As representatives of Ford, ŠKODA, Kia and Mitsubishi brands, meet just some of the fantastic people who work at Birchwood Group and see what makes our lovely members of our team smile. To get to know them that bit better, why not watch our short videos? These videos will give you a little insight into what we do and what our company values are. RESPECT, PASSION, TEAM, SPIRIT, COMMITMENT, FUN! We believe that people are the key to our success and that's why we also firmly believe that a smile goes a long way. So with that, take a little time to smile and learn more about us here at Birchwood Group.
Alastair manages one of our ŠKODA sales teams and has been in this role for 4 years. After taking his A levels, Alastair had a place at University but decided he wanted to leave full time education. He secured a job as an assistant trainee retail outlet manager, eventually progressing to Manager. After 2 years in a retail environment he moved to digital advertising sales, a role he really enjoyed as he was running the classified for three B2B magazines. However, he recognised that the opportunities for progression were limited so he decided to take a gamble and change career direction. Having always had an interest in cars, Alastair sent his CV to as many car dealerships as he could in the area enquiring about vacancies and we offered him a trainee sales position at our Eastbourne Ford dealership in 2007.
Alastair spent 3 years as a Ford sales executive before transferring to our Eastbourne ŠKODA dealership as a senior sales executive in 2010. Six years ago he was selected by the Volkswagen Group (which owns ŠKODA) to take part in their Business Manger programme. This programme trains and accredits people to run the finance operation in the sales team. Having successfully completed the 12-month programme Alastair was then quickly promoted to the sales manager role, the youngest manager in the Group. Alastair enjoys the challenge of working to target and the fact that every day is different.
Steve joined our Eastbourne Ford team in 2016. Having left full time education without a clear vision of what he wanted to do, Steve worked in a variety of roles such as the Hotel and Leisure industry, IT and even a period as a self-employed IT engineer. Eventually Steve started work as a general assistant at a Bingo Hall, quickly progressing to assistant manager in his first year and finally becoming the General Manager, a position he held for 4 years.
A common theme throughout all of his roles is the need to get on with people and Steve was frequently told how good he would be in a Sales role. He decided to combine his interest in cars with the opportunity to sell and applied for a trainee car sales executive position. Despite never having worked in sales before, Steve was an immediate success in the sales team and is now a full sales executive.
Steve really values working alongside motivated people and believes that the high motivation levels at Birchwood help everyone to succeed. With the reward and remuneration schemes on offer, Steve feels that his hard work is recognised rewarded with excellent earning potential.