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  • Ford Transit Courier named ‘Whatvan’ Van of the Year 2015

     

    The Ford Transit Courier kicked off 2015 in style as the popular van picked up the Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year and 2015 Small Van of the Year Awards.

    Considered a leading authority within the industry, in describing the Courier Whatvan? commented, “The Transit Courier is basically the complete package.  Admittedly slightly more expensive than the Citroen,Fiat or Peugeot competition, that price difference is made  up in terms of running costs and future residual value, and the Courier’s efficiency, interior quality, style and practicality makes it a worthy Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year.”

    A favourite amongst Ringways commercial customers too, the Ford Transit Courier is perfectly suited to fulfil the demands required of a modern day van.  Compact, nippy and easy to drive, yet with the loadspace and features of a much larger van, the Courier’s efficient size means it can navigate city streets with ease, while its sophisticated technology, like standard ABS with ESP, and exceptional 2.3 cu.m loadspace give the driver the confidence to handle even the largest of jobs.

    Ringways Commercial Manager Mike Haley said, “It comes as no surprise to see the Ford Transit Courier win the Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year Award.   The Courier is a cracking little van that has proved very popular amongst our Ringways Commercial customers.  With a 1620mm load floor length, a loadspace big enough to handle cargo up to 2.6m in length and Ford’s innovative light commercial vehicle interior, it’s easy to see why.”

    For more information about the Ford Transit Courier or to see the Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year for yourself visit the Ringways Commercial Showroom on Whitehall Rd (LS12 5NL) in Leeds or contact the Ringways Customer Care Team on 0113 2634222.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ringways Ross raising money for Cash for Kids as he and fiancé Lindsey compete in Radio Aire’s ‘Win Your Wedding’ 2015

     

    February 2015 promises to be a hectic month for Ringways employee Ross Cunningham as the KIA Service Manager teams with fiancé Lindsey Paterson for the chance to win a dream wedding worth over £28,000.

    Competing in Radio Aire’s ‘Win Your Wedding’ 2015 competition in association with Bewleys Hotels, the couple will go head to head with four other couples in raising funds for Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity, with the couple who raises the most by noon on Sunday 22nd February 2015 going on to win the dream prize.

    Radio Aire’s Charity Manager Lisa Sullivan commented, “We are really proud of all of the 5 finalists for our Win Your Wedding competition, all of them showed great enthusiasm and some wonderful fundraising ideas. They are all very keen to raise as much monies as possible for Cash for Kids which will help local sick and deprived children. It’s great to hear their stories of how they met and what they have planned to raise as much money as possible and the lucky couple who raise the most will win the wonderful wedding package worth over £28,000.”

    With competition for the top prize expected to be fierce Ross and Lindsey are pulling out all the fundraising stops as they seek to secure their dream wedding day.

    Ross said, “It’s a great honour just to have made it through to the final five couples of this year’s competition but now that we’re here, we’re in it to win it!  From volunteer bag packing at supermarkets to raffles to race nights, we’re aiming to do something each and every day until the deadline passes at noon on the 22nd.”

    Having been inspired to enter the competition following a suggestion from Ringways Group After Sales Director Andrew O’Donnell, Ross is keen to enlist as much support as possible from the Ringways family.

    Ross commented, “As evidenced by the fantastic support shown for last year’s Mission Christmas campaign, the Ringways family has a great tradition of rallying round to support a worthy cause so we’re hoping that that tradition will continue with us this time.  With every penny raised going towards supporting Leeds and West Yorkshire’s neediest children we hope people will dig deep to help push us towards our dream wedding day.”

    Those interested will be able to follow all of Ross and Lindsey’s fund raising efforts through the Ringways Facebook page with details of how to support their efforts already posted.

     

     

  • David Dawson celebrates 40 years with Ringways

     
     
    Ringways employee David Dawson made history in December 2014 as he became the first Ringways Motor Group employee to celebrate 40 years of continuous service with the company.
    Born and raised only 10 minutes away from Ringways Whitehall Road dealership in Leeds, David has become an integral part of the Ringways Parts department, starting his role as a Goods Inwards Controller on 16th December 1974.
    Affectionately known by his colleagues as ‘Dogger’ due to his uncanny knack of instantly ‘sniffing out’ the location of required parts, David has seen notable changes to both the company and the industry during his four decades of service.
    Dawson said, “The industry has changed so much over the years. With the influx of new technologies the choices available to customers are now unparalleled. Whilst every era of cars has had its quality cars, the difference is that nowadays it’s extremely difficult to find a bad vehicle. The standard across the board is just so much higher than it was when I first started.”
    As for Ringways, Dawson commented, “It’s amazing how quickly time can fly when you enjoy what you’re doing. It only seems like yesterday when I was having my picture taken with Mr Boocock, Mr Roberts Snr and Mr Innes to celebrate 25 years of service at Ringways. We were all based on one site on Whitehall Road with a petrol station, showroom and a huge parts warehouse. Now Ringways have got two showrooms, dedicated service and accident repair centre locations as well as a host of new faces. It really is remarkable when you sit and think about it.”
    A popular colleague and trusted employee Dawson acknowledges that while many things have changed during his time, one thing has always remained the same, the quality of the people he works with.
    Dawson said, “The biggest asset Ringways has is the quality of people working for them. It’s been the same since I first started and they do a great job of maintaining that quality when bringing in someone new.”
    Ringways Parts Manager Robin Davies is Dawson’s current boss and is quick to acknowledge the integral role that Dawson plays within his department.
    Davies said, “Nowadays it’s become a bit of a cliché to say how valuable someone is on special occasions like this but in David’s case it’s definitely deserved. David is, and always has been, a great asset to both the department and the company. He’s as dependable as they come, always gives every task his all and a genuine expert in his field. He deserves all the recognition and thanks coming his way.”
    To mark Dawson’s 40th Anniversary Ringways Directors Stephen Russell, Guy Roberts and Andy O’Donnell presented him with a special gift before posing for a photo.
    Commenting on Dawson’s achievement Ringways Group Managing Director Stephen Russell commented, “It’s a genuine pleasure to be here today to thank David for his 40 years of service to Ringways. To amass four decades with one company is a remarkable achievement. Fingers crossed David has many more years with us ahead of him, Ringways just wouldn’t be the same without him.”
     
