Here at AvailableCar, we are marking a second full year in Leeds by expanding our vehicle space at our Leeds site, Capitol Boulevard Business Park, Morley.
Established in 2002 by Graham Bell, our turnover for the year ending December 2017 increased by 8.2 per cent to £304m, up from £281m in 2016.
Pre-tax profit was up by 39 per cent to £8.4m from the previous year with 6,648 used cars sold at Leeds and sales across the group rose by 11 per cent.
In the last quarter of 2017, we purchased an additional 4.7 acres of land next to our car showroom in Leeds, which we opened in early 2016.
The extra land is set to be re-developed into further car supermarket display space and will take the whole site from 10.7 acres to an impressive 15.4 acres and the total number of cars on display will increase from 1,500 to 2,600.
Graham Bell, Chairman said, “Leeds has been our largest site investment to date and is our flagship supermarket for the AvailableCar brand. By expanding into such a large location and a new region, there was always an element of risk involved, however, we are delighted with how the last two years have progressed.”
“There is no denying that all businesses have to work harder at the moment. Competition is fierce and consumer buying habits are continuing to change.”
“We are pleased to report that all the targets set for Leeds have been achieved, so much so, we are now expanding the site even further, which speaks volumes about the fantastic and hard-working team members we have here at AvailableCar.”
The Leeds showroom is one of our four sites nationally with the others dotted around the Midlands.
We currently employ over 700 employees and in Leeds, we employ 130 staff with have ambitions to grow that number to 250.
Paul Arscott, Operations Director said “As a Graham Bell family-run business we do not operate short-term employee contracts for full-time staff, only long-term. This is because AvailableCar strives to provide secure career paths for every employee, which include making every employee a stakeholder and rewarding them with a year-end share in profits.”
“After 16 years of trading, we are proud to say we have one of the best employee retention levels in the automotive industry, with a vast majority having been with us since the very beginning.”
“Our next step is to continue our five-year business plan to gradually increase our recruitment by employing and training new staff. We currently have 130 team members at Leeds and we would like to have 250 once the recruitment process is complete.”
At AvailableCar, we offer a profit-related pay scheme for every employee.
Last year saw every staff member bag an extra 16.25 per cent on top of their wage. We are on the lookout for more recruits and urge anyone who wants to join us to regularly check our website and send in your CV.
We opened our doors in Leeds in 2016 after acquiring the former Carcraft site. At the time, Graham Bell said: “I think there are good hard working people here. They know what value for money is. It’s prosperous and they say it how it is. We’ve been overwhelmed with the quality of people that have applied for the jobs here.”
Graham Bell set up the business after his father-in-law encouraged him to do so. He says that having started the business it gives him an advantage because “you’ve done all the jobs earlier on in your life, you know what everybody is doing and you are appreciative of your staff”.
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