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Since 1977 the Motability Scheme has helped disabled people, their families and carers reclaim their freedom and independence by delivering mobility to millions of people all over the UK. As more and more manufacturers joined the scheme over the years disabled people were given a variety of well-established vehicle makes and models to choose from, among them, it is Volkswagen Motability cars that stand out as the most reliable and easily adaptable options.

What it means to be Recognised Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Converters

At TBC Conversions we work closely with Volkswagen, supplying a range of Volkswagen Motability cars or WAVs, alongside our accessible and standard minibuses. It’s thanks to our innovative vehicle conversion work that we are Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Recognised Converters, and proud to be part of a network that supports independent conversions specialists.

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We can guarantee that every Volkswagen Motability car or minibus adapted by TBC Conversions meets the high standards and technical requirements of the manufacturer. Our work doesn’t impact the quality or reliability of Volkswagen vehicles design or build, plus our processes and people are subject to strict examinations and auditing from VW. Altogether this ensures TBC Conversions deliver converted Volkswagen Motability cars that match the benchmark that VW has set.

Our range of Volkswagen Motability cars

At TBC Conversions we understand that every one of our customers is different, with their own individual needs, requirements and wishes. Because of this recognition, we can tailor our WAV conversions to every type of disabled driver or passenger. From medium to large, our Volkswagen Motability car range accommodates wheelchair-using drivers and passengers as well as their families and carers comfortably.

Let’s look at the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

With an ultra-lightweight rear loading ramp and Q’Straint tie-downs and restraints, as far as Volkswagen Motability cars go, our Caddy Maxi LIfe offers an easy-to-use day to day travel option for wheelchair-using passengers and their families or carers.

At TBC Conversions, we recognise the necessity for passengers travelling in the rear of the vehicle to feel comfortable, safe, and part of the family journey. We do not want people to feel isolated or cut off from others travelling in the cabin. Thanks to Volkswagen’s thoughtful designs, the middle row of seating can be removed partially or entirely to remove barriers from the rear of the vehicle to the forward passenger compartment.

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What’s more the Caddy Maxi Life plus from TBC Conversions offers wheelchair passengers further comfort whilst travelling with rear sliding opening windows and our continuous rear door seal technology protecting passengers from the elements, car fumes and road noise. Additional options are available including privacy glass and a winch to assist passenger entry,

In short, the Caddy Maxi Life is a Volkswagen Motability car that provides superior comfort and ease of use for everyday travel, making it the ideal choice for carers and families with wheelchair users.

Moving on to the Volkswagen T6.1 Range

A blank canvas for converters to work with, the T6.1 Range are popular Volkswagen Motability cars among those who wish to retain their ability to drive independently. Thanks to the flexibility of the range, TBC Conversions adaptions can assist with driving independence in a number of ways.

Our side and rear inboard and underfloor lifts can be remotely operated by wheelchair users, allowing ease of access without disassembling their wheelchairs or needing assistance from others.

The rear access lift shown below from Autolift guides drivers onto the platform and into their vehicle with subtle low-level lighting, stowing away quickly and efficiently behind them. What’s more, the Autolift is less conspicuous than others on the market, blending in with the stylish and sleek Volkswagen interiors, something which we know is important to our clients.

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Once inside, our customers can then choose to transfer to a driving position with our 6-way seats, securing their wheelchair in place and moving onto the driver’s seat quickly and with ease. Alternatively, the option to drive from a wheelchair eliminates the need to vacate the wheelchair at all, with a sophisticated docking system that allows wheelchair users to lock in and drive away.

Of course, the T6.1 Range of Volkswagen Motability cars also offers a variety of wheelchair passenger options including an upfront passenger position whereby the wheelchair user can be seated alongside the driver.

From the Volkswagen Shuttle to the exquisite Caravelle, our conversions provide clients with larger WAVs that can seat up to 6 passengers and a wheelchair user comfortably. Perfect for independent drivers, families, and organisations to get on the road efficiently and in style.

Finally, our Volkswagen Crafter Minibus Conversions

Outside of our Volkswagen Motability car range, TBC Conversions also work to convert Crafter vans into 16- and 17-seater standard and accessible minibuses.

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Our TBC Taxi and Bus Conversions team work to supply local authorities, commercial dealerships, community transport groups, care homes, schools and colleges with minibus conversions that are adapted to suit the individual needs of the end-users.With a range of access options to choose from the accessible minibus, Crafters are supplied with rear inboard passenger lifts and have the option to seat up to 5 wheelchairs, plus flexible seating is made possible with quick release seating and 8 track M2 tested flooring. We also offer standard Volkswagen minibus conversions supplied with electric cantilever side steps, saloon heating and flexible seating.

