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Black business of the day: Ashbrow Garage

PICTURED: Ashbrow Garage

ASHBROW GARAGE prides itself on its standing as a stalwart in the motor vehicle industry having steadily built a stellar reputation over the past 44 years.

Ashbrow is a specialist car dealership with main dealer facilities representing cars from the Audi Group, which include the Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda models. For that coveted purchase of the finest in motors, a visit to Ashbrow guarantees you will receive professional service and advice from co-directors father and son Johnny and Robert Flowers and their highly knowledgeable and professional sales team.

The company was formed 44 years ago when Johnny, a trained mechanic from Jamaica, was bypassed for promotion because he did not have a certificate of qualification. Repairing cars for other immigrants from a friend’s lock up proved beneficial, as through word of mouth he formed his business and bought his premises on Ashbrow Road. Expansion soon beckoned but was halted for 10 years whilst he battled to purchase a piece of vacant land from the council who were adamant Johnny could not successfully run a business on the main road and thought Johnny’s plans were for scrap metal.

The motivation of running his own business was Johnny’s legacy to his son Robert.

PICTURED: Nathaniel Flowers, director Robert Flowers and a representative from Click Dealers

Johnny attributes his success to:
• Hard work
• Determination
• Trust
• Self-belief
• Enjoy what you do

Johnny is married to Alda and they have three children: Robert, Joan and Louise. Working in the garage are nephew Carlton and grandson Nathaniel.

In the early days Alda looked after Ashbrow’s administration for 10-15 years whilst holding down her job as a nursing sister at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Johnny is truly a role model who is actively involved with his community. Among his many activities, he has been a school governor for the past 35 years, an executive on the Jamaica National Council in Huddersfield, and he is a member of the Black History Association. He is happy that the list is a long one as both he and his wife live by the motto to help others.

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