Established in 2005, Mertec (Kent) Limited (previously known as Mertech) was the first Mercedes Benz Independent Specialist in Kent. Mertec was founded by Owner and Director Mick Watkins. After working in Mercedes-Benz Dealerships for 15 years, he knew he could provide a more personalised service to customers whilst still bringing the same level of knowledge and expertise to his servicing and repairs. As time progressed and the company grew, Mick took on fellow school friend and Mercedes Technician John to work with him. Later he would be joined by his son Jamie who had also learnt as an Apprentice at Mercedes and so Mertec grew.
At the start of 2016 we relocated our existing Service and Repair Centre from Chatham to Spade Lane in Hartlip.
The company is now owned by Mick’s son Jamie and his daughter-in-law Christine, keeping it as an independent family run specialist.
Meet Our Team
Jamie Watkins – Director and Senior Diagnostic Technician
Jamie started at Mercedes-Benz in 2003 and later left to join his dad at Mertech in 2007. He is our Senior Diagnostic Technician and a qualified MOT Tester. In October 2016, Jamie took over from his dad as Director of Mertec (Kent) Limited and runs it along side his partner Christine.
John Linney – Service and Repair Technician
John joined Mercedes-Benz the same year as Mick, in 1990. He later stepped back from the workshop to work in the Warranty Department at Medway Mercedes. Following the closure of Medway Mercedes, he joined Mick at Mertech and picked up his tools once again. John is now our service and repair technician as well as being a qualified MOT Tester.
Ashley Tassell – Service, Repair and Diagnostic Technician
Ashley joined as an Apprentice in 2011. He finished his course in the summer of 2015 and has stayed on primarily as a diagnostic technician. In March 2016 Ashley became a qualified MOT Tester.
Connor Angell – Apprentice Technician
Connor is our most recent addition to the workshop. He started in the summer of 2015. He is currently working towards the end of second year learning all he can from our experienced Technicians.
Christine Harnett – Director, Office Administrator and Customer Services Representative
Christine is Jamie’s partner. She joined the company in 2012 to work in the office. She works between the Technicians and the office to co-ordinate jobs and parts.