clearance lines and winter stock promotions”

Harley brand development president sacked HARLEY-DAVIDSON president of global brand development Neil Grimmer, whose duties ranged from the branding aspects of product planning, marketing and retail to communications, has abruptly left the company following an investigation into his conduct. In a statement, a Harley spokesperson said: “His departure comes after an internal inquiry, along with a third-party

investigation, into concerns that his judgment and conduct as a senior leader did not align with our culture and the values we expect our employees to demonstrate. We determined that Mr Grimmer leaving Harley-Davidson was the appropriate course of action. Harley-Davidson takes all matters related to workplace conduct very seriously.” A separate source familiar with what had

occurred indicated that Harley had received a number of complaints about Grimmer and his dismissal reflected multiple actions by him, not just a single event. An internal memo to Harley staff explaining the decision, leaked to the Milwaukee Business Journal, said that Harley boss Matt Levatich would be assuming Grimmer’s responsibilities for global brand development in the interim.

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