TBC Conversions’ carefully considered minibus conversions include from the 16- and 17-seater Volkswagen Crafters but the same conversions can also be applied to the smaller 9-seater Volkswagen Crafter with accessible and standard options, each one completed with Intelligence, Empathy and Care.

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To find out more about how we can help find your next Volkswagen Motability car, get in touch with one of the TBC Conversions team on 0800 999 5090 or email sales@tbcconversions.com.

As established Volkswagen Motability car converters, TBC Conversions look forward to continuing our work with the wonderful range of VW vehicles that are continuously being designed and developed to improve the driver experience and environmental impact. Keep your eyes peeled for any exciting news we might have about the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Gen 5 and any other commercial vehicle developments that come from Volkswagen soon.


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Looking for a job that makes a difference? Want to build a rewarding career? If so then your search is over as TBC Mobility Conversions are looking for a sales executive to join our team and sell our wonderful wheelchair accessible vehicles.

The Job

You’ll be joining a team of two experienced sales executives who know the business inside out and are ready and waiting to pass their extensive knowledge of wheelchair vehicle conversions on. Working in close partnership with the Motability Scheme your role will involve demonstrating and selling our vehicle conversions to customers up and down the UK.

You will be responsible for developing sales and securing ongoing business through long term relationship building, something upon which TBC Conversions have built their business. You’ll be based in the Bromborough offices near Liverpool but will travel across the UK with some overnight stays required to meet your potential clients.

What we need

This will be sales but not as you know it, you’ll be selling vehicles of course, but our conversions mean so much more to our customers.

These vehicles are a lifeline for our customers, they can be a way to get to and from important medical appointments, or help carers transport their clients, our WAVs can give a disabled driver the freedom to get back on the road independently or help a family go on road trips together.

For these reasons, you’ll find sales is only a small part of your role, you’ll need to be friendly and approachable, educated and informative, engaging and friendly and able to speak to and deal with a wide range of end-users.

Experience in the automotive industry is desirable however we welcome applications from other fields.

Why choose TBC Conversions

Our product speaks for itself, our wheelchair accessible vehicles have been converted to such a high standard that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles added us to their network of Recognised Converting Partners.

Thanks to our long history of converting vehicles and supplies from leading vehicle manufacturers, we can stand apart from other converters.

We offer pioneering technology such as our continuous rear door seal, built for the comfort of our wheelchair-using passengers. We also offer extra entry height on our T6.1 Range allowing easier access for taller or higher seated passengers and drivers. We are the only converters in the market to offer these outstanding features, and therefore TBC Conversions really do offer that little something extra that can make a big difference.

We also like to look after our employees, making sure that our team are happy at work means we have a low staff turnover. Our team are new in Bromborough, but our offices have only been here for 8 years. When you join TBC Conversions as a wheelchair accessible vehicle sales executive, you’ll be joining the family and you’ll become a part of the Donnelly Group.

If you are successful in your application, you will be provided with a company pension, life insurance cover for peace of mind. We also like to look after our employees’ health and wellbeing and provide access to a company package that does just that.

 

So, you want a job that makes a difference, a job that can be rewarding in so many ways? Then apply today to become a wheelchair accessible vehicle sales executive with TBC Conversions.


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Over the past few months, we’ve been introducing a few of our team members who have worked with TBC Conversions for years. Today we are pleased to learn more about a new addition to our Motability Car Scheme Aftercare team; meet Anita Sheard.

Let’s find out why Anita came to TBC Conversions and what she loves so far about her time here.

What attracted you to apply for a role in the Motability Car Scheme Aftercare team?

I had known Ray Walsh, UK Sales Manager, for years as I already worked in the motor industry, one day we ended up discussing his work and how much he enjoyed working with the company. The main thing that I suppose attracted me to the role was all the great work TBC Conversions were doing for customers and clients who relied on the Motability Scheme.

What do you think is the key message here at TBC Conversions?

Definitely the importance of customer care. Our customers are at the core of everything we do and, dealing with the Motability Car Scheme on our customer behalf, we work to help make their day-to-day life as easy and problem-free as possible.

What is the one thing, so far, that you are most proud of since starting with TBC Conversions?

