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Marshall Motor Group to take over Scratch Match bodyshop business

MARSHALL Motor Group, the company behind Grimsby's BMW, Mini and Volkswagen dealerships, has bought out body repair specialist Scratch Match.

Marshall Motor Group to take over Scratch Match bodyshop business

The business, launched nearly 20 years ago, serves trade needs as well as the motoring public from South Humberside Industrial Estate.

It will now operate under the name Marshall Paint & Body Repair Centre Grimsby.

Launched in 1998 by Tony Thompson and partner Tina Peacock in premises off Cromwell Road, Scratch Match expanded to the industrial estate in late 2004.

Following Mr Thompson's sudden death in 2006, the business was sold to Pocklington's Renault of Louth, who briefly ran it, before Grimsby used car dealer Jamie Bunten took over.

[Jamie Bunten, left, and the late Tony Thompson.]

For Mr Bunten, pictured alongside Mr Thompson (right), an initial enquiry from Marshall 18 months before the deal completed coincided with a separate family tragedy that brought a new perspective to his life.

He said: "Marshall Motor Group approached me in May 2015, and asked if I was interested in selling Scratch Match.

"My father-in-law, Bob Kerr, had been knocked of his bike in the March while riding in Spain and died from his injuries. I had seen how hard he had worked all his life building up his company, Central Insulations. When just beginning to enjoy his retirement, to be sadly killed, it gave me a new perspective to my life.

"I have worked hard building up my companies, first Jamie Bunten Motor Company which I started in January 1998, then taking on Scratch Match in September 2008.

"By selling Scratch Match to Marshall I will be able to spend more time with my family and reduce the pressure and stress that running a company brings. You could say that Marshall Motor Group came along at the right time in my life. Saying yes to Marshall was the easiest decision I have had to make."

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Already an approved repair centre for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda, it will add BMW and Mini as work is transferred from the Laceby dealership, with a major redevelopment planned for the site beside the A46.

The showrooms are being expanded in a phased project starting this spring.

A team of 12 has now been brought together at the three-and-a-half acre site, with five existing employees joined by the Marshall bodyshop team and two further recruits.

Graham Lutwyche, Marshall's bodyshop manager, said: "While it is a new name and a new location (for BMW and Mini work), the same fantastic service remains.

"The new, larger premises will be manned by a team of experts, ready to assist with bodyshop services big and small. Whether you need a major body work repair, or a minor refurbishment of alloy wheels, paint scratches, dents or glass, Marshall Paint & Body Repair Centre Grimsby will ensure that your vehicle returns to showroom levels of perfection, without spending any longer than necessary off the road."

Photo-based quotes with fixed price inspections are offered, with convenience at the forefront of the business. Mr Lutwyche said 35 per cent of repairs are completed within a day.

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