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Bowker's investment

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LANCASHIRE-based Bowker Motor Group has confirmed plans to open its first non-franchise dealership in Osbaldeston.

The family-owned business is investing more than £750k in the new dealership, formerly occupied by Bay Horse Saab. The new showroom will be called ‘Bowker Ribble Valley’ and will open in September 2012 creating 10 new jobs.

The dealership will specialise in prestige and sports cars with a full aftersales facility offering servicing to all makes and models of cars, including MOT and tyre bays.


Bowker Ribble Valley becomes the ninth member of Bowker Motor Group already including Mini and BMW dealerships in Blackburn and Preston, Preston Car Centre, Blackburn Car Centre, Bowker Lease, and the Harley-Davidson dealership in Preston.

The addition of the new dealership will see Bowker Motor Group increase in size to more than 200 staff with a combined capacity to buy, sell, hire and service more than 20,000 cars and motorcycles every year.

Bowker Motor Group chief executive Paul Bowker said: ‘Bowker Ribble Valley is an exciting addition to the Bowker Motor Group. In recent years our BMW and Mini dealerships have enjoyed an increase in service customers who drive other makes of cars. When the site in Osbaldeston became available it presented the perfect opportunity to extend our dealership experience across to all makes and models of cars.

‘It’s a great location on the A59. And customers can look forward to the same level of award-winning service and value enjoyed by customers at our BMW and Mini dealerships.’

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Bowker Ribble Valley will be launched by managing director Chris Eccles who will manage the site in conjunction with his role at Bowker BMW and Mini in Blackburn.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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