21st November 2013
New business holds official launch reception and announces support for the NSPCC.

Jim, John, the Chairman, Loraine &  NSPCC's Carrie and Donna
Jim, John, the Chairman, Loraine & NSPCC's Carrie and Donna

Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset council Councillor Neil Butters was guest of honour at the official launch of a new city company.

Minerva Sports and Prestige – whose name comes from the goddess Sulis Minerva, a bust of whom was found in the 18th century in the Roman Baths – is on Box Road, Bathford.

It has been founded by businessmen James Currant and John Lyddy, who have more than 70 years of motor trade experience between them and are now specialising in the sale of premium used car cars, backed with a service department capable of servicing and repairing all makes of cars in Bath and West Wiltshire.

Jim & Paula Currant & John & Sarah Lyddy
Jim & Paula Currant & John & Sarah Lyddy

Business from across Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire attended the official launch organised by Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy at the Minerva showroom.

John said: “As well as launching the company officially, we also used the reception as an opportunity to announce that we will be actively supporting the NSPCC over the coming months. We want to give something back and having worked with the NSPCC previously, we have seen the difference this charity makes to people’s lives.”

Jim & Paula Currant and James & Sarah Lyddy at the launch reception
Jim & Paula Currant and James & Sarah Lyddy at the launch reception

In his speech at the launch reception Councillor Butters congratulated James and John on starting their new business in Bathford and he wished them every success in the future.

Top of their agenda for the business is old fashioned customer service where they pledge that if they cannot find the exact car wanted when someone walks in the door, given a little time, they will find the right one.

John, 54, a father-of-two who was born and bred in Bradford-on-Avon, said:

“Everything we do is aimed at providing a quality service whether it is when someone buys a car or in the service department. We have the latest diagnostic equipment and we have the facilities to care for all types of cars. Already we have seen people travelling to buy vehicles from as far afield as South Wales and Devon and even Scotland. In business financial success comes from having satisfied customers there’s nothing simpler than that.”.

Bath Spa University Students
Bath Spa University Students

James, 52, a father of two from Bathford, added: “I still have the same passion and love for cars as I did when I left school at 16 and hope that I share that with our customers."

The joint managing directors also praised the support they receive from John’s wife Sarah and James’ wife Paula, who they say are a vital part of the business’ team.

Donna Statham, local NSPCC fundraising manager, said:

“We want to thank Jim and John and their team for choosing the NSPCC and ChildLine as their charity. Their support will help us with our new ChildLine schools and give presentations to children and the opportunity for us to make children aware of problems they may be facing. All monies raised locally will be used to help local children in Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire.”

To find out more about Minerva Sports & Prestige please visit their website: and for more information about the NSPCC you can visit their website .


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