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Apprentices Open Lancashire’s Largest Auto Aftersales Centre

BMW Preston
Back row – Jonathan Rogan, Ceara Holmes, Macaulay Irwin, Wayne Hyatt Front row – Joe Wilson, Ethan Macfarlane, Alistair Samson

A Preston-based BMW and MINI centre has opened Lancashire’s largest aftersales centre.

Bigger than a football pitch, the new Bowker Aftersales Centre is located on a 6.5 acre site on Watery Lane in Preston. It represents a seven-figure investment and will create over 30 jobs at the Preston docklands BMW and MINI site in the next five years.

In a break with traditional opening ceremonies, the family-owned motor group dedicated the Bowker Aftersales Centre opening to its apprentices.

For Bowker Motor Group aftersales director Jonathan Rogan said:

“We’ve dedicated the aftersales centre opening to our Preston apprentices. It’s a simple gesture to recognise the important role they – and all our staff – play in the future of the business.

“With such a massive investment, it would be easy to focus on the bricks, mortar and equipment. But this will transform the way we all work in the future. And our apprentices are a big part of that.”

The new Bowker Aftersales Centre has 30 ramps, two dedicated MOT lanes and a state of the art laser wheel alignment machine. Car servicing times have reduced and servicing capacity has tripled.

Ceara Holmes was one of the six apprentices. She said;

“It’s incredible to see the massive changes here in such a short time. It’s fun to be part of it. I think everyone is enjoying working in the new after sales centre. There’s much more space. And some of the equipment is the most advanced in the country.”

The new aftersales centre offers the latest servicing technology including machines which measure tyre tread instantly and wheel alignment in just 90 seconds – a first for the North West.

The opening of the new Bowker Aftersales Centre has coincided with national recognition for Bowker Motor Group’s exceptional performance in aftersales customer satisfaction.

Their BMW and MINI centres on Trident Park in Blackburn and on the docks in Preston finished first and second respectively out of more than 40 similar sized centres in the North. The accolade is awarded by BMW UK and is driven by customer feedback over a six-month period.

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.