Mercedes-Benz Dealer Sparshatts of Kent claimed two of the five trophies presented at the manufacturer’s latest awards for members of its franchised network.
As well as winning the Truck Dealer of the Year prize for the second year running, Sparshatts was named Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Dealer of the Year, making it the only franchisee to win more than one title.
The ceremony, which honoured outstanding performances in 2013, was staged at the Mercedes-Benz World brand experience centre in Brooklands, Surrey, and hosted by ex-Grand Prix ace David Coulthard and Formula 1 TV presenter Lee McKenzie.
Trophy hunters: from left, Lee McKenzie; Sparshatts’ Business Manager Alan Stevens; Paul Rooney; Sam Whittaker; Andrew Sparshatt; David Coulthard; Sparshatts’ Director Helen Jones and Sparshatts’ Chairman David Jones
Sparshatts of Kent Dealer Principal Andrew Sparshatt declared: "There are 19 members of the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle network and only a handful of awards each year. So our continued success across various disciplines underlines the strength of the entire company team."
Truck Sales Manager Paul Rooney, whose own team comprises Sales Executives Keith Baker, Kevin Haynes, Martyn Kemsley and John Nicholls, and Administrators Jo Ball, Ann Macrae and Kyna Parkhouse, confirmed: "We had a great 2013 and it’s very gratifying to win the manufacturer’s top truck award for the second year running. But we could not have done so without the fantastic support of our after sales colleagues, whose round-the-clock back-up makes our jobs a great deal easier."
Sam Whittaker, Customer Services & Operations Director for Mercedes-Benz UK, added: "To win our Truck Dealer of the Year title you don’t only have to be good at selling new and used trucks. You must also excel when it comes to looking after customers, embrace innovation and seek continual improvement through high levels of investment in training and premises. Sparshatts of Kent fulfil all of these requirements and are worthy winners."
Sparshatts of Kent sells and supports the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Van and Truck ranges, as well as FUSO Canter light trucks, from headquarters in Sittingbourne, and other dealership facilities in Ashford, Dartford and Tonbridge.