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Michael Roberts 1931-2017

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 2.19pm

Michael Roberts - 30 January 1931 to 4 April 2017

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Michael Roberts, our Founder, Chairman, Friend and Father passed away peacefully at 10am this morning at the Woking Hospice, after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Michael established Trident in 1963 and managed the business for some 33 years until his retirement in 1996. The business was incredibly important to him and he instilled within it a strong culture of customer care which persists to this day. Michael continued to take a keen interest in the business right through to his final days.

Michael will be remembered as a strong leader, a caring employer, a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.

The family are incredibly grateful to the Woking Hospice. We can only imagine how much harder this loss would have been without their care and support of Michael.

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Hospice room naming to mark 26 years' of partnership

Thursday, 21 June 2018 at 8.44am

From left to right - Terry Smith, Richard, Mark, Valerie, Chris and James Roberts, and Tony Usher

In loving memory of Michael Roberts, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is delighted to announce that one of its 20 bedrooms at newly built Woking Hospice will be named after the late Mr Roberts, whose family have supported the Surrey-wide hospice for over two-and-a-half decades.

Held on Wednesday 20th June, the hospice held a special room naming ceremony to mark the extraordinary life of Michael Roberts, who was the father of Mark, Richard, Christopher and James Roberts and founder of Trident Honda, the family run community car dealership in Ottershaw which has been a corporate partner of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices since 1992. Also in attendance for the naming of the room were Terry Smith and Tony Usher representing Woking Rotary Club who over the years have been hugely supportive of the hospices and have now funded the hoist for Room 20.

Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments:

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Trident Weybridge Site Merger

Thursday, 26 March 2015

It has now been confirmed that our last normal day of trading at Weybridge will be Thursday 2 April, although our Sales Department will be open for reduced hours on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April.

From 5 April the site will still be in use by a skeleton staff for a week or two, whilst our Ottershaw workshop redevelopment is completed, but all customer enquiries should be directed to our Ottershaw branch from that time.

Weybridge customers should have received a letter a week or so back, but we are sorry to say that Service-only customers were inadvertently missed off. Further letters have now been sent and will be arriving with customers over the following week.

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Trident Honda 50th Anniversary Event

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The 'Trident Honda 50th Anniversary Event' runs for eight days, from Saturday 26 January to Sunday 3 February, at both its dealership sites – Queens Road, Weybridge and Guildford Road, Ottershaw, near Woking.

Managing Director Richard Roberts explains:

We believe Trident Honda is one the most experienced and respected car retailers in the area, Fifty years in business is a real achievement, one of which we're immensely proud, and what better way to celebrate than by offering some very special deals to our customers.

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Business was brought to a standstill last night, when a film crew turned up to film Prince William purchasing flowers for Kate. Sadly it was not the real Prince William, although regular customers will appreciate that our Flowers by Rosie Orr are certainly good enough for royalty!

Filming was for a spoof comedy pilot, by Alison Jackson, which will hopefully be shown on British television in the not-too-distant future, if we find out when, we will certainly let you know.

We do not wish to give out any spoilers, but our forecourt staff, who watched the filming, said that it was very funny indeed.

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Our managing director Richard Roberts today announced the appointment of James Roberts to the board of directors:

I am very pleased to announce that James Roberts, our Group Used Car Buyer, has been promoted to the role of Director - Used Car Operations with immediate effect. This is in recognition of the role played by James in a vital part of our business.

Please visit our Management Team page for more details.

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Trident Weybridge is delighted to have been given responsibility for Cobham and its environs, by Honda, including:

  • Cobham
  • Downside
  • Martyr's Green
  • Stoke D'Abernon

Whilst Trident is delighted to welcome customers from any area, this is a recognition by Honda of Trident Weybridge's outstanding customer care.

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Trident Awarded Legend Franchise by Honda

Saturday, 30 September 2006

Trident is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the new Legend franchise by Honda. Trident's Managing Director, Richard Roberts, says:

Having driven the new Honda Legend, I was astonished at the new levels of technology being employed and delighted that this has been achieved without detracting from the driver's enjoyment. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming the Legend to Trident and to our customers.

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Trident relinquishes Thames Ditton

Thursday, 1 September 2005

After discussions with Honda, it has been determined that, due to their franchising territory plan for the Thames Ditton territory, we will be selling our assets at Thames Ditton to Thames Honda; who operate a number of surrounding sites.

Going forward, it has been agreed that we will operate the area from Weybridge and Walton across to Staines, Chobham, Camberley and Woking; which in itself is a great territory.

We regret that we will not have the opportunity to further develop the Thames Ditton territory in the future, particularly against the background of the hard work we have all put in during the past three years; however we recognise that, with their current representation, the Thames Honda Group represent a logical Honda partner for further development of this territory.

We are pleased to confirm that, under the agreement with Thames Honda, all members of staff will be transferred to them with the protection afforded by the Transfer of Undertakings legislation; which recognises previous length of service.

We would like to thank all of the team at Thames Ditton for all their dedication during our three years operation of the business and wish them well for the future.

The Directors
Trident Garages (Thames Ditton) Ltd
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Ottershaw Joins Honda

Monday, 1 August 2005

Trident Ottershaw joins the World of Honda

Trident Garages is well known locally as a long-established family business, with dealerships in Ottershaw and Weybridge. The Trident name has long been associated with MG Rover; but, after 42-years, it is all change at Trident, as the last of its MG Rover dealerships, based at Ottershaw, has now joined the World of Honda.

We visited Trident Ottershaw as the last of the Honda signs were being erected, and there was a real buzz amongst the staff. The showroom looked thoroughly modern, following its renovation last year, with additional design touches now being introduced by Honda.

Trident's managing director, Richard Roberts, says:

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