After moving to Hounslow from India in 2004, Samir Patel began his first job in the UK as a Sales Executive at Currie Motors Great West Road. Now, eleven years on he is still working at Currie Motors as a Business Manager and has the same drive and dedication he started will all those years ago.
Although Currie Motors was his first job in this country, it wasn't Samir's first experience in the automotive industry. Since he was a child his father had owned several dealerships in India and Samir himself went on to own one in 2001.
Growing up and working in a business run by his own family played a part in Samir's decision to join Currie Motors, who are also a family run business, and is a big factor in why he has stayed with the company for such a long period of time.
Samir's role involves ensuring customers get the right finance package to suit them and making sure that they fully informed and are at ease when purchasing their new vehicle. Samir describes his job as a challenging role but enjoys the communication he has with customers.
Meeting new people every day from various cultures, nationalities and walks of life means he gets the chance to learn about different things from people with very different experiences. It also means he gets to put into practice the five languages he speaks; English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and a little Urdu!
It's not all work for Samir though, he's a bit of a foodie and loves cooking. If you can't find him in the kitchen he'll be out watching the cricket or socialising with his many friends and family in and around the Hounslow area.
June marked eleven years since Samir joined the team at Currie Motors, a considerable length of time for an employee to stay at one company. So why has he stayed so long? Loyalty!
Samir says that the management gave him an opportunity to grow and learn in the industry and consequently as a person. He has been trusted to perform his job fearlessly and with the highest level of commitment to the company and the customers and for this he is very thankful.
Samir believes Currie Motors has giving him an identity in the UK and he wants to be part of a company who are 'nice people to do business with…'