Peter Waddell’s Carzam taking on 150 staff as it gears up for October 1 launch

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Big Motoring World boss Peter Waddell has told Car Dealer Magazine he is gearing up to launch his Carzam online sales offering on October 1.

Speaking to us today, Waddell said he was ‘ready to get going’ with the ambitious project to sell used cars direct to consumers online.

The proposition – built with industry stalwart and investor John Bailey – has seen the Big Motoring World boss create a huge preparation centre in Peterborough. He hopes to be able to offer same day delivery for some customers.

Now, as much of the industry is cutting jobs, Waddell is searching for staff for the bodyshop, technicians and call centre staff.

Waddell told Car Dealer: ‘Our big factory up in Peterborough is a 14-acre site with 72 ramps, 10 MOT bays, 10 paint booths, four wheel refurbishments, 10 blasters, four aluminium diamond cutters – and then we’ve had to get all of these staff.

‘We’ve need to find staff. So you have to find the building, you have to invest £14m, because that’s what it cost us, and then we’ve had to get it ready.’

Carzam has been in the works for nearly 18 months and now Waddell has revealed it will officially launch on October 1.

Waddell added: ‘Now we getting ready for Carzam we need 25 tech, five more mot complete body shop of every level in-fact everyone from parts to admin. If you think you got what it takes apply in Peterbourgh or online – the mouse, to the house.’

Waddell gave a fascinating interview to Car Dealer last month where he spoke about his huge ambitions for Carzam. You can watch it by clicking the link above.

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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