Director, Declan Gaule has acquired a 100% controlling interest of The MFG Group.
Gaule has purchased the shareholding of Co-Founder and long-term business partner, Jerry Sutton, as part of the pair’s planned succession for the business.
Sutton, who is stepping back from full time involvement in the automotive industry will continue to work with MFG on a consultancy basis in the design and delivery of its training programmes. Gaule takes on the position of Chief Executive with immediate effect and will announce further management appointments shortly.
MFG Group CEO, Declan Gaule said: “Jerry and I go back many years to our days with BMW UK and his ever fresh and enjoyable approach to training and people development has helped MFG grow to be the company that it is today, in addition to assisting thousands of delegates realise their potential in the automotive industry. I could not have asked for a better business partner and friend and I look forward to his valuable input over the coming years – after a well-earned rest of course!
“Our best wishes and thanks go to Jerry and we look forward to exciting developments within the business going forward. Our rapid international expansion continues apace and the launch of consultancy and broader training aspects to our offering will see a further recruitment drive in 2018 that will bring the total MFG headcount close to fifty by the end of this year.”
Sutton and Gaule founded MFG Group in 2007 with the primary aim of providing automotive retailers and their customer-facing staff with the skills and confidence to make outbound telephone calls to prospects with a view to driving increased footfall and generating sales.
Under their joint stewardship MFG Group has evolved into the UK’s leading automotive prospecting, training and consultancy firm. 2018 will be the company’s eleventh year in business and during that time well over 25,000 delegates have been trained in the MFG ‘art’ of prospecting - helping retailers from over 97% of the major automotive brands to sell tens of thousands of vehicles.
Such is MFG’s reputation for automotive training excellence, that the business has expanded substantially over the last number of years and now has significant presence in continental Europe, China, Japan, Thailand, Australia and South Africa.