2019 marks a very special anniversary for SMC Motor Group, 35 years old!
Starting in 1984 from the Wych Hill branch in Woking, with 20 staff, carrying on with the Renault franchise which had been on the site since 1978 with previous companies!
Moving through the years the company has grown, still retaining the family owned feel that is important to us. Expanding in 2003 with the addition of a further site in St Johns Road - Woking, as a fast fit and used car centre.
This was followed by the opening of a purpose built site in Peasmarsh - Guildford, in January 2004, again with Renault. After another local Renault dealer gave up the site, the Oatlands Drive – Weybridge dealership was added to the group in April 2006.
Due to changes in the world, in 2009 business at the Peasmarsh site was closed, and SMC Renault became a three site group again.
In August 2012 the three car motor group became a four dealership group again with the addition of the Ash Road - Aldershot site, after the closure of Mill Lane Renault in the Spring of that year.
In 2012 the Directors of SMC Motor Group decided that it would be good to add a new business partner to the Group. After many meetings with rival car manufacturers, SEAT was chosen to be the new franchise at their Wych Hill- Woking, and Aldershot site from 2013.
So here we are in 2019, now employing over 100 staff and still representing Renault proudly for 35 years, also now selling and maintaining the Dacia and SEAT brands.
We are proud to say; we still have many members of staff who have been with us for the majority of the 35 years. We even have four staff, including our Managing Director, James Kimber, and senior technicians, Martin Cane and Dave Oldall and Senior Parts Advisor Steve Lillywhite who all worked for the previous owners and have been here in excess of the 35 years.
How times have changed over years, we are now selling fully electric cars! The requirements of customers have changed in an ever evolving and environmentally sensitive world, although always core to the SMC Motor Group culture is to ensure that our customers are central to everything we do.
Here’s to another 35 years of SMC Motor Group, as we welcome the merging of a young dynamic team of enthusiastic staff who again understand that - the customer comes first.
Group picture attached is of a presentation from Renault UK for 35 years continued service to the brand in March 2019. Names L-R Steve Whitcombe Groupe Renault UK Area Director, Tim Golding SMC Motor Group Aftersales Director, Louise O’Sullivan Groupe Renault UK N etwork Operations Director, James Kimber SMC Motor Managing Director, Keith Wheeler SMC Motor Group Sales & Marketing Director.