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Vantage Motorhomes Appoints Dave Walsh General Manager of Leeds Factory Showroom


The appointment of a General Manager is the culmination of a recruitment drive that has also seen additions to the manufacturing team.



Vantage Motorhomes Appoints Dave Walsh General Manager of Leeds Factory Showroom

 

Vantage Motorhomes manufactures quality award-winning van conversion motorhomes using the Fiat Ducato base vehicle.  The Company has earned a reputation for excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail, for versatile layouts and for a very personal approach to customer service.

The appointment of a General Manager is the culmination of a recruitment drive that has also seen additions to the manufacturing team. Vantage prides itself on the skill of its craftsmen, many of whom have been with the Company since it started ten years ago. Additional manufacturing space has been acquired and from August production is to be increased.  Vantage currently produces vans to a full customer order book. Over the next 12 months the Company plans to increase production by 30%.

Dave Walsh brings a wealth of experience, including over a decade in the motorhome industry, and his role includes the day-to-day running of the factory. Michael Hardicker, MD of Vantage Motorhomes, said, ‘Dave Walsh has previously helped us out on a project basis, in particular setting up our stand at the NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show in October last year and February this year.  We think he’s a great fit for our team and are very pleased to have him in this newly created role. I have known and worked with Dave for many years and know he shares our values. I am delighted he is now heading up our factory facility.’

"We think Dave Walsh is a great fit for our team and are very pleased to have him in this newly created role."
Michael Hardicker, MD Vantage Motorhomes



Vantage Motorhomes was bought in 2016 by Michael Hardicker, who also owns Signature Motorhomes & Leisure of Preston which is a dealer for Adria, Globecar and Vantage motorhomes. Since acquiring the business last year, time was initially spent consolidating, then introducing a steady programme of innovations and improvements to both processes and design.  The whole team has been involved and has contributed to improvements throughout the manufacturing process, always with quality at the heart of their thinking.

Dave Walsh said, ‘I’ve known and worked with several of the team at Vantage Motorhomes for a number of years and of course I also knew of the reputation for excellent quality and craftsmanship. It’s a real pleasure to work with people who have such pride in their work. When I was offered the General Manager position there was absolutely no hesitation on my part.’

Vantage Motorhomes started manufacturing panel van conversions in 2007 and is now one of the largest independent van conversion specialists in the UK. The Company has received many awards in recent years from the most prestigious and critical publications in the industry and it consistently comes out top in a range of owner satisfaction polls. The factory showroom is located in Leeds city centre at Pym Street.

 




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