Welcome to 2017 and we hope you will join us in celebrating our tenth anniversary this year. In 2007, we saw the end of the Harry Potter book series, a change in Prime Ministers, the iPhone arrived and the Spice Girls reunited for their reunion tour.
In that year, Richard and Tom Preston, founded Hippo Motor Group through a father-son partnership that would continue a family legacy that has been trading in Lancashire since 1906.
Since our founding, we have grown and grown until in 2013, we opened our state of the art, custom-built showroom at Trident Park in Blackburn. It was designed to house our most expensive, and beautiful prestige cars and allows our customer to come in and look around or discuss a new lease car.
We have continued to make progress and last year we opened our second site on Blakewater Road in Blackburn. This is where we have our state of the art prep centre where each car is brought in and undergoes rigorous checks to ensure it is delivered to our customers in the very best condition. We also aim to grow our team and in the past decade we have grown to over 80 dedicated and brilliant members of staff, who work in our showroom, prep centre and on the road delivering vehicles.
In December, you may have noticed that Hippo Leasing launched our brand-new website. It is designed to offer you the best experience with fantastic deals.
Celebrating our tenth birthday
This year, we have so much planned to celebrate our previous decade in business, serving our customers and their needs.
We started the year with the completion of our Road Safety Campaign, where Hugo the Hippo visited eleven schools in the area. He delivered Road Safety Packs to parents, children and teachers with the aim of raising awareness about road safety for young children as we are aware of how dangerous cars can be if people are unaware of the dangers. When the campaign ended, Hugo had travelled over 100 miles around Lancashire.
We have chosen to reward both our loyal customers and staff with a special treat. Hippo Leasing has a Prime Experience suite at Manchester Arena, where those rewarded will enjoy events, champagne and more. The suite has a private entrance, free parking, waiter service, private bar and luxury seating to enjoy the performances. Through our sweepstakes and competitions, our customers have a chance to be chosen and enjoy some of the brilliant acts on offer. These include the likes of Drake, Take That, Shawn Mendes and John Bishop with many more brilliant acts.
We continue our celebrations with a variety of special events, including those events organised by us and events we support. Hippo Leasing is one of the main sponsors for The Butterfly Ball, an independent charity event that supports and raises money for The Prince’s Trust.
Later in May, we are hosting the Supercar Meet at our showroom. At this event, our customers and members of Supercar Driver magazine have a day out driving in their various supercars before finishing at the Hippo Showroom for breakfast and a look around our showroom.
Hippo Leasing also wants to offer you the best deals throughout the year, so we will be launching several offers. We aim to offer you the best cars for you on the right car finance or leasing deal as a reward for choosing Hippo Leasing. As the year progresses, you will see plenty of additional great offers.
Hippo Leasing also have a secret and will have a very special announcement in the coming months. Keep checking back for all the news and gossip to make sure you don’t miss out.