Well known and respected by local businesses and residents alike, Bentley’s Garage has been operating from its prime location in the centre of Exmouth since the Bentley family took the garage over in 1993. In fact the landmark site can be traced back to 1912 when the Langdon family founded a garage and a few years later a forecourt filling station on the site.
The iconic forecourt petrol pumps and attendants have gone being no longer viable, but the family have continued to invest in the facility, equipment and workforce and have seen the business prosper and grow during some challenging economic conditions.
Bentley’s is very much an owner managed business, now under the stewardship of John Bentley, the second generation of family ownership to run the business. Like many other independent small businesses, Bentley’s must provide exceptional service and John and his team have worked hard to keep Bentley’s as the first port of call for local people and businesses looking for the highest standard of garage services or a change in vehicle.
The garage has a thriving workshop providing commercial and private vehicle maintenance and servicing, an MOT test station and is well known across the region for providing high quality, reliable, low mileage second-hand cars from their three showrooms.
With a strong tradition of family values and with customer care at the forefront of their service, the business has an enviable reputation with its customers of providing a first class service in everything they do. Bentley’s Garage is proud to be part of Devon Trading Standards “Buy with Confidence” scheme,raising the standard of service and repairs in the trade.
They were also chosen as an RAC approved dealer for East Devon, so all vehicles sold come with an RAC inspection and a comprehensive RAC warranty.
Thompson Jenner has provided Bentley’s with tailored accountancy services and business support for over eighteen years, initially working with John’s mother and father Eric and Betty. The Exmouth team, led by Partner Simon Lewis, have worked closely with Bentley’s, supporting the family with their business goals and providing the right advice, business support and sector expertise to help ensure continued success. Part of the help provided by Thompson Jenner has been in designing financial key performance indicators which have monitored and bench marked business performance, including profitability and cash flow.
Bentley’s Garage has a great reputation, loyal customers and a track record of success, but they have never been a business to rest on their laurels. They already have exciting plans for the future and are working closely, with Thompson Jenner’s support, on the next phase of their 3 year business planning.
Thompson Jenner continues to support Bentley’s Garage in a number of key areas including:
It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Simon Lewis and the team in Exmouth for the last eighteen years. The help and advice we continue to receive is invaluable in planning the future for our business. We never hesitate to recommend Thompson Jenner and their team to all our business associates and friends.
John Bentley, Managing Director, Bentley’s Garage (Devon) Limited
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