2017 Motor Trader Awards Winner 'Service Manager'

Redgate Lodge

Motor Trader has announced the winners of the third annual Motor Trader Rising Stars, sponsored by Northridge Finance.

The national search started at the beginning of the year when Motor Trader invited line managers to nominate employees, who had joined the car retailing sector over the last five years, who they felt had the potential to become the next generation of industry leaders.

The winners of the 2017 Motor Trader Rising Stars are:

  • Kasim Ahmed, parts advisor, Luscombe Motors
  • Sam Clark, sales trainee, Graypaul Birmingham
  • Ben Dewar, service manager, Redgate Lodge
  • Lauren Shawe, key account manager, Sytner's Mercedes-Benz Division
  • Jen White, marketing manager, TW White & Sons
  • Siobhan McKenzie, business manager, TrustFord Dagenham

Speaking at the special champagne breakfast held in London this week, Alan Carson, sales director of Northridge Finance, said: "Northridge Finance is delighted to support the Motor Trader Rising Stars for the third consecutive year. This annual search for the brightest young talent in our industry has once again highlighted the rich seam of talent we have in the car retailing sector by identifying the next generation of industry leaders."

Our winner

Ben moved from the computer games retailing sector to his first automotive job at Redgate Lodge in 2015 and since then has played a pivotal role in turning around the servicing side of the dealer's business.

In just 15 months he significantly grew the business through encouraging the company to join the Bosch network; a move which has significantly boosted the company's bottom line.

He has also proved to be a skilled all-rounder. He introduced a new computerised workshop management system, helped manage a significant facilities upgrade, plays an integral role in the business's social media activities and looks after HR.

Scott Sibley, managing director of Redgate Lodge said: "Ben is an extremely important part of both the running of the business and the success of our service centre which now has over 120 5-star Facebook reviews thanks to him."

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