Wincheap car firm steps on accelerator to create jobs
THE winner of a business competition backed by the Prime Minister is to open a new premises in Wincheap.
Graham Gent beat an "immensely strong" field of candidates to become Kent Regional News and Media's Local Business Accelerator for 2012.
Now Mr Gent is set to expand the MOT-A-CAR business's present premises in Sittingbourne to a new centre at Canterbury with the likelihood of two more jobs.
The 36-year-old says that his business is built on customer service at its heart and aims to give his new customers the same as his Sittingourne clientele have been used to.
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He added: "If you do not provide the customer service, you can expect to lose customers."
Revamped waiting facilities, a free drinks machine, newspapers and magazines and a free collection and delivery service are all elements to keeping the customers returning.
Mr Gent, who is married to Claire and has two sons, Alexander, 15, and Daniel, nine, will be providing up to eight jobs between the two centres.
Winning the Local Business Accelerator title meant a welcome profile boost for MOT-A-CAR.
He added: "There is no doubt that a lot of people saw the coverage and it has helped to attract customers."
One of the prizes in the regional finals was a 13-week advertising campaign, which MOT-A-CAR is using to promote its new premises in Wincheap.
The Local Business Accelerators scheme is a joint initiative between the Newspaper Society and the regional press to try and give a boost to a local business.
The scheme was backed by David Cameron.
Mr Gent's mentor was the KRNM judge Trevor Ballard of Remland Carpets in Folkestone.
Mr Ballard said: "The field of entrants was immensely strong last year and Graham was a worthy winner. I am absolutely delighted to hear that he is expanding his business."