Rochdale Business Awards Nomination – Community Spirit Award

Posted on 31st October 2018 By Rob Nugent

Anthony K Vehicle Leasing are delighted and honoured to have been nominated for the 2018 Community Spirit Award as part of the annual Rochdale Business Awards.

Tony Nugent who started the business in 1995 from a spare bedroom suggests this could be the result of being a natural networker. Tony is known for never being in the office and simply making time to attend, promote and support local events and businesses.

“We built the business by networking and connecting locally. Naturally this means helping other businesses, attending events, supporting local charities.   As the towns only link to major fleet suppliers such as Leaseplan UK, Hitachi Capital and Arval UK we know we can serve demand locally whilst positively impacting the business environment. We go and see our clients or they can come to our office, meet the team and get a feel for the service they are going to get”

Tony’s most outlandish feat was to spend a day cold calling local businesses dressed as “Springy The Frog” to raise money for Springhill Hospice.  On a cold Friday and along with a number of other members they raised hundreds of pounds along with plenty of eyebrows on the way!

“Too many business owners take themselves too seriously, I consider that bad for business, have a laugh, do some good and it all balances out in the end”

Tony is a regular attendee at Chamber of Commerce and Springhill Hospice Business Buddies which has grown to over 50 regular contributors and regular networking for its supporters.  He has also recently been involved assisting local high schools by providing talks to their pupils about running a business.

He also supports local open nights for members of the public to look at running a home based business franchise whilst maintaining their employment or business.

The annual ceremony held at the majestic Town Hall on November 9th.  The event will be attended by hundreds of local business owners, sponsors and supporters from across the borough.   We are proud of everything Tony does and of course wish all nominees the very best of luck.  Many of our customers will be there on the night we are looking forward to catching up!


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