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26 May, 2020 - 15:05 By Tony Quested

Marshall Motors in gear, revved up and ready to hit the road

Marshall Motor Holdings is ready to re-open its multiple car showrooms in Cambridge and elsewhere in the UK on June 1 now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken the brake off such facilities in the lockdown.

The company reveals that staff have been working to prepare the various showrooms ready to hit the road. Its share price rose more than six per cent when the markets re-opened this morning.

It says its detailed plans to re-open its showrooms were already well advanced in anticipation of this announcement. The company has been closely involved in the industry's engagement with the Government regarding the implementation of guidelines specific to the automotive retail sector. 

Since Marshall Motors closed its operations on March 23, it has undertaken comprehensive risk assessments of its sites, produced a detailed reactivation plan and engaged with and trained all colleagues returning to work on our revised operating procedures. 

The board says it is confident that it is taking all necessary steps to ensure it is COVID-19 secure in line with current Health & Safety legislation.

The company's after-sales facilities are now open for all customers and for all services, having previously been focused on supporting the emergency services, commercial vehicle operators, key workers and vulnerable people. “Whilst still early, initial demand is encouraging as we start to ramp-up our after-sales operations,” said CEO Daksh Gupta.

In terms of its physical showrooms, in anticipation of a June re-opening, colleagues had been returning to showrooms and readying them for re-opening to customers in accordance with the Government's sector guidelines. 

More colleagues will be returning over the coming week to help deliver vehicles sold both before and during the lockdown following the Government's recent clarification over 'click and collect' services.  

Gupta said: “We welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that car showrooms will be permitted to reopen from June 1. 

“We have been working on our detailed reactivation plans for a number of weeks with the safety and security of our colleagues and customers at the heart of those plans. 

“We are confident that, in accordance with the Prime Minister's announcement, our businesses are COVID-19 secure and we look forward to re-opening our businesses from June 1.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the group's business partners, particularly its brand partners, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. 

“I would also like to thank those colleagues who have worked tirelessly through the lockdown period to ensure we continued to provide both online sales and aftersales services to our valued customers.”

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