I was promoted in just 4 months, something which I believe really shows the companies faith in me and my abilities, but also shows just how much I enjoy doing the work I am.

How do you see the company progressing over the course of 2021?

Honestly, I think if the last few months are any indication, TBC Conversions will be building a greater presence all over the UK in the mobility and vehicle conversions market. I believe we can expect more production to move over from Northern Ireland to our Bromborough based workshops and also we can expect to see a better, more relaxed and safer way of dealing with our customers at scheduled safety checks, handovers and specialised events.

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Tell us what gets you up in the morning?

The team I work with are so welcoming and friendly and honestly, I really look forward to coming into the office each and every day. Helping the people who make use of the Motability Car Scheme really is rewarding. Our customers have been among the worse affected people from the effects of the pandemic, and I think it’s important to make our interactions and the visits from our technicians a totally positive experience.

Can you tell us your favourite thing about the work you do for TBC Conversions?

Being a real people person, my favourite thing about my job is talking with our customers. Our customer base is so diverse that one call I can be speaking with an elderly lady who cares for her husband, another day I can be speaking with a disabled military veteran or a mother with a disabled child. It’s because no two customers are alike, and everyone has a story to share, that I enjoy every phone call and interaction. What we do is so important to our customers and assisting such a great service like the Motability Car Scheme, really is the most enjoyable part of my job here.

TBC Conversions really do stand out among other wheelchair accessible vehicle converters, why do you think that is?

We truly care about our work. The Motability Car Scheme helps those with disabilities access vehicles to help retain independence and easy travel, and at TBC Mobility Conversions we build further upon the strength of that service.

Our customer-centric focus helps to ensure we provide our clients with a WAV that caters to their individual needs, no matter what we never sell a car that isn’t going to be absolutely stress free to use and maintain. Furthermore, it’s important to us to keep wheelchairs users as comfortable and safe as possible in our conversions, as well as provide vehicles that are stylish and practical for everyday use.

We like to build long-lasting trusting relationships with our customers, using the same level of intelligence, empathy and care we apply when building every wheelchair accessible vehicle, we supply.

Lastly, and for a bit of fun, what would your dream car be and why?

A Dodge Charger without a doubt, because it’s fast and furious just like me.

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THE MOTABILITY CAR SCHEME AND TBC Conversions

After many years of working closely with the Motability Car Scheme, TBC Conversions are proud to have developed a wide range of wheelchair accessible cars built to keep our customers on the road. Whether you are a disabled driver looking for a drive from WAV, a family with a wheelchair user or a carer trying to get your clients from A to B, our team of conversion specialists and aftercare staff dedicate their time to making sure all our clients can travel with ease and in style.

People like Anita Sheard really make a difference to so many by being a friendly and approachable voice on the other end of the phone with a wealth of available knowledge and expertise. What’s more, we’re expanding our team at TBC Conversions, and have vacancies working with Anita and the team liaising with the Motability Car Scheme, our customers and technicians. Do you enjoy helping people and delivering a high standard of care that mirrors that of the Motability Car Scheme and TBC Conversions? Apply here if so for our Service Advisor vacancy.

 


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We are very pleased to announce a new appointment at TBC Taxi & Bus Conversions as John Jennings joins the team as our Minibus Sales Manager based in England.

Let’s find out a bit more about John and what he’ll be bringing to the business.

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We will be rolling out the welcome mat for John on the 25th of June as he begins his role as Sales Manager for our Minibus conversions sales in the UK. Bringing with him vast knowledge and background in the minibus conversion market, as well as a strong reputation among his peers, John will no doubt become a valuable member of our tight-knit team.

Earning his stripes at the likes of Treka Bus and Stanford Coaches, we are confident that John will champion the practices of TBC Taxi & Minibus Conversions and bring a new level of market experience with him. His role will involve increasing the presence of TBC Taxi & Minibus Conversions across a wider UK network, supporting, and helping drive the sales team based in Dungannon.

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Moving with the times, John will remain based in England on a WFH basis, communicating with our TBC Taxi & Minibus Conversions team in Dungannon regularly. We are excited to see what John will bring to the new role and look forward to any future developments he will make to strengthen our position within the UK minibus conversions market.

Above all, we know that John is the type of person who will champion TBC’s customer-centric ethos, promoting the message that TBC Taxi & Minibus Conversions are designed, engineered, and produced with intelligence, empathy, and care at their core.

