June 20 2005.
E.P. Barrus Ltd have appointed Matthew Gilder as UK General Manager to expand their vehicle division and increase the sales of scooters, motorbikes, quad bikes and buggies from the Bicester company's network of over 150 dealers.
Mr Gilder, who is married with two children, said: "I'm going to focus on brand development, marketing and customer service and come up with creative strategies to boost our market share. I also plan to expand the dealer network.
"We sell some excellent brands, including Malaguti and Moto-roma scooters, and I want to massively raise their profile in the UK. With more new vehicles coming from our suppliers, such as Zongshen, we will have one of the most extensive line up of products in the industry."
Barrus Director Tara Glen said, "We were impressed with Matthew's experience of the automotive industry, his entrepreneurial skills - honed by setting up his own boat selling business - and his ability to think outside the box. We think he's the right man to take the business forward."
Matthew's career started at automotive retail consultancy APA Group Plc in Milton Keynes, where he trained to become a consultant.  He then worked for the family business, Gilders, a group of Volkswagen & Audi dealers based in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands.
In 2002, he co-founded On Water Ltd, an Internet boat selling business. The company negotiated an exclusive lease to take over the boat selling brokerage at Hartlepool where it increased sales by 300%, representing £1.2 million worth of business.
His last post was as General Manager for one of the Royal Bank of Scotland's franchised car dealerships, Lincoln Volkswagen.