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IN 2014 John Mul­hol­land Mo­tors proudly won the UK Skoda Re­tailer of the Year award and in do­ing so be­came the first Skoda re­tailer out­side main­land UK to scoop the top prize. Any thoughts of this achieve­ment be­ing a one-off were cast aside this week as the Ran­dal­stown-based dealer landed the top hon­our once again.

Speak­ing at the awards cer­e­mony in Bu­dapest John re­marked: “I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have won the UK’S Skoda Re­tailer of the Year for the sec­ond time.

“We are the only Skoda re­tailer to have ever brought the award to this side of the pond so to do it twice is an even big­ger achieve­ment.

“I can­not ex­press how proud I am of our amaz­ing staff, who were all part of this ma­jor achieve­ment with their hard work and de­vo­tion to the job. All credit must go to our loyal cus­tomers who keep re­turn­ing time and time again.”

Skoda UK is the fourth largest global im­porter of new Skoda ve­hi­cles next to China, Ger­many and the Czech Repub­lic so to be voted the num­ber 1 Skoda re­tailer in what is the fourth largest re- gion glob­ally is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

More­over, when you con­sider North­ern Ire­land’s com­para- tively tiny pop­u­la­tion it could be said that John Mul­hol­land Mo­tors are putting them­selves and Ran­dal­stown on the world eco­nomic stage.

John Mul­hol­land Mo­tors had to fend off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from 126 other UK Skoda re­tail­ers to clinch the ti­tle, so what’s the se­cret to their suc­cess?

“Fam­ily” John tells us. “We are a close fam­ily run busi­ness and we treat our staff and our cus­tomers like fam­ily too. And be­ing fam­ily means we look af­ter each other.”

“Cus­tomers are our life blood,” John con­tin­ues. “With­out cus­tomers we don’t have a busi­ness so we work hard to pro­vide value, choice and ser­vice in a friendly and pro­fes­sional man­ner. By do­ing this, long last­ing re­la­tion­ships are formed and why we en­joy wel­com­ing the same cus­tomers back again and again.”

John was awarded the prize at a glitzy cer­e­mony in Bu­dapest by the Di­rec­tor of Skoda UK Dun­can Mo­vas­saghi who added: “To achieve the ti­tle of Skoda Re­tailer of the Year you have to be out­stand­ing in all ar­eas of the busi­ness. John Mul­hol­land Mo­tors have proven their abil­i­ties across the board, not least in their ex­em­plary cus­tomer ser­vice stan­dards, so I was de­lighted to be hand­ing John the tro­phy again this year and wish him and his team even fur­ther suc­cess in 2017.”

John ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Ali­cia, trav­elled to the Czech Skoda fac­tory in Tener­ife where they were of­fi­cially recog­nised as the num­ber 1 Skoda re­tailer in the UK.

So what’s next for John Mul­hol­land Skoda? “Com­pla­cency is not in our vo­cab­u­lary” John ex­plains. “We may be top of the pile to­day but to­mor­row we raise the bar and start again. The Skoda brand con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength and this year we wel­come the all new Ko­diaq to the range, Skoda’s first 7 seat 4x4 which has al­ready won What Car of the Year 2017 for best large SUV while giv­ing lux­ury brands such as Land Rover and Audi a run for their money.

“In ad­di­tion we have up­dates to the Oc­tavia, Cit­igo and Rapid with Sport­line and VRS de­riv­a­tives com­ing too. We’ll cel­e­brate our win and look for­ward to an­other great year, here’s to 2017.”

To find out what makes the team so spe­cial at John Mul­hol­land Mo­tors Ran­dal­stown and Camp­sie we in­vite you to call in, re­lax, have a cuppa and dis­cuss any of your mo­tor­ing needs with our multi-award-win­ning staff.

John re­ceiv­ing his award from Jaroslav Hercog, right, (Head of Sales - Cen­tral and Eastern Europe at Skoda Auto) along with John’s wife Ali­cia Mul­hol­land, left

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