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Prestige Fleet Servicing strengthens technical support team and extends network

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire August 2015
Prestige Fleet Servicing (Prestige) has strengthened its technical support team with two new key appointments and increased its network of independent fleet Service Centres in line with its expansion plans.

Prestige, which provides vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair work for leasing companies, fleet management providers, corporate fleets and aftermarket warranty companies, has seen rapid growth this year on the back of a number of new and significant client wins.

The company has now made two new appointments in its technical support area, designed to bring considerable additional technical expertise and experience to the Prestige team.

Chris Stokes joins as Technical Services Manager, having previously worked for Robins & Day Peugeot and Archie Moss Renault where he achieved Master Technician status for both franchises.

Stokes also spent two years with Jaguar Land Rover working on workshop technical data manuals, handling repair work and refining the labour times used within the Jaguar franchise network.

At the same time, Luke Bradbury has joined as Technical Services Advisor on the Technical Support team. Bradbury completed a Volvo apprenticeship with Marshall Motor Group, and in 2012 was Volvo Apprentice of the Year and, in the same year, Marshall Motor Group Apprentice of the Year.

He joins the business from Marshalls Land Rover, Melton Mowbray, where he was Senior Technician.

Prestige Operations Director, Nick Hutton, who has management responsibility for the Technical Support team, welcomed the two newcomers.

"These two new highly experienced appointments will help reinforce our technical support team and help us to continue to provide a first rate technical service to our growing client portfolio.

"Our fleet clients have vehicles that range from 0-4 years old, while our vehicle disposal, national breakdown and warranty clients are often working with vehicles of up to eight years old - which represent some different and interesting technical challenges.

"With these two new appointments, we are confident that we can continue to deliver the technical quality and driver service levels so important to our growing client portfolio," he said.

One of Prestige's key objectives is to grow its Service Centre network to 300 outlets, extending its national coverage throughout the UK and meeting the extra demand from its increased customer base.

Thanks to a number of high quality additions in recent weeks, the Prestige service network now stands at some 253 independent outlets, and is growing at a rate that indicates it should comfortably meet its target.

The new network additions include Service Centres in Hull, North London, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City and Bognor Regis, and all meet the stringent requirements required to join the network.

For example, all Prestige Service Centres have industry-recognised quality accreditation, all use parts of equivalent quality to manufacturer original equipment, and all offer labour rates at significant savings compared to main franchise dealers.

Prestige has seen a number of key client wins in recent months, and recently announced that it had been awarded a two-year extension to its independent service centre network management contract with LeasePlan UK, which will see it continue to February 2018.

For more details, see the Prestige Fleet Servicing website at: www.prestigefleetservicing.com

Notes to Editors

About Prestige Fleet Servicing
Prestige Car Servicing has been providing service, maintenance and repair facilities to the private motorist since 2005. In 2007, Prestige Fleet Servicing commenced trading by providing similar facilities to leasing companies, large corporates and SMEs using its independent network of Service Centres. Through the technical expertise and experience within these Centres, Prestige controls the costs of fleet vehicle maintenance programmes and delivers a class-leading driver experience to company car and business users. The business is further supported by its national parts and lubricants partnerships, all of which it brings together within its operating system, Unity. The system connects in real time, on-line to Prestige clients, Service Centres and partners.
Over recent years, Prestige has invested significant resources in the development of its systems' capabilities and people to support clients' requirements. The company works with many of the UK's largest leasing and fleet management businesses as they seek to develop further their control of service, maintenance and repair costs. Prestige has a highly experienced and motivated team of people. Its aim is to continue its business growth in the future, building on the success of the last five years, during which time the annual turnover has grown five-fold.

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Technical Services Manager, Chris Stokes (left) and Technical Services Advisor, Luke Bradbury

Technical Services Manager, Chris Stokes (left) and Technical Services Advisor, Luke Bradbur