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Hodgson wins Suzuki accolade

Hodgson Newcastle, featured in the latest issue of AM, has been named ‘Dealer of the Year’ at Suzuki’s annual dealer conference in Spain.

The accolade was given to family-owned Hodgson for its achievements in brand-focused marketing, sales and customer satisfaction index.

It is the first time the company has won the award and fought-off competition from around 130 other Suzuki dealers across the UK.

Managing director of Suzuki GB, Takanori Suzuki, travelled to the region to visit the Silverlink-based Hodgson dealership to officially present the team with the honour.

Ricky Reid, sales manager at Hodgson Suzuki, proudly accepted the award on behalf of Hodgson.

The news is the latest boost for Hodgson which announced an increase in turnover to a record £56 million earlier this year.

Steve Hodgson, owner of Hodgson, said: “The success of this business has been fundamentally built on our people. This latest triumph is no different and I am delighted for my Suzuki team.

“It is a magnificent accomplishment and testament to Reid and his team for bringing this title to the region. It is important we use this success as a benchmark across the entire Hodgson business to demonstrate what we are capable of to help propel the company forward.”

Hodgson continues to buck the UK trend of declining car sales and is anticipating a £15m boost of additional revenue along with the creation of over 35 jobs by the end of next year.

Hodgson, which operates Toyota, Suzuki and Mazda dealerships in Newcastle and a Toyota franchise in Gateshead, is currently finalising its proposal to open a second franchise in Gateshead this year.

The firm employs 140 people and is currently on a recruitment drive to strengthen the existing team.

Hodgson Newcastle reveals its ambitious expansion plans in the April 6 issue of AM.

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    John Forester and Ricky Reid (back), Takanori Suzuki and Stephen Hodgson (front - with the award)

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