A Suffolk company has boosted its expertise in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds with the appointment of a new senior manager.

Shaun Barlow, from Bury St Edmunds, is the new sales manager at both Wolsey Van Centre and Volkswagen Van Centre (Bury St Edmunds), bringing with him more than 15 years’ of automotive experience.

The 36-year-old will be the Volkswagen commercial vehicles van centres’ first dedicated sales manager.

Having worked for a range of car brands Shaun has held managerial roles for the past four years.

He joined the Marriot Group, which owns the two commercial vehicle sites, nine years ago and is aiming to deploy his expertise to enhance the businesses by helping to forging new customer relationships and strengthen the existing customer base.

Speaking of his new role Shaun, said: “This is an exciting challenge to introduce my retail experience to the commercial vehicle market.

“My emphasis is on working in partnership with van owners to establish their business and lifestyle needs. Whether it’s a sole trader, a fleet manager, or simply the need for a wheelchair-adapted vehicle, we will be introducing new procedures to ensure we can find our customers the right solution.”

David Nichols, head of business at Wolsey Van Centre and Volkswagen Van Centre (Bury St Edmunds), added: “We are delighted to welcome Shaun to the team. Our business has significantly grown over the past year and, to ensure our ongoing success, it was vital that we introduced a dedicated sales manager.

“Shaun brings not only strong retail sales experience but a fresh approach to the commercial vehicles market and with the launch of  number of new Volkswagen models this year I believe he will be a welcome addition to the team.”

For further details on sales, service, spare parts and van rental for any Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle please call Wolsey Van Centre on 01473 238880 or Volkswagen Van Centre (Bury St Edmunds) on 01284 715900.