Galashiels Volvo dealership Clelands of the Borders has been named as the UK’s top performing business for the brand.
The dealership, which is run by former British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) champion John Cleland, fought of competition from 112 other Volvo dealers to win the 2014 Volvo Dealer of the Year Award.
Clelands is the first ever Scottish dealer to win the award, which recognises exceptional performance across a number of measures, in particular, customer satisfaction.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the entire team, who go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver the best levels of service to our customers. I’ve given the trophy pride of place on the reception desk so all the staff can see what they’ve worked so hard to achieve," said Cleland.
A significant number of the staff at Clelands have been with the dealership for a long time and possess a combined experience of 275 years, with Cleland believing this is another key reason for their success.
“Our existing customers always get a consistent experience with us, they recognise all the faces around the place and have peace of mind they’re dealing with someone they know and trust. We know their first names, their partners’ names and sometimes even their dogs’ names! We always make sure we go the extra mile to get to know people.
“As a personal touch I always like to shake the hand of any new or used car buyer, its my name above the door and I think a little gesture like that goes a long way.”
Volvo Car UK managing director Nick Connor and sales director Jon Wakefield presented the trophy to John Cleland to mark the achievement.