Bentley Motors today confirms that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV, which will be made in Crewe and go on sale in 2016 creating more than 1000 jobs.
Over the next three years Bentley will invest more than £800 million in its Crewe headquarters and in the development of new models. The announcement was made today as Prime Minister David Cameron visited the site, meeting with senior managers and workers.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Cheshire East Council Leader, Michael Jones, said: “This is fantastic news, a real vote of confidence for Crewe and Cheshire East, bringing in massive new investment and new high-skill, high-value jobs.
“I’m also delighted that the Prime Minister was able to see first-hand the tremendous work going on in growing and developing the workforce here at Bentley’s – one of the most exciting and respected companies in the country.
“This is further proof that our economy is now on the right track and that large companies like Bentley’s are optimistic about the future.”
Cllr Jones added:
“Skills lie at the heart of today’s announcement and the new University Technical College we are planning for 2015, which will focus on engineering, will play an important part in developing a skilled, ready-made workforce for employers like Bentley’s.
“Through our collaboration with the Local Enterprise Partnership, we are investing £50 million in new infrastructure for Crewe and £300 million across Cheshire and Warrington more broadly in order to create even stronger connections via rail, road and air.
“I am determined that Cheshire East will continue to be a great place to do business and become the most business-friendly council in the region, a real engine of the northern economy. My top three priorities will remain: jobs, jobs, jobs.
“Today is emphatic proof that we are getting there.”