Wednesday, January 21, 2015

News: Treeton Auto Services on the move

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An enterprising Rotherham mechanic has worked flat out to relocate his dream business to larger premises to cope with growing demand for his services.

Dave Geldard formed Treeton Auto services eight years ago, and after securing new premises for his business at Canklow Meadows Industrial Estate in December, put Christmas on hold to renovate the new site, assisted by his wife Jeanette and two daughters in a bid to get the garage ready to open at its new site in the first week of January.

Dave began his career the day after leaving school, securing an apprenticeship with A TVR sports cars dealer in Harrogate, subsequently moving onto a Peugeot main dealer in Leeds where he became a Master Technician, before embarking on a career with the AA, where he was named as Regional Patrol of the year and progressed rapidly through the ranks to become an area manager.

His career took an unexpected turn, when just days after returning from his honeymoon, he discovered that his position with the AA was being made redundant. A short spell working with the RAC followed, however, Dave became increasingly disillusioned with the quality of repairs and levels of service he witnessed from garages throughout the UK and set about making plans to launch his own garage.

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Since launching Treeton Auto Services in 2008, Dave has secured a 100% quality rating for his services through the Government-backed motor industry body, Motor Codes – the only Rotherham garage, and one of just three across South Yorkshire to have attained a perfect record for the services delivered.

After receiving the keys to the building, Dave and his family set about transforming the empty shell, with all members of his family painting, decorating, building and cleaning Dave's dream garage which includes three service bays and he plans to introduce a new MOT station later this year.

Dave Geldard, owner of Treeton Auto Services, said: "When I told my wife and children that we were going spend to quality time together this Christmas, I think the last thing they expected was painting and decorating the new garage! The support they have given to me has been amazing and we were able to open the doors at the garage for the first time at the beginning of January.

"During my years working in roadside recovery, when cars couldn't be fixed at the roadside, I often had to recover the vehicles and deliver them to nearby garages to allow them to be repaired. I was often left underwhelmed, particularly when it came to the levels of customer service I witnessed and so decided to start my own business.

"We've come a long way over the past eight years. When I first started there was just me, but now Treeton Auto Services currently employs four full-time members of staff and following our relocation, we are looking to recruit additional members to the team.

"Relocating any business can be a challenging, but so far we've received a lot of positive feedback from our customers and we're excited to see what this year has to offer. I am extremely proud of how far this business has come and I believe it can only grow stronger."

To celebrate the re-opening of his business, Dave invited his first customer, Colin Gibson to help carry out the official opening.

Treeton Auto Services website

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