Chapelhouse Motor Group appoints operations director Phil Clay as MD

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Chapelhouse Motor Group has began the brand new yr with new managing director following the promotion of operations director Phil Clay.

The Warrington-based automotive retail group, which recently celebrated 2021/22 financial results that generated a 27.2% rise in turnover and pre-tax earnings up 50.5%, stated it could goal to ship “sustainable development and enhancements” underneath its new management.

In an announcement issued to AM the enterprise stated that its former MD Nick Coen had “stepped down”, however no additional element was supplied about his departure.

Clay joined Chapelhouse as group aftersales supervisor in 2015 earlier than being invited to hitch its board, as aftersales director, in 2017. He grew to become group operations director in 2019.

Commening on his appointment as managing director, Clay stated: “I’m completely delighted and honoured to take the position and need to take this chance to thank the groups at Chapelhouse for his or her ongoing onerous work and dedication.

“As we transfer into 2023, we’ll face many ongoing challenges, however we’ll proceed to maneuver the enterprise ahead, and naturally, put the client on the coronary heart of every part we do.” 

Chapelhouse grew its automotive retail operations in 2019 by the acquisition of Suzuki franchises in Bolton and Blackburn and a Citroen franchise in Wigan from Bolton Automotive Firm.

On the time the transfer took its variety of websites to 9 and turnover to £58.7m (2018).

In February 2020 it added new MG Motor UK car dealerships in St Helens and Southport to its franchise portfolio.

Additional development, together with the latest opening of a brand new Suzuki dealership in Blackpool, signifies that Chapelhouse now represents Kia (3), Suzuki (8) and MG (4) at 15 franchised places all through the North West and has authorised aftersales franchises with Fiat, Vauxhall, Citroen and Peugeot.

In 2021/22 turnover reached £95.1 million as revenue earlier than tax elevated from £3.3m to £5m.

An announcement asserting Clay’s appointment as MD revealed that the enterprise has additionally Chapelhouse made enhancements by the supply of elevated vacation entitlement for employees to advertise a greater work-life steadiness.

It additionally supplied a cost-of-living assist fee and has additionally launched a vacation house permitting employees to spend every week with their household or buddies freed from cost in Cala D’or, Majorca.

The assertion added: “2023 goes to carry numerous exterior challenges as we proceed to battle the aftermath of Covid, rising rates of interest, and price of dwelling will increase, nevertheless, Chapelhouse will probably be striving to make extra enhancements to employees advantages to assist them in these troublesome occasions and reward them for his or her onerous work and loyalty.”

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