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Dealership offers conference facilities to local business community

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 more than 40 centres representing 13 brands. 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 £40 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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