The Store Manager of the Year award recognises those individuals who are exemplary in the way they go about their day-to-day job of running a mobility store and who have demonstrated business nous, initiative and dedication in their work.
We are delighted to announce that the 2018 shortlist includes the following dealers:
Darren Evans, Ableworld UK
Having joined Ableworld in 2013 as the store manager of the company’s Nantwich shop, Darren Evans soon progressed to become manager at Hanley. Darren is continually supportive of both his store staff and Ableworld in general. He now assists in training new team members in both company-owned stores and franchises. As store manager, Darren is sales and target driven and hates missing budgets. He is very passionate about his role and will always go the extra mile when it comes to customer, making him a leading example for other staff in one of the country’s largest mobility dealers.
Shaun Green, Becative Mobility
Shaun is a rare breed of manager who actively seeks opportunities, even when there appears to be none, and will find success in times of deflation because he is aware of what his customers want and the best way to engage with them. Recently, he has been quick to embrace new model lines, efficiently spotting the niches and unique selling points they offer and effectively mobilising these advantages long before other dealers have grasped them. Suppliers have found his approach refreshing in the 2018 market and feel his effort in his role sets him apart in the industry.
Jason Watling, Mobility Aids Centre
Jason has worked at the Mobility Aids Centre in Peterborough for 35 years, looking after customers and staff and navigating the business through the challenging market. This year in particular, Jason has come into his own, balancing fulfilment of all the company’s legal obligations, including GDPR compliance, with being on the shop floor and all his other duties. On top of this, he has had a major role in creating the firm’s new website and continues to ensure it is active and up-to-date. He was recently awarded a Peterborough Civic award for his work with the dealership and its impact on the local community.
Gavin Thompson, Disability Trading Company
This year Gavin has led the Disability Trading Company (DTC) to a number of key milestones while continuing to grow the Warrington Disability Partnership’s trading arm. Under his stewardship, DTC was awarded Motability accreditation recently which was described as the ‘icing on the cake’ for the dealer. Gavin’s commitment to advancing the DTC has contributed to the company being listed as one of the top retailers in Warrington and the role he plays every day helps to support the WDP group, which recently put on its largest-ever Disability Awareness Day.
Ben and Jamie Watts, Solent Mobility
Together, brothers Ben and Jamie have assumed the mantle of their parents’ leading South Coast dealership. Wasting no time in putting their stamp on the business, the two directors have begun implementing plans to take the firm forward with a view to open more outlets. Ben and Jamie have ensured procedures are all written down to maximise efficiency among staff and brought in other initiatives to take Solent to the next level. Gleaning plenty of business acumen between them from attending business coaching, the pair’s bright ideas are giving the dealer the best chance possible to expand.
The 2018 AMP Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 7 October, the first evening of the Trade Days show, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.