Automotive learning and development company RTS Group is marking a milestone, 30 years in business, and opening a new office.
The Chippenham-based consultancy and training firm was created in 1989, the same year as the Berlin Wall came down, and has gone from strength to strength, with businesses across Europe, the Middle East, China and South Africa.
Starting out with just four staff, the company now has more than 65 employees, plus around 60 associates, delivering learning face-to-face, online and increasingly via smartphone apps which has led to the growth of a creative digital team. It works primarily in the automotive sector and its clients are well-known manufacturers and brands, such as Mercedes-Benz and Mazda.
To accommodate its expansion the company has just opened a purpose-built, barn-style office – called The Stone House – in the grounds of its headquarters at Notton, near Chippenham, which is home to the expanding creative digital team and a new ‘green screen’ studio.
Mark Smith, Chief Executive of RTS Group, said, “Thirty years in business demonstrates our depth of experience, while the expansion into our new office shows our confidence in our future growth.”
Jess Starley, Operation Director of RTS Groups, added, “The whole team are delighted to have room to expand with the opening of The Stone House and it gives us the additional meeting room space including a new ‘green screen’ studio for our ever increasing volume of digital work.”
RTS Group works with the frontline retail staff of many world leading brands providing product knowledge, sales and service skills and personal and business development programmes. This includes management, sales and customer service staff at dealerships across the UK and increasingly around the world. It has a specialist events team to deliver product launches for clients, along with a sister company – FIMTRAC – which provides finance and insurance sales training to customer facing staff.
Pictured above from left to right: RTS’s Malcolm Miller, Mark Smith, Jess Starley, Alison Noble, Kat Searle and John Brannigan