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Mervyn Stewart adds new Skoda dealership and 20 jobs in £2m expansion

Pictured are Stephen Stewart, managing director at Mervyn Stewart; Karen Bickerstaff, general manager at Mervyn Stewart and Ellen Matthews, business banking manager at Danske Bank

CAR dealership Mervyn Stewart is creating 20 new jobs as part of a £2m investment in a new Skoda franchise.

The dealer is setting up the new operation between Bangor and Newtownards.

Mervyn Stewart, which was established more than 50 years ago, is already the largest Skoda dealer in the north.

It said the new outlet, at Conlig would complement its existing facilities at Boucher Crescent in Belfast.

Managing director Stephen Stewart said: “We have represented Skoda in Belfast for 15 years and were delighted when we were given the opportunity to represent the brand in North Down.

"The success of the award winning Skoda range has increased the market share and it makes north Down an important territory for the brand and a great opportunity for further growth for Mervyn Stewart.

“We will initially create 20 new jobs with a further 10 projected over the first three years of trading. The jobs will be across a number of roles including sales, finance and after sales.

"We are looking forward to a positive market in 2017, new car sales have been very strong in recent years and we expect this to continue with high demand for the Skoda brand.”

Ellen Matthews, business banking manager at Danske Bank which supported the investment added: “Mervyn Stewart is one of the best-known family run businesses in Northern Ireland. It is a trusted dealership with a wealth of experience in the car market and the company’s commitment to improving their customer service and reach across the country is something we are keen to support.

“This latest addition to the business will give customers in County Down a greater choice when purchasing a car and will help cement the company’s place as one of the top car dealerships in Northern Ireland.”

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