The FELLOWSHIP is a keen supporter of BEN

Ben – Support for Life

As you know, the Fellowship’s ethos is encouraging and enhancing friendships among its members through regional luncheons and visits to interesting venues and businesses. But also at the heart of the Fellowship is the desire to support Ben.

Ben is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry and is dedicated to providing life-changing support and care to its people and their families. As an independent charity, Ben’s tailored, holistic care and support services focus on the four main aspects of a person’s health and wellbeing: financial, physical, mental and social. Ben enables people to navigate life’s toughest challenges and empowers them to make lasting, positive change. By establishing the root cause of the problem Ben’s ongoing support delivers long term benefits to individuals, their families and the industry.

By phone, online and in person, Ben provides information, advice, guidance and managed referrals to its network of 700 partner organisations, including debt advisors and mental health charities. It may also fund therapeutic interventions, family and relationship counselling, home adaptions, short breaks for families dealing with life-limiting or terminal illness and immediate help for those in crisis. Ben also provides high quality care for those in later life at its care centres and in their own homes and, for the more independent, at its award-winning retirement village.

Everyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry can access Ben’s confidential, free support services for themselves and their families. The FMI has been a long-term supporter of Ben, for which the organisation is hugely grateful, and we would ask all members to help us raise awareness of Ben with their colleagues in the industry. To find out more about how Ben provides support and to learn more of the many ways you can help them please visit their website at www.ben.org.uk.


The FELLOWSHIP is proud to support the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) by awarding a Bursary over three years as part of the IMI's Outstanding Achievers Awards. These awards celebrate the achievements of learners, accredited individuals and automotive professionals within the UK retail motor industry.

Held by The Institute of the Motor Industry, these awards are dedicated to recognising excellence.The Outstanding Achievers Awards showcase the dedication and hard work that is taking place across the entire industry; from the skilled professionals and managers that are leading teams to success, to the learners who are beginning their careers. They also recognise the centres whose passion, dedication and high quality training provision is helping candidates to achieve the very best.