HUNDREDS of jobs are at risk at Border Cars after the multi-franchise group confirmed today that it is in financial difficulty and may go into administration.
The dealership chain, which has sites in Carlisle, Dumfries, Stranraer and Workington, issued a statement, reported by ITV, saying: ‘Unfortunately, the company has now entered financial difficulty. Although the situation regarding the company’s future is ongoing, correspondence has been made with the over-200 employees and the management team is committed to open communication with the well-valued staff.’
It added: ‘We understand this is an uncertain and difficult time for our employees, and we are doing our utmost to preserve jobs where at all possible.’
The News & Star with The Cumberland News reported that it had seen an email sent to Border’s workforce by its owners that said: ‘As I am sure you are now all aware, Border Cars has recently suffered issues with cash flow. We are not currently in administration, however it may [have] to happen soon.’
Border Cars represents Ford, Suzuki, Mazda, Kia, Mitsubishi, Fiat and Skoda.
Staff are understood to be turning up as normal for work although sales and servicing operations have been affected by the difficulties Border Cars is facing. On calling the company’s head office in Dumfries, we were told no directors were available to talk to us.
Pictured: Border Cars, Grearshill Road, Carlisle. Image: Google Street View