A used cars business which has a base in Bury is hoping for a year of growth and expansion after making a key appointment and launching a recruitment drive.

Cartime, which has showroom premises on Bell Lane, has appointed a new group head of finance and operational strategy, Dan Chippendale, to "help steer the business through an ambitious growth phase".

Bury Times: The Cartime dealership on Bell Lane in BuryThe Cartime dealership on Bell Lane in Bury (Image: Public)

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He joins Cartime after eight years with Hippo Motor Group, where he played a pivotal role in the business’s rapid expansion and success.

He will lead the finance strategy and overhaul operations to "streamline and digitalise processes and improve efficiencies".

He will also oversee investment into new technology, equipment and premises.

Dan said: “Cartime is an absolutely fantastic success story and it’s a privilege to be part of the team.

"Working with a business that is willing to invest and embrace change is always refreshing.

“After achieving phenomenal growth over the years, now is the time to move the brand beyond the North West and increase its appeal and brand awareness amongst a national audience.

“To do this we are transforming the business from the inside out - building a robust digital strategy, as well as growing our team and continuing to prioritise the key areas, like service and innovation, that Cartime has always been renowned for.”

Award-winning Cartime was launched in 2012 by entrepreneur Matt Kay, who is the firm's managing director.

As it prepares to grow its national presence, the business is recruiting for 10 new positions across its team, including sales representatives, technicians, a preparation manager and senior marketing manager.

Matt said: “We are entering a transformative time for the business.

"The next 12 months will see Cartime catapult to the next level and we are investing heavily and growing a team of talented and ambitious people to help us fulfil our goals.

“Dan has an unrivalled knowledge of the motor industry and his reputation speaks for itself.

"There is no doubt his appointment will be crucial in our ongoing success.

“And this is just the start. I would encourage anyone looking for a new challenge and to be part of a game changing motoring business to contact myself or Dan to find out more.”

In March, plans for a new petrol station and “food-to-go” pods at the Bell Lane site were given the green light by the council with one of the dealership buildings set to be demolished.

A drive thru and two “food-to-go convenience pods” as well as a new petrol filling station will replace a building belonging to the dealership.

The development will see a 4x4 showroom belonging to the dealership demolished, but the company's flagship showroom will remain operational.