Passionate, pushed and caring have been among the many phrases used to explain Horizon Magna Motor Group founder and chairman Colin Sharpe after he died on the age of 77.
Tony Roberts, managing director of the Poole-based retail group, paid tribute to the founder and chairman of the enterprise which stays in household possession 52 years after Sharpe based it as a 26-year-old.
Sharpe handed away peacefully at Poole Hospital on February 3, following a battle with ill-health.
He leaves behind his spouse Margaret, sons Damian and Christian and the legacy of a £90 million turnover automobile retail group with Honda (5), Mazda (5), Nissan and Subaru franchises.
Roberts mentioned that it had been an “unimaginable achievement to go from using from individuals to 255 in that 51-year interval” however was eager to pay tribute to the person in addition to the businessman.
“It’s nonetheless very uncooked. It’s a tremendously unhappy time”, Roberts informed AM. “I’ve labored with Colin for 36 years and he was a very outstanding character who was concerned within the enterprise proper to the very finish.”
He added: “He was a pushed character with an unlimited understanding of the motor trade and a ardour for the engineering aspect, however he was additionally extraordinarily compassionate and pragmatic chief.
“Collectively we’ve got labored by way of intervals of recession, manufacturing points and tsunamis and Colin was at all times involved for the individuals impacted by these powerful instances as a lot as he was the enterprise.
“When the Tsunami hit Thailand, he was instantly motivated to arrange a fund to make donations to the communities impacted there.”
Sharpe travelled to the Far East on numerous events throughout his profession as he solid robust ties with the manufacturers his enterprise represented.
In addition to forging ties abroad, Roberts mentioned he had at all times been desperate to function a family-run enterprise that sorted its employees – a degree he underlined through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roberts added: “One bit of recommendation that Coline gave me that I’ll at all times keep in mind was ‘don’t rent individuals and prepare them to be good, rent good individuals and prepare them’.”
AM will endeavour to replace readers on preparations for Colin Sharpe’s funeral within the coming days.