Jobs joy as Bentley plans swanky 4x4
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.”