Our Minibus Conversions

We specialise in converting specialist passenger-carrying vehicles supplied by leading manufacturers such as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Mercedes-Benz Vans. Thanks to our innovative developments and the outstanding technology used in all our minibus conversions, we are pleased to be known as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Recognised Converters.

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At TBC Taxi & Minibus Conversions we know the differences that safe, accessible, and reliable group passenger transport can make to businesses, communities, and charitable organisations. Therefore, every one of our minibus conversions is designed, developed, and delivered to exacting customer specifications and wishes.

As time moves on, and travel restrictions start to ease, many of our team members are looking forward to networking with new and existing clients again. For John, his appointment could not have come at a better time as we reintroduce ourselves to our customers, we will be introducing John Jennings as TBC Taxi & Bus Conversions new Minibus Sales Manager.

We wish John the very best in his role and look forward to the exciting times ahead.  


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We’ve been working hard since the start of 2021 to bring our customers a new and improved user-friendly website, and finally we’re so happy to be able to showcase our finished results. Take a look around our exciting new web page filled with advice and ideas for vehicle conversions, wheelchair accessible adaptions and our customer and client experiences.

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During the last two years, the world has become more accessible to those living with disability and, as we begin to return to “normal” there is a real focus on how we can continue making our cities, events, hospitality and leisure venues more accessible.

At TBC Conversions we welcome this change and join hands with a whole host of communities and companies who are leading the accessible revolution.

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We’ve been designing, producing and developing wheelchair accessible vehicles since our inception and over the years we’ve paired our own pioneering technologies with the expert engineering of leading vehicles manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Ford, Citroen, Vauxhall and many more.

At TBC Mobility Conversions our range of wheelchair cars offer those living with disability a greater level of freedom on the road. From the small yet stylish VW Caddy Maxi Life and Ford Grand Tourneo Connect to the larger VW T6.1 Range and Mercedes Sprinters, our wheelchair car conversions cover a wide range of mobility needs and can be viewed and researched easily on our new web page.

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Where it all began for TBC, we’ve been converting accessible minibuses and taxis for companies, organisations and local authorities to help keep vulnerable people mobile in some of the most rural areas in the UK.

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During the pandemic our team have missed getting out on the road to see our long-standing clients, we do however hope that our new website and relaxing of travel restrictions will allow us to continue providing our usual standards of reliable services.

Our minibus conversions have come on in leaps and bounds and we will be focusing on the future of group travel and accessible transport in the months to come. Now more than ever, local charities, communities and organisations will be focusing on keeping people safe and comfortable during travel and we hope to play an important part in helping them move forward back into accessible group travel in the near future.

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Finally, our specialist conversions sector will highlight all the bespoke vehicle conversions and adaptions we carry out on everything from vital medical transportation to work vehicles and crew vans. Our engineers work with the very best suppliers to provide tailored storage solutions, safety systems and unique vehicle adaptions to give our clients the tools to run their businesses and personal venture more effectively.

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On our new website, you can view some of the past conversions we have completed for the likes of Donagh Kelly Rally Team, GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), Mountain Rescue, IMT Medical Transport and many, many more.

Our highly skilled technicians can supply and fit a range of vehicle adaptions including safety lights, ply lining storage, specialist refrigerated interiors, kitchens, mobile workshops and basically anything you can think of that will benefit your business or leisure activities. We are here to help you make the most out of your vehicle and we’re always up for a challenge.

Now that you have had the guided tour, why not get in touch with your vehicle conversions needs, whether that’s a Motability lease vehicle, an accessible minibus or taxi, a leisure vehicle or something entirely of the spectrum. Let TBC Vehicle Conversions take care of adapting or sourcing a vehicle that helps you live the life you want to lead.

Call 0800 999 5090 or email sales@tbcconversions.com for more assistance or fill in one of our fabulous new contact forms and we will come back to you in due course.


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After a long year of absence from the Mobility events circuit, TBC Conversions can finally look forward to appearing at live exhibitions and seeing our clients, customers, and colleagues face-to-face. By the end of the year, TBC Conversions’ team and products will have been showcased live in at least two major mobility events, something we have all been looking forward to in 2021.

So, here is a selection of up-and-coming mobility events where you can find TBC Conversions, our products, services and expert staff for the rest of 2021.

Mobility Event: Kidz to Adults – Disabled Living Collective

Date: 28th June 2021 Type: Virtual

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Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions are one of the UK’s most prestigious event and publication organisations in the disabled community.

