Thursday 20 January 2011

Cordwallis celebrate 30 year milestone

A Maidenhead business celebrating its 30th anniversary is attributing its success to pride in family values.

The Cordwallis Group, as it is known today, is a family run business established by father and son Roy and Ian Thomas in the 1970s.

Officially recognised as a Volkswagen and MAN truck franchise in Maidenhead in 1980, the business has since branched out, with further sites in Heathrow, Oxford and Reading.

Today, the business is one of the largest distributors of Volkswagen Vans and MAN trucks in the south of England.

Since its start-up, the Thomas family has been actively involved with the development and running of the business. Roy Thomas, who was the Mayor of Maidenhead 1966-1968, is one of three generations still involved in the business today.

Brothers Ian and Simon Thomas are now Managing Directors of the Cordwallis Group, and while taking a look back over the businesses 30 years, they described reaching this milestone as a really proud moment for their family and everyone at Cordwallis.

Ian said: “Thirty years ago, the business was just a fraction of what it is now but, with thanks to the dedication and hard work of all the staff that have come and gone we have achieved such success and this celebration.

“Even after thirty years, family is still at the heart of the business and we have found that customers really appreciate this in our attention to customer service and values.

“It has been a hugely rewarding thirty years and we hope to continue that for another thirty.”

This significant anniversary follows a string of accolades for Cordwallis. It was named Van Centre of the Year 2003 and achieved the Award of Excellence for Finance and Insurance 2008.

The Cordwallis Group has four sites. Maidenhead, Reading, Oxford and the flagship branch in Heathrow. In 2006, Maidenhead branch also opened CV Parts 365, a parts company specialising in the parts supply for all makes of Commercial Vehicles.

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