Jobs at risk as car dealer closes

A CAR dealership in Morpeth will close its doors this month.

Benfield’s Volkswagen and Renault outlet in Hillgate employs 25 members of staff within the dealership and service departments.

A 30-day consultation process with the employees started on January 10.

A Benfield Motor Group spokesman said: “It is with much regret that following a national announcement by Renault UK to considerably reduce its dealership network and its continuous loss of market share we will be losing our dealership in Morpeth.

“We must stress that we have done everything possible within our power to keep the dealership open, but unfortunately the situation nationally with Renault will mean regrettably we have no other option available to us at this present time. It is possible there will be some redundancies, but at this stage of the staff consultation process it’s not possible to say.”