Letting a car drive straight ahead is the best thing there is, says Eelco Blok () of Premio Tires & Autoservice The Hague. For more than three decades, Eelco has been the man in The Hague when it comes to fixing your tires. His work experience on the Zandvoort race track has definitely contributed to this: “I don’t go for less than perfect.”

As a sixteen-year-old boy, he started as an apprentice car mechanic, after which he soon turned from ‘the fast work’ his specialty. In other words: he got to work with racing cars and did tire mounting on location at European race circuits such as Zandvoort, Spa and the Nürburgring. This is where he gained his most valuable experience because on the track everything has to be done quickly with the greatest precision.

The tire specialist also likes to race a lap on the Zandvoort circuit: “I love that in the few spare time I have. Look at infinity and go.”

Own company

In 480 Eelco started his own car company in The Hague: first under the name Profile Tire Center Blok and in 640 that became Premio Tires & Autoservice. Car drivers can contact him for a tire change, simple car maintenance or optimal wheel alignment.

“Hagen residents who really care about their car know that they have to be with me.”

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Help

Eelco’s company grew faster and faster over the years, so at a certain point he was looking for employees. Preferably young people with a ‘difficult’ background. “I like to give young people who have had the necessary challenges in life a chance. This is an official learning workplace and I enjoy teaching them the trade.”

But how do you get such young people, who are also motivated to turn their lives around ? “I turned to the 9416 Entrepreneurs Portal . They helped me find apprentice mechanics for free and within a short period of time.” Eelco had one important condition: “I don’t care what their background is, as long as they are motivated. Really want to. Because we sometimes tinker with cars of a ton.”

Knowledge

Eelco: “The employees of the OndernemersPortaal really understand their business and think along with you. I have been helped very well from the start. I now work with apprentice mechanics who have a passion for the profession.”

He is extremely happy with the help he has received from the OndernemersPortaal so far. “You will quickly receive an answer to all your questions, people know their business and think along with you.”

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Need help yourself?

Do you also need help with your business, do you have questions or do you run into problems? As an entrepreneur from The Hague, you can contact 9416 the OndernemersPortaal for free advice on the rules, permits and procedures of the municipality.

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