The event saw more nominations than ever before and some serious competition in incredibly tough categories. We’re glad we weren’t judging, although admittedly, we may have been a little biased if we had been.
Addressing the crowd on the night, James Baggott, Car Dealer founder and CEO of parent company Baize Group, acknowledged that the top dealers had shown themselves to go beyond the call of duty and showed the very best professionalism in a most competitive business.
With that in mind, we were thrilled to hear that our clients Harwoods were awarded Used Car Dealer Website of the Year. This is an amazing achievement and we know the Harwoods team have worked very hard to earn it. We’re incredibly proud to have been able to support them.
We would also like to extend our congratulations to another client, Marshalls. Daksh Gupta, the group’s CEO, walked away with the Dealer’s Dealer Award and the Outstanding Achievement of the Year trophy. After raising over £150,000 for BEN – the UK’s charity for the automotive industry and one close to our own heart, we know the recognition is well deserved.
Other GForces clients who won their categories included the Leicestershire dealer of prestige used cars Whitethor in “Newcomer Dealership of the Year”, Alexanders Prestige of York in “Specialist Dealership of the Year”, and Go Vauxhall of Crawley in “Used Car Sales Team of the Year”. Other clients, such as Thame Service Station and McCarthy Cars, did not win their categories but were “highly commended”.
It seems an appropriate year to be raising the bar, and indeed a glass or two, to the collective and collaborative efforts of those in the used car industry. In the first half of 2016 alone, 4.1 million used vehicles have been sold through UK dealerships and retailers. That’s the highest on record, and year to date, that figure rises to an astonishing 6.3 million.
So really, we’re sure you’ll agree with us, it’s a case of congratulations all round.