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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ( is pleased to announce the winners of its Awards of Excellence 2009 from across its nationwide network of dedicated VW Van Centres.

The annual awards, which are presented at a gala dinner in London on Saturday and hosted by television sports presenter Steve Rider, recognise the achievements of the top-performing Volkswagen Van Centres over the previous year in eight key business categories. There are also accolades for the overall winners from three leagues of comparable-sized Van Centres.

The winners of the eight awards from the following key business categories are:

Customer Service: Winner for the 2nd year running: Martins Van Centre (Basingstoke, Hants). Runners-up: Breeze Van Centre (Poole), Robinsons Van Centre (Norwich).

Aftersales: Joint winners: Listers (Coventry) Van Centre and Gilder Van Centre (Sheffield). Runners-up: Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre (Westbury, Wiltshire), Volkswagen Van Centre (Edinburgh).

Used Vehicles: Winner: Volkswagen Van Centre (Manchester).

Runners-up: Volkswagen Van Centre (Lancashire), Taunton Van Centre (Somerset).

People Development: Winner: Harper and Hebson Van Centre (Cumbria). Runners-up: Cordwallis Van Centre (Heathrow, Middlesex), Gilder Van Centre (Sheffield).

Marketing: Winner: Eurovans (Eastbourne). Runners-up: Cordwallis Van Centre (Heathrow, Middlesex), Gilder Van Centre (Sheffield).
Finance and Insurance: Winner: Citygate Colindale Van Centre (London).

Runners-up: Eurovans (Eastbourne), Vindis Van Centre (Huntingdon, Cambs).

Fleet: Winner: Volkswagen Van Centre (West Yorkshire). Runners-up: Volkswagen Van Centre (Manchester), Heron Van Centre (Newark, Notts).
Lifestyle: Winner: Southern Motor Group, (Tonbridge, Kent). Runners-up: Carrs Van Centre (Exeter), Volkswagen Van Centre (Manchester).

The overall winners of the three leagues of similar-sized Van Centres are:

Caddy league: Winner for the 3rd year running: South Hereford Van Centre. Runners-up: Martins Van Centre (Basingstoke, Hants), Taunton Van Centre (Somerset).

Transporter league: Winner: Volkswagen Van Centre (Lancashire). Runners-up: JCB Sittingbourne Van Centre (Kent), Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre (Westbury).

Crafter league: Winner: Volkswagen Van Centre (Manchester). Runners-up: Gilder Van Centre (Sheffield), Listers (Coventry) Van Centre.

Simon Elliott, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: ‘I am extremely proud of the hard work and customer service provided by our unique, nationwide network of dedicated Van Centres and send my sincere congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in the Awards of Excellence 2009.’



Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is a provider of high quality new and used vans. Our award-winning range includes: the iconic VW Transporter, the California, the Crafter, the Caravelle and the VW Caddy.

Vans for sale can be found through our network of UK Van Centres by visiting

Our network of UK van rental centres offers VW van hire services to cover a range of requirements from moving house, to keeping your business on the move. To find your nearest VW van rental centre, visit


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