by Marlon Madden
There will be no job losses when A&H Motors Inc., new owner of the local Honda franchise, officially takes over ownership of the car dealership on May 15.
This assurance has come from chairman of A&H Motors Inc., Peter Harris, who told Barbados TODAY more workers could be added once the company completed a review of its operations.
A&H Motors Inc., trading as Platinum Motors, acquired the franchise from MG Tucker & Company Limited. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
Staff members were met individually to discuss their future in the company. Following those meetings, Harris lauded the staff for their patience and understanding during the negotiations and gave the assurance that they would be rehired under the new management.
In fact, all employees were recently issued with new contracts of employment and would soon begin a process of training and retooling.
This will be in an effort for them to be able to operate and maintain new systems which the company intends to introduce over time to improve the level of service offered to customers.
“As we relocate, we will be employing about another one dozen staff,” said Harris.
While the dealership will continue to operate from its current Bay Street location, Harris said there were plans to relocate the company to Fontabelle, St Michael, by year-end.
Harris said he was delighted to take on the challenge of working with the internationally renowned Honda brand.
“We expect to grow Honda in Barbados. It has a lot of untapped potential. We intend to focus on delivering excellent customers service. We will also introduce to the market new models of vehicles, motorcycles and power tools and bring a whole new buyer experience to the brand,” said Harris.
In relation to allegations that two former employees were suing MG Tucker & Company Limited, Harris said this had nothing to do with A&H Motors Inc.