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FIRST BMW ‘URBAN STORE’ TO OPEN IN KENT

BMW UK are set to open there first urban store in Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, the shop will be managed by the Stephen James group.

The shop allows more opportunity for customers to interact, featuring Pepper the Robot which has been designed to give visitors information about the store and take contact details of customers interested in purchasing from the BMW range. The store also includes a ‘click and buy’ IPad wall, equipped with pre-loaded specifications for a variety of BMW’s allowing customers a simple process to purchasing a vehicle online.

The store will house 3 BMW models coupled with 8 fully trained team members to demonstrate the vehicles and provide assistance.

If you would like to explore your career opportunities working with prestigious brands such as BMW, we would be delighted to help – whether you’re a professional in Sales or Aftersales, we have something for everyone. Call John Gibson Associates for a no-obligation, confidential discussion about your career options on 01904 628077 or send your CV and contact details to [email protected] and your local representative will get in touch.

(source information: News)

MARCH 2018 USED CAR VALUES WERE 2ND HIGHEST ON RECORDS

“Used car values continue to rise at auction, up 1.7% in March compared to February. Year on year are ahead 9.2% to £9,680, the second highest on record.”

Part-exchange values are also on the rise, they reached record levels for a consecutive month, rising by 1.4% to £4,895 this March.

Following on from that, Manheim saw dealer part-exchanges surge 17.5% at physical and online auctions in the March plate-change month compared to February.

If you would like to explore your career opportunities working with both used and new vehicles, we would be delighted to help – whether you’re a professional in Sales or Aftersales, we have something for everyone. Call John Gibson Associates for a no-obligation, confidential discussion about your career options on 01904 628077 or send your CV and contact details to [email protected] and your local representative will get in touch.

(source information: MotorTrader news)

Subaru UK increase dealership network…

Subaru have added four new dealerships to its network in the UK. The new dealerships are Budgen Motors Subaru in Shrewsbury, William Sawyer Cars in Andover, S G Pollitts in Exeter and Leisure World Subaru at Brompton On Swale.

“Subaru sold 2,670 cars in 2017, a 26% decline on the 2016 performance when 3,612 cars were sold, according to SMMT figures.”

Subaru recently rebranded with the quote “Better Where It Matters” to back this up they claim 96% of Subaru vehicles are still on the road after 10 years… So I’m sure we will see plenty more in years to come.

You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities and careers within the motor trade; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: Subaru)

POTHOLE CLAIMS REACH £42 MILLION FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

Over the last 5 years, an increase in poorly maintained roads have cost local councils £42 million in compensation claims.

It has been reported that 30,893 drivers and 670 cyclists submitted successful claims in the last five years, the average payout to drivers being £841 and cyclists successfully claiming and average of £10,963. Legal costs have cost councils almost £10 million.

The Department for Transport is to invest a further £100 million into the Pothole Action Fund to fix roads damaged by the recent severe weather. This cash injection will see over 2 million pot holes being fixed across the UK, however it has been said councils are facing an annual funding shortfall of over £500 million needed to roads across the UK.

You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities within the motor trade; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: AutoExpress)

“Beast from the East” brings surge in online searches for 4x4s

Motors.co.uk have reported a rise in searches for 4×4 vehicles following recent weather woes in the UK. The online platform saw a 300% rise in traffic from people searching for 4x4s on Google from 26 February to 5 March, compared to the previous week.

The Nissan Qashqai saw the biggest increase by 130%, two Land Rover models also featuring in the top 5 which we have listed below:

  1. Nissan Qashqai: 130%
  2. Land Rover Discovery: 117%
  3. Land Rover Defender: 112%
  4. Jeep Patriot: 111%
  5. Toyota Land Cruiser: 107%

With such strong appeal for the above manufacturers, it’s probably a great time to consider a move! You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities with these brands and many others; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: Motors.co.uk / Motor Trader)

Group 1 boost Mercedes-Benz portfolio with five new acquisitions

Group 1 have acquired five Mercedes-benz and three SMART dealerships in Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, King’s Lynn, Norwich, and Peterborough from the Robinsons Motor Group.

