Events Calendar



November AGM - date to be decided


Welcome to the Knowledge Garage.

Working in the media?

Stuck for contact on a motoring story or issue?

Need a friendly voice to speak with authority or a face to show you or your audience how to do something?

Meet the experts in the Knowledge Garage set up by thewesterngroup to solve your media problems with a phone call or email. If you want to Meet the Experts, contact .


Tweets by @WGMWriters


Keep in touch.

Make sure we have your latest email address to keep you informed on thewesterngroup events and website updates every month. Send your updates to

Members' blogs & sites

Keep up to date with our members' websites, views and blogs by checking out , , , , and

Looking for something ?

Chemical reaction brings a smile to Jeremy's face

publication date: Feb 1, 2013
author/source: Ian Adcock



Jeremy Hicks JLR MD Jeremy Hicks can’t stop grinning

A little over a year into his role as managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, he is seeing sales boom for both brands and is infectiously enthusiastic about his task of transforming the dealer network, “I was brought into merge two dealer networks into a single entity.”

But that doesn’t mean you will be seeing Jaguars and Land Rovers bumper to bumper in the same showroom, “We will keep separate showrooms but grow their volume with more new product, better used offering and increased aftersales.”

The dealers, too, are more confident having had Jaguar’s and Land Rover’s  future plans and growth for the next five years mapped out to them, “ The number of dealers won’t grow, but their facilities will and we’re looking at new corporate identities and show room displays, especially for used cars.”

In future JLR will approve all dealer principles, says Hicks, following what he called a “chemistry chat” to ensure they have bought into the new business ethos.

“We want Jaguar to be a true alternative to the German luxury brands and there’s plenty of scope to do that,” he says, citing the new F-Type as the car that will redefine Jaguar as a cool brand. However, the key product that will take on his former company, Audi, along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz will be a Jaguar smaller than the current XF. Although more details of what and when were, frustratingly, not forthcoming.

“There’s a real ‘can-do’ atmosphere in both brands; people like designers Gerry McGovern at Land Rover and Jaguar’s, Ian Callum care desperately about their jobs and for me, whilst it’s a privilege to work for JLR, it also carries a massive burden of responsibility.”

All articles & images are copyright of their creators