Cordwallis Group hits 40

It has been 40 years since the Cordwallis Group was started by father and son Roy and Ian Thomas, Laurie Dealer can reveal.

Cordwallis became multi-franchised with both Volkswagen and MAN in 1980 operating out of Maidenhead, today its one of the biggest dealers in their respective networks with four sites; Maidenhead as mentioned, Heathrow, Reading and Oxford.

Roy Thomas, who was the Mayor of Maidenhead 1966-1968, is one of three generations still involved in the business today, and brothers Ian and Simon Thomas are MDs of the Cordwallis Group.

Commenting on the four decades Ian Thomas says: "Forty years ago, the business was just a fraction of what it is now, but thanks to our long-term partnership with Volkswagen and MAN, and the dedication and hard work of all the staff that have worked at Cordwallis, we've had fantastic success.

"Even after 40 years, family is still at the heart of the business and we have found that customers really appreciate this in our attention to customer service and values. It has been a hugely rewarding forty years and we hope to continue that for another forty."

Accolades include: Van Centre of the Year 2003, Award of Excellence for Finance and Insurance 2008, and various successes with MAN including its 'Dealer of the Year' in 2002.

Congratulation on reaching middle age, Laurie Dealer wishes everyone at Cordwallis continued success.

Jobs a good un.

Last year covered a Cordwallis sales story when it sold four trucks to Lanz Group.

HSE fines boss of M Wilson Commercials

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined Michael Wilson, who trades as the Lancashire-based CV repairer M Wilson Commercials, after one of his employees broke his back after falling off a ladder, reports Laurie Dealer.

The incident took place at Roadferry Transport Yard on Carr Lane, Farington, Leyland, on 3 March 2010, when an unnamed employee climbed a ladder at the CV garage to reach the release mechanism for a lorry cab.

HSE says the employee fell to the ground when the ladder slipped, causing him to break a vertebrae in his spine. He is still unable to return to work, nearly a year after the incident.

An investigation found the ladder had missing feet at both ends, the bottom rung was damaged and it appeared to have been cut off at the top. Wilson admitted breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to make sure the ladder was well maintained, and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,000.

HSE says on average 12 people a year die after falling from ladders in British workplaces and more than 1,200 suffer major injuries.