Quality to drive success

By Anita Jaynes on December 12, 2013

New business holds official launch reception and announces support for the NSPCC

A passion for cars is driving businessmen James Currant and John Lyddy who have officially launched their new company based on the Box Road, Bathford on the Somerset / Wiltshire border.

The duo, who have more than 70 years of motor trade experience between them, have founded Minerva Sports and Prestige which specialises in the premium used car market in Bath and West Wiltshire.

Top of their agenda is old fashioned customer service where they pledge that if they cannot find the exact car wanted when someone walks in the door, given a little time, they will find the right one.

John, 54, a father-of-two who was born and bred in Bradford-on-Avon, said: “Everything we do is aimed at providing a quality service whether it is when someone buys a car or uses the service department.

“We have the latest diagnostic equipment and we have the facilities to care for all types of cars.

Already we have seen people travelling to buy vehicles from as far afield as South Wales and Devon, and even Scotland.

In business financial success comes from having satisfied customers there’s nothing simpler than that.”

James, 52, a father of two from Bathford, added: “I still have the same passion and love for cars as I did when I left school at 16 and hope that I share that with our customers.”

The joint managing directors also praised the support they receive from John’s wife Sarah and James’ wife Paula, who they say are a vital part of the business’ team.

Businesses from across West Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset attended the official launch organised by Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy at the showroom which was also used to announce the company’s support for the NSPCC.

Donna Statham, Local NSPCC Fundraising manager said “We want to thank Jim and John and their team from Minerva Sports & Prestige for choosing the NSPCC and Childline as their Charity. Their support will help us with our new ChildLine schools  service. This new service will enable us to go into schools and give presentations to children and the opportunity for us to make children aware of problems they may be facing. All monies raised locally will be used to help local children in Wiltshire”.

John said: “We want to give something back and having worked with the NSPCC previously, we have seen the difference this charity makes to people’s lives.”

Stefan Barbaruk, manager from Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce who attended the launch reception, said: “Starting a new business can be a difficult decision for anyone, but James and John have put a great deal of thought and effort into this new venture and we wish them all the very best for the future.”

To find out more about Minerva Bath visit: www.minervabath.co.uk