After a long motor-trade career, Bill has decided to retire from his position of Service Advisor at Wilson and Co Chorley.
Managing Director Robin Wilson presented Bill with his retirement gift and wished him the very best for the future, which he intends to spend with his wife and enjoying his hobbies of gardening, fishing and DIY!
Bill left school at 15 in 1970 with aspirations to become a cabinet maker until he met Jim Mack, a friend of his Dad and managed to find himself a job as an apprentice motor vehicle mechanic in Leavers Garages in Bolton, earning £3.60 a week! Bill had to walk 5 miles to work every morning, apart from the days he got a lift from his colleague on his Norton motorbike, which scared him senseless and eventually he would hide to avoid the lift!
Once he had completed his apprenticeship at the age of 22 he got a new job at Parkers Garage and happily worked there with another Bill until he was driving past Leavers again and saw that it had changed hands to Bowers of Bolton and become a Vauxhall and Bedford dealership so he popped in to see what opportunities there were.
Bill then worked his way up to Workshop Controller and then Assistant Service Manager, enjoying the hard work and chance to learn and grow, culminating in a job as an Aftersales Business Development Manager, visiting companies and helping with their company vehicles.
When Harry Bowers decided to sell the business it was snapped up by a young Robin Wilson – Wilson & Co - who asked him to become his Workshop controller which Bill did for a number of years until he decided to change jobs and become a Service Advisor in Bolton and more latterly, Chorley, using all of his years of experience to help and assist customers.
Bill continued working as a Service Advisor in Chorley full time until he announced his retirement but hasn’t forgotten all those people he knew in the past and although sad to leave is going to enjoy every minute of his new found free time! Good luck Bill, we will all miss you – and your humour!
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