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Jobs boost for Bentley

Jobs boost for Bentley

23 July 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, says Bentley's decision to invest £800 million into the development of a new model is another major boost for Britain's motor industry. 

More than 1,000 jobs are to be created by the luxury car firm, including 400 new directly employed workers and a further 600 in the supply chain.

Bentley will use the investment to develop a new SUV (sports utitlity vehicle) model which will go on sale in 2016 and will be built in Crewe, Cheshire.

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: "Unite worked with the company to win the new SUV. This extra investment is down to the ingenuity of the highly skilled workforce in Crewe. 

"The creation of 400 new directly employed workers - and a further 600 in the supply chain - is great news for the north west and for the wider UK economy. The UK car industry's success story is continuing with another major boost for jobs.

"The UK motor industry built 1.6 million vehicles last year - it's a driving force for growth. Government and industry need to learn the lessons of this success story and use them to rebuild the wider manufacturing sector."

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Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.