New £4.5 million Poole car dealership creates 30 jobs

A new car dealership, which will specialise in selling used Citroens, has opened in Poole and created 30 new jobs in the process.

The family-owned Penton Motor Group already has a Citroen dealership in Christchurch and a combined Citroen and Vauxhall dealership in Salisbury. It has now opened a 12,000 square foot showroom on two acres of land off Holes Bay Road, which will generate dozens of jobs for the local community.

When bringing in new members of staff, the company will need to make a number of considerations with regards to its combined motor trade insurance policy. Firstly it will have to decide which employees should be named on the business' road risks insurance policy, thereby enabling them to drive the cars being sold, and it will also need to ensure its employer's liability cover, which offers protection for members of staff against injury while on site, is still robust enough for the larger workforce.

According to the Bournemouth Echo, the Penton Motor Group's new site will house a technology workshop and parts centre with a forecourt for up to 200 used cars. The land for the new showroom was bought in September 2013 and cost £4.5 million to develop.

Managing director Robert Wilson commented: “We have very high expectations for our new dealership, which brings a Citroen sales service and parts facility back into the heart of Poole after a five-year gap.

“This is our third and largest new build dealership facility since 2012. Penton now has three large modern fully corporate freehold sites, a solid financial base and an excellent team in place. We face the future with great confidence.”