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Ciceley Commercials’ Hall celebrates half a century with dealer

Steve Hall at Mercedes-Benz dealer Ciceley Commercials

Steve Hall has celebrated 50 years at Mercedes-Benz dealer Ciceley Commercials, reaching his half-century at the end of July.

However, the veteran employee says he has no plans to slow down just yet, relishing his role as manager of the company’s van preparation centre in Blackburn.

The 65-year-old, who has no plans to retire anytime soon, said: “This is a great place to work, and the job is constantly evolving, with new challenges to face every day.

“I get to spend time with a fabulous group of people and look forward to coming in every morning. I genuinely love it.”

Ciceley Commercials was a Seddon Atkinson agent when Hall began his career as a 15-year-old apprentice technician in 1972.

The following year it was appointed to represent Mercedes-Benz and is now one of the brand’s longest-serving UK dealers.

The short commute from his home in the town still takes Hall to the headquarters site on Ciceley Lane, Blackburn, at which he started out.

He also worked as service manager at Ciceley Commercials’ flagship branch on Junction 4 of the M65 – he ran the busy 24-hour workshop and was instrumental in the opening of the authorised testing facility, at which inspectors from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) carry out truck MOT tests.

It was during this time that Steve saw his hard work – and the high performance of his department – rewarded, when he won the title of Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Service Manager of the Year on two occasions.

In his current role, he leads a team of 13 specialists who carry out final inspections and prepare every new and used van prior to delivery to customers.

“When I started out the tools of our trade were spanners and torque wrenches,” he said. “For some time now, though, it’s been more common to see one of our technicians using a laptop to carry out a diagnostic test on a vehicle. And now there’s another big change underway, as the electric vehicle revolution gathers pace.”

Ciceley Commercials chairman Russell Morgan and CEO Simon Wilson thanked Hall for his long and dedicated service by presenting him with a set of four VIP hospitality season tickets to Ewood Park, home of his beloved Blackburn Rovers FC.

Wilson said: “We are incredibly proud of Steve’s long and distinguished career. It reflects Ciceley Commercials’ philosophy of nurturing the brightest and best people to ensure that we can continue providing the very highest levels of service to all our customers.

“We have a strong family ethos at Ciceley. As the longest-serving member of our team Steve is leading the way but more than a quarter of our team have been part of the ‘family’ for at least 15 years.”

He continued: “Steve has made a hugely significant contribution to our ongoing success. His breadth of knowledge and experience is vast and we’re very lucky to have held onto him for so long – and even luckier that he has no plans to retire just yet.”

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