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Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world.

The company’s headquarters in Crewe, United Kingdom, is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines: Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology with fine craftsmanship, using skills handed down over generations, is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley, and is an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. The company, part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998, currently employs around 4,000 people in Crewe. Bentley delivered over 10, 494 cars in 2018, the company’s sixth consecutive year above 10,000 cars. Bentley is now reprioritising its model plan and accelerating its journey towards electrification, with hybrid or electric versions of all Bentley models by 2025.

The three highlight projects 2018

“Bentley achieves a significant expansion of its onsite solar capacity”

  • 1. Bentley increases number of on-site Solar Panels to over 30,000
  • 2. First UTC students begin Bentley apprenticeships
  • 3. Bentley’s battery-powered car project with local school aims to bring engineering to life

Bentley increases number of on-site Solar Panels to over 30,000

Bentley’s long-term strategy in making car production more environmentally efficient begins with sourcing power. Solar panels at Bentley’s Pyms Lane HQ can contribute up to 40 per cent of the company’s electricity requirements, reducing CO2 levels by over 2,500 tonnes a year. 

The existing roof top installation completed in 2013, has now been accompanied by a further 2.7MW Solar Car port. The car port, which covers much of Bentley’s colleague car park, is the largest of its kind in the UK and will take Bentley’s total energy system to 30,815 solar panels. Bentley now has 7.7 MW of solar capacity on site. 

100% of Bentley’s electricity is generated by either solar panels or purchased as certified green energy. 

The solar expansion follows Bentley becoming the first UK automotive manufacturer to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste, for further reducing the environmental impact of its operations in Crewe. Bentley was the first UK automotive manufacturer to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental management standard (1999) and was re accredited in November 2017, to the latest version of the standard (2015). Bentley is the first automotive and longest holder of this standard. This is an internationally recognised tool that helps organisations manage and reduce their environmental impacts in a systematic way. 

First UTC students begin Bentley apprenticeships

Bentley has welcomed 40 new apprentices amongst which were some of the first students to graduate from Crewe’s University Technical College (UTC). As a founding employer partner to the UTC, Bentley, has been closely involved in all aspects of the £10.6m government funded school which focuses specifically on Engineering and Design.

The first cohort of UTC students completed their studies in the summer of 2018 and are now going onto further study at University or entering employment through an apprenticeship with one the school’s partner companies. 

Following completion of their studies at the school, 3 students went on to successfully apply for a place on Bentley’s Apprenticeship scheme, recognised in 2017 by the UK School Leavers Awards as the best in the UK. 

Bentley also engages with schools and colleges in the community by offering more than 150 work experience placements each year, giving students the opportunity to gain insights into almost all areas of the business.

Bentley’s battery-powered car project with local school aims to bring engineering to life

Bentley is working with local primary school Leighton Academy to help deliver “Formula Goblin” a project that sees trainees visit the school to help pupils build and race battery-powered cars. 

Now in its third year, the support of trainees and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering has enabled Bentley to promote engineering as a fun and universal subject to over 150 school pupils. The project culminated with the team taking part in the National “Gathering of Goblins” at the famous Top Gear test track in Surrey, where they won the prize for ‘Best Body Work’.

In addition as part of the trainee programmes at Bentley, all apprentices, undergraduate placement students and graduates are asked to take part in volunteering projects within the local community. Since 2016 Bentley trainees have been supporting the Prince’s Trust, a charity for young people helping to deliver an employability programme in Crewe. 

Bentley also encourages all colleagues to participate in community initiatives through a company-wide Rotary volunteering club. The Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire meets weekly to socialise and plan community projects. Since forming, Bentley Rotarians have already dedicated thousands of hours to community service including renovating a garden for cancer patients at a local hospital, raising funds for a children’s hospice and setting up a temporary street kitchen for the homeless.

Stakeholder Dialog

As a major employer in the South Cheshire region, Bentley plays an active role in local stakeholder committees, including Council-led partnerships and the local Chamber of Commerce. Bentley is also a board member of the Northern Automotive Alliance, shaping the strategy for the automotive sector in the North West of England.

Bentley’s corporate website dedicated to corporate issues and the company’s role in the community. The website hosts Bentley’s statement on its approach to addressing the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the company’s business and supply chains and Gender Pay Status.

Awards 2018

Britain’s Top Employers 2018

Bentley won The School Leaver Awards 2018 in the following categories:

  • Top Employer Automotive
  • Top Employer Medium School leaver intake
  • Top Employer for School leavers

Local award

  • Cheshire College South & West – Large Employer of the Year 

Investors in People Silver

Continental awarded GT of the Year’ BBC’s Top Gear magazine

The Continental GT was also named ‘Best Interior’ and ‘Best Exterior Premium Brand’ in the prestigious German Design Awards, ‘Grand Tourer of the Year’ by Sohu Auto in China, and ‘Best Grand Tourer for travelling in Europe’ by Russian title, Prime Traveller