Ridgeway launches Training Academy


2nd April 2014

For immediate release

Top 20 Motor Retail Group, Ridgeway, who have seen a meteoric growth expanding from just six outlets in 2007 to 32 in 2014 are about to launch their own training and development centre – Ridgeway Academy.

Ridgeway Academy

John O’Hanlon, Ridgeway’s Chief Executive said “We are delighted to be delivering the Ridgeway Academy, and the goals are clear; to aid us working towards our vision of delivering a customer centric culture, operational excellence and be recognised as an employment destination. We know our markets are getting more competitive, and the key way to stay ahead of the competition is to have the best teams available.”

The Ridgeway Academy will be led by experienced training manager, Ashley Wiltshire, and will deliver bespoke and appropriate training for each individual within Ridgeway across modules including Sales Process, Impact Skills, Vehicle Handover, Finance plus a Staff Induction, Managers and After Sales Programmes.

John added “Through the launch of the Ridgeway Academy we will provide our people with the skills that they require in order to be the very best they can be. This enables Ridgeway colleagues to excel in their roles and further develop their careers with us.”

The Ridgeway Academy is based in Cumnor, Oxfordshire and serves 1,200 colleagues across Ridgeway dealers in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex.

Additional information:

Ridgeway’s story has been one of continual growth and expansion and is now ranked as a Top 20 largest Motor Retail Group in the UK and listed as 36th on the latest Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table (2013) of Britain’s leading mid-market private companies. Winner of the Motor Trader “Dealer Group of the Year” 2012.

Ridgeway are a leading new and used passenger car dealer for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Range Rover, Jaguar, MINI, SKODA and smart and also provide new and used vans and trucks from Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Fuso Canter. We also operate six Ridgeway Select prestige multi-brand used car centres and two Paint & Body Repair Centres.

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