Commerical Motor's Statement:
A tribute page set up in memory of Mercedes-Benz dealer David Jones has so far raised nearly £4,500 to fund research into blood cancer.
The UK commercial vehicle retail industry lost one of its most popular and respected figures in August when Jones, the co-founder and chief executive of Kent-based Sparshatts Truck and Van, died following a long battle with blood cancer.
Jones, the co-founder and chief executive of Sparshatts Truck & Van, which represents the three-pointed star and the FUSO light truck brand in Kent, passed away in August while holidaying in Greece with his wife Christine, daughter and only child Helen – who is also a Sparshatts director – and grand-children Islay, Alicia and Henry.
Sparshatts was a founding member of the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Network. Jones and his business partner Roger Sparshatt – who retired in 2000 – began trading in January 1975, and ended their first year with nine employees, having sold 30 vehicles and lost £9,000.
Today, more than 200 people work for a company that registered nearly 1,500 new and used vehicles last year, and turned over £88 million.