The Vella Group, one of the UK's largest independent accident repair groups, has opened its tenth bodyshop, The Vella Group Bradford. The newest site, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, becomes the Group's third LV= General Insurance Sole Supply Site.
The 14,000 sq ft site is located on Ripley Street, just 1.4 miles from Bradford city centre and will welcome LV= customers from the city and surrounding towns. It will be managed by Andy Pearson, who joins the Group with a team of 12 technicians and three office staff, strengthening the overall Vella team to more than 280 people across 10 locations.
The site boasts the latest repair technology including a Hunter Pro-Align machine, an STL 8m downdraft side-loading spray booth including a skate-and-rail system and an AkzoNobel Sikkens Autowave paint system. Technician work bays are equipped with scissor lifts, along with TVs to allow quick access to repair methods and job details.
Energy-efficient high-lux LED lighting inside the workshop offers a bright working environment, while charging points inside and outside the bodyshop ensure that the site is equipped to repair the next generation of electric vehicles.
The Vella Group Bradford joins the company's Deeside and Liverpool sites on the LV Sole Supply site network.
Marc Holding, Managing Director, The Vella Group, said, "We are delighted to have opened our tenth The Vella Group bodyshop, and our third LV= sole supply site. Bradford represents a new region for us, and we are really excited to be expanding our footprint and welcoming new colleagues into the team.
"Investing in new sites is a core part of our growth strategy. This is the third new build bodyshop that we have opened in the last two years, and we are pleased to be able to offer high quality, additional capacity to our customers. We are working on further expansion and will be opening more new sites during the course of the year."
Michael Golding, LV= General Insurance Network Manager, said, "We are delighted to welcome The Vella Group Bradford onto the LV= General Insurance Sole Supply network. This becomes the 27th Sole Site in the LV= Network, and further cements our excellent partnership with The Vella Group. The site is another high-calibre, future-ready operation that will undoubtedly provide first class service to LV= customers in the Bradford area."