Scope for vehicle repair centre to expand in King’s Lynn

East Bilney Coachworks Kings Lynn visit by Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, 'from left, Colin Baldwin, Julie Manning, Colin Manning Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Mark Baldwin Joanne Baldwin, and David Baldwin. ANL-151208-074225009
East Bilney Coachworks Kings Lynn visit by Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, 'from left, Colin Baldwin, Julie Manning, Colin Manning Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Mark Baldwin Joanne Baldwin, and David Baldwin. ANL-151208-074225009
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A vehicle repair centre set up in Lynn just a few months ago has been so successful that the business is looking to potentially establish another in the town.

East Bilney Coachworks moved into a new purpose-built unit at 52 Bergen Way, North Lynn Industrial Estate in March, following its takeover of the Bennetts Accident Repair Centre, which suffered a major fire at its Hamburg Way premises in November.

The acquisition of the Marriott Motor Group bodyshop business secured the jobs of all ten staff and now East Bilney Coachworks is planning further recruitment.

Last week Borough Mayor and Mayoress Colin and Julie Manning visited the Bergen Way premises to perform the official opening and learn about the business’s progress.

Director of the family-run firm, Mark Baldwin said: “The mayor was overwhelmed by how much better the facility looked as it had previously been an empty unit. It’s now in pristine condition.

“Lynn has been very good to us and we are looking at the potential of another site on the south side of the town as we anticipate further growth.

“We already have a recruitment drive in place. We have taken on one new employee and are looking for further four, but I fully expect that there will be even more jobs for various roles across the business which will be created in the future. There are some great opportunities for people to work within our group and we are looking to grow our business at our other East Anglian sites.”

East Bilney Coachworks has bodyshops at East Bilney, which is the business’s headquarters, Norwich South, Norwich North and Great Yarmouth. It also has an Express Repair Solution Centres in Norwich. The business has around 125 staff repairing cars and light commercial vehicles for all major insurance companies, motor manufacturers and other customers.

When it took over Bennetts Accident Repair Centre, Mr Baldwin said that it created further opportunities to work with the Marriott Group and would strengthen its manufacturers’ approval relationships with Audi and Volkswagen.

Mr Baldwin’s father, Colin Baldwin, is a senior director, and Mark’s brother and sister, David and Joanne Baldwin are also directors.

Said Mr Mark Baldwin: “We are a true family business and all of us are directly involved with its running.”