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Available Car appoints Michael Bell as new CEO

New Available Car chief executive, Michael Bell

Michael Bell has been appointed as the new chief executive officer at Available Car by his parents, who founded the business.

He has been involved in used car retailer Available Car all his working life and is expected to drive the business forward with new innovation.

Graham Bell, chairman of Available Car, said: “Michael’s grandfather, Vernon Ford, started his car retail business exactly 60 years ago, and it’s incredibly important to both Alison and I that our family values and traditions continue as our business moves forward.

“Michael’s appointment brings new ideas and a fresh approach to the business and we are confident that under Michael’s dynamic leadership, we are ready to face all challenges for the new digital age.”

Michael replaces operations director Paul Arscott, who has departed the business to pursue personal and professional pursuits.

Available Car has grown rapidly in the last 17 years. Its first used car supermarket opened in Castle Donington in 2002, followed by Sutton-in-Ashfield in 2007, then Cannock in 2012, and most recently, Leeds, West Yorkshire in January 2016.

Michael Bell said: “I have no doubt that our customer focussed approach and our investment in people are what have made Available Car the success it is today -  I am confident that with our strong management team and great staff, the business will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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