Franchised car dealer drives forward expansion

The new Blackshaws Mitsubishi dealership in Morpeth.
The new Blackshaws Mitsubishi dealership in Morpeth.

A long-running family business, which has been based in Alnwick for nearly 100 years, has expanded by opening a facility in Morpeth earlier this week.

Blackshaws already has a thriving Nissan and Suzuki dealership at Alnwick’s Lionheart Enterprise Park.

And on Tuesday, it officially launched its new Mitsubishi dealership at Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, Morpeth.

The expansion has led to the creation of five jobs, while three existing staff members are moving into the Morpeth office on Coopies Way.

The aim is to increase the number of jobs and the company would like to take on apprentices in the summer if the business grows quickly enough.

Dealer principal William Blackshaw, who is the fourth generation of Blackshaws to be involved with the franchised car dealer – which started in 1919, said: “From a business point of view, this will help us to grow and from a personal point of view, it has always been an ambition of mine to open something myself.

“Getting to this point and opening in Morpeth has been a three-year project. I am lucky to have great staff who have kept Alnwick running while I have been focusing on this and I have had great support from family and friends.”

To contact the firm at the Morpeth office, call 01670 719519. For sales, call 01670 719478, for a service call 01670 719479, or for parts, contact 01670 719481.

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