A team from Vantage Motor Group is taking part in the Prince’s Trust Million Makers challenge, a national competition where teams of employees collectively raise over £1 million for the charity.
The team of ten is made up of employees from across the car retailer’s locations and business functions. ‘Team Vantage’ will aim to raise £10,000 profit in six months after presenting its business plan in a Dragons’ Den- style pitch and successfully securing £1,500 of seed funding.
The team plans to design and market umbrellas, and travel mugs, a Vantage team tour around its 25 dealerships, and various other fundraising initiatives including a Christmas raffle and individual centre challenges.
Vantage Managing Director Mark Robinson, who recently joined The Trust’s Regional Development Committee for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “I’m very proud of our business’ Patronage of The Trust and our involvement in the Million Makers competition is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives we have planned which will go towards helping disadvantaged young people improve their life-chances.
“Team Vantage pitched a compelling business plan with confidence and commitment, demonstrating sound commercial acumen throughout, even during the rather challenging dragon-style questioning around the financials! The real work starts now though as the team begins to turn its business plan into a reality. It will be a test of time management, project planning, communication and leadership for those involved and I look forward to watching and supporting them in their endeavours over the next six months.”
Vantage Motor Group was founded in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in 2003. The Group now has over 650 employees at 25 dealerships across Northern England and the West Midlands representing Toyota, Kia, Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, ŠKODA, Mazda and Lexus.