Bristol Street Motors CEO receives international award

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF BRISTOL STREET MOTORS

Robert Forrester Chief Executive Officer of Vertu Motors, the parent group for established motor retail brand Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors has received international recognition for his outstanding contribution to business.

He has been honored with the highly acclaimed Dale Carnegie Training Leadership Award, which recognises outstanding leadership and innovation in the field of human resources and training.

The award is decided by the Board of Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc, based in New York and has only been presented to a UK business leader twice in the last six years.

Dale Carnegie Training is represented in all 50 of the United States and in more than 80 countries. Instructors present Dale Carnegie training programmes, which include giving people in business the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their performance in order to build positive, steady, and profitable results.

The company has worked with Vertu Motors for the last four years, supporting Vertu’s training and development strategy for senior personnel, delivering leadership and management development.

The award was presented at Oulton Hall Hotel in Leeds in front of an influential audience of business leaders and Dale Carnegie’s Northern alumni which celebrated its centenary this year.

Robert Forrester said: “At Vertu Motors we’ve been working with Dale Carnegie for a number of years, in order to ensure that we build the right culture within our fast-growing group. Together we develop and deliver training programmes that enable our Managers to deliver outstanding results. We strive to deliver extraordinary service to our customers and Dale Carnegie help us do this. Our colleagues are our biggest and most valuable resource and investing in their development is vital in achieving business goals.

“I’m delighted to be receiving this Leadership Award on behalf of the Group from Dale Carnegie - an organisation I very much admire and which shares many of the same principles and values as Vertu Motors.”

Juliette Dennett, managing director of Dale Carnegie Northern England, said: “This year has been a momentous one for Dale Carnegie as we celebrate our centenary.

“We wanted to celebrate the success of Vertu Motors by presenting Robert with the award, which is for outstanding business leaders where exceptional results have been achieved through exemplary leadership. In the past five years the only other recipients in the UK of this award have been the Plant Director of Vauxhall Motors at Ellesmere Port and the CEO of Odeon Cinemas.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Vertu Motors plc (which trades under Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Honda and Bristol Street Motor Nation brands) was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. The group was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU)

Since flotation in December 2006, the group has established itself as a major player in the United Kingdom automotive retail sector. The group operated 81 outlets representing 17 manufacturers across the UK

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Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie’s training has evolved from one man's belief in the power of self-improvement to a performance-based training company with offices worldwide. The North of England franchise focuses on giving people in business the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their performance in order to build positive, steady, and profitable results.
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l-r David Fagiano, Chief Operating Officer for Dale Carnegie; Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors; Juliette Dennett, MD of Dale Carnegie Northern England and Mark Fitzmaurice, international master trainer and director of Dale Carnegie Northern England