LUXURY car giant Rolls-Royce is to create 100 new jobs in Chichester after reporting the fourth consecutive year of record sales.
The new jobs will be created at the firm’s UK centre in Goodwood, Sussex, mainly in manufacturing roles.
Andrew Tyrie, MP for Chichester, said: “This is very good news for Britain and for my constituents. I’m delighted for Rolls-Royce and for all those who work there. It’s great to have such a centre of excellence near Chichester.”
Torsten Muller-Otvos, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said: “My aim at the beginning of last year was sustained growth and another sales record. I am delighted to announce our sales for 2013 and to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the marque with an historic record result.
“We have reported a strong year and have maintained our position at the pinnacle of the super-luxury market. Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success story, with a dedicated workforce that is second to none.”
More than 3,630 cars were delivered to customers in 2013, the highest in the marque’s history, with sales growth reported across several regions worldwide.
The biggest increases were in the Middle East (up 17 per cent) and China (11 per cent), but strong sales were also achieved in Germany, Japan and Canada.
The company said 2013 was another record year for requests to personalise models, ranging from the inclusion of jewellery boxes and fridges to a family crest.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Rolls-Royce’s impressive sales record and the new jobs they have created shows the strength of this iconic brand and reflects the rising success of the British car industry.
“Last year, car exports generated over £30 billion for our economy - a rise of around seven per cent. The Government’s industrial strategy is giving businesses like Rolls-Royce the confidence to invest, delivering skilled jobs and driving growth.”
See next week’s Observer for a full report (January 16).