Eden shuttered ‘to protect employment’
29 April 2020
Eden Motor Group’s first decision during the coronavirus crisis was to close operations, explained CEO Graeme Potts during last week’s Auto Retail Live event. “We need to be as lean as possible so we can survive.”
As staff have been furloughed, senior executives including Mr Potts are fielding incoming enquiries, which is an “unexpected benefit: we can see the strengths and weaknesses of our internal processes”.
Originally, Eden maintained five service operations which were open two days a week for key workers. After three weeks, Mr Potts decided the £75k a month cost of this could not be justified.
“I need to protect the employment of 830 people so, on financial grounds, we closed completely.”
“We need to make sure Eden can survive for as long as possible without revenue.”