It has been a long 18 months for couple Dale and Rebecca Christensen but all their hard work has paid off after collecting the new business of the year award.
The couple run Runabout Warehouse in Huddersfield Road, Brighouse, and were nominated in the Brighouse Echo Business Awards.
The pair also run Runabout Warehouse Garage in Halifax where they do car repairs and servicing but wanted to expand into selling used cars.
“When we were looking for our first site for the garage we had looked at this site because it is in a great position and also it has a reputation as being a car sales business because that is what it has always been,” said Rebecca.
“So when we decided to expand and we knew this site was on the market we decided to take the plunge. No one in Brighouse does cars from £500 and it is an ideal market especially in the economic climate.
“We got warned not to touch this market because it can be risky with cars so old but we find that if you are honest then it works.
“We say these have been checked however cars and machines do break down but we are here to help them so they can always come back to us.”
She said if their customers wanted to upgrade then they would always exchange them for a better model.
“It is just a case of getting your name out there but after 18 months people are finally starting to recognise us,” she said.
The couple was presented with the award by the categories sponsor The Holiday Inn, general manager Louise Dodd, due to them being unable to attend the ceremony held on March 7.
Rebecca said it was a shock. “We didn’t expect we would win it at all.”
People passing the business will also have noticed the company van parked on the forecourt which is filled with balloons.
Runabout Warehouse has been running a competition to guess how many balloons are in the van in a bid to raise money for local children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.
Rebecca said: “Some of our friends have got a little boy who is poorly at the moment and is going to Leeds and Candlelighters charity have been a huge support for them.
“It is a fantastic charity and we wanted to raise some cash for them so arranged for the van to be filled with balloons.”
She said ten local businesses had supported the event by donating prizes.
“We have had a really good response and a lot of interested because it can be something the children can enter too all in aid of a good cause.”
Prizes included a meal for two, a bouquet of flowers and a car service. The winner was revealed at the weekend and the event raised £304.