In driving seat of new city of growth

Lisa Stacey and Graham Wheeler, joint-managing directors of Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd
Lisa Stacey and Graham Wheeler, joint-managing directors of Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd

A NEW sponsor has stepped forward to help recognise the leading companies in Milton Keynes and North Bucks.

Captive finance company Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) is actually a big player itself, employing 500 people from its HQ in Yeomans Drive, Blakelands.

Some 450 of those people work at the offices, with 50 people working in the field.

Graham Wheeler, joint-managing director of VWFS, said: “The company takes its place within Milton Keynes very seriously and despite being only 35 minutes from London, Milton Keynes isn’t a dormitory town.

“It has a thriving business environment ably support by the Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce. That’s why VWFS would like to help recognise the leading businesses in the new city of Milton Keynes.”

VWFS is sponsoring the overall winner award at this years Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards.

VWFS is the captive finance company working only on the Volkswagen Group brands in the UK.

These well known brands include Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT, Škoda, Audi, Bentley and Porsche.

VWFS’s field of business is automotive finance for the customers of its brands. It’s aim is to make it as easy as possible for customers to buy, maintain and renew their vehicles. Volkswagen Insurance Services is a part of VWFS.

Mr Wheeler added: “Working nationally across so many brands means that VWFS needs dedicated and ambitious employees and support companies to provide the best possible service to its customers – both the end user and the key car brands.”

And being based in Milton Keynes has been a definite bonus for VWFS.

Mr Wheeler said: “Since launching in Milton Keynes in 1994 this vital supply chain has never wavered and after starting with just 30-40 staff VWFS now employees nearly 500 and has ambitious growth plans for the future.

“Thanks to organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce and its members the new city of Milton Keynes looks to be prepared for the future and VWFS is delighted to be part of that story.”

l To find out more details of the awards and the categories to enter, visit www.mk-chamber.co.uk.

l To become a sponsor, contact Helen Horwood at Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce by phoning her on 01908 259002 or emailing her at Helen.Horwood@mk-chamber.co.uk