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Peugeot Citroen retail groups celebrate their high fliers


A total of 350 employees, partners and sponsors attended an awards ceremony for Peugeot Citroen Retail in the second year that both brands in the group have come together to celebrate their high fliers.

Hosted by comedy actor Hugh Dennis, the Peugeot Citroën Retail Excellence Awards were designed to recognise and celebrate the car manufacturers’ top performers, and showcase their achievements.

Staff from the 48 dealerships were assessed throughout 2011 on criteria relating to their job role and the top three in each category were invited to the special gala dinner, where a total of 25 awards were presented including service manager of the year, fleet team of the year, sales executive of the year and dealership of the year for both brands.

The winner of Dealership of the Year for Citroën Retail Group was Citroën Manchester who not only won this award but also collected Sales Executive of the Year and runner-up and New Car Sales Manager of the Year.

For Robins & Day, Chiswick was victorious as Dealership of the Year along with Bodyshop Technician Team of the Year, Parts Team of the Year, General Sales Manager of the Year and Sales Executive of the Year.

David Peel, chief executive for Peugeot Citroën Retail, said: “The Retail Excellence awards recognise and pay tribute to the efforts and dedication of all Robins & Day and Citroën Retail Group dealers and celebrate the success of individual team members who have excelled in their role.”
 

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Citroen Retail Group

The wholly-owned retail group of Citroen UK operates 12 outlets in the UK and it recently expanded into Ireland with a new showroom in Dublin. This increased Citroen’s national network to 27 dealerships in Ireland.

Citroen Retail Group has a turnover of £321 million on new car sales of 14,119 and 6,143 used in 2010.

Its management team was combined with that of Robins and Day in 2010.

They trade as separate entities, but used car stocks are pooled. They share an aftersales director, but dedicated finance directors. Robins and Day has its own finance director and Citroen Retail Group’s accounting director reports in to him.

The inspiration for the move, he said, came from groups like Pendragon and Lookers – large groups operating across numerous franchises. Robins and Day has separate accounts from Peugeot in the UK, whereas Citroen Retail Group’s accounts are tied with Citroen UK’s.

The UK is split into five regions for Citroen Retail Group and 11 regions for Robins and Day and with general managers of main dealerships taking on responsibility for other dealerships in the area.

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Robins & Day

Coventry-based Robins and Day is Peugeot's largest dealer group with 36 locations across the UK, providing new, used, Motability and business sales and aftersales facilities including MoT, service & repair and parts.

Founded in Rochester 1908 when two bicycle businesses run by Mr Robins and Mr Day were incorporated as ‘Robins and Day', moving to a limited company status in 1913.

It become part of the Rootes Motor Company selling Hillman Humber, Singer and Sunbeam models, later adding Talbot before Peugeot in 1960.

In 1970 the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Peugeot Motor Company PLC and holds the Peugeot franchise only.

The name change to Robins & Day came in 2007.

In March 2010, its management team and that of Citroen Retail Group combined under chief executive David Peel.
They trade as separate entities, but used car stocks are pooled. They share an aftersales director, but dedicated finance directors.

The inspiration for the move, he said, came from groups like Pendragon and Lookers – large groups operating across numerous franchises. Robins and Day has separate accounts from Peugeot in the UK, whereas Citroen Retail Group’s accounts are tied with Citroen UK’s.

Currently 36 dealers are based in 13 metropolitan cities. There is a dedicated sales director for each. The UK is split into 11 regions for Robins and Day and five for Citroen Retail Group with general managers of main dealerships taking on responsibility for other dealerships in the area.

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