     
     
        
     
     
  • Ringways Wins 2014 Ford Medium Bodyshop of the Year Award


     

    Setting the Standard, the Ringways Way
    The Ringways Motor Group are proud to announce that for the first time in its history, the Ringways Body Shop, located in the Elland Road Industrial Estate in Leeds, has won the 2014 national Ford Accident Repair Centre Medium Bodyshop of the Year Award.
    Announced at the Ford Impact Conference and Excellence Awards at the end of October, the Leeds based Ford Accident Repair Centre was awarded the prestigious title by the Ford Collision Team based on the Performance metrics, progressive planning and excellent operation of the Ford Accident Repair Centre.
    Ford Accident Repair Programme Project Manager Dave Reece said of Ringways success, “I have known Geoff for many years and his development of the Ringways Ford Accident Repair Centre into one of the leading accident repair centres in the Ford network is testament to his professionalism and leadership and also the great support from his team.”
    For Ringways Group Bodyshop Manager Geoff Ellis, the award is the culmination of a four year journey that has seen a complete overhaul of the Ringways Ford Accident Repair Centre service.
    Ellis commented, “Receiving this award on behalf of the Ford Accident Repair Centre team fills me with pride. I’ve long held the belief that the changes we’ve made over recent years have left us with a set up and team that is second to none. This recognition reinforces those beliefs and just indicates what an incredible team we actually do have.”
    With over 40 years of personal experience within the industry, Ellis heads an 11 person Ford Accident Repair Centre team that has amassed an incredible 258 years’ worth of industry experience.
    Ringways Group Managing Director Stephen Russell said, “I can’t give enough credit to Geoff and his Ford Accident Repair Centre Team for the fantastic job they do. We are absolutely delighted to have been given this award and so proud of the contributions the Ford Accident Repair Centre continue to make to our business.”
    For more information about the Ringways Ford Accident Repair Centre Service please visit www.ringways.co.uk/body-shop or to book an appointment call 0113 3997310.

     

     

     

  • Driving 'Mission Christmas' forward the Ringways way

     

     

     

    Leeds dealership to act as official drop off point for Leeds Children’s Christmas Charity Campaign

     

    The Ringways Motor Group are proud to announce that as part of this year’s Radio Aire Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign, Ringways Whitehall Road dealership, Leeds will act as one of the official ‘drop off points’ for donated gifts.

    Launching on Monday 17th November, Mission Christmas is an annual campaign that provides Christmas presents for children living in poverty throughout the Leeds region that may otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.

    Ringways Group Managing Director Stephen Russell said, “Giving something back to the local community is one of the founding principles Ringways was built on when we first started trading over sixty years ago, so we’re delighted to be able to continue that tradition through our support of this year’s Mission Christmas campaign.”

    Russell added, “There are parts of our city where the level of children living in poverty has reached staggering proportions.  For example, within the Leeds Central parliamentary constituency the latest figures show that 39% of the children living in that area are classed as living in poverty, meaning that the area is actually one of the twenty worst affected areas in the country.  So as you can see, it’s a very worthy cause that has a real and profound impact upon so many children living in Leeds.”

    In addition to acting as an official drop off point for the campaign Ringways have also donated the use of 2 Ford Transit Vans from their Commercial Department to aid with the collection and distribution of all donated gifts.

    Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids Charity Manager Lisa Sullivan commented, “Mission Christmas is our flagship campaign and makes a massive difference to the lives of so many deprived children living in Leeds and West Yorkshire.  We are so thankful to Ringways for very generously donating the use of 2 Ford Transit Vans to help co-ordinate our efforts and of course for acting as one of our official drop off points too.”

    Hopes are high that this year’s campaign will exceed the record setting results from 2013 where Mission Christmas ultimately delivered over £800,000’s worth of donated gifts to over 15,000 worthy local children.

    Sullivan added, “We quite simply couldn’t do this campaign without the extraordinary generosity of local businesses, the general public and our Radio Aire and Magic 828 listeners. We are extremely grateful to each and every person who donates and would like to encourage anyone who’s donated in the past to once again show their support. It’s so easy to get involved, all we’re asking is for people to buy  just one extra gift for a child that would otherwise go without and to then drop it off at one of our many drop off points across the region including Crown Point, Ison Harrison and Ringways.”

    Lisa Nuttall, Senior Marketing Manager at Crownpoint Shopping Park said “We are delighted to be supporting Mission Christmas again this year and ask everyone in Leeds and West Yorkshire to either buy an extra gift or donate to Cash for Kids. Together we can make every local child smile this Christmas.”

    For more information about the Radio Aire Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign or to find out how you can get involved please visit www.radioaire.co.uk/mission-christmas or contact Ringways Leeds dealership on 0113 2634222.