Chapelhouse Suzuki and MG showrooms in Southport, Nov 2021Chapelhouse Suzuki and MG showrooms in Southport, Nov 2021


Chapelhouse operating profit soars to more than £3.3m helped by nearly £1.3m in furlough grants

  • Multi-franchise group’s turnover was hit by pandemic but its profits still went up
  • Latest accounts show a near-40 per cent rise in profit
  • Staff praised for dedication and talent that helped group thrive

Time 5:15 pm, January 25, 2022

Chapelhouse saw its operating profit soar by nearly 40 per cent to more than £3.3m last year on a lower turnover as it claimed over £1m from the furlough scheme.

The dealership chain, which sells new and used cars, said in its newly published accounts for the year to June 30, 2021 that the lockdowns towards the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 hindered turnover, which dropped from £77.6m the year before to £74.7m last year.

However, its operating profit figure rose from £2.42m to £3.35m – a rise of 38 per cent – which it said was helped by the government’s Covid-19 support grants. In all, it claimed £1,284,146 in grants.

Pre-tax profit, meanwhile, increased by a similar percentage from £2.39m to £3.32m, although gross profit fell from £12.95m to £11.53m because of the decline in turnover, while return on sales was 4.4 per cent.

The monthly average number of employees across the group went down from 271 to 237.

Chapelhouse said, though, that the group – which has nine branches in the north-west of England and represents the Kia, Suzuki and MG franchises – was in a strong position overall.

Turnover was now expected to rise, with strong vehicle sales in the coming year.

Board director Nicholas Coen said in the report that the directors wanted ‘to place on record their sincere thanks to the dedicated and talented staff…without whose efforts the group would not continue to thrive’.

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