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MINI kicks off 2020 celebrating retailer talent
20.01.2020 Press Kit
Looking back on a year of 60th anniversary celebrations and with an electric year to come, MINI has kicked off 2020 with the MINI Retailer Awards.
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Recognising talent across its 131-strong retail network, the awards celebrate the achievements of those providing an industry-leading experience for MINI customers across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The coveted ‘Retailer of the Year’ award for 2019 was awarded for the second consecutive year to Cotswold Cheltenham, who demonstrated success across 13 key areas, including new car sales, used car sales, profitability and customer satisfaction. Other categories and their winners included Stratstone Harrogate for Retail Sales, MINI Park Lane for Electric Performance and Lancaster Group for Corporate Sales.
Speaking at the awards, David George, Director, MINI UK, said: “In 2019, MINI retailers embodied the brand’s optimistic spirit, defying market conditions and working tirelessly to maintain the record 2.8 per cent market share set in the previous year. It’s fantastic to recognise and reward this unwavering dedication as the brand and retail partners enter the exciting year ahead with the new MINI Electric.”
Andrew Hulcoop, Managing Director, Cotswold Cheltenham said: “Winning the award last year was a great achievement, but to win it again for the second year in succession is just amazing. This is brilliant recognition for the MINI team and fully reflects their passion for the brand, coupled with their determination for success and focus on delighting the customer. Winning this award is only possible thanks to the full commitment of all the team and the support of our customers. I am immensely proud of Cotswold Cheltenham MINI.”
In 2019, MINI UK not only held its record market share, but MINI Countryman saw an 18.1 per cent increase in sales, from 14,607 vehicles in 2018 to 17,248 in 2019. This was largely due to strong customer demand for the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, which saw a 64 per cent increase in sales. 2020 will see the first customer deliveries of the new MINI Electric, the brand’s first fully battery electric vehicle, and the MINI John Cooper Works GP, the fastest and most powerful road-ready MINI ever.
With a nod towards the new MINI Electric, this year’s awards were held at Exhibition London, an old electricity generating station for the Central London Railways. MINI UK also partnered with Hard Rock Hotel, London, where David Bowie’s classic chrome-plated Mini is displayed among the hotel’s existing rock memorabilia.
Retailer of the Year
MINI Park Lane
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Dick Lovett Group
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