Their work has consistently brought companies together whose products and services benefit the lives of children, young adults, their carers and families with disabilities and additional needs. Under normal circumstances, their live mobility events would be hosted up and down the UK, and over the last year, two successful Venue to Virtual events have already been rolled out.

TBC Conversions have always enjoyed being a part of this growing Disabled Living Collective and have been exhibiting with Kidz to Adultz since our inception. We can look forward to exhibiting our wheelchair accessible vehicles and independent driving aids at the next Venue to Virtual event – Disabled Living Collective and an audience including end-users, carers, families, and HCPs in attendance this June.

The Venue to Virtual Exhibition follows on from the success of previous online mobility events the organisation has hosted during the pandemic. The event will be hosted live and online on the 28th of June and will give people the chance to view the latest equipment and services that are available today and provide guidance on how to get in touch with the companies providing it.

Register your free attendance at the virtual mobility event, and check us out at Kidz to Adultz Disabled Living Collective.
 

Mobility Event: The Big Event – Motability

Date: 6th & 7th August 2021 Type: Virtual

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This is going to be one big day for Motability customers and partners of the scheme as The Big Event goes virtual in 2021.

Considering the pandemic, organisers made the decision to change the usual large scale live mobility event to a virtual showcase for 2021, inviting exhibitors to build virtual stands that will be available to visit for attendees from the comfort of their homes.

TBC Conversions work closely with the Motability Scheme and in the past have enjoyed exhibiting at their One Big Day and The Big Events hosted all around the UK. Our complete range of wheelchair accessible vehicles are available on the Motability Scheme are available to see this year on The Big Event Virtual Showcase, complete with demonstration videos and live chat options to speak with a TBC Sales team member.

The work that has gone into making The Big Event Virtual means it simple and easy for those who would usually attend live exhibitions to join in. What’s more, this virtual mobility event access gives those who are still not comfortable leaving their homes or entering large crowds the opportunity to see all that is available in the mobility world in complete safety.

It’s easy and free to register and attend The Big Event 2021 and the team at TBC Conversions cannot wait to see you there.

 

Mobility Event: Naidex Show

Date: 15th & 16th September 2021 Type: Live

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An organisation that work to promote products and services that support independent living, Naidex is an exhibition that TBC Conversions feel is important to be a part of.

After a series of successful virtual showcases, September is promising to be an exciting month for Nadiex and their exhibitors as live events return, and Naidex will be one of the first major hosts to return to face-to-face exhibits.

In September 2021, TBC Conversions will gladly look forward to attending our first live mobility event in over a year. As such a vital part of our customer ethos, in-person interaction is something we have dearly missed during the pandemic. Our free doorstep demonstrations and necessary home vehicle safety checks have continued with safe social distancing and COVID safe procedures in place, but this will be our first chance to get back to what we love doing; seeing our customers.

Plenty of our peers will be feeling as excited as we are about returning to live exhibitions schedules, and we’d like to encourage those who are able to safely do so to attend the Naidex Show as their live mobility event returns in 2021.

Mobility Event: OT Show

Date: 24th & 25th November 2021 Type: Live

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Only the second live mobility event taking place in 2021, but one we are extremely happy to be exhibiting at again, The OT Show is a wonderful chance for TBC Conversions to showcase our product to professionals who are likely to use them.

This event prides itself on being the largest educational and inspiring mobility event for a range of occupational therapists working within specialist areas across the UK. The OT Show gives professionals the chance to explore and learn about the tools available to them within their respective sectors and, in the case of TBC Conversions, our WAVs are always a great attraction.

Taking place in the Birmingham NEC in late November, The OT Show is one we always look forward to attending, and for this year those that cannot attend will get the chance to join in online. Organisers have followed the success of their online virtual showcase and combined it with the live event creating a hybrid mobility event that people around the country can attend.

A Hybrid Future for Mobility Events

As we look forward to things returning to some state of normality on the mobility events circuit, we can also look forward to some positive changes happening. As we know in 2020 virtual events became a necessity and now, following positive responses from attendees and exhibitors alike, organisations have continued to develop their online presences keeping virtual events part of the programme.

In 2021, and for the foreseeable future, virtual mobility events will continue to be a part of major events making them accessible for people in their homes and workplaces. Whilst originally intended to enable social distancing, these virtual events will now give people from anywhere in the country the opportunity to access the products, services, and educational material on display without attending a physical event.

At TBC Conversions our team know that attending these major mobility events, give the disabled community and those who work in the sector the chance to come together, share what they know. We look forward to seeing the latest technologies, inspirational speeches and our peers and clients in person.

