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UK dealer chief gets international business award

The Dale Carnegie Training Leadership Award, which recognises outstanding leadership and innovation in the field of human resources and training, has been presented to the head of a UK franchised dealer group.

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Vertu Motors, has received international recognition for his outstanding contribution to business, only the second UK business leader to do so in six years.

The award is decided by the Board of Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc, based in New York.

The company has worked with Vertu Motors for the last four years, supporting Vertu’s training and development strategy for senior personnel, delivering leadership and management development.

Robert Forrester said: “At Vertu Motors we’ve been working with Dale Carnegie for a number of years, in order to ensure that we build the right culture within our fast-growing group.

"Together we develop and deliver training programmes that enable our Managers to deliver outstanding results.

"We strive to deliver extraordinary service to our customers and Dale Carnegie help us do this. Our colleagues are our biggest and most valuable resource and investing in their development is vital in achieving business goals."

Vertu Motors trades as Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors.

In the past five years the only other recipients in the UK of this award have been the plant director of Vauxhall Motors at Ellesmere Port and the CEO of Odeon Cinemas.

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Vertu Motors

Vertu Motors plc was formed in 2006 with the stated aim to “acquire and consolidate” UK motor retail businesses. Its vision is simple: ‘get, sell, keep’.

It trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Honda and Bristol Street Motor Nation brands. Vertu is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU).

The group operates 113 sales and aftersales outlets in the UK.

The top 10 AM100 car dealer group results for the year to February 28 2014, show a 33.8% year-on-year rise in revenues to £1.684 billion and a 259.1% leap in pre-tax profits.

Former Lookers' chief executive Peter Jones became Vertu's non-executive chairman in January 2015 following the retirement of Paul Williams.

Shareholders include Black Rock Inc (with the majority share at 14.3%), F&C Asset Management and Artemis.

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