Newly appointed Dealer Principal Neil McKenzie has been setting out his plans for Arthurs Peugeot, Wrexham’s latest dealership.
Neil, 55, who has been in the motor industry since he was 17, has taken over the helm of Arthurs Peugeot Wrexham, Rhostyllen, which has just completed a half a million pounds make-over.
He is embarking upon a recruitment drive for sales and technician personnel which he has identified as areas of the business which would benefit from strengthening.
“Developments and changes won’t happen overnight, but I want to begin the process of stabilising and moving the business forward,” said Neil who is occupying his first actual role as a dealer principal and for the first time is working in a Peugeot dealership.
“I have already identified Arthurs Peugeot Wrexham as having a great deal of potential to grow and the plan is to put this site on the map through hard work and focusing on the teams.
“It will be about team building and training and developing personnel to the levels that Arthurs and Peugeot require. This will require a lot of hard work, but it is an exciting project.”
The dealership, which currently employs 27 people, was acquired by the long-established Arthurs Motor Group in 2015 and has just undergone a major refurbishment programme which took several weeks to complete.
Neil, whose home is near Audlem, first started in the motor trade as a valeter and worked his way up the ladder with a number of dealerships, holding several management positions during his long career.
He had actually retired when approached by Arthurs Motor Group’s Managing Director Nigel Williams to take up the challenge of developing the Peugeot dealership.
“I was enjoying my retirement,” said Neil, “and I said it would have to be something really special and motivating to persuade me to return to the industry. I believe the Arthurs Peugeot Wrexham opportunity offers just that,” he added.
He is married with two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren. He plays Shropshire County Masters badminton and veterans football.
Said Nigel Williams, Arthurs Group Managing Director: “I am very pleased to welcome Neil to the company. He was highly regarded by his previous employers and came highly recommended to me.
“We are confident Neil will help Arthurs achieve many more awards in Wrexham as we continue on our mission to grow the business further in 2017 by giving our customers the highest level of customer care.
“Neil is fortunate to be a joining a team of enthusiastic and willing people who are all buying in to our Arthurs culture.’’