Dealership offers conference facilities to local business community

Dealership offers conference facilities to local business community

04/05/2012 in News, All News, Dealer News

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Networking groups and local businesses in Warwickshire are able to take advantage of a brand new conference venue to host their meetings, events and corporate presentations.

Listers Volkswagen at Leamington Spa is inviting business groups to utilise its conference facilities free of charge.

The new service at the Volkswagen site is available for breakfast and evening meetings from Monday to Friday.

Phil Smart, brand manager at Listers Volkswagen, believes it’s important to work with the local business community, where possible.

“As we are open long hours it seemed a logical solution to extend our services and offer our support to local companies.”

“We look forward to introducing our new services to the surrounding businesses and welcoming our new guests,” added Smart.

The private conference room features a projector on request and an LCD screen and can accommodate ten people, while the showroom can be used for larger gatherings of up to 25 guests, with complimentary teas and coffees provided.

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Listers Group

Proudly a family business - “makes us more human to deal with” compared to a plc, the group’s website claims - the Warwickshire based company was started by Terry Lister, now managing director, in 1979 when he opened his first dealership.

It now has 40 centres representing 10 brands, Audi, BMW Honda, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Toyota (cars and vans) and Volkswagen (cars and vans). An Xtra brand sells on part-exchanged vehicles through six centres.

A training centre at Stratford-upon-Avon ensures all staff are instilled with the family ‘business, not plc’ ethos. A customer liaison team makes over 100,000 calls a year to gauge staff performance.

An emphatic test drive policy sees Listers have more than £15 million of stock on hand for customers to try at any one time.

The Lister’s website says of the group: “As the major automotive PLC groups battle for profits to support shareholders, vying to buy or take over each other in the process, Listers remains proudly independent. Our simple philosophy, firmly centred around customer care and satisfaction, has served us well for over 30 years. We see no reason to change it now.

“Call into any one of over 40 Listers centres, enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee, take a look around, enjoy a test drive and chat to any member of our team. Hopefully you’ll become a member of the Listers extended family soon.”

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Volkswagen UK

A momentous year for Volkswagen in 2014 saw car sales break the 200,000 vehicle barrier, with 214,828 registered by the year-end.

Sales are up 33% from their recessionary low and show no sign of slowing, with annual growth of nearly 11% giving Volkswagen the highest unit sales increase of any manufacturer last year.

Although retail sales reached a record of more than 100,000 units, fleet is a key pillar of Volkswagen's strategy and saw significant growth in both the corporate and SME fleet sales channels.

To support this focus there has been recent investment in new talent within the contract hire sales division.

From a product perspective, the new Passat will play a major role in maintaining growth, while the arrival of plug-in hybrids will add interest.

Note: Manufacturers administer the franchised contracts for cars and LCVs in different ways. Broadly, for some the contract to sell cars and LCVs is managed through a separate dealer contract. For others one contract covers both vehicle types.

AMi seeks to acknowledge the difference and reflect it in the count of each dealer groups total franchised outlets (franchised businesses) and sites (locations).

Volkswagen treats car and LCV sales as coming under separate contracts –AMi counts each individually.

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