Top honour for Lancashire car boss

Praised: Mark Robinson
Praised: Mark Robinson
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The head of a large car dealership with showrooms across Lancashire has been voted chief executive of the year by the UK motor industry.

Mark Robinson is managing director and founder at Vantage Motor Group which runs the successful Vantage Toyota dealership in Preston, John Wilding Citroen in Morecambe and Vantage Hyundai in Preston.

He was awarded the title by an independent panel of judges at the Motor Trader awards which celebrates the best in the UK car industry.

The judges highlighted Mark’s focus on customer service by putting people and their needs first.

They also praised his commitment to growing the company, which includes eight dealerships across the north west.

Mark said: “It is a great honour to be named CEO of the year by my peers in the automotive industry. Over the last 12 months there has been a real focus on doing things differently and growing the business – delivering a high level of service for customers and putting their needs at the core of everything we do.”

The judges said: “It has been a remarkable year for Mark Robinson who, as CEO, has successfully steered Vantage through a series of acquisitions and dealership openings which impressed the Motor Trader Awards.”

“As CEO of Vantage Motor Group, Mark Robinson has shown how to successfully launch and expand a group while maintaining profitability and a strong local focus,” they added.

Mark founded the 400-strong Vantage Motor Group in 2003 with the purchase of two Toyota dealerships in North Yorkshire. In 2013 it acquired three Toyota centres in Birmingham, Tamworth and Solihull.