As the £100 million turnover Trade Centre Wales prepares for the April 14th opening of The Trade Centre UK in Wednesbury, the firm’s first car super market outside the Principality, CEO Andy Coulthurst has talked about plans for the business and it’s sister motor finance operation CanCan Car Finance.
Looking ahead to the opening of the 12 acre facility, Andy Coulthurst, chief executive of The Trade Centre Wales, says, “This is an exciting step for The Trade Centre Wales as we expand our geographical footprint into England for the first time. The premises in the West Midlands needs total reconfiguration to suit our concept and customer-centric process, as we invest heavily in creating facilities that optimise the customer experience.”
Coulthurst adds, ‘Our financial services division, including CanCan Car Finance, will relocate to our brand-new facility at Abercynon in December, doubling the capacity ahead of the new site launch. Meanwhile, our Training Academy, also based in Abercynon, is busy preparing for a new round of recruitment and inductions.’
‘At the same time, we are investing £900,000 in retro-fitting Neath and Merthyr ahead of year end. We recruited 85 staff for our Abercynon store opening, with only a handful of the team having any prior motor trade experience, and their performance has been exceptional.’
Coulthurst concludes by saying, ‘We are confident that our first store in the West Midlands will be well received by value-driven car shoppers, and we look forward to the journey of establishing the brands as household names in the region, as we have done so successfully in Wales.’