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Bristol Street Motors Silverlink Hyundai has welcomed a new general manager with decades of motor retail experience.

Neil Bianchi, 45, has worked for the Group for eight years, moving to the Silverlink dealership from the Group’s operation in Darlington.

Neil has worked in the motor retail industry for almost 30 years, since starting out as junior sales executive when he was 16. He has always had a passion for cars and knew the motor industry was the perfect career path for him.

Neil said: “I’m really excited about my new role at Bristol Street Motors Silverlink Hyundai. The dealership is one of our newer businesses, it has amazing facilities and I am looking forward to taking on this new challenge with a fantastic brand.

“Since I joined the group in 2013, there has been a very clear progression strategy for me, which was a clear advantage when joining Bristol Street Motors. I knew if I invested my skills, effort and time with the group they would invest, support, coach and mentor me which is a great feeling.”

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Bristol Street Motors, said: “I am delighted to welcome Neil as the new general manager at our Bristol Street Motors Silverlink Hyundai site. Neil has been a committed member of the Bristol Street Motors team for a number of years now, and I’m pleased to see his career go from strength to strength.

“This is an exciting time for Bristol Street Motors. We are investing in growing our portfolio and sales have remained strong despite dealership being unable to open to customers.
Online sales and video and phone appointments have all contributed to a solid performance.

“I am delighted that we are now able to welcome customers back into our dealerships, and I know our dealerships are ready to provide the impeccable face-to-face service we pride ourselves on.”



CONTACT: Caroline Walker on 01325 363436

Notes to editors:

Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Toyota, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Vertu Kia and Farnell Jaguar Land Rover brands) was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. The group was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU).

In 2017, the Group became the first major UK motor retailer to offer customers the ability to purchase a used vehicle entirely online with the launch of Bristol Street Motors Buy Online. The platform enables customers to buy a used vehicle in as little as five minutes if they have the funds in place, arrange financial packages if they don’t, and have the vehicle delivered to any UK mainland home address.

Since flotation in December 2006, the Group has established itself as a major player in the United Kingdom automotive retail sector. The Group currently operates 144 franchised sales outlets and 4 non-franchised sales operations, representing 32 manufacturers, from 115 locations across the UK.

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