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Nationwide and QRC open new bodyshops in Bristol

Insurer RSA will open the fifth bodyshop in its own Quality Repair Centre (QRC) network this autumn after agreeing terms to lease the former Bryan Brothers repair centre in Bristol from new owners Carco.

The insurer will refurbish the site and open it in November, to complement its other QRC sites in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and Luton.

Bryan Brothers recently sold its Citroën dealership to Carco. Its Volvo sales franchise was terminated.

Paul Nightingale will manage the newly acquired QRC along with the four sites already in the RSA Motor portfolio.

Nightingale was recently managing director of Unipart’s bodyshop distribution business Brown Brothers, which was sold to PPG Industries at the beginning of this year.

Also in Bristol, Nationwide Accident Repair Services has opened its second site in the city, extending its national network of bodyshops to 72 locations.

Chief executive Michael Wilmshurst said this consolidated Nationwide’s presence in the south-west. It bought a bodyshop in Redruth earlier this year.

The 15,000sq-ft body-shop in Camwal Court, three miles from its other site on South Bristol Trade Park, has created more than 20 jobs.

Wilmshurst said: “We continue to look for additional acquisitions and growth within our existing businesses. Nationwide invests a lot of time in understanding what our customers are looking for.

“As a result of this investment in time and resource, we have won a number of recent tenders.” Nationwide is also targeting retail up-selling of tyres, wheel refurbishment and valeting.

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