Blyth Spirit

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In mid-August, despite the air of doom that surrounded the industry, Irizar took the bold step to press ahead with the opening of its new UK Sales Centre. Jonathan Welch paid a visit to see what was on offer

In a world which has seen much change, and an industry which has been very much vocal about its difficulties recently, it is always pleasing to be able to report a positive, good news story – something we are always keen to do at CBW to reflect the hard work and unseen activity that goes on behind the scenes, and which keeps the industry going in the most difficult of times. So it was pleasing in mid-August to be invited to the opening of Irizar’s new UK Sales Centre. Indeed, as the company said in its announcement at the time, “Irizar UK is looking forward to a positive future with the opening of a new National Sales Centre.”

CBW was invited along to the opening event, and met with UK Sales Director Julie Hartley to find out more about the project and what customers can expect. Despite my satnav’s insistence that it was located elsewhere, Irizar’s new Sales Centre is conveniently located next to the A1(M) at Blyth in north Nottinghamshire, which means it is easily accessible from all directions for those wishing to view – and hopefully to collect – their latest purchase. Its visibility to passing traffic should also help raise its profile, especially once the longer term plan for the 4-acre site is fully realised and a new permanent building constructed there.

Just some of the new and used coaches available for viewing at Irizar’s new Blyth Sales Centre. JONATHAN WELCH

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