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Jobs boost for Crewe

Good news for job seekers in the North West. The luxury car firm Bentley has announced it's to build a new sports utility vehicle in the region.

800 million pounds is being invested hundreds of new jobs will created at its plant at Crewe in Cheshire.

The Prime Minister was at the factory today to make the official announcement. Mr Cameron described it as an important milestone in strengthening our economy.

Adam McClean has more details:


New Bentley - "boost to north west economy"

The new Bentley SUV to be built in Cheshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was present together with Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group for the announcement at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, said:

“This £800 million investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley is fantastic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole. It is another important milestone in strengthening our economy.

“One sector that we know is sprinting ahead in the global race is our booming automotive industry.

One vehicle rolls off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds and we have just launched the Government’s Automotive Industrial Strategy to help continue this success for years to come.

“I am delighted that Bentley will be building their new vehicle here, not only creating a thousand jobs, but safeguarding many more, as well as increasing training opportunities for highly skilled apprentices.”

Dr Winterkorn said: “The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production. Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand’s first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful.”

Boost for Bentley motors site in Crewe

Bentley's factory in Crewe Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Bentley Motors has today confirmed that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley Sport Utility Vehicle, the company’s fourth model line.

The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016.

It will create over 1000 jobs in the UK over the next three years.

It's understood 400 new positions will be at the Cheshire headquarters with the company

investing more than £800 million in the site.