Lookers plc, one of the UK’s leading motor retailers, has announced that Andy Bruce, CEO, has been recognised as Business Leader of the Year at a major UK industry awards event. The Automotive Management Magazine Awards 2017, staged at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, is widely regarded as one of the most important nights in the industry calendar and is attended by motoring experts and professionals from across the UK.
Joining Lookers PLC 17 years ago, Andy was appointed to the Board in 2002, and subsequently Managing Director of the Motor Division and Chief Operating Office in March 2013 becoming Group Chief Executive in 2014.
In addition, Andy was instrumental in the £87.5m acquisition of North East based motor retailer Benfield in October 2015 and further acquisitions of Drayton Group and Knights which brought BMW and MINI in to the Lookers portfolio. The success of the acquisitions is evidenced through customer loyalty and increased sales.
Accepting the prestigious award on Andy’s behalf, Nigel McMinn, COO, said:
“It’s an honour to accept the Business Leader of the Year award on behalf of our CEO, Andy Bruce. With such strong competition, Andy is delighted to have won such a prestigious award at one of the leading motoring awards. Andy would like to thank his dedicated team, and the panel for presenting him with this award.
“I would also like to thank Andy for his support across all divisions at the Lookers group and being a mentor to me and to many of our colleagues over the years. Andy is a real team person and he will be humbled by this award. At Lookers we aim to deliver a fantastic experience to our customers and also to our staff. This is a tremendous recognition for all of his hard work, and we will now build on the success of this award to deliver even better world class customer service and continually lead the industry as an innovative retailer.”
Lookers also announced that it has been officially certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings. The award comes as Lookers announced a comprehensive package of benefits for their people including one full year’s paid maternity leave, two years critical illness cover and enhanced holiday packages from year one of employment. This award means that Lookers is the only motor retailer to be recognised with the top honour.
Under Andy Bruce’s leadership, Lookers is also recognised as the Motor Trader Dealer Group of the Year, while Andy was named CEO of the Year at the same prestigious event in 2016.