The move is set to create approximately $260m (£189m) in annual revenues for the group. Group 1 now operate 47 dealerships in the UK and are rated 9 in the Motor Trader Top 200 with annual turnover of £1.7bn.

Robinsons is rated 40 in the motor Trader Top 200 dealer groups with annual turnover of £378.2m.

You can contact us at John Gibson Associates to explore job opportunities within the motor trade; we recruit for automotive jobs across the UK, and would be delighted to see what we can do to help you take the next steps in your career. Contact us on 01904 628 077 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants today.

(source information: Group1 & Motor trader)

TESTING, TESTING, POLESTAR 1….

Testing for the Polestar 1 is now well underway, Volvo are currently undertaking extreme winter endurance tests in the North of Sweden, whilst drivetrain testing and safety testing at the Volvo Cars centre in Gothenburg.

The 592bhp four-seat hybrid GT coupé is set to hit the production line midway through 2019, it’s been said that numbers will be limited to 500 cars a year.

“The Polestar 1 will be powered by two electric motors that drive the rear wheels, producing a combined 215bhp with the support of an integrated starter/generator. The car will have a range of around 93 miles in pure-electric, rear-wheel-drive mode. That system will be twinned with a Volvo Drive-E 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which sends around 377bhp to the front wheels.” According to Autocar.

We are hoping that the Polestar 1 sets the pace for Volvo Cars and the electric car market.

At John Gibson Associates we are proud to work with Volvo dealerships across the UK, if you would like to hear more about opportunities we have in your area, contact us today on 01904 628077 or email [email protected] to spark a conversation with one of your local consultants.

(source information: Volvo Cars, Autocar)

DM Keith acquire dealerships in Grimsby

DM Keith, a regional and family run realer group covering Yorkshire and Humberside have recently acquired dealerships from the Westgate Motor Group in Grimsby, further reinforcing their representation of Seat and Skoda brand and adding Honda to their ranks.

“We have been looking for a new brand to add to our portfolio for quite some time and the Honda brand is a great fit with our existing businesses and our business plan.” Dougal Keith has reported.

DM Keith now have seven Skoda, two Seat and a Honda dealership to their name, with an annual turnover of £84.6 million. Their first franchised site opened in Leeds in 1976.

At John Gibson Associates we cover automotive recruitment across Yorkshire and Humberside, contact us today to find out more about opportunities near you or check our latest Jobs page.

01904 628077 [email protected]

(source information: DM Keith)

SG Petch plans to invest in used car supermarket for the North East

SG Petch are a regional, family run dealer group based across the North East of England. They have dealerships in York, Darlington, Durham, Richmond and Middlesbrough with plans to add another site.

The group are planning to open a used car supermarket in 2018 and have already agreed a long term lease deal covering a two-acre plot in Middleborough.

“In the year to 30 April 2017 SG Petch saw pre-tax profits rise 13.9% to £1.28m on turnover up 6.1% to £164.9m.”

At John Gibson Associates we are actively working with businesses across the North East servicing their recruitment needs. If you have a live vacancy and would like our assistance or you are a candidate interested in hearing more about the automotive jobs we are working on in the area, contact us today on 01904 628077 or email us at [email protected]

(source information: Motor Trader news)

£12m boost for Lookers Volvo and Jaguar dealerships in Glasgow

Taggarts and their parent company Lookers PLC are repositioning the Jaguar and Volvo sites from Maryhill Road, Glasgow and Windmillhill Street, Motherwell to new dealerships at Hillington Park.

The brand new Jaguar facility in Glasgow will feature a 29,000ft showroom covering two floors and a 14 ramp workshop. It’s been said that the new Volvo dealership in Hillington is hugely impressive, in keeping with the standards that the brand represents.

As we know, the Volvo brand has had a huge surge in interest in recent years and looks to further solidify its name within the prestige market.

It is certainly an exciting time for both Jaguar and Volvo, with ongoing recruitment for all levels of automotive jobs across the UK within these celebrated franchises.

Contact us at John Gibson Associates on 01904 628077 to find out more about your local opportunities, and help us to help you find your perfect job.

(source information: Motor Trader news)