Trade Centre Wales

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The Trade Centre Wales
Private
IndustryAutomotive
GenreUsed Car Sales
Founded1999
FounderMark Bailey
HeadquartersNeath Abbey Business Park, ,
Number of locations
5
Area served
South Wales, West Midlands
Key people
ProductsUsed Cars
Services
Number of employees
550+
ParentThe Trade Centre Group
Subsidiaries
  • The Trade Centre Wales
  • The Trade Centre UK
Websitethetradecentrewales.co.uk

The Trade Centre Wales is Wales' largest used car sales company [1], their headquarters is in Neath, Wales and have showrooms in Neath, Merthyr Tydfil & Abercynon followed by branches in Wednesbury and Coventry trading under the brand name The Trade Centre UK, the latter being Europe's largest used car supermarket[2]. The company employs over 550 staff across multiple locations in England and Wales.

Operations[edit]

Merthyr Tydfil
Abercynon
Workshop in Neath
Wednesbury

The company's head quarters are located in Neath Abbey, where the main workshop facility is also located.[3][4] The part-exchange outlet is located in Merthyr Tydfil,[5] and the Abercynon depot serves Cardiff.[6] CEO Andy Coulthurst said this resulted in a 70% increase in group turnover in the month to £11,000,000 and doubling pre-tax profits to £2,000,000.[7]

In December 2016 it was announced that the company would be opening their first outlet outside of Wales, in Wednesbury, West Midlands.[8][9] and in April 2017 The Trade Centre Wales opened its first ever Trade Centre UK branch in Darlaston Road in Wednesbury. Due to the success of the Wednesbury store The Trade Centre Wales soon announced they would be opening another used car showroom under The Trade Centre UK Brand and announced the chosen location of their new store in January 2018 as the former Leekes Store in Coventry near the Ricoh Arena.

Sponsorship and charity[edit]

The Trade Centre Wales engages in community projects such as grassroots sports teams and local initiatives as well as supporting national charities such as the NSPCC[10]

Sports clubs[edit]

  • Swansea City AFC
  • Ospreys Rugby
  • Wolverhampton United Ladies FC
  • Abergavenny Ladies FC
  • Tonypandy Netball Club
  • AFC Abercynon
  • Nelson Cavaliers FC
  • Abergavenny Town FC
  • Rhiwbina RFC
  • Merthyr Town FC
  • Swansea RFC
  • Treharris RFC
  • Govilon AFC

Charites[edit]

  • NSPCC Childline
  • Ty Hafan
  • Mumbles RNLI
  • Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity
  • Birmingham Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Fischer House UK

Events[edit]

  • Wales National Airshow

Advertising[edit]

The company are known around South Wales for their radio advertisements heard on 96.4 The Wave, 102.1 Bay Radio, Real Radio and 106.3 Bridge FM. The adverts are recorded by Mike Doyle and feature fictional characters including 'Trevor' and 'Mario from Maesteg'.[11] The campaign won an award in the Commercial Radio Station Creative category at the annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.[12] The company had negative feedback about their advertisements at first, stating that people felt they were making fun of local accents.[13]

Profit Track 100 and FastGrowth 50[edit]

In 2015, The Trade Centre Wales ranked 30th out of 100 on the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100, one of only three Welsh companies.[14]

In 2016, The Trade Centre Wales entered the Fast Growth 50 table for the very first time [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trade Centre Wales sees profits jump 51% to £9.9m". www.motortrader.com. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  2. ^ Sandford, Elis (2018-03-16). "Largest used car showroom in Europe is coming to Coventry". coventrytelegraph. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  3. ^ lyster, Gordon. "Trade Centre Wales invest £2.8 million in vehicle prep facility - Motor Trade News". www.motortradenews.com. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  4. ^ "We plan to open the largest workshop facility in Wales". 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  5. ^ Ltd, The Trade Centre Wales. "The Trade Centre Wales - Review of 2016 and looking forward to 2017". www.thetradecentrewales.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  6. ^ "Big money deals are a sign of growth of Newport-based property developer". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  7. ^ "New Trade Centre Wales site doubles monthly profit record". www.motortrader.com. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  8. ^ Jones, Tamlyn (2016-12-15). "New car showroom to create 200 Black Country jobs". birminghammail. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  9. ^ UK, The Trade Centre. "The Trade Centre UK - The Trade Centre UK scales up to meet demand". www.tradecentreuk.com. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  10. ^ Ltd, The Trade Centre Wales. "The Trade Centre Wales - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Trade Centre Wales donates £30,000 to NSPCC Childline Charity". www.thetradecentrewales.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  11. ^ "Trade Centre Wales". Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  12. ^ "Trade Centre Trev Scoops Radio 'Oscar'". Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  13. ^ "'Trevor' wins UK prize for radio station". WalesOnline. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  14. ^ TWK. "League table - Fast Track". Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  15. ^ "TRADE CENTRE WALES (NEATH) | Fast Growth 50". www.fastgrowth50.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09.