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Bristol Street Motors opens PartsPlus site in Croydon

Bristol Street Motors has invested £375,000 in a new PartsPlus site in Croydon.

It will provide services to support the sale of trade parts directly to franchise groups, independent repairers and body shops.

The new PartsPlus Croydon centre, based on Purley Way, will offer a range of Ford, Motorcraft and Omnicraft parts for all vehicles. It will open from 7am and offer a click and collect service, along with a traditional trade and retail counter.

Bristol Street Motors currently operates four PartsPlus locations across the country.

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Hendy Group expansion sees Moke moved to Southampton from Poole

The much-loved ‘Mini’ Moke car will now be sold out of Southampton following a reshuffle by dealer group Hendy.

The outfit has previously based the Moke brand in Poole, Dorset but it will now move around 40 miles along the south coast.

The decision has been made following the expansion of Hendy’s Performance Division, of which Moke is a key part.

Harry Pearson, head of brand for Hendy Performance, said the move would allow Moke to be brought more into the heart of things.

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Bristol Street Motors Newcastle celebrates colleague’s 40 years of service

Bristol Street Motors Newcastle Vauxhall is celebrating the 40 years of service given by Motability Specialist Gavin Gray.

Gray joined the dealership at the age of 18 as a junior in the sales department, working with new and used cars. When Vauxhall took the decision 35 years ago to have a Motability Specialist at every site, he was elected to the role.

Gray said: “I’ve had a fantastic 40 years with Bristol Street Motors Newcastle Vauxhall. It is a brilliant company to work for and I have had lots of opportunities for both personal and professional development.

“I love what I do, helping Motability customers to become mobile is very rewarding. I’m proud that we have been recognised on a number of occasions for our excellence, and meeting the late Queen three times has been the icing on the cake.”

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Inchcape thanks emergency services after huge blaze at Jaguar Land Rover dealership

Inchcape has thanked emergency services workers involved in tackling a huge overnight fire at its Preston Jaguar Land Rover dealership which has forced the business to close.

An investigation is under way into the blaze in the car showroom, and meanwhile Inchcape is implementing plans for the JLR business to resume trading elsewhere.

A spokesperson for the AM100 car dealer group said: “We are very glad that all our colleagues and the wider community are safe, and no one was hurt in the fire that broke out at our Inchcape Jaguar Land Rover operation."

At the peak of the incident, nine fire appliances and two aerial ladder platforms were on site tackling the fire, which was first reported at around 1am on Good Friday.

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UK Carline buys Vertu Motors’ leasing division

Car leasing company UK Carline has bought Vertu Motors’ leasing division, it was announced this afternoon.

The deal – for an undisclosed sum – will see staff at Vertu Lease Cars join the Preston-headquartered outfit to provide vehicles on lease to people nationwide.

UK Carline, which was established in 2001, hailed the acquisition as ‘a significant step forward’, saying that combining the expertise of both companies would strengthen the position of each in the market and create new opportunities for customers.

Vertu Lease Cars will continue to supply vehicle leasing, focusing on vehicles supplied by manufacturers within the Vertu Motors group, while the support of UK Carline will mean customers can also benefit from an expanded range of leasing initiatives as well as a wider selection of offers, a statement said.