Jobs joy as Bent­ley plans swanky 4x4

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MORE than 1,000 jobs are to be cre­ated by lux­ury car firm Bent­ley with the de­vel­op­ment of a 4x4.

The SUV, the com­pany’s fourth model, will be built at the firm’s site in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016, fol­low­ing an in­vest­ment of £800mil­lion.

Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, who vis­ited the fac­tory, said: “This in­vest­ment and 1,000 new jobs from Bent­ley is fan­tas­tic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole, an­other im­por­tant mile­stone in strength­en­ing our econ­omy. One sec­tor that we know is sprint­ing ahead in the global race is our boom­ing au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. One ve­hi­cle rolls off a pro­duc­tion line some­where in the UK ev­ery 20 sec­onds, and we have launched the Govern­ment’s Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­trial Strat­egy to help con­tinue this suc­cess for years to come.

“I am de­lighted that Bent­ley will be build­ing their new ve­hi­cle here, not only cre­at­ing 1,000 jobs, but safe­guard­ing many more, as well as in­creas­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for highly skilled ap­pren­tices.”

Dr Martin Win­terkorn, boss of the board of Volk­swa­gen Group, said: “We be­lieve in the UK as a com­pet­i­tive lo­ca­tion for in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion. Bent­ley fans all around the world are look­ing for­ward to the brand’s first SUV. To­gether we will make this new Bent­ley an­other true Bent­ley – pow­er­ful, ex­clu­sive and suc­cess­ful.”

Unite union as­sis­tant gen­eral sec­re­tary Tony Burke said: “Unite worked with the com­pany to win the new SUV. This ex­tra in­vest­ment is down to the in­ge­nu­ity of the highly skilled work­force in Crewe. The cre­ation of 400 new di­rectly em­ployed work­ers and a fur­ther 600 in the sup­ply chain is great news for the North West and for the wider UK econ­omy. The UK car in­dus­try’s suc­cess story is con­tin­u­ing with an­other ma­jor boost for jobs.

“The UK mo­tor in­dus­try built 1.6 mil­lion ve­hi­cles last year – it’s a driv­ing force.

“Govern­ment and in­dus­try need to learn the lessons of this suc­cess and use them to re­build the wider man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.”

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