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Vertu recognises 170-years service of Stockton Honda team

Vertu Honda’s Stockton faithful: Craig Swainston, David Hembury, Martin Boagey, Andy Price and Matthew Bacon.

Vertu Honda has recognised the long service of the team at its Stockton dealership, who have amassed more than 170 years between them.

Longest serving among the faithful team of colleagues are parts manager David Hembury, workshop controller Andy Price and service manager Craig Swainston, who have each been with Honda for 25 years, with sales executive Matthew Bacon having amassed 10 years at the dealership.

Each was presented with a plaque, bottle of champagne and a letter from Vertu chief executive Robert Forrester thanking them for their commitment to the business.

Collectively, the dealership’s team of 15 motor professionals has experience in the industry spanning more than 170 years.

Martin Boagey, general manager at Vertu Honda Stockton, said: “I’d like to thank and congratulate Andy, David, Craig and Matthew for their loyalty and commitment to Vertu Honda. One of our core values as an organisation is to recognise and celebrate excellent performance and commitment to the business.

“The experience they have gained during their tenure with Honda is invaluable to us and all three are an integral part of the team here.”

Chris Taylor, operations director of Vertu Honda, said: “It’s important to us that our customers receive the very best service, and part of that is ensuring our colleagues buy into our ethos. We have a significant number of long-standing colleagues and customers welcome the continuity of care that brings.”

Vertu Honda Stockton at Preston Farm Industrial Estate was one of three Honda dealerships acquired by Gateshead-based Vertu Motors plc in January 2016.

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