The launch of Sunday closures came in January across the Peter Vardy group. Ensuring that everyone in the company gets a weekend day off each week without work intrusions.This allows for more effective management and support of our colleagues over 6 days as opposed to pro rata working over 7 days. This in turn delivers a better experience for our customers as well. To see an example of media response please click here.
Peter Vardy sees unrivaled success in 3 categories at the 19th AM Awards for Excellence. This included the prestigious award for 'Best Motor Group'!
Known to be one of the biggest nights in the industry, Peter Vardy Ltd went home with awards for 'Best Community Initiative' and 'Best Company To Work For' as well as the coveted 'Best Motor Group' award. Recognition like this comes from across the industry with manufacturers suppliers and dealers at the focus of the ceremony.
Succeeding at the AM awards set a benchmark by which we judge ourselves within the industry. Achieving these awards in the third year of trading further cements the Vardy name into motor retail history.
Peter Vardy was voted to 22nd place in the Sunday Times poll for best places to work in the UK 2010. This exceptional result comes of the heels of placing 54th in the same poll last year. This is a strong signal to demonstrate the satisfaction of colleagues in this dynamic company.
Below is an excerpt from the Sunday Times Assesment:
"The entire team from the leadership down are using their passion and drive to achieve results, and as a result have created a superb working environment for all concerned. This massive recognition can be attributed to the whole team for what they are doing and what they believe in.
Chief executive Peter Vardy, who comes from a long line of car dealers, founded the company in 2006. He writes a team email every Sunday to update the workforce and, seen as one of the guys, regularly mucks in on the shop floor.
"Our leader is one of the most visionary, motivational individuals I have ever come across," an employee said. "His enthusiasm spreads throughout the workplace, making the working environment the zone to be in."
The return of the Peter Vardy Ball at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on the 1st of May saw another fantastic evening of recognition for colleagues within Peter Vardy. The guests and partners were treated to a marvellous evening of entertainment to match the standard of performance seen at Peter Vardy. Again the traditional award giving was the highlight of the event with some of the winners on the night below;
Best 2nd Mile Sales Department: BMW Edinburgh
Best 2nd Mile Service Department: Kirkcaldy
Best 2nd Mile Parts Department: Motherwell
Best 2nd Mile Dealership: Perth
Vauxhall acquisition from the John Martin Group in Aberdeen and Edinburgh see Peter Vardy grow again as well as opening the doors to representing Chevrolet.
Peter Vardy now operates with 5 Vauxhall Dealership across Scotland. The group, which was launched in 2006, now operates a total of 9 dealerships. "Not only are we venturing into a new area in Scotland with the Aberdeen dealership, we are also expanding in the capital," said chief executive Peter Vardy. "A great deal of time and effort has gone into securing Aberdeen and Edinburgh Vauxhall; we are committed to the brand and the teams that represent it. The current success of these two dealerships and the respectful relationship we have built with John Martin over the years, made it the perfect fit," he said.
Peter Vardy launches the Rookie Sales Academy. We believe it is important to support and develop our colleagues to reach their absolute potential. That is exactly what the Rookie Academy strives to deliver. This programme utilised an open day for candidate selection where people new to the automotive industry were welcomed to show their drive and passion. We used our knowledge and experience to select the brightest and best 11 candidates from the group that applied.
These candidates join as 'Sales Rookies' for a 12 week programme with the aim to give them everything they need to become successful sales advisors within an award winning company.
The 'Rookie' programme is a mixture of classroom training at head office and 'hands on' sales activities at designated dealership as well as more surprising days that remain a secret for now. We aim to work closely with the candidates to generate knowledge and confidence so that they can learn exactly what is needed to make delighted customers who come back time and time again.
Every Rookie will have a dedicated coach throughout the process who will continue to mentor the Rookie when they progress past Rookie status.