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A long-standing Vertu Motors colleague has been promoted to a position that will see him oversee key North East dealership locations representing Honda, Ford and Hyundai.

Billy Taylor, who has worked for the Group for almost a decade, has seen his role of General Manager of Vertu Honda’s Sunderland and Vertu Honda Morpeth evolve further adding the Group’s Morpeth based multi-franchise dealership, Bristol Street Motors Morpeth Ford and Hyundai.

Billy joined Vertu Motors in June 2011 as General Manager, opening the Group’s new Peterlee Hyundai site. He has worked in motor retail for his entire career, starting as a car paint sprayer, and achieved Vertu Motors General Manager of the year accolade in 2013.

Billy said: “I’m delighted to be starting this new challenge just as we reopen the doors fully to our customers following lockdown. I welcome the challenge and above all look forward to delivering an outstanding customer experience through the Honda, Ford and Hyundai brands. These are first class franchises and represent an exciting next step for me and the longstanding and experienced teams at Morpeth and Sunderland.

“We look forward to welcoming customers from across the region for all of their motoring needs.”

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Vertu Motors, said: “It’s a pleasure to see Billy’s role evolve as a leader over key parts of our North East business at these important locations in Morpeth and Sunderland. We are the largest car retailer in the North East employing over 1,300 people in the region.

“Billy has been a committed member of the Vertu Motors team for a number of years now, and I’m pleased to see his career go from strength to strength.”



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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