Thursday, 14 July 2011

MMG Triumphs at the Motor Trader Awards

At the glittering Motor Trader Awards ceremony in London this evening, Marshall Motor Group has picked up no fewer than 3 of the most prestigious awards and was shortlisted in 2 further categories.
The first award of the night went to Grantham Volvo which was named as FRANCHISED DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR.  This award was collected by General Manager Bob Bean on behalf of his team and this caps off a remarkable year for Grantham Volvo – they have already been named as the No.1 Volvo dealership in the UK and now they know they are the best dealership in the UK.  Well done to Bob and everyone at Grantham Volvo.
Next up, much to his surprise, was Daksh Gupta, on behalf of the Group, who was invited up to collect the DEALER GROUP OF THE YEAR award for the 2nd year running.  This is an extraordinary achievement for the Group as we are not aware of any other Group which has won it in consecutive years.  This award is for “the dealer group which has implemented the most successful strategy for developing sales and profitability in the past year.  The judges were looking for a group which has set standards that competitors would be proud to emulate, and also for a group setting best industry practices.”
Then came the icing on the cake and a fabulous surprise for Daksh personally when he was called up again, this time to be presented with the OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.  This award is presented to “the person who in the view of the judging panel has most notably raised the profile and enhanced the reputation of the UK motor trade.  The judges were looking for the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK car retailing sector and aim to reward high levels of professionalism, innovation and community spirit.”

The awards were all presented by Jake Humphrey, the BBC Formula One commentator (born in Peterborough!) at a black tie dinner in the magnificent Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Daksh said: “I was so thrilled that Grantham Volvo won the Franchised Dealership of the Year award.  Bob and the whole team there really deserved to win and I’m delighted that the judges agreed!  When it came to the Dealer Group of the Year Award, I have to admit I did not think they would give it to the same group 2 years’ running, even if we were a serious contender, so when they called out our name I could hardly believe it – what a testament to every colleague in Marshall who contributed to making this possible – I am so proud.  After I had collected that award and had my photograph taken with the sponsor, I had only just sat down, reflecting on a remarkable night when suddenly everyone around me was telling me to get back up on the stage.  At first I didn’t believe them but then I realised that it was true!”

Needless to say, Daksh didn’t see why he had been chosen for this award final award, the highlight of the whole awards ceremony, even if the rest of know, and his first comment to me was “but I’m only 40 – I thought you had to be much older to get an award like that!”
Well done Daksh on a much deserved award which reflects well on the rest of the business!!
The Group was also shortlisted in the MOST IMPROVED DEALERSHIP category for Peterborough Vauxhall and also in the ONLINE INNOVATION category for Phoenix.

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