Mark started in the motor trade at the age of 13 as a Saturday job, just waiting for the day when he could leave school. He then started his apprenticeship in 1980 in 'parts personal' gaining City and Guilds certification after 4 years. He was then promoted to express factors supervisor and stayed with the motor trade from then on in, being evolved in management since 1994. Marks says its lovely to be working here at TQ1 as part of a very good team.
Blair has been in the motor trade for 48 years, he spent 33 years working at ATS in Torquay, the last 10 years of that being the manager.
Blair says moving to join our team was the best thing he's ever done.
Nigel has spent 42 years in the motor trade, he has been fortunate enough to work with some exceptionally skilled people over the years. Nigel is particularly skilled at welding, which unfortunately gave him the task of creating our new reception desk much to his amusement. He learnt a lot from the old style craftsman where they used to even make their own panels and actually forming and shaping metal work rather than just hammering into place, and a weld being a true weld. He did specialist welding for lots of local garages including main dealers. Nigel still feels passionate about what he does and loves to see a completed job, neat and tidy, restoring as new. Although he was brought up with gas welding and braising he has moved with the times gathering skills and technics in mig and tig welding as it has evolved. Welding is his speciality but he has also been a mechanic for the majority of his life and has his skilled city and guilds motor vehicle technician qualification at South Devon College, as well as recently becoming an MOT tester in the last 5 years. Nigel has ran his own business for 33 years and prides himself in customer service, his businesses have always been built on customer recommendations, never advertising until his latest business here at TQ1 MOT Centre, where Georgie has forced him to move forward with the times with the dreaded Facebook etc.
Georgie is 23 years old, after doing her A Levels at Stoodley Knowle School she decided to go against the norm of university and run a business. She has always been interested in business development and after leaving school decided to join her dad in his new business venture of TQ1 MOT Centre. Initially it was just a job helping out for 6 months before she went travelling but soon realised that she loved running a business and couldn't wait to come back. Ever since she has been running TQ1 MOT Centre for 5 years now, learning thousands of new skills no university could teach. She taught herself how to create and manage websites with all the SEO that goes along with it, and how to run a business successfully. She loves all the challenges involved in the day to day running and being a woman in the motor trade offers ease to our customers.
Vicky has gained her skills form practical experience rather than attending college or university, she has worked in an accounts background for the past 18 years working her way up. Her previous job was at Darnells Chartered Accountants where she worked for 11 years before leaving and joining us at TQ1 MOT Centre and becoming a valued member of our team. Even though it was daunting for her to move from a large company and a job that she's known for so many years to having to learn new skills, she said she would never go back. Vicky is glad that she made the leap and loves the new challenges that come with it as no day is ever the same. Meeting all the lovely customers we have makes the job a joy.