Neil Parrott from Abergavenny and Dean Hill from Bridgend have been promoted this month (August, 2015) and will take up their new roles at our Renault and Dacia dealership in Newport.
In his new position, Neil will be our Brand Manager and will handle the day to day running of the Renault and Dacia brands. Dean has been promoted to Service Manager and will be responsible for taking care of customers’ after sales needs.
Keith Brock, our Managing Director, explained: “We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the promotion of Neil as the Brand Manager and Dean as our Service Manager for our new dealership at Newport Retail Park.
“As a company we promote career progression and people rising through the ranks. We feel it is vital to recognise and nurture our employees’ skills. Our dedication to our staff has created a supportive and collaborative environment and many of our employees have been with us for over ten years, starting in junior roles and progressing to senior level.
From left to right: Neil Parrott, Brand Manager at Wessex Garages’ new Renault and Dacia dealership. Dean Hill, Service Manager at Wessex Garages’ new Renault and Dacia dealership.
“Neil has worked at the Newport site for 10 years before we moved in and has been a part of the Wessex team for two years as our Used Car Manager. He has been in the motor trade since 1987 so has a wealth of knowledge and will be a real asset to the new team.
“Dean has a great deal of experience working with the Renault brand after having been in Aftersales for four years at a Renault dealership in Bridgend.
“He also previously worked for another leading vehicle company in Bridgend when it held a Renault service contact for four years. With his prior Renault knowledge Dean will be a fantastic addition to the team at our new dealership."
The expanding car company will open a purpose-built 3,831 square foot Renault and Dacia showroom on August 26 alongside its current Kia, Fiat and Hyundai ones at Newport Retail Park.
Neil said: “I'm very excited to be welcoming Renault back to Newport after such a long absence from the city, but with the added excitement of the Dacia franchise as well, and the fact that they have chosen Wessex Garages to be their partner of choice to represent their brands at Newport.
“Up until now all Renault/Dacia owners living in the Monmouthshire/Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent areas have had to make time consuming trips to either Bristol, Hereford or Cardiff for either after sales care or sales help and advice and now everything can be catered for under one roof at the purpose built dealership at Newport."
Dean has worked in the motor trade for 26 years and has been part of the Wessex Garages' family for 14 months, starting as a Parts Manager at its Penarth Road dealership in Cardiff.
The 46-year-old explained: “Renault is a strong brand with an excellent range of models covering all market sectors, including electric vehicles and Dacia is a well-priced high quality brand that allows Renault to cover all the market sectors.
“It is such an exciting venture to be involved with and I can't wait to apply my experience to the new dealership."
Wessex Garages will stock Renault and Dacia's full range of cars from superminis, hatchbacks to urban crossovers as well as Renault's electric vehicles, such as the Renault ZOE, Twizy and Kangoo Z.E bringing customers the comprehensive range of new vehicles .
The dealership will also have a new electric charge point enhancing the M4 corridor for electric charging.