THE boss of the region’s fastest-growing motor dealership chain has won international recognition.
Robert Forrester, chief executive officer of Gateshead-based Vertu Motors, has been given the Dale Carnegie Training Leadership Award, which recognises outstanding leadership and innovation in the field of human resources and training.
The award is decided by the Board of Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc based in New York and has only been presented to a UK business leader twice in the last six years.
Dale Carnegie Training, which works in 80 countries, provides programmes which include giving people in business the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their performance in order to build positive, steady, and profitable results.
The company has worked with Vertu Motors for the last four years, supporting Vertu’s training and development strategy for senior personnel, delivering leadership and management development.
Robert Forrester said: “At Vertu Motors we’ve been working with Dale Carnegie for a number of years, in order to ensure that we build the right culture within our fast-growing group.
“Together we develop and deliver training programmes that enable our managers to deliver outstanding results.
“I’m delighted to be receiving this leadership award on behalf of the group from Dale Carnegie – an organisation I very much admire and which shares many of the same principles and values as Vertu Motors.”
Juliette Dennett, managing director of Dale Carnegie Northern England, said: “This year has been a momentous one for Dale Carnegie as we celebrate our centenary.
“We wanted to celebrate the success of Vertu Motors by presenting Robert with the award, which is for outstanding business leaders where exceptional results have been achieved through exemplary leadership.”
The six-year-old firm has grown swiftly to become the seventh biggest motor dealer in the UK. The company, which is on the Alternative Investment Market, was formed to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses and made its first acquisition of 32 dealerships from Bristol Street Motors in February 2007.
Its acquisitive policy helped it to push up revenues by almost 9% to £1.09bn, topping the £1bn for the first time, in the year to the end of this February. Pre-tax profits rose 3.8% to £5.5m