Dealer group makes Progress by acquiring Skoda outlet

Time 5 years ago

ESTABLISHED dealer group Progress has acquired Spirit Skoda in Harlow, Essex.

The Harlow site in Edinburgh Way features a nine-car showroom with space to display 50 used cars on its forecourt. There is also a fully-equipped six-bay workshop area, as well as a fully-stocked parts department.

Progress group MD Terence Byrne said: ‘I am delighted to announce our recent purchase of Spirit Skoda in Harlow from Group 1 Automotive. This represents a great addition to the group and is an ideal strategic geographical fit with all the other Progress businesses.

‘Skoda is destined to continue to grow in the coming years and with the exciting new models planned, the future looks very bright. The all-new Kodiaq model arrives in showrooms early next year and with Progress having four locations across four counties, we will certainly capitalise on this incredible new car.

‘Staff from the Harlow business will transfer over to Progress and we look forward to them playing their part in truly transforming the territory and becoming part of the Progress success story.’

Byrne started Progress back in 2006 with just six staff. The company now employs 100 people and has an annual turnover of more than £40 million.

The group has four Skoda sites in total, including the new Harlow site. It also has Suzuki sites in Kettering and Milton Keynes with the Kettering site also an approved Skoda repair centre.

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