A van dealer in Eastbourne, owned by the JCB Group, has been awarded one of the highest accolades from car and van giants, Volkswagen.
The Eurovans Van Centre was given Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ‘Van Centre of the Year’ award, at the brand’s annual gala this weekend. It was announced during a special ceremony in London, which saw Eurovans Eastbourne beating 71 other Van Centres from across the UK to scoop gold.
Located on the South East coast in Sussex, the van centre is an integral part of JCB Group’s commercial vehicle division, which also operates sites in Ashford, Brighton, Crawley and Sittingbourne.
In addition to the ‘Van Centre of The Year’ accolade, the Eastbourne business also scooped first prize for Used Sales Performance.
Its counterpart sites in Ashford and Sittingbourne also experienced success during the evening. Notably, JCB Van Centre Sittingbourne took bronze in the New Sales Performance and found themselves placed fifth across the entire Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles network in the overall ‘Van Centre of the Year’ award. While JCB Van Centre Ashford took bronze in the Customer Loyalty category.
Head of Business at Eurovans Eastbourne, Robin Day said: “Naturally I’m delighted and feel very proud. Over the past three years, we’ve been second place overall, so to finally scoop the top prize makes all our efforts worthwhile. The team at Eurovans Eastbourne work incredibly hard to deliver a first-class service, whether someone visits us to buy a new or used van or stops by for repair, so to have it finally pay off in this way is the icing on the cake.”
A jubilant Jonathan Bischoff, JCB Group Managing Director, said: “It was a brilliant night for all our commercial vehicles teams, especially Eurovans Eastbourne and I’m so very proud of everyone. Winning top manufacturer awards takes hard work and determination, all day, every day and the honours achieved this weekend are testimony to this effort.
“To have such a strong presence as a group at the awards really cements our place as leaders in the automotive industry. However, we never rest on our laurels and we will be striving even harder to build on the successes of the past 12 months, with the view to be in the top 50 dealership groups this year.”
The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle awards are based their UK scorecard service, which recognises first-class customer care and excellent repair and maintenance facilities, not just volume of sales. They aim to support businesses by presenting a vehicle for sharing best practise and for promoting continuous improvement, learning and personal development.
The independently owned JCB Group now employs over 500 staff throughout Kent and Sussex.