Mayor marks official launch of MVS Blandford
WHEN Seward ceased trading from the Blandford Heights Industrial Estate in February this year, Tony Vincent and Dan Hurst, with between them decades of experience in the motor trade, lost their jobs.
But the pair weren't unemployed for long. They bought up equipment from Seward, and embarked on a small business training course which they sourced through Blandford Jobcentre with The Way Ahead Training and Consultancy Ltd.
Within four months, they had opened up their own business, MVS (Motor Vehicle Services) on the Sunrise Business Park.
Tony joined James & Keats straight from school as an apprentice and progressed to service manager at Seward Blandford. Dan worked for eight years with the AA and another eight years with Seward. Both are Vauxhall Gold technicians and approved repairer to the South West Ambulance Service.
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They are well-known throughout the area for their customer service and problem solving capabilities, and welcome all makes and models at the Sunrise workshop, including customers of the Lanehouse Group.
The new business is a real family affair, with Tony's wife Anna working part-time on the accounts side, his father Brian also working part-time, and his niece Harriet Goddard in the office.
Over the summer they have also had the assistance of Tony's daughter, Jazmin, a pupil at the Dunbury School. They are now in the process of recruiting an apprentice.
Last week they invited the Mayor of Blandford, Sara Loch, to perform the official opening ceremony at the unit in the north-west corner of the trading estate, from where they are already looking to expand.
Tony Vincent said: "Since we opened at the beginning of June, it's been absolutely manic. We brought the old Seward customers with us, including Blandford Town Council and ambulance service. We can offer them a really personal service, and I think to a large extent it wasn't the company but the people within it who made the business."