Relocation puts CARS on the road to success

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Nov 2018

A £500,000 investment is accelerating the growth of a Grimsby automotive business.

Accident repair specialists and vehicle bodyshop, CARS of Grimsby, has purchased, refurbished, and relocated to new premises in one of the borough’s busiest industrial hubs. The move has enabled the business to expand its repair services for large commercial vehicles, employ new staff, and set plans for a more eco-friendly workplace in motion.

Jason Barker, managing director, established CARS of Grimsby in 2012. He said: “We were getting asked more and more about repair work for trucks. So, in addition to our original Birchin Way premises, we took on a small, second unit in 2016. We made the decision to alter the business to do truck repairs alongside our services for cars, and it’s all grown organically from there.”

The tenancies for the original Birchin Way unit and the second space on South Humber Industrial Estate came to an end when he found an ideal, larger property, also on the estate, up for sale. The 5,000 sq ft unit has allowed CARS of Grimsby to unite its services and workforce and expand its facilities, increasing from one spray booth to three with a dedicated facility for trucks, while investing in state-of-the-art, energy-efficient equipment.

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The introduction of this new machinery is a part of the business’ eco-plan. LED lighting and Solar panels have been installed, and environmentally-friendly paint is used on all vehicles. A brand new colour-matching camera system means less paint is used too. Already, CARS has seen bills be dramatically reduced, helping to save thousands of pounds. The next phase of the eco-plan is to introduce electric vehicles into its loan car fleet and install a charging point, which the public will be able to use on weekends. Mr Barker added: “We’ve replaced all our sanders, welding equipment, spay booths, everything really, so that we use less energy. It has been a big investment, but the savings are massive. Now everything is under one roof, we have more security and ultimately, it’s costing less money.”

To assist with the refurbishment of the space, Jason was able to access a grant with the help of E-Factor’s business advisors. Steve Parker, Business Growth Hub advisor for Lincolnshire LEP, assisted in completing the application, forming business plans and forecasts, and submitting supporting evidence, helping to secure £30,000 from the Growing the Humber fund. Mr Barker said: “The support has been phenomenal. I don’t think I would have had time to research or do the paperwork because we’re always busy working. It seemed out of reach, but they’ve made it possible.”

Since relocating, CARS has expanded its workforce and employed two new members of staff.

Mr Parker said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with Jason and the CARS team. The new facilities are just fantastic and it’s great to see that new jobs have been created already. We wish them every success for the future.”

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