An award-winning car dealership in the North East is continuing to expand after implementing a second recruitment drive this year – and strengthening its team with eight new appointments.

Family-run Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd, on Newcastle Road in South Shields provides a broad spectrum of vehicles for sale, rent and short-term hire as well as fleet management services, servicing and MOTs. The firm’s portfolio also includes a specialist Motability division, Vic Young Mobility and Vic Young Conversions which develops unique conversions for specialist vehicles.

The firm has made nine appointments across a number of departments including rental, bodybuilding, servicing, workshop and digital marketing.

Paul Rooney has joined as Hire and Account Manager for the rental department. Overseeing the day to day running of the department and the hire of vehicles, Paul is also responsible for managing accounts and generating new business. Prior to joining Vic Young, Paul worked as branch manager for a leading car hire company.

Paul said: “Working as a manager for Vic is a breath of fresh air, as he has given me the freedom to fully control all aspects of my role, from workload, to targeting specific accounts and new avenues of business. There are many benefits for working at Vic Young, however the experience and knowledge within the staffing base is key for my personal development.”

Laura Mitchell-Hall has been appointed as Digital Marketing Coordinator to manage the firm’s digital marketing. Laura will be responsible for promoting the firm’s digital presence across a number of platforms with a goal of driving lead conversions, engagement and revenue.

Vic Young Team Expands

Laura, who previously worked for a digital web agency, added: “My role was created due to a need to increase our digital marketing presence. Although I have only been here a short time, the first thing that struck me is that there is a real team spirit - everyone has been great helping me to settle in.”

Caron Warby has been appointed Conversions Coordinator to support the firm’s conversion department. Focused on providing aftersales care and liaising with dealerships, this is a new role to support with sales and business growth.

Caron said: “I really liked that it’s a family run business, it shows support, trust and stability. Anyone I spoke to about the role advised me that it was a really good place to work.”

Samuel Herd, Steven Gray, James Reay and Shaun Thorburn have also joined the Vic Young team as mechanics, while Harry Dugdale has been appointed to the bodybuilding team.

Managing director Vic Young, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the motor trade, said: “2016 has been a fantastic year for the company - we have continued to drive growth across all departments which has led to the creation of jobs.

“At Vic Young, we are not just a car dealership, we also have a mobility division and develop unique conversions for specialist vehicles, working with companies across the UK. So to have another strong recruitment drive reinforces our position as a leader in the industry as we now employ over 80 people.”

Over the last four decades, Vic Young has been a champion of the local community in South Tyneside and the wider North East, and has supported a number of businesses, charities and private individuals. This commitment to the region was recognised at the North East Business Awards 2016 grand final where the firm was awarded the Heart of the Community trophy.