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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 three model lines: Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga.

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 11,006 cars in 2019, the company’s seventh 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 2019

“Bentley Motors becomes the UK’s first Carbon Neutral luxury automotive factory”

  • 1. Factory headquarters certified by the Carbon Trust to PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral standard
  • 2. Introducing the Bentley Bees
  • 3. Bentley Trainees create sensory garden for Children’s Trust

Factory headquarters certified by the Carbon Trust to PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral standard

The certification from the Carbon Trust, which confirms that the company meets the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, reflects measures taken by the company to reduce the carbon emitted in its operations, including the use of renewable electricity. 100% of Bentley’s electricity is generated by either on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity. All emissions that cannot be eliminated are compensated with high quality offsets.

To secure the PAS 2060 certification, Gold Standard carbon credits have been purchased to offset the emissions that occur during the manufacturing process. The quantity and quality of these credits have been independently verified by the Carbon Trust, the world’s leading independent certification body for carbon footprints.

The achievement reflects almost two decades’ work to make the historic Crewe site as energy and carbon efficient as it can be.

Introducing the Bentley Bees

With the help of local beekeepers, two national hives, which are collectively home to 120,000 British Apis Mellifera honey bees, have been successfully installed on grassland at the edge of the Bentley site. The area has been sown with bee friendly wild flowers – and as it borders the Cheshire countryside, it is proving to be the perfect habitat for the bees, who are settling in well and showing promising signs for the first honey harvest at the end of the summer. Each hive has the potential to create around 15kg – or approximately 50 jars of honey.

The honeycomb has now been collected from the hives and is being extracted by Bentley’s beekeepers. This process involves each frame of honeycomb being spun in an extractor, after which the honey is carefully drained and filtered before being decanted into individual jars.

The jars and packaging will reflect Bentley’s famous attention to detail, incorporating a label created by Bentley interior designer Louise McCallum. This special touch means that in addition to sharing the honey with colleagues, the jars will also make unique gifts for VIP visitors to our site in Crewe.

Bentley Trainees create sensory garden for Children’s Trust

A team of trainees from Bentley Motors has designed and created a brand new ensory garden for the Wingate Special Children’s Trust, near the company’s hometown of Crewe.

The Trust welcomes over 600 children every year, which alongside their carers, deliver life-changing care. The sensory garden - created by Bentley apprentices, undergraduates and graduates – gives these children the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences including an interactive sensory wall, a willow structure and pathway and an enchanted forest area.

The garden is designed to appeal to all five senses, providing a range of health benefits, including reduced stress, improved physicality, mood and cognition. It provides an accessible space for children at the Centre to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

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 2019

“Most Admired Car Company” – Management Today

“Top Automotive Employer for School Leavers” – AllAboutSchoolLeavers

“Top Employer Institute” – Top Employer Institute

Continental GT – “Outstanding Product and Communication Design” – German Design Council Awards

Flying Spur - “Luxury Car of the Year” – Top Gear

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