Marketing graduate Beth Ward has joined Mill Volvo’s Teesside team to help promote the company’s low-cost fixed-price offering to Teesside SMEs.
The 23-year-old was one of 12 students who were the first to complete Volvo UK’s pilot ‘new to car sales’ programme.
The three-month course focused on specific areas of the automotive industry and incorporated both classroom and practical sessions, culminating with a nationally-recognised qualification from the Independent Motoring Institute (IMI).
Beth’s latest qualification comes after she left Northumbria University last summer with a first class honours degree in business with marketing.
She’s now taken up her new role as Mill Volvo’s SME business specialist.
“I want to develop the local business relationships we have, particularly in the Teesside area,” said Beth.
“I saw this as a great career opportunity. The course itself not only gave me a general insight into the automotive industry, it was also a good opportunity to meet and speak to people from across the dealer network.
“We looked at each department briefly, and looked at the things we’d deal with on a daily basis in more depth.
“It will hopefully act as a springboard for my career with Mill Volvo, and I’m really excited about developing the company’s SME networks.
“Mill Volvo’s main business centre as a whole has been really successful for a good 20 years now. Working nationally with the likes of the NHS and local authorities, the company now wants to take all that experience down to a local level.”
Mill Volvo operations director Jeff Tabb is excited about the new appointment.
“We’re investing more money in young people because we recognise there’s a need in the market locally for this,” he said.
“What we’ve found is that some businesses employ people to look after their fleet of cars. We can act as that advisor to businesses of all sizes and offer advice on tax allowances, life costs of cars, frequency of change etc.
“And Beth is now the go-to point for small and medium sized businesses looking to hire a car or a fleet.”
Mill Volvo, which announced £500,000 investment plans for its Stockton showroom earlier this year, can supply Volvo cars from as little as £162 on the road – to businesses from one to 25 cars as well as to private customers.
• Businesses can now contact Beth Ward by calling 01642 673251, or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org