Full speed ahead for new garage business

Neil Hancock working on a car in his Dalton Street garage. Picture by FRANK REID
Neil Hancock working on a car in his Dalton Street garage. Picture by FRANK REID

A flourishing entrepreneur is enjoying so much success in the garage trade he’s found himself a permanent base.

Horden man Neil Hancock has worked in the garage business throughout Hartlepool for many years and was well known for running his own mobile repair service.

But it has proved so much in demand, he has had to find a permanent garage which he has set up in Dalton Street, Hartlepool.

Neil, 40, who is married to Angela, 39, has two children Craig, 19, a former Hartlepool College of Further Education welding course student, and Kimberley, 17, who is currently studying hairdressing at the college.

Neil used to run his business as a mobile garage service for six months, but said: “The demand for my business has increased ten-fold. I do MoTs and general servicing as well as timing, belts and repairs.”

Neil used to work for three other garages in Hartlepool and has been in the trade in Hartlepool for 15 years.

He said business has gone really well and “most of it comes from word of mouth. But when it comes down to it, a lot of people don’t realise that I have moved and I am now based in Dalton Street.

“I have taken this garage on and it is coming to a point where I am taking extra staff on. I have got a part-time worker in and I want to expand.”

Neil explained the reason for his decision to move in to a permanent base.

“I was going round as a mobile service and doing people’s cars and getting them tested but the demand got greater and people were asking me to do bigger jobs which I could not do at the roadside.

“All my custom comes from Hartlepool but there are people who don’t know I have moved.”

As he looked to the future, Neil said his attitude was “it is not about the job you do, it is about the job you are going to do.”