Leicestershire based car retailer wins Luxury Goods Family Business of the Year 2015

Following a great evening at The May Fair Hotel in the heart of London, Family Business United is delighted to announce that Sturgess Motor Group were winners of the 2015 Luxury Goods Family Business of the Year Awards.

The Family Business of the Year Awards were established three years ago to celebrate the contribution that family businesses make to the UK economy. With over 3 million family firms in the UK, the awards, organised by Family Business United, really help to put family businesses on the map, celebrating their achievements and recognising the diversity of the sector at the same time.

Over 200 family businesses were nominated and shortlists produced in 8 different industry sectors and 7 regions. Sturgess Motor Group took the title in the category of Luxury Goods, for their representation of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

The Sturgess Motor Group has a long established history as a leading car retailer in Leicestershire. The company was originally founded in 1897 by Walter E. Sturgess when he set up a small shop in the West End of Leicester manufacturing, selling and servicing bicycles under the name of W.E. Sturgess & Sons. They have proudly held the franchises of Jaguar and Land Rover both since the late 1940’s.

Since 1897, Sturgess Motor Group has grown to become one of the oldest family-operated motor retailers in the UK and also one of the most respected names in UK automotive industry. With a strong reputation for outstanding customer service in both the local community and further afield, Sturgess Motor Group has been a trusted name for more than 110 years.

A 4thgeneration family-run company to this day, members of the Sturgess family are still actively involved in the day to day operation of the company.

Chris Sturgess, Chairman of Sturgess Motor Group explained, “We are a happy, settled and well-motivated team who are totally dedicated to the needs of past, present and future customers. We are proud to still be able to call ourselves a family business and look forward to seeing what the next 100 years will bring.”

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of the Awards added, “Sturgess Motor Group demonstrate an incredible balance between the old and the new, aware of their heritage but also prepared to move forward to keep pace with the environment in which they operate. A visit to their showrooms clearly shows this juxtaposition with the luxury cars on the showroom floor surrounded by walls that are adorned with pictures from their past, cars, family members and the garage where it all began.”

As Chris adds, “We are delighted and honoured to be awarded this title in amongst some truly prestigious competition. Winning this award is fantastic for me to accept on behalf of the family, but it goes a lot further than that – our staff work incredibly hard to meet the needs of our customers. They go the extra mile to ensure that we offer the best service possible and they are part of the fabric of who we are and to win an award like this is a great reflection of all their hard work, dedication and work ethic too. Winning the Luxury Goods award for our representation of the brands of Jaguar and Land Rover is somewhat ironic, given that we have been presented with this fabulous award in the May Fair Hotel in London, the very same hotel that the “Jaguar” name was officially launched in 1935!”

Paul concluded, “"The quality of submissions this year was incredible and the judges faced a difficult challenge in determining the winners. Sturgess Motor Group is an incredible business in their own right, irrespective of the family involvement, and part of the diversity and contribution that family firms make across the UK and beyond. Sturgess Motor Group are worthy winners of this award and represent excellent ambassadors for the sector. We look forward to hearing more from them for generations to come."