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Lack of funds leads to BEN closure

BEN, the motor trade charity, has had to close the palliative care unit at its Southport residential home, Alexandra House. It has also made a number of redundancies among its administration staff, after recording a £500,000 deficit in last year’s accounts.

Chief executive Gerard Barclay said that while the charity had kept its costs under tight control, fund-raising and donations had been lower than budgeted. He urged companies and individuals in the motor industry to support BEN and ensure it could continue to support motor industry employees and their families in times of hardship.

The charity has just published the BEN Book of Numbers, in another attempt to raise more funds.

This insight into statistics and trends of key sectors in the UK and European automotive industries is a reference guide for business leaders and has been edited by Professor Peter Cooke of the Centre for Automotive Industries Management at Nottingham Business School.

The publication has been sponsored by the BearingPoint management consultancy, which means all of its £99 fee goes directly to help BEN’s cases. Email for ordering details.

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