01 May 2011
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Bentley gears up for growth

Bentley has received funding worth £1.68 million from the Department for Business' Regional Growth Fund, which will help to maintain and further enhance skill levels amongst the company's 3,500 strong Cheshire-based workforce.

Bentley is gearing up to meet increased demand as it sees major growth ahead following the introduction of new models such as the next generation Continental GT and the recently launched Mulsanne (pictured).

Sales grew by 11% last year and Bentley expects significant double digit growth in 2011 and beyond as customers take delivery of new models. In developing markets such as China, sales grew by over 60% last year and in Russia sales are now back to pre-recession levels. Traditional markets are also performing well. In Bentley's largest market, the USA, sales increased by over 20% in the last quarter of 2010.

Commenting on the news, Christine Gaskell, Member of the Board for Personnel, said: "This is fantastic news for Bentley. We have worked hard to make our case to the Department for Business and today's announcement demonstrates that they understand the importance of supporting one of the most highly skilled automotive workforces in the UK. Bentley exports over 80% of our products and as global economies continue to recover.

"The funding will enable us to further invest in all of the skills that we need to deliver the new generation of Bentleys and ensure that we have the capacity to meet this increasing demand for our products," Gaskell added.

Paul Gay

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