The team from Swindon-based Mercedes-Benz Dealer Group, Rygor has picked up the winner’s trophy for ‘Showroom of the Year’ category in the recent Commercial Motor Awards.
The award follows “a great 12 months for the Rygor Group,” during which the firm’s owner directors Tim Stacey, Graham Drake and Paul Reed celebrated 10 years of ownership of the business.
Tim Stacey, Rygor managing director, said: “The growth of our business has been substantial over the past 10 years and the launch of our Gloucester branch in late 2016 was a significant part of this growth as it represented a huge investment not only in the business and the Gloucester area but crucially in our fantastic team. Seeing our team get recognised for their commitment and achievements at these awards is an exceptionally proud moment for me and my fellow owner/directors.”
Rygor says that its mission is to be a place “where their team is proud to work, and customers want to come back, time and time again.” Part of achieving this has been implementing a “robust” apprentice programme, to nurture home-grown talent.
As a result, the firm was also shortlisted in the ‘Apprentice of the Year Category.’ Third-year technical apprentice, Thomas Belcher was the focus of the award entry, due to his “exceptional hard work and achievements, both at college and in the workshop.”
Adam Swann, Rygor 24hr technician and one of Thomas’ mentors, said: “Thomas understands the importance of his role and how it affects customers. He’s dedicated to delivering exceptional standards of technical work and proactively offers to do extra tasks off his own back, always keen to learn more and do more for his colleagues. The future is already in Thomas’ sights as he strives to be a 24hr tech and has recently completed his IVR training. These kinds of aspirations are exactly what apprenticeships are all about, being a platform on which to build a lasting and rewarding career.”
Thomas added: “Rygor Swindon is great – I wake up and I am happy to go to work in the morning. Throughout my apprenticeship, I have been treated so well by the team at Rygor, who have given me so many opportunities to learn – the team is really a fountain of knowledge.”