Whilst we cannot wait to get back out there, we are also excited to embrace the ongoing presence of online mobility events and exhibitions where we can get our products and services out to an audience beyond the physical events.

Stay tuned to find out where we’ll be, both physically and virtually in the future on our News and Events pages an


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When it comes to WAVs, there’s one man our customers have come to count on time and time again. To many in the industry he’s known as Tom McKeown, TBC Sales Manager, but to his customers, he’s known as Tom McKeown, superhero and Mobility expert.  

Let’s find out what makes our very own WAV warrior tick and where his superpowers really come from.

When did you start working with TBC Conversions Tom? 

It was a warm summers day in August 2008 that I became the 9th employee of the TBC team. David Donnell, MD and part-owner of TBC Conversions was the 8th, starting just 6 weeks before I did.  

I had started my career with Norwich Union in June 1979 as a Claims Handler. After 4 Years there I joined a firm of Loss Adjusters/ Claims Investigators based in Birmingham. Here I worked in GB and Northern Ireland dealing primarily with Bomb Damage, and any kind of property damage as a result of Flood, Storm, Theft etc.

After 14 years as a Loss Adjuster, I was approached by a packaging company based in Dromore Co. Down and Kansas USA where I worked for a further 9 years, starting in logistics and then moving on to Sales Development all over the UK, and parts of Europe.

From there I went on to spend a number of years with Henderson’s / Spar as their Business Development Consultant. My duties included assisting the growth of their Wholesale Business to Business section.

It was then that, after a chance meeting with Terence Donnelly, I was made aware of a new Donnelly Group venture called TBC Conversions, they were looking for a Sales Manager and the rest is history.

What are the most important messages for clients of TBC Conversions to be aware of?

At TBC Conversions, our ethos is to “keep our customers central to everything we do”. Working in sales and industry for so long you get to learn that talk is cheap, words are free, but walking the walk and making this happen is what matters. 

Time after time it is the belief and commitment that the entire TBC team deliver that makes the difference. From mobility experts to sales team members, workshop technicians and aftercare teams, every person in the TBC family is involved in achieving our goal. 

God gave us two ears and one mouth, a sign that we should listen twice as much as we talk. Our customers know what they want or more often need, and as a mobility expert, it’s my job to guide and support my customers. It’s up to me to make their wants and needs a reality.

One thing our WAV customers often need the most is assistance navigating the financial constraints, limitations and legislation surrounding the conversion of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

By developing close relationships with our customers, keeping them informed and educated and managing their expectations, treating them with Intelligence, Empathy and Care come easy. 

If you could pick one moment you are most proud of working with TBC, what would it be and why?

In 2009, TBC Conversions became the first UK converter recognised with the highest engineering standard within Europe, the full European Type Approval. This came following the pull and crash testing of our very first wheelchair accessible vehicle, the VW Caddy Maxi Life.

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Following this, we were also granted a letter of no objection from Volkswagen AG, another first for a UK based conversion company.

More importantly, and because of the high standards by which we operate, every time I see the expression on the faces of our customers, after handing over their bespoke converted vehicles, I know exactly why we do what we do.

What do you see for the future of TBC?

We have continued to test all our converted vehicles to the full European Type Approval standards. It is this attention to detail, which we have maintained from 2008 to the current day, that keeps our customers safe and enables us to consistently deliver quality service.

Continuing to match and exceed our customer’s expectations, innovate with the latest technology and keep informed of best practices used by mobility experts is of paramount importance to us.

I look forward to being able to shake our customer’s hands again, meet them face-to-face, and develop lasting relationships with the people I dearly enjoy working with.

How have the effects of the current pandemic changed your day to day?.

Keeping your distance is not something that ever entered our minds pre-COVID. 

It was commonplace to hold the hands of the disabled children whose future car I was demonstrating or receive a hug from happy customers on handovers. Now that none of this is possible, it has brought into focus the small things we all took for granted.

Today, I complete socially distanced home demonstrations wearing a face-covering, face shields and gloves. Whilst understanding this is completely necessary, it does not lend itself to “The Personal Touch” TBC Conversions are so well known for. 

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Our clients will sometimes only use facial expressions and non-verbal communications to interact with us, for mobility experts everywhere I’m sure it’s this restriction that has certainly changed the way we build and develop relationships with the people we deal with.

