Virtual Appointment   Video Request

Swindon: 01793 816800   Cirencester: 01285 641800  

Boss’s son joins family firm – for a year, at least

Among the fresh new faces at Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach is one that many staff and customers will recognise.

Harry Threlfall – the son of owner and managing director Dominic – has joined the Hyundai and Suzuki motor dealer during his gap year.

But despite being the boss’s son, young Harry can expect no special favours. “I’ve got him doing all the jobs I don’t want to do. In fact, I’ve got him doing all the jobs no-one wants to do,” says Dom.

Harry (18) says his gap year aim is to gain an understanding of all aspects of the business. 

“I enjoy doing front of house, and meeting and greeting customers as they come through the door,” says Harry. “But I’m also supporting the sales team, working within the servicing department, and improving the company website.”

In 12 months’ time, Harry will be heading off to Plymouth University to study business management. 

He says taking over the family firm was never part of his game plan. “But the longer I work here, the more I love it.”

Pebley Beach has been in the Threlfall family since Dom’s father Roger – who owned a small empire of petrol forecourt businesses – took over the business in 1976. 

Joining Harry at the firm is 18-year-old business administration apprentice Natalie Bristow.

Pebley Beach is renowned for its commitment to apprenticeships, and in 2014 was named Wiltshire’s apprentice employer of the year. But Natalie (18) is the first apprentice to be taken on in a business administration role.

The former Ridgeway School pupil landed a job after completing a week’s work experience during her summer holidays. “I asked Dom for a job, and a few weeks later I was back here full time,” says Natalie.

“I love cars. My dad is a mechanic and I always said I wanted a job selling houses or cars. Now I’ve got my wish,” says Natalie, who will follow a three-year apprenticeship, studying part-time at Swindon College. 

Latest News

Motor dealer more than doubles fundraising tally for Swindon Carers Centre

05-07-2021 Motor dealer Pebley Beach has more than doubled the fundraising tally achieved…
Read more >

Suzuki 14 Day Returns Terms & Conditions

08-04-2021 Section 1: 14-Day Return Guarantee Suzuki GB provides you with a return…
Read more >

Motor dealer warns car stocks could run low while chips are down

24-02-2021 A Swindon motor dealer is warning of a shortage of new car stock across the UK…
Read more >

Please note we have a policy of recording and monitoring communications.


Financial Disclosure

Pebley Beach Limited is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Pebley Beach Limited to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of lenders and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.

We can introduce you to a selected panel of lenders, which includes manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent. An introduction to a lender does not amount to independent financial advice and we act as their agent for this introduction. Our approach is to introduce you first to the manufacturer lender linked directly to the particular franchise you are purchasing your vehicle from, who are usually able to offer the best available package for you, taking into account both interest rates and other contributions. If they are unable to make you an offer of finance, we then seek to introduce you to whichever of the other lenders on our panel is able to make the next best offer of finance for you. Our aim is to secure the best deal you are eligible for from our panel of lenders. Lenders may pay a fixed commission to us for introducing you to them, calculated by reference to the vehicle model or amount you borrow. Different lenders may pay different commissions for such introductions, and manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent may also provide preferential rates to us for the funding of our vehicle stock and also provide financial support for our training and marketing. But any such amounts they and other lenders pay us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement, all of which are set by the lender concerned. If you ask us what the amount of commission is, we will tell you in good time before the Finance agreement is executed. All finance applications are subject to status, terms and conditions apply, UK residents only, 18’s or over. Guarantees may be required.