It seems some Lancashire businesses are going from strength to strength, despite rumours of a triple dip recession around the rest of the UK.
Hippo Leasing, our counties finest vehicle leasing company, has recently commissioned Lancashire contracting Barnfield Construction, a company passionately committed to developing & regenerating the local area to embark on a new project to house their new premises.
Local lad Tom Preston started Hippo in 2007 in a 6m2 rented offices in Nelson, with 1 member of staff. After just one year of trading, Hippo evolved to a 5,000sq foot building in Burnley, and saw a turnover of 2 million pounds. Over the last few years they have spiralled into success, now a 24 strong team, and a turnover of over £11 million.
They chose Barnfield Construction to turn their plans into reality, as they have an excellent reputation, and have been responsible for the development and completion of over 200 schemes in Pendle alone, with a combined value close to £1/2 billion. They create fresh, sustainable schemes that benefit the community and drive forward the economy in the area.
The huge 1.3 acre expansion will allow Barnfield to do what they do best, skilfully building Hippo Leasing a state of the art dealership with more space, more cars, and more parking. With links right next to the motorway Hippo’s new home will sit on the North West’s premier motor retail park, Trident Park, Blackburn.
Opening in September, the 1.5 million investment will provide a 20% increase in jobs for the local company, to include more sales staff and vehicle technicians. It will stock over £1.2 million worth of Prestige cars and offer fantastic vehicle leasing deals on all makes and models direct to the public. It will also house a 6 bay workshop offering servicing & the top notch aftercare that Hippo is renowned for.
Humble Mr Preston thanks his staff and loyal customers for Hippo’s success when he says - “I could not be happier in how we have grown as a company over the past 6 years, to go from a small rented office in Nelson to having our own 1.3 Acre purpose built dealership on the North West premier motor retail park is a fantastic achievement. It goes without saying that this would not be achievable without the great staff we have, loyal customers and also not forgetting the unbeatable products and services we offer”
You will not find another dealership in the North West that offers what Hippo do, be it an outright purchase on the latest supercar they have in stock or a no deposit leasing deal for £99 per month, they really do cater for everyone.
Hats off to these two directors, who hold Lancashire at the heart of their businesses, and provide the North West with competitive Car Leasing, and high speck developments, that will not only put us on the map, but keep us local, and help our region to grow.