We have adapted, finding other ways to uphold and provide our vital services including home demonstrations, new vehicle handovers and important annual WAV checks. Both ourselves and our customers are conscious about keeping each other safe, adhering to social distancing regulations and personal safety precautions, during these activities.

Working together, we will come out the other side of this pandemic, stronger and wiser than we were before.

So, come on, what gets Super Tom up in the morning?

I’ve always been an early riser, so I’m up at 6 am every day.

Workwise each day is different at TBC, the one constant is the privilege our customers give us, trusting us with their safety and comfort and allowing us to guide them into the most suitable vehicles.

This is my superpower.

How do you think TBC Conversions stands out among other vehicle conversion companies?

Everyone in our TBC family will try to go the extra mile for our customers. 

Starting by matching the correct WAV to their particular needs and requirements, secondly, during the lifetime of that vehicle, we will remain accessible to our customer being the first and most reliable port of call for all concerns, queries and advice. 

At TBC Conversions we will always do our utmost to help our customers with guidance on servicing support, breakdown recovery and repairs, helping them navigate the industry and connecting them with their local dealers. 

It’s this deep understanding of all our customer’s needs that give TBC one of the most of its most outstanding qualities, keeping the customer at the focus of everything we do. 

Finally, what would your dream car be and why?

Without a doubt the Audi RS4 Avant, 2.9 TFSI V6 444 BHP Quattro, (Lamborghini engine).

A vehicle with absolute aeroplane performance and, unless you are a true Petrolhead, the man in the street would not recognise it as a Special Car.

 

Like a true superhero in a supercar, even wanting to remain conspicuous in his dream motor, Tom McKeown is an asset to the TBC Conversions Sales team and a champion to his customers. 

With mobility experts such as Tom, delivering the core standards of TBC Conversions service and care seems easy. It’s only when we get to know more about our customer and go that extra mile that we see real results, and our customers return for more. 

For advice and guidance from mobility experts at TBC Conversions and to start your own TBC journey, call 0800 999 5090 or email sales@tbcocnversions.com today.


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At TBC Conversions we’re well known for our face-to-face approach to customer care. From the initial consultation to the handover of the finished vehicle conversion, we take care to adapt our procedures to suit each client’s needs as an individual. 

Throughout this entire process, there are a few unsung heroes working in the background, carrying out the specialist engineering that makes our vehicles what they are. These are people like Les Henderson who we’ll be learning a little more about today.

So, Les how did you get involved in vehicle conversion and working with TBC?

Over the years I’ve worked within the vehicle conversion industry, and I had built up a great working relationship with TBC’s UK Sales Manager, Ray Walsh. As we got along so well already and, as he was aware of my skills and experience in specialist vehicle conversion, Ray presented me with an opportunity to join his team at TBC and I took it. 

What do you think is most important for clients of TBC Conversions to be aware of?

Every customer, or potential customer of TBC Conversions, should feel confident knowing that we apply quality workmanship into every vehicle conversion we complete. This is a workmanship that I can personally guarantee and feel fully responsible for and proud of.

Is there anything you are most proud of since starting at TBC Conversions?

I am incredibly proud to be a part of a company that makes such a difference to so many people. Something else that makes me proud in my work is to see how much the company has changed since I started working here. 

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Being part of the early team and watching the company grow just showcases the effect our vehicle conversions are having in the industry. 

How do you see the company progressing over the course of 2021?

I am very much looking forward to seeing the workforce expand. With new team members joining us I can only see the business growing and progressing.

What do you think has changed since COVID restrictions came into play and how are you helping the company adapt to these changes?

For us, the team members in the vehicle conversion workshop, most things have changed. Not in the least having total awareness of your colleagues which, before COVID, we didn’t even consider. 

As a company, I think the sales and aftersales teams have adapted well, still functioning within the ever-changing guidelines to provide the full TBC customer experience. 

What is it that makes you get up in the morning?

My wife of course! Seriously though, it’s the challenges. 

Meeting, facing and overcoming obstacles in the work I do. There’s no two days the same, each vehicle conversion I am tasked with has it’s own unique challenges and it keeps me interested by engaging my brain.

Can you tell us your favourite thing about the work you
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Working with and bespoke vehicle conversions, the satisfaction comes from knowing that I’ve done a good job. The fact that every vehicle I work on will be going on to enrich or change a person quality of life makes my efforts all the more important.

And this is all the more reason to get the job right every time. 

How do you think TBC Conversions stands out among other vehicle conversion companies?

