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Ripon care dealership drives growth after switching banks

A Ripon car dealership is planning to acquire an additional site in a new area within the next two years after securing a £650,000 funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.  

Batchelors of Ripon secured a commercial loan and overdraft facility as part of plans to step its growth up a gear after switching its banking to Lloyds Bank.

The dealership, which is an authorised franchised dealer for Suzuki and Mitsubishi cars, now plans to hire new staff and to acquire a new site by 2018 as a result of the refinancing.

The family-owned business, which prides itself on its high levels of customer service, currently employs 35 staff and has a turnover of £18million.

The business expanded to take on the Mitsubishi franchise last year and has since seen further growth, creating five new jobs and increasing turnover by 25 per cent.

As well as paving the way for further growth, restructuring its finances has immediately meant that managing director, Tony Denton, can spend more time helping customers and driving sales.

Tony, who has lived in Ripon for 23 years and who instigated a management buyout of the firm in 2013, said: “We’ve always been a forward thinking business, as shown by how we have embraced online buying habits and round-the-clock customer service.

“Switching banks and restructuring our finances offers us the working capital to be that bit more forward-thinking and allows us to plan the future of the business.

“We invited a number of banks to pitch when we decided to switch, and what was most attractive to us was Lloyds Bank’s understanding of our sector, which far outweighed that of other banks.”

Lee Rycraft, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “By allowing Tony to spend more time on the forecourt and less time supporting the finance team, this deal has already helped Batchelors of Ripon become the leading dealer in the area for Mitsubishi and Suzuki.

“Lloyds Bank is committed to helping small businesses fulfil their growth potential, which is why we have pledged to increase our net lending to SMEs by £1billion every year until 2017.”

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Tony Denton, Batchelors of Ripon; Lee Rycraft , Lloyds Bank and Martyn Swansborough, Lloyds Bank

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