A ‘false economy’ which has seen the UK’s car retail sector deliver on pent-up demand from the COVID-19 lockdown is masking the true extent of impending redundancies in the sector, Pendragon boss Bill Berman has told AM.
The time has come for the Government to give a definitive bit of advice, to codify what the Prime Minister could only splutter when he said: “Instead of ‘stay at home if you can’ – I think we should now say, well, ‘go back to work if you can’.”
The Evans Halshaw, Stratstone and Car Store car retail businesses will have a “powered by Pendragon” prefix added to their name as part of a rebrand of the AM100 car retail group aiming to add confidence to car buying consumers.
The investigation into fraud at Lookers has exposed a £19 million ‘black hole’ resulting from overstated supplier bonuses, fraudulent expenses claims and the inconsistent application of policies, processes and accounting standards.
Lookers expects to be hit by a temporary suspension of shares trading after conceding that its 2019 annual financial results will not be published in time for the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) June 30 deadline.
Vertu Motors declared an intention to add new manufacturer partners as it grows through acquisition in a 2019 results statement following its first two days of showroom trading since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Cambria Automobiles chief executive Mark Lavery has conceded that “over 100 redundancies” are possible within his car retail group when the Government's coronavirus job retention scheme’s (CJRS) furlough period ends.
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