Family-run dealership on the move

A car dealership business in Belfast is upping sticks and moving to pastures new after more than four decades at the same location.

Family-run J and F Motors, which is owned by brothers John and Frank Walsh, is aiming to double the size of its site by shifting to land the brothers own near their current dealership. They are marketing the first site for around £1 million and hope to be granted planning permission shortly for the new location, which they aim to open for business by September.

If you are expanding your motor business, making sure you have the right levels of motor trade insurance to cover your new commitments should be one of your top priorities. The value of additional stock, tools and equipment, as well as the fabric of the building itself, should be taken into account.

The Walsh brothers will create six new jobs as part of the expansion. The business already has 24 staff, six of whom are family members, and sells around 750 cars annually.

John Walsh told the Belfast Telegraph: "We have outgrown this site. I think 2016 is going to be a good year for Northern Ireland. We are busy, and can't cope with the space we have.

"Compared to what we currently have, the new place will be two acres, as opposed to one. The building will be 18,000 sq ft in total."

The dealership business has been at its current site for three decades and previously was run from different sites around the city. It sells a range of brands, from prestige marques such as Porsche and Ferrari to Mitsubishi Fuso trucks, which it has been selling for 20 years.

Mr Walsh said the business had been successful thanks to support from loyal customers — and the Saturday fry-ups the dealership serves.