Southend Audi named Best UK Dealership To Work For

14 Posted: 14th Nov 2017
Southend Audi named Best UK Dealership To Work For
  • Southend Audi in Essex, part of Group 1 Automotive, has been named one of the UK’s Best Dealerships To Work For in a new programme launched by Automotive Management, the UK’s leading automotive retail business publication.

    More than 40 dealerships participated in the inaugural programme with 15 companies honoured as a Best Dealership To Work For. The programme surveyed more than 1,500 employees, making it the latest of its type dedicated to the car retail sector.

    Best Dealerships is a celebration of elite employers in the automotive franchised dealer industry who have proven that they know what it takes to create an environment where people love to come to work. The aim of programme is to raise the bar among industry employers, creating excellence and employee engagement that will attract talented people for years to come.

  • Southend Audi was recognised for providing an outstanding workplace environment that engages its staff and allows them to flourish. The company is committed to ensuring its employees are motivated and happy through a range of benefits, and promotes a positive workplace culture through:

    • Understanding that real improvement starts with a commitment from the top.
    • Defining their corporate values and living by them.
    • Hiring for team and cultural fit.
    • Evaluating productivity versus time served.
    • Embracing flexibility.
    • Hiring and promoting leaders who love what they do.
    • Placing trust and respect at the centre of all relationships.

    Southend Audi also gives its staff anniversary lunches, an employee of the month scheme and length of service awards. In addition, every employee has a bonus element within their pay plan which is measured and rewarded on individual and team performance dependant on their job role.

  • Talking of the award, Head of Business Bill Latimer said: "Being recognised as a winner of the Best UK Dealerships To Work For 2017 is a fantastic accomplishment for Southend Audi. It is testament to the hard work both our Management team and employees have put in to create a positive ethos and culture within the business. This is an incredibly proud moment for both myself and the team, and it could not have been achieved without us all working together."

  • Automotive Management partnered with Best Companies Group (BCG) to produce the 2017 Best UK Dealerships To Work For programme.

    BCG, a global workplace research business which runs similar programmes in other industries, used employee and employer surveys to assess dealers’ performance in key areas such as leadership and planning, culture and communications, employee satisfaction, pay and benefits, training and development, working environment and manager relationships.

    With the average national engagement standing at 42% (according to global consulting firm BlessingWhite), the 15 Best UK Dealerships to Work For achieved a staggering 92%.

    AM editor-in-chief Stephen Briers said: “Employee engagement is an essential ingredient for a successful business. No company, large or small, can win over the long run without a workforce that is motivated and energised, and which understands and believes in the company’s mission. All of our Best Dealerships have achieved this.”


    For more information about Southend Audi please contact us on 01268 740988, or if you are interested in a career at Group 1 Automotive take a look at our recruitment page by clicking the link below.

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