A leading Wolverhampton business has unveiled a new dealership as it continues its successful growth.
Trust Group UK has officially opened its brand new Wolverhampton Skoda premises on the Cannock Road. The previously unoccupied site has been brought back to life and early next year can look forward to a full refurbishment in line with Skoda’s corporate identity.
The Trust Group was formed in 2006 and sells Volkswagens and Skodas from five sites across Wolverhampton, Redditch and Stourbridge. Managing Director Andrew Hockedy said it was a very exciting time for the Group.
He said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the new dealership, which is an asset acquisition from Auto Sales, Bilston. We’ve put a new team in place, creating nine jobs, and headed up by brand manager Robert Blackham.”
Robert, aged 45, was born and bred in Wolverhampton and is a former pupil of Wolverhampton Grammar School. He is relishing the challenge of being in at the very start of a new business with a whole new team.
“It is a thrill to be here from the beginning because it feels like you own it from the ground up.
“We’ve already had a very positive response from local customers and I believe that our location suits the people of Wolverhampton very well. This new dealership provides us with a real opportunity to look after our Wolverhampton customers perfectly.”
Robert has worked in the motor trade since he was 21, for a number of different brands, but admitted that being new to the Skoda brand was a challenge – that and having a 12 week old son at home!
“It has been really hectic, at work and at home, with a team fairly new to the product,” he added. “But we have a tried and tested aftersales team from Trust Group delivering customer satisfaction second to none, and a managing director who believes that the customer is at the centre of what we do.
“Working for Trust is like being aboard a huge vessel at sea but one that moves like a speed boat; we have the large corporate support of a top plc but with the flexibility of a privately owned firm to adapt and change to the environment at a moment’s notice.”
As well as selling brand new vehicles, Trust Group UK offers a wide selection of used cars and services, repairs and MOTs all Volkswagen and Skoda models using genuine manufacturer’s parts.
Robert added: “The Trust group only knows Volkswagens and Skodas, and enjoys a fantastic relationship with its customers. Our customers don’t just buy a car, they buy that relationship.”