Mazda’s oldest supplier celebrates fiftieth anniversary

Bourne Street Mazda, in Kent, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary as a Mazda franchise.

The family-owned enterprise has been a part of the Mazda supplier community since 1972 and was offered with a commemorative plaque to mark the event.

Andrew Mooresmith, managing director at Bourne Street Storage, has labored on the dealership for the final 42 years. He mentioned: “You’ve acquired to maintain doing what you do greatest”, including, “now we have a household enterprise tradition and now we have many fantastic loyal prospects who come again due to the service we offer.”

Bourne Street Storage began promoting Mazda automobiles in 1972 from the exact same website it occupies immediately. The historical past of enterprise pre-dates Mazda with Edwin Henry Braddon, grandfather of current proprietor Peter Braddon, shopping for the location on Bourne Street in Crayford on the April 1, 1938, for his haulage and engineering enterprise. By the Sixties the operation had moved to automobile retailing, workshop and gas station, and after a quick interval promoting Ford and Datsun merchandise, grew to become a Mazda supplier in 1972.

Greater than a 3rd of the staff at Bourne Street Storage have labored for the enterprise for greater than 20 years.

Gross sales supervisor Garth Vincer, a 22-year veteran on the storage, commented that: “it’s the deal with folks – each workers and prospects that has been key to our success during the last 5 a long time. Including, “now we have a buyer who has been with the dealership for the final 40 years and prospects who nonetheless come to us for servicing regardless of shifting lots of of miles away, and I believe the important thing to that is making the automobile shopping for course of straightforward, we don’t put folks below stress we give prospects selection and let it stream. We empower all our gross sales workers to make selections in order that the shoppers get private service, and this deal with buyer care extends to servicing and components, too.”

An extended-server supporter of the native rotary membership and their charity actions, Bourne Street Storage has additionally been energetic in the area people in Crayford and the Borough of Bexley for many years, the dealership website even contains a pair of listed lampposts that the enterprise saved from the scrap when an area theatre was demolished within the Sixties.

Jeremy Thomson, managing director at Mazda UK, added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be at Bourne Street Storage and to recognise the onerous work, dedication and dedication demonstrated by Andrew Mooresmith and the group during the last 5 a long time. The trade has considerably modified within the final 50 years, however with the devoted group at Bourne Street mixed with the thrilling Mazda automobiles on provide, the dealership has been an integral a part of our success within the UK.”

Mazda Motors UK marked its own 20th anniversary, final 12 months, following its inception on August 1, 2001.

Snows Group is running a series of events and charity fundraisers all through 2022 to have fun its sixtieth anniversary.

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