Hi, I'm Laura and I cover Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.
I have been in the motor trade for over 20 years. I have been integral in getting some well-known national brands up and running from infancy within the motor sector, and I am so excited to be part of the growth plan for Connected Car Finance as they embark on their next phase of growth.
The Automotive sector is heavily male-dominated and for most of my car career, I have been the first female into many roles within the organisations, and here at Connected I am keeping that trend as the first female Connector, led by one of the most empowering and impressive woman I have been lucky enough to work with, our captain Laura Jones.
Everyone I have met since joining the company has been amazing. They are the most supportive, sincere and nurturing colleagues you could look to find. My co-workers soon became friends, and I am looking forward to it feeling like family – as they no doubt will be. The spirit is like nothing I have ever known within the automotive sector, and I just love the culture and ethos of the business.
Connected has a real pioneering attitude to the Automotive sector, and I am so excited to be part of it. I have my boss man, Luke McCarthy, to thank for finding me and bringing me home. He found me in the pile of CV’s where my name stood out ‘Laura Baker’ sharing (nearly that name) with the former Laura Barker (now Jones) and here is where my Connected destiny began… All very spooky!!
My auto career started out as finance administration (many many moons ago) and then onto car sales which lead to Sales and Finance Manager, to General Manager up to Area and Regional Management positions. Most of my car finance background is in car supermarkets and independent car dealerships, which I believe makes me a great fit for Connected, as we reach out to the independent car dealership sector to help make dealers the best they can be and grow their businesses.
I have a true passion for non-prime and for a large chunk of my career I have specialised in this area. I truly believe that every customer deserves a first-class service and the best package they can get, regardless of their credit score. I couldn’t begin to tell you how I ended up in the car industry, I didn’t go searching for it, it happened and instead of me choosing it… it chose me. And as we all know if you get through your first 6 months in this sector, you then become a lifer and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!
I am a massive animal lover and have a frug called Peggy who is my world and a right little scamp. A frug is a cross between a frenchie and a pug. I also have a bunny called Button, who acts more like a pooch than my actual pooch. He will literally chew anything!! His worse than an 8-week-old puppy…
I have a large interest in the supernatural and spiritual world, as I read tarot and have a diploma in Reiki healing as a Reiki Master. I love travelling and have been to a wide range of places where I soak up the culture and get a real buzz to experience other ways of life, I have toured Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and even been to Iraq !! (my best friend is Kurdish – Iraq- true story and yes it was for a holiday). There is nothing I enjoy more than chucking on a backpack and hitting the open road to explore and broaden my horizons.
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