It’s not just the high standard of personalised care that TBC demonstrates to their customers ever-changing and unique needs but also their staff. I have felt like a valued member of the team since I started.

Finally, what would your dream car be and why?

I’m not really into ‘special’ cars, it’s just not my thing. I’m quite happy with my car of the moment as it gets me from A to B.

 

It’s thanks to Les and the other talented individuals in our workshop in Bromborough and in our NI branches, that TBC Conversions really do stand apart from other vehicle conversion companies.

From bespoke wheelchair adaptions, camper van transformations, business transportation and other unique vehicle conversion requests you may not even think of, TBC Conversions apply their very best to everything they do. And thanks to a happy staff member like Les, we think it shows. 

Check out our news page for past conversions and customer experiences, or see what we can do to help you with your vehicle conversion queries by calling 0800 999 5090 today.




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Learn how TBC Salesperson, Gerry Galvin, and Sandvik Engineering technician, Philip Oliver, worked together to transform van into office. A journey that ended with us developing one of our most cleverly conceived specialist vehicle conversions yet.

In summer of 2018, an existing client of the Donnelly Group, Sandvik Engineering, was recommended to Gerry at TBC Specialist Conversions in relation to a unique specialist conversion they had in mind.

The task at hand; to enable mobile diagnostics and servicing of the Sandvik’s cutting edge industrial equipment.

Who are Sandvik and what do they do?  

Sandvik is an established global engineering group that specialises in mining and rock excavation as well as developing state of the art metal-cutting and materials technology.

Their work takes them all over the world, providing advanced stainless steels and special alloys for industrial heating, tools and systems for industrial metal cutting, as well as providing the expert service and maintenance of these products. 

This is where TBC Specialist Conversions steps in.

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Whenever our team meet a client, they like to establish their core needs. Not just how to get them from A to B but also whatever might have prevented them from doing so efficiently in the past. Once we know about any barriers our client has faced, we can go about smashing them down in style.

Phillip, a service technician of Sandvik’s, found that attending jobs all over the UK was becoming a task, from issues transporting specialised equipment and tools to the basics such as having somewhere to access the office and even just make lunch.

So, when TBC began discussions about combining Phillip’s and Sandvik’s professional requirements as well as some of the technicians own personal preferences, ideas started to flow.

After establishing these core needs, TBC Specialist Conversions were able to work closely with Phillip to design and develop the perfect pairing of equipment transport, mobile office, secure storage and canteen, giving Sandvik and their technician everything they both wished for and more. 

Everything including the kitchen sink 

Thinking outside the box, and about the long hours Sandvik’s technicians could spend on jobs, a kitchenette seemed only fitting to complete this one of a kind specialist conversion.

Now instead of bringing in soggy sandwiches and hauling huge thermoses of coffee and tea around, the technicians can prepare meals from the comfort of their newly converted mobile office, kitchen and workspace. 

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From van to office

Starting with the standard long-wheelbase Volkswagen Crafter.2 our team got to work.  

The basic design needs were laid out and configuration could finally begin. First, an easy access workspace was positioned at the rear of the vehicle with compact storage solutions, a workbench and even a place to wash your hands.

The central section of the vehicle was then split into two distinct areas. One reserved for a fully functioning desk and office space, the other a modern kitchenette complete with a sink, worktops, cupboards and a fridge.

Contemporary finishes, lighting, plenty of plug sockets and an energy-efficient voltmeter transformed a basic Volkswagen van into a fully functioning mobile workspace, with all the mod-cons of a sophisticated modern office.

The finished result

Between the client and the team at TBC Specialist Conversions, a lot of time and effort went into designing and configuring the perfect vehicle conversion, not only meeting but exceeding our customer’s needs. 

The specially designed mobile office provides equipment and storage space in the rear of the vehicle as well as a mobile office and kitchen facility to allow the technicians to work remotely for long periods of time.

From van to office, the conversion was complete and the customer couldn’t be happier. Job done.


TBC Conversions

Our attention to detail, good service, outstanding value and respect for all are just some of the qualities that instill trust within our customers who return to the TBC Group year after year and generation after generation.



TBC Conversions Ltd (NORTHERN IRELAND)

50 Far Circular Rd,
Dungannon
Co. Tyrone
BT71 6LW
Northern Ireland

Tel: 0800 999 5090

TBC Conversions Ltd (ENGLAND)

Unit 3
Brunel Road
Bromborough
CH62 3NY
England

Tel: 0800 999 5090