Land Rover's new Ipswich home

WHEN Hunters Land Rover in Norwich Road was closed at the end of last year many of its dedicated staff faced an uncertain Christmas.

Dave Vincent

WHEN Hunters Land Rover in Norwich Road was closed at the end of last year many of its dedicated staff faced an uncertain Christmas.

But rather than admit defeat eleven of its employees decided to take the bull by the horns and set up their own business.

Lindacre Service Centre, in Farthing Road, is now up and running, specialising in Land Rover for Ipswich and the surrounding areas.

Managing director is Greg Rashbrook, who was dealer principal for Hunters (Inchcape) in Ipswich and has 12 years previous experience with Lind Automotive Group and 22 years with the Lancaster Group.

Mr Rashbrook - whose wife Alex is also working at the centre - said: “It is something we probably wouldn't have done without this opportunity coming along. It is exciting and it is fun and it is a tremendous challenge.”

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Workshop manager Graham Milbourne also has 37 years experience in the motor industry at Mann Egerton, Lindacre and Hunters.

“We have the specialist skills in the workshop team and other departments,” Mr Raskbrook continued. “We want people to get the same levels of service and commitment at a more competitive price.”

His wife added: “It is an exciting but scary time too. Everybody is a key person in this business.”

The couple have been busy decorating and have installed around �200,000 worth of specialist Land Rover tools, diagnostic and other equipment, and ramps which they have bought from Inchcape.

Mr Rashbrook said they would now be applying to be audited in order to become an Approved Land Rover Service Centre.

Parts director Glenn Bardwell-Doughty said: “Everybody has got an interest in the business succeeding and our number one priority is to offer customers unrivalled levels of service. This is a good location too so close to the A14 sugar beet factory junction. Ipswich needs Land Rover in it.”

Sales director David Chenery added: “We have unrivalled knowledge of our customers, built up over the years, and we are trying to buck the trend and bring it back to a local level.”

For more information call 01473 461751 or visit www.lindacre.co.uk .

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