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Sue Brownson's death announced

Sue Brownson OBE died earlier today.

She had been suffering from cancer for some time, but had been active in the business she was managing director of, Blue Bell Group, until her death.

Brownson spent more than 30 years in and contributing to the standing of the retail motor industry. She was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to the retail motor industry.

Positions she held included chair of the Retail Motor Industry franchised dealer division, vice chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, chairing the Pall Mall Committee,she was a fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry, a president and longstanding board member of the RMI, was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London, and was made a Master of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harnesmakers in September 2011.

And she had just finished five years as a judge for Enterprise in the UK and was a judge for Women in Retail.

Brownson joined Blue Bell Group in 1975 and became finance director initially. She also held the posts of BMW regional dealer council chairman and was BMW's national chairman for three years.

In 2007 she was inducted into the AM Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding dedication to our industry.

On receiving the award she said: "I have no intention of doing anything else. I love the motor trade - I love it." She said among her motivations was her staff, which she described as a "huge family".

Details of her funeral arrangements to follow.

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  • Paul - 03/05/2013 21:06

    Great lady, great person to work for. I worked for Mrs B (as she was known) For 16 years. A really down to earth person who's door was always open. This lady will be greatly missed by all her staff. Sad day today

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    • Pippa - 03/05/2013 22:26

      @Paul - totally agree with you. I've worked for Mrs B for 9 years. She was an inspiration to her female staff and will be greatly missed by everyone. Feel very sad tonight to think she won't be around the dealership anymore.

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    • Paul - 03/05/2013 22:39

      @Pippa - it's a great shame Pippa so very sad.

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  • rob - 03/05/2013 22:41

    have worked for blue bell for over eight years nice lady sad loss but had great life much respect

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  • Gail - 04/05/2013 08:07

    Such sad news, a great role model for women in the motor trade .

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  • Alison - 04/05/2013 14:02

    Such sad news, a lovely lady and truely inspirational xx

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  • ssillars@semta.org.uk - 04/05/2013 19:24

    A truly iconic lady. She will be sorely missed in the Motor Trade

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  • Mike - 05/05/2013 09:33

    I have worked for Mrs B for 18 years and never met anyone more dedicated to the motor trade or the BMW brand. A lovely lady who will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to her close family.

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  • Paula - 05/05/2013 17:31

    I have worked at Blue Bell for over 20 years. Mrs B was a strong, truly inspirational lady and it has been a pleasure and an honour to have known her and been one of her "family" at work. She will be sadly missed, but will always be with us in spirit. God bless

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  • Tony Clements - 06/05/2013 19:01

    Very sad to read the news, Sue was a marvellous lady and a pillar of the motor industry, she achieved so much, but was always modest and very kind. My thoughts go out to her family.

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  • Marc Matthew - 07/05/2013 12:10

    How very sad. Sue was an amazing lady who added so much of her time to supporting our industry. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family.

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  • Helen Lowe - 07/05/2013 12:56

    Had the honour to work for this incredible lady 1999 to 2002. A great loss to the job and to her Blue Bell family. RIP Mrs B.

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  • Tony Worthy - 07/05/2013 15:51

    Anybody who knew Sue was aware of her commitment to the Automotive Industry and the enjoyment that she derived from her involvement with it. In addition to the roles that you have listed in your article she was a trustee of BEN, the industry charity, from 1999 until 2012, including a period as it's president from 1999 until 2001. It is unlikely that we will eversee the likes of Sue again.

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  • Robert Jackson, Chairman, Horners Motor Group - 07/05/2013 19:04

    A collous in our industry, as a customer, friend and fellow franchised dealer I held her in the highest regard. The motor industry is a much poorer institution with her loss.

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