Blackpool heads car firm’s export drive

Andy Turner of Chorley Group.
Andy Turner of Chorley Group.
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A North West Motor Group’s Blackpool dealership is aiming to help drive the economic recovery by exporting vehicles around the world.

Chorley Group, which holds franchises for Nissan, Hyundai, Kia and Fiat, has reported a sharp rise in export sales after a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce showed that fast-rising exports was leading the UK out of recession.

Chorley Group managing director Andy Turner said export sales across the group had grown by 30 per cent since the turn of the year.

The family-run firm, which has Nissan franchises in Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Preston and Wigan, supplies vehicles to more than 60 countries across the world, from Belize to Papua New Guinea.

Andy said: “The export market is a significant part of our business and has been for some time now. In fact, we handle most of the retail export business for Nissan Motor GB, Hyundai, Kia and Fiat from our base in Blackpool.

“We ship vehicles to all corners of the world, and customers include the United Nations.”

Earlier this month the British Chambers of Commerce released the results of its latest quarterly survey, which showed that British business confidence is at its highest level since 2007.

Fast-rising exports were said to be the catalyst for the surge in confidence.

Andy added: “I think we are starting to see the green shoots of recovery.

“According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), UK new car registrations jumped by 13.4 per cent in June from a year earlier.

“That’s the 16th consecutive month that car sales have risen and it certainly reflects the picture we are seeing on the frontline.”

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