Editor's Comment

Look who's back in a brand new home!

Published:  02 September, 2015

When the BBC ran the final episode of Top Gear, Richard Hammond introduced Jeremy Clarkson's reappearance with the phrase 'well, this is awkward'. I'll admit I feel the same, after writing a heartfelt goodbye, Aftermarket magazine is back!

So firstly I shall explain - Aftermarket had closed and all staff were let go, a decision which I know was not taken lightly but unfortunately at the time seemed the only route to take. We had a lot of emails asking why and I won't divulge the reasons, sufficed to say it was a choice I understood completely. However, a couple of weeks later I received a call from Ian Atkinson, Managing Director at DFA Media. He had heard about Aftermarket's closure and was exploring the possibilities of buying it. A deal was concluded fairly quickly and I was offered my old job back, an offer I was happy to accept.

Therefore I want to thank those of you who got in touch; I hope you are pleased to see us back! I was touched by all the kind words and I can assure you that the magazine will continue with the balance of business, technical and products that you know and love. As I mentioned all staff were let go when the title closed, however I am back (obviously) and we have Claire Hodder and Jim Dunn looking after our sales.

It is always the way however, that something will happen when you can't write about it. I watched the budget report during my 'downtime' (more interesting that Jeremy Kyle) and was astonished by the proposal to extend the MOT for new vehicles from three years to four. I really wanted to shout about that, and now I will be! Aftermarket will continue to aid the industry in deflecting challenges that could affect the independent workshop and will look to rally support for initiatives. We want to work closely with the industry bodies to ensure that your market is heard.

phil@aftermarket.co.uk

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