East Midlands-based Renault Trucks Dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), has promoted two of its longest-serving employees into brand new roles as Group Managers, as part of its strategic growth plan.
With a head office in Nottingham, RHCV has three additional sites in Leicester, Alfreton and Northampton and specialises in sales, parts and servicing for heavy and light commercial vehicles.
James Daykin and Steve Astill, who both joined the RHCV team in 2006, previously headed up the Nottingham and Leicester RHCV dealerships, but following a significant period of growth for the company, Steve was promoted to Group Aftermarket Manager and James to Group Parts Manager.
Steve first started as a Parts Advisor in Nottingham but transferred when the dealer opened in Leicester in 2010, and was instrumental in growing the site. After moving back to Nottingham in 2015, Steve increased the revenue of the site significantly, while managing to reduce costs as Nottingham’s Dealer Point Manager.
James also began working at RHCV’s Nottingham site as a Parts Apprentice, before he was promoted to Dealer Point Manager for the Leicester site in 2015. It was during this time, that James managed the site and team though a tremendous period of growth, increasing revenue by 50% on the previous year.
In their new roles, both James and Steve will oversee the aftermarket department across all of RHCV’s sites. The duo will work closely with the Dealer Point Managers at all four sites, supporting customer and supplier relationships, while enabling growth and expansion plans.
James said: “My new role as Group Parts Manager will see me working closely with Steve, while also being responsible for all aspects of the parts business. Our first challenge will be to bring all four sites together, to ensure consistency across the group.”
Steve added: “It’s a challenging role, with plenty of variation and problems to solve. My responsibilities will include overseeing all warranty and contract management for the group, health and safety and compliance, group sales and revenue, as well as HR and group training. I am excited to get fully stuck into the role now.”
Nigel Baxter, Manging Director at RHCV added: “RHCV has gone from strength to strength in the last year, and the promotion of Steve and James will ensure we are pushing ahead with our ambitious growth plans in 2019.
“James and Steve have worked for 12 years each at RHCV and their experience and dedication to the role will ensure that we continue to drive sales and meet customer demand efficiently.”