With the elegant surroundings and accommodating facilities of Cheshire’s Mottram Hall chosen as the venue for this year’s Vehicle Consulting sales conference, the day commenced with an opening address by our managing director Lee Wolstenholme.
He began by reflecting on the challenging but encouraging past twelve months, which have seen significant restructuring take place, from Craig Davy’s appointment to the board, the promotion of Calum Cockburn to sales manager, Andy Whittle as head of our introduced business unit and the welcoming of other team members, to embarking on milestone IT projects including our internal CRM, accounts systems and PCH brand.
WLTP’s introduction along with increased company car tax on diesel models and the clear trend for organisations to promote cash allowance-taking have presented challenges for Vehicle Consulting like they have for all other brokers in the contract hire and leasing marketplace, but Lee explained the positive focusses materialising through manufacturers introducing more and more plug-in hybrid and electric models, the unstoppable growth in personal leasing and vehicle usership, and the emergence of mobility as a service platforms.
Craig Davy, our commercial director, took the team on an insightful and engaging journey through the last year’s sales figures, achievements, challenges and resulting opportunities, with the Mercedes A-Class and Ford Transit Custom continuing to generate strong volumes.
After lunch, our IT manager Scott Baxter delivered a well-received and motivating segment on his personal development spanning a decade at Vehicle Consulting, providing a fascinating glimpse into how various facets of his role from hardware and software to website development and marketing have evolved over the years. Scott is consistently voted our team member of the year, which speaks volumes.
We were then treated to an interactive session with Matt Fowler from Incredible Thinkers, who invigorated the team with plenty of beneficial development areas to work on over the year ahead, from the business benefits of embracing change and fear, to the boost in performance that lifestyle tweaks can bring.
Vehicle Consulting’s annual sales conference 2019 concluded with Lee’s second address, which encapsulated our key aims going forwards, underpinned by significant investment injected into the business last year and our team’s sterling spirit and commitment.
We look forward to continuing serving our existing valued clients and welcoming new ones in the months that lie ahead, as electric vehicles and clean air zones take effect, exemplifying the exciting transitional period the automotive industry finds itself in.