Oldest Renault Dealer in the UK Gets Awarded

Once a year, the Welsh Motoring Writers have their gathering at St David’s Hotel Cardiff. This year their special guest was Secretary of State for Wales, Rt. Hon. Peter Hain. Before the official dinner, an awards ceremony took place in the National Assembly Building, where the Welsh Motoring Writers awarded the 2009 Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy to David Gravell of the Gravells Motor Group.

Gravells has been founded in 1932 and is now the longest-serving Renault dealership in the UK. The partnership between the British and the French has been going on for 55 years.

“Gravells are, so clearly, worthy winners of the coveted award. Such home-grown business success is a vital component in the Welsh recovery from the economic downturn,” said Peter Hain, commenting on the award.

In presenting the award to guests of honor David Gravell and his two sons, Jonathan and Ian, who now run the business, WMW Chairman Huw Thomas said, “Gravells has made an enormous contribution to the cultural, sporting and public life of Wales. This goes way beyond any usual sponsorship activity and is true to Tom Gravell’s philosophy that success in business life should be reflected by a real contribution to the community.”

Sponsored by Renault UK, its Managing Director, Roland Bouchara, said, “Gravells normally enjoy double Renault’s national market share and are at the top of our sales charts in Wales – a country where we currently lie second in the retail market. There is a simple reason for this achievement – Gravells care. They care about the job, their customers, their staff and their community.”
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